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Cost Coin6.png
Type(s) Victory
Kingdom card? Yes
Set CornucopiaCornucopia icon.png
Illustrator(s) Jessica Cox
Card text
Worth 2 VP.png for every 5 differently named cards in your deck (round down).

Fairgrounds is a Victory card from Cornucopia. Following Cornucopia's theme of variety, it increases in value as you get more differently named cards in your deck. In a standard game, its maximum possible value is 6, with even 4 being difficult to reach; however, in some circumstances Fairgrounds can be built up to incredibly high point values.


[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • At the end of the game, this is worth 2 VP.png per 5 differently named cards in your deck, rounded down. So if you have 0-4 different cards, it is worth 0 VP.png; if you have 5-9, it is worth 2 VP.png; if you have 10-14, it is worth 4 VP.png; if you have 15-19, it is worth 6 VP.png; and so on.
  • By default there are only 17 differently named cards available in a game, but sometimes there may be more cards, such as via Young Witch's setup rule, or due to Tournament.
  • Use 8 Fairgrounds in a game with 2 players, and 12 for a game with 3 or more players.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

[edit] Strategy Article

Original article by theory.

Like GardensGardens.jpg, there are two ways to play Fairgrounds: either as consolation prizes because you missed out on a ProvinceProvince.jpg, or as a strategy unto itself.

If you treat them as consolation prizes, they are almost certainly going to end up being worth 4VP.png. It’s rare that you can’t get up to 10 unique cards; if you don’t have 10, you’ll probably know, because you’re running a very thin deck. CopperCopper.jpg, SilverSilver.jpg, GoldGold.jpg, EstateEstate.jpg, DuchyDuchy.jpg, ProvinceProvince.jpg, FairgroundsFairgrounds.jpg - that's already 7 unique cards, and you're surely going to put at least a few different action cards in your deck as well to get to 10.

If you decide to go for them, you should realize that there’s only 17 different cards in an ordinary Province game. So they’ll max out at 6VP.png each, after 15 unique cards. The way to keep track of your deck (as suggested by Blooki / Triceratops) is to glance over a Province board and pick out two cards you do not want in your deck, then focus on getting a copy of each of the rest by endgame.

Of course, this "17" number can change in a variety of ways.

With those helper cards, you can pump Fairgrounds up to higher point values; you'll need to count whether you can reach a total of 20 or even 25 unique cards in your deck, depending on what is available. Here, singleminded pursuit of Fairgrounds is much more viable, as they will end up paying off even greater than Provinces. But it takes much, much longer: a Fairgrounds deck’s critical weakness is how difficult it is to synthesize so many different cards together into a meaningful deck. Throwing in random crap from a Black Market deck is quite unlikely to work unless you are drowned in a surplus of +Actions.

This suggests, moreover, that the key to making Fairgrounds work is a set of non-terminals. In the late game, you don’t want to be passing up the last Fairgrounds because you need to get around to picking up a MoneylenderMoneylender.jpg. At the same time, you don’t want to just open with ExplorerExplorer.jpg / LoanLoan.jpg / ThiefThief.jpg / Counting HouseCounting House.jpg, not unless you want a deck that goes nowhere fast. So ideally, you fit as many pieces as you can into a functioning engine (either because they are all non-terminals, or you have a ton of +Actions), and then grab the ill-fitting ones as close to the end as possible, so they don’t interfere with your Fairgrounds-buying engine. +Buy is golden here, since it allows you to get it done in far fewer turns than you’d otherwise need.

Like all Kingdom Victory cards, Fairgrounds does well with HoardHoard.jpg. Although it doesn’t do anything (like NoblesNobles.jpg or HaremHarem.jpg), its cost makes it a prime candidate for RemodelingRemodel.jpg, SalvagingSalvager.jpg, ApprenticingApprentice.jpg, and other trash-for-benefit Actions.

Fairgrounds synergizes well with Trade RouteTrade Route.jpg, a card that is normally not one of the strongest cards. Trade Route provides +Buy, modest deck-thinning for engine building, and gives an additional +Coin1.png once the first Fairgrounds is purchased. The presence of Fairgrounds on the board also makes it more likely that people will purchase Duchies and other Victory cards that might not normally be purchased, making it likely that Trade Route's cash bonus will be bumped up further earlier in the game. Trade Route is also a card that most decks only want one of, making it a good addition to Fairgrounds-based engines.

KnightsKnights.jpg are an interesting case. Theoretically, they add 9 unique cards to the kingdom. However, unless your opponent ignores them completely, it will be impossible to get all of them. Moreover, Knights do so much damage to your deck that it will make it hard to keep all your different cards, and eventually the Knights tend to wipe each other out as well.

[edit] Engines and Mega-turns

Fairgrounds synergizes well with Engines and megaturns, and can make engines strategies more feasible and powerful. With abundant +Buy, the lower cost of Fairgrounds makes it easier to buy them in quantity than Provinces. Relative to Big Money strategies, Engines tend to get a slower start but reach greater buying power in the long-run. Big money also does not have much choice over the pace of buying Victory cards--it generally must buy them whenever possible, or else fall behind. The ability to time when the game ends is thus of key importance in an engine, and the presence of Fairgrounds makes this possible in two ways:

  • Because Fairgrounds is cheaper, an engine can empty this pile faster than Provinces, if going for a fast win.
  • If behind, and needing to prolong the game, an engine can choose to buy from the Victory piles that are less depleted, prolonging the game and giving time to catch up. Fairgrounds also places much more total VP.png on the board, thus favoring a long-term approach.

Fairgrounds synergizes very well with megaturn strategies like those involving BridgeBridge.jpg; it is much easier to reduce Fairgrounds to a very low cost and buy them in large quantity.

The presence of Fairgrounds alone on a board does not guarantee that engines or mega-turn based decks are viable, but it might make these strategies more attractive than they would be without Fairgrounds.

[edit] Examples

In this [1] game, -Stef- uses Farming VillagesFarming Village.jpg and Grand MarketsGrand Market.jpg to get +actions and +Coin.png(and buy) to get lots of variety without clogging his deck and win.

[edit] Synergies/Combos

[edit] Antisynergies

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Release Date
Digital version for Dominion Online

[edit] Other language versions

Language Name Print Digital Text Notes
Czech Tržiště (lit. marketplace)
Dutch Kermisterrein
Finnish Markkinat (lit. fair)
French Champ de foire
German Festplatz German Version by ASS ASS translation error: added "at end of game"
Italian Mercatino (lit. flea market)
Japanese 品評会 (pron. hinpyō-kai, lit. fair) あなたのカード5種類 (端数切り捨て)につき2VP.png
Polish Odpust Polish language Fairgrounds
Russian Ярмарка (pron. yarmarka, lit. fair)
Spanish Recinto Ferial

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Secret History

I wanted a victory card in the set, because I always do. My ideas list had two cards that seemed especially promising, and the other one fit the hand theme, but it didn't work out. So I put this one in, with no idea that it would end up defining the set. The first version cost Coin6.png and was worth 1 VP.png per 3 differently named cards in your deck. Then it cost Coin5.png. Briefly there was, cost Coin6.png, worth 1 VP.png for every 2 differently named cards in your deck, other than Copper and Estate. John Vogel suggested the formula it actually has. There was some debate about what formula was perfect (especially with Tom Lehmann and Wei-Hwa Huang), but the important thing was, that you had sufficient incentive to collect everything.

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
Combos and Counters Black Market/FairgroundsHorn of Plenty/MandarinHorse Traders/DukeHunting Party/Terminal silver
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Basic cards Coin0.png CopperCopper.jpgCurseCurse.jpg Coin2.png EstateEstate.jpg Coin3.png SilverSilver.jpg Coin5.png DuchyDuchy.jpg Coin6.png GoldGold.jpg Coin8.png ProvinceProvince.jpg
Dominion Coin2.png CellarCellar.jpgChapelChapel.jpgMoatMoat.jpg Coin3.png HarbingerHarbinger.jpg • MerchantMerchant.jpgVassalVassal.jpgVillageVillage.jpgWorkshopWorkshop.jpg Coin4.png BureaucratBureaucrat.jpgGardensGardens.jpgMilitiaMilitia.jpgMoneylenderMoneylender.jpgPoacherPoacher.jpgRemodelRemodel.jpgSmithySmithy.jpgThrone RoomThrone Room.jpg Coin5.png BanditBandit.jpgCouncil RoomCouncil Room.jpgFestivalFestival.jpgLaboratoryLaboratory.jpgLibraryLibrary.jpgMarketMarket.jpgMineMine.jpgSentrySentry.jpg • WitchWitch.jpg Coin6.png ArtisanArtisan.jpg
Removed cards: Coin3.png ChancellorChancellor.jpgWoodcutterWoodcutter.jpg Coin4.png FeastFeast.jpgSpySpy.jpgThiefThief.jpg Coin6.png AdventurerAdventurer.jpg
Intrigue Coin2.png CourtyardCourtyard.jpgLurkerLurker.jpgPawnPawn.jpg Coin3.png MasqueradeMasquerade.jpgShanty TownShanty Town.jpgStewardSteward.jpgSwindlerSwindler.jpgWishing WellWishing Well.jpg Coin4.png BaronBaron.jpgBridgeBridge.jpgConspiratorConspirator.jpgDiplomatDiplomat.jpgIronworksIronworks.jpgMillMill.jpgMining VillageMining Village.jpgSecret PassageSecret Passage.jpg Coin5.png CourtierCourtier.jpgDukeDuke.jpgMinionMinion.jpgPatrolPatrol.jpgReplaceReplace.jpgTorturerTorturer.jpgTrading PostTrading Post.jpgUpgradeUpgrade.jpg Coin6.png HaremHarem.jpgNoblesNobles.jpg
Removed cards: Coin2.png Secret ChamberSecret Chamber.jpg Coin3.png Great HallGreat Hall.jpg Coin4.png CoppersmithCoppersmith.jpgScoutScout.jpg Coin5.png SaboteurSaboteur.jpgTributeTribute.jpg
Seaside Coin2.png EmbargoEmbargo.jpgHavenHaven.jpgLighthouseLighthouse.jpgNative VillageNative Village.jpgPearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg Coin3.png AmbassadorAmbassador.jpgFishing VillageFishing Village.jpgLookoutLookout.jpgSmugglersSmugglers.jpgWarehouseWarehouse.jpg Coin4.png CaravanCaravan.jpgCutpurseCutpurse.jpgIslandIsland.jpgNavigatorNavigator.jpgPirate ShipPirate Ship.jpgSalvagerSalvager.jpgSea HagSea Hag.jpgTreasure MapTreasure Map.jpg Coin5.png BazaarBazaar.jpgExplorerExplorer.jpgGhost ShipGhost Ship.jpgMerchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpgOutpostOutpost.jpgTacticianTactician.jpgTreasuryTreasury.jpgWharfWharf.jpg
Alchemy Potion.png TransmuteTransmute.jpgVineyardVineyard.jpg Coin2.png HerbalistHerbalist.jpg Coin2.pngPotion.png ApothecaryApothecary.jpgScrying PoolScrying Pool.jpgUniversityUniversity.jpg Coin3.pngPotion.png AlchemistAlchemist.jpgFamiliarFamiliar.jpgPhilosopher's StonePhilosopher's Stone.jpg Coin4.png PotionPotion.jpg Coin4.pngPotion.png GolemGolem.jpg Coin5.png ApprenticeApprentice.jpg Coin6.pngPotion.png PossessionPossession.jpg
Prosperity Coin3.png LoanLoan.jpgTrade RouteTrade Route.jpgWatchtowerWatchtower.jpg Coin4.png BishopBishop.jpgMonumentMonument.jpgQuarryQuarry.jpgTalismanTalisman.jpgWorker's VillageWorker's Village.jpg Coin5.png CityCity.jpgContrabandContraband.jpgCounting HouseCounting House.jpgMintMint.jpgMountebankMountebank.jpgRabbleRabble.jpgRoyal SealRoyal Seal.jpgVaultVault.jpgVentureVenture.jpg Coin6.png GoonsGoons.jpgHoardHoard.jpg Coin6star.png Grand MarketGrand Market.jpg Coin7.png BankBank.jpgExpandExpand.jpgForgeForge.jpgKing's CourtKing's Court.jpg Coin8star.png PeddlerPeddler.jpg Coin9.png PlatinumPlatinum.jpg Coin11.png ColonyColony.jpg
Cornucopia 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
Hinterlands Coin2.png CrossroadsCrossroads.jpgDuchessDuchess.jpgFool's GoldFool's Gold.jpg Coin3.png DevelopDevelop.jpgOasisOasis.jpgOracleOracle.jpgSchemeScheme.jpgTunnelTunnel.jpg Coin4.png Jack of all TradesJack of all Trades.jpgNoble BrigandNoble Brigand.jpgNomad CampNomad Camp.jpgSilk RoadSilk Road.jpgSpice MerchantSpice Merchant.jpgTraderTrader.jpg Coin5.png CacheCache.jpgCartographerCartographer.jpgEmbassyEmbassy.jpgHagglerHaggler.jpgHighwayHighway.jpgIll-Gotten GainsIll-Gotten Gains.jpgInnInn.jpgMandarinMandarin.jpgMargraveMargrave.jpgStablesStables.jpg Coin6.png Border VillageBorder Village.jpgFarmlandFarmland.jpg
Dark Ages Coin0.png Ruins (Abandoned MineAbandoned Mine.jpgRuined LibraryRuined Library.jpgRuined MarketRuined Market.jpgRuined VillageRuined Village.jpgSurvivorsSurvivors.jpg) Coin0star.png SpoilsSpoils.jpg Coin1.png Poor HousePoor House.jpgShelters (HovelHovel.jpgNecropolisNecropolis.jpgOvergrown EstateOvergrown Estate.jpg) Coin2.png BeggarBeggar.jpgSquireSquire.jpgVagrantVagrant.jpg Coin3.png ForagerForager.jpgHermitHermit.jpg (MadmanMadman.jpg) • Market SquareMarket Square.jpgSageSage.jpgStoreroomStoreroom.jpgUrchinUrchin.jpg (MercenaryMercenary.jpg) Coin4.png ArmoryArmory.jpgDeath CartDeath Cart.jpgFeodumFeodum.jpgFortressFortress.jpgIronmongerIronmonger.jpgMarauderMarauder.jpgProcessionProcession.jpgRatsRats.jpgScavengerScavenger.jpgWandering MinstrelWandering Minstrel.jpg Coin5.png Band of MisfitsBand of Misfits.jpgBandit CampBandit Camp.jpgCatacombsCatacombs.jpgCountCount.jpgCounterfeitCounterfeit.jpgCultistCultist.jpgGraverobberGraverobber.jpgJunk DealerJunk Dealer.jpgKnightsKnights.jpg (Dames AnnaDame Anna.jpgJosephineDame Josephine.jpgMollyDame Molly.jpgNatalieDame Natalie.jpgSylviaDame Sylvia.jpg • Sirs BaileySir Bailey.jpgDestrySir Destry.jpgMartinSir Martin.jpgMichaelSir Michael.jpgVanderSir Vander.jpg) • MysticMystic.jpgPillagePillage.jpgRebuildRebuild.jpgRogueRogue.jpg Coin6.png AltarAltar.jpgHunting GroundsHunting Grounds.jpg
Guilds Coin2.png Candlestick MakerCandlestick Maker.jpg Coin2plus.png StonemasonStonemason.jpg Coin3plus.png DoctorDoctor.jpgMasterpieceMasterpiece.jpg Coin4.png AdvisorAdvisor.jpgPlazaPlaza.jpgTaxmanTaxman.jpg Coin4plus.png HeraldHerald.jpg Coin5.png BakerBaker.jpgButcherButcher.jpgJourneymanJourneyman.jpgMerchant GuildMerchant Guild.jpgSoothsayerSoothsayer.jpg
Adventures Coin2.png Coin of the RealmCoin of the Realm.jpgPagePage.jpg (Treasure HunterTreasure Hunter.jpgWarriorWarrior.jpgHeroHero.jpgChampionChampion.jpg) • PeasantPeasant.jpg (SoldierSoldier.jpgFugitiveFugitive.jpgDiscipleDisciple.jpgTeacherTeacher.jpg) • RatcatcherRatcatcher.jpgRazeRaze.jpg Coin3.png AmuletAmulet.jpgCaravan GuardCaravan Guard.jpgDungeonDungeon.jpgGearGear.jpgGuideGuide.jpg Coin4.png DuplicateDuplicate.jpgMagpieMagpie.jpgMessengerMessenger.jpgMiserMiser.jpgPortPort.jpgRangerRanger.jpgTransmogrifyTransmogrify.jpg Coin5.png ArtificerArtificer.jpgBridge TrollBridge Troll.jpgDistant LandsDistant Lands.jpgGiantGiant.jpgHaunted WoodsHaunted Woods.jpgLost CityLost City.jpgRelicRelic.jpgRoyal CarriageRoyal Carriage.jpgStorytellerStoryteller.jpgSwamp HagSwamp Hag.jpgTreasure TroveTreasure Trove.jpgWine MerchantWine Merchant.jpg Coin6.png HirelingHireling.jpg
Events: Coin0.png AlmsAlms.jpgBorrowBorrow.jpgQuestQuest.jpg Coin1.png SaveSave.jpg Coin2.png Scouting PartyScouting Party.jpgTravelling FairTravelling Fair.jpg Coin3.png BonfireBonfire.jpgExpeditionExpedition.jpgFerryFerry.jpgPlanPlan.jpg Coin4.png MissionMission.jpgPilgrimagePilgrimage.jpg Coin5.png BallBall.jpgRaidRaid.jpgSeawaySeaway.jpgTradeTrade.jpg Coin6.png Lost ArtsLost Arts.jpgTrainingTraining.jpg Coin7.png InheritanceInheritance.jpg Coin8.png PathfindingPathfinding.jpg
Empires Debt4.png EngineerEngineer.jpg Debt8.png City QuarterCity Quarter.jpgOverlordOverlord.jpgRoyal BlacksmithRoyal Blacksmith.jpg Coin2.png EncampmentEncampment.jpg/PlunderPlunder.jpgPatricianPatrician.jpg/EmporiumEmporium.jpgSettlersSettlers.jpg/Bustling VillageBustling Village.jpg Coin3.png CastlesCastles.jpg (HumbleHumble Castle.jpgCrumblingCrumbling Castle.jpgSmallSmall Castle.jpgHauntedHaunted Castle.jpgOpulentOpulent Castle.jpgSprawlingSprawling Castle.jpgGrandGrand Castle.jpgKing'sKing's Castle.jpg) • CatapultCatapult.jpg/RocksRocks.jpgChariot RaceChariot Race.jpgEnchantressEnchantress.jpgFarmers' MarketFarmers' Market.jpgGladiatorGladiator.jpg/FortuneFortune.jpg Coin4.png SacrificeSacrifice.jpgTempleTemple.jpgVillaVilla.jpg Coin5.png ArchiveArchive.jpgCapitalCapital.jpgCharmCharm.jpgCrownCrown.jpgForumForum.jpgGroundskeeperGroundskeeper.jpgLegionaryLegionary.jpgWild HuntWild Hunt.jpg
Events: Debt5.png TriumphTriumph.jpg Debt8.png AnnexAnnex.jpgDonateDonate.jpg Coin0.png AdvanceAdvance.jpg Coin2.png DelveDelve.jpgTaxTax.jpg Coin3.png BanquetBanquet.jpg Coin4.png RitualRitual.jpgSalt the EarthSalt the Earth.jpg Coin4.pngDebt3.png WeddingWedding.jpg Coin5.png WindfallWindfall.jpg Coin6.png ConquestConquest.jpg Coin14.png DominateDominate.jpg
Landmarks: AqueductAqueduct.jpgArenaArena.jpgBandit FortBandit Fort.jpgBasilicaBasilica.jpgBathsBaths.jpgBattlefieldBattlefield.jpgColonnadeColonnade.jpgDefiled ShrineDefiled Shrine.jpgFountainFountain.jpgKeepKeep.jpgLabyrinthLabyrinth.jpgMountain PassMountain Pass.jpgMuseumMuseum.jpgObeliskObelisk.jpgOrchardOrchard.jpgPalacePalace.jpgTombTomb.jpgTowerTower.jpgTriumphal ArchTriumphal Arch.jpgWallWall.jpgWolf DenWolf Den.jpg
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Promo Coin3.png Black MarketBlack Market.jpg Coin4.png EnvoyEnvoy.jpgSaunaSauna.jpg/AvantoAvanto.jpgWalled VillageWalled Village.jpg Coin5.png GovernorGovernor.jpgStashStash.jpg Coin8.png PrincePrince.jpg
Events: Coin5.png SummonSummon.jpg
Base Cards Coin0.png CopperCopper-new.jpgCurseCurse-new.jpg Coin2.png EstateEstate-new.jpg Coin3.png SilverSilver-new.jpg Coin4.png PotionPotion-new.jpg Coin5.png DuchyDuchy-new.jpg Coin6.png GoldGold-new.jpg Coin8.png ProvinceProvince-new.jpg Coin9.png PlatinumPlatinum-new.jpg Coin11.png ColonyColony-new.jpg
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