Recently i have been watching some of the excellent videos that have been made - thank you Tony Aguilar, Baldie and others. I was struck by how clear it was to see what elements were what and how you could get a good overview of the table.
This led me to think about whether it would be possible to play a game with another player remotely, using Skype for example, and how, if so, this would enable us to have a truly international tournament over a period of some months.
Clearly, such games would not be the same as playing face to face and some protocols would be required to overcome or at least mitigate some of the problems and challenges that might arise.
The idea is that the host player would manage and move both his/her own army and his opponent's, the latter under the remote player's instructions and provide information on distances/ranges/relative positions etc at the request of the remote player who would be watching a live picture of the game streamed via webcam with sound.
The tournament would run as six games over, say, a six month period, to give people a chance to arrange suitable dates for the games with their allocated opponents. Time zones would need to be catered for!
If there is interest, I would be pleased to test the feasibility and and draft some protocols and guidelines, with a view to organising something running from early 2018.
Do let me know if you might be interested in having a go and if you have any experience of playing remotely that might provide useful lessons. If there is interest, I will develop the thinking further.
Do you have a Skype account/separate webcam? If so we could set up a trial and have a go. I believe Skype is free for Skype to Skype audio/video - or it has been in the past when I have used it both nationally and internationally. The charges are for when you want to call landlines or mobiles. I will be getting a webcam for Christmas so if you don't have one, we could wait till then. Have you looked at Tony Aguilar's videos to get an idea of the sort of view I think might work? Tony shot this with his mobile camera although you need a webcan for real time stuff rather than recording.