The original topic can be found here for reference.
Wednesday 15th - The First Order Of Business
We have thirteen teams this year, so the very first thing we're going to do is get rid of one of them. This will be done by one member from each team playing on the infamous Shrooms map from the Luxtober 2005 Tournament of Champignons (make sure it's installed!) with 5 'Empty' robots. The time it takes to win the map will be recorded. The slowest team is eliminated. Each team representative will be asked before they play whether they would like to play once or twice. They are not allowed to change this decision based on the results of the first game. If they play twice, their average time will be used - so this can either screw up a great first time or improve a bad first time. The groups below will be balanced at four teams each based on these results. Teams not representing will automatically disqualified, if more than one team doesn't show up or two losing teams have the same God-awful times, it'll be decided by a roll of my special weighted dice.
All games will be 3 vs. 3 or 2 vs. 2 vs. 2 on the Luxtoberfest Survivor map (same countries, continents, and connections as regular Classic - again, make sure you install it!) with the following settings - 5,5,5 cards with a 0% continent bonus, random countries and a 45 second timer.
Groups & Teams:
The teams have been split into 3 qualifying groups (which I've tried to balance somewhat) as indicated by colour...bear in mind that until the Shrooms elimination detailed above, these groups won't be 100% accurate.
Team A : djdee, Meron, Digital Jihad, Trinkett, Qwert, JAL
Team E : 3DA, Pascaline, Fane, The Wontrob, Dominator, n00less cluebie
Team H : deep blue, jelly, BigSausage, Odelay, Enokrad, whirlplaid
Team I : Big Will E Style, Marauder, MathiasEE, Pars, Supergood, mofo
Team B : C-Rex, General K, Nimrod7, Deuce, MaW1028, Grozoth
Team C : MissChaos, SnyperEye, Precious, Mike, *Manimal, SecondTermMistake
Team J : Lantern, TazzyGirl, Frost, Kain Mercenary, Beetroot, cheech99
Team K : NN-Grim, Crimsonhosking, Captain Murphy, Oshman, Sir Isaac, Cortes
Team D : mud, magpie, minorking, blind willie, hoodie, Dangerous Beans
Team F : Packman, Michelle, Scad, Drifter, jwd, tech1
Team G : Mazza, soundboy, Eric the Great of Antarctica, The Tide, Thetan, GYPCOUNT
Team L : CrazyWoman, Rated Insane, Naraku, Kostbird, Micella, Mr. M
Team M : compton nick, Zainster14, ZMaster, thogg, sruck, deez nuts
In all games throughout the tournament with the exception of the finals, the winning team will nominate a member of the losing team. The nominated player (who must have played at least one match for their team) is in limbo and may not play any further games for their team. Like last year chances may arise allowing players in limbo to complete individual tasks that may earn them a place back onto their teams - details of this are of course top secret and will be announced privately at the appropriate time to the players concerned.
Only one team will move forward to the finals from each group, together with the highest ranked second place team. There will be a minimum of 6 games per group, each team playing a single game against each of the other teams in the same group. This means each team will play at least 3 times, which makes a good team turnout in these Group Stages especially important - for each game you lose, you lose a team member. Scoring is simple - 3 points for a win, 1 for a loss, 0 for a no-show. This means that there is a (slim) chance of qualifying from your group just by showing up with a team and playing. Top scoring team qualifies for the final - in the event of ties, a sudden death matches will be played.
Thursday 16th 7pm GMT+1 until whenever :
All Group One games.
Friday 17th 7pm GMT+1 until whenever :
All Group Two games.
Saturday 18th 7pm GMT+1 until whenever :
All Group Three games.
Sunday 19th 7pm GMT+1 until whenever :
Any and all players in limbo are returned to their teams. Finals will be held between the winning teams from each group, plus the highest ranked runner up. Again, each team will play each other team once, with the same scoring system as before. Playoffs will be held as necessary in the event of ties to determine the medal positions.
Missions will be PM'ed to all team members just prior to each game here on the forums. It's important that all members of all teams have valid forum accounts and can check their PM's when instructed to do so. A mission can be completed by an individual player, by all, or any part of a team. Missions may vary, but might include such things as :
- - Hold North America & Australia for 3 rounds
- Hold Europe & Australia for 3 rounds
- Hold 30 visible (30+1) armies in both Madagascar & Japan for 2 rounds
- Hold 30 visible (30+1) armies in both Madagascar & Iceland for 2 rounds
- Hold 30 visible (30+1) armies in both Iceland & Japan for 2 rounds
- Hold any 25 countries with at least 3 visible (3+1) armies on each
- Hold Europe, Africa & South America for 2 rounds
- Hold Europe, Africa & Australia for 2 rounds
- Hold 10 visible (10+1) armies on each Capital City (see the map for details)
- Hold 10 visible (10+1) armies on each Red Star (see the map for details)
- Kill player X from the opposing team
- Hold Asia for 2 rounds with at least 5 visible (5+1) armies on each country
- etc, etc.
Unless the mission specifically requests it, you are not allowed to kill a member of the opposing team - if this happens, the team that made the kill loses by default. So think before you click! Any player with only one territory must attack for a card. This means we can't get into a stalemate situation. It goes without saying that there should be no disclosure or hints on mission objectives in the game chat. This obviously defeats the purpose of the game and puts your team at an immediate disadvantage. I strongly suggest the use of IM software for discussing team tactics during games.
Finally - any questions or points needing clarifying, please post them here or PM me and I'll answer all questions. It's highly possible I've missed a possible situation or overlooked something. The same goes for problems with scheduling, etc...two groups want to switch their group stage games, etc. Otherwise, I'll see some of you on the 15th