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NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games Sun, 02 January 2011 04:12
I've played TTR more or less frequently since 2006.
My scoring is approximately 1250. I'm not even close to a top player, but I'm not one of the worst either.

Typically I play a game or two just for fun before going to sleep, and prefer nice chat to aggresive strategy and winning with rude blocking. I don't consider myself as a fanatic whiner, and this is the very first time I write to this forum.

Supposedly I'm one of the players beginning the manner of creating the games with the word FAIR in order to tell that I prefer non-blocking game. Lately I've named all my games FUN & FAIR in order to attract the chatty and polite players instead of aggressive blockers.

I also always wish my opponent players "Welcome" and continue with phrase "Let's have a fun and fair game". Still sometimes I meet players who seem to think that blocking is the ultimate strategy to win the game. Unfortunatelly to my experience it seems to be that these very same players rarely chat, and unfortunatelly most of them seem to avoid even answering "hello". I understand that some players don't speak English, some are new to the game, some are shy, some are very young and insecure of what to chat and some some just simple don't want to chat, and I respect that. If I notice intentional aggressive blocking I usually ask about that. Usually we sort it out, and the game continues.

But now I met a player who's attitude and behaviour caused me to write here:

ICE-surfer, a top 300 player who has played almost 10.000 games in two years time, joined my 2-players US route FAST & FAIR game. He didn't answer to my hello, but never mind. We played and I won the game. I created a new FUN & FAIR game and there he joined again. I told him "welcome back" which he didn't reply. Pretty soon it was obvious that his main intention was to ruin my route by blocking it. I asked him: "Are you a blocker?". He replied to me to go on because "I had won the first game just because of drawing good tix and should just face the fact that I'll loose" Then he called me some names. I asked him to leave the game, because this wasn't my idea of a fun and fair game. Not so surprisingly, he refused to leave the game. The conversation turned to quite impolite from both sides after that, which was very unpleasant and shameful behaviour from both of us. To be honest I thought that I was playing against an under-influence "tough guy", who had come to play after long and unhappy night out (this happened in the night between Sat and Sun), and somehow that woke the teacher in me. Frankly, I was very astonished to see that this player wasn't any occasional guest but one of the most succeed players in this game.

I've understood that the policy was settled as FAIR meaning NO-BLOCKING in year 2008. A player who's played almost 10.000 games should be aware of that. Should I and other players creating FAIR named games understand this as a message, that we just-for-fun-players are easy and free ranking-enhancing points to those most aggressive top players? I've never entered a game named 1500+ because I respect the game creator's wish to have only the players with that high ranking. Would it be too much to ask the same respect from the top players? Drop the explanations on how "this is a game and everybody's playing to win" and "how the TTR rules do not deny it and that's why it's ok". That is not an excuse when you intentionally enter a 2-player game knowing that creator appreciates non-blocking game, and then block just to get cheap and easy points. It just seems to be quite far away from the ideal behaviour even in TTR. And as in this case happened again: ICE-surfer lost his first game instead of this ultimate smart strategy of entering fair game and then blocking.

During the 2000+ games I've played I've had many conversations with other anti-blockers. Should we also start entering all the "top500" and "1500+" games and refuse to leave just in order to cause the same frustration, or would it be more reasonable solution just to make a goodwill contract of fair play: If there's word FAIR in the game name, then no blocking. Or then it should be possible that the game creator may boot players not respecting his/her policy.

Best regards and wishing for better game policy,
Reppuli

PS I'll send this same note to DoW Online as well, because this really seems to be an issue causing very much inconvenience among players.


      

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  NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games  ReppuliSun, 02 January 2011 04:12
  Sympathizing With A Non-Blocker Peter de ZeeuwSun, 02 January 2011 05:55
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games Mr BeanSun, 02 January 2011 13:33
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games SYN Stephan1972Sun, 02 January 2011 22:13
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games ReppuliWed, 05 January 2011 03:36
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games blubesWed, 05 January 2011 17:01
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games TruckertellerThu, 06 January 2011 09:30
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games THEBEEFThu, 06 January 2011 14:21
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games AnthonyDouglasMon, 17 January 2011 13:54
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games chrimalizFri, 04 February 2011 22:24
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games dea1Sat, 05 February 2011 01:28
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games Mr BeanSat, 05 February 2011 01:35
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games dea1Sat, 05 February 2011 01:44
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games solinsfSat, 05 February 2011 03:17
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games Mr BeanSat, 05 February 2011 11:49
  Nothing More To Add... Peter de ZeeuwSat, 05 February 2011 23:07
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games davidwc09Sat, 12 February 2011 01:18
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games eldonionFri, 25 February 2011 21:13
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games Mr BeanSat, 26 February 2011 02:25
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games travisjhallTue, 17 May 2011 19:14
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games *ICE-surferTue, 08 November 2011 21:52
  Re:NON-BLOCKING FAIR GAMES: Top 300 players getting cheap winnings by blocking in FAIR games lunatik4444Fri, 04 May 2012 03:43
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