Pandaazuma

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  1. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    And by the way, I don't think this approach would change the make-up of the top-ten players much.
  2. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Haha...a proper game! But, despite the fact that I hate inputting my Oracle picks - extremely tedious - it remains one of my favourite games! So...I would favour leaving it as it is. But your idea definitely has merit.
  3. Don't get me started on those idiots at the Guardian.
  4. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    I will do it in Oracle only if I am absolutely certain...but of course even that is never certain! ;) For UDH and others, anything goes. One thing I don't do is make the same high-risk gambit in most or all the games.
  5. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    When I say I play it safe on rikishi that have keiko reports that say they are injured, I mean I no longer pick 3-12 or 4-11 or something like that, but I may bring my projection down. An 80% recovered Terunofuji who was looking ok in Keiko would be expected to get 9 or 10 in mid-Maegashira, so I brought it down to 8. I toyed with 7 too but left it. But we are talking about a very non-standard situation here, one we only need to consider for a small percentage of the lads each time. My 'play-it-safe' reasoning does not apply to rikishi I believe to be in normal condition...and hence I make my projections as normal, not to play it safe, but because those are the records I expect them to achieve.
  6. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    I will add that Keiko reports are frequently misleading and contradictory, so making a bold projection based on them is not skill but blind luck. That's not to say we should ignore them, but great caution is required. We can all make predictions like Kitakachiyama's UDH line-up, where he had Teru at 6 and Kise at 5 (or vice versa) but that could have easily backfired. Actually I tend to take risks like that myself in some games because my strategic goal is always to win the World Championship, so I don't mind being bold in a few games because it won't be catastrophic if it fails as there are 20 games, including dailies in which we can adapt to injuries. But in Oracle I rarely do that now, mainly because I have been burned many times before by screwing it up, and also because I like being Yokozuna in that game and I don't want to lose it with some outlandish pick that may or may not come off...again, via blind luck. ;)
  7. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Lol. So...in order to make the game more 'interesting', I should throw in a few predictions that don't match my own projections? Chuck in an 11-4 for Tochiozan at that low rank? Or should I predict 9-6 because that is what I thought he would get (and was on course for before he withdrew)?
  8. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Hahaha...no, I genuinely expect them to achieve the records I predict. Of course I know some won't due to injury or exceptional performance or whatever other things I can't foresee. It looks like you've got it into your head that I am unwittingly or intentionally trying to follow the 'safe' system you have described because I know that to do otherwise would cause me to lose, but I am afraid that is just coincidental to the fact that my projections for expected performance almost always fall into the 7-8 range. I do this based on my own assessment of the strength of the rikishi and that strength relative to his likely opponents...and historical patterns of such relative values from my own memory of past tournaments. I occasionally check data on Sumo Reference while making my picks, but not all that much. I understand what you are trying to suggest, but - disappointingly - I must repeat that every prediction I make is what I truly expect, not because I want to win the game through sticking to non-outlandish predictions.
  9. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    As I explained at the time, I predict what I honestly think a sekitori will get. In the vast majority of cases, that will be in the 7-8 range. I am not avoiding riskier picks...I simply expect anyone I predict 7 for to get 7 and anyone I predict 8 for to get 8. Simple as that.
  10. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Haha...Rocks, don't you remember that long Oracle discussion we had from a year ago? Not only was it explained just why it is...hands down...the most skill-based game there is, but I also recommended a way of making it more entertaining during the basho. If you have forgotten, go look it up. And then I hope you enjoy it more.
  11. 21 Hatsu 18, The Results

    Huzzah! ;)
  12. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    While we are here, I was wondering what the other gamers thought were the most 'prestigious' games. I see some as just fun (Chain) or mostly luck (ISP) [Not to disparage them - both are great games] but others need more skill so I am happier to do well in those. For me the most prestigious pre-basho is Oracle and daily is Toto, but I also add Sumo Game as that was the first one I ever tried to play seriously and I find it truly infuriating sometimes, so the secret of doing well in it is elusive. For some reason, although I think Bench is a great game and really enjoy it, I don't mind so much when I go MK there. But MK in the above three for me is a massive no-no. Apologies for the geeky question...but I am curious.
  13. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Lol. Oddly enough, it is easier to stay at yokozuna than ozeki in that game. I was surprised that I was still yokozuna in Norizo Cup this basho after two MKs...thought I would be in Makushita again. Now I need to sort my Bench performances out. I keep picking two or three muppets in my team each time. Never make the summit that way.
  14. Games Talk Hatsu 2018

    Haha. I will try to do better! In other news, I just found out I will be promoted to Yokozuna in Sumo Game. Never thought I would manage that. Now I have to worry about kinboshi!
  15. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2018

    Thanks for the unparallelled analysis, Pierre. :)