Staggered tournament round starts?

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Staggered tournament round starts?

Postby Sheddy » 06 Jan 2009, 13:28

Maybe this should be in the Suggestions forum, but as it is specific to the current (or more likely future) tournaments I thought I'd put it here.

I suggest we stagger the start of each round by two weeks. After two weeks of play each game has usually advanced by a couple of game years or more. Initial diplomacy will be concluded, first alliances made (and broken), some countries may already be nearly (or completely) eliminated and the basic shape of the game will have developed.

Therefore, by the time each subsequent round starts, the previous round's game will be at clearly different stages. This should make it easier to focus on the initial diplomacy phase of each game if only having to do this for one round at a time. And it will generally be easier to keep the games compartmentalised in one's brain.

I think using this approach we could actually have started all four tournament rounds already at two week intervals through September and October last year.
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Re: Staggered tournament round starts?

Postby Sheddy » 06 Jan 2009, 14:24

Other advantages of this is that you could play more rounds in the same amount of real time. Also you maybe wouldn't need an exact multiple of 7 players for the tournament to be set up. If there aren't exactly 21, 28, 35, etc. players, you could simply have some players sitting out in each round. But as the next round starts after just two weeks, nobody is missing out for very long. However, depending on the exact numbers, it may require a bit of mathematical jiggery-pokery for every player to have the same number of games and keep the total number of rounds to a reasonable number.

For example, with 22 players you could have 3 full games and 1 sitting out in each round. But then you would need 22 rounds for every player to miss out on 1 round. (The tournament would last almost a year!) This situation would work a bit better with 2 full games and 8 players sitting out in each round. Then with 11 rounds, each player would sit out 4 rounds and play in 7. 11 rounds may still seem like a lot, and maybe too many, but they would start at 2 week intervals over a ~20 week period and the tournament may be completed inside 6 months (which is about as long as we are expecting the current one to last.) Most players would probably have only 3 or 4 tournament games live at any given time. The exact numbers of rounds and full games per round would of course depend on the exact number signed up to play by the closing date. This would be worked out by the tournament organiser/committee.
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Re: Staggered tournament round starts?

Postby Diplomat » 07 Jan 2009, 19:00

This is a good idea actually, and perhaps we take it up with the start of the 3/4 rounds. But right now we are on the last days of waiting for Sam to return, then we will need to step in and start the next grouping up.

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