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« Reply #50 on: June 30, 2007, 07:31:54 pm »
Today at GAMECON-1.5 saw the kick off of this year's Settlers qualifiers...



With the minimum 8 players, here were the results:



Group A

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Winner: ME!!!

2nd: Rob.

DNQ: Jien Fei, Alan.



This semi-final had to be re-started as during the mid-game break, some innocent visitor re-set the game thinking it was available for free play!



Group B

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Winner: Vincent.

2nd: Henry (sudden death after tie-break).

DNQ: Foo, Paul.



Finals

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Winner: Rob.

2nd: Henry (sudden death after tie-break).

DNQ: Edwin, Vincent.



SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ROB AND HENRY AS THE FIRST TWO QUALIFIERS TO THE MALAYSIAN FINALS IN SEPTEMBER!



Thanks also to Ryan and Denise for helping to set-up, and to MRLONG for agreeing to play to make up the minimum qualifying numbers, which was later met by Foo's entry.




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« Reply #51 on: June 30, 2007, 08:22:15 pm »
Drifting away on cloud 9......

PS: anyone notice how luck-dependent my wins were on tiebreakers

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« Reply #52 on: July 01, 2007, 03:17:21 am »

[quote user="macedwin"]Today at GAMECON-1.5 saw the kick off of this year's Settlers qualifiers... [/quote]



Congrats to the first 2 qualifiers - Rob and Henry. btw what happened to a certain Mr Long then? He went back to play his Catan on the Xbox? [:P]



I was thinking about the Qualifier for last year's finalists and cudn't help feel that something is not right there. Here are my thoughts.



1. It's an inspired move to allow the Winner and Runner-up of last year's Qualifiers to go straight to this year's Finals. [thumbsup]



2. However having the other 14 Finalists compete in one Qualifier of their own for 2 places doesn't seem so inspired. Here's the Why.





  • While Catan has "dice", I think we can all agree that last year's 16 Finalists would represent the "stronger" of the rest of the Catan players in Msia. Arguably some better players may have been "accidentally" knocked-out in the Qualifiers. But no matter how, these 16 would be "strong" players.
     

  • By placing them ALL (sans the Top 2 players) in one qualifier that offers only 2 seats, we are actually diluting the gene pool instead of augmenting it.
     

  • Instead of rewarding them for reaching last year's Finals, we seem to be "penalising" them... I'm sure given a choice, they would have preferred to have the chance to play in the other 5 Qualifiers in which they would stand a better chance to qualify - as it should be (if they are indeed the better players and with due respects to all other players). 
     

  • If you look at the roll call (in no particular order) - Bryan, Andyputra, Triona, Casteo, Ms Yong, Foo Bros, Denise, Ainul, Alan Woon, Justin, Nirmala, Sara Yasmin and Hayzan - and only two can make it to these year's Finals... hmmm.....
     

  • Or did I misread the whole format, and that these 14 can still take part in the normal 5 qualifiers but if they fail to qualify, then they still have their own "special" qualifier for one more shot? Coz I saw one of the Foo bros playing in yest's qualifier but Denise/Casteo did not.


What are the others' perspectives on this?

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« Reply #53 on: July 01, 2007, 05:52:12 am »
You are correct!



1. The special qualifier offers 14 finalist an additional chance to qualify for 4 seats.



2. So finalists can do two things. Play only in the qualifier if they are confident of being top 4; or play in all the qualifiers to be sure.



3. Denise signed up to play yesterday, but gave her seat to Foo.



It's an additional chance offering 4 seats.

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« Reply #54 on: July 01, 2007, 06:55:45 pm »
[quote user="macedwin"]You are correct!



1. The special qualifier offers 14 finalist an additional chance to qualify for 4 seats.



2. So finalists can do two things. Play only in the qualifier if they are confident of being top 4; or play in all the qualifiers to be sure.



3. Denise signed up to play yesterday, but gave her seat to Foo.



It's an additional chance offering 4 seats.[/quote]

best of all, I think that us mere mortals cannot enter their special qualifiers...
what more, they are fighting for 4 seats instead of 2 as per normal qualifiers.

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« Reply #55 on: July 02, 2007, 04:29:57 am »
1,000 thanks to all those who volunteered, officially and unofficially, to demo games over the weekend!



bummers

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- nick lost 2 precious confrontation figures ;-(

- we lost 3 marvel heroes figures ;-(

(clearly a thief in our presence)

- hardly any crowd for what the origanizers claim to be the "biggest game convention malaysia"! even gacc in malacca had more crowd!

- exorbitant parking rates with no discount to exhibitors.



smileys

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- we still got some high quality converts ranging from pc/console gamers to a bunch of 40-50 year old ladies who were clearly addicted to blokus more than mah-jong!

- we managed to kick-off the settlers qualifiers.

- good test on our capability to do demos to large crowds (conclusion: we were struggling...)



once again, thanks to all who helped out in whatever way!



we are definitely in a better position now to plan for gamecon-2.

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« Reply #56 on: July 02, 2007, 01:52:50 pm »
[quote user="macedwin"]

- good test on our capability to do demos to large crowds (conclusion: we were struggling...) [/quote]

more multi-lingual volunteer please,
and full translation of rules into Bahasa,
I think I was the only volunteer conversing with the school kids in Bahasa.

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« Reply #57 on: July 02, 2007, 02:50:56 pm »
I was demo-ing Blokus in BM too... but granted that blokus is easier to demo, I kept calling the Blokus pieces, pieces in BM. So i was like going: "semua orang mula di bucu, letakkan "pieces" kamu di bucu..."

some thoughts:
a. i kept looking for more blokus sets to demo as it was the easiest, and the crowd did not look like something that would appreciate settlers or carcassonne. but then again, denise did it with carcassonne, rhyen did it with settlers and jin fei actually did it with battlelore... *serious salutations*

b. if we know there were going to be lots of school kids, we might as well demo Hottest Race in the World as it's the cheapest game that the kids might buy.

c. the organisers seriously underpromoted the event. by the 3rd hour i think most gamers were itching to play their own games instead of demo-ing games to the odd visitor or two.

d. you can be shocked at who's good at blokus, a kid beat his dad and a mom beat the kids and the dad!

e. dexterity games are infinitely easier to demo.

f. after finishing a game demo, you start looking for other games to demo, but the other games' occupied and... you just lost your audience...

g. demo-ing carcassonne takes forever, you can occupy 4 players for an hour or two...

h. there were barely 6 booths in the hall, what were the organisers thinking!?!

i. thanks to jack208 for rescuing us from boredom by bringing 18Scan.

j. even though the hall was cold and sparse, i like to think that the boardgamers brought lots of excitement and laughter into the place by their enthusiastic zeal!

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« Reply #58 on: July 02, 2007, 03:10:50 pm »
Thanks also to all who have posted their feedback! Good lessons for us to take to the real thing - GAMECON-2!



I must take my hat off to rhyen who I personally saw teaching dakwa clad schoolgirls Haselwurz & Barenklau and Settlers of Catan! You were awesome! Faham? FAHAMMMM!!!



Unfortunately I didn't get to witness ayheng teaching students how to letak their "pieces"!



However, nothing beats what I saw on Friday - 5 dakwa clad school girls who really couldn't speak English very well, reading & interpreting German as they played Arbos!



Every turn, players had to draw one card which told them what action to take. Although all the cards had illustrations of the actions required, it was still mighty hilarious to actually see these sporting girls reading their card out aloud in German, and then look at each other trying to figure out what the required action was!




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« Reply #59 on: July 02, 2007, 03:53:10 pm »

Here's more feedback (and some rants) :-



1) Line barriers around the more valuable displays eg. Confrontation, AT-43, Warhammer 40k... earlier on saturday, there were a lot of school kids and there were not enough eyes to watch the other displays if you're busy demo-ing. Miniature games with nice terrain are good crowd pullers but need security otherwise things go missing.



2) I had difficulty explaining AT-43 and Confrontation in B.M as well....... don't Malaysians learn English in school anymore???



3) Palazzo Paletti was a brilliant crowd-puller. There were a whole bunch of people watching when I was going against Nick. Maybe someone to demo that full-time next Gamecon with Villa Paletti sets on sale nearby?