Disclaimer: Having little to no knowledge of coding limitations, these are purely ideas based off 'this would be nice', so suggest and modify as you will.
I've been trying to run a jousting activity, but there are a few problems:
a) People say that the non-arena jousting is almost completely random and really only dependent on mount level, so assuming you're all trans Riding (which most people who can joust are), then it only boils down to luck and your mount. It gets kind of boring if everyone is jousting with whatever the highest-levelled mount is purely to win (I have no idea what it is).
b) Out of arena jousting is a lot of fun, but currently only available in Delos. I know @Tecton said he was working on it, but I'm sure the current event must take precedence. It also doesn't really solve my other problem c):
c) In arena jousting is sort of an isolated incident - let's say I want to host a jousting tournament in my subdivision house, or somewhere in the city that makes sense. It would be great for people to be able to do other things while the main people joust - bet amongst each other, cheer for their jouster or heckle the opponent, eat/drink, so on and so forth - so to give it a very tournament-like atmosphere, instead of everyone crowding around the arena and having to arenawatch one or the other to see what is actually happening. You can't do anything while you're arenawatching, either, and the contestants can't hear you until they come out of the arena. It would be nice to be able to host tournaments outside of the arena, too.
I know that the new arena jousting takes lance stats into account, which makes for a greater variation on winning probabilities. I'm not sure how it's coded in, but if it were possible, it seems like a good compromise between the two extremes (greater RP creative freedom but uninteresting jousting vs less creativity but more interesting jousting) to have out-of-arena jousting take into account lance stats. In-arena jousting would still have the advantage in terms of pure fun (because you can spur, brace et al to influence the outcome too, and it uses a point system that allows come from behind victories), but it would at least provide some variety for out-of-arena jousting and make it more viable as an activity.
Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!