QUOTE(Blink @ Apr 18 2010, 08:06 PM)
I agree strongly with some of the other players about removing handicapping. It kills the gameplay because when you win/lose you don't know if the other player is better or if it's because they had nicer garbage.
TTC just wants everyone to have fun, so beginners have a shot at winning and the experts don't get bored by winning every game. Maybe, though, the bronze/silver/gold/platinum divisions suit that purpose already.
There's something to be said about "complete information" games (which TF rejects by taking past performance into account and handicapping). Making handicap mandatory seems silly if you look at other games. Imagine if in these games the official rules stated:
In Chess, the better player has to start with one less rook.
In the 100 meter sprint, the worse player starts at the 80 meter line.
In Basketball, the worse team starts with ten points.
Sure, if it's voluntary, great, but making it mandatory is like trying to get equal outcomes no matter your skill. If I wanted equal outcomes (opposed to equal opportunity i.e. fair play), I'd play "let's flip coins and see who wins."