Comments from the CzarBloody Mary Seeding
Changing the seeding to random came up again before the last Bloody Mary tourney started. On reflection from my new role as Bloody Mary Czar, I'd prefer leaving things as they are through the end of Season VI (11 more weeks). After that, perhaps
we can consider changing the seeding and even dropping registration limits. Keeping It "Special"
Since I began hosting the Bloody Mary "Sunday Special", I've attempted to make the Bloody Mary a distinctive event by using devices like seeding and registration limits, but both distinctions may have served their purpose. The Bloody Mary remains the ONLY tourney that uses seeding by rating at FIBS and the only tourney that sets very high registration limits for Exp, Rep, and Rating. I've never turned anyone away that wants to play in a Bloody Mary but doesn't meet registration limits and the seeding debate is much ado about nothing
, IMHO. "Fairness"
Frankly, I have enjoyed the attention debate over "fairness" here at FIBSboard
brings to FIBS tourneys in general. The Bloody Mary is squarely entrenched as one of the most popular tourneys at FIBS despite the numerous comments in posts, shouts, and private tells concerning "fairness". It is difficult to determine how much those often monotonous debates have effected tournament participation, if at all. IMO, the controversy, if any, created by the debates (public and private) with dorbel
and others like LuckyDice
have had a net positive effect on tournament awareness and participation. For example, the Bloody Mary field continues to grow each week and it is the consistent leader in registration among ALL FIBS based tourneys. Of course, the time slot has a lot to do with that. Post-season Tournament
The post-season tournament is another part of what appeal the Bloody Mary "Sunday Special" has a FIBS tournament. To my knowledge, the Bloody Mary was the first to offer an invitational post-season tournament for WINNERS ONLY. Additionally, we introduced the concept of multiple entries and even guaranteed first round byes for multiple wins during a season. Such incentives keep previous winners interested in participating throughout the entire season.
I will run the post-season tourney for Season VI, as I have in the past. Quite a lot of behind the scenes work is required to pull it off with invites, arranging the brackets, and monitoring slow play once it is started. But I've enjoyed doing it each season. Additionally, Tom
and I have discussed ways that TourneyBot may be modified to accommodate this format for post-season play making it much easier on the TD, but we haven't done anything about it to date. Maybe we can devote more time to that before the end of this season. Sponsorship
Further, it has long been my goal to obtain corporate or private sponsorship for our post-season tourney offering nice prizes for ALL participants and VERY NICE prizes and trophies for the top three winners, but that is still just a personal pipe-dream. For example, how much attention and participation might a few hundred dollars for the winner generate? Even just nice gift certificates or something like that would be great. If anyone would like to help set something like that up, please contact me, ASAP. Final Thoughts
Finally, back to the topic of seeding, Tom
and I have discussed between ourselves and with other tournament admins a method for determining first round byes randomly which we call BALANCED SEEDING. While first round byes would be determined randomly, initial starting positions for all players would be ordered as if seeded by rating. Such a seeding method should, IMO, satisfy both adherents of random seeding and seeding by rating. Ideally, that would be my preference for subsequent seasons, if Tom
can make it happen. Maybe we should call it FAIR AND BALANCED seeding, but we all know "fair and balanced" is a lie, but that's another story.
So, for now, whenever anyone complains or asks the new TD about random seeding, vic
can blame it on me, the Bloody Mary Czar. We will keep seeding by rating until the end of this season, unless Tom
can implement BALANCED SEEDING before then. Having a Czar to blame may be a useful device to keep our new TD out of trouble on other occasions. If so, feel free to abuse me anytime you think it may help, Mister vic
BTW, the view from my throne room in my new palace is spectacular -- being a Czar is way cool, even if only a self-annointed one