I have a thought I would like to share regarding the board, and therefore second helios91 point 1).
I was thinking about the MSN guessing game, and how the recent tendency to follow MSN sequence on part of Airbus is somehow taking the fun out. 90% of members just follow the sequence to score safe points, while a few notorious individuals persistently vote against all odds in the hope for a glorious lucky punch.
To even that out, how about a slight change of rules for next year? I propose a system, where a vote for an out-of-sequence MSN (if it turns out to be correct) is awarded with N points, while a successful in-sequence vote just earns 1 point (as before). The number N could be determined by the number of convoys that followed the sequence so far - thus N would increase more and more during a long in-sequence stretch like we are experiencing at the moment, giving more incentive for players to go out-of-sequence. Like a lotto jackpot!
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2014 18:03:45 GMT 1 by FabienA380
My first idea was something like that, but considering the recent long in-sequence runs, merely 2 points for an out-of-sequence vote won't be enough to change anything. Stubbornly betting on the sequence will still yield the maximum points in the end. Would 3 points be adequat? Or 5 points? I don't know. That's why I came up with the Jackpot idea...
I agree, however, that it's a bit complicated and difficult to explain brief and concisely.
That is beside the point! All participants realized that in-sequence convoys are so much more likely than out-of-sequence, that roughly 90% or so of people switched to always voting for in-sequence. Therefore, there was no more change in the yearly ranking table.
To get back some fun into the game, we need to get people to vote out-of-sequence more - thus get variety of votes and some action in the ranking. How to do that? People need some incentive to go out-of-sequence, that is, award more points if such a vote wins.
However, I still feel that even 5 points in such a case is not sufficient to even out the odds - the "always in-sequence voting" strategy will still prevail. Therefore, I still advocate the flexible "Jackpot" solution - even if it's a bit complicated.
In the post enumerating the next possible votes, @fabiena380 could announce something like: "By now, the last N convoys arrived in sequence - next MSN in line would be for Airline X. Possible bets for this convoy are Airline X for 1 point, or any other operator for N points!"