Hi Chris ,
I know I am not likely to attend
but I have read through and think the Idea of the "soft" scores making up half the available points is a good one as I have had experience of people "buying" their painting scores and maximising their generalship by taking Uber armies and then ignoring sports to crash through their opponents and win on generalship ,
spreading out the sports score makes people think about how they play , they are then aware of how their behaviour affects their score. All or nothing is , I agree , not the way to go - we have used a Four question system for the last couple of years in tournaments that I will share with you as a suggestion :-
1. Did you feel that your opponent fielded a fair and historical balanced force or one designed to take advantage of the rules?
a)Very fair and Balanced force giving a flavour of the force at that time - 2pts
b)A fair force - 1pt
c)Units seemed to be a mix of troops picked for their gaming potential rather than any specific historical reasons - 0pts
2. Did your opponent play the game at a pace that was suitable for both of you?
a)I was happy with how the game ran , this is the pace I like to play at - 2pts
b)the game ran at a good speed -1pt
c)I feel my opponent was trying to run out time for a draw , or alternatively they rushed things and I was not sure of what was happening - 0pts
3.Did you enjoy the game ?
a) Yes , it was one of those games I'll remember for a long time - 2pts
b)Yes - 1pt
c)No - 0pts
4.Would you play this opponent again ?
a)Yes - 2pts
b)No - 1 pt
c)After that I don't think i ever even want to enter a tournament again - 0pts
This generates 0 -8 points per game (We play to a 32 point system for some reason
) and would have to be adapted in some way but allows for more fine tuning of sports scores and makes you think about both your army and how to play. Again if anyone scores a 0 in a category it does allow an Umpire to spot it - and in my experience people do think about their answers and we don't get a lot of max sports scores (apart from me - its usually the only thing that stops me coming last
Or you could have 5 questions of a yes/no format that generate your sports scores for each game - that is what we are looking at for the 07 tournament season for the Wargames players society (a UK national group that runs a large , for the UK
, tournament circuit and has been doing for the last 10 years)
They have a website , www.players-society.com
, that has tournament rules on there (please dont look at the commitee pages !
) and they do have a FoW section.
Hope some of this rambling is of help
& Good luck with the tournament - I am running one myself on the 27th August and know how much hassle they can be............................................