CO:LON - 24th August 2024 - Countdown in London - sponsored by Word Game Geeks

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CO:LON - 24th August 2024 - Countdown in London - sponsored by Word Game Geeks

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I'm pleased to announce CO:LON - Countdown in London 2024 – a FOCAL Countdown event, supported by generous sponsorship from Word Game Geeks.

For those who don’t know, Word Game Geeks is the company name used by Countdown Series 63 Champion Jack Hurst to publish his very popular (and better than the official!) Countdown app for Android devices.
Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... =web_share


WHEN
Saturday 24th August 2024
Doors open at 10:45 am, with the first round draw taking place shortly after.
Gameplay starts at 11:15.

WHERE & GETTING THERE
“The Venue”, The O2 Centre, 255 Finchley Road, London NW3 6LU
We’ll be in “The Venue”, on the top floor … the event will be clearly signposted.

The O2 Centre is a small shopping centre located just a 2-minute walk from Finchley Road Underground Station on the Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, or a 4-minute walk from Finchley Road & Frognal Overground Station.

It’s reachable in around 20 to 25 minutes via public transport from all the major train stations in London, as well as being well served by bus routes.

It’s also just a 5-minute walk from JW3, home of the Mind Sports Olympiad, who typically host their own Countdown event the following day, for those of you planning to do the double.

If you feel compelled to drive, there is paid parking in the O2 Centre car park.

If you’re a Parkrunner, the nearest one to the venue is Hampstead Heath, just over a mile away on foot, or a short trip by bus or Overground.
If you’re overnighting the night before, you might also find one closer to your accommodation … London has plenty of them!

WHAT
You’ll be playing 9-round games of Countdown in the “Bristol” format, where everyone plays in pairs from the same selections projected on a big screen, and with each pair choosing their preferred selection during the numbers rounds … all will be explained on the day for anyone unfamiliar, and we’ll start with a practice round.
There should be time for 8 games in total, followed by the top two players on the day facing off in a grand final.

As with most Countdown events, the first round will be drawn randomly, but don't worry if you have a bumpy start - for the remaining games you will be playing opponents that have scored similarly to you, so everyone should get some good, well matched games. The primary aim is to have fun!

And of course there will be prizes!

FOOD & DRINK
Within the O2 Centre itself is an ALDI Local, a big Sainsburys, a Nandos, and a coffee shop. There are also various places outside the Centre within easy reach.
You are also welcome to bring your own food, but please note that alcohol is not allowed to be consumed at the venue.

We will have access to a small kitchen in the venue itself, with tea/coffee making facilities, etc.

AFTER THE EVENT
It’s London … I’m sure we’ll find something to do!
I’ll plan something on that front nearer the time, for those that are sticking around on the Saturday evening.
Keep an eye out either on this thread or on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/share/XCauRz3p3YZ8TFrJ/

SIGN ME UP!
The entry fee is £12.
Please pay by Paypal using this link: https://paypal.me/stantonphil/12GBP
Please ensure you select the Family and Friends option when paying, and include a note about what the payment is for, and also who you are if your Paypal name doesn’t match your preferred name for some reason :P
If you can't pay via Paypal, then please contact me and we'll work something out.

Please note that your name will be added to the attendees list on this page and the Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/share/XCauRz3p3YZ8TFrJ/.
If you would prefer for this not to happen, please let me know when you sign up.

I look forward to seeing you there!


CONFIRMED ENTRANTS
1. Adam Latchford
2. Coral Heath
3. Fiona Titcombe
4. Tom Carey
5. Mauro Pratesi
6. Jessica Pratesi
7. Joseph Bartram
8. Sandie Simonis
9. Darren Godfrey
10. Annie Gallagher
11. Joseph Henry
12. Tim Scott
13. Adam Dexter
14. George Armstrong
15. Ashwin Abinashi
16. Mark Murray
17. Matthew Brockwell
18. Jason Turner
19. Taz Turner
20. Eeshan Malhotra
21. Tom Stevenson
22. MSR
23. Tom Cappleman
24. Amar Chotai
25. Edward Mason
26. Jonathan De Souza
27. Rob Foster
28. Gabriel Thallon
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are there multiple word game geeks or is it just jack
cheers maus
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Thomas Carey wrote: Mon Apr 15, 2024 12:24 am are there multiple word game geeks or is it just jack
I cannot comment on the size of Jack's geekdom.
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I can now confirm that COMSO will be the following day, Sunday 25th August - more details when registration for MSO is open.
CO-MSO every August
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Tony Atkins wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2024 10:04 am I can now confirm that COMSO will be the following day, Sunday 25th August - more details when registration for MSO is open.
Excellent - looking forward to a grand weekend's countdowning :)
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Registration for CO:MSO is now open ... book your tickets at the link below, to complete your weekend of Countdowning!

https://mindsportsolympiad.com/product/countdown/
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Phil Stanton wrote: Sun Jul 14, 2024 5:37 pm Registration for CO:MSO is now open ... book your tickets at the link below, to complete your weekend of Countdowning!

https://mindsportsolympiad.com/product/countdown/
Blimey 100% price increase since last year!!
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Re: CO:LON - 24th August 2024 - Countdown in London - sponsored by Word Game Geeks

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Phil Stanton wrote: Sun Apr 14, 2024 10:05 pm
As with most Countdown events, the first round will be drawn randomly, but don't worry if you have a bumpy start - for the remaining games you will be playing opponents that have scored similarly to you, so everyone should get some good, well matched games. The primary aim is to have fun!
Have you decided which algorithm you will use for this?

Bit of a discussion around it here

For reference, Graeme provided an explanation of how the options in Atropine work here.
Graeme Cole wrote: Sat Apr 13, 2024 3:50 pm If you're involved in the running of co-events, this is likely to be of interest to you. If you aren't, it's less likely.

Version 1.2.3 of everyone's favourite Python-based co-event administration tool is out now. It can be found at the usual place: https://greem.uk/atropine/
[*] Variations on the Swiss fixture generator. The Swiss fixture generator page now has a couple more options on it, as a result of the Co-event suggestion box thread and general popular demand elsewhere.
  • One is a checkbox which will cause the generator to match players only on their win counts rather than their standings position. After that it's random. This is the "Draw Against Someone On The Same Number Of Wins" method. As always, this is subject to other constraints such as avoiding rematches. A couple of predictable questions about details are answered here.
  • The other is a drop-down box to specify whether to consider all previous rounds (the default) or only the most recent round. This implements the so-called "Pot Draw" method.
  • These are both off by default. If you ignore them you'll still get the classic "draw against someone near me in the standings table" method.
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