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Contemptus Mundi
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Which version of Dominion would you recommend for a friend to purchase who has never played Dominion before, and is fairly board game savvy?
Dominion - Base/Core
Dominion: Intrigue
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Eric Taylor
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The base game is more consistent with its artwork and the cards are more basic. If you play the base game and think the level of indirect competition is perfect, just stick with the base game. If you play the base game and find it too solitaire-ish, then it's time to buy Intrigue for the extra "screw you!" cards.
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Cameron McKenzie
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Intrigue has choice cards that are a bit more interesting as well. In Intrigue you are less likely to draw a hand that "plays itself."

In the base game, almost all of your decision making is regarding how to build your deck. When it comes down to playing the hand you are dealt, it is almost always very obvious what to do. Intrigue mixes that up a bit and adds a lot more options to how you play each hand, while still including all the deck building strategy. I think Intrigue is deeper overall.
 
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Caleb Wynn
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My preference is for Intrigue at this point in time. But that is due to the fact that I have played Dominion a ton! I haven't had the chance to play Intrigue as much. For me, they are both great games but I rate Intrigue a little higher due to the heightened player interaction. And if you and your friend decide that you like that interaction, I would suggest picking up Seaside at some point down the road as well.
 
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Dan Zuccarelli
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I bought the base game and recently picked up Seaside. I don't have Intrigue yet, which I was fine with skipping. The cards in Seaside seemed much more interesting.

I doubt you could go wrong either way though
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Kameron Gibson
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I Personally prefer Dominion: Intrigue, due to the optional directions that most of the cards have. I enjoy having other ways of playing a card, instead of being pigeon-holed into playing one card a certain way.

I also enjoy the multi-purpose cards (such as Harem) which both work as money and add into the victory count at the end of the game. I can't tell you how many times people I played with overlooked the Duke & duchy combo, until it was too late in the game.

Don't get me wrong though, as Dominion itself is a fantastic way of getting first time players to understand how the game works, plus, mixing new and old players is a little bit easier with the base, as there is a set way the cards play (somewhat ).
 
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Gabriel Manasan
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The savvy gamer will appreciate Intrigue a lot more. There's more interaction and more tactical choice.

The base game is better at introducing the basic concepts of the game, but is much simpler overall.
 
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