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Dominion: Hinterlands

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The world is big and your kingdom small. Small when compared to the world, that is; it’s moderate-sized when compared to other kingdoms. But in a big world like this one - big when compared to smaller worlds anyway, if such things exist; it’s moderate-sized when compared to worlds of roughly the same size, and a little small when compared to worlds just a little larger - well, to make a long story short - short when compared to longer stories anyway - it is time to stretch your borders. You’ve heard of far-off places - exotic countries, where they have pancakes but not waffles, where the people wear the wrong number of shirts, and don’t even have a word for the look two people give each other when they each hope that the other will do something that they both want done but which neither of them wants to do. It is to these lands that you now turn your gaze.

You will need Dominion, or Dominion: Intrigue to play this game.

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“A True Outlier Collection”

Hinterlands is about as apropos a name as one could conjure for this set of 26 oddball cards. If there is a running theme for the effects in this set, it’s things which happen at the time you gain the card. Most of the impact that has on overall Dominion strategy is short-term: what benefit do I get by picking this up right now, separate from the general question of how do I use this card later in my deck.

As a result, I often end up looking at this expansion, not in the usual terms of “how can I use these cards to create cool combos with each other”, but “what would this card or that card do combined with other sets”. A good example is Silk Road: Worth 1 Victory Point for every 4 Victory cards in your deck. That might get you a couple points but usually not much, since Victory cards slow down your deck. But tossed in with Intrigue cards like Harem, Nobles, or Great Hall, and suddenly it’s worth a look.

So in the long run, I recommend this expansion, but with the qualifier that it is best enjoyed by the collector who already has several other expansions in their library.

 

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