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S4 Spiderlings

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In season 4, the wording on Mother's Spiderlings trait has changed:

Spiderlings While within 1" of one or more friendly nest markers, enemy models suffer the crowding out penalty.

Reading from page 18 21 of the season 4 rulebook:

Crowding Out
When making an attack, the active model suffers –1 TAC for each enemy model, other than the target enemy model, engaging the active model.

Crowding Out
When making a character play, the active model suffers –1 dice pool for each enemy model, other than the target enemy model, engaging the active model.

Whenever a model makes an attack or character play, it suffers the crowding out penalty to it's die pool, 1 die per engaging enemy model.  Since it is already suffering this penalty, the Spiderlings trait seems redundant.  How should this trait be interpreted?

Do enemy models within 1" of a nest marker suffer the crowding out penalty as if they were in mother's melee zone?  If so, does it stack with the crowding out penalty imposed by Mother's actual melee zone?

Does each nest marker count as an enemy model for purpose of crowding out penalties?  Do all nest markers count as a single enemy model?

Do nest markers not count as models for the purpose of crowding out but instead cause a model that would normally not suffer the crowding out penalty via the Rowdy trait to suffer that penalty?

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Nest markers effectively count as models for crowding out purposes. This is separate and distinct from the crowding out penalty from being within Mother's melee zone. 

All nest markers count as a single model for crowding out purposes (i.e. if you're within 1" of three nest markers, it's still only -1 TAC). 

 

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