Dale of Merchants – FAQ

This page displays answers to frequently asked questions about the Dale of Merchants series.

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General questions

Are passive card effects mandatory?

Yes, as long as they don’t state “may” on them. For example, Cookies (Macaw 2) always increases your hand size by 1 when drawing new cards. This also means that all passive Chameleon cards must copy a valid target if possible.

Do the stacks have to be built in order?

Yes. You must always start with the stack 1, continue with 2, then 3, and so on.

Is it possible to combine two passive effects?

Yes, as long as the effects happen during the same time. For example, you can use Accordion (Squirrel 5), Stashing Vendor (Squirrel 1), and a single junk card to build your 8th stack. Accordion can be used as a 6 and Stashing Vendor allows the inclusion of junk cards.

Do I refill the market during my action phase if an effect removes cards from there?

No. You only refill the market during the clean-up phase or if a card effect asks you to do so.

If a card’s value is altered, can I use the new value of the card when building a stack in my stall?

Yes. If a card’s value is altered for any reason, you must use the new value for any actions you might use the card for, like building stacks and using it to purchase new cards from the market.

If a card’s value is altered by multiple effects, in which order do I apply the alterations?

Apply the alterations in the order in which the altering effects were played. For example, if you have a card valued 1 and first play Flashy Show (Macaw 5) and follow it up with Practical Values (Penguin 5), the card is first turned into a 2 and then into a 4. Playing the cards the other way around results in the value changing from 1 to 5 to 6.


Hoarding Flying Squirrels

Can I take a card from different animalfolk set or junk from my discard pile when building a stack with Nostalgic Item (Squirrel 3)?

Yes. You are allowed to search your discard pile for a single card to add to the stack. Just make sure the total value of the stack is correct.

Nostalgic Item (Squirrel 3) has updated card text in newer print runs. We offer update packs for those with old copies.


Lucky Ocelots

I played Gamble (Ocelot 5), rolled a 3, and have only 1 card in hand. How many cards do I get from the other player?

A: You get one card because you only had one card. Whenever a card effect asks you to exchange cards, they must be exchanged one for one.


Adapting Veiled Chameleons

Can I throw away a card from the market deck with Good Old Times (Chameleon 3) when there are already cards in the market’s discard pile?

Yes. You can use the passive ability even when there are already cards in the market’s discard pile. Good Old Times is always a copy of the market discard pile’s topmost card, even if a new card gets thrown away there during your turn. The order of the sentences in the card effect has been updated in newer print runs.


Systematic Eurasian Beavers

If Practice (Beaver 5) is in my schedule when I play Acorn (Squirrel 4) or Gift Voucher (Chameleon 4), do I get the played card back into my hand?

A: No. Practice card’s effect only affects technique cards which would get placed into your discard pile after their effects have been resolved.

Practice (Beaver 5) has updated card text in newer print runs. We offer update packs for those with old copies.

If Overtime (Beaver 4) is in my schedule when I build a new stack, can I use cards from different animalfolk sets or junk from my discard pile?

A: No. Overtime simply lets you use cards from your discard pile to build a stack as if they were in your hand. You still have to follow other stack building rules.


Enthusiastic Wood Turtles

Can I Finish turtle cards in the same turn they are played?

Yes, if the card has a bonus action icon. The only turtle card without the icon is Collector’s Desire (Turtle 2).