So yeah, firing a ruleset this big from my hip within 24 hours was maybe not the best idea…
The shrouded pricing theme was my attempt on giving the thing a new twist, but what I realize when I look at the rules now is that I basically implemented the twist as the core mechanic and what should be the core mechanic as a mere modifier to what is essentially a blind guessing game (in hindsight, this seems like much less of a great idea than I initially thought…), so maybe the problem is not the concept itself, but rather the priorities.
Seeing as some of you apparently do want for things to be shaken up a bit, what would you guys say if I altered the rules in such a way that this will be first and foremost a beauty pageant, but retained a somewhat unpredictable pricing scheme, albeit with much less of an impact on the scoring, adding an element of uncertainty to just push you out of your comfort zone a little, with styling criteria being the dominant part of the scoring system?
I guess midday today will not be possible at this point - I’ll try to come up with a new ruleset quickly, but I will be careful not to rush it this time around.
As for a pricing spreadsheet, I can do that, it’s probably a way better idea than detailing the rules. I would keep the heritage value as a “mystery modifier” and adjust the weighting of the price in such a way that it will be very unlikely to throw anyone out of the competition on its own.
Would that be ok with you guys?