I noticed that if you spend all your gold and then are unable to play any Patrons, the game is essentially over for you.
Unless you happen to get a card that works with the ones you spent all your money on, you could in theory (and practice as it turns out) not get any gold for several turns effectively making winning or enjoyment of playing moot.
Is the only way to gain any gold through Patrons and card abilities? So if you play cards with no abilities and draw unlucky you are just stuck?
Thanks for any corrections to my thinking on this!