The time is almost upon us for another Boardpocalypse! This year we’ll be holding the marathon from noon on February 20th to midnight on February 22nd. As always, you’ll be able to influence what games are played and who plays them (potentially depriving our players of sleep) by donating money towards Child’s Play Charity.
A few changes have been made to the format since last year in order to make everything less complex, and to make viewing easier and more enjoyable for you, the viewer. I’m going to go everything briefly here, but everything will be answered in greater detail in our FAQ (once we get a chance to update it).
First of all, we’ve taken a hard look at the old system, and we decided to do a complete overhaul. Instead of using money directly as a gauge for what games/players were most popular, we are now using what we’ve decided to call ‘Popularity Points’. Whenever you make a donation towards a player or game, that player or game will gain a number of Popularity Points, and the players/games with the highest Popularity score will be chosen whenever a new game is started. The amount of points they get for each dollar spent will decrease according to how many times they’ve already been selected.
Now, those who’ve watched previous marathons may be thinking that this is very similar to the old system anyway, and you’ll still need to try and understand a very complicated system in order to make a significant change. Well, actually, because of the way this is designed, we’ll be tracking everything for you. Because of these changes, we are now able to easily determine how much Popularity will be gained for each donation, how it will affect the games/players that will come up next, and even predict the next few games. So, yes it is still a bit complicated, but whenever you go to make a donation you will be shown exactly how much Popularity you’ll be buying for your selected player/game, along with the next game/player after your donation has been placed. You’ll also be able to see the exact amount you’ll need to donate to make a game next, so there will be no more guessing.
In addition to the changes to the core system, we’ll also be changing the ways in which you can view the marathon. Some of the primary complaints over the last few years were that the menu system was too bulky, it was difficult to find a page where you could view all of the relevant information at once, and it was difficult to see the board in order to determine how the game was actually progressing. To this end we have endeavored to create a page which includes all of the important components (video stream, chat, current game status, etc.), and we will be rolling this out at our first test, which will be taking place on November 17th from 1pm to 12am.
That’s all I have for now, but watch this space for more announcements as the big day gets closer.
President, Nova Scotia Board Gaming Society