Way": Hanafuda System
At the core of Way"s exploration, combat, and sex system is the game of Koikoi ("Keep going"); not just the game, but the metagame. Every success or failure is determined by three rounds of play, or multiples of three.
The game and manual text adequately explain the basic game, and you should familiarize yourself with it through practice if you aren't already familiar. This section describes the permutations that Way" adds to the game, the 'house rules' ponidog has added complexity to the game with.
Most important are the advantages you and your opponents can gain in the card game itself, mostly by elemental alignment and how they relate to various yaku.
|Defense/Attack||Life||Point Quota||Opponent's Yaku|
Extra Cards: To the left are Extra Cards that can be drawn at any time to supplement your score, but only one can be played, and always at some cost or consequence. How many appear depend on different conditions, such as relative difficulty or purchase requirements. Keep in mind that your opponent always has one less cards than you, so if you put another one in play, their extra card has to come from somewhere, too. However unlike you, their extra card cannot be a duplicate card. Your Extra Card may be one that is already captured, currently in play, or soon to appear from the draw pile, but you need not worry that theirs will be a card you'd already accounted for.
These cards are semi-randomly drawn dependent on the opponent's class or predominant element, so you often see the same cards against the same types of situations or opponents.
Initial Torifuda: To the right, where cards that you and your opponent have captured are placed, can include extra cards from the beginning of the round. These will be overlaid in green to indicate they haven't actually been captured, but their points are still applied to your score. Capturing the same cards won't increase points, but capturing cards that supplement your combo will. You may also capture cards just to steal them from your opponent. Either way, the captured card will light up in its usual color to show that it's no longer in play.
Extra Cards not spent one round will appear here the next; unused Extra Cards may be more benefit in later rounds than in the round they appeared.
Point Quota: The number underneath the ★6, which is the difficulty, is the number of points you must score to succeed. Out of all the difficulty modifiers you can acquire, this one is non-negotiable; whether you enter a ★6 hunting ground with 3 Hunt ability or 12, you face a 35 point quota. This gives the opponent a great advantage; they don't have a point quota to meet so they don't have to score big, they only have to score to eliminate you from the round. If you are unable to score at least 35 points by the end of the 3rd round, you fail.
Support: Along the bottom are icons indicating the support you have for this round. These may be bonuses to overall ability, or any of the 6 basic stats that can modify the game, or the addition of bonus yaku. More explanation of these are in sections on Quests and Serious Seeding.
Pow: This isn't used until finishing a round, when you are given options for adding to your score and closing the Quota gap quicker. This is generated with Seed, so capturing Seed cards becomes a significant part of play strategy.
Many challenges are resolved without an opponent, such as general Hunting and Searching, so no one will attempt to score against you. But these become a factor when faced with an opponent:
Defense: This is the threshold of points your opponent has to capture in order to score against you. Your opponent has defense too, and until either of you can meet the quota in points, the round will go on. This doesn't mean that Defense reduces the points when they are sufficient enough to win the round.
In Serious Seeding, your Defense is a measure of how you withstand the pleasure a Heroine scores against you. The Heroine doesn't have Defense; what she has is a quota of 999 pleasure points you must score.
Attack: Attack is also only really a factor in challenges against an opponent, though your opponent's attack may be more a factor than your own. Attack is added to the score value of any combos, and with a high enough Attack value, a single capture can make Defense value worthless.
Opponent's Yaku: The combinations the opponent will be able to score against you will light up here.
Both you and your opponent may begin the round with innate yaku. In the above example, no cards have been played and the opponent's torifuda doesn't contain the yaku lit up at the top; their combined value represents this opponent's attack, displayed on the card. On one hand, those points will be added to the opponent's next combo, but on the other hand yaku can't be duplicated, so they won't get any benefit from taking the cards from the field. More aggressive opponents may still attempt to steal them.
The same goes for the player. In this example the player begins with Sakura (from the Shinobi on the Support bar,) which implies possession of a Gold 3 and Green 9. But capturing that Gold 8 from the field won't combine with it to add Moon to your score, you would have take the Green 9 into your torifuda as well.
The remaining stats displayed, Life and Treasure, don't directly affect the card game, and can be explained in Quest and Serious Seeding sections.