There are four primary Card Types in the game and each has an icon that refers to the Card Type as a whole.
There are no limits to how many of each card you may have, with two exceptions:
Starter Cards: You may never have more or less than 1 Starter Knight and 1 Starter Peasant.
Duke Cards: You may never have more or less than 1 Duke card.
The following icons represent the three different Resources in the game (Gold, Strength, Magic). These icons are present across all card types. When there is a number on top of the icon, it means that it represents that many of that type.
If the icon is by itself as a reward or power, it means you take that many tokens from the bank.
Gold represents the currency of the kingdoms and is used to purchase various cards and abilities.
Strength represents the strength of the kingdoms and the strength of Monsters.
Magic represents the magical abilities of the kingdoms and Monsters.
Players can use their Magic to augment their Strength and Gold Resources during their actions as long as at least one non-Magic token is being used.
The following icon is used across all of the card types and is not considered a Resource. A number on top of the icon represents the amount of that type. If the icon is by itself as a reward or power, it means you take that many tokens from the Bank.
Victory Points represent the prestige you have gained over the kingdoms.
Certain "operator icons" are used across all of the card types:
Both items on either side of the icon are included. You can read this as "plus".
Only one of the listed items may be chosen from either side of the icon. You can read this as "or".
The item on the left is multiplied by the item on the right. You can read this as "per".
Take the item on the left with the limit set by the right of the icon. You can read this as "less than or equal to".
When you take Citizen cards with this operator icon, ignore the *+' symbol on the Gold cost for the Citizen and go by the base cost.
The item on the left is paid to the bank in order to gain the item on the right of the icon. You can read this as "paid to gain".
The item on the left is taken from the item on the right of the icon. You can read this as "taken from".
The Active player chooses an opponent for the effect to target. You can read this as "an opponent of your choice".
The Active player chooses a die for the effect to target. You can read this as "any die".
The following icon indicates whether or not you should use the card in the game.
If you are playing a 5-player game, include these Monsters in the stacks while setting up the game.