How competitive WMH rose and fell in Germany Jan 24, 2019 20:18:18 GMT via mobile Ganso and pmark like this
Post by elladan52 on Jan 24, 2019 20:18:18 GMT
The real inflection point is now. What are you going to do now?
Maybe you aren't the right person to lead the meta, and that is 100% fine. Not everyone can be that. But if you can't be that, maybe you can be a staunch supporter of someone who can. Maybe you can encourage someone to step out and make the changes they want to see in their local community. This game will not survive thanks to top down mandates - it will continue to grow thanks to grassroots community building. This was the greatest strength of the PG program, and yes, it would be great if PP did more to replace it. But I can't change that. I can only change what I can control. And I - we - have the responsibility of seizing our respective wheels and righting our respective ships.
So again the question to ask ourselves is not what can PP do - they need to be asking that question, and it is very important that they do. But we must ask what we can do. That will make our communities truly great.
Edit: Also very significant: this needs to be a labor of love. If it is a tremendous and unenjoyable burden to lead, then you (speaking generally) should not do it. We are all in this for fun, after all.
I don't want to be a debby downer but I don't think it can grow this way. Sorry but I think that the natural progression of the game is toward competitive chess....but without the things that chess uses (ranked play, seeding, FIDE) to try to encourage players of similar rankings to play one another (and to incent players to "get gud" if they are focused on rankings). Thus its steady state _IS_ to shrink (or at least I presume that is what the data is telling us) because there will be new players attracted this sort of game it isn't enough to grow the game.
PS. And to be precise - by "grow the game" I mean raw number of individuals playing WM. The paradox is that our southern California meta has never been healthier for the competitive crowd - with a SR going off nearly every weekend (sometimes two) that always fire with at least 8-10 guys.....the challenge being it is often a lot of the same 8-10 guys.
This is the exact attitude I am trying to pull you out of. You have accepted this decline and resigned yourself to it. I have not. And I want to encourage others to not give up as well, because it's a self fulfilling prophecy.
And besides, why don't you just start doing local rank boards? There is no need for it to be national for it to have the effect you want.