Next competition

Collapse
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
 
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • Nick
    Vanilla maintainer
    • Apr 2007
    • 9608

    Next competition

    As some people are probably aware, I am taking over the Angband and variants competition from Tony Holmes, who has run it from the beginning for 60 competitions.

    This is a call for suggestions or savefiles for a character for the next (November-December) competition. Savefiles can be emailed to me at nckmccnnll@yahoo.com.au; suggestions can be posted here.

    The competition has declined somewhat in popularity from when it started; if anyone has any ideas of changes that could be made, or comments on the general idea, or anything else relevant to say, this might be a good place to do it (as opposed to, say, telling a random stranger on the bus).
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
  • Donald Jonker
    Knight
    • Jun 2008
    • 593

    #2
    Originally posted by Nick
    The competition has declined somewhat in popularity from when it started; if anyone has any ideas of changes that could be made, or comments on the general idea, or anything else relevant to say, this might be a good place to do it (as opposed to, say, telling a random stranger on the bus).
    I think one way to cause a major spike in popularity would be to have the competition hosted here at oook. I realize I'm nominating pav for a lot of extra work, but I just want to throw it out there.

    Having a special ladder organized around the parameters of the competition (ie. first by max depth, second by min turncount) would give people a constant index to see what they're up against, and spur them to compete. If there were a big message on the front page of the site reminding folks about the competition I think you'd reach a lot more people that either missed the announcement on rgra or simply forgot about it.

    Lastly, I think it would be worthwhile to make slightly more advanced characters as the starting point (I believe this suggestion was made on rgra). I believe that having an excuse to savescum from an advanced stage in the game would entice people to play a variant that isn't their particular cup of tea. Of course, not many people who get so far will want to offer their savefile to the masses, but it would be nice.
    Bands, / Those funny little plans / That never work quite right.
    -Mercury Rev

    Comment

    • pav
      Administrator
      • Apr 2007
      • 793

      #3
      I like the competition-centric mini ladder idea!
      See the elves and everything! http://angband.oook.cz

      Comment

      • Mangojuice
        Z+Angband Maintainer
        • Jun 2008
        • 318

        #4
        Originally posted by pav
        I like the competition-centric mini ladder idea!
        It might also be worth its own separate forum?

        I wouldn't mind seeing a character that starts beyond the first few levels, but higher than that seems like a waste to me. The low levels can in some ways be the most interesting, though it's a phase that goes by quickly.
        -----------------------------------------
        Z+Angband: A Zangband evolution
        http://tinyurl.com/5pq2bd

        Comment

        • Aristobulus
          Scout
          • Nov 2008
          • 25

          #5
          I think a competition would be great fun, so long as you have a way of checking up on the other entrants. That way I feel kinda plugged in- instead of just playing a normal game by myself. Maybe have all the entrants post an update of their progress every day or so.

          I've never been in a competition, so I don't know if those are reasonable ideas or not- but it sounds like fun!

          Comment

          • Djabanete
            Knight
            • Apr 2007
            • 576

            #6
            Originally posted by Donald Jonker
            Lastly, I think it would be worthwhile to make slightly more advanced characters as the starting point (I believe this suggestion was made on rgra). I believe that having an excuse to savescum from an advanced stage in the game would entice people to play a variant that isn't their particular cup of tea. Of course, not many people who get so far will want to offer their savefile to the masses, but it would be nice.
            I'll submit a Human Warrior at depth 45 or so this evening.

            Comment

            • pav
              Administrator
              • Apr 2007
              • 793

              #7
              Ok there's now a new forum section for competitions.

              Nick, get in touch with me over email and we'll set up something for the competitions here outside the forums.
              See the elves and everything! http://angband.oook.cz

              Comment

              • Nick
                Vanilla maintainer
                • Apr 2007
                • 9608

                #8
                Originally posted by pav
                Ok there's now a new forum section for competitions.

                Nick, get in touch with me over email and we'll set up something for the competitions here outside the forums.
                Cool. I'll email you later today (my time). Meanwhile I'll go over and light a fire under the people on rgra
                One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
                In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

                Comment

                • buzzkill
                  Prophet
                  • May 2008
                  • 2939

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Donald Jonker
                  I think one way to cause a major spike in popularity would be to have the competition hosted here at oook. I realize I'm nominating pav for a lot of extra work, but I just want to throw it out there.
                  This is a great idea. Though I was a aware of, and bookmarked, the competition page, I rarely visited it (and never entered a competition).

                  I'm also fully on board with frequent, mini-ladder updates. This will make it feel much more like a competition, rather than a blind auction.

                  Another idea might be to to have 3 or 4 competitions running simultaneously, but staggered. Maybe start a competition in a different variant every week or so, just in case the current competition isn't ones cup of tea. That way one wouldn't have to wait weeks/months for a new competition to begin.
                  Last edited by buzzkill; November 7, 2008, 17:43.
                  www.mediafire.com/buzzkill - Get your 32x32 tiles here. UT32 now compatible Ironband and Quickband 9/6/2012.
                  My banding life on Buzzkill's ladder.

                  Comment

                  • Djabanete
                    Knight
                    • Apr 2007
                    • 576

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Djabanete
                    I'll submit a Human Warrior at depth 45 or so this evening.
                    Or maybe I'll just die instead.

                    Edit: Nick, I want to submit an Entro guy --- would you prefer a starting-level character, or as Donald suggested, someone a bit deeper?

                    Comment

                    • Nick
                      Vanilla maintainer
                      • Apr 2007
                      • 9608

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Djabanete
                      would you prefer a starting-level character, or as Donald suggested, someone a bit deeper?
                      A little deeper but not too advanced? It might also be nice to have a little blurb about the variant on the competition page, so people who haven't played Entro (or whatever) before will have some idea of what to expect.
                      One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
                      In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

                      Comment

                      • awldune
                        Adept
                        • Dec 2007
                        • 113

                        #12
                        I have always been interested to try a competition, but am discouraged by all the unfamiliar variants.

                        What if each month there were a V competition and also another one with a variant that changes every time?

                        Comment

                        • awldune
                          Adept
                          • Dec 2007
                          • 113

                          #13
                          Out of curiosity, how are the savefiles created?

                          It would be handy if we knew a way to hack the savefile to turn off the "cheater" bit so that Wizard mode could be used.

                          Comment

                          • Aristobulus
                            Scout
                            • Nov 2008
                            • 25

                            #14
                            Ahhhg, you make it sound so easy. "I'll submit a depth 45 char tonight"

                            I can hardly make it past 300' without getting canned by orcs.

                            Comment

                            • Donald Jonker
                              Knight
                              • Jun 2008
                              • 593

                              #15
                              Nick, I've emailed you a save file for an Oangband-110u High-Elf Assassin. He's at clev 15, 1500' with no resists. Comments are welcome (from everybody).
                              Bands, / Those funny little plans / That never work quite right.
                              -Mercury Rev

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              😀
                              😂
                              🥰
                              😘
                              🤢
                              😎
                              😞
                              😡
                              👍
                              👎