Few notes about the nations cup I'll admin this year.
BTW if you've missed my last blog post summing up all the good and evil in qw year 2008, you can read it here ;-)
There a few main issues on my mind at the moment regarding QNC:
1. Captains - Who will choose them? Plan A) is to publicly select a distinguished person from each country to announce the name of the captain for his country. This is what I've first considered. Because this year there can be only one team per nation, choosing the right people to the team is really necessary.
What I'd like to believe though is that the QW scenes in every country are organized enough to come together and resolve this issue by themselves. I think it'd throw a bit unpretty light on QW if it would be necessary to resolve this issue by some 3rd-party authority.
So unless I'm proven wrong in my beliefs, QWNC 2009 will wait for signups to arrive and only if there are more than one signup for some nation, it will be resolved individually. I hope this scenario will not happen.
2. Co-admin help This is what I am considering at the moment. I have no "site system" (and there won't be any, just mostly static pages, except for generated match reports with statistics) and it looks like I'm going to administer it all by myself this time. Previous year guys from czech QW scene helped me. I'll hope that I'll handle it all now by myself as there are more things under my control now and I've layed more duties on the captains on the teams.
A question closely related to this is - will the captains and teams adhere to the strict rules?
3. The Spirit The QWNC is one the most solemn tournaments, it's an equivalent to world cups and similar in real sports. I think everyone should realize that this factor and the other factor that the whole event gets publicized largely - as it is merged even for all Quake series - will reveal what is QW to lots of new people. It is a show case for QW.
Players should be proud they have been selected to represent their country and paying 1-2 hours to this once per week to play their beloved game is not so high requirement.
I take this all into account when I'm asking the teams to be ready every sunday 19:00 - 21:00 CET in the rules and also when I want them to have proper colors set. First rule is strict and the second one may sound kind of weird to some of you. But after reading my thoughts here you should understand that this is part of the "representation spirit" that should be present all around this event.
I hope this makes sense to most of you and helps you understand what are the reasons for the way how QWNC 2009 will be organized.