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  • panther3485
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    Update:

    My research for T3 continues as planned and the target date for this third Warships Tournament is still May/June 2019. Although the Internet is a rich source, I also like to get my hands on books that specialize in the subject matter. Below is from my most recent post in the "What are you currently reading?" thread:

    Originally posted by panther3485 View Post
    <snip> ... I had already started on British Battleships of the Victorian Era by Norman Friedman. I'm resuming that one.
    Next in the queue is Before the Battlecruiser - The Big Cruiser in the World's Navies 1865-1910, by Aidan Dodson.
    After that, I've got River Gunboats - An Illustrated Encyclopaedia by Roger Branfill-Cook.

    All three are from Seaforth Publishing in the UK and of considerable substance. The first two in particular will take me some time to work through, based on maybe 30 minutes of reading time each night when I go to bed. (I find that half-an-hour or so of reading helps me get to sleep).
    Unlike the first two, the River Gunboats encyclopedia will not be a "read it all from cover to cover" job but is still an impressive work.

    Of course, apart from the pleasure of learning while I read, this is also to help me prepare for the next Warships Tournament. I wasn't sure whether or not I should be including river gunboats at all until I read the information on the book's jacket, which gave a brief summary of just how much important work these vessels performed in the age of steam.

    My aim is to have most if not all of my reading done by the end of March, so I can start collating the information and selecting potential candidates during April. I should be in the position to start putting pairings together during May. That's the plan, anyway.

    In the meantime, the T-2 poll threads have been re-opened so that anyone who missed that tournament (or didn't vote in enough polls to qualify) and would like to have a go at it, now has the opportunity to do so. Of course, the T2 poll outcomes are already decided but at least this gives folks another chance at qualifying if they want to.

    Any questions or concerns, please either post here or contact me by PM if you prefer.

    Best to all,
    Paul
    Last edited by panther3485; 08 Mar 19, 04:12.

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  • panther3485
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    Thanks, my friend.


    I definitely intend to go ahead with T3; covering the age of the Ironclads (mid 1800's thru early 1900's).

    If participation in T3 is at least as good as we got in T2 (let's hope, better), then T4 - the age of the Dreadnoughts (from the early 1900's thru the end of WW2) - should be on the cards as well.




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  • Jose50
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    Well, I'd just like to say thank you P for all the hard work that you've done to bring this tournament to fruition and success. I suppose that the British ship of the line deserves its rightful place in history as the best there is for this time period. I'll raise a glass of Pusser's Rum (the 95 proof blue label) )to the 74 and her handlers and I'll look forward to a continuation of these tournaments in the future.

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  • panther3485
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    QUALIFICATION FOR THE ROLL OF HONOR


    Following the finish of Round 6 (the Final for T2), I can now update the tally:

    Total number of participating members: 27
    Number of members currently qualifying for the ribbon: 14
    Method of award:
    Members' forum names to be listed under an image of the T2 ribbon; this list to be known as the Roll of Honor.
    At this point, these members are (listed alphabetically by name):
    • 101combatvet
    • Arthwys
    • BELGRAVE
    • Jose50
    • lcm1
    • Marmat
    • Merkava188
    • Nick the Noodle
    • panther3485
    • Persephone
    • Pruitt
    • slick24
    • Tsar
    • Vaeltaja


    If any other participating* members wish to boost their total and qualify, it's STILL not too late.
    Just message me and I can point you in the right direction. I will keep this option open until 25 December (Christmas Day).
    Note* - This offer applies only to members who had already voted in at least one Round by the time of closure of the Final, which was 16 December 2018.

    Note 2: There is a small handful of members who are not all that far from qualifying; and one in particular who is only one poll short of the required minimum. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you are one of those folks.
    I can advise you how to increase your score (but in a way that is not unfair to other members). If you are not sure of your particular situation, PM me and I can outline exactly what you'll need to do.


    Best regards to all,

    panther3485
    Last edited by panther3485; 17 Dec 18, 07:17.

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  • panther3485
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    WHAT NOW?

    T2 has another 2 or 3 days to run but at this stage, as mentioned above out of 26 participants, I can at least see 12 members who were engaged enough to earn a place on the Roll of Honor (Ribbon to be displayed). I didn't say too much before this but I now feel that I should say where my "line in the sand" was:

    If there had been less than 10 serious participants (that is, serious enough to qualify for the ribbon/roll of honor), I would flat-out refuse to run any more tournaments.

    I knew well enough to expect a very considerable reduction in numbers, of course; and I was prepared for that. However, while one or two dozen participants is fairly dismal compared to previous expectations, serious participants numbering less than 10 could only have been considered as pathetic and not worth anyone's efforts, including my own.

    So, with participant numbers being just above the minimum I set for myself at the beginning, work on T3 - covering the Age of the Ironclads - will now commence in earnest; with a planned launch date some time prior to June 2019 (hopefully).

    If that works out good, then T4 - the age of the Dreadnoughts - commencing some time in the second half of the year, is certainly very possible.



    Best regards to all,


    Paul
    Last edited by panther3485; 17 Dec 18, 07:12.

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  • panther3485
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    QUALIFICATION FOR THE ROLL OF HONOR


    No less than 26 members have so far voted in T2.

    Yes, I know: At one time, this would have been regarded as a fairly dismal level of participation.
    However, given the fall-off in membership numbers and overall participation since the forum change-over, it's not so bad, I guess.

    Unfortunately however, slightly more than half of these 26 members have either voted in only a very small portion of the 63 polls (9 or less); or have voted in 10 or more polls but still not enough to qualify.
    In fact, as things currently stand, only 12 members actually do qualify to have their names on the Roll of Honor for T2.

    These members are (listed alphabetically by name):
    • 101combatvet
    • BELGRAVE
    • Jose50
    • lcm1
    • Marmat
    • Merkava188
    • Nick the Noodle
    • panther3485
    • Persephone
    • slick24
    • Tsar
    • Vaeltaja


    If any other participating members wish to boost their total and qualify, it's NOT too late.
    Just PM me (or ask here if you like) and I can point you in the right direction.


    Best regards to all,
    panther3485
    Last edited by panther3485; 13 Dec 18, 02:30.

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by panther3485 View Post
    Notice:
    " ... there is no obligation to participate in every single poll. Vote in as few or as many as you like; however, please be aware that a certain minimum level of participation will be required to "get" the ribbon (that is, have your name added to the Roll of Honor):

    To be both fair and consistent, this will be the same as applied to T1. Therefore, members will need to have voted in no less than half the total number of polls across the 6 Rounds:
    32+16+8+4+2+1 = 63 polls; so the minimum is set at 32.
    Hi everyone,

    Regarding the above, I have decided to relax this rule slightly; but only for members who took the trouble to vote in ALL 6 rounds of T2.
    If you are among those members who voted in all 6 rounds, the minimum participation to qualify for the Roll of Honor is 24 polls.
    Otherwise, if you missed one or more rounds (i.e. you voted in 5 rounds or less), the minimum participation of 32 polls; that is, at least half the T2 total - equivalent to the requirement for T1 - will still apply.
    The main reason for the concession is the fact that T2 had 6 Rounds, rather than the 5 Rounds of T1; and ran for quite a while longer as well. So, consistency over this longer time period - by having voted in every one of the 6 rounds - is being rewarded by a modest easing of stringency.


    Should I go ahead with T3 and T4 (and I think I shall proceed with T3 at least), then the same levels of participation to qualify for the Roll of Honor, will apply.

    Please see the following post for the status of eligible T2 participants up to this date.
    Last edited by panther3485; 13 Dec 18, 02:08.

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  • panther3485
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    Doing fine at this stage.

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  • Merkava188
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    Am I caught up in the Campaign so far?

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  • panther3485
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    Update:

    We got quite a decent number of votes over the last weekend (13-14 October).
    These were almost all from members who had already voted in some of the 32 Round 1 polls and went back to vote in more of them.
    I'm thinking I might close Round 1 a day or so earlier than intended. Probably when I get home from work on Friday afternoon (my time in Western Australia).
    Further information in the Campaign Introduction, "Next Round" & "Next Tournament" sticky thread.

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by panther3485 View Post
    " ... there is no obligation to participate in every single poll. Vote in as few or as many as you like; however, please be aware that a certain minimum level of participation will be required to "get" the ribbon (that is, have your name added to the Roll of Honor). To be both fair and consistent, this will be the same as applied to T1. Therefore, members will need to have voted in no less than half the total number of polls across the 6 Rounds:
    32+16+8+4+2+1 = 63 polls; so the minimum is set at 32.


    Best regards,
    Paul
    With regard to the above, a handful of members are already qualified for the T2 ribbon, having voted in all 32 polls of Round 1. Having said this, I do hope they continue to vote in successive rounds all the way to the Final of course.


    A Round change-over announcement will now be posted in the "Campaign Introduction, Next Round & Next Tournament" thread stickied at the top near this one.


    Edit: As of today, 20 members (including myself) have voted in Round 1 of T2.
    This current opening round will now be running for one more week, so there is still a good bit of time for some more members to get into it if they wish.

    Would be real nice to see at least a few more of you guys having a go.
    Last edited by panther3485; 12 Oct 18, 09:51.

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  • panther3485
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    Notice:

    Thank you to all the members who have shown an interest in the current Warships Tournament (T2).

    Just in case one or two of you may not yet be aware or missed the earlier announcement, ALL 32 of the poll threads for Round 1 are up and running.
    However, they are not all on a single page. They are spread across no less than 4 pages.
    In the Warships Tournament, if you scroll down to the very bottom of your screen you will see the numbered tabs for each page. The polls are on pages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    On the other hand, if you are already aware of this but have simply lost track and can't remember exactly which polls you have and have not voted in, just message me and I can assist as I am keeping records as we go along.


    Edit:
    At the same time, of course, there is no obligation to participate in every single poll. Vote in as few or as many as you like; however, please be aware that a certain minimum level of participation will be required to "get" the ribbon (that is, have your name added to the Roll of Honor):

    To be both fair and consistent, this will be the same as applied to T1. Therefore, members will need to have voted in no less than half the total number of polls across the 6 Rounds:
    32+16+8+4+2+1 = 63 polls; so the minimum is set at 32.



    Best regards,
    Paul
    Last edited by panther3485; 23 Oct 18, 09:46.

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  • panther3485
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    Round 1 of T2:
    ALL 32 poll threads are now open and running!





    OK, it's Tuesday 2 October and at last, I can make the above announcement!
    I've apologized before and I'll do so again. Sorry it's taken me so long to get to this point.
    I've been doing my best but an unprecedented amount of serious "real life" issues have combined to greatly reduce my spare time. In a recent conversation with my wife, I told her I can't honestly remember a year in my life that's been as difficult or as challenging as 2018.
    Hopefully, the last 2 or 3 months of it can only get better.
    Anyway, enough of that.

    I'm proposing to let T2 run until at least the weekend 13-14 October. This should give everyone - including those members who might only log in on an occasional basis - a fair opportunity to participate in all of the polls. I'm also hoping there might be a few members who were waiting for all of those 32 Round 1 polls to be ready before participating. Whether or not that's true, everyone who might want to have a go should get a reasonable chance.

    As always, best regards to all!

    Paul
    Last edited by panther3485; 02 Oct 18, 10:59.

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  • panther3485
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    UPDATE

    OK, time to hit the sack as I'm approaching 1:50am Sunday morning here.
    Need to get some sleep, to keep myself beautiful! (cough, cough)


    I've now completed and posted 29 out of the 32 poll threads required for Round 1.
    These have the pairing #'s 32-60 inclusive and the listing of them now almost fills 3 pages.

    The remaining three are of course, paring #'s 61, 62 and 63.
    61 is around half done already.
    I reckon on being finished by about Monday 1 Oct.
    My intention will be to let the full Round 1 (that is, with all 32 polls) run for almost 2 weeks after that; so
    Round 2 should commence on the weekend 13-14 October.

    At last count, I think we had 16 participants so far (not counting myself). Perhaps a few members are waiting until ALL 32 of the Round 1 polls are actually up?

    More participants would of course be nice but I guess we'll see how we go with that. Whatever happens, I'm in this for keeps. Started it, so now I'll see it through to the finish.


    Any questions, please feel free to ask.
    Last edited by panther3485; 29 Sep 18, 12:52.

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by lcm1 View Post
    Hi Paul, having trouble getting past 54 and 55 ?? lcm1
    Pairings 56 and 57 are now up.
    Only six more to go (58 - 63) and we'll have all 32 Round 1 polls running.

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