I was playing a game w/ my son yesterday, and I placed a piece w/ the 'Shield' ability
in such a manner that one of my opponents pieces was located in a 'Shielded' square
(something that: oddly enough has never happened before)
My son grabbed the rules and gleefully informed me that his piece was now protected by my shield.
I at first thought this was ridiculous (well, no: I -still- think it is ridiculous!)
but a careful reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading seems to indicate his interpretation is correct.
Although I'm proud of the l'il dickens for out rules-lawyering his old man (he's 12)
I really honestly and truly don't believe this is the intent of this rule.
the literal wording of the "Shield" ability:
￼A tile cannot capture a target tile if its straight move towards or into the target square would pass through a square with a Defense icon as indicated on the target tile; even if the tile starts the turn adjacent to the target tile, if the square it starts on indicates a Defense icon on that tile, the target cannot be captured.
Compare this with the wording of "Command"
the player moves one of the Troop Tiles he controls from any square indicated
Remove an enemy Troop Tile
Both those abilities clearly indicate which tiles may be affected.
Real World= 'Why in the World would I use my shield to protect you...?"
As he pointed out: real world has nothing to do with game-play,
but I still can't believe any time I move a piece with the 'shield' ability
I may (nay! likely Will!) grant an opponent an advantage.....