Round Length, start and end dates

Idea by @You_Fool and myself.

The current set-up is to join the next round while the current round is still under way, and the round starts within a day of the former round ending.

To create a bit of a breathing break in between the rounds, and have some time to align people in the families, set up starting strategy and role structure etc. We have the following suggestion:

Start the round on the 1st of every month.
End the round 2 days before the last day of the month.

This would mean round length may differ 1 or 2 days depending on the month, but would give a consistent break between rounds.


I’m up for it as long as rounds aren’t starting on Monday mornings.

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I like Hala’s idea, mine is slightly different in that start on the first then have a set 28 day round, with the inter-round period being the last few days, and this might fluctuate from 2-3 days (or 0 at end of Feb)

This gives a set round length at all times


Both ideas are interesting…but, isn’t it that same thing Pie is already doing?

No, currently round starts on 1st and ends on last day of the month… this leaves only 24 hrs between a round end and tick 1 of the next round… pre-round is thus super short, and also overlapping with existing round

Proposal is to set round to be 2-3 days shorter and have a 2-3 day cooldown between rounds where next round will be open and people can relax and start to organize for the new round

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The only issue I’d see with linking to calendar dates (e.g. start on 1st, end on 28th, buffer) is that round starts might start to scatter over the work week.

Definitely appreciate starting on Saturday as a work friendly start time, but how can we get that consistent with the 28 day rounds + buffer?

Unless folks are alright with starting rounds at slightly variable week days. Though I’m counting sCriv’s post as a vote against rounds starting during the work week.

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The issue is that Pie’s schedule means he wants to automate round starts, and he can do that easily on the xth of the month (I.e. 1st as current)

I don’t think we can get 1st Saturday of the month then end 28 days later… especially since that could mean round end creeps into the next month (also something Pie doesn’t want)


Understood! +1 to set dates, then, especially as it helps for automation

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This isn’t yet automated, but we’ve started setting this up manually as of Andro 47.

I’m keeping this thread open for the automation work, and also so we can gauge feedback on the new timing.

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Shouldn’t take two days to add more spots and maybe more would have joined.

It was a conscious decision to not add the spots. We normally do, but the starting families end up imbalanced so this time we kept it capped as the joins slowed down.

Well glad your happy with the amount of players you have. See ya around.

Sorry instead of just leaving without adding anything. Maybe create a waiting pool where if you get enough to fulfill a specified amount of the galaxy 30% 50% you will be added. If I want to play and before round starts to add to it I shouldn’t be turned away that’s not what your game needs.

If only it was that simple to have more spots always available.
When he does this families are not even, yes they still are not but they are much better. The main issue I believe with having more spots was a few months back there was some serious issues with multi accounts, one player alone was caught with four In one round I believe.

Seems no matter what he does there is issues that follow, you are onto something with a waiting pool or even a side galaxy. This was always the way it was done in the past and probably had the best results.

we all know pie is not happy with the player count and everyone wishes it was larger again but there is way more at play then we are all aware of and need to give him a break, he’s doing a great job.

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As expected. Here’s last round:

@Cells gets it. No matter what we do it is the wrong decision. :man_shrugging:

The pool is on our list but no ETA. That’s the best I can do right now. No hard feelings if you decide to leave.

Either way, have a nice weekend. :slight_smile: