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  Dominion App is Announced for PC and Mobile
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05/18/2021
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — May 18, 2021... Temple Gates Games, in collaboration with Rio Grande Games, announce the development of the Dominion app for PC and mobile platforms.

Dominion is a card game that invented the deckbuilding genre. Since winning Spiel des Jahres in 2008, it has established itself as a true classic. It's sold millions of copies around the world. For many, Dominion was the game that introduced them to modern, Euro-style boardgaming. Its core loop is easy to pick up, but offers a wealth of strategy to explore. As content has continued to be developed, such as 2020's Menagerie expansion, the Dominion community has grown. Players have awaited a mobile and PC version of the game, a wish that will soon be granted!

Temple Gates Games is bringing Dominion to iOS, Android and Steam. The app is a true adaptation of the boardgame, offering players the deckbuilding card play they love in a digital form. There are a few perks to this app that make playing digitally a snap:

  • Automated scorekeeping, setup & rules enforcement

  • Jumbo mode for larger text

  • Turbo mode to zoom through games quickly

  • Neural net AI for solo play

  • Async and real-time multiplayer

  • Cross platform compatible: Start on your phone, finish on your PC

Dominion will launch as a free to play title. Players can play with the 'Base' set of cards including 26 unique Kingdom cards, three basic Victory sets, and three basic Treasure sets. All expansions will be available for purchase at launch for five to ten USD dollars each.

"This is a game of building a deck of cards. The deck contains your resources, victory points, and the things you can do. It starts out a small sad collection of Estates and Coppers, but you hope that by the end of the game it will be brimming with Gold, Provinces, and the inhabitants and structures of your kingdom.

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… dreams! You want a bigger kingdom, more pleasant, with more rivers, and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion!"

- Donald X. Vaccarino

Since its launch, Dominion designer Donald X. Vaccarino has created thirteen expansions to give players new challenges. Because each game uses only a subset of ten Kingdom cards, every game feels like a unique puzzle with its own flavor. With over five hundred cards across expansions, there are over sixty six sextillion possible unique games to play - meaning lots of replayability!

Temple Gates Games

Dominion is the fifth digital board game release for Temple Gates Games, coming on the heels of Roll for the Galaxy. The studio began porting boardgames, like Ascension to VR, and has since expanded to offer games across PC, console and mobile platforms. Temple Gates Games is known for including AI that learn in their boardgame apps using neural networks to master complex strategies.

The Dominion app will represent a new milestone for AI in gaming as the first commercial implementation of the techniques behind AlphaZero. Temple Gates built on the AI from Race for the Galaxy, but added a much deeper lookahead, which is important for Dominion's emphasis on over-arching strategy. This deeper lookahead is only possible to compute by using a neural network to guide the growth of the search tree. By including an embedding layer for the first time to our neural network, our AI now learns the value of components of each card, rather than the cards themselves, meaning that it can master not just the 500+ cards in existence, but also cards which have yet to be designed.

Beta The game is currently in beta. Supported platforms include Steam (PC), iOS, and Android. Sign up to join the action, slots are limited. This beta will open to a wider audience incrementally. The beta is free.

Press kit at: templegatesgames.com/Dominion Beta Signup: templegatesgames.com/beta

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