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Author Topic: Slot Allocation RFP request  (Read 54 times)

Offline dmoose42

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Slot Allocation RFP request
« on: September 25, 2018, 02:11:03 AM »
16 June 1974

Peanut Airlines would like to announce its full cooperation with the German government in GW #4 in investigating price fixing schemes by multiple German airlines at several key German airports that have prevented Peanut Airlines from having as many routes to FRA as it would desire. It is planning on petitioning the government to allow for unlimited slots at all airports so that people can do whatever they want to do whenever they want to! Why should Tulip and Owl get all the slots. We deserve some!

More conceptually, Peanut Airlines is currently struggling to understand the purpose of the slot system in AWS. For better or worse, it as has been effectively been removed as a constraint for the vast majority of airports, and for the few airports that have some element of slot constraints (LHR, FRA, LIN, HND), over the course of many game worlds, there is repeatedly incentive for airlines to stretch the rules to ensure they can access as many slots as possible at these airports. In some cases, clear violations of rules have been identified, and in other cases the rules have been stretched. Inherently, this conflict results from a slot system that is set up to reward skirting the rules as the benefit of being able to establish more routes outweighs the 'small' risk of noncompliance and being 'caught'.

There have a number of feature requests on this topic over the years, and a lot of ideas have been floated to resolve this system, most of which revolve around airport infrastructure ideas. However, in context of the CBD project and other refinements, the slot system has been largely unchanged for years. As a result, Peanut Airlines is formally requesting the Secretary of the United Nations (SAMI!) to issue an RFP for detailed proposals to outline a revised approach to airport infrastructure. In the spirit of continued improvement, Peanut Airlines announces the following outline with suggestions and requests feedback from Sami for more specific guidance to help design these potential features. dmoose42 would note that he wrote significant portions of the manual regarding the updated accounting revisions several years ago and would be interested in taking on this project. See proposed approach below.

Organizing principles:
1. Any changes to game structure should be designed in a transparent way that achieves the objective with minimum complexity.
2. Any changes to the game structure should be designed to enhance the striving aspect of the game, and provide players with interesting choices.
3. Allows for fair access and opportunity that rewards players' efforts, but also provides opportunity for newer players to unseat incumbents.

One Potential Gameplay mechanism to be fleshed out and evaluated. All numbers below are purely illustrative and have not been balanced for gameplay purposes.

One option: Sami has spoken about the revisions to the infrastructure ratings for airports and the ability to make them more dynamic. One option would be to incorporate this infrastructure rating with some of the terminal ideas. Specifically, the number of slots available to airlines not based at an airport would be tied to the infrastructure rating (infrastructure rating of 1 may equate to 5 slots an hour, where a rating of 2 may equate to 10 slots an hour. These slots would be EXCLUSIVELY allocated to airlines not based at an airport. The capacity of the airpot could also increase or decrease over time depending on usage (but any downgrades in infrastructure size would take a long time ~ 10 years?)

For airlines based at this airport, they would be allocated slots that they would be their assigned pool. This would be based on terminal development. The airline may start out with terminal size 1 (5 slots) and can upgrade over time. These upgrades would increasingly cost more money and time for the upgrade to complete (i.e., increase from size 4 to size 5 may be 20 billion and take 4 years to construct). These slots would be allocated solely to the player who built that terminal.

Pros: removes the necessity for airlines to hoard slots for most situations. For highly trafficked airports, natural growth of the airport would provide additional slots to airlines not based in that airport (similar to current system except it would be based on traffic rather than a perpetually increasing number). Airlines are encouraged to expand their operations in their airport to build the most efficient airline possible, but allows for a more thoughtful approach rather than a 'grab as many slots as quickly as possible' approach.

Cons: Some complexity from a game balance perspective (but no different than CBP and other changes over the years) and potential data storage challenges as the slot storage structure will have to change from a single set of values per airport to the available slots would depend on the airline in question. An airline based in that airport that has used all the daytime slots may only have nighttime slots available, but another airline could have an entirely different set of slot options available to them.

Additional complexity could be added (if desired) by adding quality components (quality of terminal, decay over time and necessity of updates, etc.), but Peanut thinks that these are secondary in nature to the base framework.

We request that Sami approve this RFP request, and if approved, all airlines to submit their input. One thing we really want to encourage is transparency in the mechanisms. There have been observations around the 4th fleet penalty and other mechanics that aren't fully documented. However this process goes, we want to make sure that the manual clearly outlines the game mechanics for all players.

Thank you for your consideration.

dmoose42
CEO Peanut Airlines

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Re: Slot Allocation RFP request
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 02:48:25 AM »
Solution: make slot costs for based airlines exponentially more expensive as they near saturation points or charge per addtl per flight fees for holding those slots. Exempt guest airlines (1 or two flights to) from this.

 

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