Dominion Dark Ages

Hard times for the kingdom


The altogether seventh expansion for Dominion is again a „big“ expansion, but not a stand-alone game; you can only play Dark Ages in combination with one of the core games.

Bad times have come for the kingdom, you must look after yourself as well as you can; you might have to take shelter in a ravine, inflict ruins on other players and try your hand at begging. The game comprises 500 cards: 362 Kingdom cards  - made up from 330 Action cards, 10 Treasure Cards, 12 Victory cards and 10 Knight Cards - plus 50 Ruins cards, 18 Shelter cards and 35 other cards  as well as 35 Randomizer cards. Central topic is “trash” and upgrading; many cards feature a “when this card is trashed” mechanism; there are cards with effects when discarded, cards that take care of trashed cards, cards that upgrade themselves or offer ways to upgrade other cards and also cards which you can only acquire via other cards, for instance the Madman or the Mercenary or Spoils.

Another novelty are mixed stacks made up from different cards; from such a stack you only reveal the top card and only this card is available for buying. New rules concern themselves with playing cards and the status “in play”, or the buying phase, money value and money cards as well as multiple effects and instructions.

Dark Ages offers sophisticated choices, lots of interactions, powerful new cards like the Count or Counterfeit, bad effects on other players, so, endless new possibilities in a well-known framework; as usual there are suggestions for combinations with cards from other editions and expansions, and always an excellent and satisfactory game!


Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 45+

Designer: Donald X. Vaccarino

Art: Many artists

Price: ca. 30 Euro

Publisher: Hans im Glück 2012


Genre: Deck building game

Users: With friends

Version: de

Rules: de en fr jp kr nl

In-game text: yes



Expansion for Dominion

New card variety „Bad Card“ or Ruins which you hand to other players

New rules for the new cards


Compares to:

Other editions of Dominion


Other editions:

Rio Grande Games, USA; 999 Games, Netherlands; Hobby Japan; Filosofia Edition, Canada; Korea Boardgames, Lautapelit, Finland


Chance (pink): 2

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 2

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 1

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 1

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0