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Eminent Domain, MACE and More Life

David Gregg
United States
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Eminent Domain

The first pack of my new additions arrived Tuesday, bring in Dungeon Run, Eminent Domain, Hive: The Ladybug, Troyes as well as a token set for Agricola. Being a huge fan of deck construction / deck building I had to try out Eminent Domain first. I had preread the rulebook via PDF Monday (really well written btw), so was ready to play when it arrived. The game reminds me heavily of Race for the Galaxy, Puerto Rico and of course Dominion.

So far I've played one each of the learning game, level 1 tech only and a full game. The learning game was really easy to grasp and it gave a good understanding of the game's mechanics. Adding in the level 1 tech immediately felt like there was now a lot more that could be planned and strategized. Having tested heavy colonizing in one game and an even mix of stuff in the other, I knew that I had to test going heavy research / warefare.

It was a thing of beauty cool

I was able to secure two level 2 techs pretty early: can spend ships as resources and -2 cost to attack, but planet doesn't generate resources. At that point I was just cruising through, piggy backing on my opponent's survey roles and using my own turns to either dig further into the research decks or rack up even more of a military fleet. Near the end of the game I also scored the level 3 tech that allows basic research cards to gain all role icons... that was sick...

My only con so far is that player interactivity is rather low with the only real options being to attempt to plan your roles to maximize riding the wave of other players while denying them the same as well as trying to deny them critical level 2/3 tech cards.


I attended MACE last year and had a great time learning Ticket to Ride with my family and demoing Nightfall for a few others (as well as a Nightfall a tournament!). So when I heard that MACE West is taking place near to some extended family, it became a done deal. So far I'm planning to demo my WIP Just in Time, demo Nightfall and run another Nightfall tournament. Hopefully I can get hold of some promos from AEG to hand out as well.


More Life

Few quick things here: looks like BGG is getting into full swing with beta testing their new layout and I've gotten an invite!


It's an interesting design and I'm trying to find my way around where the more major changes were made, but so far I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Also, the new job is going very well. Tons of tiny projects popping up, so having to stay on my toes and keep reacting to all the issues these people are generating for me.

On the negative side of things, our septic line under our house broke the other day... smelled like someone let out some terrible gas right by the air intake so it spread throughout the entire house...


Fortunately we rent and the landlord does a great job of getting things fixed in a hurry
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