Scheduled games would be super handy for a variety of purposes. For live commentary broadcasts, the producer has to wait for the game to start, then find the game, before showing it on the stream. If it could be scheduled in advance, that would make a huge difference.
Would be handy to create a more formal setting for online live tournaments, too; if the clock starts right when the game is scheduled to start, there’d be more pressure to start on time. IDK maybe some people would hate that, but it might be worth trying out
Well, I’m not suggesting this as a general thing. Only for more formal settings, to more closely mimic an irl tournament. Also I’d assume there’s still that five-minute first move buffer, and there’s always the option for either side to pause to allow for the other.
I’d like that, especially for official games.
We get forum posts, but not always and not always on time.
Banners are usually on time, but they’re not reminders.
I’d like a “final game starts in 30 minutes” so I know not to start a live challenge or a drama episode. Or even “tournament starts in 30 minutes” or even better “rengo challenge from January starts in 30 minutes” .
I don’t follow content creators on streaming but that’s part because that’s another platform to follow (not for lazy me) but a scheduled OGS notification could lure me.
The design itself is wrong. Ther is always an important delay between the start of the game and the time you join, even with a careful admin around for announcement.
The game could be created before being started (clock frozen) so people could gather in advance, streamers prepare their stream…
Maybe simply put an option to pause the game at creation in the create game panel (disabled by default)
In my experience, this doesn’t really work. It requires that people follow instructions maybe for a single match, but since players have to manually create their own matches in coordination with their opponent, I can’t imagine this working practically on any larger scale
But what if it were a “Rengo” game where the organiser kicked themselves out leaving only the two players playing? I’ve no idea if the challenge can still be started in the circumstance but it could be a be workaround to enable someone to organise a game for others…
To add to this fantastic suggestion: something like Calendly https://calendly.com/ for OGS games would be amazing. It would be such a boost to quality of life, especially in tournament games on Discords and communities