The game has been dying for years Muad'Dib. You may enjoy 4hour long games and find them fun and have a story to tell, but I don't. Time limits are there to keep tournament rounds from taking too long so a tournament can be fit into a given schedule. If you didn't have time limits at Worlds, how many participants would you have? I can't speak for others, but when I travel for tournaments I'm normally only there for weekend and maybe 1 day before or 1 day after, I don't have a week to participate in a tournament.Muad'Dib wrote:I follow this discussion from the beginning and want write something, hope my english is enough for it.
Brian, your way is the shortest way to make this game more dead. I understand you but you should also understand how many people still play this game. Every year each tournament has less number of participants. This game is hard, people need 2-3 years to learn all tricks,cards,rules etc. The only thing which keeps them still with this game is FUN. If you force them to play with time limit in all events, push them, i wont have soon opponents online. And not only you, also me, marcos, Bert, Manuel etc. Im not sure but i think Thomas (your last opponent) told me, he doesnt like to play and he just wants to help his team. So if you discourage him , its a chance we wont have Austria team next year, because guys from Austria, like me, wont find another 3rd player. So its means less countries next year. Do you really want it? Do you prefer do find people to play online, and sometimes be angry because they play slow etc or maybe want to play 1-2 events with stricly tournament rules and in 1,5-2 years we wont have any more official games because nobody wont participate in them. Yeah, its cool to play against all top spanish,finnish, german players but how many we have them? Are you sure its fantastic to play each event with the same max 10 guys? Becuase in your way we wont find new people and not very experienced will drop out. How many tournaments we can play in small company? My last game vs Wolfgang took 4h, shit happens, now i have a story and can joke with him about it. I like to play tournaments, like to win but also like to have fun.
Im trying to organize Worlds in Poland. Do you know what i heard from few people? They are afraid to play because of time limit (in Poland we have more time for rounds) and high level of our guests from abroad. Sorry but when i hear them and read your posts i think we lost something playing this game.
So I'm the one at fault by insisting we follow rules? If we're not going to follow the rules, then why bother playing? Since we don't want to follow rules, I can do anything I want and declare myself the winner at any time, yeah I know that's silly, but it's an example. The question is why is everyone AGAINST playing by the rules? Why does everyone want to NOT play by the rules?
How do you conjecture that in 1.5 to 2 years there won't be any more tournaments if we have time limits? Do you have conclusive proof or you just speculating? So it is your belief that if we keep the current system of time limits within 3-4 years there will be no tournaments left?
I don't mind playing against the same people. I can't speak for others of course, but I enjoying having my decks and skills as a player tested against other top level players. I wasn't always as solid of a player as I am now, I took the time to research, learn, and develop winning strategies.
I think you're confusing two things. I'm not against casual play and playing for fun. But in a tournament setting I would like for EVERYONE to play by the same set of rules. Why should my ruleset be any different than other people's rulesets? People think to seem just because well that's how we did it in the past, and such and such, that' it's ok. To me you should be forced to play by the rules of the given tournament. I take pride in this. When I mess up in a tournament game I don't do take backs, I live with my mistake. I hold my opponent to this same level. Yeah it might not be fun for him if he makes a mistake, but he needs to be held to the same rules, there are no take backs.