Browsing other blogs today I spotted a review of 8th edition, which mentioned that Ring of Hotek had been nerfed a little - it could still be used by getting close to enemy wizards though. Now this troubled me as Ring of Hotek has always been far better as an umbrella for my own units than for a dark pegasus hero to go chasing enemy wizards - heroes like that tend to get themselves shot full of nice conventional arrows and the wizard carries on the next turn. It also seemed strange to me to change the item so much in what it can do, but the AMENDMENTS part of the FAQ would seem to bear this out. It says
Page 102 - Ring of Hotek
Change to "Any wizard (friend or foe) attempting to cast a spell within 12" of the wearer must roll on the Miscast table on any roll of a double, but will only cast a spell with irresistible force on a roll of double 6."
This seems simple enough, it says any wizard attempting to cast a spell within 12" but makes no mention of targetting. However, in the FAQ part of it there is the following...
Q. Do area of effect spells miscast on a double if they affect any model within 12" of the ring of hotek? (P102)
But hold on, surely that can't be true if it only matters if the caster is in range as opposed to the target? This is why I think they've done it wrong. I think they made the amendment given the new rules on IF/Miscast. It used to be Miscast overruled IF. Now you get both... so it's possible people might think if IF = Miscast then Miscast must therefore equal IF - effectively making the ring of hotek a spell magnet! To avoid this, they've stipulated that the msicast roll is for any double, but IF only double 6. This of course means IF still get's through now, which is a slight nerf for the Ring, as opposed to transforming the ring into a useless trinket as otherwise seems to be the case. But as the part about the spell failing and miscasting instead has been removed, this suggests to me that the ring has been nerfed further by allowing spells that pass their base casting cost to go through... the wizard just gets a miscast too.
This reading of it would seriously tone down the ring of hotek without making it completely useless. I fear that making it into something that can only be used by someone following a wizard around... well hell, it'd be cheaper to just give your hero a couple of repeater handbows and finish the job quicker and easier, rather than messing around with a ring the wizard can probably march move out of range of anyway!
I'll be discussing this with my regular gaming group to see what people make of it, and see if we can establish a house rule, but as several of them read this I may get a good read of their opinions here and now! If anybody else wants to chip in their two cents as well, they're more than welcome, I'm interested in what other people have to say about this :o)