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Subject: What are "move" and "attack" actions? rss

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John E
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A move action is separate and distinct from the other sources of movement you described. In particular, a move action is special because a move action can be interrupted to take other actions. And as you noted there are cards and abilities that are triggered from move actions that are not triggered by some other sources of movement.

Similarly, an attack action is when you roll the dice on your weapon to perform a standard attack. Technically when you use an ability on a skill card it is called a 'skill action' and it is not the same as an attack action. If something gives you an extra attack action (like I believe Grisban's heroic feat) it means that basic attack roll only, not one of your skill actions which lets you attack.
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The difference between a "move action" and "additional movement" is clearly described on p. 8 of the rulebook.

The difference between an "attack" action and "using a skill" action is clearly described on p. 9 of the rulebook.
Note that "using a skill" is an action differentiated from a "move action".
The list of different actions is given on the hero playing aid cards and on p. 7 of the rulebook.

In the case of Monster actions, "If any special action allows the monster to perform an attack, it counts as the monster’s one attack action for
that activation." (p. 10 of the rulebook).

 
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I believe Tripwire is the only card that actually cares about whether it's a move action or not; everything else just says entering a space.

Regardless, spending an action to move your speed is a "move action". So is anything else labeled as a "move action", such as Syndrael's heroic feat. Both of those can be stopped by a tripwire, but other movement (such as Jain's heroic feat) cannot.

An attack action is an action that grants you a normal attack. You can't add together multiple different actions that each give you an attack and let all of the special effects apply - a berseker can't use both Rage and Whirlwind on the same attack, although he could use Weapon Mastery on either of them because it's not an action on its own.
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