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|cards = 500
 
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|kingdomcards = 332
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|kingdomsets = 33
 
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|randomizers = 33
 
|randomizers = 33
 
|othercards =  
 
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* 42 Heirlooms (6 of each: Cursed Gold, Haunted Mirror, Pasture, Lucky Coin, Goat, Magic Lamp, Pouch)
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* 42 Heirlooms (6 of each: Cursed Gold, Haunted Mirror, Pasture, Lucky Coin, ???, ???, ???)
* 10 Bats
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* 12 {{Card|Will-o'-Wisp|Will-o'-Wisps}}
* 12 Wishes
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* 13 {{Card|Imp|Imps}}
* 3 Zombies
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* 6 {{Card|Ghost|Ghosts}}
* 12 Will-o'-Wisps
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* 12 [[Boon]]s
* 13 Imps
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* 12 [[Hex]]es
* 6 Ghosts
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|release = November 2017 ''(expected)''
* 12 Boons
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* 12 Hexes
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* 1 Lost in the Woods
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* 6 Deluded/Envious
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* 6 Miserable/Twice Miserable
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|release = November 16, 2017
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|theme =  
 
|theme =  
 
* [[Night]] Cards
 
* [[Night]] Cards
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'''Nocturne''' is the eleventh expansion to Dominion.  It introduces [[Night]] cards, which are played after your Buy phase; [[Heirloom]]s, which replace your starting {{Card|Copper|Coppers}}; and [[Fate]] and [[Doom]] cards, which give out [[Boon]]s and [[Hex]]es, respectively.
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'''Nocturne''' is the announced eleventh expansion to Dominion.  It is expected to be released in November 2017.  It will introduce [[Night]] cards, which are played after your Buy phase; [[Heirloom]]s, which replace your starting {{Card|Copper|Coppers}}; and [[Fate]] and [[Doom]] cards, which give out [[Boon]]s and [[Hex]]es, respectively.
  
 
== Contents ==
 
== Contents ==
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=== Kingdom cards ===
 
=== Kingdom cards ===
* {{Cost|2}} {{Card|Druid}}, {{Card|Faithful Hound}}, {{Card|Guardian}}, {{Card|Monastery}}, {{Card|Pixie}}, {{Card|Tracker}}
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* {{Cost|2}} {{Card|Druid}}, {{Card|Faithful Hound}}
* {{Cost|3}} {{Card|Changeling}}, {{Card|Fool}}, {{Card|Ghost Town}}, {{Card|Leprechaun}}, {{Card|Night Watchman}}, {{Card|Secret Cave}}
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* {{Cost|3}} {{Card|Fool}}, {{Card|Ghost Town}}
* {{Cost|4}} {{Card|Bard}}, {{Card|Blessed Village}}, {{Card|Cemetery}}, {{Card|Conclave}}, {{Card|Devil's Workshop}}, {{Card|Exorcist}}, {{Card|Necromancer}}, {{Card|Shepherd}}, {{Card|Skulk}}
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* {{Cost|4}} {{Card|Blessed Village}}, {{Card|Cemetery}}, {{Card|Devil's Workshop}}, {{Card|Shepherd}}, {{Card|Skulk}}
* {{Cost|5}} {{Card|Cobbler}}, {{Card|Crypt}}, {{Card|Cursed Village}}, {{Card|Den of Sin}}, {{Card|Idol}}, {{Card|Pooka}}, {{Card|Sacred Grove}}, {{Card|Tormentor}}, {{Card|Tragic Hero}}, {{Card|Vampire}}, {{Card|Werewolf}}
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* {{Cost|5}} {{Card|Crypt}}, {{Card|Cursed Village}}, {{Card|Idol}}, {{Card|Pooka}}, {{Card|Werewolf}}
 
* {{Cost|6}} {{Card|Raider}}
 
* {{Cost|6}} {{Card|Raider}}
  
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[[Heirloom|Heirlooms]], 6 copies of each:
 
[[Heirloom|Heirlooms]], 6 copies of each:
* {{Cost|0}} {{Card|Haunted Mirror}}, {{Card|Magic Lamp}}
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* {{Cost|0}} {{Card|Haunted Mirror}}
* {{Cost|2}} {{Card|Goat}}, {{Card|Pasture}}, {{Card|Pouch}}
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* {{Cost|2}} {{Card|Pasture}}
 
* {{Cost|4}} {{Card|Cursed Gold}}, {{Card|Lucky Coin}}
 
* {{Cost|4}} {{Card|Cursed Gold}}, {{Card|Lucky Coin}}
  
 
Other non-Supply cards:
 
Other non-Supply cards:
* {{Cost|0*}} {{Card|Will-o'-Wisp}}, {{Card|Wish}} (12 copies each)
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* {{Cost|0*}} {{Card|Will-o'-Wisp}} (12 copies)
* {{Cost|2*}} {{Card|Bat}} (10 copies), {{Card|Imp}} (13 copies)
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* {{Cost|2*}} {{Card|Imp}} (13 copies)
* {{Cost|3}} {{Card|Zombie Apprentice}}, {{Card|Zombie Mason}}, {{Card|Zombie Spy}} (1 copy each)
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* {{Cost|4*}} {{Card|Ghost}} (6 copies)
 
* {{Cost|4*}} {{Card|Ghost}} (6 copies)
  
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12 cards, 1 of each:
 
12 cards, 1 of each:
  
{{Hex|Bad Omens}}, {{Hex|Delusion}}, {{Hex|Envy}}, {{Hex|Famine}}, {{Hex|Fear}}, {{Hex|Greed}}, {{Hex|Haunting}}, {{Hex|Locusts}}, {{Hex|Misery}}, {{Hex|Plague}}, {{Hex|Poverty}}, {{Hex|War}}
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{{Hex|Bad Omens}}, {{Hex|Delusion}}, {{Hex|Envy}}, {{Hex|Famine}}, {{Hex|Fear}}, {{Hex|Greed}}, {{Hex|Haunting}}, {{Hex|Locust}}, {{Hex|Misery}}, {{Hex|Plague}}, {{Hex|Poverty}}, {{Hex|War}}
  
 
==== [[State]]s ====
 
==== [[State]]s ====
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* {{State|Deluded}}/{{State|Envious}} (6 copies, double-sided)
 
* {{State|Deluded}}/{{State|Envious}} (6 copies, double-sided)
 
* {{State|Miserable}}/{{State|Twice Miserable}} (6 copies, double-sided)
 
* {{State|Miserable}}/{{State|Twice Miserable}} (6 copies, double-sided)
== Additional Rules ==
 
* Nocturne adds Night cards and the Night phase. In games using Night cards, the Night phase happens after the Buy phase - it goes, Action, Buy, Night, Clean-up. In your Night phase, you can play any number of Night cards.
 
* Nocturne has cards with a yellow banner saying "Heirloom" and naming a card. In games using a card with that banner, each player replaces a starting Copper with the named card. See Preparation.
 
* Nocturne has Fate cards and Boons. Fate cards can somehow give players Boons; all the Fate type means is that the Boons are shuffled at the start of the game. Boons are a face-down deck of cards that are revealed as needed. The phrase "receive a Boon" means, turn over the top Boon, and follow the instructions on it. If the Boons deck is empty, first shuffle the discarded Boons to reform the deck; you may also do this any time all Boons are in their discard pile. Received Boons normally go to the Boons discard pile, but three (The Field's Gift, The Forest's Gift, and The River's Gift) go in front of a player until that turn's Clean-up.
 
* Nocturne also has Doom cards and Hexes. Doom cards can somehow give players Hexes; all the Doom type means is that the Hexes are shuffled at the start of the game. Hexes are a face-down deck of cards that are revealed as needed. The phrase "receive a Hex" means, turn over the top Hex, and follow the instructions on it. "Each other player receives the next Hex" means, turn over just one Hex, and the other players all follow the instructions on that same Hex. If all Hexes have been used, shuffle the discards to reform the deck; do this whenever the deck is empty. Received Hexes always go to the Hexes discard pile.
 
* Three Hexes and one Kingdom card give players a State; this is a card that goes in front of a player and applies a rule. Deluded and Envious affect a single turn, and then are returned; Miserable and Twice Miserable affect scoring at the end of the game; Lost in the Woods affects one player's turns until another player takes it. Deluded and Envious are on the same card; have the relevant side face-up. Similarly Miserable and Twice Miserable are on the same card. A State only applies while a player has it.
 
* Boons, Hexes, and States are never in a player's deck; like [[Event]]s and [[Landmark]]s (from {{Set|Adventures}} and {{Set|Empires}}), they are physically cards but are not "cards" in game terms. They are thus never "cards in play," receiving Boons and Hexes or taking a State is not "gaining a card," and so on.
 
* Nocturne has [[Duration]] cards, which were introduced in {{Set|Seaside|Dominion: Seaside}}. Duration cards are orange, and have abilities that affect future turns. Duration cards are not discarded in Clean-up if they have something left to do; they stay in play until the Clean-up of the last turn that they do something. Additionally, if a Duration card is played multiple times by a card such as Throne Room, that card also stays in play until the Duration card is discarded, to track the fact that the Duration card was played multiple times. Keep track of whether or not a Duration card was played on the current turn, such as by putting your cards into two lines (older cards and this turn's cards).
 
* Nocturne has three cards that tell a player to "[[exchange]]" a card for another card. The card being exchanged is returned to its Supply pile, or non-Supply pile, and the card being exchanged for is taken and put into the player's discard pile. This does not count as gaining a card. The exchange only happens if both cards can be exchanged; if the pile is empty, the cards are not exchanged.
 
=== Preparation ===
 
* If any Kingdom cards being used have a yellow banner indicating an Heirloom, players start the game with that Heirloom replacing what would normally be a {{Card|Copper}}. For example in a game with Pixie and Tracker, players start with 3 {{Card|Estate|Estates}}, 5 Coppers, a Goat, and a Pouch. The unused Coppers go in the Copper pile.
 
* If any Kingdom cards being used have the Fate type, shuffle the Boons and put them near the Supply, and put the Will-o'-Wisp pile near the Supply also. If any have the Doom type, shuffle the Hexes and put them near the Supply, and put Deluded/Envious and Miserable/Twice Miserable near the Supply also.
 
* If Druid is being used, deal three Boon cards face up for use with it. If Necromancer is being used, put the three Zombies into the trash. If Fool is being used, get Lost in the Woods and have it handy. If Vampire is being used, put the Bat pile near the [[Supply]]. If Leprechaun or Secret Cave is being used, put the Wish pile near the Supply. If Devil's Workshop or Tormentor are being used, put the Imp pile near the Supply; if Cemetery is being used, put the Ghost pile near the Supply; and if Exorcist is being used, put all three Spirit piles - Will-o'-Wisp, Imp, and Ghost - near the Supply.
 
  
 
== Flavor Text ==
 
== Flavor Text ==
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== Cards Gallery ==
 
== Cards Gallery ==
 
=== Kingdom Cards ===
 
=== Kingdom Cards ===
{{CardImage|Druid}}{{CardImage|Faithful Hound}}{{CardImage|Guardian}}{{CardImage|Monastery}}{{CardImage|Pixie}}{{CardImage|Tracker}}{{CardImage|Changeling}}{{CardImage|Fool}}{{CardImage|Ghost Town}}{{CardImage|Leprechaun}}{{CardImage|Night Watchman}}{{CardImage|Secret Cave}}{{CardImage|Bard}}{{CardImage|Blessed Village}}{{CardImage|Cemetery}}{{CardImage|Conclave}}{{CardImage|Devil's Workshop}}{{CardImage|Exorcist}}{{CardImage|Necromancer}}{{CardImage|Shepherd}}{{CardImage|Skulk}}{{CardImage|Cobbler}}{{CardImage|Crypt}}{{CardImage|Cursed Village}}{{CardImage|Den of Sin}}{{CardImage|Idol}}{{CardImage|Pooka}}{{CardImage|Sacred Grove}}{{CardImage|Tormentor}}{{CardImage|Tragic Hero}}{{CardImage|Vampire}}{{CardImage|Werewolf}}{{CardImage|Raider}}
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{{CardImage|Druid}}{{CardImage|Faithful Hound}}{{CardImage|Fool}}{{CardImage|Ghost Town}}{{CardImage|Leprechaun}}{{CardImage|Blessed Village}}{{CardImage|Cemetery}}{{CardImage|Devil's Workshop}}{{CardImage|Shepherd}}{{CardImage|Skulk}}{{CardImage|Crypt}}{{CardImage|Cursed Village}}{{CardImage|Idol}}{{CardImage|Pooka}}{{CardImage|Werewolf}}{{CardImage|Raider}}
  
 
=== Non-Supply Cards ===
 
=== Non-Supply Cards ===
 
'''[[Heirloom]]s'''
 
'''[[Heirloom]]s'''
  
{{CardImage|Haunted Mirror}}{{CardImage|Magic Lamp}}{{CardImage|Goat}}{{CardImage|Pasture}}{{CardImage|Pouch}}{{CardImage|Cursed Gold}}{{CardImage|Lucky Coin}}
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{{CardImage|Lucky Coin}}{{CardImage|Haunted Mirror}}{{CardImage|Pasture}}{{CardImage|Cursed Gold}}
 
'''Other non-Supply cards'''
 
'''Other non-Supply cards'''
  
{{CardImage|Will-o'-Wisp}}{{CardImage|Wish}}{{CardImage|Bat}}{{CardImage|Imp}}{{CardImage|Zombie Apprentice}}{{CardImage|Zombie Mason}}{{CardImage|Zombie Spy}}{{CardImage|Ghost}}
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{{CardImage|Will-o'-Wisp}}{{CardImage|Wish}}{{CardImage|Imp}}{{CardImage|Ghost}}
  
 
=== [[Boon]]s ===
 
=== [[Boon]]s ===
{{LandscapeImage|The Earth's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Field's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Flame's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Forest's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Moon's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Mountain's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The River's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Sea's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Sky's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Sun's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Swamp's Gift}}{{LandscapeImage|The Wind's Gift}}
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{{LandscapeImage|The Sea's Gift}}
 
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=== [[Hex]]es ===
 
=== [[Hex]]es ===
{{LandscapeImage|Bad Omens}}{{LandscapeImage|Delusion}}{{LandscapeImage|Envy}}{{LandscapeImage|Famine}}{{LandscapeImage|Fear}}{{LandscapeImage|Greed}}{{LandscapeImage|Haunting}}{{LandscapeImage|Locusts}}{{LandscapeImage|Misery}}{{LandscapeImage|Plague}}{{LandscapeImage|Poverty}}{{LandscapeImage|War}}
 
 
 
=== [[State]]s ===
 
=== [[State]]s ===
{{LandscapeImage|Deluded}}{{LandscapeImage|Envious}}{{LandscapeImage|Miserable}}{{LandscapeImage|Twice Miserable}}{{LandscapeImage|Lost in the Woods}}
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{{LandscapeImage|Lost in the Woods}}
 
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== Impact of Nocturne ==
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Like {{Set|Adventures}} and {{Set|Empires}} before it, Nocturne introduced more unique card-shaped things than any previous set.  It is the first set to introduce a new basic [[Kingdom]] card type (Night), the first to introduce a new turn phase, and the second to add cards that replace cards in your starting deck, after {{Set|Dark Ages|Dark Ages'}} [[Shelter]]s.  Because so many of the cards rely on non-[[Supply]] cards or other additional elements (several of which require their own additional elements, such as the Boons requiring the Will-o'-Wisp pile), the set was perceived by some to be more fiddly than previous sets; this is more pronounced in the physical version (as opposed to [[Dominion Online|online]]), where all the extra piles mean longer setup times and more space taken up on the table.  Despite this, the actual gameplay of the set was still well-received, though some players criticized the high degree of randomness introduced by the Boons and Hexes.
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Nocturne also added card effects and properties heretofore unseen: cards that are always gained to your hand, cards that start the game in the trash, a [[Duration]] that stays out for an arbitrary amount of turns (but not permanently), a full Kingdom pile of a card with four types, "attacks" that affect other players' Buy phases, and an "attack" that lowers a player's score without using {{Card|Curse|Curses}}.  It is also the set with the highest proportion of non-[[Action]] Kingdom cards, and introduced a number of new types, and thus a number of new type combinations (but none with only previously seen types).
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[[Donald X.]]'s goal in designing Nocturne was to aim to satisfy the "typical" Dominion player, rather than the expert, so Nocturne cards lend themselves less to subtle and complex strategic decks than do cards from the previous expansion, [[Empires]]. Several of the cards were designed so as to have amusing thematic abilities, like the {{card|Vampire}} that turns into a {{card|Bat}} or the {{card|Leprechaun}} that gives you a {{card|Wish}} if you can catch him at the end of the rainbow. However, many Nocturne cards ended up having complex mechanics or depended on other cards to be understood; therefore for the next expansion, [[Renaissance]], Donald's aimed for more straightforward cards.
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=== Night ===
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The addition of the Night phase (and Night cards) adds a new level of strategy to the game.  It provides more ways to get around the "1 Action per turn" rule, as Night cards are, by their nature, [[non-terminal]], and several Night cards require players to put more thought into their Buy phase, and what cards they want to have in play when their Night phase rolls around.  It also alters the power level of several cards that call out specific types, as none of them were created with the eventual addition of Night cards in mind.
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=== Heirlooms ===
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While Shelters generally have a relatively minor impact, Heirlooms can make a game wildly different.  Players must think carefully about playing a {{Card|Lucky Coin}} or {{Card|Cursed Gold}}, and {{Card|Pouch}} and {{Card|Goat}} greatly improve starting decks.  {{Card|Haunted Mirror}} and {{Card|Magic Lamp}} also give the player a little side quest to complete, the reward for which can be quite significant.
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=== Boons and Hexes ===
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The random nature of the Boon and Hex piles means that Fate and Doom cards can often swing from being laughably weak to being quite powerful.  While your {{Card|Bard}} might give you a crucial {{Boon|The Flame's Gift|Flame's Gift}}, your opponent might get {{Boon|The Moon's Gift}} when they have an empty discard pile.  And while {{Hex|Famine}} can be easy enough to shrug off, getting hit by {{Hex|Delusion}} or {{Hex|Envy}} can cost you the game.  This can make Fate and Doom cards frustrating to play with sometimes, though the randomness can be tempered somewhat by simply getting lots of them.  When you're playing five {{Card|Werewolf|Werewolves}} a turn, the fact that the Hexes have a varying power level starts to not matter as much, as you're almost guaranteed to hand out at least one strong Hex.
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=== Engines ===
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Nocturne has a few engine-friendly cards:
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* {{Card|Monastery}} - a powerful [[trasher]]
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* {{Card|Tracker}} - has a nice while-in-play effect, gives access to {{Card|Pouch}} for [[+Buy]]
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* {{Card|Ghost Town}} - a decent [[Village (card category)|village]] with [[Duration draw]]
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* {{Card|Blessed Village}} - a village with good on-gain effect
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* {{Card|Cemetery}} - a good trasher, means {{Card|Ghost}} is in the game, a powerful [[Throne Room variant]]
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* {{Card|Conclave}} - a good village for diverse decks
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* {{Card|Devil's Workshop}} - a good gainer that can potentially gain {{Card|Imp}}, a decent [[non-terminal draw|Lab variant]]
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* {{Card|Exorcist}} - a trasher that can gain any [[Spirit]], which all go well with engines
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* {{Card|Necromancer}} - gives access to the [[Zombie]]s, and can flexibly play other Actions later in the game
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* {{Card|Shepherd}} - non-terminal draw that allows you to green earlier
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* {{Card|Cobbler}} - a powerful gainer
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* {{Card|Cursed Village}} - a good village
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* {{Card|Den of Sin}} - good Duration draw
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* {{Card|Tragic Hero}} - draw and +Buy that can potentially turn into [[payload]]
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* {{Card|Vampire}} - a gainer and trasher that also attacks
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* {{Card|Werewolf}} - decent draw that can also attack
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A couple Boons are nice with engines:
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* {{Boon|The Earth's Gift}}, {{Boon|The Swamp's Gift}} - good gainers
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* {{Boon|The Flame's Gift}} - a trasher
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* {{Boon|The River's Gift}}, {{Boon|The Sun's Gift}} - add reliability
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=== Big Money===
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* {{Card|Fool}} - {{Card|Lucky Coin}} can fill your deck with {{Card|Silver}}
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* {{Card|Leprechaun}} - decent {{Card|Gold}} gainer
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== Nocturne Theme ==
 
== Nocturne Theme ==
* 15 Night cards, including 2 non-Supply cards: {{Card|Guardian}}, {{Card|Monastery}}, {{Card|Changeling}}, {{Card|Ghost Town}}, {{Card|Night Watchman}}, {{Card|Devil's Workshop}}, {{Card|Exorcist}}, {{Card|Ghost}}, {{Card|Cobbler}}, {{Card|Crypt}}, {{Card|Den of Sin}}, {{Card|Vampire}}, {{Card|Bat}}, {{Card|Werewolf}}, {{Card|Raider}}
 
* 7 Heirloom-giving cards: {{Card|Pixie}}, {{Card|Tracker}}, {{Card|Fool}}, {{Card|Secret Cave}}, {{Card|Cemetery}}, {{Card|Shepherd}}, {{Card|Pooka}}
 
* 8 Fate cards: {{Card|Druid}}, {{Card|Pixie}}, {{Card|Tracker}}, {{Card|Fool}}, {{Card|Bard}}, {{Card|Blessed Village}}, {{Card|Idol}}, {{Card|Sacred Grove}}
 
* 6 Doom cards: {{Card|Leprechaun}}, {{Card|Skulk}}, {{Card|Cursed Village}}, {{Card|Tormentor}}, {{Card|Vampire}}, {{Card|Werewolf}}
 
* 8 Kingdom cards with ancillary non-Supply cards: {{Card|Leprechaun}}, {{Card|Secret Cave}}, {{Card|Cemetery}}, {{Card|Devil's Workshop}}, {{Card|Exorcist}}, {{Card|Necromancer}}, {{Card|Tormentor}}, {{Card|Vampire}}
 
* 3 off-theme cards: {{Card|Faithful Hound}}, {{Card|Conclave}}, {{Card|Tragic Hero}}
 
 
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
Nocturne is the first set with a non-plural name since {{Set|Cornucopia}}It is also the set that introduces the most new [[card types]].
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Nocturne is the first set with a non-plural name since [[Cornucopia]].
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=== Teaser ===
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A [http://www.sporcle.com/games/LastFootnote2/ab66ab6d-50c3n4207ya504k6fbc02980b51 Sporcle quiz] was posted by LastFootnote as a teaser the Friday before previews for Nocturne were postedThe quiz had all 33 Kingdom cards from the set for players to try to guess.
 
=== In other languages ===
 
=== In other languages ===
* German: Nocturne
 
* Japanese: 夜想曲 (pron.''yasōkyoku'')
 
* Russian: Ноктюрн (pron. ''noktyurn'')
 
  
=== Teaser ===
 
A [http://www.sporcle.com/games/LastFootnote2/ab66ab6d-50c3n4207ya504k6fbc02980b51 Sporcle quiz] was posted by LastFootnote as a teaser the Friday before previews for Nocturne were posted.  The quiz had all 33 Kingdom cards from the set for players to try to guess.
 
 
=== Secret History ===
 
=== Secret History ===
{{Quote|Text=While working on {{Set|Empires}}, I tried out [[Boon]]s. They were in the set for a while, but there was only so much space in the set, and something had to go. Boons were a nice chunk to remove and out they went. In July 2015, I put them in a file for some hypothetical future expansion, referred to as Boonies. A couple other cards went with them.
 
 
In August 2015 I invited Bryan L. Doughty to help playtest Dominion: Empires and the [[2nd edition]]s. That all worked out.
 
 
In August 2016, Bryan had some time on his hands, and decided to get in some games with the cards in the Boons file. And he posted a report on those games and what he thought of the cards.
 
 
Well if someone was going to be playing them, maybe I could work on them a little, make sure the testing was accomplishing something. And I worked on them a little. I tweaked the Boons and the cards that used them. I thought about what else I could do and tried some of that out. Bryan showed up a week later and was surprised at how much had happened. And then he was gone; people sometimes find other things to do with their time besides playtest my stuff. His name is not even in the credits, and the prominent names in the rest of our story are Matt Engel and Billy Martin. But Bryan got the ball rolling and then the damage had been done; I was working on a Dominion expansion. It accumulated mechanics and cards and before I knew it I was writing a Secret History for it.
 
 
Dave Goldthorpe is another name not in the credits, so let's give him his moment. He did not playtest. He did suggest names for things though, including a few cards plus the name Nocturne. He will also show up in the story for Fool.
 
 
Gradually the set acquired two themes: "spooky" and Celtic mythology. It seemed okay to go for both at once; they overlap a little. Mechanically the set tries to be more for typical Dominion players, rather than experts; the previous set, Empires, is heavily aimed at experts, and well I like the sets to be different.
 
 
The intention was always to do a set with no [[token]]s; a 500-card set with non-[[supply]] cards, like {{Set|Dark Ages}}. It gradually got more and more of these, and the set was squeezed down to 33 [[kingdom]] cards to make room for them.
 
 
{{Card|Dismantle}} was here for a while, moving over from Empires with the Boons. Now it is a [[promo]]. Adam Horton suggested it. I tried one of Matt's cards that was a [[Throne Room variant|Throne Room]] that also {{Card|Scheme|Schemed}} the card. I liked it on paper but it couldn't compete with other {{Cost|5}}'s. Destry suggested a card that didn't work out but which I may try to fix up someday, so it will remain a mystery, as will a few of my own outtakes.
 
 
One of the original [[Fate]] cards had other players either discard down to 3 or put a card from their hand on their deck, their choice. I'd tried that in {{Set|Adventures}} and it hadn't made the cut, and it didn't here either. It was around for a while though, and got paired with "receive a Boon twice" so that it was constantly played. Another [[trasher|trashed]] a card and gave you the same Boon once per {{Cost|1}} the card cost; that one died in Empires.
 
 
A bunch of cards tried to be a good [[Night]] {{Card|Remodel}}. I tried ones that cared about other cards gained or trashed that turn - e.g., trash a card from your hand, then for each card you trashed this turn, gain a card costing up to {{Cost|2}} more than it. If your guess is that Billy would gain 6 {{Card|Province|Provinces}} in one turn with that, you'd be right. Then I tried one that cared about the number of cards in your hand, and some more that just had you discard cards. For a long time the set had "trash a card from your hand, discard X cards, gain a card costing up to {{Cost|X}} more than the trashed card." It looked innocent at {{Cost|3}}, people liked it and it didn't make waves. Then it was {{Cost|5}}, now it is gone. I also tried one that could Remodel cards in your discard pile.
 
 
The first Night trasher just trashed a card from your hand and a card from play, with a Scheme clause to handle [[Duration]]s. There were more interesting things to do, so it did not last.
 
 
An old old card had you discard a card to draw a card per {{Cost|1}} it cost. Apprentice without the trashing. It continued to not work out here. Another old card, from {{Set|Cornucopia}}, drew the uniques from your top 5. That also did not magically turn out to have been fine all along. Another old idea was a card that gave you card selection based on how many cards you had in play.
 
 
One of the combo cards for Boons was +1 Card +1 Action, receive a Boon, name a type, reveal the top card of your deck, get it if it matches. It's poor to put the naming after the Boon; you forget about it, the Boon is too exciting. What killed it though was just being a [[cantrip]] that gave out Boons; even at {{Cost|6}}, it slowed down games too much. I switched the type-naming to just hitting [[Treasure]] and Night cards, no choice, but that wasn't enough.
 
 
I tried a Night card that let you buy a card for half price. It looks pretty but is dull. I tried a few variations on it, including a Treasure that gave you half as much {{Cost}} as you had - half a {{Card|Fortune}}. That looked pretty too.
 
 
An early Night [[attack]] gained you a copy of a card/[[Action]] you had in play, and discarded Actions from their top 3 cards. It was interesting as a card you didn't want right away. Once I had {{Card|Changeling}} they felt like they were in competition. Changeling was sleek and perfect, so it won. Then I grafted another ability onto Changeling to make it more exciting and less sleek and perfect.
 
 
There was a card worth 2{{VP}} that was also +1 Card +1 Action +{{Cost|1}} if you had no cards in play other than copies of it. There were a few variations; it stopped being an anti-combo with Duration cards, it gave you a little something instead of nothing. Player interest varied but it was not a star and also ate up 2 extra cards due to being a [[Victory]] card. I needed the space, something had to go. The concept is vaguely preserved on {{Card|Tormentor}}.
 
 
I tried a [[terminal]] that got another copy of itself from your discard pile to your hand. But wait, you say. Yes well. It had no value without a [[Village (card category)|village]], and with a village you still didn't just get the combo all the time. It seemed cute for a bit. Then there was a version that gave you something for getting a copy back, so it was a combo without a village.
 
 
There was an attack that tried to cash in on the joy of {{Card|Chariot Race}}. If their card cost more than yours, they discarded it and gained a {{Card|Curse}}. Then it just cared about their card to speed it up, and then I had better attacks.
 
 
In an interactive slot, I tried a card that cared about the number of empty piles, like {{Card|City}}, but that just changed instead of getting better. It didn't change often enough and just wasn't very interesting. You didn't have incentive to empty the piles for it. Then it was a {{Card|Workshop}} too to get those piles empty, and then it died.
 
 
There was a Night card that had you look at the top 6 cards, discard one per card you had in play, and set the rest aside for next turn. It's a relative of {{Card|Tactician}}. It always seemed different enough from Tactician to me, and like an interesting option. But it's a narrow card, and they face a harder journey to making it into a set. There were people who thought it was a dud, and eventually I took it out. Billy kept trying to get me to bring it back, and well here it is in the outtakes section.
 
 
For a long time there was a Night attack that [[Curser|Cursed]] the other players if you had exactly 3 of anything in play. Early on it would probably be 3 {{Card|Copper|Coppers}}, but it could be something else. There were different resources on it, but the longest running version was an {{Card|Armory}} - gain a card onto your deck costing up to {{Cost|4}}. It seemed cool and for a while seemed reasonable. After some game where it seemed strong, I realized that we were endlessly seeing it in games with [[Heirloom]]s, and thus not 7 Coppers. We played some more games with no Heirlooms and it seemed obviously too strong. I tried a bunch of variations on it quickly and then killed it.
 
 
A couple cards tried to draw cards at Night. It's fun if there's another Night card, not too exciting if there isn't. I don't have the market research to tell me, but suspect that for a lot of players there would be a lot of games with no other Night card (due to mixing expansions together rather than playing them alone or in pairs).
 
 
Before {{Card|Changeling}}, some other cards tried out for that name. One was a choose-one that could turn into a cheaper card in your hand; one revealed your top card and could turn into it and be played. It was never quite there, and the tangentially related Night version was way better.
 
 
The card that left for {{Card|Cursed Village}} was draw up to 7, may discard 2 for +2 Actions. It was fine? Cursed Village was just similar and better.
 
 
After I had [[Hex]]es I thought, can I make a card that combos with them. I made a village that had other players put gains/discards on their decks - it turned {{Card|Witch|Witches}} into {{Card|Sea Hag|Sea Hags}}, {{Card|Militia|Militias}} into {{Card|Ghost Ship|Ghost Ships}}. It didn't actually attack by itself though. It wasn't actually much of a combo with the hexes, and in regular games seemed to just so rarely mean anything.
 
 
There was a Workshop that could gain a copy of a card in the trash costing up to {{Cost|6}}, and put a card costing up to {{Cost|4}} into the trash when you gained it. So at first it would be a Workshop for just that one thing, but if you got another copy, or someone else did, or something got trashed somehow, then it would upgrade. We had some fun with it. Maybe there is more to this concept; I can think about it again if and when. What happened was, it was strong, then I put {{Card|Cobbler}}'s ability onto it to spice it up (while cutting +{{Cost|2}}), then cut the rest to simplify it.
 
 
Relatively late, I had room for a village, and tried a bunch of villages. Most of them scaled in some way. You drew a card when you trashed a card; you drew a card for next turn when you gained a card. There were some fun games seeing those cards go nuts. One village didn't fit this mold; it was trying to be good with Night cards, and gave +{{Cost|1}} per treasure in your next two plays, then just +{{Cost|1}} if either was a treasure. So, essentially if you didn't get village value from it, it gave you {{Cost}} instead. It just wasn't very interesting.
 
 
There are only two Heirloom outtakes of note. Bribe could be given to another player to stop an attack. We had fun doing it, but I can't have both an attack with a choice and a {{Card|Moat}} with a cost, or you will have the situation where the choice gets made while someone's shuffling and now it informs their decision about the cost. Or to avoid that you do things in slow-mo which is no good either. Attacks with a choice already exist - e.g. {{Card|Minion}} - so I can't do a Moat with a cost. So Bribe did not survive.
 
 
The other one turned into {{Card|Faithful Hound}}. At first if you discarded it you set it aside for next turn, and this even worked if you discarded it in clean-up. I didn't like that most players wouldn't get that from reading the card. Then there were versions that didn't work in clean-up, and then I had {{Card|Haunted Mirror}} competing for that slot. And the ability ended up on Faithful Hound instead.
 
|Name=[[Donald X. Vaccarino]]
 
|Source=[http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=17955.0 The Secret History of Dominion: Nocturne]
 
}}
 
 
===Retrospective===
 
{{Quote|Text=[W]e had a lot of fun playtesting Nocturne, but I would change it a lot at this point, which is not true of {{Set|Adventures}} or {{Set|Empires}}. I would probably split it into two sets, one with [[Night]], [[Spirit]]s, and [[Boon]]s, and the other with [[Heirloom]]s and some other new mechanic. I wouldn't do [[Hex]]es (too slow). I would only do ~5 [[Fate]] cards.
 
|Name=[[Donald X. Vaccarino]]
 
|Source=[http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=5799.msg773393#msg773393 Interview with Donald X.]
 
}}
 
  
 
== Recommended Sets of 10 ==
 
== Recommended Sets of 10 ==
=== Nocturne alone ===
 
{{Kingdom|Blessed Village|Cobbler|Den of Sin|Faithful Hound|Fool|Monastery|Night Watchman|Shepherd|Tormentor|Tragic Hero|imgwidth = 150|title = Dusk}}
 
{{Kingdom|Conclave|Crypt|Cursed Village|Devil's Workshop|Druid|Exorcist|Leprechaun|Pooka|Raider|Secret Cave|dboon1 = The Swamp's Gift|dboon2 = The Flame's Gift|dboon3 = The Wind's Gift|imgwidth = 150|title = Midnight}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Dominion (Base Set)|Dominion]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Druid|Exorcist|Ghost Town|Idol|Night Watchman|Bandit|Gardens|Mine|Poacher|Smithy|dboon1 = The Earth's Gift|dboon2 = The Flame's Gift|dboon3 = The Forest's Gift|imgwidth = 150|title = Night Shift}}
 
{{Kingdom|Bard|Conclave|Cursed Village|Devil's Workshop|Tragic Hero|Cellar|Harbinger|Market|Merchant|Moneylender|imgwidth = 150|title = Idle Hands}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Intrigue]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Cobbler|Conclave|Faithful Hound|Shepherd|Tragic Hero|Bridge|Conspirator|Mill|Nobles|Secret Passage|imgwidth = 150|title = Shadowy Figures}}
 
{{Kingdom|Leprechaun|Monastery|Necromancer|Tormentor|Werewolf|Courtier|Lurker|Mining Village|Swindler|Upgrade|imgwidth = 150|title = Impending Doom}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Seaside]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Cobbler|Den of Sin|Ghost Town|Raider|Secret Cave|Caravan|Haven|Merchant Ship|Outpost|Tactician|imgwidth = 150|title = The New Black}}
 
{{Kingdom|Blessed Village|Cemetery|Idol|Tracker|Tragic Hero|Fishing Village|Ghost Ship|Lookout|Salvager|Treasure Map|imgwidth = 150|title = Forbidden Isle}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Alchemy]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Bard|Blessed Village|Cemetery|Sacred Grove|Skulk|Tracker|Alchemist|Apprentice|Transmute|Vineyard|imgwidth = 150|title = Nightmare Fuel}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Prosperity]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Crypt|Guardian|Night Watchman|Raider|Vampire|Bank|Contraband|Loan|Royal Seal|Venture|imgwidth = 150|title = Treasures of the Night}}
 
{{Kingdom|Blessed Village|Cemetery|Druid|Tormentor|Tragic Hero|Bishop|Peddler|Talisman|Trade Route|Watchtower|dboon1 = The Swamp's Gift|dboon2 = The River's Gift|dboon3 = The Forest's Gift|imgwidth = 150|title = Day at the Races}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Cornucopia]]/[[Guilds]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Devil's Workshop|Exorcist|Monastery|Pixie|Shepherd|Baker|Fairgrounds|Farming Village|Fortune Teller|Merchant Guild|imgwidth = 150|title = The Endless Fair}}
 
{{Kingdom|Blessed Village|Changeling|Fool|Faithful Hound|Sacred Grove|Doctor|Harvest|Herald|Jester|Masterpiece|imgwidth = 150|title = Happy Chaos}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Hinterlands]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Cobbler|Conclave|Druid|Faithful Hound|Werewolf|Cartographer|Highway|Inn|Oasis|Scheme|dboon1 = The Mountain's Gift|dboon2 = The Sky's Gift|dboon3 = The Sun's Gift|imgwidth = 150|title = Search Party}}
 
{{Kingdom|Bard|Crypt|Leprechaun|Pooka|Shepherd|Crossroads|Farmland|Haggler|Noble Brigand|Tunnel|imgwidth = 150|title = Counting Sheep}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Dark Ages]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Cemetery|Cursed Village|Necromancer|Skulk|Tormentor|Armory|Forager|Graverobber|Market Square|Squire|imgwidth = 150|title = Grave Matters}}
 
{{Kingdom|Changeling|Devil's Workshop|Sacred Grove|Tracker|Vampire|Catacombs|Count|Fortress|Hermit|Rats|imgwidth = 150|title = Rats and Bats}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Adventures]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Conclave|Guardian|Pixie|Vampire|Werewolf|Bridge Troll|Giant|Messenger|Ratcatcher|Storyteller|event1 = Quest|imgwidth = 150|title = Monster Mash}}
 
{{Kingdom|Blessed Village|Druid|Fool|Sacred Grove|Tracker|Caravan Guard|Guide|Haunted Woods|Hireling|Ranger|dboon1 = The Sky's Gift|dboon2 = The Field's Gift|dboon3 = The Sea's Gift|event1 = Pilgrimage|imgwidth = 150|title = Lost in the Woods}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Empires]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Cemetery|Changeling|Exorcist|Fool|Shepherd|Archive|Castles|Catapult|Engineer|Temple|landmark1 = Tomb|imgwidth = 150|title = Luftschloss}}
 
{{Kingdom|Faithful Hound|Ghost Town|Pixie|Pooka|Skulk|Chariot Race|Forum|Groundskeeper|Sacrifice|Settlers|event1 = Banquet|imgwidth = 150|title = Pooka Pranks}}
 
=== Nocturne & [[Renaissance]] ===
 
{{Kingdom|Experiment|Mountain Village|Old Witch|Research|Spices|Devil's Workshop|Monastery|Shepherd|Skulk|Tragic Hero|project1 = Exploration|imgwidth = 150|title = Becoming a Monster}}
 
{{Kingdom|Border Guard|Cargo Ship|Scholar|Sculptor|Villain|Blessed Village|Crypt|Faithful Hound|Sacred Grove|Secret Cave|project1 = Cathedral|project2 = Piazza|imgwidth = 150|title = True Believers}}
 
  
 
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