Things I would like to see at GenCon 2018:
Joking aside, it's been long enough, I feel some sort of explanation isn't an unreasonable expectation now. I don't care if it's something as simple as "I've been busy", cuz yeah stuff happens in life. But we are 8 months past GenCon, and we haven't heard a peep in 2 months. Some sort of acknowledgement would likely make people less on edge about this, but it's like those in charge have buried their heads in the sand. Just step up, let us know you hear us and that you are working on it, it's really all I want at this point.
I like getting the books, I feel this just sets a dangerous precedent for locking things that shouldn't be locked
The problem with the first interpretation is that in the line following what you quoted it says that in order to perform the strike your sword must be sheathed. So you can't attack with it before doing the iaijustu strike. This is the iconic move where in one motion the samurai draws and attacks with one motion.
However, if I get close, hit with a reach weapon, and next turn I challenge, drop weapon, 5 foot step, and use my katana I negate the issue that you're talking about because my sword never left the sheath and I still have a move and standard action in bank for the full round Iaijutsu strike.
Reading over the rules of the Iaijutsu Strike, I came across a situation I'm not quite sure to handle.
It says that that after I challenge but before I attack the target of my challenge, I may perform an Iaijutsu strike. To me, I see this as 2 things :
1) I can attack someone on one turn, and then next turn, Swift action challenge, full round Iaijutsu because in theory i haven't attacked the target of my challenge yet (I attacked before he was my target, as weak as an argument that may be).
2. I can only Iaijutsu as a first hit on any creature even before I have challenged it.
I find the rules are vague enough to be able to exploit the first situation, but I just want some feedback to hear what your opinions are.