Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Existing players - as ever, you do not need to sign up. However, I'm interested in your thoughts on the new format for last season - please vote by 'nicing' comments below:

[Also feel free to send me any feedback/suggestions on it!]

Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Option 1 - Season 7 to stick with the current two stage format (conference & final stage)

Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Option 2 - Season 7 to revert to straightforward leagues, with one stage and promotion & relegation of top/bottom 2

NB These would probably last 1.5 months rather than 2

Anthony Endsor

Anthony Endsor Hi Dave. I can see the imagination and thought that's gone into the new style format, and I definitely appreciate you trying to bring something different to the game, but personally I felt it didn't really work for a league system, mainly because, with the season being split into two halves, it was as if the season was over after a couple of games, then restarted, so didn't have the endurance factor that a league should have. I don't know how anyone else felt about it, would be interesting to get some additional thoughts.

Dave Kempshall

Dave Kempshall Hi Dave - I enjoyed the new format. I think it gave those who started poorly a 2nd bite of the cherry in the final stage. I would agree with Anthony though that it felt like the reset to final stage came very quickly. Also, if you were in a group where two or more people weren't around much to play their games, it kind of screwed the whole league up as two out of six or seven is a big % of the competitors. A lot of the time that was down to people being online and not accepting though, but instead playing bots, which I find a bit weird. Bigger groups perhaps might solve that? I don't know the answer, but both formats I've experienced come with pros and cons.

Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Cheers both - I had noticed that only D4 players had voted for the new format - presumably because with 7 games in each section it's much more of a season; 5 games elsewhere definitely a bit short. Something I've considered is also playing multiple games per opponent, which might have improved things, but I think you're right, bigger groups (say 3 divisions of ~18) would have probably worked better.

The timeframe was definitely short; going forwards with that format I'd be making it a month per stage, although we actually had around 90% completion in Stage 1 which is an improvement on Seasons 1-4.

Based on the vote S7 will be back to normal - seems more flexible (easier to work odd numbers!) and ever popular - but will definitely keep looking at ways to add a little excitement or maybe zhuzh up the cup!

Also considering ways to improve this for the very active - there are always some players who are done within a week and have a month or so to wait!

Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Another update, while I'm here... Season 7 will be the first to feature completely automatic league tables, which *should* update roughly every 30-60 mins so you don't need to wait for me :)

Unfortunately for the moment we'll lose the stats but I'm not far off getting those back too!

Stu Harkness

Stu Harkness The tables are quite frankly, legendary.

Andy SC

Andy SC Dave certainly wins the award for Production of Apterous Tournament Results Award.

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Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Just a reminder that the deadline to sign-up for the league is this weekend! :)

Steven Grady

Steven Grady The league isn't showing in my tournaments, even though I was accepted to it. Am I still taking part?

Dave Robjohns

Dave Robjohns Yep all good - we'll be starting tomorrow :)

I have no idea why I set up signups to end last night, so if anyone else is keen to signup, please let me know today!

I have Steven Grady, Jacob K, Kieran Bray and Sean Fletcher on my list of new players - cheers for joining, all!

Steven Grady

Steven Grady Brill, thanks Dave!

Oliver  Walker

Oliver Walker I'd love to join - no worries if too late! :-)

Tourney round: AptoLeague: Season 7 Signups

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Notes from the organizer: AptoLeague's 7th season will start in March!

For those unfamiliar with the format, it works as a league system, with promotions and relegations at the end of each 'season' (approx 2 months). Currently the seasons are split into a conference phase and a final stage, each lasting around a month.

Season 7 will begin on 1st March, and is set to end on 30th April.

The players involved in Season 6 (our biggest ever!) will automatically be entered into next season unless they tell me otherwise

The provisional entry list can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FOJPCTCcml04mBF4yFoehpx1Rs3Gr09GoyvEbmPpkV8/edit#gid=1003448877
Additionally, I track a bunch of stats on the ever expanding hall of fame page, here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tc4zHws6t-mR7h4zsJQvrWyFxDSiuStjtN9ChKCAGW0/edit#gid=0

Alongside the league is a cup competition and annual champions trophy!

Overall, if you're looking for some regular competitive & well-matched games, sign-up below! :D

Ran from: 12 – 27 February 2021. Format: 15 Rounder. Matches: One-off. Approved.

Organizers: Dave Robjohns.

Fixtures: 0. Completed: 0.

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