Cornucopia

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Cornucopia
Cornucopia.jpg
Info
Type Small Expansion
Icon Cornucopia icon.png
Cards 150
132 (13 sets)
13
Other Card(s)
5 Prize cards
Theme(s) Variety
Release June 2011
Official Rulebook PDF

Cornucopia is the fifth Dominion expansion, released in June 2011. The basic theme of the set is cards that either create or reward variety in your deck and hand. It is a small expansion. The box contains 13 sets of Kingdom Cards, popular for its focus on engine-friendly cards. It is no longer sold as a separate item, instead being paired with Guilds in a larger box.

Contents

[edit] Contents

[edit] Basic Supply Cards

  • Cornucopia is only an expansion, so no Basic Supply Cards are included.

[edit] Kingdom Cards

Coin2.png HamletHamlet.jpg
Coin3.png Fortune TellerFortune Teller.jpg, MenagerieMenagerie.jpg
Coin4.png Farming VillageFarming Village.jpg, Horse TradersHorse Traders.jpg, RemakeRemake.jpg, TournamentTournament.jpg, Young WitchYoung Witch.jpg
Coin5.png HarvestHarvest.jpg, Horn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpg, Hunting PartyHunting Party.jpg, JesterJester.jpg
Coin6.png FairgroundsFairgrounds.jpg

[edit] Additional Materials

Coin0star.png Prizes (1 each): Bag of GoldBag of Gold.jpg, DiademDiadem.jpg, FollowersFollowers.jpg, PrincessPrincess.jpg, Trusty SteedTrusty Steed.jpg

[edit] Additional Rules

  • “In play” - Action cards and Treasure cards played face-up to a play area are in play until they are moved somewhere else—usually until they are discarded during a Clean-up phase. Only played cards are in play; set aside cards, trashed cards, cards in the Supply, and cards in hands, decks, and discard piles are not in play. Prizes that no-one has gained are not in play. Reaction abilities like Horse TradersHorse Traders.jpg' do not put those cards into play. Duration cards (from Dominion: Seaside), once played, remain in play until the turn they are discarded.
  • A player may play his Treasure cards in any order and may choose not to play some (or even all) of the Treasure cards he has in his hand. During the Buy phase, a player must play all of the Treasures he wishes to play before he buys any cards, even if he has +Buys; he cannot play more Treasures after Buying a card.
  • Young WitchYoung Witch.jpg adds an extra Kingdom card pile to the game. This extra pile is just like the other piles; if it is empty that counts for the game end condition, the cards in it can be bought and can be gained directly via cards like Horn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpg, etc. It is part of the Supply.
  • There are five Prizes: Bag of GoldBag of Gold.jpg, DiademDiadem.jpg, FollowersFollowers.jpg, PrincessPrincess.jpg, and Trusty SteedTrusty Steed.jpg. These cards are never part of the Supply. That's the only new rule for Prizes, but it has various consequences. If the Prizes run out, that does not count towards the game end condition. The Prizes may not be bought, or gained via cards like Horn of Plenty; they may only be gained via the card TournamentTournament.jpg, or via cards that gain cards other than from the Supply (such as ThiefThief.jpg from Dominion). AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg (from Dominion: Seaside) cannot return Prizes to their pile. Trashed Prizes go to the trash pile, like other cards; they do not return to the Prize pile. When using Black MarketBlack Market.jpg, do not put Prizes in the Black Market deck. Prizes cannot be bought, but have a cost of Coin0.png, which matters for cards like RemakeRemake.jpg.
  • A number of cards in Cornucopia care about cards being different. "Differently named" cards are simply cards with different names (like the Prizes) - they aren't copies of the same card. "Duplicate" cards are cards that have the same name - two copies of the same card.

[edit] Flavor Text

Autumn. It seemed like the summer would never end, but that fortune teller was right. It's over. Autumn, the time of the harvest. Agriculture has advanced significantly in recent years, ever since the discovery of the maxim, "leaves of three, let it be." Autumn, a time of celebration. The peasants have spent a hard week scything hay in the fields, but tonight the festivities begin, starting with a sumptuous banquet of roast hay. Then, the annual nose-stealing competition. Then you have two jesters, one who always lies, one who always tells the truth, both hilariously. This celebration will truly have something for everyone.

[edit] Cards Gallery

[edit] Kingdom Cards

Hamlet.jpg Fortune Teller.jpg Menagerie.jpg Farming Village.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Remake.jpg Tournament.jpg Young Witch.jpg Harvest.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Jester.jpg Fairgrounds.jpg

[edit] Non-Supply Cards

Bag of Gold.jpg Diadem.jpg Followers.jpg Princess.jpg Trusty Steed.jpg


[edit] Impact of Cornucopia

Cornocupia was the first set to introduce special cards that are not in the Supply that can only be gained by the use of a particular Kingdom card (in this case, the Prizes); Dark Ages and Adventures would later follow up on this theme.

[edit] Engines

Corncucopia is filled with cards which enable strong engine building. Some of these include:

  • Farming VillageFarming Village.jpg - A simple village that always reaps a treasure or action card.
  • HamletHamlet.jpg - A cheap pseudo-village capable of providing extra buys or actions.
  • Horn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpg - Provides an easy way to gain cards as well as the capability of producing megaturns.
  • Hunting PartyHunting Party.jpg - Enables very simple Hunting Party + X engines.
  • MenagerieMenagerie.jpg - A centerpiece of some of the most fun engines to play, Menagerie is a cantrip which serves as a great counter to hand size reduction attacks.
  • TournamentTournament.jpg - The card itself is a useful early game cantrip, and the Prizes are all quite valuable in most engines.

[edit] Randomness

Though overall a well received set, Cornucopia features a "swingy" card which can cause frustration among players.

  • TournamentTournament.jpg - Because of the power of the Tournament prizes, the first player to win a prize is often able to build on that to win further prizes and/or the game. Even skilled play can sometimes be undone by a lucky or well timed draw.

[edit] Cornucopia Theme

Game designer Donald X. offered some insight into some themes of the set here.

  • 5 Care about variety: Menagerie, Harvest, Horn of Plenty, Hunting Party, Fairgrounds
  • 4 Provide variety: Remake, Tournament, Young Witch, Jester
  • 4 Off-theme: Hamlet, Fortune Teller, Farming Village, Horse Traders

[edit] Alternate versions

[edit] Trivia

Cornucopia is the only set not to have any artwork done by Mathias Catrein. Alchemy and Guilds both have no kingdom cards illustrated by him, but Catrein did the artwork for PotionPotion.jpg, and the artwork for Guilds' box.

[edit] In other languages

  • Czech: Roh hojnosti
  • Dutch: Overvloed (lit. abundance)
  • Finnish: Elonkorjuu (lit. harvest)
  • French: Abondance (lit. abundance)
  • German: Reiche Ernte (lit. rich harvest)
  • Italian: Cornucopia
  • Japanese: 収穫祭 (pron. shūkaku-sai, lit. harvest festival)
  • Polish: Róg Obfitości (lit. horn of plenty)
  • Russian: Изобилие (pron. izobiliye, lit. abundance)
  • Spanish: Cornucopia

[edit] Secret History

Alchemy was originally a large set, which when I made it meant it was 20 cards. I didn't count Potion. When Dominion itself was finalized, it stole whatever cards it wanted from future sets, including Gardens and Library and Festival from Alchemy. And some cards got stolen for other sets too, as I worked on them, turning former 20-card sets into 25-card sets and getting rid of dud cards. Whatever; Alchemy was last, I would get around to fixing it up eventually. It still had the Potions stuff, and I penciled in a "hand" theme for what the rest of the set would do. Cards that involved your hand. This fit with some cards that had been pushed back to be fixed up and some other homeless cards that I liked.



Around the time Prosperity was wrapping up and Seaside was getting printed, it turned out the publishers wanted small sets, could I make one please, and also, could it come out next (pushing Prosperity back). The way to get something fastest was to have it already done. Alchemy was ideal, as it had a hunk of the right size to break off of it, and it was in tatters anyway from me never getting around to working on it. I took the Potions stuff and tweaked it into a small expansion. So now there was a list of existing cards, plus untested ideas, waiting to turn into a hand-themed small set for a year after Alchemy.

When I got around to working on Cornucopia, I went with the hand theme, adding more cards that fit it, polishing up what I had, and adding cards that didn't fit it too, because what, they can't all be on-theme. And we started playtesting it.

It turned out that the "hand" theme was invisible. It made the cards play well together, but no-one recognized that it was the theme of the set. It was just not distinct enough.

The set at the time had Fairgrounds and Menagerie in it, and people would incorrectly guess that that was the theme, and that there just wasn't much of it. "Variety" sounded like a good theme, so I ran with it. Some of the hand stuff that wasn't also variety-related left, and I added more variety stuff. This theme was recognizable and worked out and well there it is.

In the end the set has only two cards that are mutated versions of cards originally in the large Alchemy set - Jester and Diadem. Some of the other cards started in other sets, and some are original to Cornucopia.

Those publishers that wanted small expansions presumably wanted them so that people who didn't want to pay the same for an expansion as for the main game could get them. And if such people exist then they don't have the large expansions. Well Alchemy is not ideal as the only expansion you have. I mean it's just so exotic. I felt like these publishers would have preferred something less exotic. Alchemy was all they could have in the time frame it was wanted, but I had plenty of time here, so this expansion tries to be more reasonable as an expansion for someone who doesn't have many expansions.




[edit] Retrospective

Well I am pretty pleased with this one, but can probably still find something to poke at.

I guess my top thing is, it would be nice to have another card that really makes you want a variety of cards. Just to push the theme a little more.

Sweet set, no lie.


[edit] Recommended Sets of 10

[edit] Cornucopia & Dominion

Bounty of the Hunt [+/-]
Cellar Festival Militia Moneylender Smithy
Cellar.jpg Festival.jpg Militia.jpg Moneylender.jpg Smithy.jpg
Harvest.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Menagerie.jpg Tournament.jpg
Harvest Horn of Plenty Hunting Party Menagerie Tournament
Bad Omens [+/-]
Bureaucrat Laboratory Merchant Poacher Throne Room
Bureaucrat.jpg Laboratory.jpg Merchant.jpg Poacher.jpg Throne Room.jpg
Fortune Teller.jpg Hamlet.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Jester.jpg Remake.jpg
Fortune Teller Hamlet Horn of Plenty Jester Remake
The Jester's Workshop [+/-]
Artisan Laboratory Market Remodel Workshop
Artisan.jpg Laboratory.jpg Market.jpg Remodel.jpg Workshop.jpg
Fairgrounds.jpg Farming Village.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Jester.jpg Young Witch.jpg
Fairgrounds Farming Village Horse Traders Jester Young Witch
Additional Cards
Merchant
Merchant.jpg

[edit] Cornucopia & Intrigue

Last Laughs [+/-]
Farming Village Harvest Horse Traders Hunting Party Jester
Farming Village.jpg Harvest.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Jester.jpg
Minion.jpg Nobles.jpg Pawn.jpg Steward.jpg Swindler.jpg
Minion Nobles Pawn Steward Swindler
The Spice of Life [+/-]
Fairgrounds Horn of Plenty Remake Tournament Young Witch
Fairgrounds.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Remake.jpg Tournament.jpg Young Witch.jpg
Courtier.jpg Courtyard.jpg Diplomat.jpg Mining Village.jpg Replace.jpg
Courtier Courtyard Diplomat Mining Village Replace
Additional Cards
Wishing Well
Wishing Well.jpg
Small Victories [+/-]
Fortune Teller Hamlet Hunting Party Remake Tournament
Fortune Teller.jpg Hamlet.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Remake.jpg Tournament.jpg
Conspirator.jpg Duke.jpg Harem.jpg Pawn.jpg Secret Passage.jpg
Conspirator Duke Harem Pawn Secret Passage

[edit] Cornucopia / Guilds & Prosperity

Detours [+/-]
Rabble Peddler Hoard Trade Route Venture
Rabble.jpg Peddler.jpg Hoard.jpg Trade Route.jpg Venture.jpg
Farming Village.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Jester.jpg Remake.jpg Tournament.jpg
Farming Village Horn of Plenty Jester Remake Tournament
Quarrymen [+/-]
Mountebank City Expand Grand Market Quarry
Mountebank.jpg City.jpg Expand.jpg Grand Market.jpg Quarry.jpg
Baker.jpg Merchant Guild.jpg Soothsayer.jpg Stonemason.jpg Taxman.jpg
Baker Merchant Guild Soothsayer Stonemason Taxman

[edit] Cornucopia & Hinterlands

Blue Harvest [+/-]
Hamlet Horn of Plenty Horse Traders Jester Tournament
Hamlet.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Jester.jpg Tournament.jpg
Fool's Gold.jpg Mandarin.jpg Noble Brigand.jpg Trader.jpg Tunnel.jpg
Fool's Gold Mandarin Noble Brigand Trader Tunnel
Traveling Circus [+/-]
Fairgrounds Farming Village Hunting Party Jester Menagerie
Fairgrounds.jpg Farming Village.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Jester.jpg Menagerie.jpg
Border Village.jpg Embassy.jpg Fool's Gold.jpg Nomad Camp.jpg Oasis.jpg
Border Village Embassy Fool's Gold Nomad Camp Oasis

[edit] Cornucopia & Dark Ages

Dark Carnival [+/-]
Band of Misfits Cultist Fortress Hermit Junk Dealer
Band of Misfits.jpg Cultist.jpg Fortress.jpg Hermit.jpg Junk Dealer.jpg
Knights.jpg Fairgrounds.jpg Hamlet.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Menagerie.jpg
Knights Fairgrounds Hamlet Horn of Plenty Menagerie
Additional Cards
Ruins
Abandoned Mine.jpg
To the Victor [+/-]
Bandit Camp Counterfeit Death Cart Marauder Pillage
Bandit Camp.jpg Counterfeit.jpg Death Cart.jpg Marauder.jpg Pillage.jpg
Sage.jpg Harvest.jpg Hunting Party.jpg Remake.jpg Tournament.jpg
Sage Harvest Hunting Party Remake Tournament
Additional Cards
Ruins
Abandoned Mine.jpg

[edit] Cornucopia & Adventures

The Hero's Return [+/-]
Artificer Miser Page Ranger Relic
Artificer.jpg Miser.jpg Page.jpg Ranger.jpg Relic.jpg
Fairgrounds.jpg Farming Village.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Jester.jpg Menagerie.jpg
Fairgrounds Farming Village Horse Traders Jester Menagerie
Additional Cards
Travelling Fair
Travelling Fair.jpg
Seacraft and Witchcraft [+/-]
Peasant Storyteller Swamp Hag Transmogrify Wine Merchant
Peasant.jpg Storyteller.jpg Swamp Hag.jpg Transmogrify.jpg Wine Merchant.jpg
Fortune Teller.jpg Hamlet.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Tournament.jpg Young Witch.jpg
Fortune Teller Hamlet Horn of Plenty Tournament Young Witch
Additional Cards
Guide Ferry Seaway
Guide.jpg Ferry.jpg Seaway.jpg

[edit] Cornucopia & Empires

Zookeepers [+/-]
Overlord Sacrifice Settlers Villa Wild Hunt
Overlord.jpg Sacrifice.jpg Settlers.jpg Villa.jpg Wild Hunt.jpg
Fairgrounds.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Menagerie.jpg Jester.jpg Tournament.jpg
Fairgrounds Horse Traders Menagerie Jester Tournament
Additional Cards
Annex Colonnade
Annex.jpg Colonnade.jpg

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Cards Coin0star.png Prizes (Bag of GoldBag of Gold.jpgDiademDiadem.jpgFollowersFollowers.jpgPrincessPrincess.jpgTrusty SteedTrusty Steed.jpg) Coin2.png HamletHamlet.jpg Coin3.png Fortune TellerFortune Teller.jpgMenagerieMenagerie.jpg Coin4.png Farming VillageFarming Village.jpgHorse TradersHorse Traders.jpgRemakeRemake.jpgTournamentTournament.jpgYoung WitchYoung Witch.jpg Coin5.png HarvestHarvest.jpgHorn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpgHunting PartyHunting Party.jpgJesterJester.jpg Coin6.png FairgroundsFairgrounds.jpg
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