Synergy. A strategy working in perfect sync. An engine with every part in its place. A game where the stars align and everything is going your way. It is a thing of beauty. Which brings us to this Friday’s question: what is your favorite board game combo? Answer in the comments!
I make no apologies that my favorite Dominion card is the Swindler. Is it the most powerful? No. Is it a blast to play with? Of course! Even when I am the victim and have my coppers swindled for curses, I love this card. And the Swindler, being my favorite card in one of my favorite games that is one of the best games of chaining/comboing cards, forms the basis of one of my favorite combos: Spy and Swindler. The Spy forces each player to reveal the top card of his deck, and you decide whether that card stays on top or is discarded. The Spy also gives +1 card/+1 action, so you can easily follow this up with the Swindler. Oh, you have a copper on top? Take a curse. Oh, you worked hard to get that prize from a tournament? A curse will teach you not to get too haughty. Oh, you have a Province? Take a Peddler. (Peddler is another one of my favorite cards because of its diversity of uses.) Is this a power play? Probably not. But it sure is fun. And if the Spy reveals nothing fun to swindle on top, make the opponent discard it and try again.
Clearly my Nemesis just loves hurting people, which, quite frankly, is not surprising. As for me, I prefer not to latch on to a single particular combination of cards and instead play the game in front of me—which is, perhaps, why I’m on a long streak of defeating @Farmerlenny in Dominion. My personal favorite combos involve a series of cards that let me go through basically my entire deck, which ideally would be loaded with plenty of treasure and a few extra buys. Bam! (Admittedly, I do like the classic move of remodeling a Gold into a Province, and then purchasing another province the same turn.) Not a lot of games allow great “combos” but another of my favorite games, Cosmic Encounter, allows for some pretty sweet combos if you get the right set of attack cards, flares, and artifacts in with your power to lay the big smackdown on your opponent. Whabam!
[Editor’s note: the “long streak” @Futurewolfie speaks of is a single game.]