Ashley's stories tend to have a high irony factor.
Under most circumstances, the only option to get more points in Hanma's game will be for a player to transform themselves. Under certain circumstances, however, they'll either need, or have the option to, transform other players.
And yes, though there'll be a little more of this, we're getting close to the actual game itself, here. I think it'll be more fun with these character motivations established and such, but we're fast approaching the point where dice must be rolled, darn it.