Blue dog

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"Blue dog" is an in-joke used to refer to any interaction in Dominion which seems overly convoluted.

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With the release of Hinterlands, many members of the Dominion community had questions on how exactly TraderTrader.jpg interacted with IronworksIronworks.jpg. Over the course of a long thread on BoardGameGeek, while changing his mind on the ruling a number of times, Donald X. introduced an opaque metaphor involving walking a blue dog (original post) in an attempt to clarify the interaction. This, at the time, only served to further confuse the issue, though it later turned into a fun reference to use in Dominion-related conversation about card interactions that are hard to understand.

The final ruling on the original question was that, if Ironworks is used to gain a card, but Trader is revealed to replace the Ironworks's gained card with a SilverSilver.jpg, the Ironworks produces no bonus because in the end it failed to gain a card at all. Ironworks provides a bonus contingent on it actually gaining a card, not merely selecting a card to be gained. This had implications on Ironworks's interaction with PossessionPossession.jpg as well, since the Possessed player is not the one gaining cards.


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