Today we played our second round of Dominion: Nocturne. Quite a few cards (among others: Raider, Magic Lamp) refer to cards being "in play". Even though we are seasoned players of other dominion extensions, we have so far never seen the need to follow the rules too closely with regard to distinguishing between cards "on the hand", "in play" etc, mainly it was "play actions from your hand" and "buy cards with the amount of money and buys at your disposal".
However, today we suddenly realised it became important to do this more conscientously to be able to use the new Nocturne cards.
My understanding of the rules is as follows (though not everyone in our round agreed even on that):
- at the start of your turn, the cards in your hand are obviously "on your hand"
- at the start of your turn, any duration cards from previous turns are already "in play"
- as you play actions, the go from being "on your hand" to being "in play"
- at any time before your buying phase, you can lay down money cards, therefore also moving them from "on the hand" to "in play", by doing so, you increase the amount of money available in your buying phase (increased by any text on action cards you may have played)
Is that understanding correct?
Also, it is my understanding that any action card that refers to "cards in play" only takes into account those cards you already moved from "your hand" to "in play", meaning that it matters whether you place your money before or after playing an action card and that there is no fixed time when you play your money (i.e. before or after playing an action). Is that also correct?
Furthermore, as the night cards are played after the buying phase, all actions that were played during your turn and any money played before your buying phase is considered to be "in play". Is that also correct?
After the night phase, any card "in play" goes to the discard pile (except for duration cards that will be kept for the next turn).
Any card not having been played, remains "on the hand" and goes directly to the discard pile, without ever entering play.
The above summarises my understanding of the rules. Is that correct or are there gaps in my understanding?
However, the main point of contention/confusion is if there is any way of bringing "point and/or curse cards" into play, or do they always stay "on your hand" and go straight to the discard pile? This is relevant as it may help to attain the exact number of cards in play for "Magic Lamp".