Here is my question... What if I didn't have any "event" cards in my hand? I only had "asset" and "skill" cards. Since the encounter card says that I get to choose, can I choose "event" cards to throw away-- thereby keeping all my cards?
Yeah you get to do that, but all other players also have to discard.
That's also why it says if this is not the first of that card drawn this turn, you need to pick two categories. Because you could just pick the same category as your partner otherwise.