For what it's worth, the first croco-puzzle ladder match started one year ago today. Many thanks to everyone who has played on the ladder at any point, especially those who came in at the start and have stuck with it ever since. I am rather charmed that, one year in, the current champion is the original lowest-seeded entrant.
To be honest, I think it's become pretty evident over the year that the entertainment-to-effort ratio has not been what we had all hoped for, and I get the feeling that the ladder becomes less fun once you've been at the top, as there's nothing left to do. People have suggested alternative match generation schemes, and I think there may be something there, particularly in the concept of three-way matches, but there has been so little movement in terms of people joining the ladder and giving new blood to compete against that there isn't a reasonable match generation algorithm in sight that wouldn't have generated a lot of repetition over the year. At least this has generated a pleasing proportion of tight, exciting competition.
So, with this in mind, please consider the ladder to be on, say, six months' notice before we put the game back in its box for now. (If there's a rapid influx of new UK talent, I'll think again; if people drop out more quickly then that then perhaps we should draw things to a natural conclusion sooner rather than later.) I have thoughts about other similar competitions that could be run somewhere down the line which would hopefully fit more naturally into people's lives - and, of course, there's no reason why I should be the only person to run a ladder. If someone else wants to learn from this year's experience and run a ladder, they'll find the players - me for one!