wellywales: Keep playing and winning and you'll open up a gap. If the gap gets to three Steps you won't have anyone left to challenge, nor will anyone be able to challenge you until they've climbed up. This can be good or bad, lol. I view it as a breathing space.
THE HIT MAN: It's all dependant on the timing. Each of you has a separate clock with your individual times. If your opponent moves 5 minutes after you do then he'll lose 5 minutes from his clock. If you take an hour to get back then you lose an hour. Hey presto he's got a 55 minute advantage.
If he makes a move just before you go offline for the night then that's a several hours advantage.
It's a good strategy to give priority to your Fischer's games and play as often as possible, even popping in for a minute at several points during the day just to check those matches. If you can arrange to get up several times during the night as well.... LOL.
You've got 500+ matches going at the moment. You might want to add your voice to the feature request that Fischer's matches be sortable to the top of the games list.
Could someone explain why games come back to me from these stairs with not much time left on them,while they go back to opponent with lots of time on them.I am starting to loose games because of this,because of timing out
Is there anything to prevent the person at the top of the stairs to not challenge. No one can challenge him until they reach the same height, right? So they can just chill at the top until someone gets to the same stair and challenges them (if they have an open challenging slot of course)
I am one of those new players who almost ducked out but I wanted to play more games than those minimum allowed, and I wound up as a paid member. Thanks for the info playBunny, and I hope I turn out to be one of those Halma players to stirr up a few high rannked players. Stairs--Why can't a castle have more than one stairs for the enjoyment of so many stairs players?
playBunny: Hum... A private stair for fellowships.
I would hate to see many more public stairs for the fact that too many will spread people out too much - unless one or a couple were designated as "official" stairs - and that is the stairs you would want to join to play the best of the best.
Fencer: I've seen that one before but I'd forgotten it.
The 30 days value is about 4100. It doesn't seem to discount the non-countable one-peekers, though, so I'd say my estimate is more accurate as an active players count whereas the languages page (and the raw players list) is a logins count.
BerniceC: The idea about ratings is that they are a gauge of ability. (Not strictly true but we won't go into that). A high rated player is deemed stronger than a lower rated one. The thinking then is that if a weaker player draws with the stronger player then they must have played better. (Pretty much true in Chess, not so true in Backgammon). But that means they played better when the rating says they should have played worse, so the ratings need to be adjusted to fit reality. Thus the lower rating goes up a bit and the higher one comes down.
Modified by playBunny (13. November 2005, 10:15:36)
Pioneer54: Regarding that 20,000 players value: Go to the Players list and sort it by Last action so that today's action is shown. Then go to about page 85. That shows the players whose last action was about a month ago. There are 50 players shown per page so thats about 4250 players in the last month.
If you examine that page you'll see that there are a lot of Pawns who joined, had a look around and haven't been back since. The number of those decreases as you come further towards the present day. I counted 20 on page 85, 30 on the previous page, 35, 34, 33 on previous pages. On page 70 it was down to 20 non-countables, page 60 had 13... So let's say about 600 players in all. There are those who were active more than a month ago but who will be back sometime, but probably much fewer than the one-peekers. That's then roughly 3700 active players.
Pioneer54: It's very much too early to think that anything has settled down (unless few new players join!) but you're right in thinking that the stairs will stratify. That's the whole point of them! ;-) ("Cliques" isn't quite the right word because there's no collusion or relationship between the players, their positioning is the result of their playing strength.)
Strong new blood will cause a minor stir as that player rises through the ranks but for the players in the regions below their destined destination it will only be a passing excitement. Weaker new blood will reach its level sooner.
I imagine that the Stairs will grow as a kind of pyramid. The players at the top can only go up when there are challengers below and they may be in short supply (either absent because the higher player has climbed too high, or too busy with each other and those below). This limits the absolute growth rate of the Stairs. For each succeeding lower level there will be a wider and wider choice of players. I suspect that those on the uppermost levels will be able to make a complaint about stagnation but I doubt that many players below would.