Doesn't make it right, does it? At least we can do something to make wargaming a more enjoyable pastime, rather than pointlessly ranting on Facebook about corrupt politicians, etc (which I regularly do and which won't make the slightest bit of difference!).The way of the world.
SPOT ON, Martin!My observations on the current points system:
The changes make little difference to the top players.
The most active players are never the best to represent the views of the casual or new player.
Middling players will continue to acquire points by playing for a draw and the problem will persist.
New players are likely to struggle to acquire any points and may just learn not to lose and never learn how to win.
New players may be totally disheartened and never return (Chris's point).
Saying "get over it" does not address the problem.
What's wrong with drawn games? Didn't two players at last year's Britcon agree a draw before playing? I didn't hear any howls of protest! Here's the blatantly obvious: The best players are going to finish at the top NO MATTER WHAT SCORING SYSTEM IS USED. Why do we need a system which grossly exaggerates winning margins?We have tried both of these options and they both result in yet more drawn games.
For example, under the old system winning scores were boosted by 100% by counting not just what you scored but what you had left. Rout your opponents army and there's another 50% bonus. With the new system the boost goes up to 200%. Just whose egos are we trying to inflate?!
A 1-1 draw certainly would be unsatisfactory but 19-1 and 28-1 sound just as bad. What on earth is wrong with you scoring the proportion of what you destroy of your opponent's army and he scores what he destroys of yours. In your quoted example that would be 9-1. Sounds about right to me.So as an example, I lose 11 out of 12 Attrition Points and my opponent loses nothing. Under both of the scoring systems above, this would result in 1-1 draw instead of the previous scoring system which would be a 19-1 and the current scoring system which would be a 28-1. I'm sure you would agree that a 1-1 draw is not satisfactory in this situation.
The problem with exaggerated scoring systems is they have no regard for the inexperienced, who get trampled on every time. As such, they're somewhat selfish systems - and that's VERY short sighted.