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Dominion Boggle
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:02:54 am »

What is the smallest grid of letters in which you can find a given set of Dominion items, Boggle style?

Some clarifications:
1. Ignore spaces and punctuation. Eg KINGSCOURT, WILLOWISP etc.
2. Grids are 2-D rectangles of any dimensions.
3. For each item in the set you can start on any grid square.
4. Move between adjacent grid squares horizontally, vertically or diagonally, collecting the letters in order as you go.
5. You cannot use the same grid square more than once in each item.

The challenge is to find the smallest possible grid (by area) for a given set.
Don't use spoilers, just post your grid. Anyone else can attempt to improve on it, or try a different set.

For example I still sometimes play Boggle.
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 05:03:56 am »

Some advice when choosing sets:

I find the most fun challenges to be small sets (5 to 8 items), with many letters in common between multiple items.
You can, of course, choose whatever set you like, just make sure you define it clearly.
Let's assume English 2nd edition unless otherwise stated.

Here is a list of sets attempted or recommended so far:

SetSize of setSize of grid
Dominion basic cards724
All cards in Base Cards set10
Castles (ignore the word 'castle')828
Heirlooms7
Knights (ignore 'dame' and 'sir')10
Card types found in multiple expansions720
Ships (Cargo, Ghost, Merchant, Pirate)416
Any 6 kingdom cards612
All 4-letter kingdom cards1835

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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 05:09:42 am »

To get things started, here's my best attempt for Dominion basic cards (Copper, Silver, Gold, Estate, Duchy, Province, Curse).
Grid size 24 (4ラ6). (I've left blanks for unused squares - they could obviously be any letter, but it's probably clearer to leave them blank.)

PESTAT
PRVIUE
UOLDNC
GC  HY
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 05:28:59 am »

The 4x4 for the ships, with 14 letters used for the 13 uniques.


PIEM
GRCT
OHAN
ST
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 08:37:04 am »

Castles, 28 (4ラ7):

 SBALKA
OPMLINR
CRUWEDG
 HANTS
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2019, 03:56:20 am »

(This thread started life on the Puzzles and Challenges board, but I've moved it here because it is only tangentially related to Dominion. It's more of a standalone game, that uses Dominion as a theme.)
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 09:49:18 am »

Here's six kingdom cards with twelve letters.

P M T S
B A R E
W N K D
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 10:03:57 am »

Here's six kingdom cards with twelve letters.

P M T S
B A R E
W N K D


Nice. Took me a while to find them all...
Better choice of font too, by the way.

Edit - In fact, you have 7 cards in there, though only 6 of them are kingdom cards.
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2019, 04:18:29 am »

Common types (the ones which occur in more than one expansion), 20:

C D S E A
E U R A T
R O T C T
Y N I V K
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2019, 10:40:46 am »

C I N Y R
P M T S U
B A R E A
W N K D F


Expanding on my last answer, here's a valid, if obsolete, kingdom with 20 letters. Any improvements welcome.
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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2019, 09:09:40 am »

Here's an attempt at all 18 four-letter kingdom cards.
Grid size 35. I suspect it can be done in less...


C M L F S E R
I L O O B A E
T D R A P G Z
Y U T N W
  S K E I M

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Re: Dominion Boggle
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2019, 09:34:54 am »

While I'm at it, I'll have a go at all three-letter kingdom cards:
N N I

Gets a bit trickier if we include first edition cards:
N N Y
S P I
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