Disco Dominion is a roll and write game designed for a single player. It is set an alternate version of our world where Disco never died. As a result, all of humankind’s knowledge, wealth and energy was put into developing greater and greater dancefloors, turning the moon into a mirror ball, and searching for the ultimate groove. Unfortunately, when a pandemic of Boogie fever hit the best disco scientists were unprepared and club everywhere were forced to close. Years later, now that the threat has passed, heroic DJs are hired by the clubs that remain to try and lure people back to the dancefloor, bringing back the groove one club at a time. As a player, you take the role of one of these DJs.
Disco Dominion was inspired by other solo roll and write game like Railroad Ink and Bargain Basement Bathysphere. Players roll dice over a series of 3 rounds and can choose to either put the value on those dice towards creating a spectacular light show by drawing colored lines on a 7×7 square grid or putting dancers or “groovers” on to the dance floor. However, a challenge arises when players realise that the spaces for groovers to occupy are extremely limited, and that maximizing their score requires a little bit of forward planning to connect points on the opposite side of the board. The game also offers bonus points if a player draws a line closer to the dance floor, manages to place a line in a corner space or can manage to fill the dancefloor completely without overflowing.
After three rounds the final act of the game occurs when the player tallies their score. Points are given based on the length of the longest line of each color and the number of groovers they have managed to place on the dancefloor. The bonuses mentioned above are also applied and a penalty is given if the player has placed too many people in the queue outside the club. Once the final score has been tallied, players can choose to write it in the mirror ball in the center of the board and can compare this score with previous clubs they have created or against other players.