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Type Expansion
Icon Seaside icon.png
Cards 300
262 (26 sets)
Additional Material(s)  
Theme(s) The next turn
(Duration cards)
Release October 2009
Cover artist Franz Vohwinkel
Official Rulebook PDF

Seaside is the second expansion to Base Dominion released by Donald X. Vaccarino in 2009 by publisher Rio Grande Games. The box contains 26 sets of Kingdom Cards, 3 types of mats, a set of Coin tokens, and a set of EmbargoEmbargo.jpg tokens.


[edit] Contents

[edit] Basic Supply Cards

  • Seaside is only an expansion, so no Basic Supply Cards are included.

[edit] Kingdom Cards

$2 EmbargoEmbargo.jpg, HavenHaven.jpg, LighthouseLighthouse.jpg, Native VillageNative Village.jpg, Pearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg
$3 AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg, Fishing VillageFishing Village.jpg, LookoutLookout.jpg, SmugglersSmugglers.jpg, WarehouseWarehouse.jpg
$4 CaravanCaravan.jpg, CutpurseCutpurse.jpg, IslandIsland.jpg, NavigatorNavigator.jpg, Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg, SalvagerSalvager.jpg, Sea HagSea Hag.jpg, Treasure MapTreasure Map.jpg
$5 BazaarBazaar.jpg, ExplorerExplorer.jpg, Ghost ShipGhost Ship.jpg, Merchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpg, OutpostOutpost.jpg, TacticianTactician.jpg, TreasuryTreasury.jpg, WharfWharf.jpg

[edit] Additional Materials

[edit] Additional Rules

  • This expansion introduces Duration cards. These cards are orange, and say "Duration" on the bottom line, i.e. "Action – Duration." A Duration card does something after your turn. Leave the card in front of you until the Clean-up Phase of the last turn in which it does something (discard it before drawing for the following turn). So if the card says "Now and on your next turn," discard it during the Clean-up phase of your next turn.
  • If you play or modify a Duration card with another card, that other card also stays in your play area until it is no longer doing anything. For example if you play Throne RoomThrone Room.jpg on Merchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpg, both cards stay in play until the Clean-up phase of your next turn. The Throne Room stays in play to remind you that you are getting the effect of Merchant Ship twice on that next turn.
  • If multiple cards resolve at the same time on your turn (for example, Duration cards that do something “at the start of your next turn”), you choose what order to resolve them. A card that affects multiple players during your turn still resolves in player order, affecting you first if it affects all players and then proceeding clockwise.
  • In order to keep track of which Duration cards are discarded during the current Clean-up phase and which Duration cards remain in play, place Duration cards in a separate row above the other Actions and Treasures played. When a Duration card has its last effect, move it to the row of cards that will be played and discarded during the current turn.
  • Players may look at face-up set-aside cards of any player. Players may count face-down set-aside cards (both their own and those of other players).
  • Some cards give a player a choice between two or more options (Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg, Native VillageNative Village.jpg). You may pick any choice offered, even if you cannot do what it tells you to, but once you make a choice, you must complete as much of it as you can. Specific examples of this rule are given in the descriptions for cards on the info sheet.
  • Some cards are both Victory cards and another type as well (e.g. IslandIsland.jpg). These cards are both types for all purposes. Island can be played like a normal Action and at the end of the game, it contributes to your score. When a card refers to a type of card, it means any card having that type; so, for example, LibraryLibrary.jpg can be used to set aside an Island.

[edit] Flavor text

All you ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. And someone who knows how to steer ships using stars. You finally got some of those rivers you'd wanted, and they led to the sea. These are dangerous, pirate-infested waters, and you cautiously send rat-infested ships across them, to establish lucrative trade at far-off merchant-infested ports. First, you will take over some islands, as a foothold. The natives seem friendly enough, crying their peace cries, and giving you spears and poison darts before you are even close enough to accept them properly. When you finally reach those ports you will conquer them, and from there you will look for more rivers. One day, all the rivers will be yours.

[edit] Cards Gallery

Embargo.jpg Haven.jpg Lighthouse.jpg Native Village.jpg Pearl Diver.jpg Ambassador.jpg Fishing Village.jpg Lookout.jpg Smugglers.jpg Warehouse.jpg Caravan.jpg Cutpurse.jpg Island.jpg Navigator.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Salvager.jpg Sea Hag.jpg Treasure Map.jpg Bazaar.jpg Explorer.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Outpost.jpg Tactician.jpg Treasury.jpg Wharf.jpg

[edit] Impact of Seaside

Seaside is one of the most universally well-liked Dominion expansions, and a frequent answer to the "What should be the first expansion I buy?" question. This may be because Duration cards provide a noticeably different gameplay experience than anything that's available in the base set or Intrigue, while still having effects that are relatively straightforward and easy to understand.

Seaside is often perceived to be a "power creep" expansion; certainly it contains several cards that are very strong for their cost in comparison to the average card in Intrigue or base Dominion. Sea HagSea Hag.jpg and AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg are two powerful junking attacks for less than $5, making them very strong openers; Ghost ShipGhost Ship.jpg is one of the most punishing handsize attacks to be hit by; LighthouseLighthouse.jpg on the other hand provides some of the best protection from Attacks available in Dominion; and Fishing VillageFishing Village.jpg, CaravanCaravan.jpg, TacticianTactician.jpg, and WharfWharf.jpg have very strong next-turn effects that can allow an engine to function with extremely high reliability. Fishing VillageFishing Village.jpg and WharfWharf.jpg are often described as the most powerful village card and the most powerful non-Attack $5 card, respectively.

Seaside has no cards costing $6, and more cards costing $2 than any other expansion. This is a deliberate move on Donald X. Vaccarino's part to compensate for the range of costs in the upcoming Prosperity, which has no $2 cards and a lot of cards costing $6 or more.

[edit] Seaside Theme

Game designer Donald X. offered some insight into some themes of the set here.

  • 8 Duration: Haven, Lighthouse, Fishing Village, Caravan, Merchant Ship, Outpost, Tactician, Wharf
  • 9 Top of deck: Native Village, Pearl Diver, Lookout, Navigator, Pirate Ship, Sea Hag, Treasure Map, Ghost Ship, Treasury
  • 3 Other other-turn: Embargo, Smugglers, Island
  • 6 Off-theme: Ambassador, Warehouse, Cutpurse, Salvager, Explorer, Bazaar

[edit] Alternative versions

[edit] Trivia

Official box art.

Seaside is unique among Dominion expansions in that all the Kingdom cards are Action cards. It is also the first expansion to introduce a new card type, and the first to introduce a new card color.

[edit] In other languages

  • Chinese: 海國圖志 (pron. hǎi guó tú zhì, lit. Illustrated Treatise on the Maritime Kingdoms, a historical Chinese atlas of island nations)
  • Czech: Pobřeží (lit. coast)
  • Dutch: Hijs de Zeilen (lit. hoist the sails)
  • Finnish: Kaukaiset rannat (lit. distant beaches)
  • French: Rivages (lit. seashores)
  • German: Seaside
  • Italian: Seaside
  • Japanese: 海辺 (pron. umibe, lit. seashore)
  • Korean: 정복자의 바다 (pron. jeongbogjaui bada, lit. conqueror of the sea)
  • Polish: Przystań (lit. harbor)
  • Russian: Побережье (pron. pobyeryezh'ye, lit. coast)
  • Spanish: Terramar (lit. earthsea)

[edit] Secret History

At first there were just a bunch of cards. One day I decided, okay, these are the main set, these are the first expansion, these are the second expansion. I divided everything up based on mechanical themes.

Originally the 2nd expansion had two themes. Both themes had so much potential that I broke the set up into two sets, expanding the themes. Seaside got the "next turn" theme. It may be a couple years before you'll get to see the expansion I made out of the other theme.

For much of its pre-development life, the set was 20 cards. It briefly visited 16 cards, when I tried that out for everything, but mostly it was 20. But going into development it was of course 25; I knew that Intrigue had ended up 25, so naturally this set would be 25 too. My expectation was that cards would be used for the playmats and counters, which is how it worked during development. But at the end of development, it turned out we'd be using playmats and counters, and that left some empty space. So the set went up to 26 cards.

[edit] Retrospective

The biggest thing here is, the set has two cards that hand out junk that cost less than $5. Cards like that tend to dominate games, since people buy them turns 1-2 and start playing them fast, so it's bad to have two of them in one set, even though when they're in the same game the one defends against the other. I just don't want heavy-Seaside games to always have one of those cards. So either AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg or Sea HagSea Hag.jpg should be a more powerful card for $5. Ambassador looks more innocent so probably I would change Sea Hag.

LookoutLookout.jpg is the dud of the set. The problem is, some people are terrified of trashing a good card with it. At the same time trashing bad cards looks less exciting to some players. And as a trasher it's not exceptional. So the overall package is a card that a lot of players don't want, but that some experienced players realize is okay but not special. I could instead have some other card more people liked.

Originally the set did not have tokens. EmbargoEmbargo.jpg put itself on a pile; Pirate ShipPirate Ship.jpg kept one treasure per attack and counted them; Pirate Ship and Native VillageNative Village.jpg did have mats, but they were card-sized (when that changed I got to add HavenHaven.jpg back in). If I had known the set would have counters, I would have tried to get more use out of them, just as I made two more VP.png token cards to go with MonumentMonument.jpg.

Again some people complain about various other cards but I am having none of it.

[edit] Second Edition

Pearl Diver, Navigator: These cards would be ones I'd replace, except, I couldn't, just as I couldn't rename Harem; they depict real people. Why not offer those real people new better art on their new card, you ask? That sounds good to me, and I thought it would get Harem renamed, but it didn't.

I looked at the other sets a year ago, did any sets want new cards other than Dominion and Intrigue. Seaside came the closest, Prosperity was a very distant 4th. Well there's Alchemy, but the basic way to change Alchemy is to not do it.

Anyway I looked at Seaside. The biggest positive things would be to get rid of Embargo tokens and use the coin tokens on say 3 cards. Seaside was made without tokens so I was not trying to make sure they were put to good use (when Prosperity was delayed due to Alchemy, I had time to add two more VP token cards to it). As I said, it was going to be a while before Jay was actually interested in not needing Embargo tokens. Then, two of the biggest duds to replace, I couldn't. In the end it got a tweaked rulebook and fixed wordings/layout (including Pirate Ship being clear about Guilds), but no new cards. And nothing else has new cards on the way either.

[edit] Recommended Sets of 10

[edit] Seaside Only

High Seas [+/-]
Bazaar Caravan Embargo Explorer Haven
Bazaar.jpg Caravan.jpg Embargo.jpg Explorer.jpg Haven.jpg
Island.jpg Lookout.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Smugglers.jpg Wharf.jpg
Island Lookout Pirate Ship Smugglers Wharf
Buried Treasure [+/-]
Ambassador Cutpurse Fishing Village Lighthouse Outpost
Ambassador.jpg Cutpurse.jpg Fishing Village.jpg Lighthouse.jpg Outpost.jpg
Pearl Diver.jpg Tactician.jpg Treasure Map.jpg Warehouse.jpg Wharf.jpg
Pearl Diver Tactician Treasure Map Warehouse Wharf
Shipwrecks [+/-]
Ghost Ship Merchant Ship Native Village Navigator Pearl Diver
Ghost Ship.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Native Village.jpg Navigator.jpg Pearl Diver.jpg
Salvager.jpg Sea Hag.jpg Smugglers.jpg Treasury.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Salvager Sea Hag Smugglers Treasury Warehouse

[edit] Seaside & Dominion

Reach for Tomorrow [+/-]
Artisan Cellar Council Room Vassal Village
Artisan.jpg Cellar.jpg Council Room.jpg Vassal.jpg Village.jpg
Cutpurse.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Lookout.jpg Sea Hag.jpg Treasure Map.jpg
Cutpurse Ghost Ship Lookout Sea Hag Treasure Map
Repetition [+/-]
Festival Harbinger Militia Workshop Caravan
Festival.jpg Harbinger.jpg Militia.jpg Workshop.jpg Caravan.jpg
Explorer.jpg Outpost.jpg Pearl Diver.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Treasury.jpg
Explorer Outpost Pearl Diver Pirate Ship Treasury
Give and Take [+/-]
Library Market Moneylender Witch Ambassador
Library.jpg Market.jpg Moneylender.jpg Witch.jpg Ambassador.jpg
Fishing Village.jpg Haven.jpg Island.jpg Salvager.jpg Smugglers.jpg
Fishing Village Haven Island Salvager Smugglers

[edit] Seaside & Intrigue

A Star to Steer By [+/-]
Secret Passage Diplomat Swindler Wishing Well Courtier
Secret Passage.jpg Diplomat.jpg Swindler.jpg Wishing Well.jpg Courtier.jpg
Lookout.jpg Treasure Map.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Haven.jpg Outpost.jpg
Lookout Treasure Map Ghost Ship Haven Outpost
Shore Patrol [+/-]
Patrol Replace Shanty Town Trading Post Pawn
Patrol.jpg Replace.jpg Shanty Town.jpg Trading Post.jpg Pawn.jpg
Island.jpg Wharf.jpg Cutpurse.jpg Lighthouse.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Island Wharf Cutpurse Lighthouse Warehouse
Bridge Crossing [+/-]
Lurker Nobles Duke Conspirator Bridge
Lurker.jpg Nobles.jpg Duke.jpg Conspirator.jpg Bridge.jpg
Salvager.jpg Embargo.jpg Smugglers.jpg Native Village.jpg Treasury.jpg
Salvager Embargo Smugglers Native Village Treasury

[edit] Seaside & Alchemy

Forewarned [+/-]
Cutpurse Embargo Ghost Ship Native Village Treasure Map
Cutpurse.jpg Embargo.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Native Village.jpg Treasure Map.jpg
Apothecary.jpg Golem.jpg Possession.jpg Scrying Pool.jpg Transmute.jpg
Apothecary Golem Possession Scrying Pool Transmute
Additional Cards
Gummed Up [+/-]
Ambassador Haven Sea Hag Smugglers Warehouse
Ambassador.jpg Haven.jpg Sea Hag.jpg Smugglers.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Apprentice.jpg Familiar.jpg Herbalist.jpg Philosopher's Stone.jpg Vineyard.jpg
Apprentice Familiar Herbalist Philosopher's Stone Vineyard
Additional Cards

[edit] Seaside & Prosperity

Exploding Kingdom [+/-]
Bishop City Grand Market King's Court Quarry
Bishop.jpg City.jpg Grand Market.jpg King's Court.jpg Quarry.jpg
Fishing Village.jpg Lookout.jpg Outpost.jpg Tactician.jpg Wharf.jpg
Fishing Village Lookout Outpost Tactician Wharf
Pirate Bay [+/-]
Expand Hoard Mint Trade Route Watchtower
Expand.jpg Hoard.jpg Mint.jpg Trade Route.jpg Watchtower.jpg
Bazaar.jpg Lighthouse.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Smugglers.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Bazaar Lighthouse Pirate Ship Smugglers Warehouse

[edit] Seaside & Cornucopia

Collector [+/-]
Embargo Fishing Village Merchant Ship Navigator Smugglers
Embargo.jpg Fishing Village.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Navigator.jpg Smugglers.jpg
Fairgrounds.jpg Farming Village.jpg Fortune Teller.jpg Harvest.jpg Hunting Party.jpg
Fairgrounds Farming Village Fortune Teller Harvest Hunting Party
Collider [+/-]
Lighthouse Salvager Treasure Map Treasury Warehouse
Lighthouse.jpg Salvager.jpg Treasure Map.jpg Treasury.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Menagerie.jpg Horn of Plenty.jpg Horse Traders.jpg Jester.jpg Tournament.jpg
Menagerie Horn of Plenty Horse Traders Jester Tournament

[edit] Seaside & Hinterlands

Travelers [+/-]
Cutpurse Island Lookout Merchant Ship Warehouse
Cutpurse.jpg Island.jpg Lookout.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Cartographer.jpg Crossroads.jpg Farmland.jpg Silk Road.jpg Stables.jpg
Cartographer Crossroads Farmland Silk Road Stables
Diplomacy [+/-]
Ambassador Bazaar Caravan Embargo Smugglers
Ambassador.jpg Bazaar.jpg Caravan.jpg Embargo.jpg Smugglers.jpg
Embassy.jpg Farmland.jpg Ill-Gotten Gains.jpg Noble Brigand.jpg Trader.jpg
Embassy Farmland Ill-Gotten Gains Noble Brigand Trader

[edit] Seaside & Dark Ages

Watery Graves [+/-]
Count Graverobber Hermit Scavenger Urchin
Count.jpg Graverobber.jpg Hermit.jpg Scavenger.jpg Urchin.jpg
Native Village.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Salvager.jpg Treasure Map.jpg Treasury.jpg
Native Village Pirate Ship Salvager Treasure Map Treasury
Treasury Peasants [+/-]
Death Cart Feodum Poor House Urchin Vagrant
Death Cart.jpg Feodum.jpg Poor House.jpg Urchin.jpg Vagrant.jpg
Fishing Village.jpg Haven.jpg Island.jpg Lookout.jpg Warehouse.jpg
Fishing Village Haven Island Lookout Warehouse
Additional Cards
Abandoned Mine.jpg

[edit] Seaside & Guilds

Ghosts & Taxes [+/-]
Cutpurse Ghost Ship Haven Outpost Smugglers
Cutpurse.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Haven.jpg Outpost.jpg Smugglers.jpg
Butcher.jpg Candlestick Maker.jpg Herald.jpg Soothsayer.jpg Taxman.jpg
Butcher Candlestick Maker Herald Soothsayer Taxman
Island Builder [+/-]
Island Native Village Salvager Tactician Treasury
Island.jpg Native Village.jpg Salvager.jpg Tactician.jpg Treasury.jpg
Baker.jpg Doctor.jpg Merchant Guild.jpg Plaza.jpg Stonemason.jpg
Baker Doctor Merchant Guild Plaza Stonemason

[edit] Seaside & Adventures

Prince of Orange [+/-]
Amulet Dungeon Haunted Woods Page Swamp Hag
Amulet.jpg Dungeon.jpg Haunted Woods.jpg Page.jpg Swamp Hag.jpg
Caravan.jpg Fishing Village.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Tactician.jpg Treasure Map.jpg
Caravan Fishing Village Merchant Ship Tactician Treasure Map
Additional Cards
Gifts and Mathoms [+/-]
Bridge Troll Caravan Guard Hireling Lost City Messenger
Bridge Troll.jpg Caravan Guard.jpg Hireling.jpg Lost City.jpg Messenger.jpg
Ambassador.jpg Embargo.jpg Haven.jpg Salvager.jpg Smugglers.jpg
Ambassador Embargo Haven Salvager Smugglers
Additional Cards
Expedition Quest
Expedition.jpg Quest.jpg

[edit] Seaside & Empires

Boxed In [+/-]
Castles Chariot Race Encampment Enchantress Gladiator
Castles.jpg Chariot Race.jpg Encampment.jpg Enchantress.jpg Gladiator.jpg
Salvager.jpg Smugglers.jpg Tactician.jpg Warehouse.jpg Wharf.jpg
Salvager Smugglers Tactician Warehouse Wharf
Additional Cards
Tax Wall
Tax.jpg Wall.jpg
King of the Sea [+/-]
Archive Farmers' Market Overlord Temple Wild Hunt
Archive.jpg Farmers' Market.jpg Overlord.jpg Temple.jpg Wild Hunt.jpg
Explorer.jpg Haven.jpg Native Village.jpg Pirate Ship.jpg Sea Hag.jpg
Explorer Haven Native Village Pirate Ship Sea Hag
Additional Cards
Delve Fountain
Delve.jpg Fountain.jpg

[edit] Seaside & Nocturne

The New Black [+/-]
Cobbler Den of Sin Ghost Town Raider Secret Cave
Cobbler.jpg Den of Sin.jpg Ghost Town.jpg Raider.jpg Secret Cave.jpg
Caravan.jpg Haven.jpg Merchant Ship.jpg Outpost.jpg Tactician.jpg
Caravan Haven Merchant Ship Outpost Tactician
Forbidden Isle [+/-]
Blessed Village Cemetery Idol Tracker Tragic Hero
Blessed Village.jpg Cemetery.jpg Idol.jpg Tracker.jpg Tragic Hero.jpg
Fishing Village.jpg Ghost Ship.jpg Lookout.jpg Salvager.jpg Treasure Map.jpg
Fishing Village Ghost Ship Lookout Salvager Treasure Map
Additional Cards

Cards $2 EmbargoEmbargo.jpgHavenHaven.jpgLighthouseLighthouse.jpgNative VillageNative Village.jpgPearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg $3 AmbassadorAmbassador.jpgFishing VillageFishing Village.jpgLookoutLookout.jpgSmugglersSmugglers.jpgWarehouseWarehouse.jpg $4 CaravanCaravan.jpgCutpurseCutpurse.jpgIslandIsland.jpgNavigatorNavigator.jpgPirate ShipPirate Ship.jpgSalvagerSalvager.jpgSea HagSea Hag.jpgTreasure MapTreasure Map.jpg $5 BazaarBazaar.jpgExplorerExplorer.jpgGhost ShipGhost Ship.jpgMerchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpgOutpostOutpost.jpgTacticianTactician.jpgTreasuryTreasury.jpgWharfWharf.jpg
Combos and Counters Black Market/TacticianDouble TacticianGuide/OutpostNative Village/BridgeWarehouse/Counting HouseEmbargo vs PotionLookout vs Sea HagMilitia vs WarehouseMinion vs TreasuryPossession vs AmbassadorTactician vs Ghost ShipVault vs AmbassadorWishing Well vs Ghost Ship
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