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Cliff Allister McLane
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if you want to play the game with a chess clock, which tower gets the dragons tooth in case of expired time? We just used the house rule that the winner can choose the tower, but then the time restriction is extremely serious ...
 
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Russ Williams
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Good interesting question...
Dergel wrote:
if you want to play the game with a chess clock, which tower gets the dragons tooth in case of expired time? We just used the house rule that the winner can choose the tower, but then the time restriction is extremely serious ...

Or you could interpret "on the dragon tower that went through" very literally/strictly; there was no dragon that went through, so no dragon gets promoted...

(But then you'd probably want a house rule that you still gain a point for winning that round, so it's making a house rule either way...)
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russ wrote:
Good interesting question...
Dergel wrote:
if you want to play the game with a chess clock, which tower gets the dragons tooth in case of expired time? We just used the house rule that the winner can choose the tower, but then the time restriction is extremely serious ...

Or you could interpret "on the dragon tower that went through" very literally/strictly; there was no dragon that went through, so no dragon gets promoted...

(But then you'd probably want a house rule that you still gain a point for winning that round, so it's making a house rule either way...)

If the clock is used to time each round individually instead of the match as a whole, and one point is awarded for a time forfeit, then once a player realizes that an already promoted tower is going to make it to the finish line, he just sits without moving and waits for time to expire.

I think the only way around that is to either time the entire match, including the resets between rounds, or to accept that the penalty for a time forfeiture can increase in later rounds.

If the decision is to use the clock for each round separately, the points awarded for time forfeiture will always have to be the same as if the non-forfeiting player promoted his greatest tower, else the same problem arises again.

If the match is to be timed in its entirety, this might be a fine time to use a Fischer clock, since the number of rounds in a match could vary so much.
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