Ok so I've been thinking about the discard stalemate problem, here's what I just thought up. What do you guys think?
Discard Cards from Hand
If a player has no mercenary cards, he must discard his hand.
End of round
If one or no players have any cards left, the round ends. If one player does have cards, he may keep up to two and discard the rest.
This means, in order to keep cards, you need to be the last one with at least one merc.
Players without merc cards might well like to keep their bishop, winter, surrender cards etc, especially if they have a pact with another player to help them. And might even expect to win a battle with a heroine card. This rule says 'tough;.
From a 'fluffy' point of view, could you hang onto your bishops, drummers, even heroines between battles without some kind of escort force to protect them?
But would this rule seriously damage the game?