I really don't think this will be implemented given that it's been brought up so many times, and in a way, I'm not sure that it should be an option available to freemium players. Sure, I'm freemium right now, but a feature like that should be premium only. It wouldn't necessarily benefit the site otherwise. There is the option currently for players to become premium and play private games. There is a callout section on the forums where you can set up passworded games for people who have 2000+ points, 2500+ points, 3000+ points and so on. You don't necessarily have to pester people with invites. There used to be a list for 2000+ players going around via mass PM that I used to get invited to. Perhaps it's time for a new list since a lot of those players are no longer around. (As a freemium, you can join some of those games.)
Also, premium players have the option to play polymorphic games. If you're a decent player, you'll seldom lose to low ranks on those settings because the luck factor is greatly reduced. Since you are playing with more than one colour, a dumb player going first can't spaz out on the map like in 1v1. lol.
I hate playing vs low ranks. Even if I won every single game, it's just not fun most of the time because there is no challenge in it. Not saying all low rank players are terrible. I've definitely come across a few that played well for their rank.
For players who enjoy the game and want to have some control over who they play with/against, premium is actually a really good option and at 30 dollars a year, it's not that much. Adding a feature like this would make it even more attractive imo.
I don't play speed games, not because of the point difference, but because there were a toxic group of people playing on my chosen settings at the time I gave it a try. More people were playing speeders back then, so the score thing wasn't as big a deal. I can absolutely see alfombra's point on this one though. There are not enough people playing speeders, and having a score limit would help immensely with attracting people to it.
Other games out there match people by rank and it works. I don't think people should be allowed to restrict it severely. Should be one option only (a box to tick) to restrict the games to 2 ranks above or below yours, or leave it open to all. That would leave it fair and open to a lot of players. It would be no fun if everyone was restricting games to their own ranks.
00:33:53 ‹riskllama› will her and i ever hook up, LLT???
00:34:09 ‹LiveLoveTeach› You and Shannon?
00:34:20 ‹LiveLoveTeach› Bahahahahahaha
00:34:22 ‹LiveLoveTeach› I doubt it
00:34:30 ‹LiveLoveTeach› I don't think she's into farm animals