I like the idea. I'm sure it would help speed things up.
However, I find that at larger wars where you don't know everyone, picking teams the "old-fashioned way" is the BEST means for learning names quickly.
Now that I think about it, you could simply have everyone write their first name and username onto a 3x5 card, then those could be shuffled and dealt before each round to make teams. That way you can accomplish both without wasting as much time.
I'm not sure how the bead method would take forever with over 10 people. Having each person grab a bead would take just as long as handing everyone a numbered tag. I guess counting the beads might take a little bit, but you would have to count the cards as well. Plus I thinking calling out numbers would be a nightmare simply because you will have to keep the chatter down from all the people on the field so they could hear their number called.
I say line them up draw from bag, turn bead in for team band... start game.
I'm sure there are a dozen ways to speed it up, thanks for posting your idea.
They only have to receive a tag or have the number written on their hand once.
Beads would require everyone to draw before every round, which would be far more time consuming than just calling out half of the numbers.
If you want them to hear, just speak up.
Do whatever you want. I'm sticking with cards.
Edited by CaptainSlug, 21 June 2009 - 11:23 AM.
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