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Can’t leave a good base alone, the Steampunks will add new abilities to bases to help your strategies. - AEG

Jules Verne once said, "Hey, Steampunks. Nice threads." Ever since that fateful day, these retronauts have been classing up the joint everywhere they go. Any base in the game will look smarter and be just a bit friendlier for full-on Steampunk domination.

- Awesome Level 9000 rulebook

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

Steampunks specialize in "play on a base" actions.

Other factions from the same set: Bear Cavalry, Ghosts, Killer Plants.

Cards Edit

Steampunks

The Steampunks have the usual 10 minions and 10 actions. The total minion base power (not counting any abilities) is the usual 30 or an average of 3 per minion. Also note that some abilities (Steam Man, Rotary Slug Thrower) boost minion power beyond its base value.

Minions Edit

1x Steam Queen - power 5 - Ongoing: Your actions are not affected by other players' cards.

2x Mechanic - power 4 - Choose an action in your discard pile that can be played on a base and play it as an extra action.

3x Steam Man - power 3 - Ongoing: Has +1 power if this base has one of your actions played on it.

4x Captain Ahab - power 2 - Talent: Move this minion to a base that has one of your actions played on it.

Actions Edit

1x Aggromotive - Play on a base. Ongoing: If you have a minion here, you have +5 power here.

1x Change of Venue - Place one of your actions that is on a base or minion into your hand. Play it again as an extra action.

1x Difference Engine - Play on a base. Ongoing: If you have a minion here, draw an extra card at the end of your turn.

1x Escape Hatch - Play on a base. Ongoing: When your minions here are destroyed, place them into your hand instead of the discard pile.

1x Ornate Dome - Play on a base. Destroy all other players' actions played here. Ongoing: Other players cannot play actions on this base.

1x Rotary Slug Thrower - Play on a base. Ongoing: Your minions here each have +2 power.

2x Scrap Diving - Place an action from your discard pile into your hand.

2x Zeppelin - Play on a base. Talent: Move one of your minions from another base to here, or from here to another base.

Steampunk

Bases Edit

Mechanics Edit

Steampunkers are all about base actions. They have a couple base actions that are incredibly powerful, and many others that serve as a strong support. They also have a strong subskill of mobility between bases with actions played on them.

While they lack the abbility to find actions in their deck, they have many ways to keep them around once in play with many ways to bring them back from the discard pile to keep using them. In the same vein they have abilities to protect their actions from other peoples interference. This allows them to make many bases inherently favor themselves significantly, in the pursuit of winning them.

FAQ Edit

Questions on Steam Queen Edit

Q: Does Steam Queen only protects actions on her base and actions on minions on her base?

A: Not only. Any of your actions in play are protected.

Rule: "Your action" means "an action that you control".

Q: Does Steam Queen prevent actions on a base from being Terraformed away?

A: No. Terraforming does none of the things that are included in the definition of "affect" to actions played on the targeted base.

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: If you play Steam Queen, then play the Incorporeal action card on it, is it safe to say that this combo is invulnerable to anything?

A: This combo is certainly protected from a lot that can come from other players' cards, but it's not protected against your actions, nor against their base scoring (which would remove it from play), nor against bases' abilities. (e.g. Ninja Dojo, Mushroom Kingdom, The Deep, No-Moon™)

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

Q: I have Steam Queen, and an opponent has a minion that cannot be affected by my actions (e.g. Wildlife Preserve, Incorporeal, or just cannot be destroyed with General Ivan). Can I play an action to affect those minions and have Steam Queen prevent their card from blocking their effect?

A: No. Your action affects those minions so their card blocks it. Preventing an action from affecting cards doesn't count as affecting the action, so Steam Queen doesn't protect against this.

Rule: Definition of "affect". Preventing an effect doesn't count.

Q: I have Steam Queen, and an opponent has Secret Agent. Can I play an action and have Steam Queen protect me from discarding a card? Secret Agent is adding an effect to my action after all.

A: No. Secret Agent doesn't do anything to your action. It doesn't add an effect, it just triggers from you playing an action. Forcing you to discard a card isn't something it does to your action, and it certainly isn't included in the definition of "affect".

Rule: Definition of "affect".

Q: Can Steam Queen protect your actions against Wil Wheaton and Force of Wil?

A: No. Wil Wheaton and Force of Wil makes you discard the action without resolving the effect. Discarding the action isn't included the definition of "affect". Not resolving the effect is merely a result of forcing you to discard the card and not the same as a cancellation.

Rule: Definition of "affect". Discarding the card doesn't count.


Questions on Mechanic Edit

Q: What kind of action cards can Mechanic get from the discard pile?

A: Only action cards with the words "play on a base" as part of its ability. Action cards with abilities that let you "choose a base", or more generally actions that do something to a base without having to be played on it, don't count.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: Do I have to play the extra action on Mechanic's base?

A: No, you can play it on any base.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Do I have to play the extra action? And do I have to play it immediately or can I save it for later?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: Can a Mechanic be used to pull Rampage from the discard pile?

A: No. Rampage isn't an action that is played on a base.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: I play Mechanic on a base with Flame Trap. I resolve Mechanic's ability, pull Ornate Dome from the discard pile and play it on Mechanic's base to destroy Flame Trap. Is my Mechanic still destroyed by Flame Trap?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD


Questions on Steam Man Edit

Q: Does Steam Man's ability turn off when I control two or more actions attached to that base? Or does it get +1 power per action I control attached to that base?

A: As long as you have at least one action attached to the base that Steam Man is on, it gets +1 power. Controlling more than one action on that base will neither turn off the ability, nor give additional power boosts.[1]

Rule: Do exactly what the card official answer says.

Q: An opponent uses Mass Enchantment and plays one of my "play on a base" action from the top of my deck. I play a Steam Man on that action's base. Since it's originally "my" action, Steam Man gets +1 power, right?

A: No. Because your opponent played the action, they control it. So, it's considered their action, not yours.

Rule: "Your action" means "an action that you control".


Questions on Captain Ahab Edit

Q: I play Captain Ahab on a base with my Difference Engine. So, I have a minion there. Using Captain Ahab's talent, I move it somewhere else. Do I still draw a card at the end of my turn?

A: No. You had a minion there, but not anymore. Currently having a minion is a condition for drawing the card, so you must have a minion there at the end of your turn to draw a card.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Aggromotive Edit

Q: How does Aggromotive work, exactly?

A: If you control one minion or more on the base where Aggromotive is, it gives you +5 power there for purposes of base breaking and scoring. If you control no minions on the base with Aggromotive, the +5 power is gone until you can get another minion to drive it.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: Does Aggromotive apply to my opponents as well? It says "you have", so if they have a minion there, they also get +5 power, right?

A: No. If you've play Aggromotive, then Aggromotive only applies to you. If you have a minion, you alone get +5 power.

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

Q: I play Aggromotive on a base where I have a minion. When do I get the +5 power?

A: Immediately. Aggromotive's ability is active as soon as it is in play.

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

Q: Do I need to have only one minion to get the +5 power? What happens if I have two or more?

A: You get the +5 power as long as you have one or more minion on Aggromotive's base. Even if you have two or more, it's still just +5 power in total, not +5 per minion.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: What is the +5 power added to? Does it increase one of my minions power?

A: It is added to your total power on the base. It doesn't increase any of your minions' power. You just calculate your total power on the base normally, then add +5 power from Aggromotive.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: With the release of Big in Japan, we can now have power without needing a minion, so if I have Aggromotive with no minions there, I still have +5 power there, right?

A: No. Big in Japan's new rule is only about the eligibility of getting VPs when a base scores. It doesn't change how Aggromotive works at all: You still have to have a minion on its base to have +5 power there (exactly as written); if you don't have any minions on that base (and no, having an action with power there isn't enough!), then Aggromotive doesn't give you +5 power on that base.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Change of Venue Edit

Q: After I place the action in my hand, do I have to play it again?

A: No. While it doesn't say "you may", playing a card is always optional.

Rule: Extra cards are always optional.

Q: After I place the action in my hand, do I have to play the action immediately if I choose to or can I play it later on my turn?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: I used Mass Enchantment to play another player's play-on-a-card action. What happens if I use Change of Venue on it?

A: It is placed in its owner's hand. Then, you won't be able to play it because it didn't end in your hand.

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

Q: What happens if I use Change of Venue on a treasure action?

A: When a treasure leaves play, it goes to the treasure discard pile, so that's where it goes. Then, you won't be able to play it because it didn't end in your hand.

Rule: Treasures always go to their discard piles when they leave play.

Q: My Overgrowth was activated at the start of my turn, so its base's breakpoint is now 0. I play Change of Venue and use it on Overgrowth to play it on another base. What happens to both bases' breakpoints?

A: When a card leaves play and is then replayed, it has no "memory" of having been played, so it's like you're playing a new Overgrowth and it won't change the base's breakpoint until the start of your next turn.[2] As for Overgrowth's former base, Overgrowth triggered, so even if Overgrowth left play, its breakpoint is still 0.[3]

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Difference Engine Edit

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base, so if I have a minion there, I draw an extra card at the end of my turn, 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 "you" means "they" (i.e. your opponent) and "your turn" means "their turn".

Rule: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.
Q: When is the card drawn?

A: The card says "at the end of your turn", which means during the End Turn phase of each of your turns.

Rule: "At the end of your turn" means "during the End Turn (phase 5) of one of your turns".

Q: If I already have 10 cards in hand when I draw the extra card, do I discard down to 10?

A: No. You only discard down to 10 during the Draw Cards phase (phase 4) of your turn. With Difference Engine, the card is drawn after this phase is passed, so you don't discard down to 10.

Rule 1: You only discard down to 10 cards during the Draw Cards phase (phase 4) of your turns; after drawing your two cards.

Rule 2: "At the end of your turn" means "during the End Turn (phase 5) of one of your turns".

Q: I play Captain Ahab on a base with my Difference Engine. So, I have a minion there. Using Captain Ahab's talent, I move it somewhere else. Do I still draw a card at the end of my turn?

A: No. You had a minion there, but not anymore. Currently having a minion is a condition for drawing the card, so you must have a minion there at the end of your turn to draw a card.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: I use Rules Lawyer to transfer an opponent's Difference Engine to a base where I have a minion. Do I now control Difference Engine and can I now draw a card at the end of my turn?

A: No. You transferred it, but it doesn't give you control over it. Difference Engine is still under the control of whoever played it.

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


Questions on Escape Hatch Edit

Q: If several of my minions are destroyed on a base with Escape Hatch, are they all placed in my hand?

A: Yes.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: After the base with my Escape Hatch scores, do I also place my minions there in my hand thanks to Escape Hatch

A: No. After a base scores, cards there are "discarded", not "destroyed", so Escape Hatch doesn't work.

Rule: After scoring, all cards still on that base go to their owners’ discard piles. This does not destroy them.

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base, so when one of my minions there is destroyed, it's placed into my hand, 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 "your minions" means "their minions".

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

Q: I have a Gremlin and Escape Hatch on the same base. If the Gremlin is destroyed, what happens?

A: Escape Hatch doesn't prevent the destruction, it just changes where the minion ends after it is destroyed. So, since Gremlin is effectively destroyed, you draw a card and each other player discards a random card.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: I have Escape Hatch on Tar Pits. What happens when one of my minions there is destroyed?

A: Since your minion is destroyed, both Escape Hatch and Tar Pits are triggered. In that case, the rules ask for the current player to decide in which order they are activated. If Escape Hatch is triggered first, the minion ends in your hand and Tar Pits doesn't have a minion to place anymore. If Tar Pits is triggered first, the minion ends under your deck and Escape Hatch doesn't have a minion to place anymore.

Rule: The current player decides the order of events that are supposed to happen simultaneously.

Q: What happens when you destroy a minion on a base with both Entangled and Escape Hatch (which belongs to the minion's player)?

A: The minion is placed in its owner's hand. Entangled only prevents actions from being moved or returned. Escape Hatch does none of that, instead it "places" the destroyed minion into its owner's hand.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Ornate Dome Edit

Q: Which actions does Ornate Dome destroy?

A: Only actions that are played on its base are destroyed, not actions played on minions there.

Rule: "Here" means "on this base".

Q: Which actions does Ornate Dome prevent from playing there?

A: Only actions that can be played on a base, not actions that can be played on a minion.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base. Since they're another player from my point of view, they can't play actions on the base either, 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 "other players" means "their opponents".

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

Q: If Ornate Dome is played on a base with a minion with Make Contact, does Ornate Dome destroy Make Contact?

A: No. Make Contact is played on a minion, not on a base, so Ornate Dome doesn't destroy it.

Rule: "Here" means "on this base".

Q: Can Ornate Dome prevent Terraforming?

A: No. Terraforming targets a base, but it is not played on it, so Ornate Dome can't prevent it.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: Can Ornate Dome prevent Seeing Stars from targeting minions on its base?

A: No. Seeing Stars isn't played on a base, so Ornate Dome can't prevent it.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: Can Ornate Dome be destroyed with Disenchant?

A: Yes. Disenchant isn't played on a base, so Ornate Dome can't prevent it.

Rule: Only "play on a base" actions are played on a base.

Q: I play Mechanic on a base with Flame Trap. I resolve Mechanic's ability, pull Ornate Dome from the discard pile and play it on Mechanic's base to destroy Flame Trap. Is my Mechanic still destroyed by Flame Trap?

A: TBD

Rule: TBD


Questions on Rotary Slug Thrower Edit

Q: Does every player benefit from this card or only the one who played it?

A: Only the minions controlled by the player who played Rotary Slug Thrower get the bonus.

Rule 1: "You" on a minion or action means the controller of the card.

Rule 2: "Your minion" means "a minion that you control".


Questions on Scrap Diving Edit

Q: It doesn't say to reveal the card you place in your hand, so I don't have to reveal it if I don't want to, right?

A: No. Discard piles are "public knowledge", so you can check which cards are in any player's discard pile at any time. If you take a card out of the discard pile, players are supposed to know what card was taken out. So, you should reveal it. Otherwise, how are you supposed to prove that you didn't put a minion instead of an action?

Rule: Anyone may look through any discard pile at any time.


Questions on Zeppelin Edit

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base, so now I can use this talent when it's my turn, right?

A: No. Your opponent played the action, so they control it, and therefore the talent can only be used by them.

Rule: A talent can be activated on each of its controller's turns.

Q: When you play a card that says "Play on a base" BUT DOES NOT include the word Ongoing, does the card still stay on the base or do only cards with "Play on a base. Ongoing: etc...." stay on the base?

A: Actions that are played on a base (with an Ongoing ability or not) remain on the base until something explicitly tells you to destroy or return it, or until its base scores.

Rule: Actions played on a card (minion or base) remain in play as long as the card remains in play.

Q: I have Zeppelin in play and I haven't used its talent yet. When a base scores, can I use Zeppelin's talent and move a minion?

A: No. Unless stated otherwise, talents can only be used during the Play Cards phase (phase 2) of your turn.

Rule: A talent can only be used during your Play Cards phase.

Trivia Edit

  • The artist is Conceptopolis, who also designed the art of the Aliens.

References Edit

  1. https://boardgamegeek.com/article/11915811#11915811
  2. https://boardgamegeek.com/article/25184584#25184584
  3. https://boardgamegeek.com/article/26164574#26164574

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