I'm pleased to see that this turning out to be a widely read and very active tournament.
Kudos to you all for getting in their and posting on time and making the most of what every dabater knows isn't always a good deal.
Special props to EvilBat, Tuning Spork, Justin Oldham, and D.E.M. who have all rocketed out of the gate at 3 times the required pace, finishing a
round and a half in a day.
Only one fighter is late. Absent is 1 hour late, but more importantly, hasn't been online in over 3 days. I hope he's OK and wish him well, but we
Absente is disqualified. Hikix will enter the tournament and will argue the pro side of our
Planet of the WHATS?
debate. The fighters in that debate will be U2U'd with new
instructions in a few moments. Hikix will have 24 hours to make his opening statement from the time that I send the U2U.
Planet of the WHATS?
seems to have struck a chord. With no posts in that debate yet,
it boasts 12 flags and nearly 1,000 views. Most first round debates don't get that much attention even by the time they are finished. I encourage all
ATSers to check it out.
And last but by no means least, one could not possibly miss the distinct atmosphere of 1st round debates in progress. We've got our quietly confident
and our shell-shocked, and members who would trade a thumb for a new topic (afterall, I don't push anything but space bar with my thumbs- they are
the least useful finger).
Hang in there. Some of you are doing a lot better than you think. Without naming names or topics, I can tell you that a few of you who probably think
you are losing have chances to pull off major coups if you strike hard on the right aspect of your opponent's argument- air-tight cases are a very
Don't feel hedged in. If you can find a way to stretch your topic or take a new angle on it, you can- make all the wiggleroom you can for yourself.
Earlier I saw an excellent duel shaping up between one of you who was doing a good job of playing it safe with his topic, and an opponent making a
very respectable effort to stop him.
For those of you who suffer from low morale however, rest assured of two things: 1. The topics for the next round are being intensively discussed, and
you have a very strong advocate in that discussion who has offered some outstanding ideas, many of which will be taken.
2. We do accept ideas from paticipants. Give us parameters or specific targets and we will dicuss them and they may well show up in this tournament or
in future debates.
Keep it up guys- I'm honored to be a part of this with you all.