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Subject: When to pick up first cards? rss

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Chase Clinton
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"Alert. Enemy activity detected. Please begin first phase"

Can we immediately pick up our first 5 cards at the word Alert or Please begin first phase?
Waiting for that announcement to finish seems like an incredibly long 5 seconds!
 
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Josh K
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I say that as soon as the soundtrack starts, pick them up. Just get started!!!

That said, for the second and third phase, come up with a rule/convention in your group for when in the soundtrack one round ends (and you have to stop changing those cards) and the next round begins (and you can pick up those cards).
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Alison Mandible
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I would say it's after the announcement is over. Anticipation just makes it more fun!

(Also, as Josh says, you need a convention for when the phase changes over during the announcements for 2nd and 3rd, and there you'd usually rather have another split second to change your cards. So "the new phase starts when the announcement ends" will be less stressful as a general rule.)
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Jack Spirio
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We always start right away
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Xavier Compigne
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Don't forget that a player can just jump into 2nd and 3rd phase before the sound track announces. So there's no need of any convention there.

The question is only relevant for 1st phase.
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