I just received this as an early Christmas gift and read the rulebook. I was confused on one point:
The rulebook states that if two cards played into the trick are the same value, they are flipped and cannot "win."
However, the game doesn't seem to care about winning. It seems like you're only affected if you lose.
So is the actual intention that:
1) There are edge cases where winning matters, and it is correct that you can't "win" with face down cards, but you can still lose.
2) "Win" should actually read "lose," and you cannot lose if your cards are facedown.
Or is it something else I've entirely overlooked...
Yes, that whole sentence needs to be errata'ed. It should say "cannot lose the melee." Basically replace win with lose.
In other words, two or more cards of the same value can take the trick.
Sorry for that.