Hello, and welcome to the 2011 TMR Game!
For those new to the game, welcome. All you need do is pick a selection of up to 10 names per week, the twist being you can’t pick more than 7 from a single championship. This is my way of helping you learn of championships you might not normally follow. :)
If playing this way doesn’t grab you, how about a challenge? If your usual series is F1, or IndyCar, or whatever – spend the year picking only drivers who race in your series currently, or have done at some stage in the past! You might be surprised at how competitive you may be.
For the returnees, welcome back! There are a few changes to the rules based on what was learned last year, details below. Alternatively if you want to be spared the details, jump down to the bottom of the page for instructions for this week’s race.
The game runs from the Daytona 24 Hours to the last major race of the year, usually that is NASCAR Cup at Homestead but this year it looks like it will be the Formula 1 Brazilian GP. If you are unable to play each week don’t worry, this year we’ve collectively thought of a way around that.
The winner of the game may declare: “I Watch Too Much Racing!”
(The real aim of the game is for players to learn about a wide variety of series.)
Read more about this year’s rules and simple instructions on how to enter the game.
There are new rules for 2011.
- New entrants: For the first 8 weeks, if you join late, you will get 80% of the lowest amount scored for each prior week. After 8 weeks new players still get those 8 weeks worth but no more.
- Last season there was a ‘carryover’ rule, if you missed a week your picks rolled over from the previous week. This was based on ARFL where it works well, unfortunately here it caused people to fall a long way behind the leaders. For this season, players who miss a week will be awarded 80% of the lowest score from someone who did enter a full pick, just as with new players above.
I’d like to propose that if you forget to enter 10 drivers and only choose 9, and can’t be contacted to correct it, you get the higher figure between your own score and the 80% score.
- For all sportscar races – ALMS/LMS/Daytona – you will now pick the car not a specific driver. For Sebring you might choose the McNish, Kristensen and Capello car as a single pick. The effect of this is to reduce the maximum score for a win to 50 points not 150 points, bringing sportscar races into line with the rest of the events in the game.
(However, it would be nice to denote a 24 Hour race. I am thinking of a 25% bonus awarded on positions at 12 Hours, something similar to the Spa 24 Hours points system, so the leader would get 50 x 25% = 13pts (rounded up), and then the usual 50 if they win the race. Your thoughts?)
- WRC has reluctantly been dropped. The Friday starts (sometimes Thursday) were a pain with regards to player entries (they could check form and learn of early DNFs), retirees often scored zero because junior classes filled the rest of the top 43 unlike other series where a bad week could still see players pick up 10 points for that driver. This is more about keeping parity with other series in the game.
However, I say ‘reluctantly’ because with the expected increased competition this season I could be persuaded to keep it should enough people plead for it before the first round! Maybe we lose DTM instead. We have until Feb 6th to decide.
- MotoGP has been picked to replace WRC. It may be another ‘road/circuit racing’ discipline unlike the oval or loose-surface series, but I think being on two wheels makes it different enough. Anyway, who can ignore Rossi on a Ducati versus Lorenzo on a Yamaha versus Stoner on a Honda? This year will be epic.
- I haven’t properly written up the new rules yet because I’ve been too busy! A revision will appear Wednesday night and will be noted in the comments section of this post. I had hoped to release them minutes before this post but I ran out of time (it is now 1.30am), you need time to get entries in and I need time to tell people it is open again.
I am considering an opt-in mailing-list you can subscribe to in order to receive email reminders. I am not keen on harvesting addresses from player’s comments, they could be the wrong addresses or not provided for a reason.
I’d like to thank everyone who contributed feedback at the end of last season, it was very helpful!
This post accepts entries for these events:
Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Please select SEVEN CARS (not drivers) from this event. The entry list is here and it is really quite impressive, featuring Montoya, Franchitti, Wilson, Briscoe, Enge, Brundle (Snr), Bergmeister, Long, Minassian, Hunter-Reay, Westbrook, Maassen all in the DP class – and many more in GT. Is it worth a flier on a GT car to score a top ten overall?
Free practice and qualifying are on Thursday.
The closing point is Saturday at 6am GMT (1am US EST).
I’m well aware I’m breaking my own rule of closing entries after qualifying, but this post is two days late and this is a 24 Hour race, where qualifying is largely symbolic anyway!
Enjoy the race, and don’t forget to follow it alongside the annual Grab Bag Sports Blogathon.