Apologies for troubling non-players with two game-related posts in one week, feel free to skip this if you are not interested! If you didn’t play but have considered it, please have a quick read as I’m interested in your ideas too.
We’re approaching the end of the season and it is a good time to ask for feedback and ideas about the TMR Game, before people melt away for the off-season (that said, if you saw my post earlier, hopefully they won’t).
I’d love to know what you think of the game.
– Do you enjoy it?
– Would you play again next year? If you didn’t play, what would tempt you to join?
– Is there anything you would like to see changed? e.g. the carryover rule is likely to be changed to be less of a penalty for missing a week.
– Which championships worked and didn’t work? Are there any you’d add, or any standalone races?
Let me know!
The main aim of the game is to enable people to learn more about different types of racing and to do it in a fairly straightforward way – just pick a few drivers by Friday and I hand out scores on Monday/Tuesday. It was never intended to be very complicated and I’ve tried to keep it simple at all times, I hope I have. So far this seems to have worked quite well. The players are all either British or American, I’m pretty sure the Brits have learned about NASCAR Cup and IndyCar and that the Americans have learned about DTM and LMS.
I’ve enjoyed both running and playing the game. Watching the scores unfold as I enter each driver’s total into the player boxes is the best part about it! Writing the blog posts is a bit tedious but this can be solved by simplifying them. The disparity in scores has been disappointing, this can largely be addressed by revisiting the carryover rule which I go into below.
I have to thank Andy (The Speedgeek) for allowing the use of his ARFL game rules, modified somewhat. I’m amazed he hasn’t scored more highly this season, a lot of good picks have had bad runs for one reason or another.
Thanks also to Sebastian, who’s assistance has been helpful in terms of checking my scores, producing the alternative scoresheets and sending reminder emails when I’m otherwise engaged. I should really be doing those so I’ll try to do that next year.
Ideas for 2011
Suggestion: WRC out, MotoGP in – I’d love to retain WRC but logistically it is a pain. A full day of running has taken place by the time picks close, sometimes 2 days. I think we should move the deadline or drop WRC. An early deadline means people miss weeks. There are hardly any top cars at the moment and the fact Loeb wins everything makes him an automatic pick. Perhaps that will change with the new cars (and teams) in 2011. I’m sure you’ve seen from recent posts that I’m quite into MotoGP and next year is a big year with a lot of big line-up changes, and I think it is an exciting series and fun to watch.
Anything else you want to see in or out? I don’t want to complicate it with championships with 2 or more races per weekend so no GP2, WTCC, Superbike, etc. I don’t want to get bogged down in junior series either or we’ll be here all day (mind you if anyone wants to run a TMRG-junior, I’d play it). The question is.. how many series is too many? Is it better to have lots to open up the options? GrandAm? FIA GT1? Spa/Nurburgring 24 Hours?
The carryover rule isn’t working and should be replaced. I’m open to ideas.
– Perhaps everyone should score the same as the person who scores the least that week of those that entered normally.
– One idea suggested to me was they should score 70% or 80% of the best score that week.
– Perhaps there could be a set pick for non-entries, say the top drivers in the standings for each series (with series ranked preferentially).
Those are the two main issues that have arisen so far. What do you think of them, and do you have any more?
Anything is open to consideration. I’m looking forward to your input!