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17.2.5 TRIPTYCHA

The game of Triptycha is a game played on a triangular game board between two
players. Each player plays with a hand of five or six tiles that they take 
turns placing in empty slots on the game board. When the game ends (when all
slots on the game board have a tile placed in them), the player who controls 
the most tiles on the game board is the winner. 

When a tile is placed next to another tile controlled by the opponent, there 
will be a battle between those tiles. If the attacking tile's edge score 
(explained below) is superior to the defending tile's edge score, the attacker
takes control of the defending tile. For example:

                 Player 1
                 Defender
                5---------3 2
                 \       / / \ 
                  \  7  / /   \     
                   \   / /  8  \    
                    \ / /       \
                     1 4---------6
                        Attacker
                        Player 2

When battling for control, a tile's edge score is the sum of of the numbers 
at the two points adjacent to the conflicting tile, plus its primary (center) 
number. In the above example, the attacking tile's edge score is 14 
(4 + 2 + 8). The defending tile's edge sum is only 11 (1 + 3 + 7), so the 
attacker wins and player 2 takes control of the defending tile. If the 
attacking tile's edge score is less than or equal to the defending tile's 
edge score, then both tiles remain in the control of their respective players.

Some variants of the game alter how edge scores are contested. These are 
described below in the options section.

The triangular tiles used to play Triptycha are stored in a special deck that 
is an extension of one's cache. Tiles are created in themed sets called 
collections. Some tiles (and some collections) are much rarer than others. 
Triptycha tiles can be acquired individually, though in most cases they are 
found connected in discs of 5-15 tiles, all of the same collection. To break 
open a disc of tiles, simply BREAK DISC.

- Game Commands -

TT                             : View your active Triptycha game.

TT DISPLAY <game number>       : View a Triptycha game that someone else is
                                 playing.

TT CHALLENGE <person> <rules>  : Challenge someone to a game of Triptycha,
                                 using the rules variants you specify. See
                                 below for a list of rules variants.
                                 
TT ACCEPT <person>             : Accept a challenge and start the game.

TT DRAW <tile>                 : In a draw game, each player selects their 
                                 tiles before the game begins. Player 1 draws
                                 five tiles, while player 2 draws six.

TT LAY <tile> IN <niche>       : Place a tile in a niche of the game board.
                                 The number of the tile is diplayed within 
                                 brackets (<>) under the tile's display in
                                 your hand. A tile must be flipped to fit the
                                 desired niche before it can be placed there.

TT ROTATE <tile>               : Rotate a tile on your hand. 

TT FLIP <tile>                 : Flip a tile on your hand, to fit a niche.

TT INSPECT [<number>]          : Gives a detailed breakdown of the tiles in
                                 each niche of a game and who controls them.

TT RESIGN                      : With this you will immediately concede an 
                                 active game of Triptycha, recording it as a 
                                 loss.

- Miscellaneous Commands -

TT VIEW OPPONENT               : This will display your opponent's hand. It 
                                 can only be done in the trading phase or if 
                                 the Truth rule variant was selected.

TT TAKE <number>               : Take a tile from your opponent's hand 
                                 if the game is in the trading phase.

TT STATUS <person>             : Display a person's Triptycha rankings and 
                                 record.

TT RANKINGS                    : This will display the rankings of players of
                                 ranked Triptycha matches.

ITD                            : This will handle your tile deck. See ITD HELP
                                 for more information.

OUTTD/INTD                     : For further handling of tiles. OUTTD HELP and
                                 INTD HELP will tell you more.

- Rules Variants -

Truth                : In a Truth game, you may view the hand of your 
                       opponent using TT VIEW OPPONENT.

Random               : Each player's hand is randomly picked from their deck.

Inversion            : When this rule is active, the primary number of a tile 
                       will be subtracted from edge scores rather than added. 
                       Inversion cannot be combined with the Undercut rule; 
                       for that, use the confusion rule instead.

Undercut             : In this game mode, the tile with the lowest side sum 
                       in a battle will be the winner. It cannot be used 
                       together with Inversion; instead you should use the
                       Confusion rule.

Confusion            : This is a combination of the rules Inversion and 
                       Undercut. The lower of two edge scores wins conflicts,
                       and the primary number of each tile is subtracted from
                       its edge scores rather than added.

Plunder              : In a plunder game, each player keeps possession of all
                       tiles they control when the game ends. 

Take <number>        : At the end of the game, the winner may take the 
                       specified number of tiles from their opponent's hand. 
                       Use TT VIEW OPPONENT to see your choices.

Ranked               : If this option is specified, the game will be logged 
                       in the rankings and the players' ranks will be updated.

Disc <type>          : Specify a type of disc to play with. If both players
                       have a disc in their inventory if this type, you will
                       both break them and play a game with the tiles from 
                       them.

Triptycha is best played with ansi color and a fixed width font.