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From: Matb <mbreton@**.NETCOM.COM>
Subject: Re: Lord Torgo again....He's fun to talk about :)
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 05:34:54 -0700
Bradley Aaron Rebh wrote:

> > This isn't quite right -- a Totem card *doesn't* turn a Runner into,
> > say, a Snake Shaman. Not by game text, anyways.

> No, it doesn't add the key word "Snake" to the Runner, but the runner
> would still be vulnerable to any card that specifically references a
> shaman that possesses the Snake Totem. It's a similar enough instance to
> the above statement to warrant the point (IMO anyways). In both
> instances, the "classification" of the runner is further defined, one
> happens to be by adding a keyword, the other is from a special.

Not sure I agree with you there. The inclusion of Lurker in Underworld
sets a precedence as far as determining which key words to use; just as
Lurker qualifies as a Ganger and a Mage (and a Ganger Mage), I'd have to
say that Torgo counts as a Ganger and a Leader (and a Ganger Leader).
Leader of the Pack takes a Ganger Runner and turns him into a Ganger
Leader. In the case of Torgo, he's already a Ganger Leader, so there's
no effect. (And who wants to see him be more buff?) Similarly, a
Ganger Runner scoring the Initiation doesn't become a Ganger, because
he's already at that stage in life.

In the case of Scatter and the Totems, consider Scatter starting out as
having only a loose connection with her Totem. By playing Rat Totem on
her, you're bringing her closer to her natural bent -- but you could
also play Bear Totem (moo-hah-hah!) and draw her away from her
predilection. Although it goes against the grain of the RPG, SRTCG
shamans can add or drop Totems nearly at will; she just can't hold two
of them at once.

I agree with you that LotP isn't the clearest, or the cleanest cut. But
I don't think it's that far off-bse, either.

- Matt

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For I am drunk and full of reasons....

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