0253: /carcassonne.tourney

carcasonnetourney

Organizing a tourney with one URL

So while you were getting a casual game of Carcassonne going on /carcassonne.friendly, you were really just passing the time between tournament heats.  At PAX the Carcassonne tourney is run over the course of the day, starting with the initial heats, then the semi finals, then finals in the afternoon.  With players wandering all over the venue it can be challenging to get everyone back in time to get a game started.  Instead of relying on clunky group messaging or text messages, the tournament organizers are just using a local web URL   to inform players.

At localweb.is/carcassonne.tourney players are asking questions, often answered by other players, and the organizers are posting match results and deadlines.  It all works well because all you need is a web browser to view the URL and it doesn’t become noisy because the local web is… local.  Only those at PAX can communicate with each other at the URL.

There are many ways to tackle a communication challenge like this, but using the local web is the simplest and easiest.   There is an added bonus of the activity in /carcassonne.tourney pushing that slash to the top of the front page.  In this way, others checking the local web know that there is some Carcassonne finals action going on right now and they should be there if they don’t want to miss it.

Note: PAX is not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web launches at PAX East in April.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

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Image via ValMan on Flickr

0242: /carcassonne.friendly

carcasonne

Who’s up for a game, right now?

Carcassonne is a popular table top strategy game.  At Pax East there is a specific time and location for the Carcassone tournament games.  But with all the waiting around, sometimes you just want to get in there and play.

That’s why PAX attendees have turned to the local web to get quick Carcassonne games going wherever they are.  By posting a quick note to localweb.is/carcassone.friendly that they are starting a new game in 5 minutes in the south hall, they can reach other Carcassonne players but only those in the immediate area at PAX.

This does not require an app that every Carcassonne player has to install or an email list that they have to sign up for.  It’s just a local web URL that you don’t need to sign up for or be logged in to view.  It’s a quick and open method of communication, just like the web only local.

Note: PAX is not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web launches at PAX East in April.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Image via PMM on flickr