*NEW* Official FAQ for Jyhad, April 95 version

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gomi no sensei

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In article <3mhu1a$h...@darkstar.ucsc.edu>,
Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:

thanks for posting, tom; some stuff here we really wanted to see (fame
as a unique fixes it, though i suspect people will complain that there
were better fixes [there were, but this is both effect and does the least
violence to the existing text and rules framework]).

some stuff here i'd like to take issue with or have clarified:

>Compiled by: Chris Ferris, Paul Peterson, Bob Kruger, Matt Burke,
>Jeff Harris, Shawn F. Carnes, Rich Redman, Scott Hungerford
>Edited by: JD Wiker

> Out-of-Turn

could we get a ruling on the out-of-turn cards? can you play them on
your turn? the argument's driving the group bugfuck.

>Charming Lobby: 1) This card requires three vampires to be
>effective: one to play Charming Lobby, another to call the first
>vote, and the third to call the second vote.
>2) The vote must be succesfully called for it to pass.

so it (a) essentially has no superior version and (b) is a lame excuse
for cryptic rider? surely the design team could have done better.

>Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

yeehaw! i feel so vindicated.

>Q: Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw aren't ranged but don't say
>Melee Weapon. Are they a special class of non-ranged non-melee
>weapon, or should they have errata adding "Melee"?
>A: The Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw are not considered melee
>weapons, because cards that add to melee damage (such as Growing
>Fury) do not add to the damage done by chainsaws.

um, tom? that's a bogus answer. 'strike: use hand or melee weapon at +n
damage' cards do not apply to chainsaw and tc _because_ they're not melee
weapons, not the other way around. this seems circular, and is not (imo)
a valid reason to state for their non-melee-itude. is the design team aware
of the chainsaw's vast inferiority on a pool-for-pool and damage-for-damage
basis when compared to the sawed-off shotgun? can you (or anyone on
the design team) give a reason why any player (even a malkavian) would use
a chainsaw when a shotgun was available?

also, would a lucky blow with a rowan ring do one damage in addition to
paralysis? it's a melee weapon.

>Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
>vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>A: No you are ousted before combat.

you misspelled 'blocking.'

>Master Cards: Skills
>
>Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type
>and the normal type on my card?
>A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
>options.

shouldn't this go under 'general rules,' since it's not a question about
master: skill cards at all?

>Q: Vampire "Astrid Thomas": Is "abstain" a vote? i.e. must all
>Tremere vote with her, or can they abstain?
>A: You can abstain from the vote, but if they do vote, they must
>vote in her favor, and if they already voted against, they must
>change their vote.

but if astrid abstains, must all tremere abstain with her?

>Q: Is the First Tradition cumulative?
>A: Yes, they would happen at the same time. So if you paid two
>blood, you would still have to skip a turn unless you paid another
>two. But if you just skipped three turns it would satisfy both of
>them.

eww. that's _evil_. now i must get another one.

>Cloak the Gathering: "+1 stealth" should be bolded and the
>explanation of the card should not.

<blink>. does that mean that transferring stealth to an acting minion
from someone else is at regular obfuscate, and giving +1 stealth to itself
is superior? i'm uncertain as to what text you're referring to by
'explanation of the card,' as all the text i remember on cloak the gathering
is either the unbolded '+1 stealth' up top and 'usable by...to give that
minion +1 stealth. does not tap the playing vampire.' on the bottom, in
bold. if this latter text is being unbolded (i.e., being made to come
into play at regular obfuscate) i am at a total loss.

well, that's the questions.

heckler
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"A global village is NOT supposed to be an anarchic tyranny of the
discourteous!"
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Shane Hamish William Travis

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Personal comments on the new FAQ...


: Charming Lobby: 1) This card requires three vampires to be

: effective: one to play Charming Lobby, another to call the first
: vote, and the third to call the second vote.
: 2) The vote must be succesfully called for it to pass.

Sigh. Still pretty much wallpaper then. At least it makes a little more
sense now.


: Eagle's Sight: Eagle's Sight can not allow you to block
: unblockable actions.

Nice to see this returned to its former status.

: Fame: Fame is considered unique. Multiple Fames are not
: cumulative.

Interesting. So by 'unique', does this mean that there can only ever be
one famous vampire, or that one vampire can only ever be singly famous?
Does it follow the regular rules for unique cards, i.e. contesting?

: Malkavian Madness Network: If a Malkavian takes an action on your
: turn using Madness Network, you may not use reaction cards, since
: the rules state that reaction cards may not be used on your turn.

Would have been nice to see the clarification about 'no action cards may
be played' here as well - it _is_sort of buried deep within the rulebook.

: Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

Yeah. Sure. Whatever. I'll Tell this to all the people that don't have net
access and have seen the opposite said in two successive Duelists
magazines. I'm _sure_ they'll believe me.


: Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
: additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
: vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
: other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
: vote cards?
: A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.

Well, at least this has been officially answered now. Sorry to
disappoint you, Curt... :-)


: Q: When can I play a reaction card?
: A: A reaction card can only be played in response to the actions
: of another Methuselah's minion.

BZZZT! Contradiction alert. This looks suspiciously like the ruling that
was in place _before_ the 'clarification' of Malk.Madness Network...

: Q: How does aggravated damage work?
: A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
: The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
: spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
: If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
: heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.

Well, Scott - looks like the 1 agg + Pulled Fangs will burn a 0-blood
vamp after all, under this ruling...


: Card Errata:

: Cat Burglary: This card reads incorrectly. It will be fixed in the
: next version.

If you know, care to give us a hint as to what it's going to say so that
all the ones out there right now aren't just so much expensive wallpaper?

: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.

Well, I guess this clarifies the questions I had above. This'd make it
_really_ hard for it to be cumulative, now wouldn't it? :-)


: The Blood Doll Edition is accurate as of August 31, 1994.

Might wanna change this date now...

Shane Travis | Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits
sht...@duke.usask.ca | are objects of scorn to Americans who blow horns
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| -- Mary Ellen Kelly


L. Scott Johnson

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In article <3mimej$f...@tribune.usask.ca>,

Shane Hamish William Travis <sht...@duke.usask.ca> wrote:
>Personal comments on the new FAQ...
>
>: Q: How does aggravated damage work?
>: A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
>: The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
>: spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
>: If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
>: heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.
>
>Well, Scott - looks like the 1 agg + Pulled Fangs will burn a 0-blood
>vamp after all, under this ruling...

I wish they could at least act like they spent some time on a rule before
they post:

>From: aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie)
>Newsgroups: rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad
>Subject: Re: Pulled Fangs
>Date: 4 Mar 1995 20:20:33 GMT
>Message-ID: <3jai2h$m...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU>
>
>A vampire with X blood on it will require X + 2 aggravated damage to
>burn outright. The first point always sends it to torpor, then you need
>another X to use up its blood, and then you need another point for the
>outright burn. Note that the "+ 2" must come from a single aggravated
>source; two 1-point aggravated shots won't cut it. But, you can use
>non-aggravated damage to make up the X (useful with Dragon Breath Rounds).


Only a month ago it took more than pulled fangs to accomplish a burn.

>: The Blood Doll Edition is accurate as of August 31, 1994.
>
>Might wanna change this date now...

They don't know what the rules are, you want them to tell time as well? :-)

L. Scott Johnson

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aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:

>Malkavian Madness Network: If a Malkavian takes an action on your
>turn using Madness Network, you may not use reaction cards, since
>the rules state that reaction cards may not be used on your turn.

Also, the Malkavian may not play Action Cards, since these may only be
played "On your turn".

("My shirt's on inside-out? Oh, yeah. It's the new style, you didn't know?")

>Minor Boon: If a vampire is going to torpor due to combat and a
>minor boon is played, thus saving it, combat is still over.

Can you Minor Boon, then pull fangs (thus sending him to torpor again?).


>Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
>circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
>A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
>direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
>however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
>can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
>only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.

Now it's a "direct action" eh? Where did that come from?
Creating new terminology won't fool all of the people, you know.
A bleed is always "directed", and always has been. Screwing up the definition
of directed doesn't even warrant changing the bleed to a "direct" action.
[13.3.1]:
"The only *directed* actions that do not require a card are bleeding and..."

("Dig faster! We're almost out of this hole!")

>Q: How do I get out of torpor?
>A: If your vampire went into torpor with counters still on it (by
>paralyzation or by aggravated damage), then it can, as an action,
>rescue itself at the cost of two blood. If it doesn't have enough,
>then it can be rescued by another minion. The rescuing minion taps
>to visit the vampire in torpor and must spend two of its blood, or
>both the rescuing vampire and the rescued vampire spend one blood
>each.

Or by spending two blood from the vampire being rescued, right?
(Thanks for setting me straight on this earlier, SHWT).
[16.3] is very clear in this respect.

>Q: When does my vampire heal itself with stolen blood? The example
>in the book I got in my card pack is confusing.

The example is not confusing at all, it was simply overturned.
The example was crystal clear, and matched the rules above it.


>Master Cards: Locations

>Q: I have a unique location master card, and someone else just
>played one. How does this work?
>A: (Sec. 8, "Contested Cards") Just like contested vampires: they
>go face down and each owner loses one blood each untap until he
>yields his card, or until his card is the only one remaining, at
>which point it is put into play on his side. If someone wants to
>burn a contested unique location as a direct action, he or she is
>automatically successful.

She puts the card into play on her side at the *point* (instant) hers
is the only one remaining? The rules clearly state that you do not
bring the card back into play until the start of your turn.

>Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the
>Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
>uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
>influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
>phase?

How would you know that the vampire is younger?

>A: The vamp would pop out at the end of its Methuselah's
>influence.

>Q: When can I play a reaction card?
>A: A reaction card can only be played in response to the actions
>of another Methuselah's minion.

Unless that action is taken on your turn [fnord].

>Q: If the acting minion plays a Combat Ends strike card, does the
>combat end instantly, or does it end in the "resolve strike" step?
>A: Combat ends instantly, so you cannot play a strike card
>afterward.

Note that this is the only example of a strike card taking effect when
announced rather than when resolved - for no good reason.

>Q: How does aggravated damage work?
>A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
>The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
>spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
>If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
>heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.

you mean "Every point after that *from the same source*" right?


>Q: Fast Hands: Can you attempt to steal equipment if your opponent
>has none?
>A: Yes.
No. - You may attempt to steal *weapon* if your opponent has none.

>p. 20, Section12.3.1. Bleed: Bleeding is a directed action.
So you can always bleed anyone on the table (since directed actions can be
directed at any Methuselah)
[13.3.1]:
Directed Actions ... allow you to direct the action at any Methuselah."

("Dig Faster!")

>p. 21, Section12.3.1. Encounter vampire in torpor: This is a
>directed action.

Unless you use it to encounter your own vampire, in which case it is
a +1 stealth, undirected action.

>Cloak the Gathering: "+1 stealth" should be bolded and the
>explanation of the card should not.

What?! - Come on guys, stick with the program. The +1 Stealth is the
regular (non-superior) effect. You'd think you didn't know the difference
between an action and an action modifier.
(cf: hidden lurker).

>The Blood Doll Edition is accurate as of August 31, 1994.

... and not since :-).


Shane Hamish William Travis

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gomi no sensei (pech...@nunki.usc.edu) wrote:
: Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:


: some stuff here i'd like to take issue with or have clarified:

: > Out-of-Turn

: could we get a ruling on the out-of-turn cards? can you play them on
: your turn? the argument's driving the group bugfuck.

You seem to have missed the point of the argument. Nobody involved in
the argument (AFAIK) is unaware of the _official_ rule, which is that
OOTM cards may only be played when it is not your turn. Says so right in
the revised rulebook. What people are arguing is whether or not the
_original_ rules (the booklet that comes with a starter) said the same
thing, and if the English Language/game-specific jargon can bs used one
way or the other to support either ruling.

In essence - the debate is over, but we're having too much fun arguing to
stop. :-)

: can you (or anyone on


: the design team) give a reason why any player (even a malkavian) would use
: a chainsaw when a shotgun was available?

Tom has shown the willingness to hazard a guess at the thought behind
certain portions of the rules or DT decisions, but the DT itself has
never been known for anything other than handing down proclamations
without any justification whatsoever. They got people frustrated when
they did it with Magic, and now they are getting people frustrated here...

: >Q: Vampire "Astrid Thomas": Is "abstain" a vote? i.e. must all

: >Tremere vote with her, or can they abstain?
: >A: You can abstain from the vote, but if they do vote, they must
: >vote in her favor, and if they already voted against, they must
: >change their vote.

: but if astrid abstains, must all tremere abstain with her?

The above ruling woud seem to be indicating that voting is an _active_
process; one can sit on the sidelines. Abstaining is not the same as
voting, so it would be fine for Astrid to abstain and other Tremere to
vote.

CurtAdams

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>: Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
>: additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
>: vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
>: other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
>: vote cards?
>: A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.

>Well, at least this has been officially answered now. Sorry to
>disappoint you, Curt... :-)

Oh, I was aware of this. My comment was that this permits an apparently
problem degenerate deck (weenies and nothing but votes) whereas the rules
seem to have been carefully written to bar it. Very dangerous to change
rules if they've been put in from playtesting.

I have no problem with this ruling per se if people can show that the
above mentioned deck is controlled in fairly ordinary play situations. At
present there has been only argumentation.

Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

Matthew Place

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Thomas R Wylie (aa...@cats.ucsc.edu) wrote:
: Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.


Does this totally contradict what the latest duelist says, and
what the card says?

pl...@umr.edu

SCALAR NORSE

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Thomas R Wylie (aa...@cats.ucsc.edu) wrote:


: Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

WRONG what if an Ally (Minion) as the card says is dealing the
the damage to the "Vampire" as the card says, are you gonna send youre
ivory bow wielding street gang to torpor???

: Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a

: vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
: A: No you are ousted before combat.

WRONG not if you are blocked by Ach Bt, but if your minion blocks a Ach
Bt vamp when you have 1 pool then your ousted. Meth's don't lose pool
for being blocked by Ached vamps.

: Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type

: and the normal type on my card?
: A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
: options.

HUH?? I guess he meant yes

: p. 21, Section12.3.1. Encounter vampire in torpor: This is a
: directed action.

What about encountering your own torpor that's not directed towards
yourself is it? because then no one could stop you from rescuing
your own vamps

: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.

Does this mean only one vamp in the entire game can be famous??

These are the things that I find to be incomplete with tom's faq sheet.


x

gomi no sensei

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In article <3mj06r$6...@news.nevada.edu>, SCALAR NORSE <wa...@nevada.edu> wrote:

>Thomas R Wylie (aa...@cats.ucsc.edu) wrote:

>: Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

> WRONG what if an Ally (Minion) as the card says is dealing the
> the damage to the "Vampire" as the card says, are you gonna send youre
>ivory bow wielding street gang to torpor???

listen, munchkin-boy. we're not here to listen to your magic-rules-weenie
spouting. it's just not usable in the case you (elegantly and clearly)
outline. and just saying 'WRONG' is hardly strong argumentation.
'nyah, you have to play my way 'cause i SAID so, so there!' not impressive.

>: Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
>: vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>: A: No you are ousted before combat.

>WRONG not if you are blocked by Ach Bt, but if your minion blocks a Ach
>Bt vamp when you have 1 pool then your ousted. Meth's don't lose pool
>for being blocked by Ached vamps.

it was a typo. deal.

>: Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type
>: and the normal type on my card?
>: A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
>: options.

> HUH?? I guess he meant yes

he meant no, as you'd be able to tell if you'd paid attention in remedial
reading instead of fondling yourself. pay attention, SCALAR NORSE. this
is tricky. tom said you can use EITHER one OR the other, but not BOTH.
can you wrap your tiny brain around that concept, prize-winning magic
player?

>: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.
>
>Does this mean only one vamp in the entire game can be famous??

why, yes. that's exactly what it means. you really *weren't* paying
attention in remedial reading, were you?

>These are the things that I find to be incomplete with tom's faq sheet.

that WAS tom's faq sheet, you invertebrate.

go away.

Thomas R Wylie

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/*
** Note that anything in this FAQ overrides previous design team rulings,
** should there be a conflict. For example, this FAQ contains the official
** interpretation of Fame...
*/


FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions about Jyhad

Compiled by: Chris Ferris, Paul Peterson, Bob Kruger, Matt Burke,
Jeff Harris, Shawn F. Carnes, Rich Redman, Scott Hungerford
Edited by: JD Wiker

This list of questions is intended to clarify the Jyhad rules.
These questions and answers are not meant to supercede or
substitute for the rules. If any answer below actually modifies or
corrects the published rules it will be made clear.

Contents:

General Rulings
General Questions
Vampires
Allies / Retainers
Equipment
Master Cards
Locations
Out-of-Turn
Skills
Political Actions
Actions
Action Modifiers
Reactions
Combat
Rules Errata
Card Errata

General Rulings:

First an important overall ruling: A card can be played, even if
only part of its requirements are covered. For example Anarch
Troublemaker can be played even if your prey only has one vampire
in play. Please note that this is completely opposite how we rule
on Magic cards. (12/2)

Betrayer: 1) You must guess the name of the Vampire.
2)If a player takes control of the vampire that is the target of
the betrayer, that player takes the pool loss. If the vampire that
is the target of the Betrayer becomes contested, the pool loss
stops.

Blood Doll: You can draw from a Blood Doll immediately after
placing the card on a vampire. Blood Doll gives blood to whomever
controls the vampire, even if controller changes.

Brainwash: You can not transfer blood off either.

Bum's Rush: Being directly attacked does not cause a vampire to
become tapped.

Charming Lobby: 1) This card requires three vampires to be
effective: one to play Charming Lobby, another to call the first
vote, and the third to call the second vote.
2) The vote must be succesfully called for it to pass.

Cryptic Rider: The vote must be succesfully called for it to pass.

Cultivated Blood Shortage: Cultivated Blood Shortage is
cumulative.

Diablerie: You can fill up your current blood capacity with
diablerie, but not the extra point you get from the new skill.

Dread Gaze vs. Pulling Strings: Pulling Strings will cancel the
Dread Gaze vote.

Dodge: This will cancel a first strike.

Eagle's Sight: Eagle's Sight can not allow you to block
unblockable actions.

Fame: Fame is considered unique. Multiple Fames are not
cumulative.

First Strike: If an opponent declares strike with a weapon, and
you play steal weapon with a first strike, the opponent's strike
fizzles.

Flak Jacket: Flak Jacket cannot protect a retainer.

Malkavian Dementia: If the player is ousted before their next
untap the Malkavian returns to the original controller. If the
Malkavian is under Dementia by one Methuselah and someone else
plays Dementia, when they both wear off the Malkavian returns to
the original controller, however if someone else takes permanent
control before they wear off, than it stays with the new
controller.

Malkavian Madness Network: If a Malkavian takes an action on your
turn using Madness Network, you may not use reaction cards, since
the rules state that reaction cards may not be used on your turn.

Minor Boon: If a vampire is going to torpor due to combat and a

minor boon is played, thus saving it, combat is still over.

Ousting: If you manage to oust your prey and your prey's prey at
the same time (with a Conservative Agitation vote for example) you
only get the six blood and one victory point. Your prey dies, but
also gets a victory point.

Retainers: When the vampire attacks, the retainer must take their
action unless the card states otherwise.

Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

Telepathic Counter: You can still block after Telepathic Counter
is played.

Voting: The Vote card must be shown before blocking is declared.


General Questions:

Q: How does the sequence of play run?
A: (Sec. 12, "What You Can Do On Your Turn") There are five phases
to each Methuselah's turn:
UNTAP: At the beginning of each turn you must untap any cards that
are tapped, including any vampires in torpor.
MASTER: You can then play one master card, and any effects
generated by master cards also occur.
MINION: The minion phase is next, and any untapped minions may
take an appropriate action.
INFLUENCE: After the minion phase is over, the four transfers
allotted for the influence phase may be spent.
DISCARD: Once all or any influence is used, the last action a
Methuselah may take is to discard one card from her hand and
replace it with one from her library.

Q: How do I replenish my pool? Can't I take blood off my ready
vampires?
A: Currently the only time you can remove blood from a ready
vampire and place it in your pool is when it has a Blood Doll or a
Minion Tap card played on it. Otherwise the Methuselah cannot feed
off of his or her minions. There are cards that allow pool
increases, and ousting your prey pays off as well.

Q: In the section "Winning the Game," (Sec. 18.1) it says that the
predator gets the victory point and the blood. What if I bleed
someone as a directed action who is not my prey and oust him or
her? Shouldn't I get the points and blood? This must be a error.
A: Actually, it's not a error. The predator will still get the
point and the blood; this encourages everyone to concentrate on
his or her prey.

Q:What happens when I run out of cards?
A:(Sec. 11.4, "Organizing the Cards," and Sec. 18.2, "Withdrawing
from the Game") Play continues when you use the last of your
library cards. The only time you are out of the game is when you
are reduced to zero pool or when you successfully withdraw from
the game.

Q: When a player is ousted or withdraws, do they take all their
cards with them, including those which might have been under the
control of some other player?
A: Yes, they take all of their cards with them.

Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.

Q: How fast are cards replaced? For example, suppose I play an
Action. Do I immediately draw a card to replace it, so that if it
were an appropriate act to the Action?
A: Action cards are replaced immediately after they are played.
You can use the drawn card to modify the action.

Q: What's the deal with contested cards?
A: You cannot affect contested cards in any way. (The older FAQ is
incorrect in this respect.)

Q: Can you do something that is doomed to fail? For example, can
you play an Anarch Troublemaker when your prey has no vampires in
play?
A: Yes.

Vampires:

Q: What happens when my vampire has no blood counters on it?
A: Your vampire only goes into torpor when it is reduced below
zero blood. If it is reduced to zero, then the next turn it must
hunt as an action; a vampire can take no other action unless it
has at least one blood.

Q: How do I get out of torpor?
A: If your vampire went into torpor with counters still on it (by
paralyzation or by aggravated damage), then it can, as an action,
rescue itself at the cost of two blood. If it doesn't have enough,
then it can be rescued by another minion. The rescuing minion taps
to visit the vampire in torpor and must spend two of its blood, or
both the rescuing vampire and the rescued vampire spend one blood

each. The vampire so rescued is then active again, but if it has
no blood, it must hunt the next turn.

Q: My vampire went into torpor tapped but he had enough blood to
get himself out. How can he get himself out if he's tapped?
A: Even vampires in torpor untap during the untap phase.

Q: If someone has a vampire in torpor with Haven Uncovered played
on it, can I diablerize it or attack it with +1 stealth?
A: Once a vampire is in torpor it is no longer "ready," so it
cannot be the object of the Haven Uncovered. Once the vampire
escapes torpor, however, it is prey to the effects of the card
again.

Q: What happens to my equipment, etc., when my vampire becomes an
invalid target (i.e., it goes into torpor)?
A:The equipment and all modifiers stay on a vampire when it goes
into torpor.

Q: When does my vampire heal itself with stolen blood? The example
in the book I got in my card pack is confusing.

A: The example in the rules prior to the "Duelist Companion" rules
release refers to an early conception of the rules. The example is
in error. Stolen blood can immediately heal a vampire. This may
prevent a vampire's going into torpor on the strike phase during
which it stole the blood, as long as the vampire striking it does
not do enough "first strike" damage to send it into torpor. In
that case, the vampire attempting to steal blood is considered to
have not even gotten the opportunity to steal blood before being
sent to torpor.


Q: In Section 7.2.2 Minion Cards, it says the same action modifier
or reaction card cannot be used twice in the same action by the
same MINION, but in Sections 13.2 and 14 it says the same card
cannot be used twice in the same action by the same PLAYER. Which
is correct?
A: Minion is correct. The same action modifier or reaction card
may not be played by the same Minion in the same action.

Q: Is Caitiff a "clan" for the purposes of cards where you choose
a clan (such as Consanguineous Boon)?
A: Caitiff are clanless.

Q: If something gives control of a vampire to a different player,
do all cards played on that vampire stay on it?
A: Yes.

Q: Sabine Lafitte: Can you transfer blood onto an uncontrolled
Tremere, or does "in the game" mean "in play"?
A: Not to an uncontrolled vampire, but you can to a vampire in
torpor. It should read "in play."

Q: Uriah Winter will still defect (if appropriate) if he's in
torpor, right? And I assume that if so, he will go to the new
controller's torpor region.
A: This is correct.

Q: If I have a vampire that has no blood on it; can I skip the
Minion phase to avoid hunting?
A: No.

Allies / Retainers:

Q: Are allies linked to one vampire? How are they different from
retainers?
A: Allies are not linked to vampires as retainers are; allies are
simply called to the service of a Methuselah by a vampire capable
of taking an action. Both allies and retainers are mortal, but
retainers are not considered minions. In fact, retainers are the
equivalent of vampire modifier cards that can be destroyed by
ranged damage only. Allies, however, can take actions of their own
accord.

Q: In Section 12.3.1 Minion Actions/Recruit Ally, it says allies
can block and bleed. Are these the only actions they can take,
i.e., can allies be equipped, employ retainers, or encounter
vampires in torpor?
A: Allies can be equipped as they are minions, they may employ
human retainers (it says so in the second sentence of Employ
Retainer), but they cannot encounter vamps in torpor (16.3 says
only vamps may do so).

Q: Please explain Wolf Companion.

A: Note: All of these also apply to Murder of Crows except [c]:
a) The Wolf's damage is not a strike, and therefore cannot be
prevented by Dodge.
b) Combat Ends will stop it, since you never reach the damage-
dealing part.
c) It only deals damage at close range.
d) The Wolf does its damage each round of combat, but not during
"additional strike" strikes.
e) Its number of lives depends only on the skill of the recruiting
vampire at the time it is recruited; if the skill changes later,
the Wolf doesn't change.
f) If the vampire goes to torpor due to a First Strike with
aggravated damage, the Wolf does not do its damage.

Q: Suppose a vampire is in torpor, has no blood, but has Charnas
on it. The vampire untaps; does anything bad happen to the
vampire?
A: Charnas does nothing to a minion with no blood that untaps in
torpor.

Q: Is the Ghoul retainer that same as the Wolf companion? That is,
if I attack do I have to use its ability?
A: Yes.

Equipment:

Q: Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw aren't ranged but don't say
Melee Weapon. Are they a special class of non-ranged non-melee
weapon, or should they have errata adding "Melee"?
A: The Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw are not considered melee
weapons, because cards that add to melee damage (such as Growing
Fury) do not add to the damage done by chainsaws.

Master Cards:

Q: I have a vampire with Blood Doll played on her but the vampire
is contested. Can I still get blood from her?
A: No. The vampire is considered out of the influence of either
Methuselah.

Q: My opponent gains control of one of my vampires with Blood Doll
played upon it. Do I get the blood, or does my opponent?
A: Your opponent now gets the blood from the Blood Doll.

Q: Vast Wealth: If you use this ability, are you forced to
purchase the weapon you locate or can you look at what it is and
then decide whether to purchase it or not? If the latter, what
happens when the weapon costs 5 blood and you only have 4 blood
left in your pool?
A: If you choose to use the Vast Wealth, then you must use the
weapon you pull out. If you do not have enough blood to pay, then
you are ousted.

Q: Anarch Troublemaker: Can you use this if your prey has only one
untapped vampire?
A: Yes. You may tap up to two minions.

Q: Can Gird Minions be used to put blood on a vampire in torpor?
It sort of seems like one shouldn't be able to, but there's
nothing in the rules or on the card stopping this. Can this be
done, and if not, exactly where does it say that it can't be done?
And is it the same for Minion Tap?
A: Yes, it can be done, for both Gird Minions and Minion Tap.

Q: Deal with the Devil: Do I draw a new card (to replace Deal with
the Devil) and then discard my hand?
A: No You discard your remaining cards, then draw the new hand.

Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
A: No you are ousted before combat.


Master Cards: Locations

Q: I have a unique location master card, and someone else just
played one. How does this work?
A: (Sec. 8, "Contested Cards") Just like contested vampires: they
go face down and each owner loses one blood each untap until he
yields his card, or until his card is the only one remaining, at
which point it is put into play on his side. If someone wants to
burn a contested unique location as a direct action, he or she is
automatically successful.

Q: Can I play multiple Hunting Ground cards? It says on the
Hunting Ground cards that "only one blood can be given to a
vampire from Hunting Ground cards each turn"?
A: Yes. What it should say is that each vampire can "receive" no
more than one blood from Hunting Ground cards each turn. If you
have two vampires out that are below capacity and you have two
Hunting Ground cards out, you can give each vampire a blood point
during untap: one point to one vampire for one Hunting Ground.

Q: In the FAQ, it says that if one contested unique location is
burned, then all cards contesting the location are burned. Why?
A: This is a mistake. Contested cards may not be affected by any
card that does not specifically do so.

Q: Maybe I'm just missing something in the rules, but what happens
if one person wants to use Elysium, and another person wants to
use Trap? Who goes first? Would it be acting player then
blocking/victim player than all other players in the game, or
what?
A: The order is: acting player, blocking player, and then
clockwise from the acting player.

Q: Another "slap" situation. One player has Elysium, and another
has the vampire Mariel. Each of these must be used at the
beginning of combat, before range is determined, and each of them
ends the combat immediately. So using one makes using the other
illegal. What if both players try to use them simultaneously --
who gets priority?
A: The order is: acting player, blocking player, and then
clockwise from the acting player.

Q: The Barrens: Can you use it if you have no cards in your hand?
A: Yes.

Q: Is using the Chantry optional?
A: Yes

Master Cards: Out-of-Turn

Q: Sudden Reversal doesn't retroactively undo the card being
burned, it just gives the master's controller any pool back,
right? So for example, if I use Sudden Reversal to burn someone
else's out-of-turn card as they play it, they would still lose
their next master phase, right?
A: This is correct. It still counts as being played for Giant's
Blood or out-of-turn Master cards.

Q: In the list of official rulings, it said that Sudden Reversal
could be used to burn a card in play as well as one being played.
Can you confirm this ruling?
A: You cannot use it to burn a card in play.

Q: Brujah Frenzy: Can you have the Brujah attack someone who is
already tapped (like a directed attack) or not?
A: You can have the Brujah attack a tapped minion.

Master Cards: Skills

Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type
and the normal type on my card?
A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
options.

Political Actions:

Q: When can a vote be called?
A: (Sec. 17.1, "Voting") Calling a vote is an action that must be
taken by one of your minions. The only other vote in Jyhad besides
ones written out on cards is for a bloodhunt (Sec. 16.3,
"Diablerie").

Q: My vote card says Prince or Justicar. Now what?
A: The only minion that can call that particular vote would be a
vampire with the appropriate title. Any ready vampire can call a
vote that states "All Kindred."

Q: Can my ally call a vote?
A: Any card that states "Kindred" excludes allies. An ally is a
minion but is not Kindred. (Allies are mortal.)

Q: Can I just make up a referendum? The referendum for the vote is
described on the vote card; you cannot arbitrarily make one up.

Q: Does the vote on the vote card count towards my referendum?
A:Yes, when you call a vote, the card itself is worth one vote.

Q:What happens when a vote ties?
A: (Sec. 17.1, "Voting") A tied vote is a failed vote.

Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
vote cards?
A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.

Q: If I throw in another card from my hand for one vote, do I
replace it right away -- thus possibly getting another vote card?
A: (Sec. 17.1, "Voting") No; cards do not get replaced until the
vote is concluded.

Q: Ok, I've got a Justicar, but he's tapped. Do I still get his
votes?
A: (Sec. 11.1, "The Playing Area") He sure does, because tapped
minions are considered "ready."

Q: What about my Primogen in torpor? Can't she vote?
A: (Sec. 11.1, "The Playing Area" and Sec. 17.1, "Voting")
Vampires in torpor are not considered "ready" and cannot lend
their votes.

Q: Vampire "Astrid Thomas": Is "abstain" a vote? i.e. must all
Tremere vote with her, or can they abstain?
A: You can abstain from the vote, but if they do vote, they must
vote in her favor, and if they already voted against, they must
change their vote.

Q: What happens if Peace Treaty is played and I want to keep a
free weapon, such as a Grenade?
A: You can keep free weapons without paying any cost, including 1-
cost weapons on Black Cat.

Q: If a Primogen, Prince, or Justicar is given a new office by a
Praxis Seizure or a Justicar card, does she keep the original
title as well? Does she get the votes for both titles, for only
her original title, for only the new title, or for whichever gives
the higher number of votes?
A: Any vampire given a new office relinquishes their old office in
favor of the new -- even if this is a demotion (from Justicar to
Prince, for example).

Q: Is the First Tradition cumulative?
A: Yes, they would happen at the same time. So if you paid two
blood, you would still have to skip a turn unless you paid another
two. But if you just skipped three turns it would satisfy both of
them.

Actions:

Q: Can I use the +1 stealth on an action card to increase the
stealth of another action?
A: No, because you'd need an action modifier card. The action card
merely indicates that that particular action has an intrinsic
stealth bonus.

Q: At the top of my action card it says +1 Stealth in bold
typeface. Do I have to have a superior Discipline to use this
card?
A: The +1 stealth covers both aspects of the card, so whichever
level discipline you have, and whichever one you choose, the
action is still at +1 stealth.

Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the
Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
phase?

A: The vamp would pop out at the end of its Methuselah's
influence.

Q: Kine Resources Contested: Can you divide the points by giving
4 points to one and zero points to the other?
A: At least one point must be allocated to each Methuselah chosen.

Q: If you take an action, no one blocks, and you play an action
modifier to make it nastier, can they then decide to block after
all?
A: No. The decision to block or not is final.

Q: If Pulse of the Canaille is played on a Vampire that has
Gangrel De-Evolution played on it, what is the vampires Bleed?
A: Their bleed is 2.

Action Modifiers:

Q: When exactly can and can't Action Modifiers be played?
A: They can be used both before and after an action is blocked, so
you can wait until after they decide to not block to play
Conditioning.

Q: In Stealth and Intercept (section 13.3.2), it says that if the
intercept of the minion attempting to block is less than the the
stealth of the acting minion, the blocking minion is left
untapped, and another minion may attempt to block. Please confirm
that the acting minion would still enjoy any increased stealth,
and the second attempt to block would have to match that increased
stealth.
A: The acting minion would still enjoy all benefits derived from
the action modifiers played earlier.

Q: Can Mask of a Thousand Faces be used if the Masking vampire
couldn't legally perform the current action? For example, can I
attack a vampire with my Muddled Vampire Hunter and then take over
with another vampire using the Mask? Part of me says that it
shouldn't be able to, but I think that's just the how this all
works in "reality", and I think the card would allow the vampire
to Mask an "illegal" action in this manner.
A: You can use the Mask of 1000 Faces to make a minion perform an
action that they normally couldn't.

Q: Also, are action modifiers applied to the acting vampire, or to
the action itself? For example, suppose a vampire used Earth
Control to increase its stealth, then a vampire takes over with
the Mask. Does it still enjoy the increased stealth? Does it
matter whether the new vampire has Protean? (I don't think whether
it has Protean should be relevant, but am unsure about whether the
stealth would still apply.) I can really see arguments for both
sides on this one.
A: Modifiers are applied to the action itself.

Q: Cloak the Gathering: The rules, in section 7.2.2., say "The
same action modifier card type cannot be used twice by a minion
during the same action."
Cloak the Gathering is an odd action modifier which can be used
either by the acting minion on itself, or (with superior
Obfuscate) can be used by a non-acting minion on the acting
minion. I believe that it is legal for two different minions to
use Cloak the Gathering during the same action, but not for the
same minion to use it twice. Is this correct?
A: Two different minions can use Cloak of the Gathering to modify
the same action.

Q: Cryptic Mission: Can you play Cryptic Mission on a vampire that
has no blood?
A: Yes.

Q: If I use the Mask of 1,000 Faces and the original Vampire had a
Laptop or a Bomb, can the new vampire use them?
A: No.
Reactions:

Q: When can I play a reaction card?
A: A reaction card can only be played in response to the actions
of another Methuselah's minion.

Q: Can any minion play a reaction card? What if she's tapped?
A: A tapped minion cannot react (bring a reaction card into play).
The untapped minion that plays a reaction, however, does not
become tapped.

Q: If the Superior version of Form of Mist is used, then the
action resumes with another +1 stealth stacked on top of it,
right? So any previous stealth would be in effect, Dawn Operation
would still apply if the action is blocked a second time, and so
on?
A: This is correct. All previous stealth bonuses still apply.

Q: If Obedience is used, then the vampire which was blocked cannot
perform the same action again that turn. Is each type of Bleed
considered a different action? For example, if a vampire was
blocked from Computer Hacking and Obedience was then used, would
it be able to use Social Charm later that turn?
A: Each type of Bleed is a different action.

Q: Suppose the blocked vampire was trying to rescue a vampire from
torpor. I assume the actual action here was "encounter a vampire
in torpor", not "rescue a vampire from torpor" or "rescue Ricki
from torpor", and thus it couldn't try to rescue or diablerize
anything else that turn?
A: You can try to rescue a different vampire. Each action is very
specific: ie, rescue "Ricki" from torpor.

Q: Pulled Fangs: Must the two actions be taken in the same turn,
or can they be done on two separate turns? Can they be done by
two different vampires, or must they be both done by the same
vampire?
A: It takes two actions, which can be undertaken by different
vampires on different turns.

Q: Just how pervasive is Eagle's Sight? I'm assuming the vampire
using it would still have to raise its intercept to match the
acting minion's stealth, but would it allow the reacting vampire
to block "unblockable" actions such as anything modified by Day
Operation? Would it allow the vampire to block after all other
vampires have decided whether to block, a la Anneke?
A: You must still have intercept equal to the stealth value of the
acting minion, but you cannot block a Day Operation.

Q: If I want to use Telepathic Counter against my opponent's bleed
and he wants to use Spying Mission, who wins?
A: Telepathic Counter would win, because the card reduces the
bleed to 0, therefore Spying Mission would have no effect.

Q: Can you play a Reaction after your opponent plays an Action
Modifier, or only directly after they play the Action? (Specific
situation: Rob bleeds Roy. Roy declines to block, but plays the
reaction Telepathic Counter. Rob plays the action modifier
Conditioning. Roy plays the reaction Telepathic Misdirection. Rob
claims that this is illegal, that Roy passed his chance to play
additional Reactions and so can't play one now.)
A: It is legal to play reaction cards both before and after action
modifiers.

Combat:

Q: What is the combat sequence?
A: (Sec. 15, "Combat")
1. Choose Range: There are two ranges, close and long. Range
starts at close and can only be changed by maneuvering. Any number
of maneuvers may occur until range has been determined; however,
each maneuver after the first must be played only to cancel
another maneuver. (I cannot just throw out five maneuvers to allow
myself to draw five new cards, for instance.) I can play a
maneuver to make combat long range, my opponent can then play a
maneuver to cancel mine and make the combat short, and I can then
play one to cancel hers and make it long again; we play maneuvers
back and forth until one of us stops.
2. Choose Strike: The second phase is to choose strike. A strike
can be by hand, by weapon, or by a combat card specifically
stating "strike." After each minion has declared its strike,
damage is determined and combat ends unless one or the other
minion "presses," which begins the whole round again.

Q: What does "press to end" mean?
A: Press to end allows you to counteract your opponent's press to
continue combat, but does not allow you to press to continue
combat. Presses can continue to be played until the final press
played determines the outcome.

Q: I played "Strike: Combat Ends" and my opponent played "strike:
dodge." It says that dodge negates opponent's strike. What
happens?
A: (Sec. 15.3, "Special Combat Effects") Well, "Combat Ends" takes
place before any other strike can take effect: Combat Ends beats
any other card out there. (Note that the acting minion must
declare its strike first.)

Q: If the acting minion plays a Combat Ends strike card, does the
combat end instantly, or does it end in the "resolve strike" step?
A: Combat ends instantly, so you cannot play a strike card
afterward.

Q: How do additional strikes work?
A: An additional strike allows the minion to strike two or more
times in a single round. If the other minion does not have
additional strikes, it cannot do damage back during strikes after
the first. Range is not changed in the additional strikes.

Q:What exactly does "once per combat" mean?
A: Once per combat means once during the entire confrontation,
including any additional rounds due to presses that may prolong
the combat. If you get one maneuver per combat, and you maneuver
in the first round, you've used your manuevers from that card and
must find another card source if you want to maneuver again.

Q: My Gun says "3R" on it. What's the "R" mean?
A: It means that it delivers 3 points of damage either at long
range or short range. Some cards with the "R" on it (eg, Thrown
Sewer Lid) can only be effective from long range, but "R" does not
mean that it must be at long range to work.

Q: How does aggravated damage work?
A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.

Q: If a vampire with 1 blood is hit by a 3-point (or greater)
aggravated damage strike, does the vampire go to torpor and then
to the ashheap, or does it just go straight to the ashheap? (This
is a critical difference if the vampire has Fame...)
A: The vampire goes straight to the Ashheap.

Q: If a vampire receives both aggravated and normal damage at the
same time, which is applied first?
A: Regular damage is applied first.

Q: The rules say: "You may only use hand damage modifiers on
melee-type weapons (such as knives, clubs, etc.)." Does "hand
damage modifiers" refer only to +N Hand Damage effects, or does it
include other modifiers such as those that make hand damage
aggravated?
A: It only includes the +N Hand Damage. You cannot use Wolf Claws
to make the Bastard Sword's damage aggravated.

Q: Can you choose "no strike" as your strike, or must you choose
one of "normal hand attack, weapon, or strike card"?
A: You cannot choose "no strike" as your strike.

Q: I have a "Strike: Steal Weapon" card. Can I take my prey's
Hawg? It's got that little gun on it, right?
A: Well, sure itÕs got the picture, but for the card to qualify as
a weapon it must also state "weapon" in the card text. The symbol
stands for "equipment" only.

Q: Fast Hands: Can you attempt to steal equipment if your opponent
has none?
A: Yes.

Q: Dragon Breath Rounds in a Zip Gun: Do the rounds add +2
aggravated damage to just the strike, or do they also add it to
the damage done to the bearer of the zip gun?
A: Dragon Breath Round just add to the strike damage.

Q: Can Skin of Steel prevent previous damage in a round?
A: No, it can only prevent current and future damage.

Rules Errata:

p. 20, Section12.3.1. Bleed: Bleeding is a directed action.

p. 21, Section12.3.1. Encounter vampire in torpor: This is a
directed action.

p. 29, Section14. Summary of the Course of an Action: In the
fourth step, the second sentence should read, "The Methuselah must
then pay any cost associated with the action." Thus, if an action
is unsuccessful, no cost is paid.

p. 31 Section15.1. Choose Strike: In the fifth sentence it reads,
"If weapons were not used to maneuver, then, after range is
determined, the player with the acting minion first decides the
manner in which the minion is blocking." It should read, "...in
which the minion is striking."

p. 37, Section16.1 Going Into Torpor: Add, "Any retainers and
equipment stay with the vampire going into torpor."

p. 38, Section16.3. Diablerie: Bloodhunts are voted upon with the
usual voting procedure, except the Methuselah calling the
bloodhunt does not receive an automatic vote.

Card Errata:

Anarch Troublemaker: Should say "During Untap..."

Cat Burglary: This card reads incorrectly. It will be fixed in the
next version.

Cloak the Gathering: "+1 stealth" should be bolded and the

explanation of the card should not.

Disputed Territory: This is a political card.

The Embrace: The vampire created is the same clan as its creator.

Fame: This should be considered a unique master.

The Fourth Tradition: The Accounting: This card should be an
action card, not a master card, but it has the gray master card
border.

Grenade: It should read: "If grenade is used at close range,
bearer suffers 1 damage." [Otherwise, it's a misplaced modifier.]

Malkavian Time Auction: Should say "person who played Time Auction
may not bid."

The Spawning Pool: This is a master card and as such should have
a gray background, but instead it has the minion card (ochre-red)
background.

The Third Tradition: Progeny: The vampire created is the same clan
as its creator.

Ventrue Justicar: If vote is successful, the vampire becomes the
Ventrue Justicar, not the Tremere Justicar.

Stephen Kertes

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>
>: Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type
>: and the normal type on my card?
>: A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
>: options.
>
> HUH?? I guess he meant yes
>

No, he meant no.

The question is using "and" as a logical operator, "can I do the bold type
and the normal type at the same time with the same card" -- so I could make
my hand damage agg AND get a press with one card.

I would love to see someone answer the question with "No, you can use the
bold type xor the normal type." I'm sure that would make the english picking
ppl happy.

-steve
ker...@geoworks.com

Erik Price (trainee)

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gomi no sensei (pech...@phakt.usc.edu) wrote:

: listen, munchkin-boy. we're not here to listen to your magic-rules-weenie

: he meant no, as you'd be able to tell if you'd paid attention in remedial


: reading instead of fondling yourself.

: can you wrap your tiny brain around that concept, prize-winning magic
: player?

: that WAS tom's faq sheet, you invertebrate.

Cool your jets, man, there's no need for this kind of attitude.


Erik

Matthew Place

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gomi no sensei (pech...@phakt.usc.edu) wrote:
: In article <3mj06r$6...@news.nevada.edu>, SCALAR NORSE <wa...@nevada.edu> wrote:


: > WRONG what if an Ally (Minion) as the card says is dealing the

: > the damage to the "Vampire" as the card says, are you gonna send youre
: >ivory bow wielding street gang to torpor???

: listen, munchkin-boy. we're not here to listen to your magic-rules-weenie
: spouting. it's just not usable in the case you (elegantly and clearly)

: outline. and just saying 'WRONG' is hardly strong argumentation.
: 'nyah, you have to play my way 'cause i SAID so, so there!' not impressive.

His arguement was completly logical. The way the card reads, the
vampire about to recieve agrivated damage should go to torper. And I can
not believe what you wrote, "and just saying 'WRONG' is hardly a strong
argumentation". Uhh.. he didn't just say wrong, but he had alot of words
after the word wrong.

: >: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.
: >
: >Does this mean only one vamp in the entire game can be famous??

: why, yes. that's exactly what it means. you really *weren't* paying
: attention in remedial reading, were you?

Oh I see, you missed his point. His point was that it doesn't
really make sense that there could only be one famous vamp. It does make
sense by the rules (since it is unique, there can be only one).


pl...@umr.edu

CurtAdams

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>Compiled by: Chris Ferris, Paul Peterson, Bob Kruger, Matt Burke,
>Jeff Harris, Shawn F. Carnes, Rich Redman, Scott Hungerford
>Edited by: JD Wiker

>This list of questions is intended to clarify the Jyhad rules.
>These questions and answers are not meant to supercede or
>substitute for the rules. If any answer below actually modifies or
>corrects the published rules it will be made clear.

I agree with most of the rulings here, and some of them address important
issued omitted from the rules (most notably simultaneous cards). Those
ruling have been omitted from the list to spare everybody lots of
quotations and OK's.

There are a lot of rulings I disagree with. Attached are most of the
relevant rulings and my rejoinders. I have omitted some rulings where I
could not state my position pithily enough for a laundry list like this.
Those who care can check my positions on L. Scott Johnson's House Rules
compilation.

>Retainers: When the vampire attacks, the retainer must take their
>action unless the card states otherwise.

But "can strike" apparently doesn't allow not striking. What WOULD the
card have to say?

>Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

Would you talk to White Wolf about this? Being targeted by sunlight or
flame does not protect a vampire from Rotschreck - indeed, that causes it.

>Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
>circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
>A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
>direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
>however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
>can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
>only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.

So the (D) on the card overrides the text of the action? Just asking for
clarification, and setting a trap.

>Q: How do I get out of torpor?
>A: If your vampire went into torpor with counters still on it (by
>paralyzation or by aggravated damage), then it can, as an action,
>rescue itself at the cost of two blood. If it doesn't have enough,
>then it can be rescued by another minion. The rescuing minion taps
>to visit the vampire in torpor and must spend two of its blood, or
>both the rescuing vampire and the rescued vampire spend one blood
>each. The vampire so rescued is then active again, but if it has
>no blood, it must hunt the next turn.

The rulebook specifically allows the rescuee to spend both the blood. Why
do you want to change this?

>Q: When does my vampire heal itself with stolen blood? The example
>in the book I got in my card pack is confusing.
>A: The example in the rules prior to the "Duelist Companion" rules
>release refers to an early conception of the rules. The example is
>in error. Stolen blood can immediately heal a vampire. This may
>prevent a vampire's going into torpor on the strike phase during
>which it stole the blood, as long as the vampire striking it does
>not do enough "first strike" damage to send it into torpor. In
>that case, the vampire attempting to steal blood is considered to
>have not even gotten the opportunity to steal blood before being
>sent to torpor.

The earlier rules avert certain timing issues that arise under these
rules.

>Q: In Section 7.2.2 Minion Cards, it says the same action modifier
>or reaction card cannot be used twice in the same action by the
>same MINION, but in Sections 13.2 and 14 it says the same card
>cannot be used twice in the same action by the same PLAYER. Which
>is correct?
>A: Minion is correct. The same action modifier or reaction card
>may not be played by the same Minion in the same action.

This causes a slew of problems with the Mask. "Once per minion" is not
incompatible with "once per Methuseleh", just an additional restriction.

Cloak won't need any fixing if you stick to the rulebook.

>Q: Sabine Lafitte: Can you transfer blood onto an uncontrolled
>Tremere, or does "in the game" mean "in play"?
>A: Not to an uncontrolled vampire, but you can to a vampire in
>torpor. It should read "in play."

"Controlled vampire" would be more precise.

>Q: Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw aren't ranged but don't say
>Melee Weapon. Are they a special class of non-ranged non-melee
>weapon, or should they have errata adding "Melee"?
>A: The Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw are not considered melee
>weapons, because cards that add to melee damage (such as Growing
>Fury) do not add to the damage done by chainsaws.

Why don't you just say "they're not melee weapons because they're not
melee weapons"? :-)

We all know they don't say "melee" but would work better if they did. You
change other cards, why not these?

>Q: My opponent gains control of one of my vampires with Blood Doll
>played upon it. Do I get the blood, or does my opponent?
>A: Your opponent now gets the blood from the Blood Doll.

This isn't a big deal, but the card does say "you" and not "the
controller". Was there a problem with Blood Dolled Uriah Winters?

>Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
>vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>A: No you are ousted before combat.

Please proof these before posting. Should be "I block", not "am blocked
by".

>Q: In the FAQ, it says that if one contested unique location is
>burned, then all cards contesting the location are burned. Why?
>A: This is a mistake. Contested cards may not be affected by any
>card that does not specifically do so.

So I can prevent the Rowan Ring from being stolen by whipping out another
with Disquised Weapon? I can make the Elysium fireproof by contesting my
own?

"Sorry, you can't steal the Rowan Ring because I'm not sure whether I
should have it, or whether it should be given to me" At least one of the
clans prone to do this is the Malkavians :-)

>Q: Is using the Chantry optional?
>A: Yes

>Q: Is the Ghoul retainer that same as the Wolf companion? That is,

>if I attack do I have to use its ability?
>A: Yes.

How does one determine which card are mandatory and which aren't? Why are
ones phrased to be mandatory (like Chantry) optional and ones phrased to
be optional (like Ghoul Retainer) not? Is there some compelling reason
for playing around with the cards like this?

>Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
>additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
>vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
>other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
>vote cards?
>A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.

Question here (no offense intended). How do you folks playtest the rules
changes you make? Changes like this can have major repercussions, and I
am not convinced they've all been considered.

>Q: Cloak the Gathering: The rules, in section 7.2.2., say "The
>same action modifier card type cannot be used twice by a minion
>during the same action."
>Cloak the Gathering is an odd action modifier which can be used
>either by the acting minion on itself, or (with superior
>Obfuscate) can be used by a non-acting minion on the acting
>minion. I believe that it is legal for two different minions to
>use Cloak the Gathering during the same action, but not for the
>same minion to use it twice. Is this correct?
>A: Two different minions can use Cloak of the Gathering to modify
>the same action.

Is this the reason for the bizarre Cloak errata later?

>Q: When can I play a reaction card?
>A: A reaction card can only be played in response to the actions
>of another Methuselah's minion.

So then I CAN react to a Madness Networked Malkavian, right?

>Q: Suppose the blocked vampire was trying to rescue a vampire from
>torpor. I assume the actual action here was "encounter a vampire
>in torpor", not "rescue a vampire from torpor" or "rescue Ricki
>from torpor", and thus it couldn't try to rescue or diablerize
>anything else that turn?
>A: You can try to rescue a different vampire. Each action is very
>specific: ie, rescue "Ricki" from torpor.

Hey, my rulebook only mentions the "encounter" action. No such thing as a
"rescue" action. I assume this also means that Bum's Rushing Gilbert is a
different action from Bum's Rushing Anson.

>Card Errata:

>Anarch Troublemaker: Should say "During Untap..."

Are you sure about this? You realize it can still zip around the table
during untap, since you don't specify WHOSE untap.

>Cat Burglary: This card reads incorrectly. It will be fixed in the
>next version.

While you "fix" this, have you considered having at least one bleed card
work like a cardless bleed?

If you change the definition of "directed" you have to change all
"directed" cards that will be affected by the new definition, not just a
few that are outrageously at odds with your new definition. Redefining
your terms does not excuse (or test) altering every bleed card in the
game.

>Cloak the Gathering: "+1 stealth" should be bolded and the
>explanation of the card should not.

Are you converting this to an action card? Look at all the trouble from
removing the original restriction of "one of each action modifier, per
Methuseleh, per action".

>Fame: This should be considered a unique master.

Much better than restricting it.

>The Blood Doll Edition is accurate as of August 31, 1994.

Since you negate some of the rulings in the Blood Doll Edition, shouldn't
you mention, rather, that it is inaccurate as of April 1995? :-)

Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

Thomas R Wylie

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gomi no sensei <pech...@nunki.usc.edu> wrote:
>> Out-of-Turn
>could we get a ruling on the out-of-turn cards? can you play them on
>your turn? the argument's driving the group bugfuck.

You cannot use Out of Turn cards during your turn. I'll try to make sure
this gets into the next version of the FAQ.

>>Q: Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw aren't ranged but don't say
>>Melee Weapon. Are they a special class of non-ranged non-melee
>>weapon, or should they have errata adding "Melee"?
>>A: The Chainsaw and Talbot's Chainsaw are not considered melee
>>weapons, because cards that add to melee damage (such as Growing
>>Fury) do not add to the damage done by chainsaws.
>um, tom? that's a bogus answer. 'strike: use hand or melee weapon at +n
>damage' cards do not apply to chainsaw and tc _because_ they're not melee

>weapons, not the other way around...

Replace "because" with "so".

>is the design team aware
>of the chainsaw's vast inferiority on a pool-for-pool and damage-for-damage

>basis when compared to the sawed-off shotgun?...

Yes, but this is the sort of thing one fixes in future editions, not
that one issues errata for.

>>Master Cards: Skills
>>Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type
>>and the normal type on my card?
>>A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
>>options.
>shouldn't this go under 'general rules,' since it's not a question about
>master: skill cards at all?

Probably a good idea.

>>Q: Vampire "Astrid Thomas": Is "abstain" a vote? i.e. must all
>>Tremere vote with her, or can they abstain?
>>A: You can abstain from the vote, but if they do vote, they must
>>vote in her favor, and if they already voted against, they must
>>change their vote.
>but if astrid abstains, must all tremere abstain with her?

No. "If Astrid votes..."

>>Cloak the Gathering: "+1 stealth" should be bolded and the
>>explanation of the card should not.

Ignore this entry. It's a mistake.


Tom Wylie rec.games.trading-cards.* Network Representative for
aa...@cats.ucsc.edu Wizards of the Coast, Inc.


Thomas R Wylie

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Shane Hamish William Travis <sht...@duke.usask.ca> wrote:
>: Fame: Fame is considered unique. Multiple Fames are not
>: cumulative.

>Interesting. So by 'unique', does this mean that there can only ever be
>one famous vampire, or that one vampire can only ever be singly famous?
>Does it follow the regular rules for unique cards, i.e. contesting?

It follows the normal rules for unique cards, yes.

>: Malkavian Madness Network: If a Malkavian takes an action on your

>: turn using Madness Network, you may not use reaction cards, since
>: the rules state that reaction cards may not be used on your turn.

>Would have been nice to see the clarification about 'no action cards may
>be played' here as well - it _is_sort of buried deep within the rulebook.

Something else I'll get added.

>: Q: When can I play a reaction card?

>: A: A reaction card can only be played in response to the actions
>: of another Methuselah's minion.

>BZZZT! Contradiction alert. This looks suspiciously like the ruling that
>was in place _before_ the 'clarification' of Malk.Madness Network...

I'll see about getting it cleared up.

>: Q: How does aggravated damage work?


>: A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
>: The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
>: spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
>: If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
>: heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.

>Well, Scott - looks like the 1 agg + Pulled Fangs will burn a 0-blood
>vamp after all, under this ruling...

Blah. The "if... destroyed" sentence is wrong. Will get that fixed.

>: Cat Burglary: This card reads incorrectly. It will be fixed in the
>: next version.


>If you know, care to give us a hint as to what it's going to say so that
>all the ones out there right now aren't just so much expensive wallpaper?

Not my place to decide whether it should be included.

>: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.
>Well, I guess this clarifies the questions I had above. This'd make it
>_really_ hard for it to be cumulative, now wouldn't it? :-)

Yup :)

>: The Blood Doll Edition is accurate as of August 31, 1994.
>Might wanna change this date now...

Doh!

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SCALAR NORSE <wa...@nevada.edu> wrote:
>: Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.

> WRONG what if an Ally (Minion) as the card says is dealing the
> the damage to the "Vampire" as the card says, are you gonna send youre
>ivory bow wielding street gang to torpor???

It cannot be played on a non-vampire.

>: Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a

>: vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>: A: No you are ousted before combat.

>WRONG not if you are blocked by Ach Bt, but if your minion blocks a Ach
>Bt vamp when you have 1 pool then your ousted. Meth's don't lose pool
>for being blocked by Ached vamps.

Aching Beauty specifically says the blocking Methuselah loses 1 pool.
Perhaps you're thinking of Camarilla Exemplary.

>: Q: If I have a superior Discipline, can I use both the bold type

>: and the normal type on my card?
>: A: No. The superior Discipline gives you a choice between the two
>: options.

> HUH?? I guess he meant yes

The question is asking whether you can use both at once. Will get
that clarified.

>: p. 21, Section12.3.1. Encounter vampire in torpor: This is a
>: directed action.


> What about encountering your own torpor that's not directed towards
> yourself is it? because then no one could stop you from rescuing
> your own vamps

Hm. Encountering your own vampires should be non-directed.

>: Fame: This should be considered a unique master.


>Does this mean only one vamp in the entire game can be famous??

Yes.

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L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>Minor Boon: If a vampire is going to torpor due to combat and a
>>minor boon is played, thus saving it, combat is still over.
>Can you Minor Boon, then pull fangs (thus sending him to torpor again?).

No. Minor Boon would be played after effects like Pulled Fangs would be.

>>Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
>>circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
>>A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
>>direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
>>however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
>>can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
>>only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.
>Now it's a "direct action" eh? Where did that come from?
>Creating new terminology won't fool all of the people, you know.
>A bleed is always "directed", and always has been. Screwing up the definition
>of directed doesn't even warrant changing the bleed to a "direct" action.
>[13.3.1]:
>"The only *directed* actions that do not require a card are bleeding and..."

What's the question? Using the default bleed action is a directed action,
usable only against your prey. Using a bleed card is (typically/always)
a directed action, usable against any player you feel like, except yourself.

>>Q: How do I get out of torpor?

...


>Or by spending two blood from the vampire being rescued, right?

Right.

>>Master Cards: Locations
>>Q: I have a unique location master card, and someone else just
>>played one. How does this work?
>>A: (Sec. 8, "Contested Cards") Just like contested vampires: they
>>go face down and each owner loses one blood each untap until he
>>yields his card, or until his card is the only one remaining, at
>>which point it is put into play on his side. If someone wants to
>>burn a contested unique location as a direct action, he or she is
>>automatically successful.
>She puts the card into play on her side at the *point* (instant) hers
>is the only one remaining? The rules clearly state that you do not
>bring the card back into play until the start of your turn.

Sigh. This is entry from the original, original FAQ, which crept back
in somehow. The location ought to come back at the normal time (I don't
know why it would be otherwise), and you can't burn a contested location
as an action.

>>Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the
>>Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
>>uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
>>influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
>>phase?
>How would you know that the vampire is younger?

The other player should tell you whether it's a legal play or not.

>>Q: If the acting minion plays a Combat Ends strike card, does the
>>combat end instantly, or does it end in the "resolve strike" step?
>>A: Combat ends instantly, so you cannot play a strike card
>>afterward.
>Note that this is the only example of a strike card taking effect when
>announced rather than when resolved - for no good reason.

Combat ends works that way because it was designed that way.
The reason is "just because".

>>Q: How does aggravated damage work?
>>A: Aggravated damage automatically sends your vampire to torpor.
>>The first point of Aggravated Damage doesn't cause the vampire to
>>spend a point of blood to heal, but every point after that does.
>>If Aggravated Damage totals more than your vampire has blood to
>>heal, your vampire is destroyed. This does not count as Diablerie.
>you mean "Every point after that *from the same source*" right?

Yes.

>>p. 20, Section12.3.1. Bleed: Bleeding is a directed action.
>So you can always bleed anyone on the table (since directed actions can be
>directed at any Methuselah)

No. Mentioning that it is directed does not remove the restriction that
you can only bleed your prey (by default).

Shane Hamish William Travis

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Thomas R Wylie (aa...@cats.ucsc.edu) wrote:

: L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:

: >>Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the

: >>Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
: >>uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
: >>influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
: >>phase?
: >How would you know that the vampire is younger?

: The other player should tell you whether it's a legal play or not.

Clarify please: Should I choose to play a GtU on another Meth's vampires,
and he tells me that the vampire is not a legal target, what happens?

a) GtU is burned, pay the cost.
b) GtU us burned, pay nothing.
c) Choose another target until you hit a legal one.

Personal guess - a); makes the most sense to me.

L. Scott Johnson

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curt...@aol.com (CurtAdams) writes:

>This isn't a big deal, but the card does say "you" and not "the
>controller". Was there a problem with Blood Dolled Uriah Winters?

"You" typically refers to the controller (I can think of no exceptions at
this point).


L. Scott Johnson

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aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:


>L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>>Minor Boon: If a vampire is going to torpor due to combat and a
>>>minor boon is played, thus saving it, combat is still over.
>>Can you Minor Boon, then pull fangs (thus sending him to torpor again?).

>No. Minor Boon would be played after effects like Pulled Fangs would be.

I meant, can you send the vamp to torpor, play Minor Boon, then
play Pulled Fangs?

>>>Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the
>>>Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
>>>uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
>>>influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
>>>phase?
>>How would you know that the vampire is younger?

>The other player should tell you whether it's a legal play or not.

And if it is not - do you tap the acting minion with no effect,
burn the Govern, what?


>>>p. 20, Section12.3.1. Bleed: Bleeding is a directed action.
>>So you can always bleed anyone on the table (since directed actions can be
>>directed at any Methuselah)

>No. Mentioning that it is directed does not remove the restriction that
>you can only bleed your prey (by default).

But your silly rules say that being Directed means being able to target any
Methuselah.
This is errata. (Bogus, but official)
Therefore it supercedes the original rules.

CurtAdams

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From: aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes

>CurtAdams <curt...@aol.com> wrote:
>>I agree with most of the rulings here, and some of them address
important
>>issued omitted from the rules (most notably simultaneous cards). Those
>>ruling have been omitted from the list to spare everybody lots of
>>quotations and OK's.

>simultaneous cards?

"Slap" conditions, as you refer to them. Elysium vs. Lady Mariel, that
sort of thing.

>>>Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
>>>circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
>>>A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
>>>direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
>>>however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
>>>can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
>>>only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.

>>So the (D) on the card overrides the text of the action? Just asking
for
>>clarification, and setting a trap.

>If you have an objection to the ruling, go ahead and state it.

I have stated it on this group, repeatedly (although I can't really blame
anybody for not reading those long discussions of (D) bleeds). Is there a
formal procedure for objecting to rulings? I will make another posting
on this group, addressed to you, or email, as you request.

However, the credibility of DT rulings will be greatly enhanced if you can
give clear responses to simple questions like that, and have them be
responses that stand up to knowledgeable questions.

>>>Q: In Section 7.2.2 Minion Cards, it says the same action modifier
>>>or reaction card cannot be used twice in the same action by the
>>>same MINION, but in Sections 13.2 and 14 it says the same card
>>>cannot be used twice in the same action by the same PLAYER. Which
>>>is correct?
>>>A: Minion is correct. The same action modifier or reaction card
>>>may not be played by the same Minion in the same action.
>>This causes a slew of problems with the Mask. "Once per minion" is not
>>incompatible with "once per Methuseleh", just an additional restriction.

>Mathematically speaking, it's not a contradiction. Semantically, it is.

Not necessarily. Although not possible with the current card set, it is
possible that a minion could change control in the middle of an action.

>In any event, it is "once per minion". Mask is a rules breaker, that's
all.

At present the Mask is the only card affected by this ruling. Why choose
the ruling that makes the Mask a problem? The Mask is a useful and
interesting card even if you can't use it to raise your stealth, or other
things, to high heaven.

>>We all know they don't say "melee" but would work better if they did.
You
>>change other cards, why not these?

>Because they're not sufficiently broken. We don't issue errata willy
nilly
>to deal with minor problems. We issue it to fix cards that break the
game,
>or are seriously broken from their original conception (and thus cause
>serious problems in the game).

Then why did you issue errata for spacing problems on Eco Terrorists and
rephrasing of the use restriction on hunting grounds?

I would consider the misdisciplining of Blood Rage and Concealed Weapon to
make them seriously broken from their original conception.

It's OK if your rule is "don't fix wallpaper." It's still a loss, though.

>>>Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
>>>vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>>>A: No you are ousted before combat.

>>Please proof these before posting. Should be "I block", not "am blocked
by".

>We do proof them, several times, and just don't catch certain things.

There were an awful lot of errors in that FAQ.

>>>Q: Is using the Chantry optional?
>>>A: Yes
>>>Q: Is the Ghoul retainer that same as the Wolf companion? That is,
>>>if I attack do I have to use its ability?
>>>A: Yes.
>>How does one determine which card are mandatory and which aren't? Why
are
>>ones phrased to be mandatory (like Chantry) optional and ones phrased to
>>be optional (like Ghoul Retainer) not? Is there some compelling reason
>>for playing around with the cards like this?

>The wordings are not exactly scientific, true.
They're precise.

>But in this case there's
>a general rule behind the distinction: minions are required to use any
>retainers they have, but you are not required to make use of master
cards.
I thought wording on cards overuled general rules.

>>>Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
>>>additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
>>>vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
>>>other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
>>>vote cards?
>>>A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.
>>Question here (no offense intended). How do you folks playtest the
rules
>>changes you make? Changes like this can have major repercussions, and I
>>am not convinced they've all been considered.

>This rule was introduced/clarified in August. Yes, I imagine it went
>through some playtesting before being released. And as far as I know,
>it is not being changed for V:TES, either.

You IMAGINE it went through some playtesting?

>>>Q: Suppose the blocked vampire was trying to rescue a vampire from
>>>torpor. I assume the actual action here was "encounter a vampire
>>>in torpor", not "rescue a vampire from torpor" or "rescue Ricki
>>>from torpor", and thus it couldn't try to rescue or diablerize
>>>anything else that turn?
>>>A: You can try to rescue a different vampire. Each action is very
>>>specific: ie, rescue "Ricki" from torpor.
>>Hey, my rulebook only mentions the "encounter" action. No such thing as
a
>>"rescue" action. I assume this also means that Bum's Rushing Gilbert is
a
>>different action from Bum's Rushing Anson.

>I'm pretty sure using the same action card repeatedly counts as the
>same action, but will check.

If "encounter Ricki" is different from "encounter Basilia", then "Bum's
Rush Gilbert" is different from "Bum's Rush Anson".

Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

Thomas R Wylie

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>>>issued omitted from the rules (most notably simultaneous cards). Those
>>>ruling have been omitted from the list to spare everybody lots of
>>>quotations and OK's.
>>simultaneous cards?
>"Slap" conditions, as you refer to them. Elysium vs. Lady Mariel, that
>sort of thing.

Ah, got it. That's probably Frequent enough that it should be added,
yes. (Remember this is just a FAQ, not a canonical list of rulings.)

>I have stated it on this group, repeatedly (although I can't really blame
>anybody for not reading those long discussions of (D) bleeds). Is there a
>formal procedure for objecting to rulings? I will make another posting
>on this group, addressed to you, or email, as you request.

I have read many of the discussions on whether D bleeds are a good or bad
idea, though I have chosen not to respond to them. I believe at least one
of the people responsible for the game is reading those posts, but if anyone
wants to summarize their objections and send them to me, I will forward them,
to make sure they are received.

>However, the credibility of DT rulings will be greatly enhanced if you can
>give clear responses to simple questions like that, and have them be
>responses that stand up to knowledgeable questions.

The credibility of the customers would be greatly enhanced if they just
asked the question they had in mind, rather than say "I have this one question,
and I'll spring a trap on you based on the answer", which is exactly what the
original question was. If you ask the question, I'll answer it. If you
try to be sneaky about it, I'll ask you for the full question.

>Not necessarily. Although not possible with the current card set, it is
>possible that a minion could change control in the middle of an action.

Bluch. Yes, such an action modifier or reaction is theoretically possible,
but I can't see such a card actually being written.

>At present the Mask is the only card affected by this ruling. Why choose

>the ruling that makes the Mask a problem?...

The usual reluctance to change a card, I would imagine. Cards break the
rules. If a card breaks them too much, we do not necessarily issue a fix
for it midstream, but sometimes wait to fix it in the future. I'm fairly
sure Mask does not fall under "we need to fix it now", though it may well
fall under "we should fix it later".

I fully understand the temptation to fix cards on the fly. But the policy
in Magic has always been to fix cards, without reprinting, only if necessary.
The same policy applies to Jyhad/VTES. Obviously there will be disagreements
between the customers and the design team over which cards need emergency
fixes. Hopefully, as long as everyone keeps in mind that the design teams
are reluctant to label cards as needing emergency fixes, we should get along
ok. This relationship between the design team and the customers has worked
reasonably well in Magic, I don't see why it shouldn't work in Jyhad/VTES.

>Then why did you issue errata for spacing problems on Eco Terrorists and
>rephrasing of the use restriction on hunting grounds?

Stricly speaking there is no errata for Eco Terrorists. Occasionally there
will be combined lists of card errata and printing differences, which can blur
the lines between errata and non-errata, and I think this is one of those
cases. The Hunting Grounds are ambiguous as written, with no clear way
for the customer to decide which reading was correct, so we issued errata.

>I would consider the misdisciplining of Blood Rage and Concealed Weapon to
>make them seriously broken from their original conception.

It's certainly arguable that Concealed Weapon should have "lose the
discipline symbol" errata. I'm not so sure about Blood Rage, though.

>It's OK if your rule is "don't fix wallpaper." It's still a loss, though.

It's basically a question of which is worse, having wallpaper, or having
long lists of errata? The policy in Magic has always been to grit our teeth
and let the wallpaper slide, and then fixing or eliminating the wallpaper
in future printings. This policy is probably going to extend to all
Deckmaster games, as with the other errata policies.

>>We do proof them, several times, and just don't catch certain things.
>There were an awful lot of errors in that FAQ.

Yeah, I know :-\

>>But in this case there's
>>a general rule behind the distinction: minions are required to use any

>>retainers they have...


>I thought wording on cards overuled general rules.

Yes, but I don't think the Ghoul's text is meant to override the "must
use retainers" rule, and is simply trying to say that the Ghoul has the
option of using hands, or an unused weapon.

>>>>A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.

>>This rule was introduced/clarified in August. Yes, I imagine it went
>>through some playtesting before being released. And as far as I know,
>>it is not being changed for V:TES, either.
>You IMAGINE it went through some playtesting?

OK, "I'm assuming it went through the same playtesting that the rest of the
game went through", if that phrasing will help. But I wasn't there so can't
swear to it having been playtested, is all I was trying to say.

>>>"rescue" action. I assume this also means that Bum's Rushing Gilbert is a
>>>different action from Bum's Rushing Anson.
>>I'm pretty sure using the same action card repeatedly counts as the
>>same action, but will check.
>If "encounter Ricki" is different from "encounter Basilia", then "Bum's
>Rush Gilbert" is different from "Bum's Rush Anson".

I'm fairly certain the ruling is that built-in actions are always
distinguished in this way (so "get equipment from Smudge" is different
from "get equipment from Helena Casimir"), but that action cards
are not distinguished in this way. But I'm checking on this.

Thomas R Wylie

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L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>No. Minor Boon would be played after effects like Pulled Fangs would be.
>I meant, can you send the vamp to torpor, play Minor Boon, then
>play Pulled Fangs?

I understood the question. How does the answer not address the question?

Ray Mulford

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>I would consider the misdisciplining of Blood Rage and Concealed Weapon to
>make them seriously broken from their original conception.

Tom Wylie says:
>It's certainly arguable that Concealed Weapon should have "lose the
>discipline symbol" errata. I'm not so sure about Blood Rage, though.

Oh, come on now...

Exactly what is it about the fortitude discipline that makes you think it
deserves a card like Blood Rage?

And from a strictly design perspective, why does every discipline have
exactly the same number of common, uncommon, and rare cards EXCEPT that
Obfuscate has an extra common [Concealed Weapon], and Fortitude has an
extra common [which we say is Blood Rage], and Thaumaturgy is short one
common [which we say is Blood Rage]?

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Ray Mulford <rmu...@cello.gina.calstate.edu> wrote:
>And from a strictly design perspective, why does every discipline have
>exactly the same number of common, uncommon, and rare cards EXCEPT that
>Obfuscate has an extra common [Concealed Weapon], and Fortitude has an
>extra common [which we say is Blood Rage], and Thaumaturgy is short one
>common [which we say is Blood Rage]?

Well, in Revised Magic there were 16 red uncommons and 14 green uncommons
(instead of 15 of each), so Blood Rage was not necessarily misfiled.

And my point was not "obviously Concealed Weapon was a misprint and
Blood Rage wasn't." My point was "Concealed Weapon certainly needs a fix
in order to be worthwile, whereas Blood Rage works perfectly fine on its
own, so it's harder to argue that there *should* be errata for it"

L. Scott Johnson

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>Ray Mulford <rmu...@cello.gina.calstate.edu> wrote:
>>And from a strictly design perspective, why does every discipline have
>>exactly the same number of common, uncommon, and rare cards EXCEPT that
>>Obfuscate has an extra common [Concealed Weapon], and Fortitude has an
>>extra common [which we say is Blood Rage], and Thaumaturgy is short one
>>common [which we say is Blood Rage]?

>Well, in Revised Magic there were 16 red uncommons and 14 green uncommons
>(instead of 15 of each), so Blood Rage was not necessarily misfiled.

>And my point was not "obviously Concealed Weapon was a misprint and
>Blood Rage wasn't." My point was "Concealed Weapon certainly needs a fix
>in order to be worthwile, whereas Blood Rage works perfectly fine on its
>own, so it's harder to argue that there *should* be errata for it"

So you need to fix Chainsaw and Concealed Weapon (to be worthwhile).
or you need to fix Blood Rage and Concealed Weapon (to be correct).

L. Scott


L. Scott Johnson

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aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:
>L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>>>>Minor Boon: If a vampire is going to torpor due to combat and a
>>>>>minor boon is played, thus saving it, combat is still over.
>>>>Can you Minor Boon, then pull fangs (thus sending him to torpor again?).

>>>No. Minor Boon would be played after effects like Pulled Fangs would be.

>>I meant, can you send the vamp to torpor, play Minor Boon, then
>>play Pulled Fangs?

>I understood the question. How does the answer not address the question?

It sounded like you were saying that Minor Boon has to be played after
aggravated damage occurs. I was clarifying that my question involved
agg then boon then pulled fangs.

Pulled Fangs is either a post-strikes (pre-press) card, or possibly
a post-damage-resolution (mid-strikes) card.

Pulled Fangs should be post-strikes, since it can tally effects of
additional strikes. (Like Taste of Vitae).

Minor Boon is definitely a post-damage-resolution (mid-strikes) card.

So, at best, this leads to a slap situation. At worst, the leads to always
playing the Minor Boon first, not "after effects like Pulled Fangs".

Playing Minor Boon could conceivably end the combat before Pulled Fangs
could be played, however.

Ex:
A and B have 10 blood each

A: hands
B: lucky blow (hands +1)
damage resolution:
B: my hand damage is aggravated
A: I'm going to torpor.
B: I'll save you with Minor Boon
Post-strikes:
A: nothing
B: Since i did more damage at close, I'll pull fangs.
A: I'm going to torpor.

James R. McClure Jr.

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curt...@aol.com (CurtAdams) wrote:

Peace Thomas and Curt,

> >Rotschreck: This card affects the vampire doing the damage.
>
> Would you talk to White Wolf about this? Being targeted by sunlight or
> flame does not protect a vampire from Rotschreck - indeed, that causes it.

Normally Curt and I don't agree, but on this one, I have to side with Curt.
Roetschreck should affect the target of aggr dam.

> >Q: Who do you bleed? And if I have a card with the D in the
> >circle, who then? And wasn't bleeding a direct action anyway?
> >A: Usually the only one you bleed is your prey. That action is
> >direct, that is, it can only be blocked by your prey. If,
> >however, a card allows you to bleed as a directed action, then you
> >can bleed any Methuselah you like. It's still a direct action, so
> >only the target of the bleed can attempt to block.
>
> So the (D) on the card overrides the text of the action? Just asking for
> clarification, and setting a trap.

In defense of (D) bleeds, Thomas, there _are_ players who think that (D)
bleeds are OK and that is how the game was always intended to be played.
I'll not be sending you any gripes about how (D) bleed are correct, so I'll
have to post my support here (just to cancel out any griping that Curt may do).

> >Q: How do I get out of torpor?
> >A: If your vampire went into torpor with counters still on it (by
> >paralyzation or by aggravated damage), then it can, as an action,
> >rescue itself at the cost of two blood. If it doesn't have enough,
> >then it can be rescued by another minion. The rescuing minion taps
> >to visit the vampire in torpor and must spend two of its blood, or
> >both the rescuing vampire and the rescued vampire spend one blood
> >each. The vampire so rescued is then active again, but if it has
> >no blood, it must hunt the next turn.
>
> The rulebook specifically allows the rescuee to spend both the blood. Why
> do you want to change this?

I'm confused too.

> >Q: When does my vampire heal itself with stolen blood? The example
> >in the book I got in my card pack is confusing.
> >A: The example in the rules prior to the "Duelist Companion" rules
> >release refers to an early conception of the rules. The example is
> >in error. Stolen blood can immediately heal a vampire. This may
> >prevent a vampire's going into torpor on the strike phase during
> >which it stole the blood, as long as the vampire striking it does
> >not do enough "first strike" damage to send it into torpor. In
> >that case, the vampire attempting to steal blood is considered to
> >have not even gotten the opportunity to steal blood before being
> >sent to torpor.
>
> The earlier rules avert certain timing issues that arise under these
> rules.

I don't see any timing problems, Curt.

> >Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
> >additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
> >vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
> >other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
> >vote cards?
> >A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.
>
> Question here (no offense intended). How do you folks playtest the rules
> changes you make? Changes like this can have major repercussions, and I
> am not convinced they've all been considered.

I'm not here to rag on your playtesting, but I do believe that leaving the
voting rules _as they are currently written_ would make the "ultra-selfish
wienie vote decks" a thing of the past. I realize that the acting Meth not
being able to play any additional political action cards would make vote
decks less powerful, but (even though I originally argued against it) I
believe that this would remove the threat of "silly" decks that are 10 Cloak
the Gathering, 20 Kine Resources Contested and 20 Conservative Agitation (sp).
No, I don't currently play that way, but I can see why things might be played
that way.


Nil carborundum illigitimi,

James R. McClure Jr.
The OS/2 Apostle

<insert disclaimer here>

James R. McClure Jr.

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curt...@aol.com (CurtAdams) wrote:
> From: aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes
>
> >CurtAdams <curt...@aol.com> wrote:
> >>I agree with most of the rulings here, and some of them address
> important
> >>issued omitted from the rules (most notably simultaneous cards). Those
> >>ruling have been omitted from the list to spare everybody lots of
> >>quotations and OK's.
>
> >simultaneous cards?
>
> "Slap" conditions, as you refer to them. Elysium vs. Lady Mariel, that
> sort of thing.

Peace Curt,

It has already been clarified that if more than one player wants to use
effects and those effects are contradictory, that the order of option (who
has the option to utilize an effect first) is: acting player, blocking player,
player to the left of acting player and so on around the table.

Thomas R Wylie

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Pulled Fangs is normally played during the press step. If combat ends
before then, for example if one combatant is sent to torpor, then Pulled
Fangs may be used as the combat is ending. (It may not be used after
a Combat Ends strike.) Minor Boon is played after the combat actually
ends, so after Pulled Fangs would be used. I'm not sure how Minor Boon would
interact with Psyche, i.e. whether it would be possible to force someone to
decide not to play Psyche, and then play Minor Boon without fear of a
renewed combat.

Ray Mulford

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In article <3mt8tv$2...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU>,

Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>
>Ray Mulford <rmu...@cello.gina.calstate.edu> wrote:
>>And from a strictly design perspective, why does every discipline have
>>exactly the same number of common, uncommon, and rare cards EXCEPT that
>>Obfuscate has an extra common [Concealed Weapon], and Fortitude has an
>>extra common [which we say is Blood Rage], and Thaumaturgy is short one
>>common [which we say is Blood Rage]?
>
>Well, in Revised Magic there were 16 red uncommons and 14 green uncommons
>(instead of 15 of each), so Blood Rage was not necessarily misfiled.
>
>And my point was not "obviously Concealed Weapon was a misprint and
>Blood Rage wasn't." My point was "Concealed Weapon certainly needs a fix
>in order to be worthwile, whereas Blood Rage works perfectly fine on its
>own, so it's harder to argue that there *should* be errata for it"
>
>
>Tom Wylie rec.games.trading-cards.* Network Representative for
>aa...@cats.ucsc.edu Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
>

Whatever... I would like to hear from the mouth of the person who
designed the Blood Rage card why on Earth they thought it had anything to
do with the Fortitude discipline instead of the Thaumaturgy.

Using your argument, there is no reason why ANY card could not be assign
totally at RANDOM to ANY discipline. After all the card will still work
the same, it will just have a different requirement for use. Let's make
Govern the Unaligned an Obfuscate card and Dread Gaze a Protean Card.
The cards will still work, won't they?

We could extend your analogy to MTG... let's make Fireballs require White
mana to start up. The card will still work. Let's make Lord of the Pit
require Green mana to cast. It will still work... of course, it will
make NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. But, apparently, that's not the point.

You dance divinely, btw. :)

Ray

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:In article <3mjn68$7...@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, curt...@aol.com (CurtAdams) writes:
:>>: Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
:>>: additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
:>>: vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
:>>: other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
:>>: vote cards?
:>>: A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.
:>
:>>Well, at least this has been officially answered now. Sorry to
:>>disappoint you, Curt... :-)
:>
:> Oh, I was aware of this. My comment was that this permits an apparently
:> problem degenerate deck (weenies and nothing but votes) whereas the rules
:> seem to have been carefully written to bar it. Very dangerous to change
:> rules if they've been put in from playtesting.
:>
:> I have no problem with this ruling per se if people can show that the
:> above mentioned deck is controlled in fairly ordinary play situations. At
:> present there has been only argumentation.
:>
:> Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

The only way I have ever come up with to even survive against the KRC decks as
I call them, are to chuck in unreasonable numbers of Delaying Tactics, which
would probably not help you actually win the game all that much.

CurtAdams

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>>However, the credibility of DT rulings will be greatly enhanced if you
can
>>give clear responses to simple questions like that, and have them be
>>responses that stand up to knowledgeable questions.

>The credibility of the customers would be greatly enhanced if they just
>asked the question they had in mind, rather than say "I have this one
question,
>and I'll spring a trap on you based on the answer", which is exactly what
the
>original question was. If you ask the question, I'll answer it. If you
>try to be sneaky about it, I'll ask you for the full question.

The credibility of the customers? Well, then, I'm home free, because the
customer is always right :-)

Actually, I have no credibility, in this sense, as it is. Were I to pop
out a "Curt's official rulings", with neither persuasive argumentation,
proof of thorough testing, nor the support of any of the many intelligent
and knowledgeble posters on this group, I'd be ignored (properly). My
suggestions make it, or fail, on their own merits, assisted somewhat by my
skills of persuasion, and not on any reputation or credibility of mine.

However the Design Team IS issuing official rulings without support via
either argumentation or proven playtesting. They also appear to be issued
without regard for the views of posters on this newsgroup, or any other
similar group. For that, you need credibility, and lots of it.

Now in our society there are several methods for establishing credibility.
The most common methods are the scientific (via testing claims), the
legal (via questioning for consistency and accuracy), and the social (via
references). I can't check your references (don't know Garfield), and I
have limited ability to test your claims. Hence my method for checking
the credibility you need, is legal - by examining your statements for
accuracy and consistency.

If the position the Design Team holds is well-thought-out and consistent,
then it will stand up to any attempt by me to poke holes in it.

>>Not necessarily. Although not possible with the current card set, it is
>>possible that a minion could change control in the middle of an action.

>Bluch. Yes, such an action modifier or reaction is theoretically
possible,
>but I can't see such a card actually being written.

But my point is that neither of "one per minion" nor "one per Methuseleh"
subsumes the other. They are two separate rules that simply coincide in
the overwhelming majority of situations.

>>At present the Mask is the only card affected by this ruling. Why
choose
>>the ruling that makes the Mask a problem?...

>The usual reluctance to change a card, I would imagine. Cards break the
>rules. If a card breaks them too much, we do not necessarily issue a fix
>for it midstream, but sometimes wait to fix it in the future. I'm fairly
>sure Mask does not fall under "we need to fix it now", though it may well
>fall under "we should fix it later".

Actually nobody's suggesting changes to the Mask card. I'm just saying
that a literal reading of the rules solves the "indefinite bonus" problem
of the Mask, and that there are no logical problems associated with a
literal reading of the rules. That seems to me the ideal situation - a
literal reading of the rules combined with a literal reading of the card
leading to a positive game situation with no loss of plausibility. Cool!

>>>But in this case there's
>>>a general rule behind the distinction: minions are required to use any
>>>retainers they have...
>>I thought wording on cards overuled general rules.

>Yes, but I don't think the Ghoul's text is meant to override the "must
>use retainers" rule, and is simply trying to say that the Ghoul has the
>option of using hands, or an unused weapon.

In this case, the general rule is not written as part of the game. The
fact that some retainers are written as optional (Ghoul Retainer, Ghoul
Escort) while others are written as mandatory (Wolf Companion, Murder of
Crows) certainly indicates no general rule.

BTW, is use of the Resplendent Protector mandatory?
Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

CurtAdams

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740926...@omega.ntu.ac.sg (Damian Chang) writes:

:In article <3mjn68$7...@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, curt...@aol.com
(CurtAdams) writes:
:>>: Q: (Sec 17.1, "Voting") The rule book implies that you cannot play
:>>: additional political vote cards if you used a vote card to call a
:>>: vote. "Additional political cards can also be used by any of the
:>>: other Methusulahs for votes". Can you play additional political
:>>: vote cards?
:>>: A: Yes, all Methusulahs can use political vote cards.
:>
:>

:> I have no problem with this ruling per se if people can show that the
:> above mentioned deck is controlled in fairly ordinary play situations.
At
:> present there has been only argumentation.

>The only way I have ever come up with to even survive against the KRC


decks as
>I call them, are to chuck in unreasonable numbers of Delaying Tactics,
which
>would probably not help you actually win the game all that much.

(Quick explaination: KRC deck = 1&2 blood vampire, some Effective
Managements, and otherwise only Kine Resources Contested)

Hmm. Actual evidence. How weird.

The ideas for dealing with KRC decks focused mostly on intercept combat
and rush combat. What happened with those? Also, was this in 2-player or
multiplayer situation, and was it real play or just deck testing?

Has anybody else tried playing with or against KRC decks?

Curt Adams (curt...@aol.com)

Joseph Cochran

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Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>>: Q: If I have one blood left in my pool and I am blocked by a
>>: vampire with Aching Beauty, do I go into combat?
>>: A: No you are ousted before combat.
>>WRONG not if you are blocked by Ach Bt, but if your minion blocks a Ach
>>Bt vamp when you have 1 pool then your ousted. Meth's don't lose pool
>>for being blocked by Ached vamps.
>
>Aching Beauty specifically says the blocking Methuselah loses 1 pool.
>Perhaps you're thinking of Camarilla Exemplary.

Note: the question is misworded. It should say "and I block a
vampire with Aching Beauty," not "am blocked by."

Aching Beauty requires the blocking Methuselah to spend one
pool. Camarilla Exemplary requires the blocking vampire to spend one
blood. The statement "Methuselahs don't lose pool for being blocked by
Ached vampires" is correct. The vampire with Aching Beauty must be the
*acting* minion, not the blocking minion. Camarilla Exemplary doesn't
enter into the equation. As far as I know there's no card that requires
you to pay blood if you're blocked (the only card that has bad side effects
for an acting minion if blocked is Millicent Smith as far as I know).

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Joseph Cochran

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Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>Now it's a "direct action" eh? Where did that come from?
>>Creating new terminology won't fool all of the people, you know.
>>A bleed is always "directed", and always has been. Screwing up the definition
>>of directed doesn't even warrant changing the bleed to a "direct" action.
>>[13.3.1]:
>>"The only *directed* actions that do not require a card are bleeding and..."
>
>What's the question? Using the default bleed action is a directed action,
>usable only against your prey. Using a bleed card is (typically/always)
>a directed action, usable against any player you feel like, except yourself.

There has been a long-raging debate on this group about whether
or not "(D) bleed" vs. "bleed" on a card represents a contradiction in
terms regarding the rules. That's kinda where this came from.
[Note to others: it looks like the FAQ uses "direct action" and
"directed action" interchangably. Keep that in mind for future
references.]

>Sigh. This is entry from the original, original FAQ, which crept back
>in somehow. The location ought to come back at the normal time (I don't

This is a sad indictment of the process through which this FAQ
was proofed. You've said that several people proofed this FAQ. It's
truly disappointing that this glaring error got through. If several
people at the company missed it, who at the company is knowledgable
enough about the game to realize this mistake?

>>>Q: If the acting minion plays a Combat Ends strike card, does the
>>>combat end instantly, or does it end in the "resolve strike" step?
>>>A: Combat ends instantly, so you cannot play a strike card
>>>afterward.
>>Note that this is the only example of a strike card taking effect when
>>announced rather than when resolved - for no good reason.
>
>Combat ends works that way because it was designed that way.
>The reason is "just because".

The phrase in the rulebook is "Considered a strike, this ends
combat immediately (before any damage is dealt or any strike's effects
take place)." It goes on to specifically cancel dodge and first strike
from there. In this snippet of the rules it seems like there is a basic
assumption that there is another strike out there that can deal damage
or have effects. This could be because the designed effect of combat
ends was to happen in the Resolve Strike phase rather than the Choose
Strike phase. It is a strike. There is no specific indication that it
resolves out of order in the rules. In fact, specifically stating that
it is a strike seems to indicate that it should be treated like any
other strike with regard to timing. Therefore it all works fine if
Combat ends resolves during strike resolution. Any other interpretation
is based on changing the rules.
I will buy that the DT made a ruling based on their
interpretation of the rules. I will also live by that interpretation in
all official games I play. However, it will be much harder to convince
me that it's "by design." This sounds a lot like the Madness Network
debate, and I don't buy the DT trying to bluff its way out by saying
"um, yeah, it was designed that way."

Thomas R Wylie

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Joseph Cochran <js...@discus.ise.vt.edu> wrote:
>>Sigh. This is entry from the original, original FAQ, which crept back
>>in somehow. The location ought to come back at the normal time (I don't
> This is a sad indictment of the process through which this FAQ
>was proofed. You've said that several people proofed this FAQ. It's
>truly disappointing that this glaring error got through. If several
>people at the company missed it, who at the company is knowledgable
>enough about the game to realize this mistake?

Speaking for myself, I recognized the bloc of questions this was contained
in as being from old FAQs, so just skimmed through it, assuming others
had proofed it properly. So it's partially my fault, since had I been
reading the FAQ thoroughly, I would have thought of it. But I was mostly
skimming for new information, not quintuple checking the content.

> The phrase in the rulebook is "Considered a strike, this ends
>combat immediately (before any damage is dealt or any strike's effects
>take place)." It goes on to specifically cancel dodge and first strike
>from there. In this snippet of the rules it seems like there is a basic
>assumption that there is another strike out there that can deal damage

>or have effects...

Such as the strike that the acting minion declared, if the blocking minion
is the one playing the Combat Ends.

>In fact, specifically stating that
>it is a strike seems to indicate that it should be treated like any

>other strike with regard to timing...

I believe that making it a strike is to avoid people burning combat
cards if they're planning to end combat anyway, from using a gun to maneuver
and then ending combat if things get too hazy, etc.

Thomas R Wylie

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CurtAdams <curt...@aol.com> wrote:
>However the Design Team IS issuing official rulings without support via
>either argumentation or proven playtesting. They also appear to be issued
>without regard for the views of posters on this newsgroup, or any other
>similar group. For that, you need credibility, and lots of it.

It is absolutely ridiculous to require that we provide extensive documentation
of playtesting in order to issue a ruling before adopting a ruling. This
is simply not going to happen. Whether we should be providing both sides
of an argument when issuing a ruling is also open to debate. Better
explanation of ruling is certainly something we're working on, though, just
as we're working on it in Magic.

>If the position the Design Team holds is well-thought-out and consistent,
>then it will stand up to any attempt by me to poke holes in it.

Nothing personal, but this is a pipe dream. There are several rulings in
both games that are well thought out, but that some people refuse to
accept as correct. If your standard is to accept every ruling that comes
down, then we are doomed to failure.

>But my point is that neither of "one per minion" nor "one per Methuseleh"
>subsumes the other. They are two separate rules that simply coincide in
>the overwhelming majority of situations.

But given that it is not clear from the rulebook whether these statements
are contradictory or complementary, one has to go to the design team to
find out the situation, and the answer is that they're contradictory,
and the "one per minion" wins.

>Actually nobody's suggesting changes to the Mask card. I'm just saying
>that a literal reading of the rules solves the "indefinite bonus" problem
>of the Mask, and that there are no logical problems associated with a

>literal reading of the rules...

Exactly how does a literal reading of the card clearly prohibit repeating
action modifiers? It's not at all obvious.

>In this case, the general rule is not written as part of the game. The
>fact that some retainers are written as optional (Ghoul Retainer, Ghoul
>Escort) while others are written as mandatory (Wolf Companion, Murder of
>Crows) certainly indicates no general rule.

There is definitely a general rule that retainers are mandatory. If a
retainer is written to be optional, then it breaks the rules. Cards do break
the rules, and we shouldn't have to put a red flag on every card that does so.

>BTW, is use of the Resplendent Protector mandatory?

Yes, but since she prevents "up to 1" damage each combat, you can keep
choosing to prevent 0 damage with her until you actually want to prevent
a point of damage.

Alan Kwan

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In article <3ms2fj$2...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU> aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:

>I fully understand the temptation to fix cards on the fly. But the policy
>in Magic has always been to fix cards, without reprinting, only if necessary.
>The same policy applies to Jyhad/VTES. Obviously there will be disagreements
>between the customers and the design team over which cards need emergency
>fixes. Hopefully, as long as everyone keeps in mind that the design teams
>are reluctant to label cards as needing emergency fixes, we should get along
>ok. This relationship between the design team and the customers has worked
>reasonably well in Magic, I don't see why it shouldn't work in Jyhad/VTES.

Because there are fundamental differences between Magic and Jyhad.
They are games targetted at different audiences.

There are some Magic players who pay $50 for an o-o-p. Magic players
also put up with two different versions of "Fog". There are many
Jyhad players who won't do the same.

In rec. ... magic, when someone posts that the Grey Ogre is wallpaper,
some people may even tend to disagree with him, saying that the
wallpaper is fine as it is. I have hardly seen any posts that
substantially disagree with any expressions of disgust with
the Chainsaw wallpaper in this group; indeed most postings
support a house rule of some sort for the Chainsaw.

--
"Live Life with Heart."

Alan Kwan kw...@cs.cornell.edu

Alan Kwan

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In article <3mnhl7$p...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU> aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:


>>>Q: OK, so it's been established that I could use Govern the
>>>Unaligned, or a similar action, to put blood on someone else'
>>>uncontrolled vampire. Would that vampire pop out at the end of my
>>>influence phase, or at the end of the other player's influence
>>>phase?
>>How would you know that the vampire is younger?

>The other player should tell you whether it's a legal play or not.

Hummm... this opens a question. Someone can use Enchant Kindred +
Change of Target to gain information about the age of someone's
uncontrolled vampires, then Brainwash them or the like. I'm
not sure if it is good to allow this.


>>>A: Combat ends instantly, so you cannot play a strike card
>>>afterward.

>>Note that this is the only example of a strike card taking effect when
>>announced rather than when resolved - for no good reason.

>Combat ends works that way because it was designed that way.
>The reason is "just because".

Off topic: there is a story about an ancient Chinese patriot.
Some evil government official wanted to accuse him. He couldn't
find a valid accusation, so he used the accusation "don't need
one".

Semprini

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In article <3mv5j5$n...@newsbf02.news.aol.com>,

[Note: before anyone accuses me of munchkinism (which, frankly, is what
this deck is) I don't like playing it. I'd much rather play a combat
deck or, even better, something goofy like a Nosferatu Hidden Lurker deck.
This deck was originally intended as a joke, it just didn't turn out
to be something to laugh at.]

I've played some with a "KRC deck" -- it has done quite well. (We've
always played as the latest FAQ has ruled.) Even if opposing votes come
out, it can do 15 damage by turn 4, although you will likely run out of
library once some unfriendly votes hit the table. But by this time you
should have voted your first 2 victims out of existance.

One thing I think that would stop it is a 5 or 6 vamp with permanent
intercept and a deck of ~15% WwEF. Or Justine, the death knell for
all this weenies-in-the-Camarilla tomfoolery.

This deck has been played mostly in 4 and 5 player games and has done
very well. Also, in a 2-player game it absolutely trounced my best
Malkavian S&B deck. I don't know if our caliber of decks are up to
your standards. I have about 4 display boxes worth (which I paid $45
each for - gotta love speculators when they choose wrong) and my friends
and I just make decks out of my collection, although I've played with
some other people (Paul, are you listening?) and I think we're doing
all right. However, there just aren't enough of some cards (especially
uncommons like Info Highway) to spread amongst the 10 or so different
decks that we keep assembled.

Crypt: every 1 and 2 that I know of; should Tremere and Ventrue only have
one each?

Angel
Lupo
Hasina
Igo
Navar
Nik
Smudge
Uriah
Giuliano
Vliam
Brazil
Normal
Dimple
Koko
Delilah
Dieter
Roreca
Rufina

Library: this could be bigger, but I just didn't have any more of the
KRC's and CA's. Likewise, I didn't have more than 1 Infobahn
and 3 Effective Managements. The other votes sounded good,
but usually get discarded to punch through KRCs. If I were
to remake it now, I'd definately add more EMs, maybe a Rumours
of Gehenna (to play 2 EMs a turn).

12 x CA
16 x KRC
3 x Autarkis Persecution (have gained 7 pool from one of these)
4 x Computer Hacking
3 x Disputed Territory
3 x Dramatic Upheaval
4 x Dodge
2 x Political Flux
4 x Ascendance
3 x Effective Management
Elysium
Information Highway
Praxis Seizure (Atlanta Chicago Dallas Washington DC)
Note: I added these 4, and nobody has let me
play this deck since then, so I can't say how
well they work...

It doesn't look like much, but try it out and see if it works for you...
it has happened that the deck will run out of cards, and still manages
to oust one more player just by burying them in an avalanche of weenies.

--
"I find that most philosophical discussions are psycho- // Bill Gilliland
logically useful but, in the end, when you look back //
historically at what was being said, and being said // "Semprini?" OY! OUT!
with such vigour, it's almost always - to a degree - //
nonsense!" (Richard Feynman) // ska...@u.washington.edu

Aaron Mandelbaum

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aa...@cats.ucsc.edu (Thomas R Wylie) writes:

>Well, in Revised Magic there were 16 red uncommons and 14 green uncommons
>(instead of 15 of each), so Blood Rage was not necessarily misfiled.

Aha! Now which red uncommon was supposed to be green... :)

--
Aaron Mandelbaum

Joseph Cochran

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In article <3ms2k7$3...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU>,

Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>L. Scott Johnson <sjoh...@math.scarolina.edu> wrote:
>>>No. Minor Boon would be played after effects like Pulled Fangs would be.
>>I meant, can you send the vamp to torpor, play Minor Boon, then
>>play Pulled Fangs?
>
>I understood the question. How does the answer not address the question?

You would play minor boon during damage resolution, and the
vampire would not go to torpor. Then there is the opportunity for press
cards. Then we hit the end of the round, and Scott wants to play Pulled
Fangs. The opportunity to play Minor Boon is long since past, and is in
fact already done. I think Scott doesn't understand why you say that
Minor Boon would be played after Pulled Fangs if it were to be played on
the *first* damage that would send the poor vampire to torpor.

Dave Andrews

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>>The only way I have ever come up with to even survive against the KRC
>decks as
>>I call them, are to chuck in unreasonable numbers of Delaying Tactics,
>which
>>would probably not help you actually win the game all that much.

I really don't see how this is much of a threat. After all, that player has
no princes, justicars, or primogen out (all 1 and 2 capacity vamps) and since
the rules say vote cards are not replaced until after the vote is finished,
the most votes that this player can come up with is 7. How hard is it for
other players, who may have primogen, princes, or justicars, plus any vote
cards, dread gazes, and surprise influences to come up with 7 counter votes.
Granted, the player may get someone across the table to vote on his side, but
you can count on the people whom the vote is directed against, plus the
predator of the player with the KRC deck to vote against, plus any allies they
may have wheeled and dealed into their corner.

Also, why not block the votes and hose his vampires? There are no 2 capacity
vampires with superior obf. so the most a vampire can muster up is +1 stealth,
in addition to the stealth inherent in calling a vote. (Each vamp can only
play one cloak on itself, and they don't have sup. obf. to throw cloaks on
each other) Probably if you built a deck to get you through a multi-player
game intact, you remembered to include enough intercept to muster up +2
intercept every so often.

Finally, this player has no workable defense. It will not take long for him
to succumb to his predator, and even if he did last long, burning 7 vote cards
per turn would bring his deck to the end leaving him with no resources to play
with later in the game. I can see a player with this kind of deck spoiling
the game for 1 player, maybe 2 if he's really lucky, but he's not going to
win. Considering that everyone is getting pissed at his degenerate deck, plus
the fact that he never wins, how long do you think it will be until this
player tears down this deck in favor of a more flexible one?

I'm sorry for rambling on, but what I enjoy about this game is the variety of
ways players can go about attaining victory. Nobody will play political decks
if they can't throw in a few extra votes themselves -- they just won't have a
chance. Taking away from the variety of the game in fear of the possibility
of one degenerate combination would really detract from the game's value.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dave Andrews
S2...@nmu.edu

Joseph Cochran

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In article <3n17b8$k...@darkstar.UCSC.EDU>,

Thomas R Wylie <aa...@cats.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>Joseph Cochran <js...@discus.ise.vt.edu> wrote:
>>In fact, specifically stating that
>>it is a strike seems to indicate that it should be treated like any
>>other strike with regard to timing...
>
>I believe that making it a strike is to avoid people burning combat
>cards if they're planning to end combat anyway, from using a gun to maneuver
>and then ending combat if things get too hazy, etc.

But that still doesn't address why Combat Ends has to be treated
specially wrt timing. If it's a strike like any other, then it should
resolve with other strikes. There's nothing to indicate that it should
resolve before any other strike. All this ruling does is deprive the
blocker of the chance to play a card, making a powerful strike evern
more powerful, for no apparent reason. Where does the idea that this
particular strike resolves before strike resolution come from?

Semprini

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In article <s291.10....@nmu.edu>, Dave Andrews <s2...@nmu.edu> wrote:
>
>I really don't see how this is much of a threat. After all, that player has
>no princes, justicars, or primogen out (all 1 and 2 capacity vamps) and since
>the rules say vote cards are not replaced until after the vote is finished,
>the most votes that this player can come up with is 7.

If you're referring to my deck that I posted above, it may sound like
not much of a threat, and when I first built this deck I thought it
would be just a joke. In practice, however, your princes, justicars and
primogens will not hit the table for several turns, by which time this
deck (with at least 5 vamps on turn 4 -- WITHOUT the Infobahn or any
Eff. Manges) will have done crippling damage.

Also remember that in the first few turns that I'm calling votes, there
probably won't be more than one prince on the table. Unless you're
burning vote cards as fast as I am, I only ever need 3 or 4 votes, tops.
And after it passes I just draw more votes.

>How hard is it for
>other players, who may have primogen, princes, or justicars, plus any vote
>cards, dread gazes, and surprise influences to come up with 7 counter votes.
>Granted, the player may get someone across the table to vote on his side, but
>you can count on the people whom the vote is directed against, plus the
>predator of the player with the KRC deck to vote against, plus any allies they
>may have wheeled and dealed into their corner.

It sounds easy, but remember that speed kills. The cheapest natural prince
is 6; praxis seizures will be nigh-impossible to get through unless you
have as many votes as I do. And for the same transfer costs as your 1
prince, I can bring in 3 or more weenies. And all of them can call KRCs.
If I go fourth, I get 2 or 3 vampires (2 caitiff and a 2-cap, or 2 2-cap)
on turn 1.

Like I said, it doesn't sound like much, but it actual practise it's very
hard to stop.

>Also, why not block the votes and hose his vampires? There are no 2 capacity
>vampires with superior obf. so the most a vampire can muster up is +1 stealth,
>in addition to the stealth inherent in calling a vote. (Each vamp can only
>play one cloak on itself, and they don't have sup. obf. to throw cloaks on
>each other) Probably if you built a deck to get you through a multi-player
>game intact, you remembered to include enough intercept to muster up +2
>intercept every so often.

The problem is the resource differential. By the time your blocker has
his sport bike, I've got 5 vampires calling votes. You can hose one off,
what about his 4 friends? (This is why I said that a deck with many Wakes
could probably stop it. They let one blocker do the work of many.)

>Finally, this player has no workable defense. It will not take long for him
>to succumb to his predator, and even if he did last long, burning 7 vote cards
>per turn would bring his deck to the end leaving him with no resources to play
>with later in the game.

'The best defence is a good offence...' Also, keep in mind that I am
spending *very little* pool on controlling minions. I can get 7 or 8
minions for around 12 pool. That means my predator has to do 18 damage
to oust me, by which time I've gained 6 from ousting my prey. It is true,
once opposing decks get votes on the table I run out of cards. But
by this time it's usually too late.

>I can see a player with this kind of deck spoiling
>the game for 1 player, maybe 2 if he's really lucky, but he's not going to
>win. Considering that everyone is getting pissed at his degenerate deck, plus
>the fact that he never wins, how long do you think it will be until this
>player tears down this deck in favor of a more flexible one?

I agree completely with the statement about people getting pissed at
a degenerate deck -- I don't like playing with or against it. I also agree
that it spoils the game for (at least) one player -- I've let other people
play it as my predator, and it sucks having one or two vamps and 5 pool at
the start of my fifth turn. But don't say it can't win if you haven't seen
it in action. It will usually oust its first two prey. In a 5 player game,
that's at least second place, isn't it?

I don't want to promote munchkinism, and I don't want to gut political decks
-- being able to discard votes is quite important for passing anything,
especially if your opponents can discard votes to oppose. But it does
lead to this sort of silliness. How to fix it? I don't know. A 1-blood
minion cost to call a vote would be far too drastic, although a master card
that caused the same thing might be a good card for an expansion (Camarilla
Taxation? I know very little about V:tM)

CurtAdams

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