Should we accept late registrations for the game fest?
This is a first of a series of a few topics that I am opening in great hope of gaining some feedback from those players who intend to participate in the upcoming game fest and everyone else interested in seeing it succeed. This is in big part a community powered event and so we aren't looking to make all the final decisions alone and without your involvement.
The question in the title of this topic is simple. If we don't accept late registrations then after a certain deadline for signing up passes no more people at all will be able to join the game fest. There could be some exceptions here, such as for games that will start late, but in general that would be it.
If we do accept latecomers they could be treated in several ways, depending on the game type. One idea was to allow extra available player slot in each group of players, but then we have a potential problem if one of the groups has a spot filled yet the other one does not, resulting in an imbalance. Accepting latecomers would be easiest in the qualifications stage if the game would be one large free for all deathmatch. It wouldn't mean that much if there is a one more player in it.
Empty slots would make sense only if we have one-on-one matches in which case when one faces a slot of a player that doesn't exist yet, (s)he immediately wins, as would anyone else. When the latecomer fills that spot, he inherits all those losses and tries to win as much as possible to regain something.
If we allow empty spots in teams, we still have a problem of imbalance if one team's spot is filled and another's isn't.
The cleanest way to accept latecomers may be for game slots that haven't been started yet due to lack of players. For example, Nexuiz may have a multitude of game slots based on its game modes. If majority of players want to play classic deathmatch and only few team deathmatch, then the latter would have a vacancy that would disable it from starting early in the game fest. However if in the meantime enough latecomers come to fill in, that game slot could proceed with qualifications -> tournament as well.
Any opinions? Please share.
EDIT: We have a poll on this.