Sauna

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Sauna
Sauna.jpg
Info
Cost Coin4.png
Type(s) Action
Kingdom card? Yes
Set PromoPromo icon.png
Illustrator(s) Ossi Hiekkala
Card text
+1 Card
+1 Action
You may play an Avanto from your hand.

While this is in play, when you play a Silver, you may trash a card from your hand.

Sauna is a promotional Action card. It's a cantrip that allows you to trash a card when you play a SilverSilver.jpg. It is a split pile card, with five copies of Sauna sitting on top of five copies of AvantoAvanto.jpg.

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • When you play Sauna, you first draw a card and get +1 Action.
  • You may then immediately play an Avanto from your hand. This does not take up one of your actions, including the action provided by Sauna.
  • You can only play an Avanto this way directly after playing the Sauna, not if you played another action card in between, even if you have a Sauna in play.
  • When you play Avanto, you first draw 3 cards.
  • You may then immediately play a Sauna from your hand. This does not take up any of your actions, and Sauna will still give you +1 Action if you play it this way.
  • You can only play a Sauna this way directly after playing the Avanto, not if you played another action card in between, even if you have an Avanto in play.
  • You can play Sauna and Avanto in alteration this way, taking up only the action for the first of the cards you play.
  • You can do this until you don't have the respective card in hand after playing the other.
  • When you play a Sauna, you cannot immediately play a Sauna from your hand without using up one action. The same goes for playing Avanto after Avanto.
  • While Sauna is in play, you can trash a card from your hand anytime you play a Silver.
  • If you play the same Silver several times, such as with CounterfeitCounterfeit.jpg (Dominion - Dark Ages) or CrownCrown.jpg (Dominion - Empires), you may trash a card each time you play the Silver.
  • You do not have to trash anything when you play a Silver.
  • You can decide to trash a card every time you play a Silver, you do not have to decide once for the entire turn.
  • When Sauna leaves play, such as being trashed with ProcessionProcession.jpg (Dominion - Dark Ages), you cannot use its effect anymore.
  • When you have several Saunas in play and play a Silver, you can trash a card from your hand for every Sauna you have in play. You can still decide to not trash a card each time.

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Official card art.

[edit] In other languages

  • German: Sauna
  • Polish: Sauna
  • Russian: Сауна (pron. sauna)

[edit] Secret History

The Finnish publisher wanted a promo, to celebrate a company anniversary I think. We like to be friendly. They wanted something that somehow involved Finland. They suggested Sampo, a magical thing from the Kalevala. No-one would know what that was, and also no-one knows what it is; descriptions of it vary significantly. It could be an axis mundi, a mill, a compass, etc. So what more concrete thing could actually remind people of Finland? I think jsh357 suggested saunas. And the word "sauna" is actually a loanword from Finnish. They are super Finnish. And they had medieval ones.

I tried a couple different concepts, mostly trying to key off of BathsBaths.jpg, the Empires Landmark. You know, so stuff where if you didn't do anything you got something. The final concept was instead based on the idea of them being therapeutic.

It seemed nice to try to promote the most recent expansion, something only previously done with SummonSummon.jpg. We talked about potential Landmarks, e.g. Northern Lights. I felt like it would be better to have a full pile this time, and it was hard coming up with more Landmarks. A split pile was perfect; it's novel to Empires, it doesn't require anything else, you can just play with it like a regular pile. And there's this thing, where they go back and forth from the sauna to the avanto. That sounded cool to simulate and I mean there it is.

Avanto started as printed but I did try other versions at some point. There were a few versions of the trashing Sauna, trying to be fair and exciting. Towards the end the big thing was, should it trigger multiple times. It will be very slow early on, and then there will be a turn where you can trash a bunch of cards, due to multiple triggers. I felt like it was better to have that.

The card was done in May, but it took a while for the Finns to get the artist going. It was for them so we didn't rush them. It looks like it's coming out at Essen.


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