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Matt Lernout
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Does "Instead of making a Ranged Attack" mean that the Hero is required to hold a ranged weapon in order to make use of Jade's Diary?

Or is it meant to indicate that you can use it during the Ranged Attack phase, but it's use prohibits making a ranged attack before or after?

We have been ruling it as the second thus far, but the wording isn't 100% clear.
 
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I wondered that myself in a game last night, and opted for the second option, where it could be used during the Ranged Attack Phase, whether you had a gun or not (but if you did, you couldn't use the gun). I have no idea if that's correct, though...
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Yeah... I see what you did there.
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Seems kinda clear to me. "Instead of a ranged attack." Just like a search is "instead of moving".
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Except in that case you always have Movement as an option. If a game effect caused the Hero to be unable to move for any reason, I would reason it would also prevent Searching, since it is worded as if it is a replacement for the action.

In imagining the Diary's function in the game as theme, it makes no sense that a Hero would need an unfired gun or stick of dynamite handy to make use of the insight being gained from whatever entry they read,

Still, read as written, it could be taken either way - it could imply using the diary is a replacement for a possible ranged attack OR that it can be used as a pseudo ranged attack in itself.
 
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Your second interpretation is the correct one.

The intent is that using the Diary happens in the Ranged Attack phase and prevents the Hero using it from making any other Ranged Attack that turn.

- Jason
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