So you're saying that cards like the Long Lances can respond to themseves?
Yes. That is exactly what I am saying.
What you're saying is that putting something into play creates a response window and because the card is already in play, it can trigger it's response?
Yes. That is the way this game works. When a Response window/opportunity is created, it stays open and available throughout the entire
action window. The opportunity to Respond doesn't go away until the action window closes. As a result, you can play Responses in any order.
You do not, for example, have to play all your Responses to winning/losing a challenge before you ever get a chance to play your Responses to claiming power for Renown. This is because each action window has a single step
for all Responses - you don't even get a chance to Respond to winning/losing the challenge until the power for Renown has been claimed!
I guess it seemed to me that something was coming into play until it was in play. Once it was in play it could trigger it's responses, but once it is in play, it's no longer coming into play, so it wouldn't be able to trigger off it's own entering play.
You may want to read these Responses again. The Response is always worded "After
a card comes out of Shadows…". So this idea that you Respond "as" the card is in the process
of "coming out of Shadows" makes no sense to me. You Respond "after" the card comes out of Shadows - effectively to make sure that it actually does
make it out of Shadows.
So, since the Response opportunity, which stays open and available through the entire window, is created "after" the card comes out of Shadows, and the card itself is fully in play "after" it comes out of Shadows, what's the conceptual difficulty that the card that came out of Shadows is now in play, able to trigger its own Response, and staring at an available "after a card comes out of Shadows" Response opportunity?