So recently I sent an email to FFG regarding the questions surrouding Panchatantra. Specifically, I asked:
Can you give it Current to trash a current?
Can you give Enforcer console to trash itself?
Can you give it Tag so that Jesminder can avoid it?
Can you give Wraparound Fracter to lower the strength?
I also suggested that he create a list of approved subtypes to keep this from getting out of hand.
Here is his response (my comments are in italics):
A current is trashed when another current is played. A card already in play becoming a current would not meet this requirement.
have it’s base strength if it were given the fracter subtype.
If Enforcer were given the console subtype, and it was the only
console installed, and the subroutine fired, the Corp player would be forced to trash it.
is a defined term. You cannot “avoid” ice regardless of what subtype it
has. Tag is a specific game mechanic, giving something the tag subtype
would have no affect or interaction what so ever
with any card that mentions tags because it is not referring to the
subtype. Subtypes are lowercase bold words in the text box of a card.
to anything in the rule book or card text that does not follow this
convention is not referring to a subtype but something else entirely.
cannot "get out of hand” in the way that you are implying. Subtypes are
a specific thing, and cards that refer to them are explicit in such
references. Anyone who puts forward an argument that is not based on the
explicitly stated rules will have the effect fail to resolve (How can it auomatically fail to resolve? This isn’t a computer game). If they
try to argue the point a TO will give them a warning based on
unsportsmanlike conduct (No arguing rules is allowed apparently), and if they convince someone they are playing
in a tournament that those “Effects” are legitimate despite they run the
risk of receiving a game loss or disqualification (maybe it would just be easier to make the list and end this right now?).
When in doubt, read the rulebook and the FAQ when it comes to subtypes. Any opponent
who is trying to rules lawyer you into an interaction that is not about
subtypes should be asked to point out in the rules where that
interaction is explicitly supported (Whatever happened to the Golden Rule that cards override rulebook?).