Gang of Pickpockets
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|Gang of Pickpockets|
|Illustrator(s)||Eric J Carter|
|At the start of your turn, discard down to 4 cards in hand unless you spend a Favor.|
Gang of Pickpockets is an Ally from Allies. Unlike most Allies, instead of using Favor tokens to earn a bonus, Gang of Pickpockets extorts Favor tokens out of you by making you discard if you don't pay them.
 Official FAQ
- At the start of each of your turns, you choose to spend a Favor or not, and if you didn't, you discard down to 4 cards in hand. It's okay if you already only had 4 cards or fewer.
- This is not an Attack card being played and cannot be blocked with Moat.
 Other rules clarifications
- If you have other abilities at the start of your turn (such as Highwayman or Cathedral), you may resolve them either before or after Gang of Pickpockets. This may matter if those abilities would change the number of cards in your hand.
 English versions
|At the start of your turn, discard down to 4 cards in hand unless you spend a Favor.||Allies||March 2022|
 Other language versions
|German||Taschendiebe||Zu Beginn deines Zuges: Lege deine Handkarten bis auf 4 ab, es sei denn, du löst 1 Gefallen ein.|
Gang of Pickpockets is that rare thing, the game attacking the players. You can keep them at bay, or just give in.
 Secret History
I tested this early on, as "if you have 5+ cards in hand, discard one unless you spend a Favor." I wasn't thrilled in its one or so games and cut it. Later I thought of it again and tweaked it to "discard down to 4." This time I liked it, go figure.