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Alleyooper
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NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 07:25
Well I found out the NC existed a few days ago. Almost simultaneously, I worked out the whole "GTS" name thing which had bamboozled me for some time.

Oh joy thought I - the finals are not yet over - so I set my alarm and prepared to watch the dea-mudda clash with some interest. You'll have deduced already i am not the most experienced of players, and my opponents will vouch that I provide a handy supply of ranking points. I am however a student of human behaviour and know already not to mention thekid in any context whatsoever.

First up, with my TTR player hat on, well done Mudda. Of the games I particularly enjoyed the way in which the SEA-NY LA-NY combo was achieved. However, it was the crowd that caught my attention. Here is my record of about 10 seconds of their contribution:

Pepetever: GOOOO MUDDAAAAAAAA 04
wostwuist: DEA DEA DEA DEA DEA
GTS WOMBLE: MUDDA GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo
GTS Nanni: gpooooooooooooooo mudda gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Masimo: oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee at
t#######: hi dad
Nayeli: OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AT
sauvignon57 RED WHITE RED - GO dea GO
CAT-pegaso: goooooooooooooo dea gooooooooooooo
GTS Goscha: gooooooooooooooo muddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
fandangorumbazepolka: AT TA DA DAAAA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM

What did this tell me about my newfound TTR colleagues. Well!

1. They are not very good at sentence formation. I have protected the privacy of the only supporter who managed a sentence (t######) so that s/he is not the subject of jealously. To give sauvignon credit he did come close to creating a comprehensible sentence.

2. Further on the subject of t#######, he went on to say "are you there dad". I do hope that he found his father in amongst all the yelling and screaming. Otherwise my TTW colleagues will have been responsible for a rather heartbreaking moment for that young man.

3. TTR keyboards seem to have had a very sticky substance spilled on contacts of the vowel keys. I don't know how this is acheived given the vowel keys are scattered all over the keyboard, so i still have things to learn!

4. GTS WOMBLE and sauvignon have mastered the shift key. The little o at the end of womble's contribution actually had artistic merit. I'm not sure that she received any credit for this from the crowd though.

and now, back to working out the difference between CET and down-under time in preparation for the next match
      
bassie
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 09:36
Thank you for reminding about 200 players to have been living in a tunnel the past 2-3 months, thinking nothing tops NC. You mentioned to be careful not to say anything about thekid, instead you said something about all NC supporters, covering 99% of the contributors to the Competitive Forum. Talking about breavehearts.

Nice to see there are still people on the sideline. To fill in your study about human behaviour: since the OLE team performed surprisingly well during the first Nations Cup in 2005, the thought that owning the lobby gives you a psychological edge for winning matches has sunk in with many NC supporters. This particular OLE team traditionally seeks to achieve this by hitting the CAPS LOCK button, and by letting a finger rest on the O, the L, and the E for a few seconds consecutively. Apparently this strategy has struck the other teams. You might have noticed the prefix in front of the different player names. In general, other teams use the same strategy for yells as the OLE team in order to find an easy way to turn the psychological edge to them, using ther own prefix instead of OLE. There are exceptions, of which I will name the following:

- The French teams (as opposed to the German teams, who seem to keep their meanest trash talk for eachother) stick together. The draft for the 3 teams was done in harmony and unity (at least, from my relative distance), which also shows in their yell: they all tend to say TA TA TAM. I must say I can't recall what happened in the match between Rosé and Red TGV (which happens to be the only all-French clash in NC history), but I wouldn't be surprised if the lobby was filled by TA TA TAMs from both parties.

- The Austrian teams (at least AT does so) has dared to make a rather long yell, RED WHITE RED. Other teams are very curious to learn about the success factor of this, since this year it is AT which does surprisingly well and is on the verge of winning the tournament at the time of this writing.

- The American teams are exceptions too. The players of the first team usually play their matches in silence, teammates being rather silent, not being present or simply playing themselves. As we all know, this strategy has been quite unsuccessful. The second American team has a great inspirer Zeno, who has been giving us very interesting lectures about the origin of the Freedom Train. His stories have reached such a level of elaboration, however, that his status tends to linger between genious and lunatic, not exceptional for our community. A simple yell would be too much of a contrast to this - my personal theory for their missing yell.

Strangely enough, I would not be surprised if the IQ of the average NC player would be significantly above the average IQ of all human beings. If this assumption holds true, the most interesting challenge lies in finding out why the supporting vocabulary is smaller even than that of an average football hooligan.
      
senorblanco
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 10:47
Alleyooper schrieb am Wed, 21 November 2007 07:25


First up, with my TTR player hat on, well done Mudda. Of the games I particularly enjoyed the way in which the SEA-NY LA-NY combo was achieved.

A worm welcome to our new member and thank You for Your comment. I appreciate that You woke up cause of our game, but since the NC Final is reserved to the Europeans You will get used to that in the future. Rolling Eyes

The worst thing i noticed was that I sometimes had difficulties with communicating with my opponent, while the lobby was crowded with affinity phrases with partially 59 letters. But two more games and its all over...

Another thing Id like to mention is that a summary of these phrases testify personal affinitys and its a fine occasion for me to assort for the future. No matter if we kicked the AT supporters asses in our streek to NC Final 2007 or some of them still dont get along with losses in 2006, it may have an influence on my behaviour in 2008. Eat it...Exclamation


bassie schrieb am Wed, 21 November 2007 09:36

Thank you for reminding about 200 players to have been living in a tunnel the past 2-3 months.


Theres a light at the exit of every tunnel...

GTS Mudda
      
Peter de Zeeuw
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Monkey Business Wed, 21 November 2007 10:57
Alleyooper, you are so right.

I have never seen a bunch of grown-ups act so fanatic, so emotional and so outrageous during a futile online event as the Ticket to Ride Nations Cup. Yes, even I got a little carried away during certain moments in professional railroad combat.

I always thought there would be an abundant source of research here for psychologists or students of human behavior.

You know, you might actually think that humans are playing this game, while in fact Days of Wonder is having a grand experiment with a couple of deranged lab monkeys.

Thanks for the laugh and I hope the poor kid found his daddy amid all the screeching and flee picking.

D.I.S.

      
DrakeStorm
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 11:32
My bets are its just the baron, at which point if I didn't say anything, they would post.. who is this baron... etc.

could be another top. I've watched them set up games (using format of other tops) and who they've played recently just seems a little too coincidental. And someone rarely gets so good so fast unless they are a friend of a top.

anyways, points are points no matter the name...
      
erps
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 11:43
Hi

Of course it's the Baron.

He always is coming back. Style fits, no australian language, few games but already high in ranks, September 2007 registered, good knowledge of the major personalities. Boring. Proof me wrong Smile

bye, erps
      
OLE sebbo
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 13:19
Maybe we should collect money for a psychiatrist/therapy or whatever might help. He seems to have serious problems.
      
youki
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 14:38
Baron - or no Baron. The post was an excellent and worthwile contribution to the forum. I can see no problem there ...
      
Nanni15
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 15:01
whoever it is.....

you made my day... I am still laughing Laughing

Nanni Smile
      
Stephan1972
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 16:09
Ok, better NC chants. I've been thinking how some of the usual UK football chants could be adapted. Very Happy Twisted Evil

If you are of a sensitive disposition DON'T READ ON

4:1 to the TNT, 4:1 to the TNT...

stand up if you hate east coast, stand up if you hate east coast
stand up if you hate east coast...

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little lord Jesus stood up and he said : TNT TNT TNT

One for the Austrians:
We are Red, we are White, we are ... dynamite

For those horrible LA-El Paso moments: "who's the ..., who's the ..., who's the ... that played the blacks, who's the ... that played the blacks?"

and last but not least...

Are you Baron, are you Baron, are you Baron in disguise?

[Updated on: Wed, 21 November 2007 16:48]

      
Monikaaa
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 19:58
ok, I haven't said anything in a while (and maybe that was a good thing Very Happy ) but I have to agree with Youki and Nanni: Great Post !!! Brilliant, actually. One of the best things I have read in a long time. I want more ...

And Baron or no Baron, whoever you are, you are definitely worth to be Baron's successor, so:

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND ??? Wink

M Smile nika

PS: and you all knew this was coming: I MISS BARON Crying or Very Sad

[Updated on: Wed, 21 November 2007 20:25]

      
bassie
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 20:31
GTS Mudda plays the optimist

Theres a light at the exit of every tunnel...

... the light of an oncoming train.

[Updated on: Wed, 21 November 2007 20:31]

      
Alleyooper
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Wed, 21 November 2007 23:30
Oh dear,

I thought I was a mild-mannered basketball player from Australia... but it turns out I don't even speak my own language. Strewth mate, crikey!

But wait! whats that?
...faster than an Austrian ramming a Porsche
...more powerful than a forum of street-wise locomotives
...able to leap tall ranking ladders in a single bound
...sets up games using the mysterious secret format known only to tops

up in the sky! it's not Alleyooper, it's, it's, the Baron??? in which case I do have serious problems, take up the collection right now.

ps congratulations to the ATs
pps speaking with my newbie hat back on, thanks for the encouragement Peter, Nanni Monika and co
      
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Thu, 22 November 2007 08:11
Alleyooper -- your posts are refreshing in a witty sort of way. You had me actually laughing out loud with your rundown of the NC final crowd thing.
And if you are truly a "newbie" than you are a smart newbie to have picked up so much already in such a short time.
Besides, a little mystery now and then never hurt...!
I think I will look forward to your next posts.
express--
      
erps
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Thu, 22 November 2007 11:21
Hi

If this is true, welcome. But you have to understand that i am really mistrustful concerning Baron. He came back every time and it was getting worse every time. Please have a look at the final match yesterday (watch the lobby in first game):

http://www.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/~erps/zugumzug/Nation s_Cup_2007/Final/

Shows what he really is and why i don't subscribe the "come back" petition. You should ask why there are so many (respected) players with problems with him. I don't have problems with his funny side, but with the other sides.

So i fear you can't proof that you are not the Baron here in the web. But the next weeks will show. I am looking forward to it.

bye, erps

[Updated on: Thu, 22 November 2007 11:26]

      
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Fri, 23 November 2007 03:37
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[Updated on: Sat, 26 July 2008 16:00]

      
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Sun, 05 October 2008 22:25
This is old topic, but subject is not.

Its good that we have cheering and supporting in NC games, but do we really have to yell all the time from 1st game ending to 2nd game starting. People are sometimes trying to have some conversation in lobby, and its realle disturbing when supporters "cheer" with yells, which totally avoid chance to say something in lobby. Sometimes player have to ask break few times or tell pw, before other sees the text there 0,01 second before "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

Yes, i've also done this, but i try to avoid this now on.
Im sure players will see, even you dont keep Caps Lock on during games.

Last year Alley made good post, and it got positive comments, but still situation is same...

Remember, there are other than NC players/observers too.
      
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Mon, 06 October 2008 00:30
FIN-Zimo wrote on Sun, 05 October 2008 16:25

This is old topic, but subject is not.

Its good that we have cheering and supporting in NC games, but do we really have to yell all the time from 1st game ending to 2nd game starting. People are sometimes trying to have some conversation in lobby, and its realle disturbing when supporters "cheer" with yells, which totally avoid chance to say something in lobby. Sometimes player have to ask break few times or tell pw, before other sees the text there 0,01 second before "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

Yes, i've also done this, but i try to avoid this now on.
Im sure players will see, even you dont keep Caps Lock on during games.

Last year Alley made good post, and it got positive comments, but still situation is same...

Remember, there are other than NC players/observers too.


TA TA TTTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMM
      
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Re:NC Crowd Behaviour Mon, 06 October 2008 03:15
Cuidao, Joe ! It seems you get really "hooked" (hope it's the good word)... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
      
    
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