I am also free tomorrow night, sorry new team meets on Tuesdays so little hectic.
I’ll swap with Brandon–Mt. Olive should be up shortly. Note: It’ll be on a 10 minute delay from any other drafts. Just my schedule.
Brandon–nothin’ stopping the draft runner from making his/her own team’s picks in his/her own tier. Just sayin’.
Akash, Pault: I’ll drop you guys the rundown when I get a chance, probably Thursday–I’ve got a document somewheres. Brandon, any randomizer would work, but I think Ed put a link somewhere in this thread; I find that # of tiers is best done as #teams/#players>3, 1 tier; otherwise try 2*#teams/#players (2 tiers), and if that fails, just keep going up until X*#teams/#players>3, and let X be the number of tiers you need.
Draft starts at 7:10 EST.
Yeah, just didn’t want to do it.
Not a problem. (I, on the other hand, have no choice… )
Reminder to FF players - keep your team name somewhere in your post, especially for new draft runners.
What’s the advantage of doing it live instead of sending in a list?
- Is it to avoid making a list? (That’s half the fun.)
- Are people looking at other tiers for an idea of who to pick?
- Is there a concern that the moderator will misread a list?
- Is it the opportunity for social chatter by following it live?
We are not forming actual alliances that have to play together, so who you get in an early round has little/no bearing on who you draft later on IMO. A list is simply a ranking of which teams you feel will garner the most points under the following criteria.
Win, 2 points
Tie, 1 point
Loss, 0 points [Note: this may also be -2 points. Scorer’s discretion.]
Winner, 30 points
Finalist, 20 points
Semifinalist, 10 points
Quarterfinalist, 4 points
1st seed, 20 points
2nd-3rd seed, 12 points
4th-8th seed, 6 points
9th-12th seed, 3 points
13th-16th seed, 2 points
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, 8 points
Regional Chairman’s Award, 42 points
Engineering Inspiration, 36 points
Rookie All-Star, 20 points
Rookie Inspiration, 15 points
Coopertition Award, 10 points (if in play)
Highest Rookie Seed, 5 points
High score, 5 points
Judges Award, 5 points
Robot-based award (Delphi, Xerox, GM, Rockwell, Motorola), 15 points
Dean’s List, 4 points
Any award not previously mentioned, 2 points
There are several reasons why I normally don’t send in a list.
- Good excuse to procrastinate from homework.
- I enjoy following the draft more closely and and checking at the end.
- I use my list more of as a guide. Shortly before my pick, I look on TBA for more information about a few teams that are ranked higher on my list to make sure that I am picking the right teams. (The team I pick is often not the next highest team on my list.)
Because Ed can’t make it to the draft tonight, should I just give him randoms?
I’ve always preferred to make lists, but there’s an argument to be made for drafting live. Thoroughly making a list requires comparing every team to every other team. When drafting live, it’s about as effective to use a list based on some objective criteria (say, fantasy points scored per event the previous year) and comparing the top few teams on that list. This takes significantly less time without losing a large amount of effectiveness.
The four reasons you point out are also contributing factors.
Ed generally takes randoms if he’s not running the draft. Unless he says otherwise, of course.
I have lists from everybody except Peach Alliance, LTown Throwdown, Schrodinger’s Cat, Prestige Taco, and the Sour Patch Nerds. If one or more of those teams could drop a list my way, that would be appreciated.
I’ll be doing Taco’s live
Aside from the announcements, I honestly prefer doing live over lists. I feel that was a large reason why my team last year was able to finish 2nd at the championship drafts.
The problem is, though, I’m in college. College does not equal to free time at exactly 7:00 pm… I see that a lot of participants here also have similar problems.
Always go with randoms.
I’d rather the customers get a shot at good teams instead of me.
A couple quick things.
Please make sure the teams in your list are attending the event. I had it 3 times tonight (and this isn’t the first time it has happened) that people request teams not attending the event. It helps the draft runners out alot if they don’t have to worry about making sure your picks are attending the event.
It also helps that when you send in a list, it is vertically and not horizontally.
I had one list where one out of the five teams listed were attending. That is no help to me at all. You might as well just send a list that says random instead.
EricDrost let our team know he won’t be able to fully participate this season, so we decided to bring in Connor Worley as our 5th member for Flippin The Greatest.
Looks like I was just a little faster than I counted on. Just uploaded the document I’ve got to CD-Media.
I will note that I’m actively working on another version of the drafting program, this one based in Excel and its macro codes. So far, though, I really only have the randomization functions (players and teams) working; teamlist pulling is available but I don’t know how to get it fully functional (AKA automatic given an event code); and I’m working on splitting tiers up based on # of teams and # of players (the code isn’t really crashing yet, but I still actually have to do the split). Means I have a bit of a todo list–if you think you know more Excel VBA than I do, I might be needing some help before long. (I do have some loose algorithms; let’s just say I used similar ones on the C++ version about 3-4 years ago.)
November 21 Arkansas, Hatboro-Horsham
November 22 GTR East, GTR West
November 23 San Diego, Groton
November 24 Crossroads, UNH-Durham
November 25 Northern Lights, Lake Superior
November 26 Central Valley, Kettering
November 27 Hub City, Gull Lake
November 29 Orlando, Oregon City
November 30 North Carolina, Glacier Peak
December 1 Mexico City, WPI
December 2 Dallas, Escanaba
December 3 Utah, Howell
December 4 Kansas City, Springside
December 5 St. Louis, Eastern Washington
December 6 Tech Valley, Mount Vernon
December 7 Wisconsin, Clifton
December 8 Boilermaker, West Michigan
December 9 Montreal, Waterloo
December 10 Arizona, Wilsonville
December 11 Los Angeles, Rhode Island
December 12 Virginia, Shorewood
December 13 Hawaii, Seneca
December 14 Greater Pittsburgh, Northeastern
December 15 FLR, Long Island
December 16 Washington DC, Livona
December 17 North Bay, Traverse City
December 18 North Star, 10000 Lakes
December 19 Peachtree, St. Joseph
December 20 Queen City, Auburn
December 21 Oklahoma, Central Washington
December 22 Smoky Mountains, Hartford
December 23 SVR, Bridgewater-Raritan
December 24 Israel, Troy
December 26 South Florida, Bedford
December 27 Colorado, Pine Tree
December 28 Bayou, Southington
December 29 Chesepeake, Oregon State University
December 30 NYC, Buckeye
January 1 Lone Star, Sacramento
January 2 Western Canadian
January 3 Windsor Essex
January 4 Las Vegas