Villa

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Villa
Villa.jpg
Info
Cost $4
Type(s) Action
Kingdom card? Yes
Set EmpiresEmpires icon.png
Illustrator(s) Harald Lieske
Card text
+2 Actions
+1 Buy

+$1

When you gain this, put it into your hand, +1 Action, and if it's your Buy phase return to your Action phase.

Villa is an Action card from Empires. It is a village that allows you to use it immediately when you gain it, even returning to your Action phase from your Buy phase, which can allow for some trick moves. Its actual effect is relatively weak for a village of its cost, however—it gives +Buy and +$1, but does not draw—so gaining too many of these just for their on-gain shenanigans could weaken your deck overall without substantial sources of +Cards.

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • If you gain this during your Action phase, such as with EngineerEngineer.jpg, you will put the Villa into your hand and get +1 Action (letting you, for example, play the Villa).
  • If you gain this during your Buy phase (such as by buying it), you will put the Villa into your hand, get +1 Action, and return to your Action phase.
  • This will let you play more Action cards (such as the Villa); when you are done with that you will return to your Buy phase, from the beginning - you can play more Treasures (and ArenaArena.jpg will trigger again).
  • If you buy Villa, that uses up your default Buy for the turn, however playing Villa will give you +1 Buy and so let you buy another card in your second Buy phase.
  • If you gain this during another player's turn, you will put the Villa into your hand and get +1 Action, but will have no way to use that Action, since it is not your turn.
  • It is possible to return to your Action phase multiple times in a turn via buying multiple Villas.
  • Returning to your Action phase does not cause "start of turn" abilities to repeat; they only happen at the start of your turn.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

  • Villa visits the discard pile before being put in your hand. This means that when you gain it with a card like ArtificerArtificer.jpg (which changes gain location), Villa will visit the top of your deck before going into your hand, while if gained by a card like ReplaceReplace.jpg (which moves cards after gaining them), you will have a choice between the multiple gain locations.
  • Gaining a Villa during your Buy phase does not "end" your Buy phase in a technical sense; therefore Wine MerchantWine Merchant.jpg cannot be discarded from your Tavern mat when you return to your Action phase.
  • If you buy a Villa, then don't play it, it is possible to enter the Buy phase with 0 Buys. You may play treasures, but unless your treasures give +1 Buy, you won't be able to buy anything.

[edit] Strategy

[edit] Synergies

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Release Date
Villa Villa from Shuffle iT +2 Actions. +1 Buy +$1.
When you gain this, put it into your hand, +1 Action, and if it's your Buy phase return to your Action phase.
Empires June 2016

[edit] Other language versions

Language Name Print Digital Text
Dutch Villa
Finnish Huvila
German Villa German language Villa
Japanese ヴィラ (pron. vira) +2 アクション+1 購入。+$1。これを獲得するとき、手札に加え、+1 アクション、あなたの購入フェイズ中の場合、アクションフェイズに戻る。
Polish Willa Polish language Villa
Russian Вилла (pron. villa)

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Preview

It happens to the best of us. You play that SmithySmithy.jpg with no action left, thinking "what could possibly go wrong?" and curse your rotten luck when two Action cards pop into your hand. "If only I could turn back time," you say. Well, buckle your seatbelt because where we're going, we don't need Villages. A Villa will do nicely enough.

Villa is a brand new type of Village to populate your empire with. The natives are restless, and they simply don't want your turns to end. Maybe the other players do, but you don't care; you're impressing them with your fancy action chain. Aside from being able to continue your turn, you of course gain the Villa itself, and maybe you needed one of those. I'm not judging. With Villa, the possibilities are endless. Or perhaps only tenfold, as the pile has to empty at some point.

As long as there are Villas left in the pile, you always have that shot at continuing your turn. And you can do it more than once in the same turn! Wow! The rulebook can't actually cover all possible turn order acronyms now. ABCD... ABABACD... ABABABABABABABCD... the list goes on, and that would have been valuable ink. Of course, as an emperor, you've begun to develop some higher-order critical thinking skills. I'm sure you can come up with your own mnemonic devices, or defer to your Mnemonic AdvisorAdvisor.jpg.

[edit] Secret History

Originally this just gave +1 Buy when you bought it. One day I thought of having a card that let you play an Action when you bought it, and after a few quick iterations it landed here, as the Village you buy to help out that same turn. For a while it was played when you bought it, but that has some tricky interactions, which were resolved by putting it into your hand instead, and giving you +1 Action to play it with.


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