So, have a couple of questions regarding tournament etiquette, and proper proceedings during tournament play. These are mostly policy questions, as opposed to rules questions.
1). Are the workers tied to the colors of starters? Example: I’m playing the red starter deck. Am I required to use the Pirate workers?
Why this is relevant: when you sit down across from your opponent, do you know what starter they are playing based off of their workers? Is that public information?
2). Is number of cards in hand/deck/discard pile public information?
Why this is relevant: tracking cycles, and also ensuring proper codexing (which leads to the next point).
3). What are the penalties for improper game play? If one of us forgets to tech up at the end of the turn, what are the repercussions? What about drawing extra cards?
Why this is relevant: in a tournament, there’s a lot happening, so knowing procedural penalties will come up.
4). In tournament play, is the random resolution method the CHOICE to go first, or does it automatically mean you’re going first (if you win the die roll/coin flip/randomization method)?
Why this is relevant: some decks want to go second. If there’s no choice in the matter, then it’s no use analyzing that detail as thoroughly.
5). When time is called, and it moves to Sudden Death (assuming both bases are tied for HP), what are the exact rules for end of time scenarios? Does it immediately shift to Sudden Death?
Why this is relevant: for players that are predatory, keeping track of time is important. Knowing that time is about to be called (when bases are tied), and dawdling can mean that you can make an incredibly disadvantageous attack, as long as you deal a single point to the base. I want to know if there are going to be policies in place to stop that kind of predatory behavior.
I figure getting policy down leading into FSX Qualifier season could be useful, but more importantly, these are questions to which knowing that the answer exists prevents TO’s from being put on the spot and being forced to make a snap judgement that they shouldn’t be forced into making. Thanks for the help!