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Re: [Icehouse] "Best of 2009" Procedure

  • FromBryan Stout <stoutwb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 18 Jun 2010 01:55:07 -0400
As far as voting is concerned, there are several points worth discussing:

- I think we should take a reasonable precaution against
ballot-stuffing, without getting too paranoid about it.  At least, on
the ballot there could be a space for the voter's convention badge
number, and the TD or whoever could write the person's number onto the
ballot before giving it to them.  Ballots, when returned, are filed in
numerical order; when counted, those with no number or duplicate
numbers are thrown out.

- Should we ask/require voters to play all games before voting?  On
one extreme, we could require voters to sit in the Labs and play each
game before getting a ballot; on the other end, we could just give
them out to anyone with no requirements; in the middle, we could have
a space for the voter to initial each game they have played.  Other
options are of course possible.

- I was thinking of having people mark 1, 2, or 3 by each game,
ranking the finalists.  This is hardly more complicated than picking
one, and encourages playing all of them.

- Getting votes by email would take a separate procedure, and requires
someone to be the recipient, among other things.

Responses to this are welcome.


On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM, S Myers <iamthecheeze@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We now have our 3 best contenders fFor the Best Amateur Icehouse Game
> of 2009.  (Or, it seems that way right this moment.  The dust is still
> settling, but I think we have reached a consensus.)
> Crosswalk, Quicksand, and Stack Control.
> Last thing to be done is sort out some procedures.  It's easy to over
> think this stuff, but some a decisions need to be made.  I'm willing
> to go along with whatever.  Here's some things to put on the record
> and commit to:
> Voting should be done as simply as possible: small slips of paper
> which list the 3 games, and say "pick your 1 fFavorite."  Place your
> vote in a ballot box, to be counted Saturday afternoon.  The winner is
> the one with the most votes.
> We will need printed copies of the rules to all 3.  Easy enough.
> I previously mentioned I could print up some nice promotional poster
> things to have around the table, so people know what this is.
> Did we ever decide on an official name?  I recall "Apex" being both
> loved and hated.  I like "Apex Ice Award for Best Amateur Icehouse
> Game Design" Not actually that important, probably.  But we should
> agree to something.
> Stack Control requires a chess board, Quicksand requires a set of
> Martian Coasters, and Crosswalk needs 1d6.  I can supply some
> chessboards and probably dice, and maybe the Looneys could donate some
> coasters?  There's generally some in the lab anyway, so maybe one or
> two sets could live at the voting table.
> I am in fFavor of having the rules available to play some of the other
> semi-finalists, as well.  We have some really great submissions, and I
> think it might help people who are interested in the system to see
> that there's really a lot of great possibilities.  Not to distract or
> dilute the voting, mind you (Although, maybe: An option to write in
> votes towards those not appearing on the ballot?)  Useful, because I
> think this is really about all the awesome game designers.
> And lastly, we need a trophy prize of some sort.  I thought of asking
> a glassblower I know to make something interesting.
> Cheers!
> --Scott
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