17.11 THE GAME OF FATE
THE GAME OF FATE ---------------- The game of Fate is adapted from a game played by those in the House of Prophets before the fall of the Celestine Empire. In the traditional game, five cards are dealt from a Tarot deck, and opponents take turns placing them upon a 3x3 grid marked before them. The progression of cards and winner were taken to be a sign of Fate, and so the game was named. In modern times, many variations of the deck have been developed for use in the game. Each card in a Fate deck is assigned a numerical value, which is displayed on the corners of the card. When a higher valued card is placed adjacent to a lower valued card, control of the lower card shifts to the person who played the higher valued card. The person who commands the most cards when the 3x3 grid is full is declared the winner. To play a game of Fate, you must have a set (or deck) of Fate cards before you. You may play against the magical enchantment of the deck itself, or another person. The commands to play a game of Fate are: FATE LIST [set name] List the sets of Fate cards available to you, or a summary of the cards in a particular set. FATE VIEW <set name> View the cards in a set. FATE CHALLENGE <player|none> [WITH <set>] [WAGERING <gold>] Challenge another player or start a game against the enchanted deck. You can optionally specify which set of cards to use and a wager (if you are playing against someone else) from 1 to 40,000 gold sovereigns. FATE ACCEPT Accept a player's challenge to play a game of Fate. You must have any gold to be wagered in your inventory. FATE VIEW HAND|GAME|ALL View your hand of up to five cards, the 3x3 grid of the game, or both. FATE VIEW <deck> Alternately, you can specify which game to view by using the item number of its deck. FATE PLAY <hand position> TO <game position> Play a card from your hand to the grid. Cards in your hand are labeled 1 to 5 and the grid positions are labeled 1 to 9.