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When you buy resources from neighbor do you take the card or just get access to the resources you need?

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    That would make some kind of really interesting variant, but it's definitely not the basic rule :) Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 9:23

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No, you do not take the card. The neighbor retains the card; you are simply allowed to use your neighbor's cards, for a fee of course.

You can also buy the resource from the top corner of the civilization cards as well. It doesn't need to be a "card".

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    I agree. Cards are not resources, it's more like a shop. You don't take the shop when you buy things in it.
    – SteeveDroz
    Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 4:47
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    But it does need to be gray or brown, stuff from yellow cards cannot be purchased.
    – jjb
    Commented Sep 28, 2011 at 22:16
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Just the resources.

The rules on page 4 define things pretty well.

Cards are called "structures", the brown ones can generate "resources"

Often, a player will want to build a structure requiring resources he or she does not produce.

If these resources are produced by a neighboring city – players sitting directly to the left or right of that player – the player will be able to purchase the missing resource(s) through commerce.

In red, there is a notice:

Important : the resources are not spent during construction. They can be used each turn, for the entire game. The production of a city is never reduced (the cards played are never discarded).

Obviously if you were to take the card, the production of the city would be reduced and this is prohibited.

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