*gasp* We're in Census and Games. And this thread is not a poll. Nor is it a game. It's not even a social thread! *gasp* The shock! The horror! The audacity of DarthIntegral to post this! Anyways, when you're past that ... Okay, I'll wait a minute ... ... ... Good, now? Alright, let's talk about something: Draft games. As noted in this week's MSU, we've been discussing Draft Games policy in MS recently, prompted by my own thoughts, and the thoughts of one Shadow_of_Durron. We've decided it would be best to allow input from everyone who loves these Draft Games: from the hardcore players, to the passer-bye players, to the lurkers, and everyone in between. So, here's where we stand. Let's start with a review of the current draft-type games. Jedi Draft (SWC) StarFighter Draft (EUC) Comic Book Draft (C&G) Video Game Draft (Videogames) Movie/TV Draft (C&G) Animated Character Draft (C&G) Mythology Draft (C&G) That's seven drafts. And, with the exception of the SW-related drafts, they basically draw from the exact same pool of users to play and run them. And even then, there's a good bit of crossover to the SW ones. I'm currently involved in 5 of them (playing CBD and Animated, Commish/judging Jedi, Movie, and Video game). I think we're seeing the players getting stretched too thin. We all love the draft games, and we want to play in all of them, but then we can't really devote full effort into them. We're seeing a high number of players drop (without announcing they are) from some games, and others that just do the minimum. So I think it's time to rethink how we're handling the drafts. The first thing I think we should do is move all non-SW drafts to Census and Games. That really only effects the Video Game draft, but this particular draft has suffered quite a bit. The current incarnation is in it's seventh month of existence. Part of that is that players forget to check it, because it's not with the other drafts they play. I also wouldn't worry too much when moving it because the Games "regulars" don't seem too interested in it. But the draft has a lot of potential and I'd hate to see it wasted. The second thing I would do is put the draft games in C&G on some sort of rotation. Maybe limit it to three drafts at a time. When a draft ends, it would go to the bottom of the waiting list, and the first draft on top would be started. This would be done for two reasons: One, to make each draft more of an "event", give it more of a special feel, and make people "hungry" as they wait for a particular draft to start. Second, it would keep the hardcore players who love all drafts from being stretched too thin, and theoretically keep the drafts more involved and more interesting. So, how this would look right now: Video Game Draft just entered the championship game, so it should be the next to end. It would close for a small bit. Following that, I imagine the Comic Book Draft will end, since we're one judgment from the Championship there. It would go in line after the Video Game Draft (unless it finishes first ... could be a race to the finish). Following that, I imagine the Movie/TV Draft finishes next (couple of matches from playoffs). It would end, and leave only two active drafts alive (Mythology and Animated). So, the next draft in line (Video Games) would start. Then, when Mythology ends, we'd start the Comic Book Draft. And so on and so forth. Alright ... so that's what I had to say. I'd love to hear thoughts from anyone with Draft experience, even those who have never played but remember the days of sign-ups done in 20 minutes, and excitement buzzing through the air for every draft.