We face the following problem in our now-in-development game Battle of the Pucks. Its idea came from a Russian board game Chapayev. It’s a 2-person (or a person vs. computer) game where the first player has a noticeable advantage. The classic rules call for the first player to continue making moves until he/she makes a mistake, then the turn goes to the second one. In some cases, this results in the first player winning a round (or even a few rounds in a row) without letting the other person to make a move at all. We keep arguing between ourselves on what should be the best approach to equalize the chances:
- Keep the classic rules intact: the first player continues playing until a mistake is made
- Limit the total amount of moves a person can make in a row
- Always change turns after each move
- Always change turns at the beginning of each new level
- Make two rounds for each level, to give each player an opportunity to move first
What would be your thoughts on this?