Megalopolis/Clarifications

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Fireside Chats

  • Police Backup does not prevent the discard; i.e. there is no implied “instead.”
  • If all non-incapacitated heroes have a card in hand, they can activate Hostage Situation.
  • Police Backup does not care about the agency of discarding, like the Scholar of the Infinite's innate power. It just cares that a villain card caused a hero card to be discarded.
  • For River of Lava, Hostage Situation, and similar cards: all of the players must take the action (e.g. discard the top 3 cards of your deck), or none of them.
  • Cards like Combat Stance and Quark Drive (that say “the first time X”) have an implicit “since this card entered play”. This also applies to Omnitron's components and Rooftop Combat.

Spiff's Clarifications

Police Backup

  • This card reads, in part, “whenever a villain card would make a player discard a card, destroy this card.” “Police Backup” does not prevent the discarding effect however, i.e. there is no implied “instead” at the end of that sentence. Fireside Chats

Hostage Situation

  • This card reads, “hero cards cannot be played. at the start of the environment turn, each player may discard 1 card each to destroy this card.” this means that if all non-incapacitated heroes have at least one card in hand and they all choose to discard a card, “hostage situation” will be destroyed. Fireside Chats

Rooftop Combat

  • This card includes the text “when hero targets deal non-hero character cards 10 or more damage in a single round, destroy this card”. this card should be treated as if it had “… since this card entered play” in the text, meaning it starts tracking the hp dealt from the point it enters play, not from the actual beginning of the round. This is different from most cards that track things which happen during a turn or round (see under “timing” for more information). Title Timing

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