1. How are rings and beads acquired?
They are acquired
1) when you land on a space on the board that displays their image,
2) when you are instructed by a card to to take one, and
3) when you land on another player (see “Karmic Majority” in the instructions).
2. How do the "bridges" on the board in Land 1 work? When can you go onto a bridge
and why would anybody ever not choose the bridge?
You may move onto a bridge anytime you come to the point on the path that shows two arrows: one pointing to the bridge and one pointing to the main path. When you have a large enough move count that you will not land on either the bridge or the square opposite it, it won't matter. But if one of these two squares is the last count of your move, it makes the difference between a ring and a bead. As to why someone would choose imbalance, addiction, or immaturity over balance, sobriety, or maturity is anybody's guess. But it's been know to happen.
3. Why put the bead in the ring before returning it to the bank?
Only to make the point that the one neutralizes the other. Once this point is grasped, players don't usually bother with this intermediary procedure again.
4. It is unclear what happens when you want to break a habit but you have a fourth bead.
The habit stick and one bead are immediately returned to the bank. But because you are left with three beads, the habit re-forms itself. That is, you re-take a habit stick from the bank and place the three beads on it. In the end, you still have a habit but you have one less bead than you started with.
5. Are the tools in your peg board returned to the bank when their power is used?
No. A tool does not have any power until it becomes a master tool and, once that happens, that tool is never surrendered no matter how often used. But as long as you only have one peg toward a master tool, it is subject to loss (and subject to return to the bank).
6. Do all the Choice Cards yield either a positive or a negative outcome?
Eighteen of the 20 Choice Cards in each land do, but two Choice Cards in each land are random.
7. It seems there are more negative Karma Cards than positive Karma Cards.
The mix is pretty even. It is hard to make a direct comparison because some cards are a mixture of positive and negative.
8. When you take an opponent's karmic majority, do you get everything he has, even the tools?
Tools don't count towards karmic majority. Karmic majority is only one ring or one bead.
9. When using the Master Wand to enter a Dharma Wheel, does crossing over a Free Will Card square count?
Yes, and it gets you a Free Will Card.
10. Can you move past the same Dharma Wheels again and again?
Yes, and you can continue to circle around them on your next turn too. However, you do not receive another Free Will Card until you move back onto the main path of the board.
11. If your turn always ends when you reach the Past Life Review space, how would you ever reach the next space since it is only one count away?
Reaching the next space is only possible using a Free Will Card.
12. Does "1-6" on a Free Will Card mean you can move any number between 1 and 6? Can you use more than one Free WIll Card at a time?
Yes and yes.
13. Do you get anything special for rolling doubles?
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