About five years ago I ran a contest thread where we identified the most influential person in human history (Winner: Isaac Newton). It’s about time to revive that idea with a contest to identify the greatest events in history, which is where this “Pre-Game” thread comes in.
Here are the basic contest rules:
I have broken up history into 10 separate eras (below), each era with 10-20 events to select from. (I have selected 10, but we may do more (see below))
The game will go in rounds where the contestants job will be to pick the least influential event from each era. For example, if the decision is between “The Rise of Hitler” and “Penicillin is discovered” and you think that Hitler is less influential than penicillin, you would select “The Rise of Hitler”
It is up to the contestant to determine what is meant by “influential.” If you care, my thoughts are here.
Each round will last a minimum of one day, usually scored in the evening (Central Time, USA.) Because of this thing called “life”, some rounds might last for two days as I might not get around to scoring for one reason or another.
Some events (eg, the battle of Marathon) occurred at a specific day/time. Others (eg, the Industrial Revolution, the spread of Confucianism in China, the Slave Trade) are processes where it is harder to decide when they began. We’ll keep the confusion to a minimum, but life is messy like that - calls will have to be made, and once made, decisions are final.
Because I am who I am, and we live in a world where the rise of the West has been the dominant trend in global development for the past 500-1,000 years, the list will be Western-centric. We’re not going to ignore events in China, Japan, or Islamic cultures, however we are not going to try to be “fair” and give each center of civilization equal weight. This is the thread to debate this subject, if you wish, but not the game thread.
HERE’S WHAT I NEED FROM YOU
I don’t know what to do at the end - do we have rounds where the different eras face off, or do we leave the contest finished once we have winners for each era? PLEASE DISCUSS
I want each era to be equal in number of events. One of the problems of the first thread was that the categories were of unequal size - religious people had 17 people, leaders had 20, etc, which meant that a “final ranking” was not possible. In a later post, I will list the current eras and their respective events that I have come up with. I prefer that each era have 10 events, but if we need to increase this to 15 or 20, we’ll do so… but we need to make sure that ALL eras have the same # of events. Why? Because I’m anal that way, that’s why.
If you don’t like the inclusion (or exclusion) of an event, PLEASE TELL ME WHICH EVENTS YOU WOULD TAKE OUT (AND ADD). Don’t do one without the other!
- Any other suggestions. They may be implemented, they may not.
Following this post will be the list of 100 events I have come up with. Have fun tearing my work down by saying “How, in the name of all that’s Holy, could you forget…!”