Complete status overview can be found in post2 as well as in the first post at page 2. Here only some last news
redbugal is the overall winner
Although it this cruise had the intention to give an impression about all kind of different Isles, it turned out for most groups at most Isles to become a battle
"Most" for one group it seems that they have found some peace at Malta, see Game 5439554.
Four people of another group are frozen at Iceland, waiting for spring I expect, see Game 5391454
For all issues that happened at other Isles I would say, don't stand still about it to long: it is past.
All together I think the total cruise was fun.
However the Isles and conditions at the Isles were a bit too different, in that way it didn't gave general total feeling.
Premiums as well as non-premiums are welcome at this wonderful cruise.
But you have to be a split personality since you will be entering two isles at the same time.
Start at first isle on 3 May. From that moment onwards you need to be able to play two games.
Our travel-agency offers you with this Isle Cruise a visit with a group of 49 people to in total 8 beautiful Isles . Of course staying together with such a large group is rather difficult, so we split up in 7 groups of 7 persons. At every other isle people will be swapped over the groups (using the windmill setup). After the last isle you will have visit with each of the 48 other people exactly one location. There are three complications:
- 1.This is a package deal; once you have started a visit of one isle you are supposed to visit them all and are not allowed to skip one of them.
2.At every isle we only arranged max 50 days to stay. (In other words in case a game is starting round 50 it is no longer supposed to be part of this tournament).
3.Although we all start at the first isle, the visiting order of the others is not for everybody the same.
The isles that we are going to visit are Australia; The Galapagos; Madagascar; British Isles; Ireland; Archipelago; Iceland and Malta. The intention was to make it all standard cruises (standard, sequential, flat rate, unlimited, sunny); but somehow most of the places did give some complications at booking for such a large group, so in the end there quite some exceptions (I will come back on that). Furthermore the hostel at Madagascar is too small for 49 people (as explained before I handle that part by using a different order for the visits).
Since our travel-agency would like to make some profit, we only start in case we are clearly overbooked. Just as all other travel agencies we go for at least 10% overbook and don’t mind larger overbooking. We expect that everybody has a split personality, so his (or her) alter-ego can visit a second isle in parallel. Our travel-agency did arrange bus-trips on each isle and of course took care of your stay including sleeping facility. Also all eat and drinks are arranged.
You just have to make sure you visit the booked hotel / B&B / etc. directly at the start the first time (you will get approx. 48 hours to join a game you are invited for by a PM). Not sleeping at the hotel, missing dinner or comparable (missing a turn) is not a problem for the travel-agency, but your companions might not like it. In case you do have travelling problems, miss luggage or have other problems just ask me for some help; our travel-agency can do a lot. Our standard baby-sit service is not available at Madagascar, but as always has some strict rules and limited capacity. So in case you need a baby-sit ask in time for availability and further conditions. In case you are too late to check in at the hotel or B&B we are happy that we had some overbooking at the start.
Our travel agency wishes a pleasant stay at all 8 isles.
By the way as mentioned we had some small problems at booking, so here are some more details. In the end there was only one location were we could realize our planned standard: standard, sequential, flat rate, unlimited, sunny.
Australia England did send here all their prisoners to get terminated
The Galapagos You should be looking here for that specific beast (without being eaten yourself): assassin
Madagascar We only could book a hostel with rooms for four people here: Quadruples
British Isles Everything is so traditionally that you don’t even need any card: no spoils
Ireland Don’t worry about anything everything is free here: freestyle
Archipelago In fact we are still searching to find this place, most likely it is hidden somewhere in the fog
Iceland It could be rather cold here, making transport a bit difficult: adjacent
Malta This isle is an independent nation of itself and so well organized that everything is standard
As score we use the windmill score. Since we have a nice sponsor you will get more tulips in case you stay longer at a isle. You will get for each game 21, 17, 13, 9, 7, 5 or 3 tulips depending on your position. The winner gets 21 tulips.
In case you end up at an equal place (like in team games), the corresponding tulips of all people at that place will be put in a pot and distributed equally. Basically the same happens at starting round 50. However there is a small difference: at reaching round 50 our travel agency will take out for each remaining person between zero and two tulips (since it will be never zero and never two, it will be most of the time one tulip per person less). In all other cases the travel agency will try to come as close as possible to equal distribution (it would be rather useless to get parts of tulips).
In case there is at the end of the competition a tie in number of tulips collected, the results of game(s) in which those persons where in together will show there relative position.
Any needed reserve will get the same number of tulips as the person at position 7 at that moment. Furthermore he -or she- will get one extra bonus tulip.
Predictions like this are easily not 100% correct, see some of my earlier tournaments with predictions: link, link and link. The problem is that they really are only predictions.
• Expected start first games at 3 May
• Expected start last game on 10 August
• Expected the very last game to be finished at 6 September
All predictions were made on 8 April. The last first game started on 3 May, so 0% mistake for first prediction
Second prediction in reality 26 August, 16 days later then predicted. Prediction was 140 days earlier.
- 16/140 is 11% mistake.
So average is 13%. Compared to other predictions this is a acceptable level