Dominion is an awesome card game

Dominion is a card game.  In it, players select from a pre-selected number of cards with special abilities, and cards that have an in-game monetary value, in order to acquire as many as possible cards that do nothing at all.

From the website:

You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion!  In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner.

But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn’t be proud, but your grandparents, would be delighted.

It's loads of fun.  And it has so many expansions!  The first time I played the game, my friend Mike had brought only the Prosperity expansion.  Then, my partner and I bought the Big Box, which comes with the base game, as well as Prosperity and Alchemy.  (Mike hates Alchemy.  It turns out, Caitlin and I think it's really fun.)

Then, for Christmas, we got the Intrigue expansion, which makes the game so much more complicated and so much more fun.

I can't really explain what makes the game so great right now -- it comes down to it being brilliantly balanced, supporting many different play styles across and within games, and emphasizing strategy without making strategy so complicated that new players have no hope. (Unless more experienced players deliberately choose a game set to screw them over.)

If you know me, and want to try Dominion, let me know.  I will bring it places.