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Seth Jaffee
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Aug 2011
I'm the designer of Eminent Domain, so of course I rate it a 10. That is not a shill rating. Yes, I am biased toward the game I made. I am also biased toward all games I like and rate highly.

I'm very happy with how Eminent Domain has come out. You can read my Designer Diary about it for some neat background info.
2011-08-22
Owned
Vince Lupo
United States
ALEXANDRIA
Virginia
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10
Oct 2011
backed via Kickstarter
2010-10-27
Owned
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Kenny VenOsdel
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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10
Sep 2011
This game is simply great. After 28 plays I upgraded my rating from a 9 to a 10. Each time I play I just like it more and more.

Short version: Absolutely love this game. Easily my favorite card game.

Long Version: read my review of EmDo here for my thoughts on what makes it tick.

An Overdue Review [emphasis on EmDo vs Dominion]

Update: I'm finally able to put into words one of the things I really like about this design. The point scoring is largely incremental, meaning you will generally gain a few points at a time. There will not often be huge turns where you do so much that you vault out to a huge lead. This game rewards consistent efficiency rather than a couple big moves and that's a focus I really appreciate, especially in a deck building format.
2012-01-09
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John Heder
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Nov 2010
Prototype Copy
2011-02-02
Owned
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United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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10
Dec 2015
Seriously great game. Some will say that it's a "Me Too" game, but this is more than just the sum of its mechanics. After playing it quite a bit, there's a lot of depth in so few cards.

The expansion makes a great game even better.
2015-12-15
Owned
Destroyer of Islands
Canada
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10
Jan 2012
Really loving this since I played a pre-release version at DragonCon. Now working on serious strategies.
2011-12-20
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Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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10
Apr 2012
Genius! Great compilation of role selection, deck building, empire/civ building, and space! Very cool and streamlined! This varies from the solitaire feel when you really fight for the Tech cards. Seth Jaffee does it again, with Gavan Brown and others doing the graphics and artwork. I really really really like and enjoy this game !! Good vanilla, and with expansion.

Plays great as a 2 player game, but it does better with 3 or 4. The Bonus Planets are cool. I haven't played with the victory promo, but I will most definitely try it out when I can obtain one.

I prefer Eminent Domain over San Juan, and Race for the Galaxy. I love Eminent Domain as much as I love Glory to Rome, and 51st State.
2015-03-28
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Carc >> BSG
United States
Topeka
Kansas
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10
Sep 2013
While this game will be compared to Dominion and Race for the Galaxy, it's truly its own game. It also looks gorgeous.

Update: After a dozen plays I'm loving the game even more. I even played against Dr. Mayhem at BGGCon 2011!
2011-11-23
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Thomas McGill
United States
Laconia
New Hampshire
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10
Dec 2011
It keeps growing on me. The strategy is very subtle and I love how it's a role selection game with deck building component.
2011-12-13
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Jay Treat
United States
King of Prussia
Pennsylvania
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10
Oct 2011
Saying this game is "Race for the Galaxy meets Dominion" is accurate but undervalues it's worth. Eminent Domain is a strong, elegant game that stands on its own. I might still play Dominion, but I will never play Race over Eminent Domain.
2011-10-21
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Doobermite
United States
East Fallowfield
Pennsylvania
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10
Dec 2011
Eminent Domain is direct. The ease of play and limited choices help focus your strategy without clogging it up with too many choices, too many icons, or too much text. My favorite deck builder. Eminent D6 Solitaire
2012-04-25
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Mike Watne
United States
Burlington
Washington
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10
Oct 2013
This is probably my favorite game. This single box contains as much rich and multi-faceted deck-building variety as an entire roster of Dominion expansions, and that is a testament to wonderful game design. While EmDo is also expanding, each of the expected releases opens up entire new avenues within the game, rather than another "more of the same" collection of cards. I was actually so impressed with this game that I tracked down the designer to say "thanks!" and ended up becoming a part of the subsequent play testing team. But don't let that bias color what I'm saying here too much; EmDo is an absolutely brilliant game. Give it a spin.
2013-10-24
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David Narbaitz
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Dec 2011
I really love this game. I don't know why, but I really do.

It sucks Kickstarter is only for Americans.
2011-12-06
fiorenzo sartore
Italy
torino
italy
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10
Dec 2011
love this game....one step beyond "dominion"....another must buy for me....
2011-12-14
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Feb 2012
A deck building game with a twist. Has depth and some replayability.
2012-02-20
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C K
United States
Manhasset
New York
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10
May 2012
Likes: A quick, high-depth game with pretty simple mechanics. With the following and dissenting mechanic, there is almost no downtime during the game as everyone plays on others' turns. Smooth game play and good theme.

Dislikes: The only thing I can see happening is that it might start to lose replay value after many, many plays since setup and other 'variables' are static.
2012-04-17
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Paul Eveslage
United States
Minnesota
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10
Jul 2012
My current favorite. RftG, but with a simpler learning curve.
2012-07-14
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Edil´s Girald
Colombia
Antioquia
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10
Apr 2012
Me parece un emocionante juego, su mecanica me encanta y hasta el momento todas las partidas jugadas han sido muy cerradas al final (llevamos 5 partidas).
2012-04-16
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finbar taub
United States
san diego
California
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10
Jun 2012
YES YES! More Seth Jaffee! I love this game! Will always play it if asked and will offer it up to play A-LOT. One of my most played games of 2012.

The "following" mechanic is a brilliant way to add interaction into a game, but to not have it be "take that" or just dull attacking, or stealing/destroying resources from other players. The deck building is only there as much as it needs to be, and not thrown in just to get on the band wagon. The game has a touch of puerto rico, so some parts may feel familiar, but it will be a very unique experience for sure.

The tech cards are really fantastic, and the whole game just flows well and seems to have been play tested well.

Can't say enough about this zippy little game - really, just great.

Oh, and awesome art too.
2012-11-22
Owned
Dan W
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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10
Jun 2014
Anticipation rating. I've been wanting to add this to my collection for a long time.
2014-06-07
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Carmen Norris
United States
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10
Jul 2012
I love the theme. Different enough from other deck-builders to be worth it.
2012-07-02
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Ian Collier
United Kingdom
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10
Aug 2012
Not massively experienced with this, but feel like we've got a total blinder of a Civ deckbuilder here. Elegant, fun, competitive, challenging, varied... love it to pieces.
2012-08-28
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Ricky Cantrell
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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10
Jun 2015
Includes:
Escalation
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2015-12-02
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Ned Law
United States
Lakewood
Ohio
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10
Oct 2012
Soundtrack: Music from the Metroid video game series
2013-01-19
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Sebastian AssaultMarine
Poland
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10
Feb 2013
Best....Game....EVER! 137891739179372192 out of 10
2013-07-26
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Luke Wunderlin
United States
Sylvania
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10
May 2013
Eminent Domain is a GREAT game with streamlined, inclusive game-play, good artwork, and a nice space theme.

I will not turn down an opportunity to play this game.

This game fired Glory to Rome for me.
2013-07-06
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Brad vanVugt
United States
Baltimore
MD
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10
Apr 2015
My wife and I haven't been able to stop playing this since we picked it up. It's an excellent deck building/role selection that allows for multiple paths to victory. It's been said that it suffers from group think in larger player counts, but this will go away once players are more experienced with the game.
2014-01-26
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Chris King
United States
Illinois
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10
Feb 2014
The reason this got a 10 after only one play is because, I haven't had the "I want to play this again" right away in a long time! Ah, what a good feeling!
2014-02-27
Charles McKimmey
United States
Johns Creek
Georgia
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10
Aug 2014
I absolutely love this game. It's got just enough complexity for the base game and if you need to you can ramp it up for people that want more using the expansion. I've taught this to probably 20+ people now and most people seem to enjoy this one. MUCH easier to get to play with people than my favorite game Race.
2014-08-25
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sebas herrera
Colombia
Medellin
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10
Jul 2014
juegazo, el mejor deck building que he jugado por el momento, a comprar con la expansión rápidito
2014-07-26
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sgt stiffler
United States
Kansas
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10
Aug 2014
Changed my initial ranking for a 9 to a 10 because of the expansion. This expansion has made great game, spectacular, and now plays differently every game.
2014-08-22
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Tom D

New York
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10
Jul 2015
2-4p

First play was this weekend. The game plays really smoothly and feels like it has the best parts of Dominion, Race for the Galaxy, and the think action from Glory to Rome. Really enjoyed it. Might move up to a 10. Strategy + tactics + knowing what your opponent will do + plays 4P well
2016-01-28
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Kelvin Lau
Hong Kong
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10
Sep 2015
Nice mixture of Domain and RFTG
2015-09-05
Matthew Noble
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10
Nov 2015
Great deck building euro type game. Space theme resource management with planet exploration as the central mechanic. Really like to play and my friends like it too.
2015-11-07
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Colin Thomas
United States
Palmyra
Virginia
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9.8
Aug 2014
My absolute favorite deck builder.
2015-02-01
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Matthew Taylor
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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9.8
Apr 2015
My favorite Deck Builder. Itches the same scratch as Race for the Galaxy, without the oppressive learning curve.

A 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate,) in deck building form? Indeed! I love this game. It scratches the same itch as Race for the Galaxy, yet is far easier to play and it's name doesn't get confused for some kind of interstellar gran prix.

My only complaint is that I don't get to play it more often.
2013-03-20
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B. Perry
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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9.6
Nov 2015
Terrific game. Enough variety in cards and diversity in paths to victory to keep me coming back after many plays. The pieces are beautifully produced as well, though I do recommend downloading extra upgrade player aids so you don't need to depend on the back cover of the rule book. Also scales well from 2 to 4 players.
2012-02-18
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Warren Sistrom
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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9.5
Nov 2011
#151 of 500 limited edition
2011-11-05
Owned
Jason Mosley
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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9.5
Dec 2011
This game is easy to teach but hard to master. At first the games end to quickly but then your figure out who to extend the game with your strategy. Every time I play I try something different.

This game is Wife approved!
2012-01-09
Owned
Brian Winkleblech
United States
Brownsville
Pennsylvania
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9.5
Oct 2015
This has become one of my favorite engine builders, and favorite games in general. I really like how the deck building works, and this game captures the exploration element of games like Race for the Galaxy.
2015-10-31
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Caleb Smay
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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9.5
Dec 2011
Best deck building game on the market. The game is truly determined by the actions of the players and not the whim of the cards.
2011-12-09
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Daniel Hadlock
United States
Roy
Utah
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9.5
Nov 2015
This one has really stood the test of time, and now with the expansion I doubt I'll ever grow tired of this one.

As a base game it was a solid 9 for the whole time it was in my collection. Now It is in the running for a 10.

All Promo's (minus the original KS exclusive one.) and all expansions. Included in collection.
2015-01-29
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Travis Archer
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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9.5
Jan 2013
Great deck-builder. The buildup of role cards is a great mechanic, and trashing is often the difference between winning and losing.

I think an expansion with more tech cards (allowing you to pick a random set of techs) would greatly help this game, as there is nothing stopping you from running the same strategy every single time.
2013-01-02
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ad best
United Kingdom
hereford
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9.5
Oct 2013
Great game, nice two player involved but not too taxing. Theme and mechanics fit together nicely. Designer avaliable on the forums and seems like a top guy.
2013-04-11
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Yuri Gagarin
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9.5
Jul 2014
Jul 2014: 9.5

(after 9 plays)
2014-07-13
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Legolas Greenleaf
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9.5
Jul 2014
This is an amazing card game and the components are out of this world! The games tend to be really tight and competitive and even young kids can pick up on the strategies pretty quick. The ability to piggy back off what other players do on this turn really keeps you involved the whole time. I love that you can succeed going heavy tech, resource, military, or colonizing a ton of planets. The space theme definitely comes through as well. All around, just a fantastic game in every aspect.
2014-08-03
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fozzy fosbourne
United States
Belmont
California
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9.5
Mar 2015
10 for me with expansion
2015-03-29
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Tony Brum
United States
Ewa Beach
Hawaii
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9.5
Nov 2015
I really enjoy Eminent Domain, it is quick to play and provides a good range of styles of play. Plays great as a 2 player game. Smooth game play and good theme. The mechanics are simple, and yet the game play is deep and rewarding.
2015-06-22
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Shayne Gray
United States
Akron
Ohio
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9.3
Jun 2012
I really enjoy Eminent Domain, it is quick to play and provides a good range of styles of play.
2012-01-25
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Shawna
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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9.25
May 2015
Acquired: Erik

DeckBuilding
2016-01-04
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