End Condition

A rule by which the game ends.

Finishing the game means also the ending of music, so it's very important part of the music game to keep in mind. Example mechanics include ending after a set amount of turns or when a player scores set amount of points or gains some other achievement (as sometimes end condition is tied to Victory Condition.

Ending the piece is one of the key skills of improvised music, because misplacing the ending in any direction might be devastating for whole musical effect. Dispite its importance, the perfect moment is a very subjective matter and probably the most important part is the agreement. From many possible moments only one should be chosen by every player. It is sometimes difficult for a non-experienced group of improvisers to end the piece. Possible difficulty is that even when everyone already agrees that the piece should end, there is a disagreement about who is going to make the last sound…

Implementing rules that take care of ending the music lets a more diverse group of players enjoy it. Although for improvising musicians it's not a good idea to make a fixed ending because that might be found restrictive musically.

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