Dominion? Flip City!

Dominion is the godfather of the deck building mechanic and has reached out with open arms and brought so many people into this community. This game has stimulated the creation of so many games inspired by the impressive mechanic operating at the upmost standard. Dominion eloquently translates card drafting to form a deck capable of winning so well. With formative text decorating each kingdom card and each kingdom card giving each card a very strategic edge over the other. Some cards offer more actions while other offer more money. The fight and rush to drain the province victory cards to win end the game has brought so many game groups to endure some of the most epic gaming experiences ever.

I’m now excited to say, I may have found a game I’d say is the perfect modern take on deck building. You are building and improving your city to gain the most victory points to win. You draw out cards from your pre-constructed hand  and you use those cards to purchase the cards in the supply to build up your city. This game is unique in they use double sided cards to include building upgrades. Your central park will upgrade to a station and your hospital will upgrade into the church.

Like Dominion, in Flip City you exhaust your hand and discard them after your turns. You reshuffle these cards back into your draw pile and repeat. You will find both games deliver fantastic card advantages as you save more cards that deliver money. You will find the end game for both games are with victroy points.

A few of the differences we could blatantly see between the two games are the unhappiness limits Flip City offers. As you are distributing cards from your hand, you need to be careful to not play too many unhappy cards that could potentially end your turn. The end game for Flip City is that of a victory point limit while Dominion is that of a deck exhaustion. Another fun twist is the Solo variant offered in Flip City that allows you to enjoy the fun by yourself.

So if you’re a fan of Dominion and are looking for a great modern take on the classic deck building mechanic. I’d definitely recommend Flip City. This game has been published by Tasty Minstrel Games and so far as been a huge hit. I could see this game triumphing the classics and being one of the games we refer to when we think back about what games introduced new ideas.

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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