Adventures Bonus Preview #4: Messenger

This is the fourth of several previews by playtesters of Dominion: Adventures, introducing the next Dominion expansion.  This post is by jsh357, prolific streamer.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum


Dominion: Adventures

There are three types of Dominion players. Some of us just play to unwind. Some play to compete. But then there are those of us who just want to watch the piles burn. Here’s Messenger, for everyone who loves giving gifts and making merry.

Sometimes you’ll get one for the Buy and coins. Sometimes it’ll help you cycle your deck all the way down. But most of the time, you’ll be using it to hand things out. Maybe your friend opened 5/2 and couldn’t get two Ambassadors. Your Messenger purchase helps him with that. Maybe your opponent got himself a Potion and you feel like he should have another. Just be careful; you’re getting one too. Maybe there’s a sneaky way for you to win by making a bunch of Estates vanish at once. Messenger has you covered. Or maybe you’re a jerk holding a Watchtower and you decide to hand out Curses in the most convoluted way possible. Man, what’s your problem? Well, go for it, I guess.

The truth is, there are a lot of neat applications of the Messenger. I could go on and on about it, but I’ve had plenty of time to think about it, so I want you guys to have the fun. I’ll leave you with one idea for your cousin’s birthday party: try playing a 5 player game with this bad boy. (If you actually go and try that, please don’t shoot the messenger.)

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3 Responses to Adventures Bonus Preview #4: Messenger

  1. punkernikel says:

    Can you explain the phrase “when this is your first buy in a turn”? I don’t know why but that phrase just isn’t clicking with me…thanks! Love these previews!

  2. sirjoshwood says:

    Messenger works like this: If you buy this card (and it is the first time you’re buying it this turn) gain a card costing up to 4 and give everyone a copy. The top half (+1 Buy +2 C and my discard your deck) is what happens when you play it.

    I’m excited to see this as a way to block garden strategies if someone is going for gardens you can spread them around.

  3. Daniel says:

    Sir Josh, I think you may be a little off in that explanation. I believe it means that if you use your first (and often only) buy on Messenger, that is when the ability triggers. If you have multiple buys and use your first buy on something else, and then your second buy on Messenger, then the bottom text does not activate. That’s how I read it at least.

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