Chris Goodwin wrote:IMO, the time related rules make perfect sense from the standpoint of gamers sitting around playing a game.
If that were true, then talking would be a free action, not limited to Thinkamancer juice.
As for Charlie and that abomination that I will not name, it was at least suggested, in keeping with reason 2 balance, that you could not cast it at any time. Just what conditions are needed is left unspecified.
But turning Erfworld into a bout of Magic the Gathering, with byzantine turn rules, cancerously growing card inventories and eternal balance issues, is an obvious no-go. (Disclaimer: I did not play MtG. I did read a bit about it to know that it's not the thing for me.)
Apart from that, time is flowing real-time whenever armies meet. If you'd start going through the comic and look at time behaviour, you could maybe add enough rules to catch them all. But again, why bother? To wit:
ZombAnsom captures Ossomer under a hail of quadrupled arrows. These damage some units, including Jack. Then, ZombAnsom comes with an idea during the arrow attack- getting to ground. I suppose you could add a tactical roll that would allow a commander to come up with an idea in the middle a battle to reduce damage. But would it apply to battles in every conditions?
Ansom again, ariving in the nick of time to rescue Jillian- battles are definitely either real time or so multiple-round as to be painful to roll for.
Wanda battling Ansom, then getting rescued by Golems. Well, somebody was off-turn then, either GK or Ansom, but they could both pass from air to the courtyard well enough.
The Golems ambushing the Marbits: now this could just be the usual retaliation or ambush behaviour you see in TBSes, but I recall those ambushes being quite controlled (chosing when to attack or not) and deliberate. Then of course was the 4chan poop explosion. Was that off-turn too?
So remember, units can move off-turn (with some limitations), and cast off-turn (with some limitations).
You could patch rules for all those situations, but why do so? Especially since the rules of Erfworld are revealed slowly, my take on them is ignore, and go for similar flavour. Fantasy, pop-culture reference laden, TBS.
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.