Digging

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Venture, a digging card.

Cards that search through the deck until they find cards meeting some description are sometimes said to dig for those cards. Typical "digging" instructions usually follow this structure:

Reveal cards from your deck until you reveal [X]. [Do something with X.] Discard the other revealed cards.

Digging cards are distinct from both sifters and deck inspectors.

[edit] Examples of digging cards

Cards in italics have been removed.

[edit] Strategy

Digging draw cards have a number of advantages of "vanilla" draw cards (i.e., those with +X Cards); they're usually able to skip over junk top-decked by deck order attacks, they're able to ignore the -1 Card token, and they often have a farther reach, though usually with a decrease in the total number of cards they can draw, making them similar to sifters in that respect. On the other hand, they can sometimes skip over cards you actually want in you hand, and they don't actually get rid of the -1 Card token. Given that they usually hunt for a specific type of card (Action, Treasure, not a duplicate of a card in your hand), digging draw usually requires that you structure your deck in a way that most takes advantage of them.

Digging Attacks are usually on the weaker side; since the ability to seek a specific card in your opponent's deck is a fairly potent one, they're hampered with restrictions, either being non-stackable (Fortune Teller) or giving your opponent a consolation prize (Saboteur). However, if played consistently, they can be quite annoying to your opponent.


Attacks CurserDeck inspection attackDeck order attackHandsize attackJunking attackTrashing attackTurn-worsening attack
Buy/Money +BuyCost-reducerDisappearing moneyOverpayPeddler variantTerminal silverVirtual coinVirtual +Buy
Cycling Deck discarderDeck inspectorDiggingDiscard for benefitSifter
Terminality CantripNon-terminalNon-terminal drawSoft terminalTerminalTerminal drawThrone Room variantVillage
Other Alt-VPBasic cardsDuration drawEmulatorGainerLuck-basedNon-Attack interactionOne-shotSplit pileTop deckerTrasherVanilla
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