Dominion Prosperity

dominion prosperityOverview of Dominion Prosperity

Dominion Prosperity was published in October of 2010. It is the fifth overall release in the line of Dominion games.  It is a large expansion but, like the Alchemy and Seaside expansions before it, it requires either the original base game or the Intrigue expansion to play a full game.  It is also one of the three component games in the Big Box release. So, it is required that one either purchase one of the first two games, the Big Box or get the later-released base cards only set (see below) to use in conjunction with it.

Prior to the release of Prosperity, the Envoy, Black Market, and Stash promotional cards were released, and two more followed in 2011 after its release (see here for the full list of Dominion promotional cards).

The entire series of Dominion games has been designed so that each expansion game adds themes or additional game play concepts to the core principles introduced in the original game and around which it revolves and expands. Dominion Prosperity adds numerous dynamics and new dimensions to the game, and it is a favorite among experienced players due to the game-extending and high-powered expensive Colony and Platinum cards.  These allow for more complicated strategies to bud and overpower opponents who may opt for a speedy starting strategy that bogs down at the end.  Victory point tokens and expensive cards introduced with this expansion also add significantly to the overall Dominion world.  As always, the the original Dominion game is probably the best one to get if you aren’t already very familiar with the game, but Prosperity can be a starting point as well. See the Buy Dominion page for more on what themes and play concepts are introduced by each expansion set.

Dominion Prosperity Narrative

Oftentimes, game publishers will set the context for their games by releasing a narrative that introduces the thematic “environment” for game play. Each Dominion game or expansion has such a narrative. The original Dominion Prosperity storyline from RioGrandeGames.com reads as follows:

Ah, money. There’s nothing like the sound of coins clinking in your hands. You vastly prefer it to the sound of coins clinking in someone else’s hands, or the sound of coins just sitting there in a pile that no-one can quite reach without getting up. Getting up, that’s all behind you now. Life has been good to you. Just ten years ago, you were tilling your own fields in a simple straw hat. Today, your kingdom stretches from sea to sea, and your straw hat is the largest the world has ever known. You also have the world’s smallest dog, and a life-size statue of yourself made out of baklava. Sure, money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy envy, anger, and also this kind of blank feeling. You still have problems – troublesome neighbors that must be conquered. But this time, you’ll conquer them in style.

Dominion Prosperity Card List

The Dominion Prosperity expansion comes with 300 cards; all the cards you need to play the game are NOT included. To play with it, you need the base Dominion game, or a standalone expansion to Dominion (Dominion: Intrigue). Those provide the basic cards you need to play (Treasure, Victory, and Curse cards), as well as the full rules for setup and game play (or, you can purchase the later-released Base Cards pack – see below). Dominion Prosperity can be combined with any other expansions you have. There are 250 Kingdom cards, 25 Randomizer cards, 24 base cards (12 each of Colony and Platinum), and 1 blank card.

Additionally, there are 8 Victory Point mats to use with the Victory Point Tokens, one Trade Route mat, 8 Coins to place on the Trade Route mat as applicable, 16 1-point Victory Point tokens, and 15 5-point Victory Point tokens.

In alphabetical order, the Kingdom cards included in the Dominion Prosperity game are: Bank, Bishop, City, Contraband, Counting House, Expand, Forge, Goons, Grand Market, Hoard, King’s Court, Loan, Mint, Monument, Mountebank, Peddler, Quarry, Rabble, Royal Seal, Talisman, Trade Route, Vault, Venture, Watchtower, and Worker’s Village.

For card images, how each card functions, and a more detailed Dominion Prosperity card list, go here: Dominion Prosperity Cards List

Recommended Dominion Prosperity Kingdom Sets

Each game that is played centers around building your deck from the (usually) 10 stacks of Kingdom cards. Prior to a new expansion being released, all the cards go through an extensive play-testing trial. This culls out cards that are deemed too powerful, useless for much of anything, too “swingy” (meaning that their presence or use causes the game to swing inordinately for or against a player), or that prove to be detrimental to the game in some way. Also, this play testing is vital in determining the best price point for each of the cards.

With each of the releases, a rules booklet is released to clarify exactly how the cards may be used and played (download Dominion Prosperity rules below). Also included in the rules are recommended Kingdom sets. The sets are recommended to highlight specific card interactions, themes, and strategies. The recommended sets involving Dominion Prosperity are as follows:

Recommended Sets, Dominion Prosperity Only

Beginners: Bank, Counting House, Expand, Goons, Monument, Rabble, Royal Seal, Venture, Watchtower, Worker’s Village
Friendly Interactive: Bishop, City, Contraband, Forge, Hoard, Peddler, Royal Seal, Trade Route, Vault, Worker’s Village
Big Actions: City, Expand, Grand Market, King’s Court, Loan, Mint, Quarry, Rabble, Talisman, Vault

Recommended Sets, Dominion Prosperity & Original Dominion

Biggest Money: Bank, Grand Market, Mint, Royal Seal, Venture, Adventurer, Laboratory, Mine, Moneylender, Spy
The King’s Army: Expand, Goons, King’s Court, Rabble, Vault, Bureaucrat, Council Room, Moat, Spy, Village
The Good Life: Contraband, Counting House, Hoard, Monument, Mountebank, Bureaucrat, Cellar, Chancellor, Gardens, Village

Recommended Sets, Dominion Prosperity & Dominion Intrigue

Paths to Victory: Bishop, Counting House, Goons, Monument, Peddler, Baron, Harem, Pawn, Shanty Town, Upgrade
All Along the Watchtower: Hoard, Talisman, Trade Route, Vault, Watchtower, Bridge, Great Hall, Mining Village, Pawn, Torturer
Lucky Seven: Bank, Expand, Forge, King’s Court, Vault, Bridge, Coppersmith, Swindler, Tribute, Wishing Well

Dominion Prosperity Rules

You can download all of the rules to the Dominion Propserity game here: Dominion Prosperity Rules. This rules set provides instructions for properly playing each card.

Buy Dominion Prosperity

When Dominion was first released, there were no options. You could buy the game or not. There were no expansions. There was no confusion. Now, however, there are many options available. It is generally considered best to buy and learn the first released game prior to moving on to subsequent ones. You can do that directly here: Dominion Base Game. If you aren’t sure, or if you just want more information prior to deciding on which boxed sets you want to get, this page will help walk you through the process and give you a better grasp of what you get with each one: Buy Dominion.

dominion prosperity expansion gameAlso, with the release of the expansion-only boxed sets, a new artistic rendering has been applied to the common cards that are present in every Dominion game. They are also available on the above-linked page for those familiar with Dominion already and who wish to buy an expansion set to play as a stand-alone game.

Dominion Prosperity: Conclusion

The Dominion Prosperity expansion game is a great addition to an already all-around fantastic game. The additional 25 Kingdom cards increase the possible card combinations and further ensure that the game is virtually always different, and the advent of expensive cards allow for more diverse plans of attack. With all the expansions, there are millions upon millions of possible game combinations. Since every card is different, every card interacts with the others in varying ways. The initial analysis strategic component is important! But, the game is interactive, and how you play is affected by what your opponent(s) does(do), so your ability to adjust and implement mid-game tactics is equally important!

The bottom line is that Dominion Prosperity adds great new thematic and strategic elements as well as an additional card cost to the overall game. It makes the game an even better choice for families, friends, and the über-competitive alike. Because of the variability, every game presents a unique challenge, an opportunity to improve and learn something new, and a guarantee of a good time.

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