Krieg Eterna

Void


Type: Hex Power

Effect Text: The round ends after your next turn ends.

Flavor Text: He wished they would shoot him quickly and have it done with.

Flavor Source: Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

Artwork: Portrait of Fyodor Dostoevsky by Vasily Perov (1872)

Strategy:

Void is a powerful card, but can be tricky to use correctly. The basic idea is to punish your opponent for either (1) not playing enough units in the early parts of the round, or (2) if they begin stalling, bluffing, or setting up a mulit-card combo. For example, say you have a few more units on the field than your opponent. It may be impossible for your opponent to overcome their total strength deficit in the single turn after Void is played.

An extreme case of this strategy is when you have Void and Mortar in hand, and go first for the round. If you lead with , there isn’t a card in the game which can beat Mortar’s base strength, meaning you are guaranteed to win the round.

About the card:

From Dostoevsky's The Idiot in which his character undergoes a mock execution, but the order is recalled at the last second before he was shot (see also Offering or Wrath). This actually happened to Dostoevsky, he and the group of writers that he was working with were sentenced to death by the Tsar for the socialist nature of their works and distributing socialist literature, at the last second before the firing squad fired and officer rode up with a stay of execution from the Tsar. Dostoevsky would spend the next four years in prison in Siberia.

The Ascent (1977)

This story is somewhat evocative of the film The Ascent (1977) in which two Russian prisoners of war in German occupied Belarus are sentenced to death and must decide whether to betray their countrymen.