WinterTourn 2016 (November 7 - January 29)
1) Registration and Tournament Schedule
• Eligible players (see Rule 3) may sign up until Sunday 6th November 0900GMT by stating their participation and GMT Timezone in the WinterTourn 2016 Registration Thread: (http://forum.strateg...7-registration/)
• Registering for this tournament is considered acceptance of the Rules, and a registration is only considered valid if a player states their GMT Timezone
• Multiple registrations by one player are strictly forbidden. Additionally, a player's account must not be accessed by anyone other than the player, which includes use of the forum and private messages
• Any player who registers for WinterTourn 2016 may not register under another alias for any other Tournament run by TC in the 2016/17 Season (with the exception of the BackStabbers tournament)
• The Double-Elimination tournament (see Rule 2) is scheduled to start on Monday November 7th and is scheduled to conclude by January 29th
• The tournament duration will depend on the number of entrants (eg 8 weeks for up to 16 participants, 10 weeks for up 17-32 participants, and 12 weeks for 33-64 participants)
• Premier Bracket games will be played in Weeks 1,2,4,6,8,10,12 etc
• Rehabilitation Bracket games will be played weekly from Week 2.
• Each round of the tournament has a strict curfew, so there will be no delays (see Rule 4)
• If a player has a Question or a remark about the general functioning of the rules, this can be communicated in the Questions Thread (http://forum.strateg...ertourn-201617/) TC also welcomes constructive feedback which can be provided in the Suggestions Box (http://forum.strateg...uggestions-box/)
2) Tournament type
The tournament type will be a random-drawn Double-Elimination tournament, consisting of two brackets - ‘Premier’ and ‘Rehabilitation’. The following link shows an Example Bracket for 42 players (http://challonge.com...?ref=ZIuw85RN8p). The draw will be random, provided as a function of challenge.com
The exact tournament structure will differ depending on the number of participants. Players interested in this can replace the number ’42’ in the top link above.
Players eliminated from the Premier Bracket are NOT eliminated from the tournament, but instead proceed to the Rehab Bracket. Only once a player is eliminated from the Rehab Bracket will they be eliminated from the tournament.
The tournament final will be the Champion of the Premier Bracket versus the Champion of the Rehab Bracket. Note that if the Champion of the Rehab Bracket is to win tournament, this player must win two games (without losing) against the Premier Bracket Champion.
3) Who is eligible to play?
All non-banned players ranked at ELO 250 or higher at close of registration are eligible to register.
A player may also enter if their ELO is below 250, provided that they have participated with that account in any previous tournament organised by TC or WCO.
Any player that was disqualified from SpringTourn 2016 or Champions League 2016 will not be eligible to play (although TC will consider this on an individual basis should you wish to appeal).
4) Arranging a tournament game
Arrangements for Tournament games will be conducted via the Private Message facility on Stratego.com. Both players will be contacted by TC so that game arrangements can begin. TC will send a new PM for each round.
Each player must provide availability in the form of ‘Starting Time Ranges’ (STRs). Each player must provide 3 VALID STRs (see Rule 5) BEFORE THE CURFEW of each round (see Rule 7). The broader the ranges, the easier it will be to make arrangements!
5) What is a Starting Time Range, and when are STRs considered valid?
A Starting Time Range (STR) consists of a range of 2 hours in which a player can start the game. Each player must provide a minimum of 3 VALID STRs for each round. (Exception: Once a game becomes arranged, a player is no longer obligated to provide 3 valid STRs).
Proposed STRs are only valid when fulfilling each of the following conditions:
A. Each STR must be of a minimum length of two hours (For example, proposing Tuesday 20.00-22.00GMT would mean a player is available to start a game at 20.00GMT, and his latest availability to start a game is 22.00GMT.)
B. Each STR must be communicated in GMT, and use the 24 hour clock (No am/pm proposals). For help finding your time difference from GMT, visit http://www.greenwichmeantime.com
C. Each player must propose the three valid STRs in the relevant Private Message thread sent by TC for arranging each game.
D. A game may NOT start later than Sunday 22.00GMT in the week in which it is scheduled. If the game is in a two-week round this Sunday refers to the later week. (For example, proposing an STR of Sunday 20.30-22.30GMT is not considered a valid STR, as this passes the cut-off point of Sunday 22.00GMT)
E. A player’s proposed STRs may not all be on the same day – they must involve at least two separate days.
F. Each STR proposed by a player must not begin within 6 hours of the time that it is proposed, in order to give their opponent adequate notice. (For example, a player may not propose an STR of Monday 15.00-17.00GMT if at the moment of suggestion the time is already Monday 09.01GMT or later)
Whilst TC will help out wherever possible by highlighting when STRs are invalid as they do not fulfil the above 5 requirements, it is the sole responsibility of the player to ensure that this requirement is met. (see Rule 11 for absences). Visiting the forum to check PMs is the responsibility of the player, and players are encouraged not to rely on e-mail alerts.
6) When is a game considered “arranged”?
A. A game is considered arranged if one player picks a time already offered by his/her opponent and states this in the PM thread. 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 20.30GMT) and not an entire range (19.30 – 21.30GMT) for the match to be considered arranged. TC will confirm (where they can) when a game is arranged within the PM thread, but confirmation is not required by TC for the game to be scheduled.
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)
B. 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 PM thread that they are about to play. (Note that any game, if not already officially arranged, 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.
7) When is the Curfew, and what are the consequences for missing the Curfew?
The Curfew is the deadline in each round by which three valid STRs must be provided by each player. (Note that if an arrangement has already been reached by the Curfew, players are no longer obligated to provide 3 valid STRs). The Curfew for each round will be Thursday 23.59GMT. (If the game is in a two-week round this Thursday refers to the later week). Note that TC reserves the right to introduce an earlier curfew, should this be necessary to keep the tournament from delays. In any case, the curfew for each match will always be communicated in the relevant PM thread.
If a player has not provided three valid STRs by Curfew, they will receive a Yellow Card (see Rule 14). Two Yellow Cards results in disqualification from the tournament.
If a player receives a Yellow card, but is not disqualified at Curfew (because it is that player’s first offence), then the game will be automatically arranged (see Rule 9). If a player is disqualified at Curfew (because it is that player’s second offence), then his/her opponent is automatically awarded the victory.
8) What happens if both players have provided 3 valid STRs, but there are no valid game arrangements?
If both players have posted 3 valid STRs (in accordance with Rule 5) by the Curfew (Thursday 23.59GMT) but there is no matching time, then the game will be automatically arranged (see Rule 9).
9) Automatic Arrangements
In the event that no arrangement has been reached by Saturday 09.00GMT, then TC will automatically arrange the match for Sunday 15.00GMT. This is on the condition that the automatic arrangement does not require a player to start the game earlier than 0800 Local Time, or later than 2200 Local Time.
If a player is operating in a timezone that has a time difference relative to GMT of GREATER than 7 hours, TC will shift the game (backward or forward) until the automatic arrangement falls within 0800-2200 Local Time. (For example, a player operating in GMT-8 will not be required to play on Sunday 1500GMT, but at Sunday 1600GMT. Equally, a player operating in GMT +8 will not be required to play at Sunday 1500GMT, but at Sunday 1400GMT).
In the event that a player and his/her opponent differ in respect to each other’s timezone by MORE than 14 hours, and it is not possible to play the match on Sunday GMT-afternoon, then the default time will be set to Sunday GMT-evening, with the specific time communicated in advance to both players.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Players may still MUTUALLY agree to play their game at a different time, as long as this game starts no later than Sunday 20.00GMT, and as long as this mutual agreement is reached before the automatic arrangement time.
10) 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 20.10GMT for a 20.00GMT match is considered late as 10 minutes have elapsed).
Any player who does not show up for an arranged match within 10 minutes, for any reason, will be automatically given a Yellow Card. Two Yellow Cards results in disqualification from the tournament (see Rule 14).
In the scenario whereby a player has not shown up at the arranged time, AND the arranged time of the match was BEFORE Friday 23.59GMT, then the game will automatically be re-scheduled in accordance with Rule 9.
In the scenario whereby a player has not shown up at the arranged time, AND the arranged time of the match was AFTER Friday 23.59GMT, then his/her opponent is automatically awarded the victory.
Note that if a player has already received a Yellow Card and is late or does not show up for their match, this player is automatically disqualified from the tournament, and his/her opponent is awarded the victory. (Exception: If being late would result in a player being disqualified, this player is granted a reprieve only if their opponent is willing to re-schedule the match AND the match is completed BEFORE Sunday 23.59GMT)
11) What happens if a player is absent, or cannot make the default time for automatic arrangements?
If any player is aware of an absence that may make it difficult or impossible to post availability before the Thursday 23.59GMT Curfew, they must inform TC of this absence BEFORE Monday 23.59GMT (of the relevant gameweek) AND provide TC with their availability for that round.
If any player is aware of an absence that may make it difficult or impossible to provide the required 3 valid slots, then please be aware that due to time constraints TC will be extremely hesitant to cannot grant any extensions as these may delay the tournament.
If a player cannot make the default time for automatic arrangements, this must be communicated BEFORE Wednesday 23.59GMT of the relevant gameweek, in order to provide TC with sufficient time to attempt to co-ordinate an alternative default time. In this scenario, TC will require both players to provide two valid weekend STRs, which do not require their opponent to start the game earlier than 0800 Local Time or later than 2200 Local Time.
Please note that in this event TC will do their best to find an alternative arrangement, but their opponent is NOT obligated to meet the alternative times.
12) Reporting Results and Screenshots
After the match has finished, the game result may be reported immediately in the Results thread (http://forum.strateg...201617-results/) with a screenshot of the victory screen. TC would appreciate the defeated party confirming the result in the results thread, and if the result is not disputed then a screenshot is not essential. However, we would still ask all players to take a screenshot of the victory screen in the event that their opponent does not confirm the result. For information on how to take screenshots please visit the following link: (http://forum.strateg...shot#entry34786)
When providing screenshots for the Results thread, please respect the set-up privacy of your opponent, who may not wish their exposed remains to be published. Note that where a screenshot is required in the case of a dispute (see Rule 15), the entire screen must be captured.
If there is no screenshot provided, and the two players are not in agreement about the result, the match will be replayed and automatically arranged for Sunday 15.00GMT (see Rule 9).
In the event of a draw/tie, players should re-match IMMEDIATELY. If that is not convenient, they may alternatively both decide to replay the game on a later occasion.This agreement should be communicated to TC at the conclusion of the first game. If the time of the re-match is not communicated, the re-match will be automatically arranged for Sunday 15.00GMT (see Rule 9)
Please note that in this scenario the time of the re-match must not be later than the cut-off point of Sunday 20.00GMT.
A game already arranged may be cancelled by a player, but only on the following conditions:
A. A Minimum of 6 HOURS notice must be provided for a cancellation to take effect. (If the game is scheduled to occur on Thursday 21.00GMT, notice of cancellation must be communicated via the relevant PM thread BEFORE Thursday 13.00GMT).
B. Any player who cancels a game already arranged must provide three replacement valid STRs (see Rule 5) in the relevant PM thread at the time of cancellation.
If either or both of conditions A. or B. above are not fulfilled then the match will still be considered cancelled, but this player will receive a Yellow Card. Two Yellow Cards results in disqualification from the tournament (see Rule 14). In the absence of three valid replacement STRs the game will be automatically arranged for Sunday 15.00GMT (see Rule 9)
PLEASE NOTE that after Saturday 22.00GMT (in the week in which the game is due to be played), that cancellations are not permitted due to time constraints. (For example, a player may not wait until Sunday to cancel a game arrangement). If a player attempts to cancel a game after this cancellation deadline, this request is automatically denied and the game will continue to be scheduled for the arranged time. This player will still receive a Yellow Card.
TC does understand that players have lives outside of Stratego, and that players may need to cancel a game last minute due to emergencies. In these cases TC will use their discretion. If a game is cancelled last minute, and TC grants an extension, this extension will likely not be longer than a few days, so that the tournament is not delayed as a result.
14) Yellow Cards and Disqualifications
A player can expect to receive a Yellow Card in all of the following instances:
• Where a player has not provided three valid STRs by Curfew (see Rule 5) (Exception: Once a game becomes arranged, a player is no longer obligated to provide 3 valid STRs).
• Where a player does not show up for an arranged match within 10 minutes. (see Rule 10)
• Where a player cancels an arranged match without providing a minimum of 6 hours notice. (see Rule 13)
• Where a player cancels an arranged match without providing three valid replacement STRs. (see Rule 13)
• Where a player attempts to cancel an arranged match, once Saturday 22.00GMT has already passed (see Rule 13)
A Yellow Card will also be shown to any player who is in violation of the Tournament Forum Policy (see Rule 18). Note that depending on the seriousness of the infringement as judged by TC, as player violating this policy may incur automatic disqualification.
Any player who is shown two Yellow Cards will be automatically disqualified from the tournament.
This disqualification takes effect at the time of the infringement. This means that this player’s scheduled opponent for that round is automatically awarded the victory. A player disqualified from the Premier Bracket will NOT proceed to the Rehabilitation Bracket.
Yellow Cards will be WIPED from a player’s record once four weeks have elapsed from the time the Yellow Card was awarded. (For example, if a player is awarded a Yellow Card on Monday May 16th 21.00GMT, then this Yellow Card will be wiped from their record on Monday June 13th 21.00GMT)
Players disqualified from WinterTourn 2016 will NOT be eligible to participate in the Masters Divisions 2016/17.
Note that disqualification does not apply to a player who WITHDRAWS from the tournament (See Rule 16)
15) Disputes and Disconnects
If a player is booted from set-up, the game must immediately re-start.
If your opponent claims they were legitimately booted or disconnected once the match is underway, then TC will leave the decision to replay the game to the players involved. If both players agree to re-play the game, then the result is officially declared a tie, and players must re-match IMMEDIATELY. (see Rule 12)
If only the disconnected/booted player is willing to replay, then TC will independently assess whether the game SHOULD be replayed. In this scenario the winning player may NOT simply claim victory, but MUST instead provide a screenshot to aid the independent assessment of TC, who will then announce how to proceed. Time constraints may dictate whether the game can be re-played. Players must respect the decision of TC, which is final.
A player may withdraw from the tournament, at any time, by informing TC.
17) Tournament Ranking Points
All participants, except those disqualified, will earn Tournament Ranking Points (TRPs). These points accrue throughout the 2016/17 season and will be used to determine entry in the Masters Divisions 2016/17. For full information on Tournament Ranking Points and the 2016/17 Season please visit this link: (http://forum.strateg...n-announcement/)
The 2016/17 Season schedule can be seen here: (http://forum.strateg...ament-schedule/)
18) Tournament Forum & Battlefield Policy
TC operates a Forum & Battlefield Policy concerning behaviour on the battlefield and on the forum. Any violation of any of the following will, depending on the seriousness of the infringement as judged by TC, incur a Yellow Card or disqualification from the tournament. TC may remove any posts that violate this policy.
• All players are equal and should be treated that way. Discrimination of any form will not be tolerated. (Forum threads which discuss religion are exempt from Rule 18)
• Bad language or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. Even mild forms of bad language - those not considered particularly offensive, are still considered extremely unsporting.
• You are only allowed to record a match if you receive permission from your opponent prior to starting the game (with proof of agreement required if necessary). Please respect the decision of your opponent. The only exceptions to consent are that you may film the sequence of moves needed for proof of Double-chasing, Draw-refusal, Prolonged chasing or intentional time-wasting.
• Double-chasing, whilst allowed within the programming of Stratego.com, is NOT allowed; counter-chasing is accepted.
• The Draw-refusal policy is in place, and TC will judge cases. Players found guilty of Draw-refusal will at the very least, forfeit the match.
• Prolonged chasing or intentional time-wasting is not permitted, and TC will judge cases.
• Personal comments of an insulting nature directed at TC will not be tolerated. (TC does welcome constructive feedback – which can be provided in the Suggestions Box (http://forum.strateg...uggestions-box/)
• Public accusations, insinuations or suggestions of deceitful or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. (If you believe an opponent has cheated or been abusive in any form, this must be communicated to TC PRIVATELY, not publicly via the forum)
19) Unforeseen Circumstances and Rule Changes
Though TC 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 TC are final.
TC reserves the right, where they deem it necessary to:
• Provide additional rules
• Make specific demands of players, such as requesting additional STRs
• Extend leniency to players in regards to the rules where they feel the tournament will benefit from such leniency
20) Guidance and Extensions
Due to the tight tournament schedule, TC do not plan to grant extensions in most circumstances. For this reason, and to allow for the possibility of ties, players are advised to schedule their games as early as possible in the week, and not leave them until the last moment. With this in mind, broader STRs are recommended and much appreciated.
As mentioned in Rule 13, TC does understand that players have lives outside of Stratego, and that players may need to cancel a game last minute due to emergencies. In these cases TC will use their discretion. Should TC grant an extension for any reason, this extension will likely not be longer than a few days, so that the tournament is not delayed as a result.
21) Tournament Committee 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 sevenseas steelers TheOptician
22) And Finally…..
If you like, have fun. If competitive battle is your thing, then this is also the right place for you. Stratego lovers of all types are welcome. If you feel like you need to communicate how lucky your opponent was, then we suggest you keep your sour grapes to yourself. If you feel like congratulating your opponent after a match, or noting some great sportshumanship, then please feel free.