A quick mid day post here where I want to get an idea out there and gauge the reactions to it.
The idea is that of Shared Fates.
Allow me to set the scene:
You're deep underground, your party have been adventuring for hours and you have slain many monsters.
Before you stands a monstrous Teddy, it has just unleashed 2 out of 3 Flurried attacks and is about to release it's 3rd.
Your Wounds are low, only 1 or 2 remaining, and your hand is all but empty with only a few very low cards left.
The Teddy strikes with a very high card, you know that you will require a high card as well to defend against this strike, and your hand doesn't have it, and the minimal damage will be enough to kill you.
You could Soul Stone your total, or perhaps Soul Stone the damage to reduce it hopefully to 0 or a party member could use a stone to resurrect you if/when you die, but collectively your Stone pool is very low and you still have far to go before your adventure is over.
You decide that there is nothing you can do, and determine the best option to do is to take the hit and try to reduce the damage with one of your last remaining stones, you may even get lucky and the Teddy might Black Joker the damage flip.
As the Teddy's strike is about to land, a party member leaps into the fray with their Peacebringer blade and parrys the strike. The Teddy's flurry is now over, you managed to survive the strikes and now have your own opportunity to reek some revenge...
What I am talking about here is the idea of party members being unable to cheat on your behalf. You don't have the cards to survive (or perhaps you're trying to land a critical strike yourself) but a party member does, and so they can use one of their own control cards to cheat your score.
Obviously this would be at the agreement of you the player, I think it would be pretty mean to cheat a party member's score down and force them to take a hit - but then maybe that would be something that should be allowed? Something like your party members tripping you up so they can steal the loot for them self?
But most importantly I'd love to hear your thoughts on this? Should this be allowed?
I've already suggested this idea to a few and some concerns have been raised.
Anyway, I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
Until then, stay safe and I'll see you all breachside!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley