Did you like the community aspect?
It was OK. My favourite events are ones where everyone is working towards the same goal individually, followed by large-scale community event such as this one, followed by anything competitive that pits us against one another.
What was your favourite tile?
I thought the majority of tiles were great, a few highlights:
Santa's Speed Run - I like co-ordinating stuff like this. I was surprised at the lack of effort on this one, I feel like the fact that a pair counted as 1 point put a lot of people off.
He's Making a List - Was fun to pick a list and work through it, custom lists are something I've always wanted to work on but never had time, so it felt nice to contribute 20% of a list and get this done.
Ghosts of Backlog Future - Unique and will be beneficial in future should a Spring Clean-esque event show up again (it should).
Mr. Scrooge's Secret Stash - Had a lot of fun with the Dash in the Olympics and a new fresh twist was interesting.
The Perfect Tree - Again I am a sucker for planning, things like this and spelling I am in my element.
The Naughty List - See above, although I didn't get to do any because everyone else got there so fast!
What was your least favourite tile?
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa’s Clubs - Deal breaker this one. The goal was too high for both the state the clubs are currently in, and the fact they were used in the same way during the Olympics.
A Partridge in a Rare Tree - I am a person who views UR trophies as either requiring a large time investment, or the rest of the game was so shite that those trophies have inflated rarity. Neither of which appeal to me in the slightest.
Holiday Shopping - Of all the misc tiles like this one, I always seem to have trouble with currency, I don't know why 🤣
Ghosts of Christmas Past - Again not the tile so much as the goal. A lot of older games for the first full month after PS5 was released.
There's another tile I didn't like but I don't fancy an infraction.
Did this event occurring during Christmas affect your ability to contribute?
At the beginning, not really. I've been fortunate enough that my schedule has remained fairly normal over the year, so I was at work and gaming late at night like usual. However the last week or so, yes it did. I was off work and the kids were off school, and I wanted to spend time with them over the break.
How much do you love Clubs?
The relevance of clubs has been proportional to the popularity of this site as far as I can see. If we are to keep them around then they do need a revamp, I would probably move closer to the custom list model - introducing "DLC games". I'd suggest:
- Not scrapping them all, instead ask everyone who already has a club (and is eligible for one) to make a new one. Make them 5 games only, I can't see a reason to allow 4 games. Allow all peripherals, consoles, whatever.
- Every 6 months? 12 months? Allow the addition of one more game. You still need only 5 games to complete the club, though, like some of the custom lists which have 37 trophies or more, still only requiring 30 trophies for credit for completing the list. That way if there is one game blocking completion of the club (for example, The Last of Us for myself), now there's another way.
And that's the basis of it, in a nutshell. It would require everyone to pull together to change the way they are now.
How much more time do you reckon would be needed to get the full Blackout?
Maybe 2 weeks. Not a QTE if that's what you're thinking 😝
How many submissions do you think were made?
Do you feel like the event benefited from the new forum software in any way?
Tagging was a nice new benefit. I'm guessing the new forum software was detrimental too though for the EDs due to not being able to edit other posts than your own.
Anything else you'd like to politely say to your ED crew regarding the event?
As always, thanks for running these events for us. Events are my main motivation to trophy hunt these days!
For what it's worth I had no problem understanding the rules, I just feel like they are made more ambiguous as the event goes on when people start tossing out random questions. And I know I might have been part of it with the whole "rock is a food" thing but I honestly feel if there was a Brit on the EDs what wouldn't have been a debate at all. I know it isn't possible to have every country represented in every aspect of the staff too though!