So I’m usually too lazy to check these threads out when Wiet makes them but I’ll quickly respond to some of the concerns raised by samiface and starkie as well as comment on how I’ve been working with the schedule since last Copenhagen games.
First of all, the main premise while working with the schedule for last year and this year as well was to make it possible for players to participate in both Highlander and 6’s and also view the both tournaments as equals in shaping the schedule. Lastly, delays should if possible not affect the other gamemode.
First let’s talk a bit about last year:
I felt like the schedule last year was somewhat okay, it fulfilled the main premise that I was given. However as sami brought up this ended up compromising player experience at least on one certain point where we were experiencing issues out of our control and as this delay was made during the 6’s tournament the goal was to not have it affect Highlander in any way. (Thus the awkward late night and early morning last year for 2 teams)
In general however I do not think that delays were worse than at other events I’ve been involved with, as in, running both Highlander and 6’s on the same event didn’t seem to make delays harder to deal with. However, I do also understand that while I basically spend the whole event looking at the clock and pushing players pretty hard at times other things such as food and sleep seems be something that also matters to them, even if this concept is still a bit unclear to me.
Things that were noted from last year and that has been changed for this year are:
- Each gamemode will now play in bigger blocks, this will result in more matches without any longer break, however, when you’re done you might not need to get back to the venue the same day.
- If 6’s play late in the night, HL will start early in the morning the next day. Thus hopefully giving players a bit more sleep unless you’re unlucky enough to play in a 6’s team that play the last match of the day and a HL team that play the first of the next.
- We need to work harder with mitigating potential causes for delays and this has also been done for this years event, I’ll come back to that further down in the post.
- Last year it was hard to find time to eat, especially lunch. This year there will be a 1h break for lunch on the first day, this will both make sure players get time to eat but will also put a break into a big block of matches that might otherwise be exhausting.
This year in general:
I started working with this years schedule a week or two after last years event mainly because of the issues that we had at the event. Having them fresh in memory at the time hopefully helped, I also gathered feedback from some of the players to see what they liked and disliked about the event. The current *not final* schedule has also been sent around to selected players for feedback.
A big concern was that correlates to the schedule is also how we should minimise the risk for delays. We’ve looked at the main reasons for delays last year and I feel like we’ve dealt with most of them in an adequate way. There will always be the issue of people showing up late which might or might not be worse this year as we will be relying on people getting the bus to and from the venue, we’ll have to see how this works out but if anything this is where I expect we’ll see delays. Added to this we want to make the event bigger this year and thus accommodate more teams, this will result in more matchers and thus we’re running a bigger risk of delays. We’re also running a pretty tight schedule this year as well but I do feel that we still have enough room to deal with delays.
Finally, I do hope that I’ve taken the concerns that have been raised thus far in this thread into account while making the schedule, at least I think that might be the case.
Sry for wall of text.
Also, if you have any concerns that you feel you want to bring up feel free to msg me on discord Heny#7551 or just add me on steam.
Also, if you have any concerns please raise them and do so bluntly, it's much easier that way. Like: "Heny your moustache is actually ugly as fuck and it kept me from concentrating on the game last year."