I have read all the posts and appreciate hearing feedback. However, let me give you all some feedback. A lot of thought went into adding the timer options to the tourneys in Qwerty Pogo, as well as the guidelines to go along with it. Also there was NOT just ONE person involved in that decision. It was also tested and tried out by more than one person as well as listening to feedback from numerous players.
I personally am not that big on playing Qwerty or Scrabble. I played Scrabble and a game similiar to Qwerty as a kid. I LOVED it back then. These days, I have a demanding full time job, 3 kids and Eliters that uses up enough of my brain cells, so usually I hate having to think so hard when I come and play Qwerty.
HOWEVER, to show support to all the leagues and in the interest of understanding the game and understanding player complaints I do play it from time to time. I too am very SLOW at thinking of a word. However, I think the timers are good and they are MORE than enough time. So if this slow poke can do it, it CAN and HAS been done.
At this time there will not be any plans to change the rule on using extensions. It's just entirely too difficult to monitor and does not make it fair for tournament play. I think that's what we need to remember here folks. Yes we all enjoy the FUN of the game, but we are also playing tournaments which are supposed to have a competitive element.
Big Events like the Olympics and such tend to attract a lot of players, so ANY of the games usually need to be set to think about the element of time. If we have an Olympic Event with no timer set on it, then most likely that game is going to take way more time than needed and possibly run into the next event. (I already ran into that problem with the BGP Event I hosted this past weekend, because I did not think out how I set it with play to 3 pts.)
That being said, I think the big Events need to stay with a timer on them.
I will agree that for regular tourneys more without the timer can be offered and that is something that certainly can be discussed and taken to a player poll.
Thanks again for the feedback. If you have more questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail DMD and/or myself. Thank-you for you continued support of Qwerty Pogo and all Pogo leagues.
Pogo Leagues Director