COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

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COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:39 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, the oldest co-event on the calendar is back!

...Hopefully. Probably. Maybe. See the posts dated 8/9/2020 and 24/9/2020 for further details. Safe to say the details below are a bit out of date.

With the world in the situation it's in at the moment, it's hard to know exactly what's going to happen in six months' time. What I do know:

-I've booked the Ark for 30/01/2021
-I've booked the Memorial Hall for 31/01/2021

Both of those bookings were made around April/May time, when the infection rate was as high as it got, so the secretaries of both venues must've been optimistic about where we'd be in January, especially compared to where we were in Spring. But still, with the news we've had recently, especially with it nailing CO:WY (which I was really looking forward to), I don't want to make any promises just yet, and I certainly don't want to take any money. Not yet, anyway. So what I'm doing is I'm putting this out right now to say that the intention is to hold COLIN XVII on the last weekend of January 2021. If it can be a full-blown event like previous COLINs, great! Though if not, plans are in place. Currently, those plans are (in ascending order of how screwed the world gets):

-restricting numbers at both events (probably 36 for Saturday and 24 for Sunday)
-not having a hangover
-not having the event in January
-not having COLIN at all in 2021 (obvious worst case scenario)

Other plans include not having the usual refreshments on hand (especially not the table sweets) and only supplying tea, coffee and water at the venue. Last year I bought plastic cups, with the intention being that everyone would have one cup they'd use for the whole weekend. That idea certainly turned out to be eerily prescient. Branded pads are also probably going to be out, though the pens will happen- the family portrait would look odd without 2021, after all. The puzzle mag... Undecided. And keeping social distancing while playing Edinburgh style is a logistical nightmare I haven't wrapped my head around yet.

However, I have six months to come up with something, so as such, I'm not taking any entry fees just yet- not until I know exactly what type of event I'll be running. I just wanted to announce it is very much my intention to end January 2021 with COLIN, just as it should be. But whether or not it should happen that way is in the hands of fate.

On the plus side, though, one advantage of Lincoln being in the middle of nowhere is that our infection rates aren't all that high. 17 per 100K people in North Kesteven (our part of Lincolnshire)- which is actually way above the county average. Maybe in six months' time that'll be even lower. Time will tell. Watch this space. And get hype. :-)

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Post by Callum Todd » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:12 am

Great news, good luck with it Ben.
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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:07 pm

Having spoken to the Ark, at the present time, the maximum number allowed for the Saturday event is 30. No news on the Sunday event, I'm hoping to speak to the Memorial Hall tomorrow so will have news then, and will hopefully have some idea of prices by the weekend. Still trying to figure out how to make 3 to a table work with social distancing, but I have a few ideas.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:36 pm

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Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:07 pm
Having spoken to the Ark, at the present time, the maximum number allowed for the Saturday event is 30. No news on the Sunday event, I'm hoping to speak to the Memorial Hall tomorrow so will have news then, and will hopefully have some idea of prices by the weekend. Still trying to figure out how to make 3 to a table work with social distancing, but I have a few ideas.
Push two tables together, perhaps? Would that work? Depends on how big the tables are, I suppose.
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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:32 pm

So, a quick update. I've spoken to the Memorial Hall as well, and their maximum capacity is also 30. As this includes me (obviously) it means that the maximum capacity for both events in January, as it stands right now, is 27 each. Also, both venues have said there'll be restrictions on refreshments throughout the day- the Memorial Hall have said that only one person is allowed to go into the kitchen. Not one at a time, but one in total throughout the course of the day. Thankfully, my mum has already volunteered there. The Ark have basically said 'kitchen is out of bounds'. I may be able to negotiate another 'let my mum in there' but I'm not holding my breath. Same goes for the massive urn we usually have on Saturdays there. One thing's for certain- if those restrictions are broken on either day, I'll need to look for new venues for 2022.

However, as it stands right now, the events are going ahead. Both days. It's going to be a seriously cut back version of the event, but I'd rather that than no event at all. The tables at both venues are in the region of 2 metres long, so the seating arrangements will be to have the host in the middle of the table and the players on each end. The only thing I still need to work out (and I hope to have worked out by this time next week) is how to actually play the damn games. Decks of cards are breeding grounds for germs, so I (and FOCAL) are looking into technological alternatives (and we'd very much welcome any suggestions/contributions from any technologically-minded countdowners).

I've also got a price structure in mind- it's likely to be £10.50 for Saturday, £7 for Sunday or £14 for both. But don't send me money just yet, not until I have everything sorted out.

Watch this space. This WILL happen one way or another.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, dates TBC

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:58 pm

So, it turns out January may have been a little optimistic. Five months from now things may be better, they may not, but right now things are pretty dire. A maximum of 27 entries at both events, social distancing in place and no concrete plan on how to do a Lincoln-style event that isn't prohibitively expensive has led me to take the difficult decision to postpone COLIN. So, for the first time in 17 years, it won't be happening in January. I do, however, have other dates in mind later on in the year. I need to hear back from the Ark and the Memorial Hall but I hope to have the new dates for you as early as tomorrow.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:03 am

Morning all

So, at last, I can finally announce that for one year only, COLIN is going to be held on the last weekend in May, namely the 29th and the 30th of May. The halls have been rebooked, but I'm not quite yet ready to start taking entries just yet.

The announcement on Tuesday about new restrictions on gatherings aren't exactly filling me with confidence. It became apparent very early that January wasnt going to be possible without some major changes to the way COLIN is run and a severe restriction on numbers, and i didnt want to hold Co:Mpromise for obvious reasons. Moving it to May was a difficult decision, but even then, I'm not confident COLIN can go ahead as normal. So for now, I'm announcing the dates, but I likely won't be taking entries until the new year. After all, things may well get better by then. They could also get a lot worse.

This is also the only time COLIN 2021 will be rescheduled. If it doesnt go ahead in May next year, it won't go ahead at all, and COLIN XVII will take place in January 2022 instead (and set a record for non-event announced furthest in advance).

Oh, and on what wouldve been COLIN weekend (30-31 january), I plan on holding an apterous tournament instead. :-) Watch this space for more details.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:00 pm

Sitrep

No real update yet on whether or not this'll be going ahead. Obviously, I want it to, but I also wanted it to happen at the end of this month, and we all know how well that went. But hey, there's still five months, and with vaccines finally becoming available, who knows where we'll be by then? Fingers crossed. I'll keep you all updated. In the meantime, this-
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Oh, and on what wouldve been COLIN weekend (30-31 january), I plan on holding an apterous tournament instead. :-) Watch this space for more details.
-is still going to be a thing. Should hopefully have more details for you this weekend.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:46 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:00 pm
Ben Wilson wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:03 am
Oh, and on what wouldve been COLIN weekend (30-31 january), I plan on holding an apterous tournament instead. :-) Watch this space for more details.
-is still going to be a thing. Should hopefully have more details for you this weekend.
Or, y'know, Thursday, which is pretty much the same thing.

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:44 pm

The final standings before the knock-out stages are below!

ICBINC
Apterous
30 January 2021

STANDINGS

Players are ranked by wins, then points.


P W Pts
1 Jack Worsley 8 8 582
2 Callum Todd 8 6 597
3 Spike Guthrie 8 6 540
4 Thomas Carey 8 6 476
5 Dan Byrom 8 6 473
6 Ronan Higginson 8 5 519
7 Matthew Brockwell 8 5 491
8 Daniel Penn 8 5 477
9 Tim Down 8 5 468
10 Andy Platt 8 5 461
11 Dave Robjohns 8 5 453
12 Toby McDonald 7 5 446
13 Oliver Garner 8 4 540
14 Oliver Solamath 8 4 514
15 Stephen Read 8 4 505
16 Johnny Canuck 8 4 483
17 Eeshan Malhotra 8 4 476
18 Graeme Cole 8 4 469
19 Matthew Tassier 8 4 456
20 Tracey Mills 8 4 448
21 Jamie French 8 4 420
22 Eoin Jackson 8 4 396
23 Amar Chotai 8 4 362
24 Andy Sc 8 4 356
25 Maria Chandler 8 4 331
26 Fiona T 8 3 447
27 Adam Dexter 8 3 436
28 Ian Volante 8 3 418
29 Matthew S Rutherford 8 3 413
30 Alan O'Sullivan 8 3 381
31 Elizabeth Beer 8 3 376
32 Rhys Benjamin 8 3 364
33 Dan Spinks 8 3 337
34 J Bartram 8 3 332
35 Anthony Endsor 8 2 464
36 Adam Finlay 8 2 398
37 Richard Huang 8 1 206
38 Prune 7 0 0


RESULTS

Round 1
Matthew Brockwell 63 - 60 Matthew Tassier
Dan Byrom 70 - 53 Tracey Mills
Ian Volante 62 - 75 Johnny Canuck
Adam Finlay 59 - 54 J Bartram
Jack Worsley 63 - 34 Elizabeth Beer
Jamie French 66 - 20 Richard Huang
Eoin Jackson 48 - 57 Amar Chotai
Oliver Garner 76 - 49 Alan O'Sullivan
Spike Guthrie 64 - 51 Anthony Endsor
Daniel Penn 58 - 22 Maria Chandler
Graeme Cole 66 - 72 Andy Platt
Dan Spinks 33 - 61 Eeshan Malhotra
Dave Robjohns 62 - 49 Andy Sc
Thomas Carey 71 - 64 Callum Todd
Oliver Solamath 63 - 59 Tim Down
Stephen Read 75 - 45 Matthew S Rutherford
Fiona T 68 - 31 Rhys Benjamin
Ronan Higginson 76 - 66 Adam Dexter

Round 2
Oliver Garner 74 - 48 Ronan Higginson
Johnny Canuck 74 - 49 Stephen Read
Andy Platt 52 - 60 Thomas Carey
Dan Byrom 62 - 53 Fiona T
Jamie French 47 - 70 Spike Guthrie
Matthew Brockwell 38 - 74 Jack Worsley
Dave Robjohns 60 - 50 Oliver Solamath
Eeshan Malhotra 70 - 36 Adam Finlay
Amar Chotai 58 - 48 Daniel Penn
Adam Dexter 40 - 29 Graeme Cole
Callum Todd 77 - 39 Ian Volante
Matthew Tassier 48 - 64 Tim Down
Tracey Mills 63 - 47 J Bartram
Andy Sc 56 - 47 Alan O'Sullivan
Anthony Endsor 40 - 52 Eoin Jackson
Elizabeth Beer 54 -*64 Matthew S Rutherford
Rhys Benjamin 44 - 59 Dan Spinks
Maria Chandler 60 - 16 Richard Huang
Prune 0 - 71 Toby McDonald

Round 3
Johnny Canuck 58 - 44 Oliver Garner
Spike Guthrie 37 - 70 Jack Worsley
Eeshan Malhotra 45 - 73 Dan Byrom
Thomas Carey 42 - 39 Dave Robjohns
Callum Todd 75 - 42 Amar Chotai
Andy Platt 47 - 73 Ronan Higginson
Tim Down 56 - 63 Stephen Read
Fiona T 50 - 60 Tracey Mills
Oliver Solamath 65 - 30 Jamie French
Adam Dexter 46 - 64 Daniel Penn
Andy Sc 42 - 77 Matthew Brockwell
Matthew S Rutherford 57 - 49 Eoin Jackson
Adam Finlay 66 - 41 Dan Spinks
Toby McDonald 84 - 42 Maria Chandler
J Bartram 34 - 61 Ian Volante
Alan O'Sullivan 48 - 74 Matthew Tassier
Graeme Cole 80 - 66 Anthony Endsor
Elizabeth Beer 28 - 63 Rhys Benjamin
Richard Huang 41 - 0 Prune

Round 4
Jack Worsley 69 - 53 Johnny Canuck
Thomas Carey 49 - 67 Dan Byrom
Ronan Higginson 67 - 83 Callum Todd
Stephen Read 65*- 55 Oliver Garner
Oliver Solamath 75 - 79 Matthew Brockwell
Tracey Mills 73 - 63 Eeshan Malhotra
Daniel Penn 60 - 73 Spike Guthrie
Dave Robjohns 69*- 59 Adam Finlay
Matthew S Rutherford 65 - 66 Amar Chotai
Matthew Tassier 62 - 55 Toby McDonald
Tim Down 48 - 42 Graeme Cole
Andy Platt 66 - 54 Fiona T
Ian Volante 53 - 44 Adam Dexter
Eoin Jackson 38 - 57 Andy Sc
Rhys Benjamin 37 - 69 Jamie French
Maria Chandler 42 - 50 Dan Spinks
Richard Huang 17 - 71 Anthony Endsor
J Bartram 32 - 43 Alan O'Sullivan
Prune 0 - 59 Elizabeth Beer

Round 5
Jack Worsley 83 - 41 Dan Byrom
Johnny Canuck 57 - 66 Callum Todd
Matthew Brockwell 60 - 64 Tracey Mills
Spike Guthrie 73 - 63 Stephen Read
Amar Chotai 31 - 59 Thomas Carey
Ronan Higginson 59 - 75 Dave Robjohns
Oliver Garner 72 - 92 Oliver Solamath
Eeshan Malhotra 52 - 61 Matthew Tassier
Daniel Penn 55 - 57 Andy Platt
Matthew S Rutherford 46 - 75 Tim Down
Adam Finlay 56 - 58 Ian Volante
Toby McDonald 57 - 40 Jamie French
Dan Spinks 39 -*49 Andy Sc
Anthony Endsor 79 - 66 Adam Dexter
Graeme Cole 61 - 31 Fiona T
Alan O'Sullivan 51 - 61 Eoin Jackson
Elizabeth Beer 66 - 19 Maria Chandler
Rhys Benjamin 57 - 24 Richard Huang
J Bartram 44 - 0 Prune

Round 6
Callum Todd 81 - 86 Jack Worsley
Dan Byrom 40 - 81 Spike Guthrie
Tracey Mills 42 - 52 Dave Robjohns
Oliver Solamath 51 - 69 Thomas Carey
Matthew Brockwell 59 - 54 Johnny Canuck
Matthew Tassier 58 - 82 Stephen Read
Tim Down 47 - 55 Andy Platt
Ian Volante 43 - 60 Toby McDonald
Amar Chotai 35 - 67 Andy Sc
Anthony Endsor 54 - 74 Ronan Higginson
Eeshan Malhotra 53 - 73 Daniel Penn
Graeme Cole 69 - 23 Adam Finlay
Oliver Garner 84 - 18 Rhys Benjamin
Jamie French 38 - 51 Matthew S Rutherford
Eoin Jackson 53 - 32 Elizabeth Beer
Adam Dexter 60 - 36 Dan Spinks
Fiona T 54 - 57 Alan O'Sullivan
Richard Huang 29 - 57 J Bartram
Maria Chandler 35 - 0 Prune

Round 7
Thomas Carey 61 - 64 Jack Worsley
Dave Robjohns 67 - 71 Spike Guthrie
Stephen Read 54 - 70 Callum Todd
Dan Byrom 55 - 44 Matthew Brockwell
Andy Platt 64 - 50 Tracey Mills
Andy Sc 23 - 70 Toby McDonald
Ronan Higginson 57 - 55 Oliver Solamath
Matthew Tassier 39 - 74 Oliver Garner
Johnny Canuck 49 - 57 Daniel Penn
Matthew S Rutherford 57 - 65 Graeme Cole
Amar Chotai 24 - 62 Tim Down
Eoin Jackson 55 - 53 Ian Volante
Anthony Endsor 37 - 60 Eeshan Malhotra
Adam Dexter 62 - 59 Adam Finlay
Alan O'Sullivan 37 - 80 Jamie French
J Bartram 26 - 22 Elizabeth Beer
Rhys Benjamin 43 - 67 Maria Chandler
Dan Spinks 51 - 33 Richard Huang
Prune 0 - 64 Fiona T

Round 8
Jack Worsley 73 - 39 Dave Robjohns
Callum Todd 81 - 71 Spike Guthrie
Dan Byrom 65 - 48 Andy Platt
Toby McDonald 49 - 65 Thomas Carey
Oliver Garner 61 - 71 Matthew Brockwell
Stephen Read 64 - 65 Ronan Higginson
Daniel Penn 62 - 57 Graeme Cole
Tim Down 57 - 43 Tracey Mills
Eoin Jackson 40 - 63 Oliver Solamath
Andy Sc 23 - 63 Johnny Canuck
Eeshan Malhotra 72 - 38 Matthew S Rutherford
Matthew Tassier 54 - 52 Adam Dexter
Ian Volante 49 - 50 Jamie French
Dan Spinks 28 - 49 Amar Chotai
Maria Chandler 44 - 38 J Bartram
Fiona T 73 - 66 Anthony Endsor
Alan O'Sullivan 49 - 40 Adam Finlay
Richard Huang 26 - 81 Elizabeth Beer
Prune 0 - 71 Rhys Benjamin

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:29 pm

And the final results are...

Quarter-finals
Jack Worsley 74 - 51 Daniel Penn
Callum Todd 84 - 60 Matthew Brockwell
Spike Guthrie 60 - 63 Ronan Higginson
Thomas Carey 44 - 46 Dan Byrom

Semi-finals
Jack Worsley 84 - 66 Dan Byrom
Callum Todd 62 - 57 Ronan Higginson

Third-place playoff
Dan Byrom 60 - 47 Ronan Higginson

Final
Jack Worsley 87 - 85 Callum Todd

Jack wins it again, coming from behind on a crucial conundrum to win in truly epic fashion!

As for the real COLIN XVII... Watch this space. At this point in time May seems unlikely, which means it'll be January 2022 before we meet again in North Hykeham, but we will meet again soon. And if May doesn't happen in the flesh, I can always do another 'I can't believe it's not COLIN' tourney then as well. :-)

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:49 pm

Is this the first time pseudonyms have appeared in the COLIN results?
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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Post by Matt Morrison » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:14 am

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:13 pm

Hi everyone

...Yeah. It's safe to say that 2021 hasn't taken the direction I (and everyone else) had hoped. Even if everyone in the country is vaccinated by the end of May, social distancing restrictions simply aren't going to be lifted enough for me to host the event I want to host. Therefore I have taken the difficult decision to cancel the event that would've been hosted in May, meaning that for the first time in a decade and a half, there will be no COLIN this year.

So why not rearrange it for later in 2021?

Two reasons. Firstly, and probably most significantly, there's no guarantee that social distancing measures will be relaxed enough to hold the event in July, or September, or even November. And secondly, COLIN is a bloody exhausting thing to organise. There's booking the venue(s), liaising with the venue(s) to ensure everything is as it should be on the day (which admittedly does get easier when you've used the same venues for 7 years), buying/making prizes and freebies (not least the puzzle mag), catering for the event, having to deal with last minute entries/drop-outs... And that's before you take into consideration how knackering actually running the event on the day is. Admittedly I have made several rods for my own back with all the spot prizes I've included on the day (like conundrum god/revenge badges, that sort of thing), not to mention the not-so-small matter of the Hangover event. But COLIN wouldn't be COLIN without all of these 'frills', and I certainly wouldn't ever want to reduce it to being just a one day event- quite the opposite, in fact. However, all of this means that I simply don't have the energy to put on the event I want to host, only to do it all again 3-4 months later.

So the only option, sadly, is to put COLIN XVII back to 2022. In all likelihood, it'll be on the 29th-30th of January. But of course, things can and probably will change, so I won't make any firm decisions about dates until around August/September (and I'll unsticky this thread until then, then inevitably forget about it and make a new one anyway).

Oh, and following the very surprising popularity of 'I Can't Believe It's Not COLIN', I'll be doing another apterous 'Not COLIN' event on the 29th of May. :) Silver linings and all that.

BJW

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:55 pm

This is obviously a shame but it will be back. And just think - if the pandemic had started a couple of months earlier we probably would have missed two COLINs!

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Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, TBD 2022

Post by Jason William Larsen » Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:26 pm

Ok

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