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Posted by Massiah at Sep 25, 2013 11:57:42 AM
Re: Inter-Crew SwordFight Tournament
Interesting... couple of questions though...

1) What happens if the number of crews that decide to participate is not a 2^x number (where x is a whole number) i.e. 2, 4, 8, 16.

If this happens, which it most likely will, there are a few points to clarify...

a) At the beginning certain teams get a "bye" into the next round, how will it be decided which teams will get a "bye"?

b) Will these teams still have to pay for round entry?

c) If they do have to pay - how would this be done fairly... for example you have 2 crews of 10, 1 gets a "bye" the other doesn't, the crew that has to fight goes up against a team of 5, so the team of 10 only pays 25k, does the crew of 10 that got the "bye" have to pay 50k? If you say the team that gets the "bye" only pays the minimum fee, 25k, what happens if 3 teams of 10 play, 1 gets a "bye" the other 2 fight each other. Do the 2 teams fighting have to pay 50k and the crew that got the "bye" pay 25k? This needs to be clarified.

2) Probably the most important point - why would any crew enter a team of more than 5?

a) There is no advantage to entering more than 5 people. You pick the 5 best sword fighters in the crew and go with that.

b) There is no increased financial incentive to have more than 5 in a team. Imagine this scenario...

16 teams enter - 1 team of 5 & 15 teams of 10. for simplicity i will use a constant 5k / pirate fee,
1st round fees paid = (1 x 50k) + (7 x 100k)
team of 5 get through
2nd round fees paid = (1 x 50k) + (3 x 100k)
team of 5 get through
3rd round fees paid = (1 x 50k) + (1 x 100k)
team of 5 get through
4th round fees paid = (1 x 50k)
Total Prize Money = 1.3 Million (winner receives 780k)

Now if the team of 10 win... each pirate, assuming divided equally, will get 78k.
If the team of 5 win, again assuming divided equally, will get 156k.

Where, oh where, is the incentive to have more than 5 pirates / team? There's no financial or tactical benefit.

3) Crew membered teams only, what is the point?

a) With the ability to chop and change crews effortlessly, why would you set up such a strange stipulation?

Pirates X, Y & Z are really good sword fighters and want to enter the competition together, unfortunately they are in different crews... oh wait a minutes - "whisk, whisk" problem solved. It's pointless!

4) The prize is worth less than fee pool paid.

a) In an event based on the skill of the participants, they would gain more just going to the brawling tables claiming 100% of the pot. The event lacks any sort of real reward.

b) And if the reward for the crew is to be able to boast "we're the best sword fighting crew around" with only a fraction of crews on the ocean entering - that boast will last for... maybe a minute.

How to fix these problems!

1) Have 1 single fee for each team.

2) Teams of a set number to enter, say 5, they can go with less but they take the disadvantage of having less people on their team - yet have the advantage of a better booty split.

3) Make it open to any teams that want to enter.

4) You'll notice that points 1,2 & 3 above effectively make it no different from just going to the brawl tables... So here is how you make it different and get wholesale ocean participation - Offer 5 unnamed familiars as a prize to the winning crew :)

Not sure what familiars are worth these days (been away a while), but say 5 familiars cost 10 million, you simply divide it by the potential participants, maybe 50 crews of 5 people entering... you then divide the 10 million by 50 and get you're team entry free - 200k per team, 40k per pirate. Seems fair to me... i might actually enter :P
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