i would really love if we could get a dedicated forum towards the various goals we have in mind,
Until that time, I guess we just hit this general catch-all that everyone can read (no surprises)
First off, things would need to be timed right, but it would seem we are in agreement that a tourney is a good idea???
It's Friday afternoon and things get slow at work at this time, my mind starts to wander...
So let's toss around some ideas for a good tourney
Team play is out, again, I think most of us agree there.
But a "theme" is always a good idea, we can have all sorts of fun ideas we could throw at the tourney but we require a theme in order to generate more interest and more traffic to get people here in the first place. Fun game names, neat maps, that sort of stuff is a real nice touch but would mean nothing if we had only a few playing.
No theme is actually ok, Dip players will play regardless but we want to maximize things so a nice theme would work best.
We could do a popular variant tourney, (Modern, Ancient Med, Youngstown, etc)
The plus there is easy in that we see so very few of this sort of thing and would attract that games fans
It being unusual could generate talk offsite
Redscape is also known for it's variant offerings.
The big negative is variants (even popular ones) are not nearly as popular as the standard game.
The easiest theme could simply be a catchy name that creates a bit of a buzz. Sports themes such as the Diplomacy World Cup seem to work, (we can't use that of course) but what about the Diplomacy Shootout? Diplomacy Madness? Diplomacy Showdown? "Dip-Champs Tourney" or "Dip-shots" Tourney? Diplomacy Bowl"? ("Dip-Bowl")
Speaking of the World Cup, what about an invitational to other sites?
Other sites (big and small) send us a team (or three) and we host a tourney between sites. We run the risk of losing but so does every other site and the real goal is not so much to win (though that would be cool) it is to show off the websites re-launch and have others talk about us and possibly generate some allegiance switching when they see what we offer...or even more interest as a second home, that works well also.
We would of course run a risk of people complaining that a GM cheated by giving insider order info to other Redscape buddies, maybe we could ask these sites to volunteer a GM as well. Or possibly even games hosted across many sites, yes, that would generate less traffic and new membership BUTTTTT would still generate more new people, would put our name out there as not just an alternative, but seeing as how we spearheaded and are running such a tourney, we would look to be leaders and innovators in the Hobby, plus all records could be kept and posted on our beautiful forums where we would generate that traffic and people coming to look at those records?
OK, those a re a few ideas to kick around for now. Just kicking around ideas usually leads from one thing to another to another where we have a final polished idea so please speak up, even if you are reading this and never made a single post here ...your input is appreciated (and maybe even more valuable you being new to the site???) ALL post as you please!