How to Play Dominion in 3 Minutes – The Rules Girl


Learn to Play Dominion, the original deck-building game, in just 3 minutes with The Rules Girl. If you’d like more ultra-concise rules explanations, considering subscribing to our channel. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Dominion or our other recommendations, consider using an affiliate links below:

Dominion – Intrigue:
Dominion – Seaside:
Dominion – Alchemy:
Dominion – Prosperity:
Dominion – Cornucopia + Guilds:
Dominion – Hinterlands:
Dominion – Dark Ages:
Dominion – Adventures:
Dominion – Empires:
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle:

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  1. After years I've shaved down my new player spiel to a tight 25 minutes. Instead I'm just going to link this from now on.

  2. Not one second of precious time wasted, yet left knowing everything I need to in order to play. Just getting into boar gaming, why the game company doesn't release something like this idk, but def. subbed and threw a like to support.

  3. This is amazingly concise. Thank you for that! I just wanted to quickly point out for anyone who may get misinterpret like me that when she says the game continues until 3 stacks of cards have been entirely purchased, this INCLUDES the yellow, green and purple cards and not just the kingdom cards in the middle. Nothing wrong with what rules girl said, just my misinterpretation based on what the video was showing. By the way, if like me you're curious as to whether there are any rules in the rulebook that wasn't covered in the video, keep reading

    -Each turn has 3 phases – action, buy, clean-up. You must finish 1 phase before moving on to the next

    -You can play an action card even if you can’t do everything on the action card, but you MUST do everything you can

    -You must fully resolve 1 action card before playing another

    -When card tells you to discard, they mean discard from your hand unless otherwise stated

    -The top card of a player’s discard pile must be visible to all players

    -When discarding multiple cards into your Discard pile, you only need to reveal how many you’re discarding. You do NOT have to show what cards you’re discarding

    -During clean-up phase, when placing both your used and unused cards into the discard pile, you do NOT have to reveal what the cards were

    -The next player may start their turn when the previous player starts their clean up phase to speed up the game

    -Trashed cards are removed from the game and are NOT available for purchase

    -Reveal = show card to all players then return it to wherever it came from (unless stated otherwise)

    -If your deck doesn’t have enough cards to reveal, shuffle the Discard pile to create a new deck, then reveal the required number of cards

    -Set aside = place card on table face-up without following the card’s instructions

    -Any unused cards/resources/coins etc from the current turn does NOT carry over to the next turn

    -The game ends when you have emptied the pile of Province cards (6 victory points) or ANY 3 supply piles (not just Kingdom cards)

    -Supply pile = any pile of card that you can purchase

    -A player may count how many cards are left in his Deck, but not in his Discard pile

    -A player may not look through his Deck or Discard pile

    -A player may look through the Trash pile

    -A player may count cards in any supply pile

    -If an ability of a card affects multiple players, and the order matters, resolve that ability for each affected player in turn order, starting with the player whose turn it is.

    -When an Action card allows a player to gain a card costing up to a certain value, he may not add coins from his hand or other action cards to gain a higher-valued card.

    -The rulebook clarifies what each kingdom card does

  4. This is an awesome video. Straight to the point and told me exactly what I needed to know. Keep up the awesome work!!!

  5. Very well done. Love those animations. I saw your previous videos, and I'm impressed. I saw Harry Potter today at my LFGS, just not entirely sure I want to pick it up yet, but I love deckbuilding games. I have already gathered many for my collection. Congratulations on your efforts! Here's to more of them!!

  6. Normal cards don't have blue backs. Only the randomizers do. I doubt new players are even going to notice this, but it's still a funny mistake.

  7. I like the suggestions for other games based on what attribute you liked at the end!

    Checking out clank and battle for Hogwarts now.

  8. Nice video! 2 things:
    1. The second editions of the Dominion Base Set and Intrigue expansion are out and have new cards replacing some of the old ones.
    2. It's not clear from your video that you have to play Actions and Treasures into your play area. A common mistake made by new players is to just flash the Treasures in their hand without putting them on the table.


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