OK, lots of questions to answer here!
@Jim_Albins - the special play cards that come in the Human, Orc and Elf packs are usable by all teams, not just those 3 races. They are supposed to be complimentary to that teams style of play, but are not restricted to them. I have the human ones and I think most teams could make good use of them. If one player has them and their opponent doesn’t have access to them then I think they should be encouraged to share their special play card deck with their opponent for that match so both have potential to draw them from the deck.
@Nanuek - I also prefer the simpler version of BB2016 for inducements. I think I would rather keep it that way until we get sight of an official FAQ. As for the CRP Wizard, I am not a fan either but I don’t like outright banning stuff if I can avoid it. Perhaps we could introduce a special rule for certain inducements: ‘Restoring the Balance’ - this inducement may only be chosen by the underdog.
@Dopey & @Nanuek - to be honest I didn’t really think about this as we had the same rule for Winterbowl cards last year and nobody raised it as an issue. I have a set myself but can’t remember if I got an opportunity to use them last season as I was rarely the underdog in any game. My thinking was that if someone had a set they would also make them available to their opponents when they played them, so they wouldn’t be universally available would be available to both sides in any match they featured in. I think we either need to add the 3 cheapest cards to the list of inducements everyone can take, or just ban them altogether. I’m starting to think it may be necessary to create a handout of league rules and give a copy to every coach, in which case the Winterbowl inducements could be included. However, I think a more relevant question is: does a team that is only 30k down really need to benefit from these inducements?
@Oakley - league will be starting either last Wednesday of January or first week of February. Will confirm soon.