Okay, first of all, this isn't just yet another of the Masters of the Bull Board clones. This tournament is entirely separate from that. This is an on-going ladder tournament, played over rpsgame.com. You can take part in this tournament whatever your personal opinion is about which if any of the MotBB tournaments are the genuine article.
I considered setting up a tournament with a league format, or round-robin, or regular knock-out tournaments, but the fact that not everyone is online at the same time makes all of those a bit of a nightmare to run. Either some matches will take too long, or some players will be twiddling their thumbs too long. Either way, not so much fun for everyone.
So, I propose a ladder tournament. This allows players to play matches when they want to, and is also a good format for an on-going tournament (though there will be prizes along the way! Prizes I tell ya! Prizes, albeit to be determined what exactly the prizes are).
I initially proposed to run this over Facebook, but not everyone may want to register on Facebook. So I'm proposing to run this over rpsgame.com, which means anyone can take part as long as they have an email address.
The rules of the Bull Board Ladder Tournament are simple:Registering
1. Registration is now open. Anyone can take part in the ladder as long as they meet the following two conditions:
(a) he or she is a member of the Bull Board, and
(b) he or she has an email address and/or rpsgame.com username
To register for the tournament, send me a message with your email address and/or rpsgame.com username.
2. Players who register in the pre-tournament registration period will be randomly placed
in the initial ladder.
After the ladder tournament begins, any new players who join the ladder start at the bottom of the ladder. So sign up now!Match Format
3. Matches are best of seven - first to four points wins the match
4. Matches are played over rpsgame.com, and the challenger sends the first throw. After the challenged player responds to that throw (by clicking on the email, and choosing their first throw), they then click the 'challenge...' link and choose their second throw. Play continues to alternate along those lines.
So, the sequence goes:
Challenger sends first throw challenge - challenged player makes his throw
Challenged player sends second throw - challenger makes his second throw
Challenger sends third throw... etc. Making Challenges
5. You can challenge either of the players 1 or 2 places above you or below you.
6. You can only issue 1 challenge at a time.
7. If you lose a challenge, you cannot challenge the same player again until you have challenged someone else.
8. To make a challenge, first, announce your challenge by posting to this thread.
Then, you can immediately begin the match by sending a challenge via rpsgame.
9. Challenges are based on rankings when the the challenge is announced.
For example, if the ladder is:
1 = Bob
2 = Cob
3 = Dob
4 = Fob
5 = Gob
then Gob can challenge Fob and Dob (but not Cob or Bob), Fob can challenge Dob or Cob (but not Bob), Cob can challenge Bob or Dob, etc... Receiving Challenges
10. You cannot refuse a valid challenge.
11. If you are challenged by two other players, the second challenger's challenge is postponed until the first match is completed.
So, you will only be playing in at most two ladder games at once - the challenge you made, and the challenge you accepted.
12. The winner should message me or email me with the throws from the match to make the result official. (Players may wish to save their rpsgame.com emails in case of dispute.) You're also welcome to provide updates during the match (at the end of each set for example) if you want to keep people updated with how your match is going. I will update the ladder rankings as soon as I receive the results of the match. Forfeits
13. You can claim victory by forfeit if your opponent takes more than a week to make a throw, although hopefully players will rarely take that long!Ladder Movements
14. If you beat someone higher-ranked than you, then you take their spot, and they move down a spot (along with any other players in between you).
15. If you beat someone lower-ranked than you, then you move up one spot.
16. Rankings movement is based on the rankings when the match ENDS.Awards and Prizes
17. While the ladder is intended to be an on-going competition, prizes will be awarded every now and again. The WRPSS Strategic Forces Department is sponsoring this tournament. Winners will be decided quarterly, on June 21, September 21, December 21, and March 21.