Dominion: Hinterlands not big and not small, apparently
You probably know that Dominion is a terrific deck building game. If you like that sort of thing, you really can't go far wrong. Assorted expansions large and small have added to the game world, and while your options aren't exactly limitless, there's an awful lot of solid gameplay to work your way through. It's a true bluechip guarantee of quality gameplay.
Now Dominion: Hinterlands is coming to your tabletop in October. Frankly, you could call it Dominion: Sociology 101 and we'd probably still buy the thing, for reasons that we've already explained. Nonetheless, you'd hope that there'd be some effort to make it sound exciting, which makes us scratch our heads when we read this on the Rio Grande Games website:
The world is big and your kingdom small. Small when compared to the world, that is; it's moderate-sized when compared to other kingdoms. But in a big world like this one - big when compared to smaller worlds anyway, if such things exist; it's moderate-sized when compared to worlds of roughly the same size, and a little small when compared to worlds just a little larger - well, to make a long story short - short when compared to longer stories anyway - it is time to stretch your borders. You've heard of far-off places - exotic countries, where they have pancakes but not waffles, where the people wear the wrong number of shirts, and don't even have a word for the look two people give each other when they each hope that the other will do something that they both want done but which neither of them wants to do. It is to these lands that you now turn your gaze.
To be fair, it's already September, so nominating this as clear favorite for the annual Most Hideous Press Release award seems too easy, but if this had appeared in January we'd have laid good money that it couldn't be beaten. Seriously, somebody's been smoking something they shouldn't. We're desperately trying to work out what relevance this has to the game. Nope, still trying.
Still, there are some useful details further down, presumably once the pills wore off:
'This is the 6th addition to the game of Dominion. It adds 26 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, including 20 Actions, 3 Treasures, 3 Victory cards, and 3 Reactions. The central theme is cards that do something immediately when you buy them or gain them.'
Now this we understand. A summary then: There's this new expansion coming out for Dominion. It's called Dominion: Hinterlands, and it features lots of new cards and interactions for Dominion. Buy it in October, and see if you can work out what it's all about...