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Sopwith Stats 36 - December 2003

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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.

With rare exceptions, new games are played via e-mail rather than post. This often makes for a better gaming experience, as the game can run more quickly. Instead of taking three months of postal playing time to land your plane and refuel, it can be sorted in a week of playing time . This may explain why more games are taking longer to finish in terms of rounds, though they still finish a lot sooner than postal games.


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WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE

Summary for Dec 2002 - Dec 2003
New games 15
Abandoned 5
In progress 8
Completed 17
New Aces 7
Encouraging new players One option to get new players into the game
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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ENCOURAGING NEW PLAYERS

I have been asked how to persuade new players to join the game, as any new player joining a game with three or more Ace pilots runs the risk of being shot down before they can find their wings. The previous suggestion of basing Ace status on the most recent games rather than all games didn't find much favour - except with those who were trying to get into the game.

So what else can be done? I've started offering games where Ace status is not considered. An Ace pilot is welcome to play, but will be treated as a rookie and does not get the advantage of the Immelman move and extra damage. As the stats contain games with seven pilots, with different point totals and even fantasy variants, there is no reason to exclude these games from the stats. Anyone can run games like this, and it may encourage new players to join in. If they play a couple of good games in this way they may then earn Ace status, and they're now able to compete on even terms in full games.


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AIRBORNE

These games are the ones known to have started since last time. We've gone up from twelve last time to fifteen, but once again the reporting period has changed, this time from nine months to twelve. Next December we'll be able to get a proper comparison. T292HP is an older Hopscotch game that came to my attention late, while the others are e-mail games, with the reports appearing on the web.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T292HP Hopscotch Jordan Rob Cullender In progressIn progress
T293D2 Diplomacy 2000 Martini Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T294D2 Diplomacy 2000 Eagle Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T295D2 Diplomacy 2000 Raven Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T296FR For Whom The Web Rocks e251 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T297D2 Diplomacy 2000 Blue Moon Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T298FR For Whom The Web Rocks e265 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T299D2 Diplomacy 2000 Perry Tim Lomas In progressIn progress
T300FR For Whom The Web Rocks e277 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T301D2 Diplomacy 2000 Barmaid's Blush Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T302FR For Whom The Web Rocks e317 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T303D2 Diplomacy 2000 Eurofighter Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T304D2 Diplomacy 2000 Buccaneer Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T305FR For Whom The Web Rocks e345 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T306D2 Diplomacy 2000 Lager Shandy Tim Lomas In progressIn progress

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LOST IN THE CLOUDS

The five games below could have been declared abandoned last year, but I was holding on in the hope...but there's only so long you can do that. If any of these resurface they can be reacticvated.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T248SG Strangitude ELO Paul Sands AbandonedAbandoned
T252UM Underneath The Mango Tree - Alex Bardy AbandonedAbandoned
T260SG Strangitude Ozric Paul Sands AbandonedAbandoned
T270UM Underneath The Mango Tree - Alex Bardy AbandonedAbandoned
T276FF Flights Of Fancy Vostok Philip Honeybone AbandonedAbandoned

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STOOGING AROUND

These are the games known to be active, mostly those that started since the last issue.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T291PZ Psychozine Eindecker Martin Gilbey In progressIn progress
T292HP Hopscotch Jordan Rob Cullender In progressIn progress
T295D2 Diplomacy 2000 Raven Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T299D2 Diplomacy 2000 Perry Tim Lomas In progressIn progress
T303D2 Diplomacy 2000 Eurofighter Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T304D2 Diplomacy 2000 Buccaneer Tom Tweedy In progressIn progress
T305FR For Whom The Web Rocks e345 Keith Thomasson In progressIn progress
T306D2 Diplomacy 2000 Lager Shandy Tim Lomas 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 seventeen games this time, eight of which started in the last year. Click on the game number for full details of each game.

Ref Zine Name GM Status
T246HP Hopscotch Hudson Rob Cullender CompleteComplete
T249HP Hopscotch Indus Rob Cullender CompleteComplete
T262FW For Whom The Die Rolls - Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T279FW For Whom The Die Rolls - Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T285FR For Whom The Web Rocks e195 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T286D2 Diplomacy 2000 Hawk Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T287D2 Diplomacy 2000 Swordfish Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T288FR For Whom The Web Rocks e214 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T289D2 Diplomacy 2000 Manhattan Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T293D2 Diplomacy 2000 Martini Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T294D2 Diplomacy 2000 Eagle Tom Tweedy CompleteComplete
T296FR For Whom The Web Rocks e251 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T297D2 Diplomacy 2000 Blue Moon Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T298FR For Whom The Web Rocks e265 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T300FR For Whom The Web Rocks e277 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete
T301D2 Diplomacy 2000 Barmaid's Blush Tim Lomas CompleteComplete
T302FR For Whom The Web Rocks e317 Keith Thomasson CompleteComplete

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KILLS TABLE

This is the place to find out which pilots have made the most kills. This list is based on completed games. Tony Dickinson confirms his position at the top of this list by adding another 5 kills to his total, while three new pilots join the list. 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
35 Tony Dickinson More kills than last time 10 Brian Moore 6 Sandy Peters
21 Mark Boyle More kills than last time 9 Sandra Bond 5 Paul Hunter
21 Nick Parish More kills than last time 9 Darren Murphy New on the Kills list 5 Patrick Johnson New on the Kills list
21 Marc Priest More kills than last time 8 Mark Wightman 5 Chris N Jones
20 Rob Cullender 7 Clayton Colwell More kills than last time 5 Alan Burton
15 Mikey Lamont More kills than last time 7 Martin Gilbey More kills than last time 5 Brian Dolton
14 Andrew Whiteley 7 Len Lorek 5 Frederick Fall
14 Dave Lomas 7 Lee Paddon 5 Geoff Kemp
14 Dave Tant 7 Steve Allen 5 Andy Mayfield
13 Mike Eddleston More kills than last time 7 Pete Smith More kills than last time 5 Richard Noakes
13 Tom Tweedy 7 Ian Winstanley 5 Ian Smith
10 Andy Bate 6 James Hardy 5 Colin Turner
10 Stuart Black New on the Kills list 6 Ryk Downes More kills than last time 5 Stuart Tweedy
10 John Miller 6 John Bycroft 5 Kevin Wallis

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ACES HIGH

Seven pilots gained Ace status since the last issue. The list is presented in points order rather than alphabetically. For an alphabetical list of current Aces, rather than this snapshot for issue #36 of the stats, see the separate Aces page.

Points Games Pilot Points Games Pilot Points Games Pilot
589 30 Tony Dickinson More points than last time 96 4 Mike Lay 58 3 Rob Chapman
406 12 Rob Cullender 96 4 Richard Noakes 58 4 Chris N Jones
376 19 Marc Priest More points than last time 94 4 Nicholas Clifton 57 4 Ian Smith
338 16 Nick Parish More points than last time 93 3 John Norris 55 3 Nick Edwards
325 19 Mark Boyle More points than last time 93 4 Andy Mayfield 53 3 Larry Edgar
295 10 Dave Lomas 92 3 Patrick Johnson New on the Aces list 53 3 James Tucker New on the Aces list
281 7 Andrew Whiteley More points than last time 92 10 Rob Moore 53 4 Nick Hoyle
267 12 Mikey Lamont More points than last time 89 10 Jonathan Ridley 52 3 Michael Woods
247 9 Tom Tweedy 84 4 Colin Turner 51 1 Mick Brennan
220 10 Sandra Bond 83 5 Ian Winstanley 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
191 16 Mike Eddleston More points than last time 78 4 John Bycroft 49 2 Colin Stronach
168 8 Darren Murphy 75 3 Ian Tillson 49 3 Dave Carter
165 7 Nick Taylor 74 3 Steve Wells 49 7 Stuart Tweedy
154 9 Brian Moore 72 2 Martyn Ives 47 1 Jill Hitchcock
152 5 Andy Bate 72 3 Brian Dolton 46 8 Alex Bardy Fewer points than last time
152 8 Steve Allen 72 5 Kevin McGowan 46 2 Nick Stokell
150 19 Stuart Black More points than last time 72 5 Sandy Peters 45 1 Terry Pope
145 9 Len Lorek 71 4 Mark Telford 45 5 Denis Arnold
138 12 Mark Wightman 71 6 Frederick Fall 44 2 Kim Head
137 12 Martin Gilbey 71 6 Steve Turner 44 3 Chris Bullock New on the Aces list
134 5 Richard Morris 71 7 Alan Burton 44 8 Mick Antrobus
131 5 James Hardy 70 2 Allan Gordon 44 8 Keith Loveys
128 3 Paul Hunter 69 5 Roger Rose 43 2 Stephen Woods
125 14 Ryk Downes More points than last time 68 2 Frank Dunn 43 3 Michael Graystone New on the Aces list
123 5 Lee Paddon 68 2 Constance Hackett 43 4 Stephen Othen
117 10 Clayton Colwell More points than last time 68 3 John Webley New on the Aces list 43 5 Chris Rupp New on the Aces list
110 6 Dave Rowley 63 5 Frank Cheung 42 3 Steve Gregory
110 6 Kevin Wallis 62 3 Chris Raye 42 3 Steve Mellors
109 3 Jim Stewart 62 5 Gary Wilkes 41 1 John Mills
105 5 Geoff Kemp 60 4 Rob Thomasson New on the Aces list 41 7 Eric Knibb
102 5 Pete Mason 59 1 Paul Ford 40 2 Dave McCrumb
99 14 Pete Smith More points than last time 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 3 Mark Wightman 2 John Norris
9 Marc Priest More wins than last time 2 Frank Cheung 2 Lee Paddon
7 Rob Cullender 2 Kevin Wallis 2 Roger Rose
7 Tom Tweedy 2 John Colledge 2 Mark Telford
6 Dave Tant 2 Terry Dibden 2 Ian Tillson
6 Andrew Whiteley 2 Frank Dunn 2 James Tucker New on the Winners list
5 Mikey Lamont More wins than last time 2 Len George 1 Andy Bate
5 Dave Lomas 2 Martin Gilbey 1 Brian Dolton
5 Nick Parish 2 James Hardy 1 Mike Eddleston
4 Sandra Bond 2 Paul Hunter 1 Martyn Ives
4 Mark Boyle 2 Patrick Johnson New on the Winners list 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
3 Jim Stewart 2 Richard Morris

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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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