Duelling tournament - Round 2


#1

The people who have gone through from the first round are:

@Golden_Ace
@Unicycle247
@Rosslessness
@MajorAwesome
@Dysp
@HULK
@JayKyburz
@kexsel

Congratulations everyone!

I now turn to my good friend Random.org to draw the next round.


#2

Next up we have!

Golden_Ace V JayKyburz
Unicycle247 V Dysp
Rosslessness V MajorAwesome
Kexsel V Hulk

If we could have the following tweaks to this round Jay. I think a lot of good points were made in the previous thread but I don’t want to change the format too much from the first round just to be consistent.

Start on Wep 3
Experimentation V Expensive.


#3

Sweeet, lets do this! :smiley:


#4

Yea, just waiting for a game link … ready for some SMASHING kexsel?!? :wink:


#5

Heck yeah, ready to smash some Hulk! :wink:


#6

http://triton.ironhelmet.com/game/4940404015235072 Golden_Ace V JayKyburz
http://triton.ironhelmet.com/game/4655774989025280 Unicycle247 V Dysp
http://triton.ironhelmet.com/game/6141776429580288 Rosslessness V MajorAwesome
http://triton.ironhelmet.com/game/6610356153614336 Kexsel V Hulk


#7

Be careful Kexsel - you don’t want to make me angry … :wink:

I’m in on the game (thanks Jay for setting up - params look good - well done LDG) and looking forward to a fun battle … may the mightiest Big Green Monster win!


#8

I’m in, let’s do this! Best of luck to ya.


#9

Good luck everyone, keep me posted on how your games are going :slight_smile:


#10

Alright, I’m in! Progress can be followed from:
stats: http://bit.ly/1Bn5Ivw
map: http://bit.ly/1Bn5JiV


#11

After less than than a full cycle, Kexsel and I are doing some serious SMASHING of each other!

One thing I was worried about with W3 and the small/close stars, is there’s a strong temptation to do an initial ALL-IN assault (and completely forgo Science) … which can easily decide the game very early on. Remains to be seen what is going to happen in our game, but just an FYI to others that is certainly a viable strategy - take a look at Dysp’s map which is even tighter than ours!!!

I’d be curious to see if the parameters I suggested will produce a longer, more nuanced/interesting game - any chance @JayKyburz you can create a mirrored game to test this out? Pretty sure that Kexsel would be up for doing with me … and we can report back for future duels.

I.e. exact same parameters as games above with these changes:

  • Double the number of stars - assume easy to do by changing 16 to 32.
  • Change distance from Close to Medium if the above change keeps core same distance.
  • Increase starting cash to $1,500

P.S. I’m also trying to think of some way such that Warp Gates can be used in a Duel.
Smart move LDG having NONE to start, but the game has develop more before those are useable.


#12

@HULK Yeah I had indeed seen that as a viable option, however if we could keep commentary of matches left till the end of a match it would be appreciated since now I feel that perhaps it is not such a viable strategy.


#13

Sorry Ace, I’m not really going to be able to play much for the next few days. Things are crazy busy here at Iron Helmet HQ.


#14

thanks for the game Jay. Hope all is well


#15

Yep, Ace kicked my butt!

I was aggressive early but made a few missteps and Ace was able to park large fleets on the doorstep. I was unlucky in tech and only received experiments in experimentation, sanning and I think range.

I conceded defect because I was basically pinned on the my homeworld. Things were stabilizing but I was behind on both tech and two fairly good stars, and a whole point of science. Even If I played well, the numbers were against me, he would slowly grind me down.


#16

After an extremely hard fought battle, I prevailed over kexsel - very enjoyable mano-mano game against a skilled opponent - fun stuff!

I still think these duel games would benefit from a larger galaxy for more nuanced play - below is a screenshot of the final techs. As I mentioned earlier (and obvious from looking at the small maps/parameters), there’s a temptation to just forgo the Science aspect since the fighting is fast & furious with the game being decided fairly quickly.

Note that the Experimentation Dice Gods didn’t do kexsel any favors by finishing Range … which is almost worthless in such short-lived games. Jay’s “unlucky in tech” comments also tie into this … a longer game would smooth out the randomness and allow different strategies to emerge. Plus we might actually see Warp Gates used as a strategic tool.


#17

Just squeaked past the major. Fantastic map with homeworlds almost in scanning distance of each other. :slight_smile:


#18

Ok just Dysp and Unicycle to go!


#19

If you’d like to do a random.org pairings and I’m not playing the winner of Dysp/Unicycle, be happy to get started on my game if my opponent is up for it. I’ve got some major travel starting the 2nd week of February.

This has been a blast LDG - thanks again for organizing and everyone for playing.


Duelling Tournament Round 3 - Semi Finals!
#20

The Reign of Awesome has ended! Long live Rosslessness! Thanks for the game, such a different experience in that galaxy with everything almost on top of everything else.