We will soon introduce a new game mode dedicated to competitive play: the "Arena mode". This mode is distinct from the "Training" and the "Normal" modes, and is designed for those of you who wants to play for rankings, trophies and prestige, with a seasonal ladder.
There is going to be ONE "ladder" main competition each season for each game. The winner of this seasonal ladder is going to be the BGA champion of this game for the corresponding season.
These latest years, many of you wrote messages here to explain that they are uncomfortable with BGA rankings because a game can change a lot depending on variants and players number. If a game extension or a game variant drastically changes a board game, there is no doubt that it is difficult to take into account these different "tastes" of the game in a single competition. This is why all board games championships defines a "tournament format".
As a consequence, for Arena mode, we have a simple solution: force all tables using Arena mode to play with the same variants and/or number of players.
Ex: all Carcassonne tables with Arena mode would use extensions 1 and 2, and will be only 2 players games.
Of course you would be able to set table speed (fast, turn based...) in anyway. It would be also possible to do a "cycle" between the popular variants (ex: for Spring competition, play with option A, while for Summer competition play with option A and option B). Players who do not like the chosen format would simply continue to play with "Normal mode" like they are doing today.
So question: what solution should we choose for variants and Arena mode ? Should we restrict the freedom to choose between option to have a more reliable competition, or should we allow you to choose any variant - with the risk to have broken rankings ?
You can vote above for your preferred solution.
Thanks for your feedback!