Well, I don't expect a lot of sympathy, but I thought I'd post this as a stand-alone thread just to see if anyone thinks this merits any support.
Here's my original post on the "All I Want for Christmas" thread.
Premium players can roll over an unlimited number of transfers, and their transfers don't expire.
option 1 makes some big changes to game play and fairness IMHO.
option 2 gives an big advantage to premium players if they plan well.
Not that it makes much difference to how the game plays...
I think it makes a huge (!) difference! Premium players can use transfers in a significantly different way in Grand Tours! Over three weeks I think it can make a [game-changing] difference! : (
... Dave, would you consider making it a level playing field between the Standard players and the Premium players? At least for the Grand Tours? Like nicko says, it's almost like playing with a handicap.
Some of us play just for fun, and are ok with not winning the Grand Prizes, but would still like to to be competitive and not feel we're at a competitive disadvantage from the get go, especially come Grand Tour time...
I think playing without being able to bank transfers the same way would [give Premium] players... a game-changing [advantage over Standard] players, especially over a period of three weeks.
I can imagine, for example, [as Dave mentions in the "Fantasy Cycling is back for 2013" article] coming into the last week of the 2013 Tour, a Premium player who has banked a ton of transfers will be able to come to the last Time Trial stage, Stage 17, and bring in 2, 3 or 4 more Time Trialers for that stage, turn his team around for the 3 upcoming mountain stages, bank transfers for two days, and then, maybe also (!) be able to bring in 2, 3 or 4 more sprinters for the last stage in Paris than a Standard player could.
I think deploying that strategy would kill just about any Standard team that was still in contention that last week.
I don't mind not winning the bike, but I'd like to get a shot at winning the competition on equal terms.
Premium players are already getting a shot at the bikes and all, why should they also get such a great advantage, which becomes especially more significant over the course of three weeks? It just feel unfair...
[I know it is what it is, but it feels like letting a sprinter buy a 5 second advantage in a race]... I don't think it's a level playing field.
It feels like Standard players will be a tier below the Premium and it will not feel like the same game for both levels... In fact, it isn't, since it's different rules...
I don't think you're matching wits fairly, especially during the Grand Tours, between Standard players and Premium players, when Premium players have such a significant advantage in the form of [being able to make a better use of their transfers and, especially, not losing any] transfers...
It really let the wind out of my sails... : ( It may fall on deaf ears, but I'd love it if you made the transfer rules equal or more equitable, even if it was only for the Grand Tour competitions. Thanks! :
Obviously I expect most people to say, just pay your dues, dude! : )