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Here is a list of illustrators of Dominion cards and box covers. See Gallery of illustrations for the original art, all on one page.

Illustrator Cards and box art
Alayna Danner[1] Box art: CornucopiaCornucopia.jpg
HarvestHarvest.jpg, Horn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpg, DuchessDuchess.jpg, OasisOasis.jpg, Spice MerchantSpice Merchant.jpg, Dame NatalieDame Natalie.jpg, MysticMystic.jpg, AdvisorAdvisor.jpg, SoothsayerSoothsayer.jpg, PagePage.jpg, Treasure HunterTreasure Hunter.jpg, WarriorWarrior.jpg, HeroHero.jpg, ChampionChampion.jpg, Royal BlacksmithRoyal Blacksmith.jpg, GroundskeeperGroundskeeper.jpg
Alejandro Gutiérrez Franco AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg[2], LookoutLookout.jpg
Alexander Jung SwindlerSwindler.jpg
Alex Drummond FamiliarFamiliar.jpg, VaultVault.jpg, SurvivorsSurvivors.jpg, StoreroomStoreroom.jpg, ProcessionProcession.jpg
Brian Brinlee QuarryQuarry.jpg, TunnelTunnel.jpg, NecropolisNecropolis.jpg, Blessed VillageBlessed Village.jpg, CobblerCobbler.jpg, LeprechaunLeprechaun.jpg, Tragic HeroTragic Hero.jpg, SentinelSentinel.jpg, Royal GalleyRoyal Galley.jpg, BonfireBonfire.jpg, BallBall.jpg, BanquetBanquet.jpg, ConquestConquest.jpg, LocustsLocusts.jpg, SilosSilos.jpg, AcademyAcademy.jpg, Crop RotationCrop Rotation.jpg, RideRide.jpg, TransportTransport.jpg, InvestInvest.jpg, StampedeStampede.jpg, EnclaveEnclave.jpg, Cave DwellersCave Dwellers.jpg, Forest DwellersForest Dwellers.jpg, Island FolkIsland Folk.jpg, Mountain FolkMountain Folk.jpg, Order of AstrologersOrder of Astrologers.jpg, Order of MasonsOrder of Masons.jpg
Christof Tisch WorkshopWorkshop.jpg, DukeDuke.jpg, MinionMinion.jpg, Sea HagSea Hag.jpg
Claus Stephan[3] Box art: AlchemyAlchemy.jpg, EmpiresEmpires.jpg
CurseCurse.jpg, VillageVillage.jpg, MineMine.jpg, CoppersmithCoppersmith.jpg, Mining VillageMining Village.jpg, CourtierCourtier.jpg, ReplaceReplace.jpg, HavenHaven.jpg, BlockadeBlockade.jpg, OutpostOutpost.jpg, PiratePirate.jpg, PotionPotion.jpg, TransmuteTransmute.jpg, Worker's VillageWorker's Village.jpg, HagglerHaggler.jpg, Abandoned MineAbandoned Mine.jpg, HermitHermit.jpg, MadmanMadman.jpg, PillagePillage.jpg, RangerRanger.jpg, StorytellerStoryteller.jpg, HirelingHireling.jpg, EnchantressEnchantress.jpg, PixiePixie.jpg, GoatGoat.jpg, ImpImp.jpg, FoolFool.jpg, Lucky CoinLucky Coin.jpg, Devil's WorkshopDevil's Workshop.jpg, TormentorTormentor.jpg, Border GuardBorder Guard.jpg, PatronPatron.jpg, TreasurerTreasurer.jpg, Camel TrainCamel Train.jpg, GoatherdGoatherd.jpg, SheepdogSheepdog.jpg, Snowy VillageSnowy Village.jpg, CardinalCardinal.jpg, CavalryCavalry.jpg, CovenCoven.jpg, FalconerFalconer.jpg, Hunting LodgeHunting Lodge.jpg, SanctuarySanctuary.jpg, Animal FairAnimal Fair.jpg, HorseHorse.jpg, UnderlingUnderling.jpg, BrokerBroker.jpg, CarpenterCarpenter.jpg, GalleriaGalleria.jpg, SkirmisherSkirmisher.jpg, SpecialistSpecialist.jpg, BasilicaBasilica.jpg, TowerTower.jpg, Triumphal ArchTriumphal Arch.jpg, GreedGreed.jpg, Lost in the WoodsLost in the Woods.jpg, KeyKey.jpg, LanternLantern.jpg
Colin Throm HoardHoard.jpg
Dennis Lohausen SaboteurSaboteur.jpg, ExplorerExplorer.jpg, King's CourtKing's Court.jpg, StablesStables.jpg, IronmongerIronmonger.jpg, CountCount.jpg
Donald Crank AqueductAqueduct.jpg, ColonnadeColonnade.jpg, ObeliskObelisk.jpg
Doris Matthäus Ruined VillageRuined Village.jpg, Walled VillageWalled Village.jpg
Elisa Cella WheelwrightWheelwright.jpg, EngineerEngineer.jpg, LegionaryLegionary.jpg, OverlordOverlord.jpg, BardBard.jpg, Night WatchmanNight Watchman.jpg, SkulkSkulk.jpg, ScholarScholar.jpg, Silk MerchantSilk Merchant.jpg, SpicesSpices.jpg, GroomGroom.jpg, HostelryHostelry.jpg, KilnKiln.jpg, PaddockPaddock.jpg, SycophantSycophant.jpg, GuildmasterGuildmaster.jpg, DismantleDismantle.jpg
Eric J Carter SentrySentry.jpg, TalismanTalisman.jpg, FarmlandFarmland.jpg, HighwayHighway.jpg, ForagerForager.jpg, HovelHovel.jpg, Merchant GuildMerchant Guild.jpg, GuideGuide.jpg, RatcatcherRatcatcher.jpg, Wine MerchantWine Merchant.jpg, Haunted MirrorHaunted Mirror.jpg, GhostGhost.jpg, ScrapScrap.jpg, BargeBarge.jpg, HighwaymanHighwayman.jpg, PrincePrince.jpg, Fellowship of ScribesFellowship of Scribes.jpg, Gang of PickpocketsGang of Pickpockets.jpg
Franz Vohwinkel Box art: Seaside (First Edition)Seaside.jpg, PlunderPlunder (expansion).jpg
MasqueradeMasquerade.jpg, PawnPawn.jpg, TorturerTorturer.jpg, IslandIsland.jpg, Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg, Native VillageNative Village.jpg, GolemGolem.jpg, CharlatanCharlatan.jpg, CollectionCollection.jpg, MarauderMarauder.jpg, ScavengerScavenger.jpg, Bounty HunterBounty Hunter.jpg, Village GreenVillage Green.jpg, MastermindMastermind.jpg, SwapSwap.jpg, MarquisMarquis.jpg, Black MarketBlack Market.jpg, DelusionDelusion.jpg, FearFear.jpg
Garret DeChellis[4] Box art: NocturneNocturne.jpg
Farming VillageFarming Village.jpg, Nomad CampNomad Camp.jpg, CauldronCauldron.jpg, SoukSouk.jpg, BeggarBeggar.jpg, Sir VanderSir Vander.jpg, PatricianPatrician.jpg, EmporiumEmporium.jpg, GatekeeperGatekeeper.jpg, LiveryLivery.jpg, DestrierDestrier.jpg, WayfarerWayfarer.jpg, FortsForts.jpg, TentTent.jpg, GarrisonGarrison.jpg, Hill FortHill Fort.jpg, StrongholdStronghold.jpg, PilgrimagePilgrimage.jpg, PathfindingPathfinding.jpg, BattlefieldBattlefield.jpg, Mountain PassMountain Pass.jpg, FairFair.jpg
Grant Hansen Box art: RenaissanceRenaissance.jpg
AstrolabeAstrolabe.jpg, Cargo ShipCargo Ship.jpg, DruidDruid.jpg, Flag BearerFlag Bearer.jpg, LackeysLackeys.jpg, MonkeyMonkey.jpg, StockpileStockpile.jpg, SuppliesSupplies.jpg, WerewolfWerewolf.jpg, Star ChartStar Chart.jpg, FlagFlag.jpg, Way of the ChameleonWay of the Chameleon.jpg, Way of the RatWay of the Rat.jpg, Band of NomadsBand of Nomads.jpg, Circle of WitchesCircle of Witches.jpg
Guillaume Ducos Wandering MinstrelWandering Minstrel.jpg
Hans Krill AugursAugurs.jpg, Herb GathererHerb Gatherer.jpg, AcolyteAcolyte.jpg, SorceressSorceress.jpg, SibylSibyl.jpg, Sinister PlotSinister Plot.jpg, GuildhallGuildhall.jpg, ToilToil.jpg, Seize the DaySeize the Day.jpg, AllianceAlliance.jpg, PopulatePopulate.jpg, Way of the SheepWay of the Sheep.jpg,
Harald Lieske Box art: Prosperity (First Edition)Prosperity.jpg, Prosperity (Second Edition)Prosperity2.jpg
|ArtisanArtisan.jpg, LibraryLibrary.jpg, Ruined LibraryRuined Library.jpg, Throne RoomThrone Room.jpg, BridgeBridge.jpg, CourtyardCourtyard.jpg, PatrolPatrol.jpg, EmbargoEmbargo.jpg, Fishing VillageFishing Village.jpg, HerbalistHerbalist.jpg, Trade RouteTrade Route.jpg, ClerkClerk.jpg, MagnateMagnate.jpg, SageSage.jpg, SquireSquire.jpg, PeasantPeasant.jpg, SoldierSoldier.jpg, FugitiveFugitive.jpg, DiscipleDisciple.jpg, TeacherTeacher.jpg, TempleTemple.jpg, VillaVilla.jpg, Wild HuntWild Hunt.jpg, MonasteryMonastery.jpg, PookaPooka.jpg, Cursed GoldCursed Gold.jpg, Mountain VillageMountain Village.jpg, ClashesClashes.jpg, Battle PlanBattle Plan.jpg, ArcherArcher.jpg, WarlordWarlord.jpg, TerritoryTerritory.jpg, WizardsWizards.jpg, StudentStudent.jpg, ConjurerConjurer.jpg, SorcererSorcerer.jpg, LichLich.jpg, GovernorGovernor.jpg, HornHorn.jpg, City GateCity Gate.jpg, CitadelCitadel.jpg, BanishBanish.jpg, BargainBargain.jpg, DemandDemand.jpg, ReapReap.jpg, Way of the OtterWay of the Otter.jpg
Ian Kirkpatrick RatsRats.jpg
Jacob Corn Philosopher's StonePhilosopher's Stone.jpg
Jason Slavin Royal SealRoyal Seal.jpg, Ill-Gotten GainsIll-Gotten Gains.jpg, CultistCultist.jpg, ChangelingChangeling.jpg, ExperimentExperiment.jpg, VillainVillain.jpg, Bad OmensBad Omens.jpg, EnvyEnvy.jpg
Jason Snair BankBank.jpg
Jeff Himmelman Horse TradersHorse Traders.jpg, JesterJester.jpg
Jesse Mead RogueRogue.jpg, QuestQuest.jpg, RaidRaid.jpg, TrainingTraining.jpg
Jessi J[5] AnvilAnvil.jpg, Young WitchYoung Witch.jpg, FairgroundsFairgrounds.jpg, OracleOracle.jpg, Poor HousePoor House.jpg, Dame SylviaDame Sylvia.jpg, TaxmanTaxman.jpg, HeraldHerald.jpg, Swamp HagSwamp Hag.jpg, EncampmentEncampment.jpg, PlunderPlunder.jpg, SettlersSettlers.jpg, Bustling VillageBustling Village.jpg, Old WitchOld Witch.jpg, SculptorSculptor.jpg, ImporterImporter.jpg, EmissaryEmissary.jpg, SaveSave.jpg, PlanPlan.jpg, HauntingHaunting.jpg, MiseryMisery.jpg, PovertyPoverty.jpg, DelayDelay.jpg, MarchMarch.jpg, Way of the HorseWay of the Horse.jpg, Way of the MoleWay of the Mole.jpg
Joshua Stewart Box art: Intrigue (Second Edition)Intrigue2.jpg (first printing)
MerchantMerchant.jpg, PoacherPoacher.jpg, PeddlerPeddler.jpg, Noble BrigandNoble Brigand.jpg, MargraveMargrave.jpg, VagrantVagrant.jpg, Sir BaileySir Bailey.jpg, SacrificeSacrifice.jpg, ConclaveConclave.jpg, ExorcistExorcist.jpg, Cursed VillageCursed Village.jpg, SeerSeer.jpg, SwashbucklerSwashbuckler.jpg, Scouting PartyScouting Party.jpg, ExpeditionExpedition.jpg, Lost ArtsLost Arts.jpg, TriumphTriumph.jpg, AnnexAnnex.jpg, RitualRitual.jpg, WeddingWedding.jpg, WindfallWindfall.jpg, KeepKeep.jpg, WallWall.jpg, Treasure ChestTreasure Chest.jpg, CathedralCathedral.jpg, CanalCanal.jpg
Julien Delval Box art: Dominion (Second Edition)Dominion2.jpg, Intrigue (Second Edition)Intrigue2.jpg (reprint), Seaside (Second Edition)Seaside2.jpg
VassalVassal.jpg, ThiefThief.jpg, BanditBandit.jpg, LaboratoryLaboratory.jpg, Great HallGreat Hall.jpg, WarehouseWarehouse.jpg, SailorSailor.jpg, Tide PoolsTide Pools.jpg, Sea WitchSea Witch.jpg, VineyardVineyard.jpg, MonumentMonument.jpg, Guard DogGuard Dog.jpg, SchemeScheme.jpg, BerserkerBerserker.jpg, Witch's HutWitch's Hut.jpg, GraverobberGraverobber.jpg, Sir MartinSir Martin.jpg, Caravan GuardCaravan Guard.jpg, Lost CityLost City.jpg, CastlesCastles.jpg, Humble CastleHumble Castle.jpg, Crumbling CastleCrumbling Castle.jpg, Small CastleSmall Castle.jpg, Haunted CastleHaunted Castle.jpg, Opulent CastleOpulent Castle.jpg, Sprawling CastleSprawling Castle.jpg, Grand CastleGrand Castle.jpg, King's CastleKing's Castle.jpg, Will-o'-WispWill-o'-Wisp.jpg, Acting TroupeActing Troupe.jpg, HideoutHideout.jpg, InventorInventor.jpg, PriestPriest.jpg, ResearchResearch.jpg, RecruiterRecruiter.jpg, TownsfolkTownsfolk.jpg, Town CrierTown Crier.jpg, BlacksmithBlacksmith.jpg, MillerMiller.jpg, ElderElder.jpg, Merchant CampMerchant Camp.jpg, OdysseysOdysseys.jpg, Old MapOld Map.jpg, VoyageVoyage.jpg, Sunken TreasureSunken Treasure.jpg, Distant ShoreDistant Shore.jpg, CourierCourier.jpg, InnkeeperInnkeeper.jpg, TownTown.jpg, BarbarianBarbarian.jpg, HunterHunter.jpg, ChurchChurch.jpg, CaptainCaptain.jpg, Travelling FairTravelling Fair.jpg, SeawaySeaway.jpg, Bandit FortBandit Fort.jpg, LabyrinthLabyrinth.jpg, MuseumMuseum.jpg, PlaguePlague.jpg, The Earth's GiftThe Earth's Gift.jpg, The Field's GiftThe Field's Gift.jpg, The Flame's GiftThe Flame's Gift.jpg, The Forest's GiftThe Forest's Gift.jpg, The Moon's GiftThe Moon's Gift.jpg, The Mountain's GiftThe Mountain's Gift.jpg, The River's GiftThe River's Gift.jpg, The Sea's GiftThe Sea's Gift.jpg, The Sky's GiftThe Sky's Gift.jpg, The Sun's GiftThe Sun's Gift.jpg, The Swamp's GiftThe Swamp's Gift.jpg, The Wind's GiftThe Wind's Gift.jpg, WarWar.jpg
Kelli Stakenas Candlestick MakerCandlestick Maker.jpg, MasterpieceMasterpiece.jpg, Royal CarriageRoyal Carriage.jpg, GladiatorGladiator.jpg, FortuneFortune.jpg
Kendra Dodsworth Wolf DenWolf Den.jpg
Kieron O'Gorman PossessionPossession.jpg, MountebankMountebank.jpg, Jack of all TradesJack of All Trades.jpg
Kim Feigenbaum MintMint.jpg
Klemens Franz Scrying PoolScrying Pool.jpg
Kurt Miller HamletHamlet.jpg, Hunting PartyHunting Party.jpg, Border VillageBorder Village.jpg, Junk DealerJunk Dealer.jpg, RebuildRebuild.jpg, JourneymanJourneyman.jpg, Bridge TrollBridge Troll.jpg, Haunted WoodsHaunted Woods.jpg, Chariot RaceChariot Race.jpg, Defiled ShrineDefiled Shrine.jpg
Lee Smith VentureVenture.jpg
Lorraine Schleter Box art: AdventuresAdventures.jpg, AlliesAllies.jpg
DiplomatDiplomat.jpg, FollowersFollowers.jpg, TraderTrader.jpg, Market SquareMarket Square.jpg, Dame AnnaDame Anna.jpg, StonemasonStonemason.jpg, DoctorDoctor.jpg
Lynell Ingram TiaraTiara.jpg, War ChestWar Chest.jpg, PrincessPrincess.jpg, MandarinMandarin.jpg, Dame JosephineDame Josephine.jpg, Dame MollyDame Molly.jpg, BakerBaker.jpg, ButcherButcher.jpg, ArtificerArtificer.jpg, CryptCrypt.jpg, Faithful HoundFaithful Hound.jpg, Capital CityCapital City.jpg, ContractContract.jpg, ModifyModify.jpg, BorrowBorrow.jpg, BathsBaths.jpg, FountainFountain.jpg, OrchardOrchard.jpg
Marcel-André Casasola Merkle[6] Box art: MenagerieMenagerie (expansion).jpg, Hinterlands (Second Edition)Hinterlands2.jpg
FestivalFestival.jpg, Secret ChamberSecret Chamber.jpg, MillMill.jpg, NoblesNobles.jpg, Secret PassageSecret Passage.jpg, LighthouseLighthouse.jpg, CaravanCaravan.jpg, UniversityUniversity.jpg, Grand MarketGrand Market.jpg, NomadsNomads.jpg, TrailTrail.jpg, WeaverWeaver.jpg, Ruined MarketRuined Market.jpg, InnInn.jpg, ArmoryArmory.jpg, CatacombsCatacombs.jpg, CemeteryCemetery.jpg, Ghost TownGhost Town.jpg, WishWish.jpg, SleighSleigh.jpg, DisplaceDisplace.jpg, FishermanFisherman.jpg, ExplorationExploration.jpg
Marco Morte InvestmentInvestment.jpg, Crystal BallCrystal Ball.jpg, CityCity.jpg, DevelopDevelop.jpg, EmbassyEmbassy.jpg, Death CartDeath Cart.jpg, FortressFortress.jpg, Sir DestrySir Destry.jpg, Sir MichaelSir Michael.jpg, GearGear.jpg, MagpieMagpie.jpg, MiserMiser.jpg, TransmogrifyTransmogrify.jpg, GiantGiant.jpg, Treasure TroveTreasure Trove.jpg, ArchiveArchive.jpg, CapitalCapital.jpg, CharmCharm.jpg, CrownCrown.jpg, NecromancerNecromancer.jpg, Zombie ApprenticeZombie Apprentice.jpg, Zombie MasonZombie Mason.jpg, Zombie SpyZombie Spy.jpg, DucatDucat.jpg, ImproveImprove.jpg, ScepterScepter.jpg, Black CatBlack Cat.jpg, TradeTrade.jpg, SummonSummon.jpg, Way of the ButterflyWay of the Butterfly.jpg, Way of the FrogWay of the Frog.jpg, Way of the GoatWay of the Goat.jpg, Way of the MonkeyWay of the Monkey.jpg, Way of the MouseWay of the Mouse.jpg, Way of the MuleWay of the Mule.jpg, Way of the OwlWay of the Owl.jpg, Way of the PigWay of the Pig.jpg, Way of the SealWay of the Seal.jpg, Way of the SquirrelWay of the Squirrel.jpg, Way of the TurtleWay of the Turtle.jpg, Way of the WormWay of the Worm.jpg, City-stateCity-state.jpg, Coastal HavenCoastal Haven.jpg, League of ShopkeepersLeague of Shopkeepers.jpg, Market TownsMarket Towns.jpg, Trappers' LodgeTrappers' Lodge.jpg, Woodworkers' GuildWoodworkers' Guild.jpg
Mark Poole Trusty SteedTrusty Steed.jpg, RemakeRemake.jpg, CartographerCartographer.jpg, PortPort.jpg, Den of SinDen of Sin.jpg, RaiderRaider.jpg, FerryFerry.jpg, InheritanceInheritance.jpg, DelveDelve.jpg, PalacePalace.jpg,
Martin Hoffmann Box art: EmpiresEmpires.jpg
EstateEstate.jpg, DuchyDuchy.jpg, ProvinceProvince.jpg, HarbingerHarbinger.jpg, LurkerLurker.jpg, IronworksIronworks.jpg, Trading PostTrading Post.jpg, Sea ChartSea Chart.jpg, CutpurseCutpurse.jpg, BazaarBazaar.jpg, CorsairCorsair.jpg, TacticianTactician.jpg, ApprenticeApprentice.jpg, ColonyColony.jpg, ForgeForge.jpg, Silk RoadSilk Road.jpg, Overgrown EstateOvergrown Estate.jpg, UrchinUrchin.jpg, MercenaryMercenary.jpg, DungeonDungeon.jpg, MessengerMessenger.jpg, GuardianGuardian.jpg, TrackerTracker.jpg, PouchPouch.jpg, Sacred GroveSacred Grove.jpg, VampireVampire.jpg, BatBat.jpg, StashStash.jpg, MissionMission.jpg, AdvanceAdvance.jpg, DonateDonate.jpg, DominateDominate.jpg, ArenaArena.jpg, TombTomb.jpg, FamineFamine.jpg, CapitalismCapitalism.jpg, FleetFleet.jpg, PiazzaPiazza.jpg, BarracksBarracks.jpg, DesperationDesperation.jpg, GambleGamble.jpg, PursuePursue.jpg, EnhanceEnhance.jpg, CommerceCommerce.jpg, Architects' GuildArchitects' Guild.jpg, Crafters' GuildCrafters' Guild.jpg, Desert GuidesDesert Guides.jpg, Family of InventorsFamily of Inventors.jpg, League of BankersLeague of Bankers.jpg, Peaceful CultPeaceful Cult.jpg
Matthew Tames MenagerieMenagerie.jpg
Matthias Catrein Box art: Base CardsBase Cards.jpg, Dominion (First Edition)Dominion.jpg, GuildsGuilds.jpg, Intrigue (First Edition)Intrigue.jpg
CellarCellar.jpg, ChapelChapel.jpg, MoatMoat.jpg, ChancellorChancellor.jpg, WoodcutterWoodcutter.jpg, BureaucratBureaucrat.jpg, FeastFeast.jpg, GardensGardens.jpg, MilitiaMilitia.jpg, MoneylenderMoneylender.jpg, RemodelRemodel.jpg, SmithySmithy.jpg, Council RoomCouncil Room.jpg, MarketMarket.jpg, WitchWitch.jpg, StewardSteward.jpg, ConspiratorConspirator.jpg, ScoutScout.jpg, TributeTribute.jpg, UpgradeUpgrade.jpg, Treasure MapTreasure Map.jpg, Ghost ShipGhost Ship.jpg, PotionPotion.jpg, Counting HouseCounting House.jpg, CrossroadsCrossroads.jpg, FeodumFeodum.jpg, KnightsKnights.jpg, AltarAltar.jpg, AmuletAmulet.jpg, Distant LandsDistant Lands.jpg, City QuarterCity Quarter.jpg, CatapultCatapult.jpg, RocksRocks.jpg, ShepherdShepherd.jpg, PasturePasture.jpg, EnvoyEnvoy.jpg, AlmsAlms.jpg, SewersSewers.jpg, Road NetworkRoad Network.jpg, Way of the CamelWay of the Camel.jpg, Way of the OxWay of the Ox.jpg, Plateau ShepherdsPlateau Shepherds.jpg
Maura Kalusky Shanty TownShanty Town.jpg, HaremHarem.jpg, Pearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg, NavigatorNavigator.jpg
Michael Menzel SpySpy.jpg
Ossi Hiekkala SaunaSauna.jpg, AvantoAvanto.jpg
Raina Kuptz TaxTax.jpg, Salt the EarthSalt the Earth.jpg
Raven Mimura Box art: Dark AgesDark Ages.jpg
Fortune TellerFortune Teller.jpg
RC Torres SmugglersSmugglers.jpg, SalvagerSalvager.jpg, ContrabandContraband.jpg, RabbleRabble.jpg, CacheCache.jpg, Band of MisfitsBand of Misfits.jpg, Bandit CampBandit Camp.jpg, RazeRaze.jpg
Rick Hershey WatchtowerWatchtower.jpg
Rom BishopBishop.jpg
Ryan Laukat Box art: Hinterlands (First Edition)Hinterlands.jpg
CopperCopper.jpg, SilverSilver.jpg, GoldGold.jpg, AdventurerAdventurer.jpg, Wishing WellWishing Well.jpg, BaronBaron.jpg, Merchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpg, TreasuryTreasury.jpg, ApothecaryApothecary.jpg, PlatinumPlatinum.jpg, ExpandExpand.jpg, Bag of GoldBag of Gold.jpg, DiademDiadem.jpg, Fool's GoldFool's Gold.jpg, SpoilsSpoils.jpg, CounterfeitCounterfeit.jpg, PlazaPlaza.jpg, Coin of the RealmCoin of the Realm.jpg, DuplicateDuplicate.jpg, RelicRelic.jpg, Farmers' MarketFarmers' Market.jpg, ForumForum.jpg, IdolIdol.jpg, Secret CaveSecret Cave.jpg, Magic LampMagic Lamp.jpg, BaubleBauble.jpg, PageantPageant.jpg, InnovationInnovation.jpg
Simon Jannerland[7] WharfWharf.jpg, AlchemistAlchemist.jpg, LoanLoan.jpg, Hunting GroundsHunting Grounds.jpg
Taylor Bennett TournamentTournament.jpg
Tu Pei-Shu GoonsGoons.jpg

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[edit] Trivia

[edit] Art descriptions

Originally there was just the name, and maybe like "it's a medieval game or something."

Some Intrigue cards showed the wrong things. The original art for PawnPawn.jpg for example ended up on Goons. StewardSteward.jpg showed a guy with a serving tray. So, after that, I typed up terse descriptions of what the card flavor was - a little for them to go on.

Guilds has mostly art by female artists. It still has mostly male characters though. For Adventures I started also specifying male/female on appropriate cards. For Empires I went further because I knew that "a crowd of people" would easily become "a crowd of only men." In fact there's an example in Empires of "a crowd of people including both men and women" drawn with all men anyway.

Wild HuntWild Hunt.jpg is a European folklore thing - not so Roman but in the set anyway. I didn't go into that in the artist notes though.

Wild HuntWild Hunt.jpg: A group of ghostly hunters, on horses and with hounds, in the sky, chasing prey.

The longest one for Empires is EnchantressEnchantress.jpg.

EnchantressEnchantress.jpg: A character like Circe in Homer's Odyssey; an enchantress who has apparently turned someone into a pig (but not shown doing magic).

And a few are very short.

ConquestConquest.jpg: Visigoths attacking Rome.


I don't think those are so interesting either. In general I leave as much as possible up to the artist. The whole point to the notes is just that some early cards had the wrong thing illustrated. The image on GoonsGoons.jpg was submitted for PawnPawn.jpg; StewardSteward.jpg showed a guy with a serving dish. Not everyone was going to know the terms and sometimes they're ambiguous. Not everyone was going to feel like doing any research. So I started typing up notes.

Treasures often say "no people" because some of the Prosperity ones showed people and I didn't like that as much. A few times I've pointed out things not to do like "no New World crops" or "no gore." Sometimes I've noted the frame color or that something is an attack; I stopped doing that eventually but probably should have kept it up. In rare cases there has been something special to communicate, like the Ruins being ruined versions of things, or the HermitHermit.jpg/MadmanMadman.jpg connection.

There is an opening paragraph that probably they all get, that notes that the game is medieval, and says the expansion theme. It says that buildings can be shown from inside or outside, that people can be non-European. I used to say could be male or female, then I added, we don't get many females and would like more. Even female artists mostly drew men. For Adventures I just specified male or female on all of the cards that were a person. There will be some women in this art.


At first they just drew stuff from the name. These days they get a terse description, trying not to limit what they do much, but covering some issues: making it clear what the card name means; getting us women on cards; avoiding certain cases I have singled out, like there are two people and you don't know which one is the one that card is referring to (yes it still comes up), or the card is a treasure but you see some stuff happening. For Nocturne of course all the notes specified day/night.

At first it just all happened and I saw the results. These days I get to see a lot of sketches though not all of them. I can say, "that isn't what I meant." Sometimes you can miss stuff from the sketch, and be sad later. Some artists are generous and will offer up more than one sketch to let you pick from. There is a chance to ask for changes in a final piece, but it's harder, especially if the change you want is "something completely different please."

For most sets Jay assigned art to whatever artists. For Nocturne I got to do initial assignments of art to artists (then if they couldn't do it, Jay reassigned the art, to whoever was extra available). I cut a few artists I didn't like, and tried to pair up artists with pieces I thought they'd do well on. I brought up a few artists who hadn't worked for us in a while, and a couple of them were available. Jay brought in a few new people to try them out.

Overall it did not work out perfectly, but uh, not for lack of trying.

[edit] Race

The setting does pretend to strive for historical accuracy, when it isn't fantasy; it is just constantly thwarted by artists showing castles with tons of brightly lit windows, or modern gardening outfits, or fields of corn though I said "no New World crops" as if that would be clear.

The artist notes usually make no mention of race. Four expansions have themes that push race and so some cards specify. Empires is Roman and a lot of cards specify Romans, a few Gauls or Celts (e.g. DominateDominate.jpg); Nocturne has a Celtic mythology theme, so DruidDruid.jpg and ExorcistExorcist.jpg are specified Celtic; Renaissance has some specific Italian things, e.g. PatronPatron.jpg says to show Lorenzo de' Medici, PriestPriest.jpg says Roman Catholic, RecruiterRecruiter.jpg says condottieri (Italian mercenaries); Hinterlands specifically has non-European places, so the titles imply race for a few cards - MandarinMandarin.jpg, Nomad CampNomad Camp.jpg - though the artist notes don't specify. And then, a few cards illustrate specific real-life people connected to Dominion somehow, and so are that race - 10 people I know for the Knights, Dale Yu on NavigatorNavigator.jpg, Valerie Putman on HaremHarem.jpg, Wei-Hwa Huang on Pearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg, RTT on CaptainCaptain.jpg. Beyond that I think there's only one card where I specified race: for DiplomatDiplomat.jpg, I specified Spanish, trying to think of what would be most plausible for a female medieval diplomat.

That was a bunch really but still for most cards there is no specification, it's just whatever the artist drew.

I've floated the idea of doing a medieval Japan expansion. And someone immediately said, oh but you have to get a Japanese person to make sure that everything is respectful. And then other people chimed in to say, yes absolutely, so important. I can't stop the artist from turning in the art for MandarinMandarin.jpg though. The only way to make sure there's no horrendously offensive Japanese stuff is to not do Japan. I've also floated the idea of a Vikings expansion; there is no such issue there. That's the sad way of the world. Which hasn't just ruled out Japan, but you know. Last time out I went with animals; maximally inoffensive. No-one minds which breed of dog it is.


How things worked has changed over the years, but it's not so weird to have it be a small number of people working on a game. Rio Grande Games is one guy, Jay. "I also do the windows," as he puts it. Though he must have some employees in a warehouse somewhere - he doesn't live where the warehouse is.

I deliver card texts to Jay. These days I also deliver artist notes, and assign most of the art to specific artists (but some go to new artists Jay picks, and some work is reassigned because the artist is busy). Jay does the card layout, which I endlessly proofread; I also give him a rulebook and he does that layout and that gets proofread. The artists submit sketches, which usually I see, and if we approve them the artist submits artwork. This can take a while.

Originally there were no artist notes, but we'd get e.g. the art for GoonsGoons.jpg turned in for PawnPawn.jpg. Then there were artist notes. Then we added gender because the art almost always showed men. You have to go above 50% female to hope to get 50%, because artists will randomly add people to non-person cards, and oops make them men. For PlunderPlunder (expansion).jpg I also specified race (or rather, some specifed race, and the assumption that the rest would get turned in as white turned out to be accurate).

The time is just how long it takes, however long that is. I turn in the set when it's all but ready; we then expect the set to come out at a particular time based on how long the art and printing and shipping will take, then sadly find out that shipping took longer and the set is delayed.

Many games have a single artist, who I think typically also does the layout; we have lots of artists, which does speed things up.

The artists have no particular incentive to leak things - starting with, they aren't likely to know anyone who would care. And all they have is a card name and the artist notes anyway. A few times an artist has put an image out on their website in advance, and it's been fine.


[edit] Artwork inspiring cards

The art for GoonsGoons.jpg was submitted for PawnPawn.jpg; one of the things that resulted in me typing up artist notes for each set after that (also the StewardSteward.jpg image was a guy with a serving dish). I came up with a name for the art and then abilities for the name (then tried other things until I had a card that worked, which did not end up as GoonsGoons.jpg-like but what can you do).

The art for StoreroomStoreroom.jpg was submitted for VaultVault.jpg. I think there the artist offered multiple directions. The art sat around for a while, waiting for a card.

The art for BazaarBazaar.jpg was submitted for MarketMarket.jpg; there there were just accidentally two people doing the art. I had a card called BazaarBazaar.jpg in Seaside and said, we can use that art there.

CityCity.jpg was called Boomtown until art was being made. I said "make sure it's not Wild-West-y" and Jay was all, uh maybe we should change that name. Then he used the same art for CityCity.jpg and for a Carcassonne product.

Names for Alchemy were locked in before the cards were done. AlchemistAlchemist.jpg and GolemGolem.jpg were new cards trying to fit the names of outtakes; then Scrying PoolScrying Pool.jpg got an attack because it was the most attack-like sounding name other than GolemGolem.jpg which I didn't want to change when that time came.

GovernorGovernor.jpg has cropped art from an edition of Puerto Rico, and was designed to relate to Puerto Rico.

[edit] Errata

  1. Prior to Allies, Alayna Danner was credited as Alayna Lemmer
  2. The AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg art was mistakenly credited to Alexander Jung.
  3. Claus Stephan is sometimes credited as "Claus Stefan" or "Claus Stephen".
  4. Garret DeChellis was mistakenly credited as "Garrett" for Dark AgesDark Ages.jpg.
  5. Prior to EmpiresEmpires.jpg, Jessi J was credited as "Jessica Cox".
  6. Since the Second Editions of DominionDominion2.jpg and IntrigueIntrigue2.jpg and prior to NocturneNocturne.jpg, Marcel-André Casasola Merkle's last name is mistakenly hyphenated.
  7. Prior to AlchemyAlchemy.jpg, Simon Jannerland was credited as Simon Samuelsson.
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