Dominion Kingdom Deck
By Jerry Hsu
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Dominion Kingdom Deck handles the task of picking your 10 kingdom cards for a game of Dominion. Note that this app only assists in setting up a game of Dominion and does not actually play the game.
DKD handles two issues as the number of Dominion expansions increases.
First, it saves the difficulty and time of shuffling an ever increasing number of setup cards.
Second, it offers an optional structured randomization mode. In this mode, it guarantees that there is at least 1 card each of 2 cost, 3 cost, 4 cost and 5 cost.
All current cards for Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy and Prosperity as well as the promo cards Black Market, Envoy and Stash are included as starting data. All sets can be turned on and off to match your playing situation.
Don't like a card in the list? Swipe the row and replace it with a new one.
Have a custom set? Add it in with the built-in set editor.
Had a particularly interesting mix of cards? Save the list and recall it later.
Dominion is by Donald X. Vaccarino. Dominion Kingdom Deck is not affiliated with Donald X. Vaccarino or any publisher of Dominion.
What's New in Version 1.3.3
* Fix bug that caused Alchemy cards to always be picked.
New in 1.3.2
* Changed Prosperity randomizer to be an extra row in the card list.
* Added Finnish cards.
* Fixed a bug when using the Alchemy picking and require defense rules together.
* Fixed a bug when using randomizers with saved lists.
Thanks to BoardGameGeek.com members for finding the bugs.
Good, but could be better
The good: does a very good job of picking out sets of cards at random, and letting you swap out cards that you don't particularly want to play with.
The bad: doesn't cover Hinterlands, Cornucopia, or Dark Ages (nor the as-yet-unreleased Guilds, but that can hardly be held against the developer.) It's also missing the two latest promo cards.
On the plus side, it is possible to add those missing sets in manually; it is rather tedious, though.
My suggestions for improvement:
- Add in the three missing sets.
- Add in the suggested card lists for all sets, and label them with the sets that they pull in (eg, Wine Country requires Hinterlands and Alchemy).
- Let people group particular cards (eg, Village, Fishing Village, Mining Village, Border Village, Fortress, etc.; also Hunting Grounds and Smithy spring to mind as another grouping) that have similar basic styles so that only one at most of that grouping will be put into the random set.
- Handle the Dark Ages ruins, and extra cards (Hermit means that Madman is in; Urchin means Mercenary is in; that sort of thing) without the player having to remember it themselves. Young Witch (from Cornucopia) is another example of an edge case.
Overall, this app does what it says on the tin and is definitely worth it, just be aware of those issues and be prepared to spend a bit of time getting the data entry done.
This app is great but I think it should be updated regularly to include new sets such as Hinterlands. I've had Hinterlands for about two months now and it's frustrating that I can't use this app to make games that include cards from it. Other than that though, this app is the best of its kind in the free app section.
The only thing missing is an option to specify how many kingdom cards should be selected. Some of the 5 player variants require 12 stacks of kingdom cards rather than 10.