============================== CFJ 1523 ============================== If It's A Surprise is played when the hand size is above the maximum, the play wholly fails. ======================================================================== Caller: G. Barred: Kolja Judge: root Judgement: TRUE ======================================================================== History: Called by G.: 26 Oct 2004 16:34:38 GMT Assigned to root: 06 Nov 2004 18:49:09 GMT Judged TRUE by root: 10 Nov 2004 02:30:52 GMT ======================================================================== Caller's Arguments: If #1 is true, it seems at first glance that a play of It's a surprise would fail if the player's hand size is above maximum, as a failed exploit results in the card not being played (CFJ 1510). However, he phrasing of the It's a Surprise Exploit: Exploit: You may Draw two Cards without paying a Fee. does not automatically constitute drawing cards. This card simply confers the right ("you may draw") to draw two cards without fee, but the draws can occur later, for example when hand size is below maximum again. ======================================================================== Judge root's Arguments: To find the timing requirements for Card Plays, let us fall back on R2069 (Card Definitions). R2069(II)(d) reads: (d) An Exploit is an action that the Holder of that Card (and only the Holder of that Card) may take if and only if e meets the requirements and/or pays the costs outlined in that Exploit. Any reference to "you," "your" or a similar pronoun in the text of an Exploit refers to the Holder of that Card. Taking an action described in an Exploit is known as Playing the Card. Unless a Rule says otherwise, a Card is automatically transferred to The Deck immediately after being Played. >From this definition, it seems clear to me that the Exploit described by the card in this case is the act itself of drawing two cards without payment of a fee, and not some abstract action of "activating" the card. Also from this definition we see that Playing the Card involves actually performing the described action, i.e. drawing two cards without payment of the usual fee. Therefore, until the two cards have been drawn, the It's a Surprise card has not been played. As a result, the antecedent of the implication in the statement is always false; It's a Surprise may not be played when the owner's hand size is above the maximum. The truth table for implication therefore tells us that in all situations the statement is TRUE (and it would also be TRUE if it instead read "If It's A Surprise is played when the hand size is above the maximum, the play succeeds.") ========================================================================