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Subject: Removing Resources From Players rss

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Daniel Childress
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Haven't got to play the game yet, but I have been reading through the rules and have saw some of the cards that are in the game. I'm slightly confused about cards that remove resources from other players. Two cards that I have found that do this are Asteroid and Giant Ice Asteroid.

Asteroid's text states, "...Remove up to 3 plants from any player.", and its iconography shows three separate plants with red bordered icons. Giant Ice Asteroid's text states, "...Remove up to 12 plants from your opponents.", and its iconography shows -12 next to a red bordered plant icon.

My question is, why does Asteroid's text seem to insinuate that all plants have to be taken from one player while Giant Ice Asteroid's text seems to insinuate that the plants taken can be split up between opponents? The iconography doesn't seem to show the difference clearly between the two. The symbol description for red-bordered resources in the back of the rule book makes it seem like they can only be removed from one player, so is the Giant Ice Asteroid's text just worded badly?
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Erik Hasse
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Those are old versions of the cards. In the copy I got at Gen Con, both read "Remove up to X plants from any player." (Giant Ice Asteroid now only takes 6 plants too.)
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Jonathan Fryxelius
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Yes, for simplicity, each negative effect can only target one player. The iconography usually shows separate resource icons for up to three resources and a single icon with a number for higher values. Exception with M€ and with cards where this gets overly crowded or confusing.
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Daniel Childress
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Ah okay. Thanks for the responses. I guess I should have just waited to play my friend's copy before posting .
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Curt Frantz
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I've been playing under the assumption that the removed resources go back to the supply and are not stolen. Is this correct?
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Yes, unless it says "steal", as it does on for example "Hired Raiders". Remove means that no-one gets them.
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