In Smash Up the wording on the cards is often critical to how they play. Unfortunately the rules are very light on certain situations and I haven't been able to find an answer online to a situation that arose at a game last night.
My friend was using Dinosaurs and Pirates, and was attempting to take the Tsar's Palace base. The bases ability is:
Minions of power 2 or less cannot be played here.
He then played the Howl card from his hand. This states:
Each of your minions gains +1 power until the end of your turn.
Next he then tried to play a First Mate (Power 2) from his hand onto the Tsar's Palace, under the assumption that it is now Power 3 because of the Howl card.
My interpretation is that the Howl card, and all action cards, will only affect minions already in play on the table, and not minions in his hand. Therefore the First Mate is still Power 2 until it is played and therefore cannot be played on the Tsar's Palace.
Which of us was right? Do action cards that affect every minion on the table also affect minions in your hand?