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Ghost

In that darkest night at the old mansion an eerie light shone through the attic windows... even though no one was home. Ethereal ghosts gain power by having less of the tangible world. The faster you empty your hand, the stronger these spooks become!

- Awesome Level 9000 rulebook

The Ghosts are one of the 4 factions from the Awesome Level 9000 set.

The Ghost faction features effects that are triggered by the player having less cards in their hand (usually two or less).

Cards Edit

Ghosts

The Ghosts have the usual 10 minions and 10 actions. The total minion base power (not counting any abilities) is unusually low at only 28 or an average of 2.8 per minion compared to the usual 30 and 3.

Minions Edit

1x Spectre - power 5 - Special: If you have 2 or fewer cards in your hand, any time you can play a minion, you can play this card from your discard pile instead.

2x Haunting - power 3 - Ongoing: If you have two or fewer cards in your hand, this minion has +3 power and is not affected by other players' cards.

3x Spirit - power 3 - Choose a minion. You may discard cards equal to its power to destroy it.

4x Ghost - power 2 - You may discard a card from your hand.

Actions Edit

1x Across the Divide - Choose a card name. Place any number of minions with that name from your discard pile into your hand.

1x Door to the Beyond - Play on a base. Ongoing: If you have two or fewer cards in your hand, each of your minions here has +2 power.

2x Ghostly Arrival - You may play an extra minion and/or an extra action.

2x Incorporeal - Play on one of your minions. Ongoing: This minion is not affected by other players' cards.

1x Make Contact - You can only play this card if it is the last card in your hand. Play on a minion. Ongoing: Treat this minion as yours while it and this card are in play.

1x Séance - If you have 2 or fewer cards in your hand, draw until you have 5 cards.

1x Shady Deal - If you have two or fewer cards in your hand, gain 1 VP.

1x The Dead Rise - Discard any number of cards. Play an extra minion from your discard pile with power less than the number of cards you discarded.

Ghosts

Bases Edit

Mechanics Edit

Ghosts are unusual in that unlike almost any other deck, they gain advantages from having a small hand. Many ghost minions and action benefit you to have a hand side of two or less. This makes ghosts good at having the base break on their turn, having a large hand size while it suits them and discarding it all when it wins them the base. Many ghost cards are more useful as fodder discards then being played.

Because of this, ghost actually often want to have a large hand size, and have a couple minions and actions that assist in recouping their hand after shrinking it. As well as certain cards that allow rapidly reducing the size.

To supplement the decrease in hand size (and thus, options) ghosts have a couple of ways to play minions from the discard pile, as well as a way to gain a victory points directly.

FAQ Edit

Questions on Spectre Edit

Q: How do you actually play Spectre's special ability?

A: Whenever you have a minion play you can spend (either your free minion play, or an extra minion play), and if you have two or fewer cards in hand and Spectre in your discard pile, you can spend a minion play to play Spectre from the discard pile. Note that Spectre must still fit the conditions for playing the minion. (e.g. power restriction, having the same name as another minion, etc.)[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: Before a base scores, I activate my Shinobi's Special and jump on the base. Can I use Spectre's Special instead of the Shinobi's? Like, I'll show my Shinobi to the opponents and then, "I'll play my Spectre from the discard pile instead"?

A: No. You can only use Spectre's ability if you can play "a" minion, that is any minion under normal circumstances. You cannot play Spectre if an ability refers to a specific minion (here "this minion", i.e. Shinobi) because Spectre isn't that minion (Spectre still needs to fit the conditions for the minion play) and because Shinobi doesn't give you an extra minion to play, rather it tells you to play it while counting itself as an extra minion; the extra minion play is never "banked" or "saved" for you to use.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: I activate my Tenacious Z's Special from the discard pile. Can I use Spectre's Special instead of the Tenacious Z's?

A: No. Like Shinobi, you can only use Spectre's ability if you can play "a" minion, that is any minion under normal circumstances. You cannot play Spectre if an ability refers to a specific minion (here "this minion", i.e. Tenacious Z) because Spectre isn't "that" minion and because Tenacious Z doesn't give you an extra minion to play, rather it tells you to play it while counting itself as an extra minion; the extra minion play is never "banked" or "saved" for you to use.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: How about The Dead Rise? If you discard a card, you can theoretically play a minion of power 0. Could you play Spectre this way?

A: No. Spectre's ability changes the source of your minion play to the discard pile, but it doesn't change any restrictions for playing the minion. With the way you use The Dead Rise, the minion you play must be of power 0. Spectre doesn't fit this condition, therefore, you cannot play Spectre this way.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: When they say "any" minion play, do you have to have a minion to play? If a base says play an extra minion of power two or less (e.g. The Homeworld), and you have no cards, can you play Spectre, even though you can't play a minion otherwise?[1]

A: When they say "any time you can play a minion", it means whenever you have a minion play to spend to play any minion (either your free minion, or an extra minion), you can spend it and play Spectre from your discard pile. You don't have to have a minion card in your hand to play, just a minion play you can spend. It's been officially confirmed that while the card says "any time", Spectre must still fit the requirements to play the minion, so in your example, you cannot play Spectre this way, because the minion you play must be of power 2 or less.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: I play a Zapbot. Can I spend its extra minion play to play Spectre from my discard pile?

A: No. It's been confirmed that Spectre must still fit the requirements for playing the minion, here a minion of power 2 or less.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: If I have not played a minion, have 2 cards in my hand, and Spectre is in my discard pile, but, I don't have a minion in my hand, can I play Spectre?

A: Yes. Whether or not, you have a minion in your hand, since you have a free minion play you can spend, you can spend it to play Spectre.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: I interpret this card to only be playable if it is either the first minion played on your turn, or an ability on another minion or action allowed you to play this minion. Opponent argues that merely having 2 or fewer cards allows the card to be played, even if a minion was already played. Who is right?

A: You are right. On Spectre's card, it clearly says "any time you can play a minion". If you've used up all your minion plays, you cannot play a minion anymore, so Spectre's ability cannot be activated.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: I play Hoverbot and reveal a minion from the top of my deck, so I can play a minion. Can I not play it and play Spectre from my discard pile instead?

A: No. Here, the minion play is restricted to the minion you revealed ("play it as an extra minion"). Spectre's ability cannot be used because the minion play is about a specific minion, and because Hoverbot doesn't give you an extra minion play. (if you don't play the revealed minion, the minion play isn't saved for another card)[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.


Questions on Haunting Edit

Q: When does the ability of Haunting kick in?

A: Any time you have two cards or less in hand. Likewise, they turn off as soon as you have three or more cards in hand. This is checked constantly.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Spirit Edit

Q: Can I choose to destroy a minion in my hand?

A: No. The minion you choose must be in play.

Rule: "A minion" means "any minion in play".

Q: With the Spirit minion's ability, can I discard minions/actions that are already in play? If not, why does Ghost specify "a card from your hand" and not Spirit?

A: No. When a card tells you to discard a card, it comes from your hand unless it says otherwise. The Ghost's text is actually redundant; it could just say "You may discard a card", but then you would also be left wondering if you could discard a card in play using Ghost's ability.

Rule: Unless otherwise specified, discarding cards refers to cards in your hand.

Q: When the Spirit's ability resolves, does it refer to the number of cards I discard, or the total power worth of cards I discard?

A: It refers to the number of cards you discard, regardless of their power or whether they are minion/action cards. To destroy a minion with a power of 2, you will need to discard two cards from your hand.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Can the Spirit card target any minion regardless of what base I play it on?

A: Yes. It doesn't matter where the targeted minion is.

Rule: "A minion" means "any minion in play".

Q: Can "Spirit" choose a minion and discard fewer cards than the minion's power, because i do not have the same number of cards in my hand? For example, I choose a minion of power 3, but I have only two cards in my hand. Can I discard the two cards, even without being able to destroy the 3 power minion?

A: No. If you can't discard enough cards, then you can't discard any.

Rule: When a card says "You may do X to do Y", if effect "X" cannot be done completely for any reason, you can't do either "X" or "Y".

Q: Can I play a Spirit and discard three cards to "destroy" a 3-power minion even though it won't actually be destroyed?

A: Yes. You've discarded the required number of cards, so the destruction can happen, but then the destruction fails.

Rule: The card you target may be immune to the effects of the ability you are performing, but it is still a valid target.

Q: Can Spirit target itself? My thinking was it doesn't say 'any other minion' or 'opponent's minion'

A: You're right. Spirit can target itself.

Rule: "A minion" means "any minion in play".


Questions on Ghost Edit

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Questions on Across the Divide Edit

Q: I played the Across the Divide action card and choose the card name "Microbot" and then picked up all the card names with Microbot from the discard pile. Am I allowed to do that?

A: Actually, no card is named "Microbot". Some cards have "Microbot" in their name, but that's not their name.

Rule: N/A


Questions on Door to the Beyond Edit

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base, so if I have two cards or fewer in my hand, my minions there get +2 power, right?

A: No. Your opponent played the action, so they control it, and therefore the action only addresses them and the ability must be interpreted from their point of view. So this ability should be interpreted as "If they have two or fewer cards in their hand, each of their minions here has +2 power."
Rule: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.
Q: When does the ability of Door to the Beyond kick in?

A: Any time you have two cards or less in hand. Likewise, they turn off as soon as you have three or more cards in hand. This is checked constantly.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Ghostly Arrival Edit

Q: What are the choices available when you play Ghostly Arrival?

A: You can play one extra minion, or one extra action, or both, or none at all.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Say I play a minion and then this action. Am I entitled to then play another action and another minion or just one or the other?

A: You can play both an extra action and an extra minion.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Incorporeal Edit

Q: I have a minion with Incorporeal attached to it. Can an opponent play the Poison action card on it?

A: No. The first part of Poison is to play it on the minion, which Incorporeal prevents as part of the definition of affect.

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: I have a minion with Incorporeal attached to it. An opponent has Steam Queen, can they play the Poison action card on it (Steam Queen would protect it from Incorporeal)?

A: No. Preventing an action from being played doesn't count as affecting that action, so Steam Queen doesn't protect against this.

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: I gain control of an opponent's minion with Make Contact. I then play Incorporeal on that minion. Later, someone destroys Make Contact with an ability, like Disenchant. Does Incorporeal "fall off" as it is no longer attached to a minion controlled by the controller? If Incorporeal doesn't "fall off," who are the "other players" that can't affect the minion now?

A: Incorporeal remains attached. "Play on one of your minions" is only a restriction for when you play the action. Also, while the minion changes controller, Incorporeal doesn't change controller. Incorporeal's controller remains the one who played it and anyone else will be treated as another player for Incorporeal's ability. So the minion cannot be affected by any player's card (including the minion itself), except by Incorporeal's controller's cards.

Rule: An action on a minion doesn't change controller when the minion does.

Q: Can an action be transferred away from a minion that cannot be affected? I would say that yes, it can, since un-attaching actions is still not included. This would mean that I can use Tinx to steal an Incorporeal, or another action on a minion protected by Incorporeal.

A: You're right. Transferring an action away from a minion doesn't count as affecting that minion, so you can steal actions from a minion that cannot be affected. BUT, while you can steal Incorporeal from another player's minion with Tinx, Incorporeal won't change controller. Tinx then becomes unaffectable "by other player's cards", "other players" being players that are not Incorporeal's controller (including you), and so it will also make Tinx unaffectable by your own cards.

Rule 1: Definition of "affect". Transferring an action away from a minion doesn't count as affecting the minion.

Rule 2: When you transfer an action, it doesn't change controller.

Rule 3: "Other players" on a minion or action means everyone except the controller of the minion or action.

Q: I have a minion with Incorporeal on a base with an opponent's minion and Entangled (so my minion cannot be moved or returned). Can I still play a card to move or return my minion and have Incorporeal protect it against Entangled?

A: You can play a card to move or return your minion, but Entangled would prevent it. Incorporeal cannot do anything about it because preventing a minion from moving or returning doesn't count as affecting it.

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: I have a First Mate with Incorporeal on it. An opponent plays Entangled and a minion on First Mate's base (so First Mate cannot be moved or returned). They then proceed to break the base with First Mate. Because Incorporeal doesn't protect against Entangled, the First Mate would have to be discarded. Would I be correct in that?

A: Actually, no, the First Mate can be moved. The reason is, while you activate its ability during the after-scoring step, it's only resolved when all the cards are discarded from the base. At that moment, Entangled doesn't have any effect on First Mate anymore.[2]

Rule: During the Score Bases step where the cards are discarded, all the cards are discarded simultaneously. That's when the cards with "instead of the discard pile" are resolved.

Q: If I move my minion with Incorporeal a base with Sleep Spores on it, the Incorporeal would also not protect it from Sleep Spores because it is not affecting it by the definition of affect. Again is that fair to say?

A: The definition of "affect" has been updated to include "change of power". So, Incorporeal would now protect your minion from Sleep Spores.

Rule: Definition of "affect"

Q: Can an Incorporeal minion be put on the bottom of its owner's deck using Disintegrator? Putting something on the bottom of a deck isn't under affect as well so I would assume yes.

A: The definition of "affect" has been updated to include "place". So, Incorporeal would now protect your minion from Disintegrator.

Rule: Definition of "affect"

Q: Can my minion with Incorporeal be moved to the Mushroom Kingdom? Incorporeal says that your minion isn't affected by other players' cards but Mushroom Kingdom isn't another player's card so I would assume it can be moved.

A: Yes. Incorporeal protects against other players' cards, which doesn't include the bases.

Rule: A base isn't any player's card.

Q: My opponent plays Sleep Spores on a base with my Ghost. My Ghost now has -1 power. On my turn, I play Incorporeal on it. Under my understanding of what affect means, the Incorporeal will not retroactively prevent the -1 power from the Sleep Spores. It already happened. Incorporeal will block further changes in power. Is that correct?

A: No. Before you play Incorporeal, Sleep Spores is considered as already "affecting" your minion (its power is being changed), so once you play Incorporeal, it can block it and restore your minion's power.

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: If my minion already has an action on it played by another player, would playing Incorporeal on it remove their action?

A: Since "having an action attached" is considered as "being affected", Incorporeal may retroactively unattach it and therefore make you discard it. To be confirmed. TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: I'm given control of another player's minion because of their cards. (e.g. Sneaky Squire, Flower Child) If I play Incorporeal on it, does it retroactively give them back control of their minion? As "affected" includes "changed in controller" and because control was changed because of another player's card, Incorporeal should restore control of this minion to their original controller, right?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD


Questions on Make Contact Edit

Q: If I have only two action cards in my hand (no other cards), one of which is Make Contact and I play the other action card first, I now have only Make Contact in my hand (the last card), can I play it?

A: Only if you still have an action play left to spend (either your free action, or an extra action). If you've spent your last action play to play the other action, or if you only had one action play to begin with (your free action), then you cannot play Make Contact.

Rule: You must have an action play to play a non-Special action.

Q: If I control another player's minion with Make Contact, and the minion gets destroyed or returned to hand or deck, to which player's discard pile/hand/deck does the minion go back to?

A: It goes back to the original owner.

Rule: When a card leaves play, the card goes back to its owner's hand, deck, or discard pile.

Q: When using the action Make Contact, do you also take the target minion's ability? If I used it on General Ivan, are my minions safe from being destroyed as long as General Ivan and the card are in play?

A: Yes, the minion is now considered yours and so are its abilities. You can use its Ongoing, Talent or Special abilities normally, though you can't use their on-play abilities.

Rule: "Your minion" means "a minion that you control".

Q: Could I have used either Banner Call or Foot of the King to permanently regain control of my former minion, despite an opponent's Make Contact being connected to it?

A: No. You can use a card to take control of it, but Make Contact would prevent it because its ability allows the player to take control and keep control of it.

Rule: An Ongoing ability lasts for as long as the card is in play.

Q: Ghost player plays Make Contact on a minion controlled by a Pirate player, for the sake of argument... Saucy Wench. Pirate Player plays Sea Dogs. Now, if they played it with the intent of moving Saucy Wench, now controlled by the Ghost player, could they say "Pirate"?

A: Sure. Sea Dogs has no restriction on which faction you can name. You can name one of your own factions or a faction that isn't used in this game.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: I played Make Contact on a Ninja Acolyte. If I trigger Ninja Acolyte, it goes back to its original owner's hand, right? But I get to use the "play an extra minion" since I was the one that triggered the effect, right?

A: Yes to both. You're the one who controlled it, so you get to use its ability as written.

Rule 1: When a card leaves play, the card goes back to its owner's hand, deck, or discard pile.

Rule 2: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.

Q: Make Contact is in play. I have Cellular Bonding in my hand. Can I play Cellular Bonding and copy Make Contact even if Cellular Bonding isn't the last card in my hand?

A: Yes. Make Contact's restriction is only for playing the card. When Cellular Bonding is used to copy Make Contact, Cellular Bonding is already in play, so the restriction can be ignored.

Rule: N/A

Q: I played Make Contact onto a minion. Then, another player plays Cellular Bonding onto the same minion and copies my Make Contact. Who controls the minion?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: I played Make Contact onto a minion. Before a base scores, another player plays The Base is Not Enough and targets the same minion. Who controls the minion?

A: The played who played Make Contact. Make Contact allows you to take and keep control of the minion. The Base is Not Enough only allows you to take control of a minion, if someone else plays a card to take control of it, The Base is Not Enough is not enough (pun intended) to keep it.

Rule: An Ongoing ability lasts for as long as the card is in play.

Q: What happens when a Jumper with Make Contact is discarded?

A: The player who played Make Contact is the one under control of the Jumper's ability, so they decide whether to discard it or to have it returned to its owner's hand. It says "your hand", but the rule is that it will be returned to its owner's hand, not yours, if you choose that option.

Rule 1: When a card leaves play, the card goes back to its owner's hand, deck, or discard pile.

Rule 2: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.

Q: I play Make Contact on another player's G.E.L.F. What happens when I use its talent?

A: You're G.E.L.F.'s controller, so its ability applies to you. You first search your deck for a non-G.E.L.F. minion of power 4 or less. G.E.L.F is shuffled into its owner's deck, not yours! Because G.E.L.F. left play, you must discard Make Contact. Then, you play the minion you searched for on G.E.L.F.'s former base. And finally, while it's not stated on the card, you're supposed to shuffle your deck because you looked through it (needs to be confirmed, but seems like common sense TBD).

Rule 1: When a card leaves play, the card goes back to its owner's hand, deck, or discard pile.

Rule 2: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.

Rule 3: When a card leaves play, discard attachments.

Q: I play Mass Enchantment, and another player reveals Make Contact. Can I ignore Make Contact's restriction and play it?

A: If you strictly consider Make Contact's wording, it must be in your hand and be the last card in your hand to be played, so the answer may be no. To be confirmed. TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: I play It's Astounding. Can I use it to play Make Contact from my discard pile?

A: If you strictly consider Make Contact's wording, it must be in your hand and be the last card in your hand to be played, so the answer may be no. To be confirmed. TBD

Rule: TBD
Q: I play Make Contact. If someone plays Wil Wheaton to interrupt me, can I take control of Wil Wheaton with Make Contact or is it discarded?
A: If someone plays Wil Wheaton, then you must resolve it entirely before being able to do anything. So Will Wheaton discards Make Contact without any effect, so you can't take control of Wil Wheaton with Make Contact, or any other minions for that matter.
Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Séance Edit

Q: I have three cards in my hand, and I play Séance... do I have two cards in hand now, or is the played card "still in my hand?"

A: Once you play a card, it is no longer in your hand. You play the action, then check if you have two cards or less then.

Rule: Once you play a card, it is no longer in your hand.


Questions on Shady Deal Edit

Q: I have three cards in my hand, and I play Shady Deal... do I have two cards in hand now, or is the played card "still in my hand?"

A: Once you play a card, it is no longer in your hand. You play the action, then check if you have two cards or less then.

Rule: Once you play a card, it is no longer in your hand.


Questions on The Dead Rise Edit

Q: If I discard say 4 cards, can I play a minion of power 4 or less from my discard pile?

A: No. The minion must have strictly less power than the number of discarded cards, so it would be power 3 or less, not 4 or less.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Can the extra minion be among the discarded cards?

A: Yes. When you play the extra minion, it would already be in your discard pile and therefore be eligible.

Rule: Cards are resolved entirely.

Q: Can I discard one card and play a power-0 minion from my discard pile?

A: Yes.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Can I discard zero card and still play an extra minion?

A: No. If you discard 0 cards, the extra minion must have a power (strictly) less than 0, and there are currently no such minion.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Trivia Edit

  • The artist is Yating Sun.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 https://boardgamegeek.com/article/23716024#23716024
  2. https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/16041896#16041896

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