I will send out the Round 1 pairings on 2/14/11. Please note that I will pair you up as close as I can to your perferred venue request. I will also make every attempt to pair up time zones that are compatible. This won't always be possible. So at some point you may have to play somebody on the other side of the world.
But seriously, how cool is that? I know that we sort of take it for granted now that we can communicate anywhere instantaneously but when you think about it...that has only been really easily possible for the common man such as myself in the last 5 odd years or so with things like skype. The idea of being able to play someone in Italy or Australia is pretty darn cool...unless you are from Italy or Australia in which case its probably a frequent occurrence.
Now two more things:
1. I cannot let you play the same person over and over again. I can't even let you play within a circle of friends continuously. The pairings are decided upon at the secret MMP HQ fortress in Millersville, Md. While you may get an opportunity to play against a preferred opponent once, it won't happen more than that unless circumstances dictate it. Pairings will for the most part be random.
2. The one thing that I will honor is your choice of game. Once you decide, I will make sure that you get to play that game. So let me know, if you have not decided yet or if you for some reason want to change your choice, which game you want to play if you have not already told me. You will get to play in the game you choose to play in.
3. Ok so I lied...one more thing... I've been batting this back and forth some...Round 2 game won't be announced until we get closer to the start of Round 2.
Good luck everyone. I'm looking forward to it! Have fun and if you haven't signed up yet...go ahead! What is the worst that can happen?!