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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series

“Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

 

“Let’s just make the teams fair” is a common statement some promoters will use to adjust the teams to make the teams “Fair”. Some will also use this to shift the games to help a certain side win, as I’ve noticed in the past. While I agree the teams should be fair, I don’t agree with the way they determine who will make the switch. Some games offer the option for teams to make the switch prior to them selecting but there is always those teams or individuals they plan to move regardless.

One scenario event in particular, the sides were close. But they “chose” to move a few key players we had spent months recruiting “to make it fair”, they said. The disturbing part is it didn’t seem to matter to them that they registered under our team name as we recruited them. So my question for the generals is why waste your time recruiting when they can just take any part of your team at any given time?

The generals for the sides are chosen well in advance so they can start their recruiting prior to the game. The recruiting process is interesting for sure, as we generally get multiple attempts to recruit our team personally but it all boils down to us agreeing on what side to take based on the general. Or, we consult a few different teams we have alliances with. In past scenario games, we’ve chosen to go against teams we know based on our opinion of a general and their beliefs, or even based on which side the general will be playing from.

In the end we all are out to have a good time and winning is the ultimate goal. The player shifts and last minute changes to keep the game fair can be legitimate but are also tactics to swing the game to keep some individuals coming back to spend their money. I’ve seen these games played first hand and it’s sad that some promoters will do that to keep their pockets lined with money. Either way, I still continue to play due to my love of the game and the friends (both old and new) that I share the field with.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is something few people forget, but you always seem to run into one or two that like to push the envelope. I’m a firm believer in “Playing by the Rules” as that was the way I was brought up. In my many years I’ve had my fair share of moments where individuals decide they are “Above the Rules” or like to test the limits. The one thing I always like to remind them is sportsmanship is a two way street and what I deem as a mutual respect as well. If you don’t respect your opponents it’s easy to be drug down to a level where “dirty play” can be thrown in but usually ends with bad results. The bad results either being someone getting hurt (whether it is minor or major) or a win as a result of those actions. One thing is for sure, not matter what sport you participate this will happen. For those who push the envelope of sportsmanship I have one word that applies to them and that would be “Karma”. I’m a firm believer in Karma and what goes around comes around. You never know where or when, but one thing is for sure it will come back and get you. So the one thing I ask is when playing any type of sport or competitive activities remember to be the bigger man and a good sportsman. The bad sportsman may have the immediate satisfaction of a win, but Karma will pretty much make them wish they hadn’t won.

What’s the worst display of sportsmanship you’ve ever witnessed or had happen to you? How did respond or recover from it?