Spoils

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Spoils
Spoils.jpg
Info
Cost Coin0star.png
Type(s) Treasure
Kingdom card? No
Set Dark AgesDark Ages icon.png
Illustrator(s) Ryan Laukat
Card text
Coin3.png
When you play this, return it to the Spoils pile.
(This is not in the Supply.)

Spoils is a one-shot equivalent of GoldGold.jpg that some Dark Ages cards allow players to gain; it is a non-Supply card. There are 15 Spoils cards available, and when one is played it returns to the pile to be gained again later.

Contents

[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • This is never in the Supply; it can only be obtained via Bandit CampBandit Camp.jpg, MarauderMarauder.jpg, and PillagePillage.jpg.
  • When you play Spoils, you get +Coin3.png to spend this turn, and return that copy of Spoils to its pile.
  • You are not forced to play Treasures in your hand.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

  • Spoils can also be stolen from other players with ThiefThief.jpg, or be obtained via MasqueradeMasquerade.jpg.
  • Spoils cannot be gained with MintMint.jpg, since it is not in the supply.
  • If you play an AmbassadorAmbassador.jpg and reveal a Spoils, the Spoils is not returned to the Supply (since it is not in the Supply) and other players do not gain Spoils.
  • The Spoils pile does not count towards the endgame condition.

[edit] Strategy Article

Aside from its synergy with CounterfeitCounterfeit.jpg, Spoils can play very differently depending on how you get it. If you get it via MarauderMarauder.jpg, you're probably using it to bootstrap your way out of a junked-up early game where you can barely get to Coin5.png amidst the Ruins and Marauders. If you get it via Bandit CampBandit Camp.jpg, you're probably running a sleek engine. If you get it via PillagePillage.jpg... well, it depends.

Despite the temptation to keep a Spoils and not play it, since it'll go away as soon as you use it, it's rarely the right play to "save up" Spoils for future use. It'll be a while until you see it again! Better to get a good card now, or even just a SilverSilver.jpg if you have no coin in your hand besides the Spoils. On the other hand, you should count how much Coin.png you have and not play the Spoils if you don't actually need its +Coin3.png. You don't have to play all of your Treasures!

[edit] Synergies/Combos

  • CounterfeitCounterfeit.jpg is very effective when used on Spoils, since the Spoils is returned to its pile before it can be trashed.

[edit] Antisynergies

  • VentureVenture.jpg might cause you to "waste" Spoils that you don't need to play that turn to reach Coin8.png.
  • BankBank.jpg does not count Spoils, since they are returned to the pile immediately.

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Notes Release Date
Spoils Spoils from Goko/Making Fun Coin3.png. When you play this, return it to the Spoils pile. (This is not in the Supply.) Dark Ages 1st Edition August 2012
Spoils Spoils from Shuffle iT Coin3.png. When you play this, return it to the Spoils pile. (This is not in the Supply.) Digital version has a cost of Coin0.png rather than Coin0star.png. Dark Ages 2nd Edition September 2017

[edit] Other language versions

Language Name Print Digital Text Notes
Czech Kořist Czech language Spoils
Dutch Buit
Finnish Sotasaalis (lit. spoils of war)
French Butin
German Beute
Japanese 略奪品 (pron. ryakudatsu-hin, lit. loot) Coin3.png。 これを略奪品の山に戻す。(このカードはサプライに置かない。)
Korean 전리품 (pron. jeonlipum)
Russian Добыча (pron. dobycha)
Spanish Botín

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Preview

Spoils is a one-shot Gold. That makes Pillage a one-shot that gets you two one-shots. You can't buy Spoils; there are three different ways to get it, and the other two get you them repeatedly. A one-shot Gold is pretty good if you were only drawing it once anyway, or if you didn't really want Gold in the long run, and if those things aren't true well hey it's still something.

There are 15 Spoils. I have seen them run out (temporarily of course) but it's rare.

[edit] Secret History

One day looking through my ideas file I decided it was time to try out "card that makes a one-shot Gold." The first version was just that: cost Coin3.png, you gain a Spoils. It seemed cute but was weak, so I gave it +1 Action. At that point it still seemed weak, but people bought it anyway.

I knew some people would be all, where are the other cards that make Spoils? And I was not possibly giving them another way to get Madmen or Mercenaries. So I thought, maybe three cards total could make Spoils. So I went looking for something else to stick Spoils on. It ended up on Marauder, Pillage, and Bandit Camp.

Then the original card died, because it just didn't have much going for it at that point.

You originally trashed Spoils, and could get them from the trash. It seemed simpler if they returned to the pile. It drops some words from the three cards that give them out, and matches Madman. Forager can still put a Spoils in the trash, it just doesn't get that handed to it for nothing.


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