Rules Team Rulings 01-MAY-2004

Q: Can I burn the edge to gain a vote before terms are set (which is important for Code of Milan Suspended, for example), or can I use Business Pressure before terms are set on Parity Shift to lower my pool for a Parity Shift referendum?

A: No. The first thing that happens during a referendum is the setting of terms. All the other effects are played during the Polling step. This includes cards that are used "before votes are cast". (This is errata to [], making the setting of terms the only thing done in that step. Polling now contains the "before votes are cast" step followed by the general free-for-all voting step.)

Q: If I change my Thrown Sewer Lid (or Wind Dance, etc.) strike with Primal Instincts, do I still get the optional press (or additional strike, etc.) from the canceled strike?

A: No. Canceling a strike made with a strike card cancels the whole effect of the card (although it cannot rewind time and cancel any maneuver already used from that strike card - but note that in the case of canceling a strike card that had been used to maneuver, the minion cannot choose another strike, since the maneuver restricts him to using only that strike).

Q: When I play Blood Brother Ambush, Conscripted Statue, Malleable Visage, etc. to cancel one combat and start a different one, does that new combat start immediately, or can other effects still be played before that combat begins? Does this also apply to the slave rule (when blocked, have a slave enter combat instead)?

A: Combat starts immediately. This applies to invoking the slave rule as well, yes.

Q: Can card-cycling effects (Barrens, Fragment, etc.) be used during the "as played" window (so as to allow a player to draw into a Sudden or a Direct Intervention to cancel the "as played" card)?

A: No. The "as played" window is only as the card is being played. It is before that card is replaced, even. The only cards that can be played "as" another one is played are the ones the players have in their hands at the time. (Not to be confused with the "as the action is announced" step, which comes after the action card is played.) This is a reversal of previous rulings.

Q: What effect does Gambit Accepted have if the controller withdraws?

A: The predator gets a victory point. (Errata to the card.)

Q: What does Seeds of Corruption restrict?

A: When Seeds is on a vampire, everyone is restricted from using that vampire's special ability and/or bonuses. Things that are only possible because of card text are not possible. Things that card text makes impossible are still impossible. (Errata to card text.) Note that this errata matches the state of affairs before the February clarification (and overturns that clarification). Note also that sect, title, and attribute texts (Gargoyles' Slave status, Blood Brothers' Circles, etc.) are still not affected by Seeds of Corruption.