LU Game Terminology - Hand

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Cards are held in a Player's hand, NO other player can see what cards you have in your hand, unless otherwise stated.

  • Even if you are holding zero(0) cards in your Hand you still have the concept of a hand of cards, it is just empty of cards at that moment of gameplay. If instructed to discard your hand, this could be zero cards to fulfill the requirement.
  • When you "pull" a card, it must be picked randomly. When you "choose" a card, you can look at your options and pick whichever card you want, unless otherwise stated.

Cards in Your Hand vs. Cards in Your Field
Unicorn, Upgrade, and Downgrade cards have no effect while they are in your hand. Their effects are only active when they are in your Field.


What do you mean by "hand limit"? The default hand limit is 7, which means each player can only have 7 cards in their hand after the end of their turn. If you're holding more than 7 cards during your End of Turn phase, discard down to that number (unless you have a card in your Field that says otherwise).

  • The Hand Limit discard only occurs during the End of Turn Phase after all other effects have resolved.
  • The end of turn hand limit effect is a continuous effect that verifies the Hand after each Discard if you have reached the hand limit. If EOT verifies you have 9 cards in Hand you Discard one card, then EOT verifies the number again, prior to discarding a second card.
  • Cards that effect the size of the Hand Limit are continuous, but only have effect during the End of Turn Phase.
  • Hand Limit discard effect is the last effect to resolve during the End of Turn Phase, a player cannot end their turn holding more cards than the current limit.

Simplistic: Hand Limit = The lowest value on a card with a hand limit statement.
Actual: Hand Limit = All cards with a hand limit statement. (These cards are all continuous and simultaneously active, each card has its own effect continuously active.


Some cards specify that they can’t be "affected" by certain things. Cards can be "affected" directly or indirectly. Direct effects target a card individually or as part of a group. Indirect effects require a player to target a card or perform an action that affects a card. If a card states "this card cannot be affected," it is immune to both direct and indirect effects.


"Play" specifically refers to playing a card during your Action phase or playing an Instant card at any time.

If you "bring a card directly into your Field," you do not "play" that card. This means that any card that is brought directly into your Field cannot be Neigh’d.


Some card effects allow you to search the deck or the discard pile for a card (ex. "When this card enters your Field, you may search the deck for a Downgrade card and add it to your hand."). Once you have retrieved that card, you must reveal the card you chose to each other player before adding it to your hand.


If you have a card in your hand that requires you to perform an impossible action, you may not play it. Sometimes, however, the effect of a card in your Field or a card played by any other player may require you to perform an impossible action. If this situation occurs, disregard that action. Some impossible actions include: [DISCARD] when you have no cards in your hand [SACRIFICE] a card when you have no cards in your Field [SACRIFICE] a card that cannot be sacrificed

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