Round 4

Round 4 Standings

Not as many points are available in the Divisional games, but the bonus from winning can really help in a close race.  The closest races right now are in the Green and Purple divisions, which each have 3 players within a few games of each other.

The next 3 rounds are 18, 18, and 27 players, so it’s an important stretch.  It’ll be very difficult to build an insurmountable lead this early in the season, but it’s very possible to get into an insurmountable hole.

Final Pre-Season Update

The final rosters are set, and Season 1 of the Trivia Crack League (TCL) will start tomorrow night (February 18th)! My goal is to send out all game invites between 10 PM and midnight EST, which will hopefully make it easier for people who like to play at a consistent time each day. I can’t make any promises though.

We have 54 players, separated into 2 conferences, each with 3 divisions. I used the random number feature in Excel to randomly assign players to divisions. Please see the attached roster (Final Roster) to see who your competition will be. There will be a schedule of 12 rounds (Schedule) for the regular season, including 9-player division games, 18-player games with 2 divisions, and 27-player games with an entire conference. At the end, each division leader will make the playoffs, along with 2 wild cards from each conference, for a total of 10. If you’re familiar with the Major League Baseball playoffs, it’s basically the same. There will also be a consolation tournament (much like the college basketball NIT) for the next 15 players in the rankings, along with a 29-player set of games to keep everyone else playing during the playoffs.

Please feel free to skip over the following section if you don’t care to read about the scoring and playoff details:

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For each game, the scoring will be based on the number of players. For example, in a 9-person game, 1st place gets 9, 2nd place gets 8, and so on. The winner also receives a bonus as follows: 2 points for 9-person, 4 points for 18-person, and 6 points for 27-person. This is similar to how NASCAR scoring works, and the idea is to reward both consistency and excellence.

The first tiebreaker will be number of wins, and the second tiebreaker will be aggregate score over the course of the season (yes, I will be keeping track of this). In the case of an in-division tie, the players will have seen the same questions, so it’s completely fair. Between divisions, it’s not ideal due to having seen different questions, but I can’t think of any better way to do it.

For the main playoffs, the wild cards in each conference will face each other in one winner-take-all game and will advance to play the #1 seed. From there, the next 2 rounds will be best of 3, and the championship will be best of 5.

The consolation tournament will use an experimental format that I haven’t seen before, but I’m excited about it. 15 players will play a game, and the bottom 3 will be eliminated. In each successive game, the bottom X number of players will continue to be eliminated until 1 winner remains. The progression will be as follows: 15, 12, 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1. It sounds like a fun format to me, and we’ll see how everyone likes it.

The remaining 29 players that don’t qualify for either of the tournaments will continue to play a large game during the playoffs. I’m not sure yet if I’ll keep stats for these games, but I think I will.
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I want to address cheating one more time. If you suspect someone of cheating, let me know. Obviously, I will be aware of everyone’s scores and times anyway. I don’t want to be the only one making a determination, so I’ve enlisted the help of Dante Golio and Matthew Gorter to be a “committee” with me. Both of them have been running games for a while, and I trust their judgment. If 2 of us agree that someone isn’t playing fairly, we can remove them from the league.

There are people out there that are constantly in the mid-to-low-25s and claim they aren’t cheating. I have a hard time believing it, but even if it’s legitimate, someone like that will really hurt the competitive balance of the league. So, if it’s out of hand, we reserve the right to remove those people. I want this to be fun for everyone, so we just have to find the right balance.

Finally, just to be clear, I do not consider the use of coins/power-ups to be cheating. It’s part of the game and impossible to police even if I wanted to. You have to earn them (or buy them I guess if you’re desperate…) to use them, so I have no problem with it.

Thanks again for joining the TCL, and good luck in Season 1!

Welcome

Welcome to the home of the Trivia Crack League!  If you received an invite and would like to learn more, you’ve come to the right place.  My name is Joel Winbigler, and I go by @joel.winbigler on Trivia Crack.

This concept has been in my mind for a while, and I’ve been compiling a list of the best Trivia Crack players for several months.  I want to give credit to Dante Golio and Matthew Gorter, who have put together some great daily groups.  Being invited to join them finally pushed me to get this going.  This league will build on what they do and provide a place for more than 30 players to compete against each other.  I also want to provide a community of trivia players through an online forum.  The general precepts of the league are as follows:

  1. I will be using similar terminology to major sports leagues, with conferences, divisions, playoffs, and so forth. My plan for Season 1 is to have 12 divisions in 2 conferences, ideally with 8 or 9 players in each division. The final numbers will depend on how much interest I get.
  2. There will be a series of intradivision and interdivision challenges with points awarded based on finishing rank. Unlike Matthew and Dante, I will have a small bonus for winning each challenge.
  3. At the end of the regular season, the 6 division winners in each conference will make the playoffs with a bye, along with 4 wild cards, who will play each other in the opening round. The 1-on-1 playoff matchups will be best of 3 with a best of 5 championship.
  4. I have some other ideas for future seasons, but I’m going to keep it somewhat simple to start. I’ve also thought about using the classic mode for a solely 1-on-1 league if people are interested, but we’ll see.
  5. I don’t intend to participate in Season 1, unless it’s needed to fill a hole. I will probably join later if everything goes well.
  6. I have a 2nd Trivia Crack account that I will use to facilitate all matchups (where I don’t care about my stats). I will take a zero in each official game, and the added bonus for everyone else is extra coins from a non-competing player.
  7. I will use the website as the primary way to show standings and stats. I will also use the forum. You don’t have to register on the forum to play, but I encourage it.
  8. The rules are pretty simple. Just play when you’re invited to a game and don’t cheat. We’ve all seen the glitch where you get to try all the questions a 2nd time.  If it happens, be honest about it and we can either do a redo of the round, or if you know how you did the 1st time around, we can adjust the scores that way.  Obviously, there’s no way for me to police this, so I’m just trusting the honor system to work.  For those of you that hate cheating as much as I do, there are 3 well-known players I’m not inviting based on constant sub-25 second 12’s, even with some ambiguous questions thrown in.  Breaking 30 occasionally is reasonable for many of the top players, but some of those guys are ridiculous.  Hopefully, everyone here is in agreement and we won’t have any problems.

Alright, if you’ve read this far and want to join the league, please send an e-mail to me at joel@winbigler.com.  I will not share your e-mail address with anyone else.  When I use it to send out league communications, I will always use the BCC line so your e-mail remains private.  Include your Trivia Crack ID (the one with the @ symbol) in your e-mail to me, and I will add you to the list.

Please also register on the forum if you’d like, although it’s not required.  For your username, please include your ID without the @ symbol (i.e. I am joel.winbigler).  This will make it easier for everyone to keep track of who’s who.