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It's that time again!  Join us for another amazing competition between top-tier Dominion players using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and all players will receive promotional cards!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket and a convention badge.

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole game convention, which runs from Nov 22-24, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).

  I hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Note that the tournament takes place on the upper floor of the resort's golf clubhouse; we will have the area mostly to ourselves.  You will need to pick up your tickets and badges first, at the con's registration desk in the main convention building.

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Register
It's that time again!  Join us for the largest in-person gathering of F.DS players in the world!  Compete against all the handles you've gotten to know here, using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2019.  All players receive promotional cards!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket and a convention badge.

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole game convention, which runs from Nov 9-11, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).

  I hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those who have attended in the past, note that this year the tournament has been moved to an outbuilding:  We will be on the upper floor of the resort's golf clubhouse, and will have the area mostly to ourselves.  You will need to pick up your tickets and badges first, at the con's registration desk.

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Register
It's that time again!  Join us for the largest in-person gathering of F.DS players in the world!  Compete against all the handles you've gotten to know here, using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, guest-judged by the current World Champion, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2018.  All players receive promotional cards!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket and a convention badge.

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole game convention, which runs from Nov 17-19, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).  Convention members can even sign up for free tutoring sessions with the world champ to polish their game!

  I hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those who have attended in the past, note that this year the tournament has been moved to an outbuilding:  We will be on the upper floor of the resort's golf clubhouse, and will have the area mostly to ourselves.  You will need to pick up your tickets and badges first, at the con's registration desk.

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EDIT:Pre-registration is now open; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket and a convention badge.

Register
It's that time again!  Join us for another epic clash of Dominion masters!  Compete against all the handles you've gotten to know here, using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, judged by the current World Champion, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2018.  All players receive promotional cards!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Exact event times and registration details will be posted once available.

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole convention, which runs from Nov 17-19, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).  For out of town visitors, discounted hotel rooms will be available.

  I hope to see you there!

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Register
It's that time again!  Join us for the largest in-person gathering of F.DS players in the world!  Compete against all the handles you've gotten to know here, using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2017.  All players receive promotional cards!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket ($10), and a convention badge ($20 for Saturday, or $25 for the whole convention).

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole convention, which runs from Nov 11-13, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).  For out of town visitors, discounted hotel rooms are available for only $92/night.

  I hope to see you there!

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Empires Previews / Empires Bonus Preview #4: Enchantress
« on: May 12, 2016, 08:18:06 am »
Enchantress ($3): Action-Attack-Duration: Until your next turn, the first time each other player plays an Action card on their turn, they get +1 Card and +1 Action instead of following its instructions. At the start of your next turn, +2 Cards

             ENCHANTRESS
           Until your next turn, the first time
           each other player plays an Action
                card on their turn, they get
          +1 Card and +1 Action instead of
                   following its instructions.

                At the start of your next turn,
                            +2 Cards

   ($3) ACTION-ATTACK-DURATION

The self-styled Prince of Giants squinted down at the tiny red-haired figure before him.  "What you say?" he rumbled, setting a few cascades of pebbles tumbling down the nearby hillside.  He shouldn't be talking to anyone, he knew; the Master had sent him down this highway with strict orders to squash anyone approaching.

"Most magnificent of titans", the woman purred, stroking a slender hand over one of his massive calves.  "I beg you not to harm me...I merely came to offer you a meal; you must be famished after your long watch."

The giant leaned down, nostrils flaring as he sniffed, and his stomach growled.  Suddenly he felt as though he hadn't fed in days.  "Eat you?"  he grunted.  His meals weren't usually so cooperative, but he wasn't going to complain.  She did smell good.

A lilting peal of laughter filled his ears.  "Oh no, sir giant!"  The woman gestured toward the side of the road, where a massive cauldron bubbled merrily.  A couple of pigs snuffled through the undergrowth nearby, and he thought he caught the scent of roasting pork.  "Please, won't you try my stew?"  Seeing him eying the pigs, she smiled.  "And after you finish the stew, you can enjoy my pigs to your heart's content."

Why hadn't he noticed those before?  The question vanished almost as quickly as it appeared, wafting away as the rich aroma of the stew sent his mouth watering.  Grunting, he leaned his club against the hillside and lumbered off to enjoy the meal.  He could always squash her after dinner.




Enchantress is an Action-Attack-Duration card introduced in Empires, which pairs a unique attack effect with deferred non-terminal draw in the style of Haunted Woods.  Channeling the legacy of the Odyssey's Circe, or Arthurian Niviane, the Enchantress negates each other player's first Action card each turn by reducing it to a simple cantrip. 

Interactions/Clarifications:
  • Enchantress only alters a card's effect at the moment it is played; effects that trigger at other times (on-gain, on-buy, on-trash, while-in-play, etc.) are not affected. 
  • If an opponent takes multiple turns, each of them is affected by Enchantress.
  • Multiple Enchantress attacks do not stack.
  • Duration cards subject to Enchantress' effect will be cleaned up at the end of the turn, as they have no pending effect to keep them in play.
  • Band of Misfits is affected as any other Action; it gives +1 Card/+1 Action, and does not get to mimic another card.
(Those who prefer not to read detailed strategy tips may skip the following):
Enchantress' attack cuts deepest in the early game, when players often only have one Action card to play; countering that action can reduce early $5 turns to $4 or less, or block critical early plays of trashers such as Chapel or Steward.  Princes and Summons are quite vulnerable to the Enchantress, since they will usually be your first action play, and Village-based engines have difficulty getting started under her influence.  Enchantress anti-synergizes with Looters, as their effects tend to cancel each other out.

As interesting as its attack may be, Enchantress' true power arguably rests in its deferred draw, which allows the player to spend an action on the current turn to start their next turn with extra cards, in a manner similar to Gear.  As with other deferred draw cards, alternating plays of two Enchantresses allows a sustained handsize increase, and keeps the enchantment running continuously.  The presence of discard attacks makes Enchantress particularly compelling, as such attacks both complement and are countered by her abilities.

Players who see their opponent open with Enchantress may want to plan their opening buys to reduce the chance of an early setback.  Silver, while a bit on the boring side, is immune to her charms.  Alternatively, opening double-terminal (potentially double-Enchantress) becomes a bit less risky, since an Enchantress in play makes action collision desirable instead of dire.  One of the best counters to Enchantress is to simply increase your deck's Action density with sacrificial low-cost Actions, if you have the buys to pick them up; Pawn or Pearl Diver aren't greatly diminished by the enchantment, and Great Hall or Highway counter it completely.  If you have some deck manipulation available, tracking your opponents' Enchantresses so that you can avoid getting your best actions countered may be worth the effort.  Later in the game, as action densities increase, the effectiveness of Enchantress' attack usually starts to wane, becoming more of an annoyance than a serious hindrance.


In summary, Enchantress is a potent card for its low price, working as an effective early-game delaying tactic, while simultaneously providing semi-nonterminal draw to boost your deck's economy and velocity.

EDIT 2016/05/15: Added additional clarifications and observations distilled from this thread.

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So the tournament this year ran quite late into the evening, and some people were starting to burn out by the end.  I'd like to see how people feel about making it into a two-day affair, with the prelims running on Saturday, and the semifinals and finals on Sunday.

Please only answer this poll if there's a real chance of you participating in the tournament in 2016 (the weekend of November 12).

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Here we go again!  Join us for the largest in-person gathering of F.DS players in the world!  Compete against all the handles you've gotten to know here, using real cards!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2016.  Top finishers get free games courtesy of Warriors 3 Comics and Games, and all players receive the new "Summon" promotional card!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket ($10), and a convention badge ($20 for Saturday, or $25 for the whole convention).

As previously posted on this board, our own AdamH will also be running Dominion tutorials, and will be joined for the advanced session by our reigning world champion, A Drowned Kernel!  The defending tournament champion is Robz888, but shark_bait is sure to be hungry for victory after close second-place finishes in both of the last two years!

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole convention, which runs from Nov 20-22, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).  For out of town visitors, discounted hotel rooms are available for only $89/night.

And, if anyone would like to get their convention badge for free, you can register to run events until early October, or volunteer some time to help out.

  I hope to see you there!

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Dominion World Masters / Tutor Dominion at U-Con?
« on: July 04, 2015, 01:54:13 am »
I'm trying to expand the Dominion presence at the U-Con gaming convention this fall.  Would anyone be interested in running some events there?  Some basic/advanced tutorials before the tournament would be great, but running recap/rematch games on Saturday night/Sunday would also work.  If you can do 6 hours worth over the course of the convention, you can get your badge refunded.

U-Con this year is November 20-22, at the Marriott Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, MI (same place as last year).  The World Masters qualifier has not yet been scheduled, but will probably be the afternoon of November 21 (Saturday).

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Everyone seemed to have fun last year, so let's try this again!  Once more, U-Con is proud to host a gathering of some of the top Dominion talent around!

This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2015.  Top finishers get free games courtesy of Warriors 3 Comics and Games, and all players receive the new "Prince" promotional card!

The competition will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play. 

Tournament seating is limited, so Pre-register for the event here; just click on the 'Add' button and proceed through the checkout process.  You'll need a tournament ticket ($10), and a convention badge ($20 for Saturday, or $25 for the whole convention).

If you can, I'd encourage everyone to pick out other games to play in and attend the whole convention, which runs from Nov 14-16, all day (and late into the night Friday and Saturday).  For out of town visitors, discounted hotel rooms are available for only $89/night.

And, if anyone would like to get their convention badge for free, you can still register to run events until mid-October, or volunteer some time to help out.

  I hope to see you there!

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This tournament is sanctioned by Rio Grande, and will be a qualifier for the World Masters, if there is one in 2014.

This event will feature custom-designed kingdoms drawn from all of the Dominion sets and expansions, and will emphasize strategy and high-level play.

Details and a registration link are here.

Convention preregistration closes soon!  If you would like to reserve a place after registration has closed, email dominion2013@ucon-gaming.org.

Registration has now closed, but there are still some tickets available for purchase at the con.  I hope to see you there!

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