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Lloyd Butler
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Dominion Intrigue Expansion - Purchased 20/01/2014

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Reason for Purchase

We purchased this expansion for a few reasons, including the rule set that allowed up to 6 players (or 8 at two tables) with our original Dominion base set. At the time we believed that this was a good move as we wanted games that could not only be played by our self but also with family when needed.

Intrigue is a standalone version, meaning it comes with all base cards allowing you to play the game as is and comes with 25 kingdom cards which adds a lot of variety to the game which is the key to the games re-playability.

Intrigue also has more interaction between players due to the higher amount of attack cards than the original version which we thought was lacking in the base set.

Our Thoughts

As it turns out, we have yet to try a game with 6 but believe the downtime between rounds would considerably bog the game down and would more than likely try to limit the game to 3-4 players max. It is much better suited to 2 players as the game flows very well with very little down time.

The game comes with a total of 4 attack cards which can really add to the player interaction if you don’t mind that type of game play.

Also, the game adds Treasure / Victory and Action / Victory cards which steps up the strategy as you don’t just need to purchase straight up victory cards (Estate / Duchy / Province) to win.

In general we found all of the action cards fairly self explanatory and rarely needed to refer to the rulebook for clarification. When we did, the rulebook did a good job of explaining the action.

So overall, our original pick up based on increasing player interaction was good. However, purchasing the game for the 6 player rules was not required. I believe the game would really loose its charm unless you game a group of veterans that really knew how to play to limit the down time.

We really enjoyed this expansion and recommend it for additional interaction and if you were purchasing only one single standalone game, this would be the one for us.

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2 players....nah, you need at least 3 for fun games! IMO
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As for the time issue, all you have to do is removing cards that give +cards OR those giving +actions (or both of them, but that is not required). Village, Laboratory, Nobles, Smithy, etc.
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DrWhoWho wrote:
2 players....nah, you need at least 3 for fun games! IMO


3 does play very well, we love playing it with two as well.
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