"We have now sunk to a depth at which re-statement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."--George Orwell
I was curious to see what people's take was on Io's Embrace? Is it too overpowered or is it a necessity?
Okay, now that I've played with it a few times...
I wouldn't say Io's Embrace is overpowered OR necessary. Depends what kind of game you like.
If full-bore cutthroat is your thing, spurn Io's advances (what a tart). I quite like playing with the rule; it cuts down on dead turns (where you're doing nothing but recovering from a Scarred Minotaur discard-spanking) and even adds a layer to decision-making. But it's not required to make the game "playable" or anything...just a bit different.