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Dylan Black
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Hello All!

Just wondering if anyone knows a good iOS app (Universal or iPod) that is good for timing turn lengths. Occasionally during games like Carcassonne, someone takes forever searching for the perfect move. This is somewhat frustrating at times (Though everyone generally takes it in good humor, guilting the person into speeding up their move).

The app, Battle Clock has a feature like this - but it is aesthetically designed for two players. Ideally, I'd like something that has just one timer that can be reset at a tap of the screen.

Hope I've been clear. Simple UI (though complicated settings would likely be a plus >_> and Aesthetically pleasing.

Thanks!
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Have you considered skipping the high-tech solution and going with a very low-tech one instead?

While using an iOS app (or Android app) gives you tight control over the timing (you could make turns anything from 20 seconds to 20 minutes or whatever) it's still a bit fiddly.

I think a better solution would be to buy a cheap set of sand timers. You can find sand timers of all shapes, sizes, and calibrations on Amazon for super cheap: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dga...

For around $12 for example, you can get a set of sand timers in increments like 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes. Using a physical timer has a few advantages over an electronic count down in that you can also use the sand timer itself as a turn indicator. Your turn ends, you pass it to the next player, he/she flips it over and sets it in front of their station. Boom, you get a visual indicator for both the player and everyone else at the table of both the time left in the turn and whose turn it is.

Edited to add: If you're set on using iOS, here are some app suggestions:

http://www.uquery.com/apps/Jbmjq/board-game-countdown-timer-...
http://www.uquery.com/apps/OiFIB/countdown-the-big-timer
http://www.uquery.com/apps/IYXOm/kiddie-countdown-activity-t...
http://www.uquery.com/apps/gKW86/quick-led-timer



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Kevin A
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You could always use the stopwatch that comes with iOS's clock app.



But here are a couple of others you may look at:

Board Game Time
Can be set for 1-6 players
3 timer types
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/board-game-time/id520936566?...

Board Game Tools
Timer and more
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/board-game-tools/id405250611...
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Bill Rarick
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Stronghold games just released something that sounds like what you are looking for. In the App Store.
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I use this.
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I've landed on Board Game Time ^_^. It's basically what I need.
 
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My only problem with apps with timers is that they are only a visual indicator that everyone may not be able to see and it may be hard to see. Adding another stimuli such as audio cues would greatly help in the suspense of time running out.

But I also think that sand timers are the best at keeping track of time as it allows the entire table to clearly see how close that last speck of sand join the others.
 
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The main problem with the sand timer is that if you want to end your turn early, you need multiple sand timers - there's no way to "reset" a sand timer short of letting it do its thing
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Anybody know an android app?
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jgag wrote:
I use this.

I downloaded this ("Board Game Time") and only then did I realize that for timing games with more than 2 players you will have to pay 99 cents (for an in-app purchase). Nobody mentioned that, nor did the Info page in the App store. In fact, the pictures of the App all show it with the 6-player function in action, so you might think that's what you are getting...a bit misleading IMO, but if this works as well as I think it might I have no problem paying 99 cents. (Think of the hours of my life this will prevent my AP friends from stealing away from me!!!)

This was exactly the question I came here to answer, so my thanks to everyone for their helpful input. (I'll try to remember to come back and give feedback about how it works out after I get some uses in.)
 
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Looks like this thread is abit old so in 4 years is there a new app anyone knows for multiplayers which limits time but time saved can be added to next turn?
 
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losfp wrote:
The main problem with the sand timer is that if you want to end your turn early, you need multiple sand timers - there's no way to "reset" a sand timer short of letting it do its thing
Using a digital timer that beeps when time is up has been helpful in games where everyone is participating to their fullest. Also, 3rd party and commercial ones can be more robust like doing lapped timing beeps, or giving warnings that time's almost up.
 
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