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Measuring things...

From: Mikko Kurki-Suonio <maxxon@s...>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 10:03:38 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Measuring things...

I fear I'm opening a can of worms again... take this as my opinion only.

Örjan writes:
>>* "Measuring the distance between ships will be allowed after a ship
>>declared its intention to to fire, but not before." 
>This is a rule I
>personally find rather... strange (to use a non-offensive word) if you
>assume modern tracking equipment; but it might be necessary to keep the
>game time down <shrug>

Well, you have to draw the line somewhere. And, IMHO, the simplest
possible line is often the best.

If you do allow pre-measurement, exactly what can I pre-measure? 
When can I measure? 
Can I pre-measure distances to all ships?
Can I measure angles?
How about to arbitrary spots on the table?
Can I measure prior to movement? 
If not, how would you stop me from pre-pre-measuring movement during 
previous fire phase?
Can I place measurement markers on the table?
Can I write down the measurements I take?
Can I use graph paper?
How about a computer?
Can I bring my own record sheets?
Can I bring my own dice?

If I am out there to WIN the tournament, would it not give me at least
*some* edge to know all the measurements (at least mental assurance if
nothing of real substance)? Thus, why would I NOT measure everything I'm
allowed to? To give my opponents a break? ha ha ha...

Why do you think ping pong players have rules about what color shirt
can wear? Because someone WILL try to take any and every advantage they

As nearly always, it's a question of drawing the line somewhere. I
personally would prefer to err on the side of playability.

(Another good way is to use a chess clock or timed turns -- but this
penalizes beginning/clumsy players more, and quite frankly, FT can't
afford to alienate new players)

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