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After reading the game premise, which subjects would you consider playing?

Historical People
3 (18.8%)
Movies
3 (18.8%)
TV Shows
3 (18.8%)
Music - Artists
2 (12.5%)
Music - Albums
3 (18.8%)
Scientists
2 (12.5%)
Other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 6

Voting closed: July 04, 2016, 02:55:53 PM

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Deserted Island Drafts
« on: June 26, 2016, 02:55:53 PM »
I asked this same question a couple years ago and got a decent response, but the thread got lost in the second great forum crash. So I'm resurrecting it again...

Deserted Island Draft Game

Contrived Premise
Imagine that each player is stranded on a different deserted island with enough food, water and shelter to live a long life. But each of you have no entertainment of any kind and no contact with other players or the outside world. Through cosmic forces you get to choose a set of your favorite X to be with you on the island, where X can be an item belonging to a specific subject (some possible subjects are listed in the poll, only one subject is selected for a given game). The catch is that you can't get the same items as other players, so you take turns drafting your favorites.

Real Premise
This is just a game for people to pick their favorite items from a given subject. The fun is that others are picking as well, so you have to strategize to get a final set that you like. It's interesting in that you get to see others' favorites and styles. You may also be exposed to more obscure items that you otherwise wouldn't know about.

Rules
If we get enough interest and start a game, I'll lay down the full rules then. Basically, the commissioner randomly selects a draft order. Players have 24 hours to make a pick when it's their turn. Once they pick or the 24 hours is up, the next player can pick. (Players who miss their turn can make it up at any time, but you risk not getting the item you like.) You can't pick something somebody else already picked. Each subject will have its own guidelines on what counts as an item and what counts as a duplicate.

Winning the Game
This is all entirely subjective stuff, so winning the game isn't really the point. But after drafting is done and the lists are built, we have forum members vote on which lists they like better, pitting lists against each other tournament style until a single list is crowned the winner.

Example
Let's pretend that the Rogues are playing. The subject is Sodas/Pop/Coke. The commish randomly selected the draft order and it was:
:bob: :evan: :jay: :steve: :cara:

The draft might go something like this:

Round 1
:bob:: "I choose Pepsi. It's not my favorite but I don't expect it to get back to me before my next turn and my favorite is more obscure."
:evan:: "I'll go with Dr. Pepper. It tastes good."
:jay:: "My favorite of all time has to be RC Cola. So I'm taking that with my first pick."
:steve: "How can nobody take the most popular coke ever... Coke! Specifically I'm taking Coca Cola Classic."
:cara: "Dang it! I really wanted Coke. So close. I'll choose Sprite."

Round 2
:cara:: "For round 2, I'll pick Diet Coke."
:steve:: "I'm going with Diet Coke Cherry here. Rules say that it's different than Diet Coke."
:jay:: "Ok, then I'll take Diet Cherry Coke. I found it listed online separately from Diet Coke Cherry."
Commisioner: "Uh, no. They're the same. Try again, Jay."
:jay:: "Whatever. I'll take Sunkist."
:evan:: "I'm picking Diet Dr. Pepper. I might just fill my island with only Dr. Pepper products."
:bob:: "A&W Root Beer."

... a couple weeks later ...

Round 10
:cara:: "I need a root beer on my island, so I'm going with Mug Root Beer."
:steve:: "I'll take Diet Caffeine Free Cherry Coke."
:jay:: "Dang it, why didn't I think of that? I pick Folgers."
Commisioner: "That's not a soda, Jay. Try again."
:jay:: "Whatever. I'll take Shasta Strawberry."
:evan:: "I once had a delicious Bluna in Australia. That's my pick."
:bob:: "7up!"

... and then people vote and Evan wins because a lot of Australians were online that week. The End.

And finally...
This Poll / Subjects
So what subjects can you do the draft on? I put 6 options in the poll, but we can do any that there is interest in, even sodas. Remember, there is one subject per game. Once we pick the subject we define the rules for what counts and what doesn't. Please vote for any subject you might be interested in playing and post any "Other" ideas you have.

Ideally, we'd get 10-12 players to have the most fun/diversity in styles/etc. I'd do the game with 8 people and would consider running it with fewer if people are really interested. The poll closes in a week and I'll check in to see where we are next Tuesday (as opposed to this Tuesday) and get things going if there's interest. If multiple subjects get interest, we'll do the most popular first and then play again with the next one if people like it.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 10:30:56 AM »
Well, this got a lot more interest last time. I thought maybe since the forumvision game ended it would be a good time to start it up. But it's not looking like it.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016, 01:48:43 PM »
Well you asked like this was something potential in the future that you were planning, which didn't lead to anyone signing up, merely voting, which leads to this topic being buried.
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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2016, 01:59:02 PM »
I will sticky it for a while to see if it gets some more interest.
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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2016, 06:01:56 PM »
I will sticky it for a while to see if it gets some more interest.

Thanks!


Well you asked like this was something potential in the future that you were planning, which didn't lead to anyone signing up, merely voting, which leads to this topic being buried.

Wasn't thinking anybody needed to reply, just vote for now. I assumed since there was not much else in this forum the topic couldn't get buried, but I realize that a lot of folks just read the "new posts" lists.


Anyhoo, five potential players so far and only three for any one subject. I'll check in next week and see if we get enough interest to run it.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 06:58:39 PM »
Alright, we did get six voters but no subject got more than three votes, and that's way too small to make it work.

If anybody would like to add their interest just post in here. I'd be willing to run the game if any interest picks up.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016, 05:02:28 AM »
Honestly, I couldn't understand how it worked. I didn't want to say anything because it wasn't helpful.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2016, 12:58:42 PM »
Lol... It probably could've been helpful if I could help explain it better. I've done so many of these on different sites that I don't know what information is clear and what is confusing.

If you have a question I'd be happy to answer it.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2016, 05:04:44 AM »
Well, I guess it was just the entire premise that I had trouble with.

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2016, 12:11:42 PM »
We're going around picking our favorites in a given subject, like albums. The catch is that once one person picks an album, nobody else can pick it. You're trying to build a collection of albums that you like. There's not much more to it than that.

If you love the Beatles, maybe you take Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band with your first pick. Or maybe, since there are a bunch of Beatles albums you'd be happy to have in your collection, you go for Nevermind because there's no substitute for that and you think somebody else will pick it before your turn comes back around. Then in round 2 nobody has taken anything from the Beatles yet, so you grab Illmatic. Then in round 3 there's a run on the Beatles and the person before you picks Sgt Peppers so you're pissed. You end up with the White Album. Still, you're happy because you have a nice mix of genres for your collection already and some great albums.

Does that help at all?

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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2016, 12:54:29 PM »
You have to pick your album before someone else does.  Otherwise you don't get to take it to your island.
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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2016, 12:58:06 PM »
To me, it sounds like the object of the game is to pick what you think will be the most popular items so that your list gets the most votes.
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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2016, 01:03:46 PM »
To me, it sounds like the object of the game is to pick what you think will be the most popular items so that your list gets the most votes.

Well, sure. Some people play to "win" the final tournament. But most people focus first on their favorite stuff. I find it more fun that way myself.

We did a Movies one once where there was like 20 rounds and one guy picked like 15 Kung-fu movies. He didn't win the tournament, but he was definitely "happy" with the movie selection on his island.

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2016, 01:17:03 PM »
To me, it sounds like the object of the game is to pick what you think will be the most popular items so that your list gets the most votes.

Well, sure. Some people play to "win" the final tournament. But most people focus first on their favorite stuff. I find it more fun that way myself.

We did a Movies one once where there was like 20 rounds and one guy picked like 15 Kung-fu movies. He didn't win the tournament, but he was definitely "happy" with the movie selection on his island.
Well I'd be happier with picking the things I liked if I actually got those things.  :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: Deserted Island Drafts
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2016, 06:35:45 AM »
We're going around picking our favorites in a given subject, like albums. The catch is that once one person picks an album, nobody else can pick it. You're trying to build a collection of albums that you like. There's not much more to it than that.

If you love the Beatles, maybe you take Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band with your first pick. Or maybe, since there are a bunch of Beatles albums you'd be happy to have in your collection, you go for Nevermind because there's no substitute for that and you think somebody else will pick it before your turn comes back around. Then in round 2 nobody has taken anything from the Beatles yet, so you grab Illmatic. Then in round 3 there's a run on the Beatles and the person before you picks Sgt Peppers so you're pissed. You end up with the White Album. Still, you're happy because you have a nice mix of genres for your collection already and some great albums.

Does that help at all?

Is there a win condition? Because so far it sounds more like the word association thread than an actual game.

Not - I hasten to add - that the word association thread isn't worthwhile in its own right. But if it's simply a game of naming things that we like, I'm not sure I'd be that much into it.