SOME ODDS AND ENDS
Here are a few quick things that I want to address as we are going into Week 1, mostly procedural stuff on my end:
1.) Number of Players
We had thirty players (28 paid) last year and we are down to twenty-five players (23 paid) so far this year, unfortunately, it is very unlikely that the increased donations will be triggered. Honestly, I would actually be pleased if we get up to thirty again.
I would like to think it has more to do with the server issues than any change in the popularity of the game itself. I want to say that this would be the first year ever that has seen a decline, (if it does) but that might not be right.
2.) Prize Pool:
With 23 paid players, as of right now, First Place would win:
(23 * 25) + 100 + 50
(Entry Fees) + (Part of my Donation) + (WoN's Donation) = $725
"Most Average," Consolation Prize: $75 (My Donation)
"You Suck," Consolation Prize: $75 (My Donation)
As always, I will be defending my donations, but I cannot win. What that means is that if I place in the money in any way, that only means I keep my own money. If I come in first, then second place wins all the Entry Fees. WoN is fully eligible to win.
3.) WEEK 1 PICKS:
The server seems pretty much in order, but just in case:
3a.) I will be including my E-Mail address in the PM reminder, so people can E-Mail me picks if unable to login:
3b.) Said reminder will be sent tomorrow because I am going to be busy Saturday morning and would risk missing the reminders.
3c.) I will be sending Reminders to paid entrants as well as anyone who has previously participated in the contest.
Still a decent little prize for First Place plus whatever other Entry Fees are collected. There's always that off-chance that we trigger the $500 donations, but I seriously doubt it.
Vultures can't be choosers.