Publisher diary 3/5
The 3rd part of our publisher diary will be focused on a few Influence cards abilities. The remaining Influence cards and Heroes abilities will be revealed in the last part, with the scoring phase.
Don’t forget that you can trigger Influence abilities each round as long as you control the most of them and. Heroes abilities are one-time effects that occur the round you play them only and you don’t need to control the most of them.
When we explain the rules of NINE during conventions, we proceed this way: Cards that give resources, Narashima and the Hero cards, Cards with specific abilities, like Justice, Galmi or Byun Hyung Ja
Tomorrow is a rare card (2 copies in the deck), which makes Chaos tokens a coveted resource in comparison to Military and Science tokens. Playing Tomorrow at the beginning of the game gives you a rare resource but draws your opponent’s attention. Playing Tomorrow at the end of the game is very powerful for his extra draw ability but you will not score a lot of VP by controlling the most Tomorrow cards (2VP only).
Phoenix’s Command phase ability costs a precious Culture token but can be very powerful in some situations :
The destruction ability of Goan-Sul is very powerful for obvious reasons: removing an opposing majority, gaining one, slowing down an opponent who is on their way to winning the game, etc. However, the cost to use this ability cannot be neglected: you are risking losing the Military Supremacy token (4VP if you control the mot Military tokens at the end of the game) if it is used often and you give your opponent the opportunity to gain a Diamond thanks to Xi’an (see below) or to copy you Goan-Sul ability with a Hero named Fenghuang!
Each coin is worth 1VP at the end of the game, which means Abhilasha scores slowly, regularly and discretely VPs each round with a strong incentive not to steal his coins if you don’t want him to steal them back. Do not hesitate to stop that player’s progression early on as Abhilasha is a strong way to score VPs with a low number of cards (most of the time 1 or 2 Abhilasha cards are enough).
Xi’an first ability gives him a lot of flexibility and can be powerful is some situations: If you do not control any Military token but the most Goan-Sul cards, you may swap one of your tokens with a Military one from the supply and then trigger Goan-Sul’s destruction ability! There are only 5 tokens of each type (Military, Science, Chaos and Coins): you may swap one of your tokens to create a penury for your opponents who play after you and who will not be able to gain the resource they need. If your coin is about to be stolen by Abhilasha, swap it with another token from the supply!
Xi’an second ability is very powerful as you will gain 5VP, but you will leave room for your opponents to score Supremacies at the end of the game …
Xi’an may protect you from Goan-Sul destruction ability in a way: if you control a Science and a Chaos token, your opponent will not be willing to destroy one of your cards as you will now have the Military token you needed to gain a Diamond!
Next week, we will reveal the last cards abilities and explain how to win the game ...
The SWAF team