Originally posted by GlenR
OK, I'm not trying to be a pot stirrer, but help me understand how a 3 day t/o with a 14 day t/b is going to make a game play faster than a game with just a 3 day t/o.
Is the t/b a value I can set when I start a new game? If it is, then ...[text shortened]... lenges will not be excepted with a t/b greater than my preference)
When you compare 3 day timeouts to 3 day t/o with X days timebank you are missing the point - the comparison should be made with 7 day timeout against 3 day timeout with X days timebank.
Of course a 3 day t/o game with 14 day t/b isn't going to be faster than a 3 day challenge without timebank, but the point is that people who, before the timebanks were introduced, would not
play 3 day timebank games because while they normally could meet the time limit, as I explained in my previous post, most people can't guarantee that there won't be one or two more than 3 day periods during the game when they cannot move.
But now, with the timebank feature, people who would previously be forced to take only 7-day timeout games (because of the aforementioned uncertainty), and as a consequence suffer at the hands of opponents who would really
take the full 7 days per move, can now take 3 day timeouts with timebank, thus getting the best of both worlds - a faster game against deliberately slow players, and a guarantee that if they have some emergency during the game that keeps them away for the computer for, say 5 days, they won't be timed out because of the timebank.
In other words, the timebank makes it possible for shorter timeout periods to be chosen than would be the case if the timebank wasn't there.
This can be similarly applied if you think that 3 day timeout is too slow, but hesitate to take 1 day timeouts because you do want to take the weekend off on occasion - with the timebank, you can make it a 1-day t/o with 14 or 28 day timebank. Again, you'll ensure that the game doesn't last as long as a regular 3 day timeout, but also won't be as unforgiving as a regular 1 day timeout without timebank.
And to answer the other question, when you start a new game, you can select the timebank (Options ranging from no timebank to 28 day timebank), as well as the timeout limit.