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Subject: Limited reversing move rules rss

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Adam Badura
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It seems that reversing while beginning the move (especially when done on a junction) causes a lot of misunderstandings and is rather complex. (Just see the threads: Junction Tiles In Regards to Derailment Die Rolls, Questions about ambiguities with speed limits and Please clarify ending your turn on a junction. And counting steam..)

It seems a variant for move rules could be used.

Reversing is forbidden except for towns (where you can still change direction for free including reversing) and dead ends (either on tile or due to unfinished track) where you must stop and start next turn by moving the other way.

When entering a tile you must make it clear on which track segment you are.

Those rules are simpler in explaining and following yet I think they offer more challenging game as moving the train requires now even more attention so you would not end in having to move a long distance just to turn around. Also tile placement is more interesting as you have to prepare turn around tracks (loops) so you could use them later.

The only difficulty would be how to deal with cases like following.

A train hits track dead end (due to unfinished track rather than on tile dead end) and stops to start moving the other way on next turn. Now before that next turn another player adds new tile so this is no longer a dead end (on this tile). Should the stopped train be forced to move further on the next tile to find another dead end or is already considered reversed?

A choice has to be made here. Current rules would rather suggest forcing to move on the new tile since reversing was allowed when starting the move and in that case it is no longer a dead end. But this could result in slightly more aggressive play (which might be either an advantage or disadvantage) especially in 3-4 players game where other players would be able to block some unlucky one by adding more tiles and denying reversal.

Also a "hardcore" variant could be used where reversing would be allowed only in towns and on tile dead ends.
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