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April 29th, 2002
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Boggle Tournament
Okay, watched King of the Hill tonight, and I got the itch to host a Boggle tournament. Yes, an honest-to-goodness tournament. Finding a time might be tricky, but first I want to see how much interest there is. Anyone interested?

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From:magid
Date:April 29th, 2002 04:19 pm (UTC)

tournament

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I'm curious how the tournament part would work, but of course, Boggle-addict over here would be interested.
(Hmmm. I suppose I'm a boggle enabler, too.)
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From:magid
Date:April 29th, 2002 04:20 pm (UTC)
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watched King of the Hill tonight, and I got the itch to host a Boggle tournament.

and these are related how?
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From:slinkr
Date:April 29th, 2002 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Hank Hill's wife, Peggy, makes all of us look like Boggle lightweights.
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From:surrealestate
Date:April 29th, 2002 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I might be willing to be a part of this useless exercise in competition, but I absolutely refuse to win, and you can hold me to that promise! :)
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From:treacle_well
Date:April 29th, 2002 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Anyone interested?
Absolutely not. I can't imagine that you would know anyone whom this would interest.

:-) (You did have your sarcasm detector turned on didn't you?)

Okay, even though I'm totally outclassed by several of the Boggle players I know, I would participate in a Boggle tournament, for the fun-factor of course, not because I'm a masochistic boggle-slut who wants to be trounced by words only people who play Boggle daily know and left behind trampled under 9 letter verbal behemoths.

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help with the event.
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From:mattlistener
Date:April 29th, 2002 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Free idea: you could do the analogue of bridge tournaments, and have all parallel games be played on identical layouts. (Randomoze one, arrange rest to match.)
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From:queue
Date:April 30th, 2002 04:59 am (UTC)
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One potential problem I see with this is the difference in sets. If we could get enough Boggle Deluxe sets to do it, then that would be fine, but if there is a mix of Big Boggle and Boggle Deluxe, we may run into problems because of the different letter distribution.
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From:slinkr
Date:April 30th, 2002 06:05 am (UTC)
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I'd be up for a tournament. And I've got a Boggle Deluxe set.
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From:magid
Date:April 30th, 2002 06:12 am (UTC)
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i could bring either big boggle or boggle deluxe.v
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From:treacle_well
Date:April 30th, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)
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In addition to the Boggle Deluxe that I've been carrying around with me whenever I think I might encounter Boggle people, I've got an unopened Boggle Deluxe on the shelf. I would gladly loan it to the tournament. Also, last time I was strolling stores (which, oddly, wasn't that long ago) various KayBee stores still had copies of Boggle Deluxe on the shelf--now marked down to $9.99. I'd be willing to purchase and pitch in another set if needed.
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From:queue
Date:April 30th, 2002 07:39 am (UTC)
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I think we can probably scrounge enough Boggle Deluxe sets from what we all already have. If I get a larger-than-expected response when I post to a few lists, I'll go out and pick up some more sets.
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From:zzbottom
Date:April 30th, 2002 04:10 am (UTC)

Sign me up!

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I'd e up for it. Maybe i could be like a team format? It would be interesting to develop some sort of rating system and require that a team be made up two different tiered players. (ex. A four-tier system would require that a top-tier (1) be paired with a bottom tier (4), whereas a top-mid-tier (2) could pair with either a 3 or 4. A four-player table would be made up of two teams, combined score at the end of the game would win. A team must win say 5 of nine to move up the ladder.

Another system which is used by pool leagues is an individual handicapping system. This would allow for individual rather than team play. This simply requires a top-tier player to win more game within a match to have been considered to be victorious. (i.e. If a 1 player plays against a 4 player, the 1 might have to win 5 games for the match, whereas the 4 would only need to win 2).

Just a couple thoughts. Either way, I'm definitely up for it. :)
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From:queue
Date:April 30th, 2002 04:57 am (UTC)

Re: Sign me up!

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I'm not sure how to come up with a rating system. I suppose we could just have people self-rate, but I'm not sure how accurate that would be. Perhaps this first tournament could be used to establish ratings. Might also be neat to make some sort of league, where there are tournaments, but people can also do individual challenges for ratings. Well, I think I'll stick with the tournament now, and see how that goes. I'm not sure if I want to do teams, but we'll see. We could do both team and individual tournaments.
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From:treacle_well
Date:April 30th, 2002 07:25 am (UTC)

Rating players

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One possibility for "rating" players would be to offer some kind of qualifying event. If we use an honor system allowing people to self-time and self-report, you/we/somebody could send a few "grids" out by email, and have people send back their word lists. Then maybe we could use raw scores, based both on number of words and word length, to assign basic initial "ratings."

Those ratings could be useful in matching people up (either as teams, or as opponents) during the actual, in person, tournament.
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From:treacle_well
Date:April 30th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)

Re: Rating players

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Heck, we could probably photograph a few random Boggle boards and put them up on a website (would be prettier and have more authenticity), and then have people email their lists.
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From:queue
Date:April 30th, 2002 08:35 am (UTC)

Re: Rating players

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Nice idea. I'll play around with it and see what I can come up with.
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