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From: Matb <mbreton@**.NETCOM.COM>
Subject: Re: More guard trait stuff
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 18:14:24 -0700
Jon Palmer wrote:

> The Guard trait has always kind of confused me... i guess the difference
> between how it (probably) works in the game and how logically it would
> work. Here's some situations:

> 1. Scorpio and Static are in the safehouse. Static gets Black Hammered by
> my opponent's Fastjack and loses. Can Scorpio take the damage? (I jump in
> front of you in the Matrix!)

Here's the purely-by-mechanics reason: A Runner has to be present with
another Runner to use the Guard ability on him. The definitions of
'present' separate the safehouse from any Runner-v-Runner combat,
including Matrix combat. (If there was a means to involve two Runners
in the same Matrix combat, though, one would be able to Guard the

Others have mentioned some pretty good fictional-world reasons why not,
as well.

- Matt

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