It's fine to extend off the 'dead-ended' Jinteki/Haas piece. The only requirements are that 1) the piece be attached to another piece, 2) it be placed within the puzzle area, and 3) _A_ line, any line, on any puzzle piece, is extended.
Hi am new here and this is my first post:
We ran into a situation that is just that: A Haas piece was placed on a line that extended from the conspiracy and connected the haas to the conspiracy.
Now the question arized if it is a dead end, that meaning you cant extend from this haas tile further and link other groups to the conspiracy OR
if you can place further tiles on the 2nd line of the haas tile, and make more links between other groups and the conspiracy going through the haas tile.
Having remembered that i read this thread about the situation, i said that kevin wilson answered that and you can place tiles on the second line, however i was surprised to see in the rulebook that in the scoring example, page 38, the group in the upper left corner was considered not connected.
To be more precise: I will split the question into 2:
Is a group that is connected to the conspiracy ONLY via a haas/jinteki puzzle piece giving its bonus or not? (is that 1 link?)
Is it even possible to place tiles that link to a line of haas/jinteki puzzle piece?