We had a 5 players match last night and because we havent played WK since September we had a few problems with some of the rules
1. Head of Church and events
The rules state that "when "important event" is revelead, the Head of the Church chooses a Baron to draw and resolve the top event card. If the top card ir red the HEad may draw it himself or he may pay 1 faith to choose an opponent to draw it.
a) i dont understand the reason why it is stated like this, but why is it necessary to choose a player to draw a card if the Head of the Church could do it himself instead since he has the opportunity to allocate the event to another player? it would make more sense if the HotC chose the Baron that would draw the card AND be the target of the event, harmful or not.
b) if i read it correctly, a Baron can cancel a continuous harmful event in another turn after it has been played by paying 1 additional faith right?
2. Assembly phase
During and assembly, you receive your votes before having an opportunity to, for example, rescind a ban on a Baron. If the barons decide to rescind a ban, can that baron still participate in that assembly? If he participates, does he get the chance to receive votes or not?
3. Regular troops
a) The rules state that "regular troops are never discarded casualties". So, if i have a casualty token in one of them and the noble dies, i simply remove that token and that's it?
b) If i dont have any money at all, i cant pay wages. I know what happens to mercenaries, but not paying any wages has any effect on regular troops?
4. Bargaining and favours
The rules say that you can pay another player to spend votes or faith in certain way, but you cannot trade actual votes or faith tokens.
a) I'm not sure about this, but this rule says that you cannot simply buy 1 faith (example) from another baron; you can only pay for the action of using 1 faith BECAUSE you want to prevent (example) something, i.e., you have to bargain for a real reason right?
b) can you "pay" by saying something like "i'll help you against X if you help me win with 1 faith" i.e., without having to pay with coins?
c) Can someone ask for money or something useful just to let pass a noble through his territory?
a) If exhausted nobles are attacked, can they still use their abilities?
b) If 2 enemy nobles meet in a neutral city, this battle is considered an open battle between the two?
6. Flow of the game
this is not an actual question but a situation that arose from the game. It was the 1st time we played with 5 barons (my previous experiences were with only 2 players) and some in my group thought that even with 5 barons the game didnt offer a lot of encounters between the nobles.
Let me explain briefly how the game went:
3 barons placed 4 nobles on the table, 1 3 nobles and 1 with only 2. Everyone but 1 baron chose 1 overseas city to assault. So we had 17 nobles on the table, 13 of them on the kingdom map. End of turn 1 i had 2 cities already and was sieging another, 1 other baron had 1 city and there were a lot of sieging going on. Turn 2 most of the sieging ended, and i sieged two other cities and the other baron which conquered 1 city in turn 1 assaulted and conquered another city. By the end of turn 3, i had 5 cities already and my 2 main challenger had only 3 cities. By this time i decided that, ok, im gonna build up my position since this game is going to end in a turn or two and im currently leading by 3/4 influence points.
The thing is, since they saw that there were still neutral cities availabe they decided that they should go for it instead of trying to prevent my predictable victory. They argued, at the end, that the nobles moved very slow and i stated that the rule is to use roads when possible or that they could use ports as a way to instantly move from one point to another very quickly.
In your first games did you experienced this kind of issues with your buddies? later, did you evolve to a more aggressive style of play and, as a result, saw more battles between nobles?
thanks for the feedback