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Re:Blocking/Ethics discussion about blocking in multis (transferred from multi-tourney thread) Wed, 12 October 2011 23:48
Some notes on an old thread:

Re: the game where malllkav blocked me. IIRC, it was a block about longest, not blocking me out of a city I needed (i.e. preventing a loop.) I'm pretty sure it was clear that the block neither helped nor hurt malllkav, and malllkav should/would have known that. However, I'm reluctant to assess someone else's motivations besides that. I sometimes block at the end of a game without too much thought, so who knows? I do think I was upset about it at the time though. I don't remember if that block prevented me from reaching a certain #1 overall, or if it just pushed me down some (i.e. instead of being a point or two out of #1, I was further out).


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My own thoughts on multi-blocking:

I think it is fine and a good strategy in general. There are a couple special cases for consideration. One, I think the general vibe against double blocks and such coordinated via chat (i.e. "Let's all block XYZ") is a good one.

I will occasionally chat about a player's position, but try to do this only when things are rather obvious to all (i.e. someone has been crushed by a block or whatever) or aren't likely to be impacted by discussion. It is a social game, and I like to chat both about the game and non-game topics.

The one type of blocking I frown on is early hard core blocking that feels like the last place player in a 4 or 5 striving to get 3rd or 4th solely by focusing on one opponent. i.e. 3-6 seemingly targeted blocks in a row against a single player, at a relatively early stage in the game. It's a fine line between that and what I consider normal, acceptable blocking, and others may not make the same judgement calls as me, or may think I do what I resent. I guess my view is that early in the game, it's both good strategy and reasonable courtesy to focus on your own routes, 6s, longest, etc. That said, even early game, I will often structure my routes so as to at least interfere with others, and if I see a chance for a one play move that has a very high likelihood to knock a player out, I may take it.



[Updated on: Tue, 18 October 2011 02:26]

      

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  Re:Blocking/Ethics discussion about blocking in multis (transferred from multi-tourney thread)  psteinxWed, 12 October 2011 23:48
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