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Subject: Engaging and attacking rss

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Alex Asmus
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Hey all,

Apologies if this has already been asked. I finished reading through the rules and the one thing I found unclear has to do with engaging and fighting since they are two separate actions. Do I have to engage an enemy at a location before being able to attack it? If I don't have to engage the enemy to attack, and don't end up defeating it, then am I in turn engaged? Or does it remain at that location?

Thanks!
 
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You do not have to be engaged with an enemy to attack it. However being engaged with an enemy prevents it attacking another party member (or pursuing them with its "Prey" rule if it has one).

Any enemy in the same location as a hunter will automatically engage you unless it is either: already engaged, exhausted, or has the "Aloof" special rule. That means that any exhausted enemies will engage during the upkeep phase when they Ready if there are any Investigators at that location. It also means if you enter a location with an enemy there, it will immediately engage you if it does not fulfil one or more of the above criteria.

EDIT: I can't remember right now how "Massive" interacts with engagement. I know you don't move into a threatened area, but I think it counts as being engaged with all investigators as long as it's ready.
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Larry Haskell
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From the Rules Reference, Fight:

An investigator may fight any enemy at his or her location, including: an enemy he or she is engaged with, an unengaged enemy at the same location, or an enemy engaged with another investigator who is at the same location.
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Andrew Keddie
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Also, attacking an enemy engaged with another investigator runs the risk of wounding that investigator if the attack fails.
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Tom Kassel
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Enemies don't ready in the Enemy Phase. They do so in the upkeep phase. This means newly engaged investigators will have their action phase to deal with this before enemy attacks.
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Renegade626 wrote:
Hey all,

Apologies if this has already been asked. I finished reading through the rules and the one thing I found unclear has to do with engaging and fighting since they are two separate actions. Do I have to engage an enemy at a location before being able to attack it? If I don't have to engage the enemy to attack, and don't end up defeating it, then am I in turn engaged? Or does it remain at that location?

Thanks!


Keep in mind that as soon as you are in a room with an unengaged, readied enemy it will engage you automatically.

You can attack any enemy in the same location no matter whom it is engaged with but if the enemy is engaged with another investigator and you fail you attack then you do your damage to the other investigator instead.
 
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Andrew Keddie
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Tom Kassel wrote:
Enemies don't ready in the Enemy Phase. They do so in the upkeep phase. This means newly engaged investigators will have their action phase to deal with this before enemy attacks.


D'oh! This is what I meant, I'll go back and fix. Thanks.
 
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can an investigator engage a weakness enemy that has "prey: brearer only " who is engaged with an other investigator?

My guess would be no but i want to be sure
 
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nightwishpower wrote:
can an investigator engage a weakness enemy that has "prey: brearer only " who is engaged with an other investigator?

My guess would be no but i want to be sure


The answer is yes.

"Other investigators may use the engage action or card abilities to engage the enemy." From "Prey", page 17, Rules Reference.
 
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but what about the golden rule? If a card contradict a rule in the rules book the card win?


ah nevermind, i guess the "bearer only" was only to choose the target of the prey. It doenst mean it cant be changed after.
 
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Marco Donghi
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Prey and Bearer are restrictions to enemy actions. Nowhere it says it's applying any kind of restrictions to the investigators.
 
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