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Subject: Handling remainders after movement rss

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David Fisher
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I'm designing a game that allows several actions per turn. One type of action is to move a certain number of spaces (from 3 to 7, depending on the transport).

If the player has the ability to move 7 spaces, but wants to first move 1 space, do some other action and then continue moving as the third action (say another 5 spaces), it seems like a bit of a waste to spend the entire first action on just moving 1 space.

I was thinking of maybe giving "change" -- in this case, the first action would give change of 6 movement points, as a free action to be taken later (eg. to move the other 5 spaces above). Not sure if change should be carried over to the next turn.

Are there some other solutions people have found to this problem? (Or is it not generally seen as a problem?)
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Players need to make decisions within the parameters that the game allows. If the decision the player makes (which may very well be the theoretical optimal move or whatever) is to use one action moving one square, that is not a problem in my mind.
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Have you considered just giving them a total of 'Action Points' so they can split how they choose?
This would (possibly) allow you to split the movement down- your faster transport has a cost of 1 AP per space moved, slower transports cost 2AP per space & so on. That way, you don't have to worry about split-moves, change & the like.
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One option would be like Tikal where you have a set amount of points and you can spend those points on various actions costing different points. Any remainder not used is lost on future turns.

Another option would be to let the players keep unused points but force the player with the most current points to take the next action. So if an action puts a player A's pool lower than player B then player A's turn is over until he's got more points than player B.

This should help keep players from hoarding points to use at the end. However it can also make your game mechanics a bit gamey.
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Nah, no need. The player is aware they can move 7 spaces for a move action. If they only take 1 space for movement, that's their decision. Unless your game stipulates that they HAVE to move 7 spaces exactly for that movement, I wouldn't put in any special rules unless it becomes a problem.

Now if they can move up to 7 spaces per turn total, I would suggest a track or token system that they keep track of how much they move per move action. That would be your "change".

Are they allowed to take more than one move action on their turn? If so, I would say either of the suggestions above would be perfectly fine. Personally, unless it becomes an issue with how the game is played, I'd let it slide.
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You could just take the Merchant of Venus or Roads & Boats or Empire Builder track and let players do whatever they like in the middle of their movement. "Move" would be one action, with whatever other actions the player wanted coming before, during, after, or even before-during-after the single movement "action".

If a player's going to move every turn anyway [seems likely in most games involving movement], just make the movement a standard turn action [as it is in all of the above] and make the remaining "action points" 1 less than what they were [effectively, the move action happens every turn for free, and at any time, and for any distance].
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