Dale of Merchants – FAQ

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

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General questions

Q: Are passive card effects mandatory?
A: Yes as long as they don’t state “may” on them. For example, you never count Cookies (Macaw 2) towards your card limit when drawing new cards. This also means that all passive Chameleon cards must copy a valid target if possible.

Q: Do the stacks have to be built in order?
A: Yes. You must always start with the stack 1, continue with 2, then 3 and so on.

Q: Is it possible to combine two passive effects?
A: Yes as long as the effects happen during the same time. For example, you can you use Accordion (Squirrel 5), Stashing Vendor (Squirrel 1) and a single junk card to build your 8th stack. Accordion let’s you build the 8th stack with a total of 7 and Stashing Vendor allows the inclusion of junk cards.

Q: Do I refill the market during my action phase if an effect removes cards from there?
A: No. You only refill the market during the clean-up phase or if a card effect asks you to do so.

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

Hoarding flying squirrels

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

Adapting veiled chameleons

Q: 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?
A: 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

Q: 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 affects technique cards which would get placed into your discard pile after their effects have been resolved.

Q: 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.