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#1 TheOptician



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:54 PM

RULES for Masters Divisions 2015/16



1) Sign-up period, start time, and tournament schedule
• Eligible players may sign up until Sunday 21st February 23.59 GMT by either stating their participation in this thread (http://forum.strateg...16-invitations/) or replying to the PM in which their invitation was issued.


• The Divisions tournament will start on Monday 29th February and finish by Sunday 1stMay 20.00GMT - a tournament duration of 9 weeks whereby each player plays every other player in their division at a rate of 1 game per week.


Division games will be FIXTURED (1 a week) with the Fixture List published at the start of the tournament. If a player is absent and therefore cannot play a game in a particular week, they MUST inform TC before this gameweek begins, so that TC may re-schedule this match for a different week. Please bear in mind that this tournament is only 9 weeks long and due to a tight tournament schedule TC are unable to accept any delays.


If players are unable to meet these game requirements they will be WITHDRAWN from the tournament.



2) Tournament type
The Tournament type will be a Divisions Tournament, whereby each player plays one game against every other player in their Division. Players are awarded 6 points for a win, 3 points for a draw, and 1 point for a loss. The Division winner will be the player with the highest number of points. (In the case of ties, the player with the most points gained from the head-to head record concerning those players who are tied will finish highest)




3) Arranging a tournament game
TC will open a forum topic for each Division. (There will not be forum topics for each match). Participants should post their availability in this thread. The broader the time slot, the easier it will be to make arrangements! In order to keep arrangements transparent for TC, please refrain from making private arrangements and instead use the forum thread available.


4) Proposing Availability


Please propose availability in the format of 2 hour slots, using the 24 hour clock, in GMT.


Providing a 2 hour slot indicates that you can start the game at any time within the time range provided.


For example, proposing Tuesday 20.00-22.00 GMT would mean a player is available to start a game at 20.00GMT, and his latest availability to start is 22.00 GMT.


If no arrangement is reached by Friday 23.59GMT the game will be scheduled for Sunday 14.00GMT.


Players MUST have posted three valid slots by Friday 23.59GMT of each gameweek that they are due to play a match.


If a player has not posted three valid slots by Friday 23.59GMT, this player will be given a ‘Strike’. Three Strikes’ results in DISQUALIFICATION from the tournament.



5) When is a game considered “arranged”?


 A game is considered arranged when one player picks a time already offered by his/her opponent, and states this in the Division topic. This is on the basis that the proposed start time does not occur within the next 24 hours, thus ensuring their opponent is given reasonable notice. Note that a player must pick a start TIME (eg 20.30 GMT) and not an entire TIMESLOT (19.30 – 21.30 GMT) for this to be considered arranged.


If a player picks a time already offered by his or her opponent that occurs within 24 hours this is NOT considered arranged. Note that this doesn’t mean the match cannot be played at that time if his/her opponent agrees - it just won’t be considered arranged until the match begins.


A game is also considered arranged if both players meet online and decide to play there and then. In this scenario, both players must post in the corresponding match topic that they are about to play. (The game becomes officially arranged as soon as it begins).


All games must be played on the Stratego.com site as unranked games. Players must enter the Challenge Zone so that their presence can be proved if necessary (especially important if an opponent does not show up). We urge all players to make a friend request of opponents using the game site (preferable as soon as the opponent is known) so that they can challenge in unranked battle. If there is a problem or someone is not able to arrange an unranked game (because of bugs or otherwise) please consult a member of the Tournament Committee


6) What happens if a player does not show up at the arranged time?


If a player’s opponent has not appeared in the Challenge Zone chat room within 10 minutes of the arranged time, that player MUST post the absence in the match topic, attaching a screenshot (of the Challenge Zone) for proof for TC review. (Note that appearing at 20.10 GMT for a 20.00 GMT match is considered late as 10 minutes have elapsed). That player MAY then decide either to claim victory or to decide the match be rescheduled (if there is time). This decision MUST be made at the same time and posted in the match topic with the screenshot.




Any player who does not show up for an arranged match within 10 minutes, for any reason, will be automatically given a ‘Strike’ (whether or not his/her opponent decides to claim victory). Three Strikes’ results in DISQUALIFICATION from the tournament.




7) What happens if a player is absent for a few days?


If any player is aware of a sustained absence that may make it difficult or impossible to post availability during the tournament, they must inform TC in advance of this absence.



8) Results: Wins, draws, and proof


After the match has finished, the game result should be reported immediately in the corresponding forum topic. This may be done by linking to a screenshot of the result, but it is sufficient if BOTH participants report/confirm the result immediately following the end of the match. For information on how to take screenshots please visit the following link: (http://forum.stratego.com/topic/649-easy-guide-how-to-take-and-upload-screenshots/page-2?hl=screenshot#entry34786)




If there is no proof as provided in ways mentioned above, and two players are not in agreement about the result, the match will be replayed and automatically scheduled for Sunday 14.00GMT.


9) Cancellations


A game already arranged may be cancelled in the following ways:




A.      A game already arranged can be CANCELLED, without agreement from their opponent, but only with a MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS NOTICE.  This cancellation will take effect only if a player posts notice of cancellation in the forum topic. 




B.     If a player cancels an existing arrangement without giving their opponent 6 HOURS NOTICE then this player will automatically receive a ‘Strike’. Three ‘Strikes’results in DISQUALIFICATION from the tournament.






10) Disqualification and Strikes




‘Strikes’ will be shown to players for showing late, not showing to an arrangement, failing to provide timeslots, and for cancelling games without a minimum of 6 hours notice. Three ‘Strikes’ results in DISQUALIFICATION from the tournament.



A player may also be disqualified or shown a ‘Strike’ for violating the forum policy (see post below).




11) Fair play and sportsmanlike conduct
The Tournament Committee (TC) has a Fair Play Policy concerning behaviour on the battlefield and on the forum. This policy can be found at the bottom of this page. TC can provide additional rules or post directives (in general or to specific players) if needed.




12) By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and accept the Rules (including The Policy, in the post below)




13) Tournament Committee members and judging
Tournament Committee members can participate in this tournament but those members may not act as judges in cases where they are directly involved.

The Tournament Committee consists of:
Mr Smith, SymmeTric, sevenseas and TheOptician.




 Though we aim to have covered all possible eventualities, in the event that anything unforeseen occurs not covered by the rules, the TC will rule on these issues using their best judgement. All decisions made by the Tournament Committee are final. 




14) Most of all: Have a great fun experience! (Note: This is not strictly a 'rule')






Tournament Fair Play Policy


The Tournament Committee maintains a fair play policy concerning behaviour on the battlefield. First and most important: All players are equal and should be treated that way. So we created a set of very clear rules and kept them as short and simple as possible. But with that comes some extra responsibility for participants: 


Double-chase is NOT allowed; counter-chasing is accepted


You are only allowed to record a match if you receive permission from your opponent prior to starting the game (with proof). Please respect the decision of your opponent; the only exception is that you may film the sequence of moves needed for proof of double-chasing.


 In the case of a system bug, once the game has begun, your opponent may decide whether to accept the win (this is legal only in-game - if the bug occurs during setup the game is not considered to have started) or to start the game over. This decision must be respected by all players. The draw-refusal policy is in place, and TC will judge cases.


Abusive behaviour incurs automatic disqualification.




We also maintain a strict Forum Policy:


Insinuations and unneeded remarks towards other players will not be tolerated anywhere


Match topics are reserved for the participants and TC, and are primarily to arrange and confirm games and to report results


Players should regularly check the forum and their private-message (PM) inboxes, and react to any specific requests made by TC.


If a question comes up, TC will handle it (especially more promptly if directed straight to TC), and if there is a remark about the general functioning of the rules or suggestions it should be put in the Questions Thread (http://forum.strateg...visions-201516/)


Players are RESPONSIBLE for proper forum use.


These principles are in place to be as transparent as possible with ALL players. Please respect others and have fun. 




Any violation of this policy may lead to disqualification, even a tournament and/or forum ban. TC will hide or move posts in case of violation of these rules, and original posters will be contacted. 

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 05:53 PM

TC guidelines on the default time:

Sunday 1400gmt is currently set as the default time for games which do not reach agreements by Friday 23.59gmt. However, if due to your timezone, playing at 1400gmt would either require you to play earlier than 0800 locally, or later than 2200 locally, please inform TC now of your timezone and we will arrange an amendment to the default time, should this need arise. This applies to any player who is in timezone GMT-6, -7 etc or GMT +8, +9 etc.

TC guidelines on extensions:

If both players have provided three valid slots by Friday 23.59 GMT deadline, and additionally one player has explicitly expressed (prior to the deadline) that they are unaware to make the default time on Sunday, then TC will either grant a 1 week extension for this game or re-schedule the game to another week.

TC guidelines on re-scheduling:

If you envisage being unable to provide valid availability for a particular gameweek, please notify TC of your need to re-schedule before the gameweek begins (so by Sunday 23.59gmt of the previous gameweek) - please do not wait until the gameweek in question has begun to make this notification.

When a player requests for a game to be re-scheduled TC will out of courtesy ask their opponent if they have a preferred week to re-schedule the game. If their opponent has no preference then the player who made the request will be asked for a preference. If neither player has a preference then TC will suggest a week for the game to take place.

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