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Flag, an Artifact.
The Artifact card back.

Artifacts, introduced in Renaissance, are effects that apply to one player, that are not tracked by normal cards or Events. They function similarly to States, from Nocturne.

Artifacts are not "cards"; any text referring to a "card" does not apply to Artifacts. However, for reference, the Artifact effects are printed on cards in a landscape orientation with light brown frames.

There is only one copy of each Artifact; when a player takes an Artifact, the Artifact card is placed in front of them until another player takes it.

Lost in the WoodsLost in the Woods.jpg, from NocturneNocturne.jpg, functions like an Artifact (and, according to Donald X., was the inspiration for them), though it is not technically labeled an Artifact itself.


[edit] List of Artifacts

[edit] Cards associated with Artifacts

[edit] Official Rules

  • Artifact cards are abilities that players may acquire somehow due to a particular kingdom card.
  • When taking an Artifact, if another player has it, you take it from them; only one player will have a given Artifact at once.
  • If no other player has it, you just take it.
  • While you have the Artifact, you have its ability, and you lose that ability when someone else takes the Artifact.
  • For example when playing TreasurerTreasurer.jpg, you can choose to take the KeyKey.jpg, which will give you +$1 at the start of each of your turns until someone else takes it.

[edit] Card gallery

Flag.jpgHorn.jpgKey.jpgLantern.jpgTreasure Chest.jpg

[edit] Cards associated with Artifacts

Border Guard.jpgFlag Bearer.jpgSwashbuckler.jpgTreasurer.jpg

[edit] Trivia

[edit] In other languages

Language Name Print Text
Dutch Artefact Dutch language ArtifactBack Artefacts
German Artefakt

[edit] Preview

Artifacts are abilities only one player can have. When you take the Flag, you take it from whoever had it, if someone had it. So, they go back and forth. They're like Lost in the WoodsLost in the Woods.jpg (from NocturneNocturne.jpg); hey could I do more with that kind of thing, I thought, and I could. There are five Artifacts total, and here are three of them and their parent cards.

[edit] Why aren't Artifacts just States?

Artifact was a better term, and I didn't feel like I had to stick to a poor precedent. Artifact helps convey that it's a thing only one player will have.

[edit] Retrospective

For RenaissanceRenaissance.jpg, the Artifacts did not work out so great. Maybe the best move there is to save them for the next set and see if I improve them. Border GuardBorder Guard.jpg and TreasurerTreasurer.jpg were great with no Artifacts. They got more complex for no good reason. I like Flag BearerFlag Bearer.jpg and SwashbucklerSwashbuckler.jpg; so, two cards, not really enough, save Artifacts for when I have more. Instead I crammed Artifacts onto helpless innocent cards. They have extra text and "read more cards" just to get more Artifacts into the set. It's not that they are VampireVampire.jpg; it's that they were great cards already.

Cards $2 Border GuardBorder Guard.jpg (HornHorn.jpgLanternLantern.jpg) • DucatDucat.jpgLackeysLackeys.jpg $3 Acting TroupeActing Troupe.jpgCargo ShipCargo Ship.jpgExperimentExperiment.jpgImproveImprove.jpg $4 Flag BearerFlag Bearer.jpg (FlagFlag.jpg) • HideoutHideout.jpgInventorInventor.jpgMountain VillageMountain Village.jpgPatronPatron.jpgPriestPriest.jpgResearchResearch.jpgSilk MerchantSilk Merchant.jpg $5 Old WitchOld Witch.jpgRecruiterRecruiter.jpgScepterScepter.jpgScholarScholar.jpgSculptorSculptor.jpgSeerSeer.jpgSpicesSpices.jpgSwashbucklerSwashbuckler.jpg (Treasure ChestTreasure Chest.jpg) • TreasurerTreasurer.jpg (KeyKey.jpg) • VillainVillain.jpg
Projects $3 CathedralCathedral.jpgCity GateCity Gate.jpgPageantPageant.jpgSewersSewers.jpgStar ChartStar Chart.jpg $4 ExplorationExploration.jpgFairFair.jpgSilosSilos.jpgSinister PlotSinister Plot.jpg $5 AcademyAcademy.jpgCapitalismCapitalism.jpgFleetFleet.jpgGuildhallGuildhall.jpgPiazzaPiazza.jpgRoad NetworkRoad Network.jpg $6 BarracksBarracks.jpgCrop RotationCrop Rotation.jpgInnovationInnovation.jpg $7 CanalCanal.jpg $8 CitadelCitadel.jpg
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Other concepts ArtifactsCoffersProjectsVillagers
Dominion Card types
Basic types ActionTreasureVictoryCurseCurse.jpg
Multi-expansion special types AttackDurationReactionCommand
Single-expansion special types PrizeShelterRuinsLooterKnightReserveTravellerGatheringCastleNightHeirloomFateDoomSpiritZombieAugurClashFortLiaisonOdysseyTownsfolkWizardLoot
Non-card types EventLandmarkBoonHexStateArtifactProjectWayAllyTrait
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