Most people will have set their challenge settings to something they are comfortable with. I set mine at 40 as a guide but for me i play lots of people regularly and normally add people to my buddy list once i have played them more than 5 times or so. For these guys i dont mind adding a few games on because i know they will play quickly or just because we have good banter during the game. Trying to make a challenge to someone can be a bit of a knightmare for something that should be straight forward.
NicolaiS and i have played more times than i can remember. we hadnt played for a while and i wanted to challenge him to a game. i challenged and found that he was up to his limit. i messaged him so he tried to challenge me i forgot i was also up to my limit. i said i would love to play and he added a game because he said he could always make room for me. Two messages later we were up and running.
It is also the case for people who only except mimium ratings i normally waver between 1100 & 1200 but i want to challenge my buddies and they know i can compete because we have played before but my rating might be slightly below the minimum 1200 they have set. i am sure in a lot of cases they would except the challenge even though i am slightly under miinimum requirements.
It got me thinking, if i have people i will play no matter how many challenges i have or whatever their current rating may be cant i just recieve and offer challenges of people on my buddy list without having to go through this message and negotiation all the time. If i like it enough to add them to my buddy list surely any challenges received or offered should automatically be recieved. (it means that all settings would be void for these players only).
It could work that any challenges sent by buddies are greyed out until accepted by you (you could wait until you are at a limit of games to accept it, so it would not effect your number of games you are happy with) but at least you would be aware one of your buddies wants a game without having to send 4 messages to get the game up and running. you could also decline the game in normal challenge fashion.
It would encourage people to make the use of their buddy lists more and might be an option only workable if you are both noted as buddies.
Be interested to know your thoughts ???? i hope it makes sense.
Crocster (The Nearly married)