I’m not a big card game player, but I really enjoy Dominion. It’s designed for 2-4 players (but I recommend 3), and games take 30-40 minutes. The object of the game is to gather the most valuable deck of cards, winning you Victory Points. The winner is the person with the most Victory Points by the end of the game.
There are five main classes of cards, which are Victory Cards, Curse Cards, Treasure Cards, Action Cards, and Reaction Cards. Each of these cards play different and vital roles in the game.
To start, each player draws 10 cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can “buy” as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.
Thanks to a wide diversity of cards and effects (there are over 500 cards with 25 different Action Cards), there is plenty of room for strategy and out-thinking your opponent(s). The gameplay styles are very balanced. You can play an aggressive, attacking style wherein you strive to rob other players of Victory Points and resources, or you can play a passive, wealth-building style wherein you focus on building resources.
All in all, this is a fun, stimulating game that I enjoy playing with friends. I also recommend the expansion, Dominion Intrigue, which supports up to 8 players in a two-table game and 6 players in a one-table game, and which adds 25 new Kingdom cards, plus a new set of Treasure and Victory cards.