What causes the new-board migraines and how to cope
What causes the head aches and migraines / eye strainsI, like many have been getting migraines with the new game board. This is rather my favourite game so I have still been trying to find ways to play it. It got me into thinking though of what causes this. I recorded the gameplay into a video and studied it. Then it became very clear. The board is dark now... even more dark during enemy turn. Then the eye adjusts to the dark... making our pupils large. Then during gameplay, there are split second flashes that are bright. Since our pupils are already large...the flashes affect our eyes is a negative way...not giving them any time to adjust. It's like looking into a camera's flash directly during photography...except it happens many time over a few seconds. Worst still our pupils are now constantly adjusting making the eye muscles fatigue very quickly and eventually causing the migraines for those sensitive to such instances. These photos should illustrate this issue:
How can we cope with it in the mean time?Here are a few things you can do to help in the meantime as a workaround while the developers provide a fix:
1. Look away during the enemy turns and after making your turn immediately. Turn on sound so you know when to look again.
2. Play the game in a bright area (closer to sunlight) where the pupils get smaller so they don't keep readjusting based on the screen.
3. Adjust your screen setting to a brighter setting, again to keep the pupils small.
Note that these are just work-arounds for the meantime are is not an equivalent for medical advise, nor will it help those with coloraturas blindness nor epilepsy. The real solution would hopefully come from the developers soon; however, i thought of sharing this in case it may help those like me with head aches and migraines cause by eye strain. Migraines are especially painful and debilitating and hope this could help someone.