New to Dominion?

Are you new to Dominion?  Are you excited about the prospect of getting better?

Here’s a couple of resources to get you started:

Dominion (2nd edition) rulebook

Dominion Online: the official online implementation of Dominion.

The Forum: all skill levels are welcome.  Check out especially the Help! forum, where you can post a game log and seek advice on what you did right or wrong, or the Rules forum, where you can get your rules questions answered.

The Wiki: a hub of information for everything Dominion related.

ShuffleIT forum: The forum for the online implementation of Dominion. Go here for the latest online updates.

       Dominion Video Tutorial: A video series by Adam Horton teaching players how to play Dominion.

Recommended Kingdoms

       How to Base Dominion: An excellent video series going over various strategies using the 2nd Edition Base Set of Dominion.

What expansion(s) should I get?: The perennial question.

Now, a lot of the articles on this site implicitly assume you play with all of the expansions mixed in.  But here are a couple of articles targeted specifically at players new to the game, or those who only own the base set. Please note: Many of these articles were written prior to Dominion 2nd Edition coming out. Newer articles are coming soon:

Wandering Winder’s 5 Deck Types: understanding these 5 deck types will give you a strong grasp of  the majority of strategies out there.

Your Guide to Beating Attacks: an excellent all-around strategy article, written by the game’s designer.

Building the First Game Engine: an article about the thinking process behind building an “engine”, using the “First Game” set as an example. Please note: This article was written prior to Dominion 2nd Edition coming out. Woodcutter has been removed in the 2nd edition.

Guide to the Dominion Base Game: an overarching analysis of the basic strategies in the base game. Please note: This article was written prior to Dominion 2nd Edition coming out.

Building a +Actions/+Cards Engine: an analysis of one of the fundamental strategies in Dominion.

Big Money: what it is, and why it’s not unstoppable.

Glossary: a repository of many common terms used on the blog and forum. Don’t be scared away by all the definitions: it’s intended as a reference, not as essential knowledge.

And one of the best parts of Dominion is coming up with your own cards:

A Dominion Fan Card Creation Guide: a comprehensive guide to some of the considerations and pitfalls in making Dominion cards.

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14 Responses to New to Dominion?

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  2. SkippyPDX says:

    gotta add “Building the ‘First Game’ engine” article to this list of beginner articles. It’s great. one of the most helpful I’ve read.

  3. OgreMkV says:

    Thank you guys! I played my first two Dominion Online games tonight. I lost one and won one (quite handily I might add 48:24) and those were the first two games I’ve ever played of Dominion. I couldn’t have done it without your articles. Especially the analyzing the kingdom article.

    In the game I won, I looked at all the cards and there were no trashing and now +buys. There were both cities and villages though and I went with a big money route, buying gold and emptying the city and village stacks. That allowed me lots of income and I ended up buying three colonies.

    Just wanted you to know, you are making a difference.

  4. ^_^_^_^ says:

    I’m finally getting the actual board game, starting with just the Base set for now.

  5. florrat says:

    I think it’s good to have a link to the game rules in a “new to …” article. (maybe the pdf’s from the RGG website? or the pages that contain them?) Also: council room is hardly for beginners…

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  9. Celesté says:

    I need some advice. I am thinking of buying my husband the Prosperity expansion but I’m open to advice if anyone thinks another expansion would be better. (This will be his first expansion set) I also need to know if I do get an expansion set if it will increase the amount of players from 4 to more?

    • theory says:

      Prosperity is great. It won’t increase the max number of players – I think only Intrigue does that – though you should know that Dominion isn’t really that great with > 4 players.

    • OgreMkV says:

      The Prosperity set is my favorite expansion. You can really get an engine working with those cards.

      I agree with theory. Dominion is best with 2-3 players.

  10. It’s really too bad that I am terrible at this game. I tried it several time but I can’t win a game. My record is 0-9 (Yeah). I am MUCH better at strategy board games than dominion. I’ll give you tips a go, hopefully it’ll give me a win… someday

    • Liallan says:

      My record is 1-10. So you should either not feel too bad anymore, or maybe that means it’s coming for you too. 🙂

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