With the introduction of Escape Nublar in Jurassic Park, the question again comes up: Should players in tournament be allowed to start a feature that changes the game rules for all players? If so, under what circumstances?
It’s been discussed before, but always only for a specific game. We should have a generic rule instead.
Here are some examples…
- Pool Sharks: 8-ball vs. 9-ball (selected at the start of P1B1)
- Many modern Sterns: Player Competition mode (selected before pressing start)
- Who Dunnit (and others): Novice Mode (selected before pressing start)
- Judge Dredd: Super Game (selected before pressing start)
- Jurassic Park (Stern): Escape Nublar (selected before pressing start)
- Monster Bash: Lyman’s Lament (selected before pressing start)
- Choosing Spanish language settings on Family Guy or Stern POTC
- Other relevant examples?
Note: This discussion only relates to modes which affect all four players. It does not relate to modes which only affect one player, such as…
- Transformers: Autobot or Decepticon
- Game of Thrones: Choose your House
- Star Wars (Stern): Choose your Hero
- Pirates of the Caribbean (Jersey Jack): Choose your Character
- Lots of others
In asking this question, I’m NOT just asking about major tournaments, but also about small tournaments, leagues, etc., where TDs do not have access to the keys of the game.
I think the answer to the question should be…
- When possible, TD’s should use software settings to control what options are available to the player
- If not possible, the TD should dictate the mode to be played
- Unless the TD specifically allows otherwise, players should never activate any special features before starting a game
- In cases where a choice is mandatory (eg, Pool Sharks) and the TD didn’t dictate the choice, player 1 is free to choose
Agree / Disagree?
In answering, please try to create a generic rule we can use for all games (including future games that may have similar features), not just your opinion on a particular game listed above.
References to previous discussions…