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V11 "Spoilers": Keywords and Wording Changes
« on: July 19, 2020, 11:35:15 PM »
Hey, everyone.

Playtesting for Virtual 11 is still underway, but I figured I'd take a moment to provide a spoiler of sorts, so that people can get a small taste of what we have coming down the pike, and given my particular purview, it seemed fitting that the spoiler I would put out would be new keywords/wording changes. Sorry, no spoilers on the actual cards from me; I defer that to others, but this will let everyone get a handle on the wording, so when you see the new cards, you'll know what we're doing and why. These are all fairly straightforward, though; no major game changers like Counter or Promo. This is a long post, so for those who just want the rules text without the explainer, that's at the bottom.

Enough preamble, I suppose: on with the good stuff.

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The first thing you will see is that, much like the Ringside Pile became the Ringside and the Ring Area became the Ring when we shifted to Virtual, the Backstage Area is now going to be the Backstage. We've used this terminology in the past, sporadically, and as far as I'm aware, most people just call it the Backstage anyway; we'll be using it consistently from now on. To provide an example of what cards will look like with this change, let's have a look at Hellraisers 'til the End, from Virtual 3.

Old Wording:
Hellraisers 'til the End
Action
During your turn, when this card is in your Ringside, you may put it into your Ring or Backstage Area.  When this card is in your Backstage Area, your Ability is blank.
ACE:  Before the Draw Segment of each of your turns, when this card is in your Ring or Backstage Area, you may overturn 2 cards and then put 1 card from your Ringside into your hand.
When this card is in your Ring or Backstage Area, you have lower Fortitude, and your opponent's Fortitude Rating is 10+, your Brothers 'til the End is F: 0.
F: 0     D: 0     Unique     Permanent     RMS logo

New Wording:
Hellraisers 'til the End
Action
During your turn, when this card is in your Ringside, you may put it into your Ring or Backstage. When this card is in your Backstage, your Ability is blank.
ACE:  Before the Draw Segment of each of your turns, when this card is in your Ring or Backstage, you may overturn 2 cards and then put 1 card from your Ringside into your hand.
When this card is in your Ring or Backstage, you have lower Fortitude, and your opponent's Fortitude Rating is 10+, your Brothers 'til the End is F: 0.
F: 0     D: 0     Unique     Permanent     RMS logo

It's a minor change, but it's still pretty clear, in our estimation, and it saves space on cards, which I can say with certainty is a goal of ours in any wording changes we introduce.

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Second, we have what I call "XX" cards. Over the years, when designing superstars around mechanics that are not traits, we've had to be quite wordy to make them work. I don't even want to know how many cards ask for "1 card with the word "punch" in the title" and the like. This seems really unnecessary, and going forward, it will be.

Starting with Virtual 11, any effect triggering off of a certain word in the title of a card will simply list that word in quotation marks, rather than spelling out "with the word "XX" in the title."

To give a pair of examples:

Old Wording:

Luke Harper
Starting Hand Size: 7     Superstar Value: 1
Superstar Ability:  When you successfully play a non-Revolution maneuver with 'slam', 'bomb', 'clothesline', or 'lariat' in the title, you may Promo: 3 and then put up to 1 card from your Ringside on the bottom of your Arsenal.

Mick Foley
Starting Hand Size: 7     Superstar Value: 5
Legend Superstar Ability:  Once during each of your turns, you may shuffle 3 cards in your Ring with 'cheap' in the title into your Arsenal, and then put 1 card in your opponent's Ring into his Ringside.
For every 2 cards in your Ring with 'cheap' in the title, your Fortitude Rating is +1F and his maneuvers are -1D.
Your Superstar-specific Actions can only be reversed by Superstar-specific reversals, and his card effects cannot prevent you from playing cards with 'cheap pop' in the title.
You may pack Have a Nice Day!, Mandible Claw, Mr. Socko, Psychedelic Dance Fever, Three Faces of Foley, and Tree Of Woe.  You cannot pack Corners, Managers, Run-ins, or You Talkin' To Me?

New Wording:

Luke Harper
Starting Hand Size: 7     Superstar Value: 1
Superstar Ability:  When you successfully play a non-Revolution "slam", "bomb", "clothesline", or "lariat" maneuver, you may Promo: 3 and then put up to 1 card from your Ringside on the bottom of your Arsenal.

Mick Foley
Starting Hand Size: 7     Superstar Value: 5
Legend Superstar Ability:  Once during each of your turns, you may shuffle 3 "cheap" cards from your Ring into your Arsenal, and then put 1 card in your opponent's Ring into his Ringside.
For every 2 "cheap" cards in your Ring , your Fortitude Rating is +1F and his maneuvers are -1D.
Your Superstar-specific Actions can only be reversed by Superstar-specific reversals, and his card effects cannot prevent you from playing "cheap pop" cards.
You may pack Have a Nice Day!, Mandible Claw, Mr. Socko, Psychedelic Dance Fever, Three Faces of Foley, and Tree Of Woe.  You cannot pack Corners, Managers, Run-ins, or You Talkin' To Me?

This will work in combination with other keywords as well: "Arsenal Search 1 "Dynamic" Strike" would let a player find any 1 Strike in their Arsenal with "Dynamic" in the title, for example.

It is worth noting that there are two other situations where we will not be using this template, to avoid confusion. If a card is looking for a word in the text, or title and text of another card, rather than just the title, we will be using the old "card with "x" in the text" template.

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Third, and perhaps the most significant across all cards, is that we are retiring the phrases "remove from the game," "removes from the game," "removed from the game," and "removed from the game area." We refer to this area, and this action, constantly, and again to the best of my knowledge, players almost never say the full term, so why should the card? Say hello to RFG.

RFG will be used in multiple scenarios, replacing the full term in each. It will be context sensitive, so "shuffle up to 3 RFG cards into your Arsenal" will read as "3 cards removed from the game," whereas "RFG 3 cards in your opponent's hand" will read as "remove 3 cards in your opponent's hand from the game."

One very important element of this wording change is that we are aware that many cards already printed in Raw Deal use the older wording, and we not only aren't interested in rewording every card, we can't. We don't intend to break functionality across sets, so any card effect that uses the new wording will be considered to use the older wording as well, and vice versa. If an effect would require Alberto Del Rio to randomly RFG cards, he may choose the same number of cards, just as if the effect said "randomly remove # cards from the game." If you have a question about how a card interacts with the new templating, you can mentally substitute the old template; it is intended to work the same way, every time.

Now, what might cards using this template look like? Let's ask some people who care very much about this sort of thing: the Million Dollar Corporation.

*** THE MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION ***

The Million Dollar Corporation     (Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, IRS, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sid, Nikolai Volkoff logos)
Pre-match Faction
You can pack this card regardless of Superstar.
You are now a Million Dollar Corporation Member.
When you have 10 or more cards RFG, your maneuvers without 'reverse' in the text are -2F and +1D, and your non-Superstar-specific actions are -2F.
When your logo is printed on this card, your maneuvers are -2F and +1D for every non-Heat Backlash card RFG.
F: 0     D: 0     Unique     Permanent

You Will Be Bought!
Action
Can only be played by a Million Dollar Corporation Member.
Choose one: blank 1 non-Enforcer Backstage card until the end of your next turn, or your opponent plays with his hand revealed until the end of your next turn.
When your logo is printed on The Million Dollar Corporation, this card can only be reversed by Unique cards, ACE: and during your turn you may RFG this card and then your next card played this turn is -1F for every non-Heat card RFG.
F: 0     D: 0     Unique

Tax Tips from I.R.S.
Action + Action
Can only be played by a Million Dollar Corporation Member.
Shuffle up to 2 of your RFG cards into your Arsenal.
When your logo is printed on The Million Dollar Corporation, before each of your opponent's Draw Segment, he may discard 1 card and overturn 1 card; when you have less cards in hand and lower Fortitude, double those numbers.  If he does not, you may put 1 card with damage equal to or less than your Fortitude from his Ring into his Ringside; when you are Irwin R. Schyster, you may RFG that card instead, then discard 1 card.
F: 7     D: 0     Unique

A Vicious Corporate Takeover
Action
Can only be played by a Million Dollar Corporation Member.
Put up to 3 cards from your hand on the bottom of your Arsenal and RFG the same number of cards in your Ringside, and shuffle up to the same number of RFG cards +1 into your Arsenal.
When your logo is printed on The Million Dollar Corporation, this card is -5F, and when successfully played you may also RFG the same number of non-maneuver cards from your opponent's Ring.
F: 12     D: 3     Unique

The Beast Money Can Buy
Mid-Match Action
When you are a printed member of the Million Dollar Corporation and this card is going to your Ringside or RFG, put it into your Backlash instead.
The number of your RFG cards is considered double.
ACE: When you are a printed member of the Million Dollar Corporation and you have at least 4 cards in your hand, you may discard your hand, put up to # of your RFG cards on the bottom of your Arsenal, and then draw # cards, where # is the amount of Stun Value in your Ring and cannot be greater than 4.
F: 16   D: 0     SV: 1     Unique

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OK, I know that was one hell of a lot of text being thrown at people. I wanted to put this out there now, so that everyone has a chance to digest these changes early on; that way, when the new set is revealed, we can skip the rules primer and get right to the games. One thing I'd like to clarify is that we're only using these going forward; we aren't going back and editing old cards to bring them in line with the new wordings (unless we do another Virtual Survivor Series someday, but I make no promises on that front.) If you have any questions about how these will work going forward, please feel free to ask them on TCO, Discord, or the Facebook page, and I will be happy to help (as will other members of the team, I'm quite sure.) Be on the lookout for more spoilers as we enter the run-up to V11!

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Now, the teal deer:

1) Backstage Area renamed to Backstage.

2) "XX" cards: replaces "card with the word "XX" in the title"; this will not be used if a card is looking for that word in the text, or in the title and text.

3) RFG: Keyword to replace "remove from the game," "removes from the game," "removed from the game," or "in the removed from the game area," as appropriate. RFG is considered to be the longer term, so cards and effects that trigger when you remove something from the game will trigger when a card uses the RFG wording as well.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2020, 10:19:37 AM by dilbert505 »
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