I've created 6 new team tournaments for fellowships to compete in. Fencer has allowed the "time per game" time control, and also allowed for us to make them with hours in the standard time (since 2/3 days seemed too short for some, 4 days seemed too long - a good 3 day, 12 hour is nice)
Anyway, I have heard 2 main complaints/suggestions. (1) team size for the popular games is too high for smaller fellowships to get teams and (2) Team Tournaments last too long.
Well I've tried to mix things up to hopefully help those 2 things. There are 2 backgammon TT's that have a small team size - plus 3 of the 6 use the Fischer Clock time control which have NO DAYS OFF - no vacations - no weekends. (SO CAPTAINS - Make sure your team understand how these time controls work - have them check out this article if needed: http://brainrook.com/archives/54-Time-limit-for-games-on-BrainKing.html )
The other 3 TT's use standard vacations, two with 3 days, 12 hours - and one with a little quicker 2 days, 12 hours time limit.
2 of the games (Open pente & Fevga) never had a TT before 2 of the games (Turkish Checkers & Logik) have not had a TT for awhile - both pretty popular (31st and 21st most popular according to current games)
So hopefully this was a good mix. As always, suggestions and ideas are always welcomed.
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WOW - With so many new games and such, it was hard to pick which games to make site team tournaments out of. Sorry I did not get to all the suggestions given to me, but I still have all the suggestions and will try to get them in next time.
5 of the 6 have never had a site team tournament. Cheversi has had a site team tournament before, but did you know there was a recent rule change to make this game more even? So if you have not played Cheversi for awhile - well now is the time to start playing again.
Oh, and a bonus game. Can anyone figure out where I got the 6 names for these tournaments? (Stampy, Pinchy, Strangles, Plopper, Snowball, and Mojo)
At the end of this month, the new batch of team tournaments is set to go. For a team tournament to start, there needs to be at least 4 teams signed up. Currently, there are 2 teams which NEED HELP:
Small Espionage - Only need 4 players per team. Any Fellowships looking for members? (Are you a player looking for a fellowship to play with)
Grasshopper - Only need 4 players per team. Any Fellowships looking for members? (Are you a player looking for a fellowship to play with)
Lets post in here what is needed.
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My Gammon Cube fellowship is in need of 2 more Grasshopper players. The fellowship is open to all Bishops & above. ALL SKILL LEVEL. (meaning you don't have to be good or an expert to join my team - just need to have fun) - so please go and join if you are interested: ◙ The Gammon Cube ◙
Well, thanks to Eriisa, we seem to have ChatZilla working and BrainKing has its own Channel (Live Discussion Board / Chatroom)
Those of you that have used any form of IRC (Interent Relay Chat) before should have no problem finding it on the dalnet server.
Everyone in the Fellowship is welcome to log in to it, and i will post it on the Fellowship board in case there are others that use IRC and wish to join us.
So, please just download ChatZilla, follow the Instructions and hopefully you will find Myself & Eriisa there
Those using any other form of mIRC, i am sure will know how to get there , just type /join #brainking from the dalnet server.
There is no real reason to create a live discuccion forum as such, but it has been talked about many times on BrainKing. This is just a nice way to do it in the form of a Firefox Extension and just for BrainKing users The room is there all the time, and hopefully an Operator (Eriisa & myself at present) will be there to help answer any questions. So if you just fancy a chat with friends or there is a problem with the site and you want somewhere to go, you now have somewhere to go.
Come and join us either through ChatZilla OR any IRC provider
...is looking for stairs lovers. We play backgammon stairs with cube. We have 10 stairs as of now 3 point w/cube and 4/point with cube 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 days for each. Will consider expanding to more times controls. Will also consider intra-fellowship tourney's based on interest.
Send me a note if you are interested in joining...
WellyWales: What "rooms"? If you mean discussion boards, they are controlled by the discussion board system - the main moderator can add secondary moderators of his choice. There cannot be two main moderators of a discussion board.
Nirvana: You are like myself and other bosses, we like to keep an eye on whats happening on BrainKing and let Fellowship members know.
Bosses can see challenges created from within there Fellowship(by themselves or Captains) on their Fellowship challenge list, but unless you are a Captain of a certain Team you can not see any other challenges in the Waiting room.
That has been mentioned by myself and others now, but Fencer says 'No' , so only Captains can see them.
rod03801: I have never put a game in the Waiting Room so I didn't know that. But I have set quite a few tournaments, both 'open' and fellowships ones, and they appear on the Tournaments board so I wondered why they didn't also.
MadMonkey: The team challenges that you create for any other team to accept (waiting room) show up on your main fellowship page? That's good. (I know the team challenges where you challenge a specific team show up there) I'll have to play around with it when I get some time.
rod03801: They show up on you Main Fellowship page. All other Waiting ones (that other fellowships created) did show as a red umber yesterday, beside Waiting games along with normal Waiting games. That red number seems to have vanished now
Nirvana: Well, it is set up to work the same as the current "Waiting Room". You don't see your own challenges in there, either.
I believe they show up on the bottom of your Main Page though, don't they? I wonder if there is a place your own team challenges show up? The specific fellowship's page, perhaps? If not, that might not be a bad idea.. I would think they must show up somewhere, so that you can delete it, if you want? No? (I haven't tried it yet, honestly.)
I created a couple of public games, they appeared in the Challenges list like the ones against other named fellowships do, but they didn't appear on the Waiting games area. If they don't show there, then how do other fellowships know that a Public challenge has been set up? do we have to post them on the Tournaments board.
On the subject of Little Bosses: why is it possible to set up other boards in fellowships but not edit them, and so only doing half the job. It would be handy to be able to do that, please.
As Litte Boss, I can send invites to people but the accept/decline doesn't come to me like it would if I were the Big Boss, and it would help if it did, please, so whoever it is can be greeted properly when they join a fellowship.
MadMonkey: There is a big difference. A private challenge is sent to only one team, so there is no doubt which fellowship will accept it, so it can be done by any person with the proper rights (captain or boss). But, if you are a Big Boss in two fellowships and a captain in the third one, and open a public invitation, which fellowship should be chosen as the opponent? That's why only a captain can accept a public invitation because he cannot be a captain in more teams of the same game.
Fencer: Well i CAN create them to challenge another Fellowship and except ones sent to the Madhouse as well as the Captain can There is no difference, and it is handy if the Captain is not about etc...
3. When creating a 'Open Invitation, it shows you a list of players for that Team you can select from, BUT if you click on the Fellowship link in the box, it does not take you to that Team within the Fellowship. (not major though, best sort thing now lol)
1. Bosses as well as Captains should be able to see what challenges are available, to except them and able to create them from 'The list of teams where you can create a public challenge' list, like they can in direct Fellowship ones.
2. Once a Challenge is created, there is no way to delete it. There is no Delete challenge option like in direct Fellowship Challenges created.