November Mega-Game Signup: Musical Chairs

You look bored.  With only Spookymilk Survivor, The CJ Pyramid and Play with the Prose going, in addition to Gilman’s crushing crossword, what’s a gamer to do?

This one is intentionally not time intensive, though I guess you can MAKE it time intensive as a player, if you choose to do so.  I guess that explains Spookymilk Survivor too, eh?

In this one, every day I will set up a number of chairs that is equal to the players remaining, minus one.  By the end of the day you will each choose a numbered chair to sit in.

At the end of the day, I will announce who’s sitting where.  The first elimination will be one of the people (at random) in the chair that the largest number of people are attempting to sit in.  So, assuming a situation where twenty people play, if every chair is used but two people sit in #14, one of those two people will be the elimination that day.

Stick with me: if there are multiple ties with the same number of people, then the victim will be taken from the chair with the lowest number.  At a glance it might make no sense to grab a low-numbered chair, but if everyone picks #20, the elimination will come from there.  Are we good so far?  This is really simple in my head.

The next day, we’ll do the same thing.  However, to eliminate randomness and foster good strategic play, the rules of the elimination change from here on out.  Instead of randomly picking from the pair, triad or whatever that is up for elimination, I will eliminate the one from the pair or triad who has previously tied with the most people.  So: on day two, let’s say three people pick chair #19 and this is the death chair.  If one person was in a pair the day before, and another was in a triad, then the one from the triad will be eliminated because he’s got a running total of 2.  The person with 1 will now have a total of 3 and, moving forward, will want very much to stay out of pairs or more as much as possible.

If there ends up being a tie at any point thereafter, randomness will be reintroduced, but the longer we go the less likely this becomes.

So, I think I love this game, but I’ve been wrong before.  What I want is for people to be able to strategize and plan without guaranteeing the elimination of any one other person.

I am not going to cap the number of people who can play this game, though I am going to cap the number of days, probably at eighteen or twenty.  Thus, if I have to have dual-elimination days, I will.  If this comes up, then both people from the low pair will be eliminated (or two from the low triad, at random).  I will run dual elimination days at the beginning and will let you know when they’ll stop, if this comes up.

Sign up now and I’ll try to start in two or three days.  Feel free to ask questions, as I’m sure some things here could use clarification.

Points will be distributed the same as they were in the last game.  The winner will get 100, second place will get 50 and everyone else will be evenly spaced down to five points for the first elimination.



The Dread Pirate


38 thoughts on “November Mega-Game Signup: Musical Chairs

    • The problem with comments like this that what’s ideal for you guys is inevitably going to be awful for others. Plus, I really don’t want to start a mega-game on the 11th of the month when I’ll need a break later. I’ll see what happens as people trickle in, but this is a very easy game to submit to, even if your time is limited.

        • Good question. Nonsubs should probably be punted, although it would also possibly work to give nonsubs a +10 penalty to make any subsequent ties fatal, but it wouldn’t force them out of the game for one miss. Folks with opinions, speak them now.

          • If he’s announcing that he won’t submit on one day (well in advance for an obviously non-strategic reason), I say just run that day with one less chair, then allow him back in on the next day. Maybe make him lose a tiebreaker for the next few days or something.

            Otherwise a non-sub is out.

          • Brooks, I might make it that day.
            But I also might not. The cabin/house I’m staying at has one computer and a slow internet connection and a lot of people wanting to use it. Plus I might get distracted or drunk or asleep before I remember that I wanted to log in. Deer “camp” activity has been widely variable.

            Or it could happen Friday or Sunday as well. Or all three.

          • I could also allow you to call me with a chair number.

            I don’t think I can do Brooks’s thing – players could be strategically missing to skate by on any given day.

          • I get horrible phone reception out there. Gotta be at the end of the (long) driveway. My wife usually calls the place’s landline for news of kills.

            I’m just being a pain in the ass here though. If I nonsub-out, how is that any different than any other non-spread game here?

          • I don’t think I can do Brooks’s thing – players could be strategically missing to skate by on any given day.

            Thus my parenthetical… well in advance, non-strategic reason, etc.

  1. Sorry, Annette and yickit. It was a big Fall, Caesar day so I just got to this. It’s never too late! Which is to say, it’ll definitely be too late soon, but you’re in time.

    As for nibbish, I didn’t add him earlier because I don’t like him.

    I’ll give regulars a few more hours and perhaps a final email alert to trickle in. This game, without Geoff and uberminz? The devil you say! I can see tomorrow night being the first deadline but the next night is just as likely. If I haven’t set the first deadline by tomorrow at noon, it will definitely be at least the next day.

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