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I know people are going to have different feelings about which expansions are best, and I can find this in other places.

What I am wondering is if buying more expansions continues to add to the enjoyment of the game, or if enjoyment plateaus or perhaps is even negatively effected by adding more expansions.

Reason I asked is I quickly grew bored of base set, but adding Seaside made it a lot more fun for me. In addition I have Prosperity and Intrigue.
I wonder if adding more expansions would continue to increase value of Dominion, if I have hit a plateau, or if at a certain point additional expansions could decrease the value.
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I stopped purchasing expansions at Prosperity. Up to that point, the additional expansions (for me) were just additional cards, but not necessarily MUST BUY sets.

I still play online at isentropic, and I have to say the newer sets definitely make it worth it. Cards in Cornucopia and Hinterlands can be combined with the not-so-great cards of the past to create some pretty amazing strategies. I think Rio Grande may have noticed that the cards needed to have better interaction between releases while still maintaining stand-alone capability.

I'm in the same position as you right now and I do want to add the newer expansions to my collection. I recommend you buy them, but only if you have the gamers to play with. Dominion is one of those fast games that you can get burnt out on fairly quickly if you play too much.

The game doesn't hit a plateau unless you are playing far too much, but that really applies to most games. If you play far too much, you'll probably get bored.
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Thanks Ken.
I'm not sure how much I will be playing it. My regular board gaming friends aren't too excited about it, but I like that it gives me decisions while being more accessible to non-gamers than something like Caylus. Also it's something the wife is willing to play.
Right now it's my number one most played game though!

Right now I am pushing the boundaries of Consolidate Your Dominion - Card Organization System So that factors in my decision as well. It actually makes me a bit more excited about buying a smaller set since then I would have a better place to fit all the player boards and metal coins. Apparently they fit in there great.
 
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I like the variety the expansions bring, and having to adjust to different layouts; so I get every expansion.
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I had originally purchased a 1600-card shoebox and custom made my dividers, but now it's full so I'd have to come up with another storage solution if I buy some more expansion. I don't think I want to spend a ton of time building something again. Perhaps I'd get one of those card-display binders
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I think the expansions for Dominion (and games like it, where the expansion doesn't add, but just replaces options) are fine.

Buy an expansion .... play it as much as you can stand. If you find that you still enjoy Dominion but the sets don't have a lot of new ideas, buy another. If you find you are burned out, stop buying.
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I think each expansion adds something different, I own them all and I think they are all completely worth it. My one regret was buying them too quickly. I'd recommend buying each expansion after you've gotten tired of the ones you have.
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TMWinand wrote:
I think each expansion adds something different, I own them all and I think they are all completely worth it. My one regret was buying them too quickly. I'd recommend buying each expansion after you've gotten tired of the ones you have.
I definitely agree! I purchased Base, owned that for a while, and then purchased Prosperity. I owned Prosperity for only 3 days before I bought Seaside and Intrigue. I wish I would've waited longer.
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wizcreations wrote:
TMWinand wrote:
I think each expansion adds something different, I own them all and I think they are all completely worth it. My one regret was buying them too quickly. I'd recommend buying each expansion after you've gotten tired of the ones you have.
I definitely agree! I purchased Base, owned that for a while, and then purchased Prosperity. I owned Prosperity for only 3 days before I bought Seaside and Intrigue. I wish I would've waited longer.




Too late for me.
I think I played one set of Seaside before buying Intrigue, and did not play Intrigue at all before buying Prosperity. (Although I have played with Intrigue and Prosperity before at a gaming group).

Couple reasons:
1) Free shipping to spend a lot of money.
2) The Dominion storage solution I have basically requires four sets to function. Even at three there is a lot of open space.
3) I knew I wanted Intrigue for expanding to 5 and 6 players.
4) I knew I wanted Prosperity for it being fun.

I think I will wait to buy anymore if and when I grow bored of it.
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I've been extreemely pleased with the various nuances that the latest two expansions add to the mix. The Cornucopia theme is variety, and it really plays strongly with those cards. With Hinterlands, many cards do special things when you gain them or gain something, which also adds an entirely different level of play.

Interestingly, though Cornucopia only has 13 cards, many of them are already very highly rated by the regular online Dominion players. It's smaller and less expensive, but it really adds a lot to the game.

Personally I love each new expansion, and I can't wait for Dark Ages coming out in August. It apperrs it will have more than 40 new Kingdom cards to add to the mix, and we don't know the theme yet. Sounds great to me!
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Expansions which enhance the base game:
* Prosperity
* Seaside

Expansions which change the base game:
* Hinterlands
* Conucopia
* Alchemy
* Intrigue

*All* of the expansions improve the base game. It's not like Magic where they have to print "staple" cards. IMO, Hinterlands has the most dramatic game change. Even two Hinterland cards can change a base game tableau.
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All of them have been worth it for me. I would say that each expansions has made a rather large change to the game. The small boxes contribute less simply because they are small and alchemy is definetaly my least favorite (still worth it though).

If you are a dominion fan then they are all worth it. If you are a gamer who likes to play dominion occasionally then maybe not...
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I disagree with the post above. Cornucopia adds a lot to the game and has many amazing cards even though it is small.

The good things about the last two sets, Cornucopia and Hinterlands, is that they both have better interaction with other sets. With some of the older expansions, some of the cards don't play as nicely with other sets.
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BeyondAwesome wrote:
I disagree with the post above. Cornucopia adds a lot to the game and has many amazing cards even though it is small.

The good things about the last two sets, Cornucopia and Hinterlands, is that they both have better interaction with other sets. With some of the older expansions, some of the cards don't play as nicely with other sets.


I didn't mean to imply that cornacopia didn't add to the game. I would say that card for card it adds more than base, intrigue, and alchemy and may even be on par with seaside, prosperity, and hinterlands (or maybe just below those - I can't make up my mind on that)...

Regardless it is totally awesome and worth one's time and money!
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