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Posted by rjb42668 (Ranked on Canasta (Yahoo) Ladder) on August 27, 2007 at 19:54:01:

An observation:

For years, people have talked on this ladder about recruiting more players. Heres a thought-why not just PLAY CANASTA??? There are people here perfectly willing to just PLAY A GAME. Rank unimportant, just play. Some people would gladly join if they could just get someone to play when they asked. I rejoined this ladder several days or maybe weeks ago, and have been here SEVERAL nights asking for someone just to play a game.....only to be ignored or asked to join some tournament. I have no desire whatsoever to play in a tournament where you cannot meld queens, or red cards, or have to meld in multiples of 2 only during a full moon, or cannot pick up the pile if there is a wildebeast stampede.......I JUST WANT A DAMN GAME. This USED to be the place to come compare your skill level against supposedly the best players anywhere, only now it has become more of a 'carnival version game' to be decided by silly rules in a tournament. I am sure there will be many who respond "I will gladly play if I see you asking" but you probably wont. I only come in periodically, asking quietly for a game, just so i can drink a beer or twelve and relax. I dont cause trouble, and am not loud, but I know noone here anymore to specifically ask for a game. I don't want to 'add someone to my messenger', or 'ask so-and-so, they arent playing', I just want to play. I don't want into the 'clique'...I have been there and done that many years ago. I just want a damn game. I bet if there was any way to check over the past few years and see how many people have joined and then withdrew or been timed out without even playing a single game...I bet it would be astonishing. Perhaps if some of those people had actually gotten a game or two the average win % in the top 50 would be alot better than the sub 50% average that it has had for a long time.

So, after a few minutes of incoherent rambling, I feel better now. Just consider this:
Next time someone you don't know asks for a cases game in the lobby you may want to give it to them. you may even get an easy win to boost the average win% to 51 or maybe even 52. Almost every other cases league i have ever been in has a considerably higher Cases win % than this ladder. Could it be that they have more quality players in those leagues because it is alot easier to get a game/

Who knows.....All I know is I am gonna sit back and have a beer and relax....life is to short to worry about whether or not someone you will never meet wants to test their skill against you in some silly card game online.

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