Relic

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Relic
Relic.jpg
Info
Cost Coin5.png
Type(s) Treasure - Attack
Kingdom card? Yes
Set AdventuresAdventures icon.png
Illustrator(s) Ryan Laukat
Card text
Coin2.png
When you play this, each other player puts their –1 Card token on their deck.

Relic is a Treasure-Attack card from Adventures. It uses the -1 Card token to stymie opponents' drawing. It is the only Treasure that is also an Attack.

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • This is a Treasure worth Coin2.png.
  • You play it in your Buy phase, like other Treasures.
  • When you play it, you also make each other player put his -1 Card token on his deck, which will cause those players to draw one less card the next time they draw cards; see the Tokens section.
  • Relic is an Attack despite not being an Action; it can be blocked with MoatMoat.jpg and responded to with Caravan GuardCaravan Guard.jpg and so on.
  • A player responding to Relic with Caravan Guard first plays Caravan Guard, including drawing a card, and then puts his -1 Card token on his deck.

[edit] Strategy

There is no strategy article for Relic, but the card has been discussed on the forum.

On play, Relic is just a SilverSilver.jpg with an attack. So, if you buy Relic, you do it for the attack, otherwise you might as well have bought a Silver instead.

Thankfully, the attack, while not completely overcentralizing, is in fact pretty decent. When compared to MilitiaMilitia.jpg, they both give Coin2.png and decrease your opponent's handsize. Militia works on their current turn, while Relic works sometimes on their current turn and sometimes on their next turn, depending on whether or not they have a draw card like SmithySmithy.jpg in hand. Militia makes them discard two cards, lowering their handsize by 2, while Relic only lowers their handsize by 1; however, with Relic, they can't choose which card to discard, so the attack may sometimes be stronger and sometimes be weaker. Relic's attack, in fact, might be best compared with MinionMinion.jpg, but without the cycling. Finally, Relic is more expensive than Militia, but it doesn't cost an Action to play, unlike Militia, and so can't collide or be drawn dead.

In engines, you rarely want more than one Relic, since the attack doesn't stack; your opponent only has one -Card token. If you do want a second Relic, it's probably because of some mid-turn shenanigans with Council RoomCouncil Room.jpg or Lost CityLost City.jpg with a gainer. Sometimes, you don't want the Relic at all, especially in quicker games or games where you can draw your deck reliably, even with a 4-card hand. It's important to consider that Relic is a stop card like Silver, so it might interfere with your engine, and the attack isn't so strong that it's unskippable.

In Big Money or slogs, getting multiple Relics is not a bad idea; you'll be slightly sad if they collide, but the chances of that happening are a lot slimmer than in an engine, and chances are you don't want too many other Coin5.png's anyway. If you hit Coin6.png however, and you already have a Relic, you probably want to buy GoldGold.jpg instead.

[edit] Synergies

  • Engines that don't mind Treasure, for example with MagpieMagpie.jpg or just strong draw in general
  • Relic's attack can be extra offensive if you can play it during the Action phase, with Black MarketBlack Market.jpg or StorytellerStoryteller.jpg, if you play something like MinionMinion.jpg or Council RoomCouncil Room.jpg afterwards.
  • TorturerTorturer.jpg can be especially brutal with Relic support

[edit] Antisynergies

  • Some cards interfere with the attack, and thus counter Relic effectively, such as EnvoyEnvoy.jpg, AdvisorAdvisor.jpg, VentureVenture.jpg and draw-to-X cards like LibraryLibrary.jpg.

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Release Date
Relic Relic from Goko/Making Fun Coin2.png. When you play this, each other player puts his -1 Card token on his deck. Adventures 1st Edition April 2015
Relic Relic from Shuffle iT Coin2.png. When you play this, each other player puts their –1 Card token on their deck. Adventures 2nd Edition August 2017

[edit] Other language versions

Language Name Print Digital Text
Dutch Relikwie
Finnish Reliikki
French Relique
German Relikt
Japanese 遺物 (pron. ibutsu)
Polish Relikt (note: as referred to in Polish Empires rulebook)
Russian Реликвия (pron. ryelikviya)

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Secret History

Somewhat late in the going, I tried to steer a few of the remaining slots towards particular card names. Relic started out as a treasure that gave you a bonus based on the card types you had in play. First it just counted types, but that went too far; then it cared about specific types: it attacked if you had an Attack in play, gave +Coin1.png if you had a Duration card, and gave +1 Buy if you had a Reserve card or Reaction card. The varying functionality was cute, but quick, what did it do again? Only the Attack part was memorable. While I like the idea of needing a dude to wield the Relic, I ended up simplifying it down to just always attacking. Then it could be a Treasure - Attack, so it is.


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