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Disclaimer: To make any sense of this bonus preview, make sure you've read today's main previews:

Whoís that schlemiel thatís always getting lost in the woods? Itís todayís bonus preview, Fool. Thereís a lot to unpack here, so letís start at the bottom.

Lost in the Woods is a new kind of card-shaped thing, a State! You can think of it like a status effect. While itís in front of you, at the start of each of your turns, you may discard a card to receive a Boon. Usually thatís a pretty good deal. But thereís only one copy of Lost in the Woods, so you might have to take it from somebody else.

Thatís where Fool comes in. If you already have Lost in the Woods, Fool does nothing. Heís lost in the woods, donít you know! Maybe you can at least discard him for a Boon. Anyway. If you donít have Lost in the Woods, then Fool goes on a little adventure. He bumbles around, getting three random Boons that you can receive in any order. For instance, if you drew the Boons that Donald X. previewed today (The Seaís Gift, The Sunís Gift, and The Swampís Gift), you might choose to first gain a Will-oí-Wisp, then look at the top 4 cards of your deck and discard/reorder them, then draw whichever one you put back on top! Not bad for a $3 card. Then you take Lost in the Woods, and your Fools are useless until somebody else plays one. At least you get that bonus every turn.

Finally, in games that use Fool, everybody starts with a Lucky Coin. Itís like a Copper that gains Silvers! It can really speed up your deck early on. And later if you decide you have enough Silver, maybe you can remodel Lucky Coin into a Gold or something. Or trash it. Or just stop playing it. The possibilities are (not actually) endless.

Oh man State cards too? Dang that's a lot of mechanics.


Really excited about what other States there might be.

I posted a card called "Fool" in the fan cards forum more than 5 years ago (before Dark Ages came out); it had one copy and went between players. I never thought I'd actually see a hot potato card in an official set.

J Reggie:
Wow, the product info blurb didn't even say anything about States! I wonder how many there are? Looks like there might not be room for a traveller, though, especially since Fool isn't one. These cards are cool enough.


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