130 (13 sets)
|Theme(s)||overpaying, coin tokens, name a card|
Guilds is the eighth expansion of Dominion. It was released in June 2013. The cards were available on Goko a few days before the physical expansion was released. The set has two main themes - cards that give Coin tokens, and cards that you can overpay for, which are signified by a "+" in their cost. There are also two cards that name cards, several very wordy cards, and several cards whose art features bald people.
The first spoiler was unintentionally revealed by the release of a Dominion Set Generator by playtester Wei-Hwa Huang on 7th of December, 2012. It was revealed that this expansion would have 13 cards and the abbreviations of all cards and their cost were visible. The abbreviations were of names of the cards from early in development that had been shifted one letter down in the alphabet to hide their meaning.
Guilds has 2 attack cards, one treasure card, 4 cards that let you do something else if you overpay for them, and 5 cards that let you take coin tokens.
 Basic Supply Cards
- Guilds is only an expansion, so no Basic Supply Cards are included.
 Kingdom Cards
 Additional materials
- 25 Coin tokens
 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. Reaction abilities do not put those cards into play.
- Some cards in Dominion: Guilds give players Coin tokens. Coin tokens always come from the supply of tokens, not from another player. In a player's Buy Phase, before buying any cards, that player may spend any number of Coin tokens; each Coin token spent gives that player +Dominion: Seaside and Dominion: Prosperity, but abilities that give players Coin tokens cannot be used to put them on Pirate Ship mats or the Trade Route mat. They can only be spent in a Buy Phase; they cannot be spent when buying a card via the promotional card Black Market. . Spent tokens are returned to the supply of tokens. Coin tokens are not component-limited; players may use a substitute if they run out. They are the same tokens that come with
- Some cards in Dominion: Guilds can be "overpaid" for. The costs for these cards have a "+" next to the coin symbol. A player may pay any additional amount for such a card, and then gets an effect based on how much extra was paid. Potions (from Dominion: Alchemy) may be used in overpaid amounts if desired, although this is not always meaningful. A player may choose not to overpay, even if she has extra coins, but cannot choose to overpay ; to overpay, a player has to actually pay more than the cost. The coins used to overpay are gone after spending them to overpay; they cannot be then used to buy something else. Overpaying happens when a card is paid for, which is before it is gained. Players can only overpay for a card when buying it, not when gaining it some other way. The "+" is just a reminder; a card with "+" in the cost still has its normal cost for all purposes. For example if a player plays Haggler (from Dominion: Hinterlands), then buys a Masterpiece, overpaying, Haggler will still gain her a card costing less than , the cost of Masterpiece. Similarly, Masterpiece could be the Bane card for Young Witch (from Dominion: Cornucopia), since it costs . Reducing the costs of cards via cards like Bridge (from Dominion: Intrigue) or Highway (from Dominion: Hinterlands) does not interact with overpay; for example, if you play five Bridges and have total to spend, Herald would cost , but if you bought one the most you could overpay for it would still be .
- When two things happen to a player at the same time, that player picks the order to do them. For example, if a player with Merchant Guild in play buys a Masterpiece, she chooses whether to take a Coin token first, or overpay for Masterpiece first (in this case the order would not actually matter, since it is too late to spend the Coin token). When two things happen to different players at the same time, go in turn order, starting with the player whose turn it is. For example, if a player plays Soothsayer with only one Curse left in the Supply, the player to her left gets it.
- At any point in the game, if a player has to do anything regarding her Deck (draw, reveal, set aside, look at, or trash cards), and she needs more cards than are remaining in her Deck, she must do as many as she can and then shuffle her face-up Discard pile to form a new face-down Deck. Then, she does the things with the remaining number of cards from her newly shuffled Deck. If a player’s Deck is empty, she does not shuffle her Discard pile until she needs to do something with cards from her Deck and cannot.
 Flavor Text
 Impact of Guilds
Guilds is well-liked, but given its small size and the fact that it is the eighth expansion, the odds of even just one Guilds card being in any random Kingdom are low, making its impact rather minimal. However, the Coin token and overpay mechanics give Guilds a rather unique flavor, and even just one card from this set in a Kingdom can broaden a player's strategic options significantly.
In general, the Coin token mechanic replaces Big Money strategies in games in which it is present, ascan now be kept separate from your deck, but Guilds does offer these cards:
- Masterpiece - literally gives you a pile of money (Silvers) when overpaid for
- Soothsayer - the only card in the game that directly gives you Gold without conditions
Since Coin token cards can remove the need for buying Treasures, those cards in general help with engines.
- Stonemason - allows you to pick up multiple engine pieces at once (particularly with Border Village), and is a decent trasher
- Doctor - one of the best trashers in the game, it can trim your deck down for a perfect engine
- Advisor - in certain decks, can be an engine onto itself
- Herald - it requires high Action density, but when it has it, it excels
- Journeyman - one of the best terminal draw cards in the game
 Metagame and Complexity of strategy
Coin tokens and the overpay mechanic add further layers to Dominion strategy, and the community is still figuring out the best strategy for using Coin tokens. Most Guilds cards are also quite complicated, not just in terms of what they do or how much text they have, but in how to play (or buy) them effectively.
- Advisor requires your deck to be constructed in a certain way
- Doctor, Herald and Journeyman require the player to have an intimate knowledge of their deck in order to be played most effectively
- Baker completely changes the opening two turns, allowing for a completely different game of Dominion
Guilds is notable in that its rulebook exclusively uses feminine pronouns; this is in contrast to all previous rulebooks, and all official cards, which exclusively use masculine pronouns. It is also the only set not to include a Victory card, and the only set with a Curser that does not match any of its main themes. During development, the set's placeholder name was Tokens.
 Secret History
 Recommended Sets of 10
 Guilds & Dominion
|Arts and Crafts [+/-]|
|Clean Living [+/-]|
|Gilding the Lily [+/-]|
 Guilds & Intrigue
|Name That Card [+/-]|
|Tricks of the Trade [+/-]|
|Decisions Decisions [+/-]|
|Merchant Guild||Candlestick Maker||Masterpiece||Taxman||Butcher|