In the card game Coup, assume that player 1 states they are the Captain and takes 2 coins from player 2. Then if player 2 challenges player 1 they risk losing 1 card. But if instead they block player 1 by claiming to be the Ambassador then they still risk losing only 1 card. Is that correct? If so, what's the difference?
If player 1 takes an action then Player 2 has 3 options.
- They let the action go through
- They can challenge the action and if they are correct then Player 1 loses a card, if they are wrong then Player 2 loses a card.
- They can claim a blocking action and that leaves Player 1 with the first two choices that Player 2 had.
What the big difference is that if Player 2 claims a block then the decision and risk of losing a card shifts back to Player 1. Which in the case that Player 2 is correct it would mean Player 1 could lose a card for the challenge. So it puts more risk on Player 1 then Player 2.