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Eminent Domain


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Survey the galaxy to expand your civilization – will you colonize nearby planets, or take them over by force? Harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve your technology. Build the best civilization and win the game!

Eminent Domain is a civilization-building game in which your civilization's abilities are based on a deck of Role cards. At the beginning of the game each player has the same deck of cards, with just two cards for each Role in it. Every turn you must choose a Role to execute (and like Glory to Rome or Puerto Rico, your opponents will get a chance to follow suit), and in doing so you will add one of those Role cards to your deck. When executing a Role, you can boost its effect by playing cards out of your hand matching the Role you have chosen. For example, the more you Research, the better you get at Researching (because you'll have more Research cards in your deck).


  • 1x central card display
  • 96x role cards (16x produce/trade, 20x research, 20x colonize, 16x warfare, 20x survey, 4x politics)
  • 27x planet cards (9x each type)
  • 6x start planets
  • 39x technology cards (13x advanced, 13x fertile, 13x metallic)
  • 35x fighter tokens (20x small, 10x medium, 5x big; can be used as same value tokens or in 1/3/5 value or 1/5/10 value as needed/preferred; will be used differently in expansions)
  • 24x resource tokens (6x food, 6x water, 6x iron, 6x silicon)
  • 4x player aid tiles
  • 32x influence tokens (24x regular + 8x for endgame)
  • 1x rulebook

Expansions (not yet published):

  • Eminent Domain: Escalation
    • introduces scenarios (asymmetric starting positions and technologies for players), fleet (fighters, destroyers, battlecruisers), new planets, new technologies, cards for 5th player
  • Eminent Domain: Exotica (in development)
    • introduces asteroids and mining



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Extra Info

BGID: 68425
Category: Card Game, Civilization, Science Fiction, Space Exploration
Time: 45 minutes
Designer: Seth Jaffee
Year: 2011
Artist: Gavan Brown, Eric J. Carter, Jeremy Deveraturda, Ryan Johnson, Patrick McEvoy, James Wolf Strehle
Family: Games by Gamesmiths, Kickstarter, TMG Originals
Mechanics: Card Drafting, Deck / Pool Building, Hand Management, Variable Phase Order
Ages: 12 and up
Publisher: Arclight, Pegasus Spiele, Tasty Minstrel Games