This is the 11th expansion to Dominion. It has 500 cards, with 33 new Kingdom cards. There are Night cards, which are played after the Buy phase; Heirlooms that replace starting Coppers; Fate and Doom cards that give out Boons and Hexes; and a variety of extra cards that other cards can provide.
Dominion: Nocturne cannot be played by itself; to play with it, you need the Basic cards and rulebook (Dominion provides both). Dominion: Nocturne can also be combined with any other Dominion expansions you have.
- 332 Kingdom cards
- 33 Randomizer cards
- 42 Heirloom cards
- 12 Boons and 12 Hexes
- 1 Plastic organizer tray and 1 organizing inlay
- 1 Rule booklet
Before the first game, remove the five sets of cards from their wrappings and place them in the card tray. The included inlay suggests a way to organize the cards.
Nocturne has 33 randomizer cards (one for each Kingdom card) . Players will need the Treasure cards, Victory cards, Curse cards, and Trash mat/card from either Dominion or Base Cards (or older editions of Intrigue).
As with previous Dominion games, players must choose 10 sets of Kingdom cards for each game. If players use the random approach for choosing sets, they should shuffle the randomizer cards from this expansion with those of any other Dominion games they choose to play with.
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 Copper. For example in a game with Pixie and Tracker, players start with 3 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.
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 Setup.
Fate Cards and Boons
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.
Read here more about Boons and Hexes.
Doom Cards and Hexes
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 Events and Landmarks (from Adventures and 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 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.