It seems like often when discussions about tournament structure come up, someone suggests that single-game rounds might fix a number of problems. Lately, when I have things to procrastinate, I’ve been working on software for running such tournaments experimentally. It is not ready for actual use yet, but it is in a state where I thought other people might like to play around with it.
For reference, I think some of the possible benefits of single-game rounds are:
Make tournaments a bit less exhausting (by having less actual Netrunner in them)
Make tiebreakers less important by eliminating splits and by making time for more rounds
Make IDs a bit less attractive, with the current scoring system. They’d be scored as ties, so they’d only be worth one-third as much as a win, while currently they are worth one-half as much as a sweep.
Handle slow decks better by not letting games with them eat into the time for other games.
Of course, there would be downsides, the most obvious of which is the reduced amount of actual Netrunner in tournaments. I’m not suggesting that Netrunner tournaments should definitely use single-game rounds, only that I think it would be an interesting thing to experiment with.
I like the idea very much and will look into this. Can you say some words about how the software is run? It seems like you are running a local webserver, is there anything I need to install upfront like an apache? Is there something special about linux? Is the data saved? And if yes where?
The local webserver is part of the program, you don’t need to install anything else. The “linux” downloads are for people using the Linux operating system. You can ignore them if you’re using Windows or OS X.
Currently, no, which is the biggest reason why I don’t recommend anyone actually run a tournament with this yet. I have plans to change this.
In that case, the Linux downloads are what you want!
It’s written in Go, which is a compiled language, so you need the version that’s been compiled for your OS. That’s why there are different downloads for different OSes. That’s also why you don’t need to install anything else; all the supporting stuff is helpfully stuffed into the binary by the compiler.
The FIDE rules permit side differences and streaks of three in the last round only. Excalibur doesn’t currently have special handling for the last round, but it might be a good idea to add at some point, in order to prioritize matching by score group in the final round.
I think in Netrunner we don’t need this because we have top cuts. Chess has very high level events played as Swiss only with no top cut so last round is more important there.
Just downloaded it and will try to give you some feedback especially from a first time experience.
Running it on Linux.
Works fine for me so far and really like it very much. I think what is missing for me, is to know how to use it. So when running a 8 Player tournament, how many rounds? 5? Some help in this direction would be appreciated.
You have some explanations on GitHub and some here (1st Post, e.g. how to reach the software). I think it would be good when a kind of readme.txt would be included explaining the first steps.
Some help how to start the software would be useful (from a shell)
The download is called linux_64, something with a better name would be helpful (e.g. excalibur?)
Would be nice if the software version would be contained in the filename or somewhere
When you select Matches, there is no back
What is missing is to see a kind of status where I’m. After recording the results I have to finish the round, so that the results are published. So there is a process to follow but it would be good to know, what is the next step.
When I would understand this in more detail I would like to run a tournament with this.
When you are saying small test tournament, can share some details? How many players? How many swiss rounds? What was the experience like? Did the players enjoyed it? Or found it to be unfair?
Thank you for the feedback! I will make a GitHub issue for the UI suggestions you’ve made here. Is it ok if I copy & paste your post there? Alternately, if you have a GitHub account, please feel free to submit an issue yourself.
The test tournament was six players, and we played five rounds, which was maybe a bit excessive but we had time for them. I’m gathering feedback from the players on Facebook; I’ll try to summarize what people thought once they’ve had some time to weigh in.
Something that would be really handy would be a way to see a player’s match history besides looking at the “All Rounds” page, just so you can easily see if players are sufficiently alternating the sides they are playing, and not getting rematches.
This type of tool is something I’ve been dying for in the community, especially with the advent of Cache Refresh’s terrible bidding system, so I’m very happy this exists!