(Note that this system would be terrible for me, so I’m clearly only proposing this to make things more interesting! )
Other alternatives based on actual game points would be to award Decathlon points based on relative scoring, which is how the Olympic Decathlon is actually scored - if you perform better than the historical best score, you get more Decathlon points. That could be fun but would require quite a bit more work even if we made it “easier” by doing relative ranking based on scores within the Decathlon event.
Just some random Sunday “out of the box” thoughts… I’m totally fine to keep the 1st/2nd/3rd points scoring system we had in 2021.
Ok, so vote on it!
2022 Decathlon Scoring
Same as before (1st/2nd/3rd at each table)
Cumulative game scores
Points awarded for relative game score across each event
Absolutely agree! I guess I could have added an option for a “combined score” (with a largish score for finishing rank added to game points) to balance that out, but I think fundamentally the question is much the same - the tournament could be fun in either system as long as it is known up front - and it comes down to a vote on preference.
I’ll come right out and say it. Ranking by points scored is a terrible idea! All that matters is what your score is relative to the other people in your games.
Games like Through the Ages will have completely different scoring ranges based on the order the cards come out, or how much military is pushed early, and it doesn’t make sense that someone in an unrelated “peaceful” game should be rated higher due to lack of conflict.
Also, games like Patchwork, where a winning score generally falls within a range of 5-40 points is weighted significantly lower than Through the Ages, where a winning score falls between 150 and 350. What makes zero-sum games like Patchwork interesting is point denial being as important a strategy as getting points, and rewarding one strategy over another takes a lot away from the games.
On a potentially different (or the same) is there any interest in a Board Game Arena decathlon? At least we could get a fair bit of variety into the games without anyone incurring extra costs…
Joke - spoken like someone who would have dropped from 1st to 5th!
Semi-joke - at least I can always count on you to have an opinion!
Seriously - while I understand what you are saying, I don’t personally feel it means that cumulative points scored is not a legitimate way of running the tournament. To me, all of what you said would just become additional factors in the Decathlon which would make it more interesting.
Ultimately, my suggestion was a reflection of my feeling that, while the current points system provides for some variability in opponents (and even that is diminished over time,) it feels lacklustre after 3 events to be fighting over a few points here and there that don’t change the standings much from round to round.
It’s probably all moot though as there is a strong leaning towards keeping things the same already in the voting. Which, after all, is the reason I run polls anyway - I want the community to decide.
Separate message on the Board Game Arena question…
I’m happy to run another poll on this, but it doesn’t necessarily solve the cost problem - many top tier games are behind a paywall at BGA. I’m a member personally, and the cost isn’t that much, but it could definitely end up being more than the cost of one or two new iOS games for participants. (Currently sitting at about $30 USD per year, I think?)
I also like the idea of BGA from an “async stability” and variety of titles perspective, not to mention the ability to include non-iOS players in the tournament, but on the other hand I know from first-hand and gaming group experience that anyone who wants/prefers/needs to play on their mobile device is going to have a severely degraded experience for many of the games. There are a lot of real estate and “lack of right-click” issues on BGA through a mobile web browser.
All in all, I would lean heavily towards keeping this an iOS app tournament with the caveat that I want to get community confirmation that titles are still async playable before we vote on the list.
If I hear another voice or two that support/prefer BGA, I’ll put it to a vote though.
I would say that the overall point spread in our final standings being fairly close in the top 10, and a lot of movement in rankings in the last 3 games kind of validates the system we are using. To be honest, I was never a fan of tables grouping by current standings, but I was able to climb from near the bottom to near the top in the 2nd half of the Decathlon, so I think i was wrong.
The fact that things came down to the wire is kind of what I think we wanted, it was exciting.
@Hardco’s point is the strongest in favor of keeping the 1/2/3 scoring system. In addition to overweighting games with higher potential point scoring mechanisms, a straight points-based system overweights players who are more skilled in one of the point-mill games. An Olympic decathlon weighting system seems like an unnecessary complication with no real benefits. Fun to consider and debate, but ultimately no better than a count of 1/2/3 finishes while making scoring and standings harder to understand.
As Stately Play is in many ways the descendant of the original PT board, I think it fitting to honor the mobile device gaming spirit of PT by focusing on iOS/Android gaming.
I don’t care who I lose to or how many points I give them. I like that the decathlon forces me to play games that I may not play often, so my bigger concern is the game list. I personally would love to see a little more variability from year to year. Like instead of Waterdeep repeatedly, throw in a different worker placement like Viticulture, Raiders, Agricola, etc. But I’ll buy and play anything.
While we have identified some challenges with @Codington’s suggestion of scoring rounds differently, I have been thinking about it a little and how we could change things up a little by running bonus point competitions that run across all tables.
For instance in a single game of say Wingspan, across all tables there could be bonus points available, maybe just for the top person in each category:
Highest overall score
Lowest overall score
Most amount of birds in play
We could be kind of creative to create some fun side missions in each of the 10 games. Just give like 1 point for each or something.
Happy Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend to all the Americans out there! Hope everyone had some good food, family time, and maybe snagged a deal on some games…
After my last stupid idea ( ) I’m back with another poll to see about mixing some things up for next year… as mentioned above, I’d be curious to return to the idea of picking games within specific groupings based on Board Game Geek categories, mechanics, etc.
My thought is that this will also address some of the concerns that have been raised about playing the same games every year.
But, as always, I will leave it to all of you to decide!
Game Selection Criteria
Most votes within “groupings” (eg. Worker Placement / Economic)
Edit: here’s a link to a Google Sheet recording nominations and some BGG information that will hopefully help group games together into “events” in the Decathlon:
Ok, here we are in December! It’s time to start picking games for next year!
So far we’ve determined the scoring will be the same and there is significant support for me finding some way to create “groups” for the voting on game selection.
In the interest of allowing for newer games that may come out in the next 6 months or so, we will create two lists of games - one now and one part way through 2022. I’m thinking we can pick 6 games to start and 4 games to finish, so we can be voting again about halfway through but not have to pause the action.
The next step is to create the list of games to vote on, which I will then suggest groupings for and create polls for each group. Seems suitably complicated but not unmanageable!
So, please submit your nominations here with the following stipulation: you must have confidence that your submission is currently playable for async.
I’m happy to help out if there are any games we aren’t sure about and need to start and play a few rounds this month to confirm. (Such a tough problem to have to play a bunch of games… )
Feel free to submit as many games as you want over the next couple of weeks and I’ll get the voting up and running before Christmas so we can start the Decathlon in January!
PS. While we are getting ready, please send me a direct message if you will not be participating in the Decathlon.