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Sopwith Stats 35 - December 2002

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Sopwith Stats reports on games of Sopwith played by post, via e-mail and on the web.  There are at least three places where the latter type of game can be played, on another part of this site (For Whom The Web Rocks), on Tom Tweedy's Diplomacy 2000 site and at Mike Dean's Psychozine site.

Issue #34 included a proposal to change the way that Ace status is gained and retained. The follow-up to that is included here. Sopwith games seem to be quite healthy at the moment, although all of the new games are e-mail based. No games have been abandoned, and I will do my best to ensure that it stays this way. To help with this, I am willing to pick up any games that are stalling for any reason and run them to completion. All I need to do this is the latest position and the contact details for all players.


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WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE

Summary for Mar 2002 - Dec 2002
New games 12
Abandoned -
In progress 15
Completed 9
New Aces 1
Calculating Aces The response...
Airborne New games
Lost in the Clouds Games that seem to have got away
Stooging Around Games in progress
Down to Earth Completed games
Kills Table The league table for pilots
Aces High Pilots who were Aces when this issue was published
Winners Those who have won more than one game
Rules How to play the game
Afterword Final thoughts for this issue

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CALCULATING ACES

Last time, I put forward a proposal that Aces should be calculated on their most recent games rather than all the results they've ever gained. This didn't receive much support, although the surprising trend in the responses was the number of people who thought this had already been changed, when it was only a suggestion for discussion.

There is a simple alternative to the suggestion, and one that has been used before. Every now and then, someone runs a Sopwith game and declares it to be a no-Aces game, so even if a player has Ace status, it doesn't count for that game. I plan to offer this as an option with For Whom The Web Rocks, with the aim of encouraging new players to try the game with some hope of lasting more than a few rounds.


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AIRBORNE

These games are the ones known to have started since last time. We have twelve games in this list, down from last time, but this covers a nine month period rather than sixteen months. All of these games are e-mail games, with the reports appearing on the web.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T280D2 Diplomacy 2000 Apache Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T281D2 Diplomacy 2000 Starfighter Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T282D2 Diplomacy 2000 Single Malt Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T283FR For Whom The Web Rocks e173 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T284D2 Diplomacy 2000 Phantom Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T285FR For Whom The Web Rocks e195 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T286D2 Diplomacy 2000 Hawk Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T287D2 Diplomacy 2000 Swordfish Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T288FR For Whom The Web Rocks e214 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T289D2 Diplomacy 2000 Manhattan Tim Lomas In progressIn progress
T290PZ Psychozine Hui Mike Dean CompleteComplete
T291PZ Psychozine Eindecker Martin Gilbey In progressIn progress

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LOST IN THE CLOUDS

While a few games could be classed as stalling, none of them are desperate enough to be abandoned, so this section is empty this time.


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STOOGING AROUND

These are the games known to be active, including those that started since the last issue. The games in Hopscotch and Underneath the Mango Tree have been static for a while for various reasons, but I am assured that they are not being abandoned.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T246HP Hopscotch Hudson Rob Cullender In progressIn progress
T248SG Strangitude ELO Paul Sands In progressIn progress
T249HP Hopscotch Indus Rob Cullender In progressIn progress
T252UM Underneath The Mango Tree - Alex Bardy In progressIn progress
T260SG Strangitude Ozric Paul Sands In progressIn progress
T262FW For Whom The Die Rolls - Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T270UM Underneath The Mango Tree - Alex Bardy In progressIn progress
T276FF Flights of Fancy Vostok Philip Honeybone In progressIn progress
T279FW For Whom The Die Rolls - Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T285FR For Whom The Web Rocks e195 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T286D2 Diplomacy 2000 Hawk Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T287D2 Diplomacy 2000 Swordfish Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T288FR For Whom The Web Rocks e214 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T289D2 Diplomacy 2000 Manhattan Tim Lomas In progressIn progress
T291PZ Psychozine Eindecker Martin Gilbey In progressIn progress

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DOWN TO EARTH

These are the games that have been reported as complete since the last issue. We have nine games this time, six of which also started since the last issue. Click on the game number for full details of each game.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T250FW For Whom The Die Rolls - Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T277D2 Diplomacy 2000 Blackhawk Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T278FR For Whom The Web Rocks e144 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T280D2 Diplomacy 2000 Apache Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T281D2 Diplomacy 2000 Starfighter Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T282D2 Diplomacy 200 Single Malt Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T283FR For Whom The Web Rocks e173 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T284D2 Diplomacy 2000 Phantom Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T290PZ Psychozine Hui Mike Dean CompleteComplete

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KILLS TABLE

This is the place to find out which pilots have made the most kills. This is based on completed games. Tony Dickinson confirms his position at the top of this list by adding another 6 kills to his total. The arrows mark the pilots who have made kills since the last report. The list is limited to pilots with five or more kills to their credit, the 'real life' requirement for Ace status.

Kills Pilot Kills Pilot Kills Pilot
30 Tony Dickinson More kills than last time 9 Sandra Bond 5 Chris N Jones
20 Mark Boyle More kills than last time 9 Mike Eddleston More kills than last time 5 Alan Burton
20 Rob Cullender 8 Mark Wightman 5 Clayton Colwell New on the Kills list
19 Nick Parish More kills than last time 7 Len Lorek 5 Brian Dolton
15 Mikey Lamont More kills than last time 7 Lee Paddon More kills than last time 5 Frederick Fall
15 Marc Priest More kills than last time 7 Steve Allen 5 Geoff Kemp
14 Andrew Whiteley 7 Ian Winstanley 5 Andy Mayfield
14 Dave Lomas 6 James Hardy 5 Richard Noakes
14 Dave Tant 6 John Bycroft 5 Ian Smith
13 Tom Tweedy 6 Ryk Downes 5 Pete Smith New on the Kills list
10 Andy Bate 6 Sandy Peters 5 Colin Turner
10 John Miller 5 Martin Gilbey New on the Kills list 5 Stuart Tweedy
10 Brian Moore 5 Paul Hunter 5 Kevin Wallis

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ACES HIGH

Only one pilot gained Ace status since the last issue - Stuart Black. The list is presented in points order rather than alphabetically. For an alphabetical list of current Aces, rather than this snapshot for issue #35 of the stats, see the separate Aces page.

Points Games Pilot Points Games Pilot Points Games Pilot
517 26 Tony Dickinson More points than last time 94 4 Nicholas Clifton 58 3 Rob Chapman
406 12 Rob Cullender 93 3 John Norris 58 4 Chris N Jones
314 18 Mark Boyle More points than last time 93 4 Andy Mayfield 58 13 Stuart Black New on the Aces list
304 14 Nick Parish More points than last time 92 10 Rob Moore 57 4 Ian Smith
295 10 Dave Lomas 89 10 Jonathan Ridley 55 3 Nick Edwards
281 7 Andrew Whiteley 85 5 Darren Murphy More points than last time 53 3 Larry Edgar
261 14 Marc Priest More points than last time 84 10 Pete Smith More points than last time 53 4 Nick Hoyle
251 10 Mikey Lamont More points than last time 84 4 Colin Turner 52 3 Michael Woods
247 9 Tom Tweedy 83 5 Ian Winstanley 51 1 Mick Brennan
220 10 Sandra Bond 81 8 Clayton Colwell More points than last time 50 1 Martin Potts
220 10 Dave Tant 81 3 Terry Dibden 50 2 Graham Holmes
202 7 John Miller 81 3 Toby Harris 50 2 Tony Whitfield
165 7 Nick Taylor 78 4 John Bycroft 49 2 Colin Stronach
154 9 Brian Moore 75 3 Ian Tillson 49 3 Dave Carter
152 5 Andy Bate 74 3 Steve Wells 49 7 Alex Bardy More points than last time
152 8 Steve Allen 72 2 Martyn Ives 49 7 Stuart Tweedy
150 12 Mike Eddleston More points than last time 72 3 Brian Dolton 47 1 Jill Hitchcock
145 9 Len Lorek 72 5 Kevin McGowan 46 2 Nick Stokell
138 12 Mark Wightman 72 5 Sandy Peters 45 1 Terry Pope
134 5 Richard Morris 71 4 Mark Telford 45 5 Denis Arnold
131 5 James Hardy 71 6 Frederick Fall 44 2 Kim Head
128 3 Paul Hunter 71 6 Steve Turner 44 8 Mick Antrobus
123 5 Lee Paddon 71 7 Alan Burton 44 8 Keith Loveys
115 12 Ryk Downes More points than last time 70 2 Allan Gordon 43 2 Stephen Woods
110 6 Dave Rowley 69 5 Roger Rose 43 4 Stephen Othen
110 6 Kevin Wallis 68 2 Frank Dunn 42 3 Steve Gregory
109 3 Jim Stewart 68 2 Constance Hackett 42 3 Steve Mellors
105 11 Martin Gilbey More points than last time 63 5 Frank Cheung 41 1 John Mills
102 5 Pete Mason 62 3 Chris Raye 41 7 Eric Knibb
99 6 Geoff Kemp 62 5 Gary Wilkes 40 2 Dave McCrumb
96 4 Mike Lay 59 1 Paul Ford
96 4 Richard Noakes 59 5 Alan Parr

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WINNERS

This list shows all those who have won more than one game of Sopwith. Half points are gained when a game is tied. Ties usually occur when the last two pilots shoot each other down at the same time..

Wins Pilot Wins Pilot Wins Pilot
9 Tony Dickinson More wins than last time 3 Jim Stewart 2 Richard Morris
7 Rob Cullender 3 Mark Wightman 2 John Norris
7 Tom Tweedy 2 Frank Cheung 2 Lee Paddon
6 Marc Priest More wins than last time 2 Kevin Wallis 2 Roger Rose
6 Dave Tant 2 John Colledge 2 Mark Telford
6 Andrew Whiteley 2 Terry Dibden 2 Ian Tillson
5 Dave Lomas 2 Frank Dunn 1 Andy Bate
5 Nick Parish More wins than last time 2 Len George 1 Brian Dolton
4 Sandra Bond 2 Martin Gilbey New on the Winners list 1 Mike Eddleston New on the Winners list
4 Mark Boyle 2 James Hardy 1 Martyn Ives
4 Mikey Lamont More wins than last time 2 Paul Hunter 1 Rob Moore
4 John Miller 2 Geoff Kemp 1 Steve Wells
4 Nick Taylor 2 Keith Loveys 1 Stephen Woods
3 Steve Allen 2 Pete Mason

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AFTERWORD

The ability to produce statistics relies on the co-operation of everyone involved in the games. Without feedback from the GMs or the players, the information wouldn't be available.

If you run a game of Sopwith, I would like to know the details of scoring and kills. In fact, I need this detail to maintain the statistics. There are a number of games where the only details given are who won and how many points/kills the pilots had, which doesn't allow full positions to be given. Please consider me for your circulation list. For paper zines, trade with For Whom The Die Rolls is always an option.

If you're interested in running Sopwith in your zine, the rules explain the game. You don't really need anything else other than six willing volunteers, but you might like a copy of my playing area graphic (17kb) to include in the game reports. This includes the necessary graphics for the planes and player numbers, which you can cut and paste over the relevant hexes.

Thank you.


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