I've never had nor even seen pliny the elder in store or bars around me. Is it mainly a west coast thing? It looks good and I now have a personal quest to try it as I love IPA's. I'm hoping they have it here: http://www.ixbeerfest.com/
. It's going to be a blast, they finally did away with the ticket system.
oatmeal stout? this early? I usually wait till later in the year for that as I associate stouts with winter for whatever reason. Or do you actually have the patience to let your beer age that long, cause I don't. My first all grain beer was an oatmeal stout, what kind of hops did you use. What kind of setup do you have for brewing? hmm, maybe we should take this to the off topic section..
It looks like most of us are in agreement that we will do a new nomination list next season with 2 categories. Those being "Famous Games" and "Wild Card Games" or something similar to that, maybe "Hidden Gems" is better than wild card? I also like the idea of requiring all players to nominate at least one game.
However, we still need to decide if we will still have 2 games per round. We could continue with 2 games per round, choosing 1 from each category. Or we could have only one game per round and alternate between famous and wild card each round. I'm leaning more towards keeping 2 per round as that would keep the more accessible famous games in each round.
Voting needs a viable alternative or it will most likely stay the same. I like the multiple votes idea but we need a real world way of implementing it or it's a no go. I think the multiple votes could work in multiple levels also. Extra votes could be awarded for top players, or for other achievements, like not missing a round. Which brings me to awards.
I agree that cash awards would complicate things. If someone was to write a emu that was locked down and un-crackable somehow, it may be possible, but it's foolish to put our hopes on ifs. What could work is forum awards, like badges, rot ranking in profiles, extra votes, maybe even a special "official" Avatars (or avatar backgrounds?) Of course avatars are not controllable but we are going on the honor system here for the most part and anyone who cheats, with fake avatar, scroring, or whatever else would be called out and put on a wall of shame or something. Of course some people may relish being on the wall of shame
At any rate, non-monetary prizes seem like they could work and not complicate things too much. We need to think of more ways to award players without over complicating things. Being streamlined is key.
Score submission deserves some discussion also. I think the honor system is great and makes for a relaxed feel to this league. But on the other hand, requiring screenshots may make the league more enticing to the less trusting potential player. As mentioned, there is no easy way to take screenshots in all emu's. My question is how can we make it easier? Is it possible to port a program to do it for us? Would savestates be a possibility or would that just end up complicating things again? Perhaps there is a program (or one can be written) that rips the screenshot out of a savestate? If that's even possible
 I just had a thought. Ziz brought up a good point, there really is no clear way to "sign up" for the league. If we had a sign up topic, with the op containing a list of current players, it would make for a more professional feel and it would make it easier for a new player to jump in and feel welcome. The sign-up topic would double as a "welcome the the league" topic and a "I need help" topic also. We could even have the learderboard combined with the sign-up topic, since we'd already have a list of current players going.
Edited by MonkeyChops, 14 April 2011 - 02:37 PM.