Internet Table-Top Rally Championship 2019-2020
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Apologies for the late publication of this Championship Summary; other things interrupting the world and the Crow's activities (see below).
The Thalamorph and Breckland rally results are now final.
Congratulations to the podium placements:
I judge the success of a season's TTR by how much has been
raised for charity. With £3,000 donated for 2019/2020 it's been a
pretty good year. Almost twice the earnings from the previous
season. 125 (2019/2020) paid competitors to 60 (2018/2019), but
below the peak of 2017/2028 (£5,000 and 189 paid). My thanks to
everyone for their generosity.
Hardly any Route Card gremlins; the
setters did a great, self-sacrificing job and allowed me to
concentrate on administration and coding matters. I am very
grateful for their efforts.
Here's the Roll of Honour for the season:
Combined Plotting & Real-Time
With income of £3,000.49, £3,000.00 paid to charities, fees still due to Google, and no sponsorship, there is no money available for awards. In the past I have paid for these personally, but the costs, particularly when postage is added, is more than my pocket can accommodate. However there are two awards to present:
The CrowKup Trophy
The Rookie Reward
System-wise there's a lot going on. The Portal and Forums will have more functionality, but the biggest change will be on the mapping side.
The current Ordnance Survey mapping host (called OpenSpace) has been earmarked (by OS) to be replaced for a few years now. There's no current deadline for its demise, but I have been gradually converting the TTR software to the new host (called OS Maps). The OS vector and street maps will disappear, but in their place will be other scales and map styles, including 1:25000. Plus, testing has shown that the delivery of these on-screen maps is quicker and more reliable.
For many years my geocaching software has also been using Google maps and Open Street maps. I'll be including these in the TTR software to add more variety to the plotting and real-time challenges.
Expect all the above changes to be available for the next winter Championships, assuming I and the world survive the current crisis.
BUT, here's some immediate news ...
I'm working on something now called La Slog a parody of the famous Le Jog rally. I'm hoping to roll out the event in April. It will run from Land's End to John o'Goats over 100 Legs; each leg will be about 20-30 miles long. Most of the legs will be Plotting Legs and very straightforward. You'll be given the start and end controls and a few via points, which will be pre-marked on the map or will be basic instructions like spot heights. You'll have to tackle the legs in sequence. They will become available on a daily basis, so should keep you active for over three months.
I'm probably going to set the entry fee at around £50. And of course all the fees will be donated to the usual four charities. The charities are suffering in the current climate and need an injection of funds.
There's a lot of work involved in bringing this to you. If you intend to take part (or rather at least pay the entry fee), please register for the event. Keep checking the TTR home page for an announcement. DON'T PAY YET. Unless I get at least 50 committed-to-pay registrants, I won't run the event and don't want to hassle of refunds.