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Rob McAndrew
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When you take damage (mental/physical), is it determined by the attack trait or the defense trait?

Usually these are the same, but when using the item "Chalk", you have the following ability:
Chalk- You may roll knowledge instead of might on defense rolls

In this instance, if you are attacked by Might and lose, is the damage physical (from the winning Might attack) or mental (from the losing Knowledge defense)?

Alternatively, if you are attacked by Might and win, is the attacker damaged physically (from their losing Might attack) or mentally (from the winning Knowledge defense)?
 
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Marc Bennett
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Don't know the official answer but I would say attack type determines dammage
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Ken Snaps
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I think it's a combination of both: if you lose the might attack, you'll suffer physical damage; conversely, if you win the knowledge defense the attacker would would suffer the mental damage.
 
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Daniel Jonas
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That's correct. It depends on who wins. You always take damage based on the winner's trait.

That's also just logical. If someone attacks you with a physical weapon (or also just with his/her fists) and you defend with whatever you want, you are still hit by something physical if you lose. And if you beat the attacker, it works the same way. You hit him/her with whatever you used to defend.
 
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Jon Joy
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kensnaps wrote:
I think it's a combination of both: if you lose the might attack, you'll suffer physical damage; conversely, if you win the knowledge defense the attacker would would suffer the mental damage.
Mr D wrote:
That's correct. It depends on who wins. You always take damage based on the winner's trait.

That's also just logical. If someone attacks you with a physical weapon (or also just with his/her fists) and you defend with whatever you want, you are still hit by something physical if you lose. And if you beat the attacker, it works the same way. You hit him/her with whatever you used to defend.
I disagree. You two are inserting rules that do not exist into the game.

The rules state: Once during your turn, you can attack an opponent in the same room. When you make an attack, roll a number of dice equal to your might. Your opponent does the same. Whoever rolls a higher result defeats his or her opponent and inflicts physical damage against the other explorer or monster.

The Chalk card reads: You may roll Kinstead of Might on defense rolls.

Since card text overrides rules text, the rules would be modified to read:
When you make an attack, roll a number of dice equal to your might, your opponent does the same with knowledge. Whoever rolls a higher result defeats his or her opponent and inflicts physical damage against the other explorer or monster.
 
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Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Uh....isnt this an awfully selective reading of the rules? You forgot this part.

Quote:

Sometimes an effect lets you make an attack with a trait other than Might. You do this the same
way as a Might attack, except you and your opponent use the other trait. For example, if you make
a Speed attack, you and your opponent roll dice based on Speed. Speed attacks also deal physical
damage.
When an effect lets you attack with Sanity or Knowledge, then you inflict mental damage.
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Daniel Jonas
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Well, the rules are not clear (as usually). Based on the part you and Eddie quoted you can interpret it the way that damage is dealt based on the attackers trait or based on the winners trait.
Just go with whatever you and your group prefers.
 
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