Dominion (Second Edition) replaces six Kingdom card types from the first edition with six new types of Kingdom cards, while also replacing the blank cards in the game with a seventh new Kingdom card. These new cards are available on their own in the Dominion: Update Pack. The rulebook has been rewritten, three cards have mild functional changes ("you may" added to Moneylender, Mine, Throne Room), and other cards have been rephrased (while remaining functionally the same). A Trash mat has been added to the game and Moat's artwork has been tinted blue.
U.S. Release Date: October 3, 2016
Artisan (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Bandit (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Council Room (10)
Harbinger (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Merchant (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Moat (10) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Poacher (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Sentry (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Throne Room (10)
Vassal (10) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Gold (30) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Silver (40) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Copper (60) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Province (12) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Duchy (12) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Estate (24) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Curse (30) Updated Artwork for Second Edition
Randomizer Cards: 26
Blank Cards: 4
Trash (1) NEW TO SECOND EDITION
Total Kingdoms to Date: Totals already included from First Edition and Update Pack.
Total Cards to Date: Totals already included from First Edition and Update Pack.
We have decided it is time to given Dominion (and Intrigue) a facelift. Accordingly, we have created new covers and replaced a few cards in each game to make them even more interesting and fun to play. For those who already have these games, we are offering upgrade packs that contain the new cards so players who do not want to buy a whole new game for these new cards can get just the new cards. In addition to new cards and covers, we have cleaned up the rules and card text to eliminate confusion. We have also removed the extra Base Cards from Intrigue, which will reduce the cost; players who want to play with 5-6 players can still get the Base Cards set for the extra cards needed. With Dominion, second edition, we have changed the Base cards to artwork similar to that found previously in Base Cards.
The games have been produced and we expect to begin shipping them to distributors next week.
I will post a Secret History when the cards are available, going over all of the changes and the new cards. For now though here is a list of the changes:
For each of Dominion and Intrigue:
- Six cards replaced with new cards
- One additional new card added (replacing blanks)
- Other cards changed to have better phrasings (that are functionally the same).
- Rulebooks improved
- New cards also available as a separate small product (with new inlay, but no tray or rulebook) - Dominion Update Pack, Intrigue Update Pack.
- Cover art changed, and "Second Edition" added
- Expansion symbol changed
Additionally for Dominion:
- Three cards changed very mildly ("you may" added to Moneylender, Mine, Throne Room)
- Base cards improved with art (like Base Cards but better)
- A trash playmat rather than card
Additionally for Intrigue:
- One card changed mildly (Masquerade skips players with no cards in hand)
- Base cards dropped
Those changes are only for Dominion and Intrigue; other sets are not getting new cards. However all sets prior to Empires are getting general rulebook and card layout improvements, whenever new printings are ordered (Empires already has these changes, so you can go see how you like them there right now).
The different kinds of changes:
- Some wordings are improved to be clearer / simpler.
- We now use "they" instead of "he."
- A bigger font is used on cards that can use it.
- +Cards etc. in the body of the text are in bold.
- Layout will be more consistent and have better text centering etc.
The Update Packs contain just the new cards and a replacement inlay, in a small box. There's one for Dominion and one for Intrigue, each with 7 new cards (80 physical cards total). We don't really know what the demand for them will be, and in the long term we won't have them (since anyone buying those sets new will get the new cards), but they exist for now so that people who want the new cards don't have to re-buy Dominion or Intrigue to get them.
New versions of Base Cards will have the updated base cards; I don't know when exactly that gets reprinted though. The Big Box will also be updated.
Please tell me they changed the artwork on the 'cartoony' cards. I wouldn't mind a change to the backs of the cards. They look dated to me. But sounds like that's a no if they can mix with first edition.
We couldn't change the backs.
The artwork for Moat is different - just tinted blue - because the artist is also the layout guy and I guess this was something he regretted, not having the art match the frame. The rest of the art for retained cards is unchanged.
Thanks for taking care of existing owners. I want to make sure I understand. In order to get all of the updated wording on the cards and the updated rules, I will need to buy both complete games?
Yes. The Dominion Update Pack has just the new cards for Dominion (plus an inlay), and the Intrigue Update Pack has just the new cards for Intrigue (plus an inlay). The other cards are not included, even if the wordings were tweaked.