Sheepdog is an Action-Reaction card from Menagerie. It provides weak terminal draw, but has a Reaction that draws whenever you gain a card.
 Official FAQ
- You can use this when gaining a card due to buying it, when gaining a card some other way such as due to , and even when gaining a card on another player's turn, such as due to .
- Remember that when you buy a card, you can no longer play Treasures in that Buy phase.
- If you gain a Sheepdog to your hand - such as via - you can react to that gain and play the Sheepdog.
 Other Rules clarifications
- If you gain a card with a "when you gain" clause, you can choose to resolve that before or after reacting with Sheepdog, for example, if you gain , you can choose to discard Treasures for s before or after reacting with Sheepdog
- Cards that gain other cards, such as Groom or Paddock
- Cards that let you return to your action phase: Villa or Cavalry
 English versions
|| +2 Cards.
When you gain a card, you may play this from your hand.
|| March 2020
 Other language versions
|| +2 Karten
Wenn du eine Karte nimmst,
darfst du diese Karte aus deiner
Sheepdog gives Dominion
another blue dog
. You can play it anytime you gain a card. It may not even be your turn. Playing it means you put it into play and get your +2 Cards; it will be discarded in that turn's Clean-up
, even if it's not yours. Using the Reaction
part doesn't use up an Action
; it just leaps into play and draws you cards. If it draws you another Sheepdog, you can use that one right away too; you can keep playing Sheepdogs until you run out of them.
 Secret History
This has two origins. One is a treasure
from that had +1 Buy and gave you + per Buy you had. I thought there was something there, and tried a new version, an action
that gave you + per card you gained that turn. Some people liked it but man the math was too much to ask of people. No really, it was bad. I tried multiple versions trying to fix it up and make it fair, some of which could also count trashes. I tried versions that triggered
at one point in the turn. I switched to reactions
and card-drawing (no math there) and was making progress. Now it resembled an outtake from , that gave you +1 Card +1 Action when gaining a card, and some versions of this did just that. I got a version that seemed promising but had a bad wording - it wasn't trivial to communicate that you could reveal
a copy for each gain, but not multiple copies for one gain. I tried it as draw-to-6 - now I didn't need to limit you to one use because it was naturally limited. Again I thought maybe this would do the trick, but more testing suggested it wasn't there. I came up with a few directions and one of them was Sheepdog. It's sleek and pretty and a delight. Sometimes it takes a while to get there.