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All the same, JC, it doesn't seem at all unreasonable for someone to ask for rules clarifications. There's an active publisher who can probably field such things.
As a publisher, I try not to get into rules questions for two reasons--the designers are far more knowledgeable about their games than me and I'd rather avoid the problems due to multiple sources of rulings that other games have had. This is of course problematic for 1831, but there are many players that can answer questions knowledgeably based on communication with the designer.