I recently built a Stark/Greyjoy Alliance Shadows/Winter deck (strange, I know).
My wife objected to my interpretations of a few wordings, I'm looking for others to weigh in.
The first question involves the behavior of Guardian Wolf, who's ability reads:
Challenges: Pay the rest of Guardian Wolf's cost to bring it out of Shadows, knelt, as a participant on your side in any challenge in which you control at least 1 participating Lord or Lady character.
I interpret this to mean that Guardian Wolf does not need to have the appropriate Icons for the challenge. My understand has always been that challenge Icons are only required to be declared an attacker or defender, and I believe FFG has always supported this view.
Okay, the next issues was the interaction between character like Guardian Wolf and Meera reed, with Hidden Chambers.
Hidden Chambers reads:
If it is Winter, reduce the cost to bring your cards out of Shadows by 1. If it is Summer, return Hidden Chambers to your hand.
I was using it so that cards like Guardian Wolf and Meera Reed were popping out of Shadows using their triggered abilities for the reduced cost with Hidden Chambers. My wife argued that since I wasn't "bringing them out of Shadows", but was activating an ability to bring them out of Shadows, their gold cost was part of the cost of activating the ability, not the cost of bringing them out of Shadows.
The next question involved Duplicates for Shadows characters. The rules mention that a Duplicate of a Unique character already in shadows must be paid for, and brought out to be used to back up the character... but what if it's still in your hand? Since attaching a duplicate isn't really playing a card, I don't see a problem with people attaching Duplicates from their hand for free. Has anyone encountered a ruling on this?
And finally, an issue that arose from Scorched Earth, which reads:
Non-Army characters do not count their STR during the first challenge initiated each round.
Well, upon reading in the core rules how Challenges are initiated, it sounds like you could initiate a challenge by announcing a type, and a target, but then NOT keeling any attacking characters. This would have the benefit of eating up Scorched Earth without kneeling any characters ... but it strikes me as not quite in tune with the overall tone of the game. Has anyone encountered this idea before?