Quote from Foxface
I don't understand. Assuming people are going to be allowed to have alliances anyway, why not just release it as soon as possible? It'll just have the same effect, but earlier. It wouldn't really harm the competition, unless you guys are doing the ceremonials such as training, dinner, interviews, etc and want to start alliances then.
Actually, alliances and friendships evolve over time. If people can talk and "buddy-up" before the games, then their alliance will be that much stronger when the game starts. IE: If people start talking and discussing a year before the game, obviously people will have time (and shall) to make alliances and enemies. Meaning, when the game starts, it will already be similar to a 2 sided war (TeamA v TeamB). Then, after the initial conflict, the two alliances would be so strong and unwavering (since they are familiar and trust eachother quite well already. Whereas if people cannot talk until the games officially start, they wouldnt have time to make said alliances and enemies and thus the beginning will be a free-for-all (and throughout the games the alliances would be less trusting and more cautious since the people are not familiar with eachother even near as much). I hope Im making sense with this (currently reading Heiddegger so I dont want to think much right now ) and if anyone wants clarification, please let me know. It's basic group communications, though (a good exercise is thinking of friends: are you more comfortable with someone you have known for your entire life or someone you just met on the street 5 seconds ago?).
Now with this, as a diplomacy and mafia player, I advocate against setting up a list and keeping the contestants known as little to eachother as possible (just notify someone if they're in or out and dont tell them who else is in... let them find out when stepping off the cornucopia). This should make a more chaotic game with much more backstabbing and deceit since everyone will not be able to trust eachother because they dont know eachother. However, perhaps let each person know who else is from their district shortly before the game starts so that they have at least someone to help them through the initial conflict (this should make it more enjoyable for the contestants since they will not feel completely isolated as well as keep the entertainment and balance of the game). Thoughts?
I apologise if this has all been discussed already... Im still trying to catch up (school is being a pain).