Adventures Bonus Preview #5: Giant

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


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Wow a big card! +5 coins and attack is very impressive even if you don’t get it every time. This guy is certainly going to bring triumph and disaster. It will feel like a disaster if you play your giant for +1 coin, flip your journey token, but it gets trashed from your deck before you can play it again. You’ll have to buy another one won’t you, or maybe you should have bought a second giant already?

How bad is the attack? It would be trouble except that the giant is so slow. Unless your opponents can play a lot of giants you might be able to ignore it. When you have more than one opponent you might get more attacks on your deck and then you might need to worry.

Traders, beggars, and silver in general look like good defenses against a giant. The defender will generally have some control of what the attack will do since it is the defender that puts most of the cards into the deck. If you buy a lot of fool’s gold then the giant will be giving you curses. Even so the giant attack will probably be quite random since, like a jester, it only looks at one card. We’ll see streaks of luck where the same sort of card is turned over again and again.

How good is the coin income? If you can use those +5 coins to buy key cards like platinum then it is excellent. Of course, having to get +1 coin first is very bad but perhaps you can use those early turns to gain some cards with +buy, ready for when the giant gives you the real money. Maybe if you can play your giants very often you can forget the bad start and look towards a healthy income of +6 coins from two plays.

I suspect there will be some interesting end game decisions on whether or not to play the giant and flip the journey token, especially if there’s another action that could be played instead. I also suspect that these decisions will feel bad every time as you’ll be weighing up income in the current hand against a gamble on what you need in a future hand. Triumph or disaster will be waiting.


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Adventures Previews #5: Lost Arts, Borrow, Inheritance

This post is by Donald X. Vaccarino, previewing the new Dominion expansion: Dominion Adventures.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.  Stay tuned later today for a bonus preview!

Here at last are tokens. They are used some by non-Events too, but today, three more Events. I like to have all of the cards in one preview have the same orientation.


Lost Arts produces a +1 Action token, which modifies a pile so that those cards give you personally +1 Action. Each player has their own token. Say you put the token on Smithy; for you, Smithy is +1 Action +3 Cards, but for everyone else, it’s still +3 Cards (unless they also put their token on Smithy). For example. So uh there’s probably something good you can do with that. That Smithy example doesn’t sound half-bad. The token on Smithy affects all of the Smithies you have, and any Smithies you get later; it’s just a different card for you. It’s like a giant pile of Villages that are always there when you need them for a particular action, for a one-time payment of $6 and a Buy. You are probably wondering, is there also a +1 Buy token, a +1 Card token, a +$1 token? Yes, of course there are those too.

Borrow shows off a minus. There are just -1 Card and -$1; -1 Action and -1 Buy would be no fun. Borrow gives you an extra +$1 this turn, but you’ll draw one less card the next time you draw cards, that’s what that -1 Card thing is about. You get one less card the next time you’d draw any cards, any which way; for Borrow though that’s probably when you draw your next hand. So, four cards that turn instead of five, and well make sure it’s worth it. You don’t want an endless spiral of debt, where you Borrow turn after turn. -$1 meanwhile (not pictured – well neither one is pictured, but you know what I mean) just reduces how many coins you make by $1 the next time you make any. The minus tokens are used on a few cards each, sometimes to give to yourself and sometimes to make other players take them.

Inheritance is maybe the strangest thing in Adventures. Your Estates turn into another card. Again that’s Estates you already have, and any new ones you buy. You put the token on say a Village; now your Estates are cards that cost $2 and are worth 1 VP and are Action-Victory cards and can be played for +1 Card +2 Actions. It is a great feeling when you’re staring at your hand and it sucks and then you remember, oh yeah, these Estates are Villages, this hand is awesome. You actually set aside a card with the token, rather than just putting it on a pile, because Dominion has crazy stuff like the Knights from Dark Ages. Lost Arts can give all of the Knights +1 Action for you, but when your Inheritance is Sir Martins, your Estates are all Sir Martin, they aren’t any other Knights. And if that’s not clear, there’s a lengthy FAQ.

That’s it for previews, except for the other preview for today, if you haven’t seen that one yet. Go see it (if it’s not up yet this may take a while). Okay so. That’s it for previews. You’ve seen 20 cards out of 58; there are still 17 more kingdom cards, 14 more Events, 7 more things that Page and Peasant turn into, and 2 mysterious tokens. No doubt someone will post the rest of the set once people have it. We are expecting the set out April 18th and well someone will keep us posted if that changes.


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Adventures Previews #4: Expedition, Trade, Mission

This post is by Donald X. Vaccarino, previewing the new Dominion expansion: Dominion Adventures.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.  Stay tuned later today for a bonus preview — and by “later today” I mean right now!

Adventures has 30 Kingdom cards. It also has 20 Events. It’s high time we looked at some of those. Man, they’re sideways. See you on the other side.


An Event is something you can buy in your Buy phase that isn’t a card. You pay your $, you use up a Buy, and something happens. They don’t take up Kingdom card slots; you shuffle them into your randomizer deck, but when you deal out cards, keep going until you have 10 Kingdom cards. I recommend stopping at two Events, but it’s up to you.

Expedition is an example of a very simple Event. You get two more cards in your next hand. Maybe you’d rather have Silver; it’s hard to say, man I don’t even know you. Sometimes though I bet you’ll want the cards. So, to be clear here: with Expedition in the game, you can, in your Buy phase, pay $3 and use up a Buy, to make that thing happen, the extra 2 cards for your next hand. If you had $6 and 2 Buys, you could go on two Expeditions, and have 4 extra cards in your next hand. Or buy a Silver and one Expedition. And so on. Expedition itself just sits on the table with the kingdom cards, reminding you that you can do this this game.

Trade, still somewhat simple, has you turning one or two cards into Silvers. It costs $5, but well, trashing two cards and getting two Silvers, maybe that’s worth it. It only trashes from your hand, so you won’t be doing much Trading turn one.

Finally we have Mission, a trickier one. You get an extra turn, but, this seems like some kind of joke, you can’t buy cards on that turn. What good is it then? Well. There are things you can do. You can gain cards without buying them, such as with Remodels and Workshops. You can play Duration cards, setting them up for your next turn. You can get Reserve cards onto your mat. You can play Attacks, it can be that kind of Mission. You can trash cards; you can just be getting through your deck to get back to your good cards; you can turn that Hero into a Champion. And hey you can buy other Events, that’s not buying a card. That may seem weird – what do we call that rectangular object then – but you didn’t buy a card, you bought an Event, a thing that happened once and didn’t come with a card, and so that doesn’t trigger Swamp Hag and it’s not cheaper due to Bridge and so on. Event cards give you something to buy; that thing is not a card. There will be a rulebook and it will say stuff just like this.

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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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Adventures Previews #3: Amulet, Swamp Hag, Hireling

This post is by Donald X. Vaccarino, previewing the new Dominion expansion: Dominion Adventures.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.  Stay tuned later today for a bonus preview — wait, nope, that already happened.

Those of you who have been wanting more Duration cards, here they are at last. There was lots left to do with them, and I could get in some nice simple cards this way, and well people wanted them. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are simply cards that do something on future turns. They stay in play until they are done doing everything they have to do; that’s the only tricky part.

Amulet is a basic Duration card. It gives you a choice on both turns, that’s its special thing. Amulet is super-flexible; it gets rid of garbage, provides money for the same turn, and gets Silvers for later.

Swamp Hag showcases a type of Attack made possible by Duration cards. It makes the other players have worse turns. In this case, anything they buy will be cursed. Two Swamp Hags? Two Curses. It can be grim in multiplayer. They can just choose not to buy anything in order to dodge the Curses and well you will be happy with that too. Try to avoid playing Swamp Hag and Outpost in the same turn; that Swamp Hag doesn’t end up Cursing anyone.

Hireling is a Duration card that lasts forever. You put it out, and then that’s that, you have an extra card on every turn for the rest of the game. That seems good. They’re cumulative of course; with three of them out, you’ll get three extra cards each turn. You get the card at the start of your turn, rather than when drawing your hand, which means it doesn’t suck vs. Militias. $6 may seem cheap for this ability and well there’s playtesting, you know, the costs aren’t just random.


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Adventures Bonus Preview #3: Haunted Woods

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

Haunted Woods

Dominion: Adventures

Orange is such a beautiful color, isn’t it? We now have Duration technology to make your opponent miserable during their turn. Plus the card has a sweet name.

Haunted Woods reminds me of Rabble in many ways. There’s the nonterminal draw, but the attack parts feel similar as well. The attack can be weak for much of the game, and there’s often ways to avoid it. I’ll let all of you talk about the different ways. But if you green without preparing your deck for a constant Haunted Woods barrage you might be in for a bad time. It’s also possible for the attack portion to be friendly interaction, letting you put good cards back on top of your deck. A lot of nice player interaction to be had in this card.

As a duration you won’t be able to play Haunted Woods as often as other card drawers, but getting +3 cards at the start of your turn is, like, the best time to get them! Sometimes people underestimate this fact.

Moat must be revealed (or Lighthouse be in play) when Haunted Woods is played to block the attack effect.

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Adventures Bonus Preview #2: Transmogrify

This is the second of several bonus previews by playtesters of Dominion: Adventures, introducing the next Dominion expansion.  This post is by LastFootnote, well-known fan card designer.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.


Dominion: Adventures

trans•mog•ri•fy: verb
transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner.

Today I’m here to tell you about my favorite Dominion card: Transmogrify. It has a strange name, but packs a lot of versatility. Transmogrify is all about giving you what you need right now. Does your starting hand have three terminal Actions? Poof! Now one of them is a Village. Have your Magpies been multiplying out of control? Abracadabra! One of them just became a Lost City. Have all the Curses run out? Shazam! That Witch in your hand just turned to Gold. The possibilities are endless!

It’s a terrific card for combos. Instead of buying Tournaments, you can simply keep your Transmogrify on your Tavern mat until your Province shows up and then gain a Tournament right into your hand. It’s especially powerful with cards that have on-trash abilities. You can transmogrify a Cultist into another Cultist just to draw 3 cards. And when you Transmogrify a Fortress, you keep the Fortress in your hand and gain a Wharf into your hand on top of that. Instant engine!

I hope you’re enjoying these little bonus previews. Come back tomorrow, when somebody else will be talking about some other card!


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Adventures Previews #2: Guide, Duplicate, Coin of the Realm

This post is by Donald X. Vaccarino, previewing the new Dominion expansion: Dominion Adventures.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.  Stay tuned later today for a bonus preview!

Adventures introduces Reserve cards. They go on a Tavern mat. They hang out there, turn after turn, waiting until you are ready for them. “Calling” one means moving it from your mat to your in-play area; then it gets discarded normally that turn, to eventually be drawn again and go back on the mat. Wait let’s go over this again. You play it, just doing the part above the line, putting it on your mat. Later, you move it off the mat into play, just doing the part it says there, whatever it says for whenever it says. Okay.


Guide can give you a new hand at the start of your turn. You just skip right past a bad hand, or a Militia’d hand, or a hand that doesn’t have that Hero you need to upgrade. With multiple Guides on your mat, you can keep going until you run out or find that good hand.

Duplicate duplicates something. That name just tells the whole story. You buy a Lab; you Duplicate it, two Labs. You gain a Gold from Hero; you Duplicate it, two Golds. Whatever you are getting, you probably want more of them. Late in the game, Duplicate Duchies.

Coin of the Realm is a weird one. When you play it it makes $1 and goes on your mat. On some future turn, you call it to get to play more Actions. So it’s a village that you can’t (normally) use the turn you play it. And it’s a village that just waits until you need it. You draw your two Heroes together, play one, call the Coin, and play the other one. You can also use Hero to gain a Coin. Will the other Reserve cards all be combos with Hero? *checks…* No. Not all of them.

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Adventures Bonus Preview #1: Storyteller

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


Dominion: Adventures

First, a couple of notes for clarity: You don’t have to play treasures if you don’t want to, but you DO have to spend all the $ you’ve collected over the course of the turn, including the money from the treasures you’re playing, the $ from this card, as well as any you’ve made from previous actions.

Full disclosure: I haven’t tested or played with this card at all, so this is an article of conjecture and of theory-crafting not one built from experience.

The first thing I noticed when I saw this card was that it was another way, besides Black Market, of getting treasures in play during the action phase. Now, some of the Black Market Combos – mostly draw-to-X variants, and Tactician, – aren’t “on” here. But some of them – Quarry+gainer, using Horn Of Plenty mid-turn – still do work.

Anyway, these are only fringe benefits – the pet tricks I love and relish, but not, I am guessing, the bulk of what the card’s work is. That, namely, is to turn cash into cards. Coppers turn into cantrips, Silvers turn into labs, and Golds turn into double labs, and all on a card which. This is, in general, an improvement in every case. And all of this is on a card which is a cantrip by itself. The drawback, of course, is that if you are using this to draw your deck, you are sapping some of the money out of that deck. Still, this really gets your draw going quickly, which is especially potent in the early stages of the game.

Most cards are fairly simple to play once they’re in your deck – you just play all your villages and non-terminals first, draw cards before non-draw, and go. But I expect this card will be very tricky to play during the mid- and late-game. You need to know exactly how much money to funnel into it to get the draw you need (need to know how much draw you need for that as well) while still making sure you have enough money left to buy what you need come end of turn. I also want to point out potential anti-synergies with Peddler variants (and Conspirator variants): it may look like this is non-terminal draw/sifting (and it is), and that cantrip-money-based decks seem to love that kind of card. Normally they do, but if you draw this card late in your turn, you might be forced into not playing it at all, because it would sap you of too much money. You can mitigate that some by simply feeding fewer/worse treasures into this, but it’s not as much of a pure success as it might at first glance seem.

Ultimately this IS a sifter, with a little bit of non-terminal draw thrown in. Discarding coppers with this is like cellar plus a card; more expensive treasures get you a little more.

What kinds of decks want this? Well, engines would prefer other sifters once they are running, since this one costs economy, but Storyteller does help a lot in getting them running, and this is generally a higher-priority issue. It’s worth noting that strong trashing will probably more or less obsolete the need for Storytelling.

Terminal draw Big Money will obviously not like this. The same is true of slogs, since unlike other sifters, this can’t get rid of non-treasures. Decks which are somewhere between money decks and engines – decks where treasure is good but you’d really like to play a key action or a couple of key actions very often – seem like ideal homes for this card. Those decks exist now, but they rarely get a chance to shine, being squeezed by often-more-powerful engines and often-faster Big Money strategies. Perhaps Storyteller will allow them to shine more often. In general, you want your payload to be something which is happening at the end of your turn, and not interspersed in the middle. Treasure has this quality, but it’s not the only thing. Many mega-turn strategies like Bridge and Horn Of Plenty don’t care about traditional money. They’ll work particularly nicely with Storyteller.

As for strength, I am going to guess that this card will end up being powerful, but $5 is a price-point with a high bar. Ultimately, we’re dealing with a situational card here, so on the right board, in the right spot, it will be something you want to jump on hard, but other times it will not have the impact required for its cost. In other words, the exact thing which is my favorite kind of card.

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Adventures Previews #1: Lost City, Magpie, Hero

This post is by Donald X. Vaccarino, previewing the new Dominion expansion: Dominion Adventures.  The community is discussing these new cards in the Adventures Preview subforum.  Stay tuned later today for a bonus preview!

It’s a new Dominion expansion! Some of you knew it was inevitable; some of you hoped it would happen; some of you were glad it wasn’t going to. It’s happening though, I am so sure of it that I am previewing cards from it.

Adventures has a ton of cards, so I am previewing three a day. Each day but today the cards will fit a theme, showing off a different functional aspect of the set – Reserve, Duration, Events, tokens. That leaves today to show off some cards that don’t fit those themes.


I like to lead with a simple card, to prove that the set has some. Lost City is a vanilla card on top, that makes the other players draw a card when you get one. You really don’t want them to have that good turn, but then you may really want some Lost Cities.

Recent studies show that magpies do not especially collect shiny objects. These are folklore magpies though, which still do. Magpie might find you a treasure, or perhaps just reveal another Magpie. Over time a single Magpie can turn into a whole flock of them. There are just ten Magpies in the pile; they’re not Rats with wings.

Finally we have Hero. This one is somewhat enigmatic. The top is straightforward, you get +$2 and gain a Treasure, any Treasure in the game. Usually Gold but you never know, could be Platinum or something more exotic. And then when you discard it from play, you can exchange it for a Champion. And wait, this isn’t in the Supply. How do you get one? Well I’ll tell you. You just need to discard a Warrior from play; then you can exchange the Warrior for a Hero. Warrior isn’t in the Supply either though – you get one by exchanging a Treasure Hunter for it. I suppose it’s obvious that you get a Treasure Hunter by exchanging a Page for it. But that’s it, that’s all the turtles there are; you buy a Page, and it turns into a Treasure Hunter, then a Warrior, then a Hero, then a Champion. Page costs $2, so the actual cost of Hero is, $2, plus playing those other cards once each. I somehow fit two of these cycles into Adventures – there’s also a Peasant who becomes a Soldier, but then a Fugitive, but then a Disciple, and finally a Teacher. It’s two little life stories, played out in cards that gradually get better for you. What exactly the other cards do will remain a mystery until the set is out; there is just too much to preview.

But wait, there’s more! is also going to have a preview each day this week – single card previews, a different previewer each time. The set has 58 uh things; even at 4 a day, it will be below average for what % of it was previewed. No doubt these other previews will be crossposted here, just as these are crossposted there. I am mentioning them here anyway.

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