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Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-02-09 01:01 PM EDT (US)         
Ladies and gentleman, I am proud to announce that Heavengames will host the...

OFFICIAL 1 vs 1 PBEM TOURNAMENT 2009

Officially starts September, 2009...

You will find information and requirements regarding your sign-up for this tournament in this thread. Also, feel free to ask questions, dispute rules, etc... in here.

For news, and more fun issues regarding the tournament, please visit the Tournament News Station.

Current sign-up list
- Swolte
- Timelord
- SMUki
- Morgull666
- Albinscott
- Black_d1 R
- Necromagi R W D
- Oleg123
- Enginerd
- Naeco ^ R
- Spiceant
- Torso
- PawelS
- Charx
- JamesEde
- MrLifford88 R WW ^ R W
- LordDuck
- Vicbrother R
- Reapagan R W D
- Troy Locker
- luke811 R
- orangeknite1 R
- Xalarun R WWW D
- Toth R
- Costa
- badborre_dk R
- Cranberry
- Hatstand Withdrew
- ZombieEater
- Zerge R WW D
- Sapphoenix
- Vovy

R= Reminder
W = Warning
D = Disqualified


Count: 30 contestants.

WHAT(FOR) IS THIS TOURNAMENT!?
This is a yearly play-by-email tournament played on small 1v1 maps here at Heavengames (the standard v1.4 rule-set). Former champions of such tournaments have been Waterfly, JWorth (guess he counts), and Swolte. Winners are allowed to proudly wear the title in their sigs (see mine, below... ).

Less important, but still worth mentioning, is that the second and first place can win an official Heavengames cap (only a few in the world - image will follow). The winner will also get a $25 gift certificate.
As a special category, the best 'logger' (as chosen by the 5 judges) will also win a cap!

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE SIGNING UP?
** On average (!), you need to be able to play at least one turn once every two days. If there are absences longer than 7 days, you are recommended to not participate.
** You need Shadow Magic and the latest unofficial patch v1.4. installed.
** Before you sign up, you must have read, and agreed to, all the rules as posted below.
** You must be of good sportsmanship. Where there are winners, there will be losers. Remember that it's a game and the main goal is to have a good, exciting time.

If you agree/fulfill all of the former, sign up by posting in this thread and sending me (swolte at gmail dot com) your email and forum name!

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

Rule 1 - Function of Judges.
There will be 5 judges, consisting out of Swolte, Timelord, Engineerd, Chowguy, and Naeco.

Function:
* Exceptions and additions to any rules can be made at the judges' discretion if situation asks for it.
The rules can be expected to remain relatively fixed.
* Any ambiguous dispute with the organization or opponent players may be resolved by the judges' voting where normal rules are not sufficient.
* Provide scores for the best logger category (judges may not vote for themselves). These scores will be determined on frequency and quality of the logs as determined by each judge.
* Rule 'winners' in situations where games takes too long, or ambiguous situations current rules do not cover.
* Judges may request information on game progress. Failure to reply to judges requests within 2 days may result in the withdrawal of the tournament.
* Note: judges may also be players. In case of a conflict of interest and involvement, particular judges may not exert their rulings. Also, if the parties involved feel the judge would have a conflict of interest, this judge will not participate. Non-playing members of the community may also be called upon as judge.

Rule 2 - Playing rules
Standard Houserules and Optional rule #2 (Migration trick) will be in effect for the tournament games. You are required and assumed to have read and understand them. Breaking of the rules and cheating may result in consequences ranging from your removal from the tournament to an immediate ban from the forums, depending on the severity rule-breaking.


Rule 3 - Availability and reliability
You are required, and a have a responsibility, to keep your tournament games at a good pace. You HAVE TO log each turn (posting only 'ts' will do*). By not logging, you are subjecting yourself to tournament warnings, which may disqualify you.

Unless notified in thread, turns should be sent out once every 48 hours (at minimum!) from the last time your opponent logged. Please be reminded that its your own responsibility to keep track of the turns.

If player does not comply: For the first time, the player may receive a tournament reminder if he/she is late and hasn't given notice. This reminder will be accompanied by an email. If player does not respond within 24 hours to this email, he/she will receive a tournament warning.
Reminders will only be sent out once in a tournament round. After this, subsequent lateness will result in a tournament warning.
Not responding (in thread or by email) after a tournament warning within 48 hours may result in this player being forced to forfeit the game. Three warnings will automatically mean a disqualification.

With notice, a 7 day period of absence is allowed. However, without notice, your game will be forfeit through the above-mentioned cycle of reminders and warnings.

If a game holds up the tournament for too long (as decided by the judges), a game may be decided by studying the latest save-game and declaring a winner. This may be the case if 80% of the other tournament games are finished.

APPEAL: The communication rules are applied automatically. If you believe you had valid enough personal circumstances which did not allow you to communicate (e.g., post one message saying you will be late), you can appeal. The judges will take your reasons into account and see if the decision can be reversed.

* Do note that a prize can be won for the best logger!


Rule 4 - Password Protection
You MUST password protect your turns (explanation here), and you MUST send the password to Chowguy (chowguy at heavengames dot com). This is VERY important as it help people from accidentally opening your turns.

Rule 5 - Issues with map balance
The maps that will be used in the tournament can be downloaded here. They have been pondered over by experts and tested multiple times to make them as balanced as possible. Complete balance is often an illusion so we ask you to keep this in mind. Do check the maps out if you are concerned about balance.
These maps are still subject to change. Comments about them can be made to the organizers ONLY BEFORE matches on those maps start. This is your own responsibility! After this period, you are assumed to have agreed on starting position.
Final maps will be uploaded at least 2 days before the matches.

If, within reason, no agreement can be reached on a to-be-played map (2 days before the match begins), a different map may be used on which you, and your opponent, CAN find agreement.

Rules 6 - Tournament schedule: the Swiss system
The first round will use a relatively unknown system (Swiss format) which allows us to have a tournament starting with 30 contestants.

For the first round in this tournament players are randomly set up against each other. Each player will play 3 different maps and encounter 3 different opponents (thanks to Enginerd for making the excel sheet which computes this all). A victory will get you one victory point, which will get you your base ranking. After all games are played, there is a subranking based on the scores of opponents you have played. If you have played opponents who have won matches from other players you will receive more subranking points. This will determine your final ranking.

In the end, we will choose the 16 best ranked contestants and will do simple elimination rounds with them until the final. For the second elimination round, the highest ranked player will be paired with the lowest rank player, the second highest with the second lowest, etc... If two players have already played against each other, there will be a switch.

IMPORTANT: it is possible that contestants will have the same final rank at the 16th best player range. In those cases, we will look at those people who are similar (usually 2 or 3) in this order:
- Have they had direct contact in a match before. If so, this will determine who goes first.
- Those players who have had official tournament warnings will fail.
- Add all the Opp rank scores of the players they defeated. The one with the highest score will get priority.
- Add all the Opp rank scores of the players they lost to. The one with the highest score (who was beaten by better players) will have priority.
- Do the same as the above two steps, but instead of Opp points, use the final rankings of the players.
- Lastly, the judges will do a lottery.

WHAT IS THE PLAN?

Once the sign-up is closed, it will take approximately a week before the tournament will start (September):
- Feedback on the maps (and rules, if needed) will be incorporated.
- A schedule will be made depending on the amount of players. For now, the plan is to start with pools of 4 players where the best 2 will go on to the next rounds. This means that you will play 3 games simultaneously. These will be elimination rounds to the final.


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008

[This message has been edited by Swolte (edited 10-17-2009 @ 11:36 PM).]

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Oleg123
Member
posted 08-12-09 08:44 AM EDT (US)     26 / 110       
Swolte, will the players be allowed to customize spheres/ wizard traits/ starting race?
If the answer is not positive, then maybe the spheres, for the very least?

Spell check failed - not enough mana
Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-12-09 09:08 AM EDT (US)     27 / 110       
Nope, these settings are all fixed as they may lead to big balance issues on certain maps.


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008
Oleg123
Member
posted 08-13-09 02:46 AM EDT (US)     28 / 110       
I thought the whole point of competitive games was to eradicate balance in one's favor
IMHO, such tight frame leaves too much of the players' individuality out... Well, whatever, I belive you know what is the best.

Spell check failed - not enough mana

[This message has been edited by Oleg123 (edited 08-13-2009 @ 02:58 AM).]

Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-13-09 09:57 AM EDT (US)     29 / 110       
I do mean that the choice of initial settings (spheres, etc...) can tip the balance. This requires some map knowledge and studying, and I would really like to minimize this, as well as comments like 'I lost because I should have chosen the water sphere on this map. I didn't have time to study the map as much because...'.
Another, more practical, reason is that its logistically more complicated to do. I would have to record everyone's settings. Wait until I have all information and everyone has consent. People may want to switch in between. I have to set up 20+ Wizards before we start and make no single mistake. Doable, but a pain to organize...
Lastly, and most importantly, most of the time the settings have been carefully chosen by the mapmaker to influence the gameplay (and balance) in a interesting way. This is what can make the difference in gameplay between a good and a bland Tournament map. It is part of trying to find the strength and weakness of each Wizard.


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008
Troy Locker
Member
posted 08-13-09 05:51 PM EDT (US)     30 / 110       
Sign me up!

I'm rusty and out of aow-form, but hopefully not for long.
black_d1
Member
posted 08-13-09 07:24 PM EDT (US)     31 / 110       
Hey Swolte, just noticed that there's no actual link to the explanation of how turns can be password protection (rule 4 in your original post).

Could you please post the link to the thread?
Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-13-09 07:53 PM EDT (US)     32 / 110       
Wow, Troy... that's been a long time! Going to make it to the final again?

Black_d1 - thanks for pointing out. Will do! Done!


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008

[This message has been edited by Swolte (edited 08-13-2009 @ 08:35 PM).]

Luke811
Member
posted 08-14-09 11:16 AM EDT (US)     33 / 110       
Sign me up

What tastes like chicken? Precious ? Yes !
Chicken does, but so does turkey. It means they are all
against us, how else would explain such an inconsistency ?

You ,you're against me, at least I know that.

The universe smiles wicked, hungry smile at us, but through bars, mind you.
orangeknite1
Member
posted 08-16-09 07:33 PM EDT (US)     34 / 110       
yay i get to be in a tournament i hope i win
Xalarun
Member
posted 08-17-09 05:01 AM EDT (US)     35 / 110       
im new to pbem but can you sign me up anyway
msn---ha-ha(at)live(dot)co(dot)uk the msn is part of it
vicbrother
Member
posted 08-17-09 08:32 AM EDT (US)     36 / 110       
Ok, I'm new with PBEM. Is here somebody ready for a short match? Please send an email to
aow at vicbrother dot de

or chat with me in Skype
victorphilipp
morgul666
Member
posted 08-17-09 08:51 AM EDT (US)     37 / 110       
the tournament would be the perfect platform to learn all about pbem, donīt you think ?
(The more experienced players would love to see some newbies whom they could mercilessly overwhelm in the first round, lol )

Author of the following maps for AOWSM:
Version 1.4: DEMONWARS II (Transcendence & Immortalis)
Version 1.3: (also playable in 1.4) Gates to another World 1.4
><-><-><- Planning replaces coincidence by error. -><-><-><-
Toth
Member
posted 08-17-09 10:21 AM EDT (US)     38 / 110       
hey, i'd like to sign up aswell, though i must admit i'm a newbie aswell, so if someone wants a practise game PM me
Costa
Member
posted 08-18-09 06:45 PM EDT (US)     39 / 110       
Count me in! Long time since I have played, but this will be fun...

malteols1@yahoo.com
Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-18-09 10:28 PM EDT (US)     40 / 110       
This is an announcement that we will have a maximum amount of 32 contestants. The sign up will automatically close when that number has been reached. Even if it is before the weekend!


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008
badborre_dk
Member
posted 08-21-09 00:52 AM EDT (US)     41 / 110       
Im in folks. Been playing AOW since the beginning of time so take care out there

bjoernborre at gmail dot com

BB

[This message has been edited by badborre_dk (edited 08-21-2009 @ 00:54 AM).]

Bluebaby
Member
posted 08-21-09 02:48 AM EDT (US)     42 / 110       
Ok, here is my sign-up, too.
Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-21-09 09:53 AM EDT (US)     43 / 110       
Looks good! From this moment on, the tournament sign-up can be closed ANY MOMENT when we have reached an even number!! It may be later today or Saturday.


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008
Cranberry
Member
posted 08-21-09 10:01 AM EDT (US)     44 / 110       
I'll join in if there's still room for me!

Cower before my masterskills *evil grin* (/sarcasm off)
Bluebaby
Member
posted 08-22-09 00:47 AM EDT (US)     45 / 110       
So sorry, Swolte, but I have to revoke my sign-up here. My real life issues in September just don't allow for the high playing speed that is set up. I prefer watching. Cheers!
Swolte
AOWH/AOW2H Seraph
posted 08-22-09 01:50 AM EDT (US)     46 / 110       
Very well. Room for one more... who is the last!?


Get the unofficial Patch v1.4. here!
My best AoW-Sm map: Drums of Death (This is the multiplayer version; for single player, or AI use different version)
Other proud AoW-sm maps: The Key of Kharzul, The Fight for Light, Waikiti Island, Goldrush Mountains
My proud AoW2 maps:The River Arne
Coordinator of the v1.4 and v1.5 patchteams, Seraph of AoWHeaven, PBEM Singles Champion 2008
naecO
Member
posted 08-22-09 04:44 AM EDT (US)     47 / 110       
We could and should have had more participants, a lot of currently active players are not very interested in 1v1 maps or having preoccupied business during the Tourney.


Tired of manually receiving/sending your PBEM turns everyday ? Try out Dave's PBEM Wrapper!
hatstand
Member
posted 08-22-09 01:08 PM EDT (US)     48 / 110       
I never said I wouldn't sign up. Count me in.
ZombieEater
Member
posted 08-22-09 05:58 PM EDT (US)     49 / 110       
If you need another player (I saw a cancellation above) sign me up. Otherwise, I'll wait for the next tournament.

It is roaming the depths in eternal hunger, devouring all and everything, far from the light, lost in the shadows, alone, wandering, searching, evermore...
zerge
Member
posted 08-22-09 07:52 PM EDT (US)     50 / 110       
wanna in. \o/
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