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Subject: Handicap play for new players vs experts rss

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Andrew Adey
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Helping new players with any game can be difficult. Especially a pure strategy game like Navia Dratp, which has its roots in the Japanese version of chess, Shogi. Newcomers can have all the fun flogged out of them by repeatedly losing, and not only losing, but losing BADLY. Personally I don`t mind losing a game if it`s been a good fight.

Chess is a hard game to handicap so that two players of varying skill levels can play. Removing, well, ANYTHING spoils the symmetry.

Not so Navia Dratp. Simply handicap the better player by removing one of their Maseitai at the start. Or even TWO. Try fighting with only 5 Maseitai against 7!

Alternatively, so that a new player can savour the fun of dratping earlier, allow them an agreed number of Gyullas lead at the start of the game.

Or thirdly, play with a chess clock, but less time for the better player to think.

Or all three!
 
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Paul DeStefano
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I suggest using a gem advantage only.

Using less maseitai can actually be an advantagem since you cannot drapt navia if any pieces remain in your keep, and now you need to summon fewer, making a navia drapt easier to achieve.
 
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Michael Van Biesbrouck
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The only limitation on Navia Dratp is that you can't have been in check. Navia Goal requires an empty Masetai Keep.
 
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Goal is what I meant. Man, I hate the terminology of this game.
 
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