During most games I keep track of exactly how many provinces (or colonies if they are being used) everyone has and keep a an eye on how many other point cards everyone has, without necessarily keeping an exact count. Although I have played a few three and four player games, I have played many more two player games, which makes it easier to track everything. I have done it enough times now that I know I am capable of keeping an exact count of the score in a two player game, but the extra effort needed means that I am not nearly as social as when I don't. Because I play the majority of the games against my wife, the social aspect is important to me, and even more so to her. So what is the right balance?
We played a game earlier this week, which highlights what happens when I don't even keep an eye on the points cards!
As usual, we played a random set (using the randomizer cards) from among Dominion (Original), Intrigue, Seaside, Prosperity, Dark Ages and Hinterlands. The set was: Poor House, Sage, Fishing Village, Coppersmith, Feast, Pillage, Minion, Tactician, Nobles & Forge.
|Dominion Kingdom Card Set, 19-Aug-2014|
In this particular game I simply didn't keep track since I was so tired (my wife is too, and new baby will do that), but it still comes back to how closely I want to track the scores during the game. I am competitive, and want to win, but if it starts to seem like work it totally ruins the fun of playing for me.