Okay, okay...after stepping back a bit I realize that I was trying to wrap two games into one with Fantasy League 2.0, which was leading down a tricky path. So I'm just going to focus on the one thing I know we can all have fun with - brackets.
Pulling from everyone's ideas, including a few of my own, here's what v2.0 could shape up to be.
- Bi-weekly tournaments, 16-cars; 8 week season
- Tournament winners earn spot in final championship tournament, 16-cars; Winners are removed from pool
- Tournament runner-ups earn spot in final runner-up tournament, 16-cars; Winners are removed from pool
- Final tournament winners go head-to-head to determine season champion; Super champ is retired
- Picking round winners earns points (+5, +10, +15, etc.)
- Picking perfect bracket earns double points
- Picking the tournament winner earns bonus points
- Weekly and season leaderboards
- Prize for top season player by points
There you go. Simple fun for all.
And I'm stoked...more than before. Is collecting, trading, and garages cool? Yeah, I think it would be fun, focusing on bracket play can be a lot of fun and is open to a lot of interpretation. Having theme tournaments, random picks, hand picks and everything in between. Even mail-in mod tournaments aren't out of the question now.
I may have scaled back from the garage management I think would be fun, but having bonus achievements still adds enough "game" that it will be fun. I have room to play with those achievements too, beyond the simple perfect bracket and such. It all revolves around bracket play. Heck, making picks is all about chance right? Adding some sort of betting feature in the future isn't that far of stretch...you wager points on how sure you are about your tournament picks...or something...
I think having a championship bracket at the end of the season is also pretty cool. The best fight it out to get into the Hall of Fame. And after several seasons a Hall of Fame Tournament!
This version is going to be FAST too. Small tournaments means I can do 2 a week, a mid-week and a weekend. All players have to do is return to submit brackets. It's as lazy as you can make it without being a complete set-and-forget game like some other fantasy leagues.
Although I'm wondering if this still qualifies as a "Fantasy League" it's not much of a "Fantasy" is it? I associate the "fantasy" part with you having a team of all-stars. Without that I think it's just a "virtual" racing league...but we can get into semantics later.