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June 27, 2011

Cornucopia adds variety to Dominion world

— The Cornucopia is a symbol of abundance and nourishment and it is appropriate as the title of the newest expansion for dominion.

For those who are unfamiliar with the deck building card game Dominion, it is suggested first reading a story about the series in an earlier Rick’s Rec Room. This story will just be about the newest expansion for that game.

This is from the game’s introduction on the back of the box for this expansion by Rio Grande Games. “Autumn. It seemed like the summer would never end, but that fortune teller was right. It's over. Autumn, the time of the harvest. Agriculture has advanced significantly in recent years, ever since the discovery of the maxim, "leaves of three, let it be." Autumn, a time of celebration. The peasants have spent a hard week scything hay in the fields, but tonight the festivities begin, starting with a sumptuous banquet of roast hay. Then, the annual nose-stealing competition. Then you have two jesters, one who always lies, one who always tells the truth, both hilariously. Then, they fight to the death! This celebration will truly have something for everyone.

This is the fifth addition to the game of Dominion. It adds 13 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, plus fiveunique cards. The central theme is variety; there are cards that reward you for having a variety of cards in your deck, in your hand, and in play, as well cards that help you get that variety.”

“Well what I like about Cornucopia is that it promotes variety,” said game designer Donald X. Vaccarino. “It's fun to build a deck with a bunch of different cards in it, and nice that now you can do that as a legitimate strategy. And I was pleased to be able to squeeze five extra cards into a small set, via the Prizes. The best cards in the set are close for me. I'm tentatively going with Tournament as my favorite. That seems lame because it's like the poster child for the set, but well, win Prizes, foil other people's Tournaments, what's not to like? I like Jester a lot: getting actions that I didn't really want, but hey, free action; getting a pile of cards at once; giving the other guy a copy of an action that's no good in multiples.”

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