The following was posted recently at www.BoardGameArena.com:
Sometimes, something totally crazy happens. Something like:
• A game designer and his publisher come to us to have their new game on Board Game Arena (happiness level: 1).
• They want to have the game online even before it is available in shops, to allow the community to "try-before-you-buy" (happiness level: 10).
• They want to organize a giant online world contest with the game as soon as it is available online (happiness level: 100).
• The prize is the Biggest Prize Every Player Can Imagine (happiness level: 1.000.000....)
We are please to introduce the craziest BGA contest ever: Legendary Inventors Ultimate Contest.
Legendary Inventors is a game by Fred Henry (Timeline, The Builders, Conan, ...) published by Bombyx, available in shops on November 18th and already available for pre-order.
On next Monday, October 24th at 20:00 CEST, the game will be made available online on Board Game Arena, and the Contest will start immediately.
Your mission will be to be on the BGA Top 3 (ELO ranking) on November 6th at 20:00 CEST.
The prize is the following: the entire future production of Bombyx and Monolith.
Pause. Rewind. Let's replay it again: the winners are going to receive one copy of each future game produced by these 2 publishers, including Legendary Inventors and Conan, for the rest of their lives.
- at this point of the reading, you are allowed to stand up, to applaud, to like and to share this post to the whole world -
See you on Monday, with more details on the game itself. And get some rest this weekend, you'll need it soon
[quote] to receive one copy of each future game produced by these 2 publishers, including Legendary Inventors and Conan, for the rest of their lives.
I was happy with one copy of inventos game but this is ...
Very generous. Awesome contest.
mark van der werf
A very fun contest, it's a shame though that it's done with the ranking system instead of just a tournament (possibly with some rank requirement for entry).
Needing a rank at a certain date is a sure recipe for cheating, people winning against the same group a couple time just before the deadline is up, that sort of stuff. Sure they may check a bit for that stuff but these things are very hard to proof. Especially as there will be a frenzy of games just before the deadline.
And this prize, it's big for such a thing. Assuming it includes Conan and this game and these producers make a bunch this could be a $500+ worth. Considering most games don't even get that much play it's sweet.
It's great a developer bringing their game to an online platform though, the scrutiny of testing there is very good.
I agree that the contest is exploitable. The way it's written, exploiting the ELO system wouldn't even be against the rules. Yeah, creating dummy accounts to play against you is off the table. But it would be totally legal, if very distasteful, to form a team that deliberately throws the game to one person, then goes out to raise their own ELO rankings back up, than comes back to throw another game, repeat.
I would like to see some sort of clarification on this sort of behavior.
Actually, I just found this in the FAQ.
If you want to pretend to winning the contest, you must play each game to try to get the best position in each game (ex: 2nd if you cannot win). Kingmaking (ie playing a move in favour of another player while it does not bring you anything) is forbidden.
It is of course forbidden to cheat the system by playing several players at the same table.
After November 6th, we will review ALL games of the 3 first players. If there is any doubt about some games or some moves, the player will be disqualified. It won't be possible to contest this decision.