Hi there, everyone! I’m writing this blog post to make sure everyone understands a mechanic that was added relatively recently to The Red Dragon Inn: ending your turn via a card effect.
There are currently three cards that can do this: Kaylin’s “I need some Private Pixie Time”, Wizgille’s gear card “Uh oh! I’d better fix that right now,” and Erin’s Tree form.
So, what does it mean to end your turn? Well, Erin’s rules summarize this idea nicely. When your turn ends at a time when it normally wouldn’t:
- Players may not play any more cards this turn.
- Any cards that have been played but have not yet resolved are discarded and do not take effect.
- The current Phase ends and all future Phases in your turn are skipped. (This means you can skip drinking if you end your turn before your Drink Phase!)
- If a Round of Gambling is underway, the anted Gold goes to the Inn.
That second bullet is worth discussing further. It basically means that ending your turn at an opportune time can cancel one or more other cards. Here’s an example: Erin reveals Wine as her drink for the turn. Gerki spikes it with “Slip a mickey”, then in response, just to twist the dagger a bit, Fiona plays “Tip the Wench” on Erin. Erin plays “Wildshape” and turns into a tree. This ends her turn, which makes all the other cards go away! Pretty handy, right?
Here’s an important thing to remember, though: any card, even one that would end the turn, can be responded to before it resolves! This can cause the turn to continue, since the effect that would end the turn never happens.
Example 1: Kaylin plays “I need some Private Pixie Time” to attempt to end her turn. In response, Wizgille plays “I didn’t activate my temporal dilation field. It’s just deja vu,” and reveals “Wow! That actually did what I expected it to.” as her gear (so it resolves normally). Since Wizgille’s card Negates Kaylin’s card, Kaylin’s turn does not end.
Example 2: Wizgille reveals Elven Wine with a chaser of Dragon’s Breath Ale as her drink for the turn. Since this would knock her out, she plays “This device can turn alcohol into gold! Watch!” to attempt to Ignore the drink and gain 3 gold. For her gear, she reveals “Uh oh! I’d better fix that right now.” She’s still pretty happy with this outcome, since her drink will just go away. However, in response to her geared-up “alcohol into gold,” Dimli plays “I don’t think so!” Since a device card and its associated gear card count as one big card effect, Dimli’s “I don’t think so!” Negates the entire thing–including the part that would end Wizgille’s turn! Wizgille will have to take her drink normally and will pass out if she doesn’t have some other way to deal with it.
So, that’s how this recent new mechanic works. I hope this post was helpful for you all. Remember, ending your turn can be a very powerful and useful effect if you can time it properly, but a card that ends your turn can potentially be Negated just like any other.
Until next time, SlugFest Rules!