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Outside assistance is a Acorn mechanic featured in Unstable and Unsanctioned that has the player interacting with a person from outside the game to get input of some kind.[1]


Cards with outside assistance require you to find a person not playing in your current game and ask them to do something, usually making a choice or choices about something that will impact your game.[2][3]


  • A "person outside the game" is any person anywhere except the people who are currently in your game.
  • Players who started in your game but are currently out of it are also outside the game.
  • It doesn't have to be a person who plays or knows Magic.
  • If there's no one else around, you may use your phone if you need to. Texting and calling are allowed, although, if you need the person outside the game to perform a physical action (such as high-fiving, becoming your teammate, that kind of thing), you may be out of luck.


  1. Mark Rosewater (February 25, 2020). "Unsanctioned FAQ". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (November 22, 2017). "Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (November 20, 2017). "The Un-Ending Saga, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.