I'm trying to ponder how (or if) to move this thing forward. It's turned out to be more of an unwieldy beast than I had anticipated.
My biggest hurdle lies in the immediate future: I'm retiring from the USAF in the next few weeks and moving from Hawaii back home to Alaska. That means several things directly related to the BPRL:
First, my computer will be packed up in 2 weeks. I have an iPad for online stuff, but there's no way to do any league work on it (course development, spreadsheet score tracking, etc.). I have the third month's course just about ready to go, but nothing beyond that.
Second, I am enrolled in the University starting this fall. Right about the time my computer (and rest of my worldly possessions) is delivered, I will be jumping in to a full time student status (15 credit hours). Holy Schnikies! My free time is going to equal just about zero.
Sooo... at the moment, I'm not sure that this is something I can continue with, and definitely not on my own. I appreciate a lot of the work that Teson has been putting into this as well, especially with adding the aircraft and race times to the spreadsheet. But, does that mean that we can roll this boulder forward as a team effort, with others contributing as well?
I would like to see the BPRL continue. I feel it's pretty unique in the type of varied flying challenges it provides.
I'm willing to help out where I can.
For example, I can take over the task of updating the spreadsheet. That would take some of the regular burden off. Would be a pleasure. I'm looking at the flights of the other pilots anyway, so not that much additional work.
If needed I could also come up with a proposals for a circuit for one of the next months.
The main question is whether other pilots are interested to continue the BPRL (as is), and whether we can grow this thing (though 7 participants isn't too bad either compared to other MP events I've participated in).
It's your baby, so I'll go with whatever you decide, but just wanted to let you know you don't have to handle this alone.
I think the BPRL is a very unique and enjoyable concept, and I'd hate to see it go. So, if I can help in any way, you can count me in (I'm a programmer, and I might be able to automate certain logging tasks).
As far as the growth is concerned — *something* probably has to be done on that account, as currently we're shrinking, with no new participants showing up; so to keep this going we'd need to figure out what people like, or dislike, about the current state of affairs.
The BPRL was and is a wonderful creation you have here, along with some of the most beautiful FS scenery (either addon scenery or default) and geography on Earth to fly around in, so I would really hate to see the BPRL go away also.
That stated, you must do what's right for yourself and your family, in other words 'taking care of Number One'...real life matters always comes first...in the final analysis, this whole FS thing is only a game anyways...
If that means that the BPRL has to go on hiatus or on a limited schedule for the future (until you have the time and resources to commit to such an in-depth well-thought-out project as this), then so be it. I would certainly think that everyone here now understands what you're up against, and wouldn't hold any negative thoughts if going this route was to be the case.
As far as any ideas? I can't offer any viable help, as compared to the others here have offered already. I'd certainly be glad to try to help in any way I can, but I'm not really sure of what I could do.
Maybe for the time being, simply extend the scheduled event start/end time for any future upcoming events. Instead of an event ending in one month, make it run for two months, or even three months for that matter. Keep this routine going until you find more freed-up time to dedicate to the BPRL. -this would keep those of us already here somewhat involved, and still leave a door open for any new future BPRL pilots to join in. (It's better to have 30 or 50 percent of something, rather than a 100 percent of nothing...)
Like the others here, I'm behind you no matter which way you choose to go, or what you decide. Thanks.
I was waiting to see how effective I would be on "iPad only" mode. It turns out, not at all. My PC was packed up this past weekend, and I will be moving out of my house next week - won't be on a plane out of here until July 1st, so it will be hotel living for a couple of weeks.
At this time, I am unable to effectively do anything with the league - to include scoring June's races or developing courses for the rest of the season.
I'm willing to grant rights to things (forums, website, excel tracking sheet), and lend expertise to, anyone willing to take on any of the chores.
I feel bad that I got this started but am unable to continue moving it forward. Whether or not I can jump back in in 3 months after getting set up at my new house is iffy with the new full-time college gig coming up.
Thanks, Kris... I've set you with owner privs on both the forums and the website. I think it was you who mentioned "automating" stuff... if you want to move this off of Google Sites, feel free. That just seemed like the easiest CMS at the time, but not a lot of automating ability with it. I've also set you up with edit rights on the GDocs spreadsheet, in case you need it with the current setup of the website page pulling some of the data from the spreadsheet.
Unfortuantely, I cannot give you or teson "ownership" of the spreadsheet, because it's on my Google Apps account, and you can only transfer ownership to another Apps user within the same domain.
Jimmy, sorry to hear you're stepping down (for some time I hope !). But real life always comes first. With Kris' help I think we will keep the league going.
Kris, thanks for picking up the banner ! I was hoping you'd speak up. Of course I'll help wherever I can - updating the spreadsheet is currently no work at all with the limited number of pilots flying.
Yeah, I figured we'll have to do our own now. I've done a couple yesterday, to get the ball rolling, and you said you had some in mind already as well, so I've set up this new forum where we can make course suggestions.