Monday, August 30, 2010

Dominion Module

In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

From the back of the box: "You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion! In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and fiefdoms. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner."
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"But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn't be proud, but your grandparents would be delighted."

Dominion is not a CCG, but the play of the game is similar to the construction and play of a CCG deck. The game comes with 1,717 cards. You select 10 of the 127 Kingdom card types to include in any given play -- leading to immense variety.

Dominion at BGG:

Downloads - VASSAL
Module comes with all cards from the base game and expansions, allows play up to 4 players, includes a range of recommended and other scenarios, a randomizer for random custom games, semi-automated actions to speed up gameplay.

v1.8 of the module adds mouseover zoom, integrates a consolidated manual, adds Dark Ages and Guilds.
v1.7 of the module fixes the bane bug, adds Hinterland, and some other minor changes.
v1.5 of the module brings bug fixes and small changes. Scenario files have been replaced by a recommended sets of 10 listing which is easier to maintain. Added Cornucopia.

Base Game: Dominion.vmod (v1.8 - 2013-11-13)
Prosperity expansion: DominionProsperity.vmod (v1.2 - 2013-11-13)
Dark Ages expansion: DominionDarkAges.vmod (v1.0 - 2013-11-13)
Guilds expansion: DominionGuilds (v1.0 - 2013-11-13)
Promo Cards: DominionPromo.vmod (v1.1 - 2012-01-24)
Cornucopia: DominionCornucopia.vmod (v1.1 - 2012-01-24)
Hinterlands expansion: DominionHinterland.vmod (v1.0 - 2012-01-24)
Scenarios: DominionScenarios.vmod (v1.1 - 2011-07-16)
Intrigue expansion: DominionIntrigue.vmod (v1.3 - 2011-07-16)
Seaside expansion: DominionSeaside.vmod (v1.4 - 2011-07-16)
Alchemy expansion: DominionAlchemy.vmod (v1.1 - 2011-07-16)

Downloads - Rules
Base Game Rules: Dominion - gameRules.pdf
Intrigue Expansion Rules: Dominion Intrigue - gameRules.pdf
Seaside Expansion Rules: Dominion Seaside - gameRules.pdf
Alchemy Expansion Rules: Dominion Alchemy - gameRules.pdf
Prosperity Expansion Rules: Dominion Prosperity - gameRules.pdf
Cornucopia Expansion Rules: Dominion Cornucopia - gameRules.pdf
Hinterlands Expansion Rules: Dominion Hinterland - gameRules.pdf
Dark Ages Expansion Rules: Dominion Dark Ages - gameRules.pdf
Guilds Expansion Rules: Dominion Guilds - gameRules.pdf

Please comment if you find any problems/issues.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648 Gamebox & Module

A direct descendant of Paths of Glory, 30 Years War covers the confusing post-Reformation conflict in central Europe, as the Holy Roman Empire attempts to reassert domination over the protestant states. On the side of Catholicism we have the Holy Roman Empire (Austria and some of Northern Italy at this point) and Spain, opposed by a cast of thousands: the German Protestants, Sweden at the height of her power, France, England, Denmark, and others.
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While there are some new mechanics, virtually the entire game is borrowed from elsewhere: Leader activations and movement are as in Hannibal, combat is straight out of Paths of Glory (minus the flanking), and Siege resolves much Hannibal. Your armies have to be paid, with Aid Points that are received just like Paths of Glory's RPs. An interesting twist is that the movement and support of armies results in the landscape getting Pillaged, so as the game goes on the board becomes less and less capable of supporting military operations.

In order to legally use these files to play a game online via VASSAL, at least one of the players must own a copy of the boardgame upon which that VASSAL set is based. All rights, copyrights, and trademarks of these sets and their original boardgames remain vested in GMT Games, LLC and the original game artists. Any use of these materials except for the express non-commercial use of playing a GMT boardgame via VASSAL over the internet is prohibited without express permission from GMT Games, LLC.

Thirty Years War at BGG:

Download vmod (created by Joel Toppen):
Download ztb (created by Pokke):
Download Rules:
Link to Errata & Clarifications:


Monday, August 2, 2010

Update: Attack Sub Module

Added VASSAL module for Attack Sub.

Find it here: