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Welcome to the BGG Star Realms League!
This thread is for the eighth season of play, Gold Tier, Dreadnaught Division.
Following are the league rules:

CHANGES TO THIS DOCUMENT (i.e., "read this even if you've played in this league before")

- The default position for league play for Gambits -- at least for this season -- is OFF. If, however, two players agree to use the Gambits expansion in their league match, I have no objection to that.

- When a match is over, it is not necessary to allow the winner to post the score. When the loser opts not to post the score, it greatly increases the likelihood of the score (or even the result) being forgotten. Therefore, both players should make an effort to report the result (though, of course, if it has already been posted by the time a player goes to do so, it is not necessary to double-report).

- There will be prize support in this season. Each tier will have available to it one prize -- generously provided by White Wizard Games. The Platinum Tier winner will have first choice of prize, followed in turn by the champion of the Gold, then Silver, then Bronze Tier.

The prizes are:
- playmat with the art from Mothership (1 available)
- Gambit Set (2 available)
- Battle Screecher and Megahauler, plus sticker with the Star Realms logo (4 available)

The champions of each tier will be determined as follows:
- Platinum: normal
- Gold: top 2 players from each division in a 4-player tournament
- Silver: top 2 players from each division and 2 wild cards (third- or fourth-place finishers with the best records) in an 8-player tournament
- Bronze: top 3 players from each division in a 12-player tournament, in which the winner of each division will receive a first-round bye

Each of the tournaments will be one game per round.

Prize support will continue going forward for as long as White Wizard chooses to provide it. If you like this idea and want White Wizard to continue, head over to this link to let them know: http://www.starrealms.com/contact-us/.



ROUND STRUCTURE

- A round begins when the standings for the round just finished are posted along with the pairings for the next round. (For the first round, the round begins with this post.)

- The maximum duration of a round is 72 hours (rounded to the next morning, CST). Of course, matches that are not completed within the 72-hour timeframe will still count once they are completed.

- Each round will be played discretely. In other words, players will not generally "play ahead" by playing matches against divisional opponents in quick succession.


DIVISION STRUCTURE

- The duration of the season is 11 rounds, as each player will play each other player in the division once.

- Standings will be posted upon the conclusion of each round.

- Standings are determined by a player's record of wins and losses.

- Though points scored are also tracked, they do not have any bearing on the standings. The only uses for the "points differential" (i.e. the difference between the points a player has scored and the points that player has allowed) are for seeding in certain playoff scenarios and as a randomizer of sorts for assigning promoted and relegated players to different divisions.

- The columns you will see in the standings are as follows:

W - wins
L - losses
Pct - winning percentage (wins divided by games played)
PS - points scored (by the player, including negative points in losses)
PA - points allowed (or, points scored by the player's opponents, including negative points)
Dif - points differential (points scored minus points allowed)


LEAGUE STRUCTURE

- The league is divided into four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

- The tiers are arranged in a pyramidal structure, with a different number of divisions in each tier, as follows:

Platinum - 1 division
Gold - 2 divisions
Silver - 3 divisions
Bronze - 4 divisions

- The top 2 players in every division but the Platinum Tier will be promoted. In other words, if they wish to play in the next season, they will be placed in the next higher tier. (Exception: In the Bronze Tier, the third-place finisher with the best record among the four divisions will also be promoted as a wild card.)

- The bottom 4 players in the Platinum Tier and the bottom 3 players in the Gold and Silver Tiers will be relegated. In other words, if they wish to play in the next season, they will be placed in the next lower tier.

- In the event that there are players who do not wish to continue for the next season of play, the exact number of players being promoted or relegated may be adjusted downward, at my discretion.

- In the event of a tie for a promotion or relegation spot, the players will have a playoff to determine the winner.


PLAYOFF STRUCTURE

2 players: The tied players will play a one-game playoff in which the winner is promoted (or the loser is relegated, depending on the situation).

3 players:
- Each player will play the other two players simultaneously.
- If one player wins twice, the playoff will end (with the appropriate assignation of effects; for example, if it is a playoff for the second promotion spot in a division, that player who wins twice will be promoted).
- If the players tie, a second round will be played in the same manner as the first.
- If the players tie a second time, the tiebreaker will be the points differential within the playoff rounds only.

4 players:
- The players will be arranged into a single-elimination tournament bracket. (The eliminated players will be the winners if playing for relegation or the losers if playing for promotion.)
- If there are two promotion or relegation positions in contention, the final round of the tournament is not necessary.

5 players:
- The players will be seeded 1-5 according to their season points differential.
- Each player will play two matches, and pairings will be as follows:

1 v. 5
1 v. 4
2 v. 4
2 v. 3
3 v. 5

- If all players tie after the first round, a second round will be played with the following pairings:

1 v. 2
1 v. 3
2 v. 5
3 v. 4
4 v. 5

- If all players tie after the second round, the tiebreaker will be the points differential within the playoff rounds only.
- Otherwise, the other two possible finishes are:
-- a) one player finishes 2-0, three players finish 1-1, and one player finishes 0-2, or,
-- b) two players finish 2-0, one player finishes 1-1, and two players finish 0-2
- Relevant reductions will be applied as necessary. (For example, if the players are playing for the second promotion spot, result (a) would end the playoffs with the 2-0 player being promoted, while result (b) would generate an additional two-player playoff between the two players finishing 2-0.)

6 players:
- The players will be seeded 1-6 according to their season points differential.
- The players will be grouped into 3 pods of 2 players each, and pairings will be as follows:

1 v. 6
2 v. 5
3 v. 4

- The winner of each pod (or loser, in the event of a contest for relegation) in the first round of the playoff will proceed into the second round, which will be performed according to a normal 3-player playoff.


REMINDERS, TIPS, & NOTES

- Please check in at regular intervals to BGG -- daily, if possible. It would also be a good idea to subscribe to this thread.

- Please endeavor to play at a good pace. Though there is no system in place for penalizing slow play, if it becomes burdensome to the other players in the division, I may be forced to remove a lagging player from the league.

- When matches are posted, either player may send the challenge.

- When matches conclude, either player may post the result. Screenshots are not necessary. Please include negative numbers. (This score can be found in the game lobby, with the loser's score typically being a negative number.)

- If at some point during the season you anticipate being unavailable for more that a day or two, please notify me as far in advance as you can. In this situation, I am willing to double up games from the rounds you will be absent for so as not to delay the entire division.

- In the event that a player unexpectedly stops responding to invitations or games being played and it becomes apparent to me that the player has abandoned the game, that player will either be, a) replaced (if it is still early in the season) or, b) removed (if it is later in the season). In the event of option (b), all of a player's games will be vacated, including games already played; this means that a player's games already played will not count and that future opponents will have a bye for a round.



If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post them (or geekmail me, if you prefer).



Pairings for round 1:
Dorvan v. (to be determined)
lostdog v. Jigmelingpa
Robodrix v. Selurevad
MaratX v. balsak
Darboh v. Tatsu
Scrooge v. Irish
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I'm happy to play all games with the expansions. Challengers are welcome to start our matches like that.
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Challenge sent to Jigmelingpa
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Hello all, I'm the "to be determined" advancing up. Dorvan, I'll let you send me a challenge when you notice this so you are aware this is a match with me in league and not a random match.
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Challenge sent to Darboh - as gambits. If you prefer to play without, just decline it and send me a normal one
 
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Tatsu over Darboh 11 to -13 (core only).

Darboh's base wall gave me a scare at the end, but for once the needle didn't come out with only the starter cards.
 
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Aweberman wrote:
There will be prize support in this season.
surprise Wow--Remy, nicely done!
Your league commissionership is top-notch. Thanks again for providing us such a fun way to enjoy the game!

Considering the fierce competition in this division I know my chances to win a prize are quite thin --Nonetheless, to everyone in the Dreadnaught Division: Good Luck and Have Fun in Season Eight
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I'm also happy to use gambits this season, so please don't hesitate to activate them when challenging me.
 
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lostdog wrote:
Challenge sent to Jigmelingpa


Lostdog 21
Jigmelingpa -4
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Balsak over MaratX 9 to -4
 
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Selurevad 27
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Good game!
 
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Selurevad wrote:
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Robodrix -9

Good game!
Thought I had the edge with the first big ship buy of Mothership, but your early Imperial Fighter combined later on with a Space Station, Corvette, and Battlecruiser took me down before I could get rolling. I think I should have used my Patrol Mech to destroy the Space Station instead of buying the Blob Carrier--that outpost sat protecting and allying for far too long!

Good game
 
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Two matches remaining in this round:
- Dorvan v. PeterQuill
- Scrooge v. Irish (note: I neglected to mention that Irish has previously stated he will likely be unavailable until the 29th)
 
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I've been on vacation...I should be able to start the match tonight.
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Explains why my challenge has not been accepted!

Will re send challenge on 29th then.

Happy to proceed with next round if it's ready to begin.

Great news regarding the prizes Remy. Thanks.

I have sent a message thanking the prize suppliers!
(I actually also suggested they should be rewarding you for all your hard work)

Thanks
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scrooge82 wrote:
I have sent a message thanking the prize suppliers!
(I actually also suggested they should be rewarding you for all your hard work)


Awesome idea! They definitely should, these leagues definitely keep a lot of interest in the digital game.

Also a good way we all can show our support for Remy's hard work is by tipping him if you see fit. I know he puts a lot of work into this, and does a lot of chasing after people, myself in particular, and we all appreciate your hard work Remy. Thank you as well.



Also, not waiting for Dorvan to accept my challenge, so hopefully we will get our game banged out soon, but I'm cool with starting the next round if you want.
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With the blessing of the players who have not yet finished (well, two of them, anyway)...

Standings after round 1:*

Gold Tier, Dreadnaught Division

Name W L Pct PS PA Dif

Selurevad 1 0 100 27 - 9 36
lostdog 1 0 100 21 - 4 25
Tatsu 1 0 100 11 -13 24
Balsak 1 0 100 9 - 4 13
Dorvan 0 0 0 0 0 0
PeterQuill 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scrooge 0 0 0 0 0 0
Irish 0 0 0 0 0 0
MaratX 0 1 0 - 4 9 -13
Darboh 0 1 0 -13 11 -24
Jigmelingpa 0 1 0 - 4 21 -25
Robodrix 0 1 0 - 9 27 -36

* with two games still outstanding

Pairings for round 2:
Dorvan v. Jigmelingpa
lostdog v. Selurevad
Robodrix v. Balsak
MaratX v. Tatsu
Darboh v. Irish (note: Irish will be unavailable until the 29th)
Scrooge v. PeterQuill
 
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Challenge sent to Selurevad
 
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Challenge sent to robodrix
 
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MaratX over Tatsu 28 to -54

Quite possibly the most obscene turn I've ever watched. We were close to tied at around 18 each before MaratX got off every card in his deck. The last time something got hit this hard, Bo Jackson was scoring a touchdown and the Boz needed smelling salts.
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Got to say, it was pretty brutal hitting for 72 or so. Aside from that turn, it was perhaps one of the most even games I've played.

On a side note, I think I'll keep playing with Gambits this season since we're using point differential as a tie-breaker. Gambit games seem to be open up more range in points and I'd hate to lose out on a tiebreaker because I played base set only and had a reduced range of possible differentials than players who used Gambits...
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Unless something has changed (I don't think anything has) point differential is for entertainment purposes only. Tiebreakers are settled the proper way through battle!



 
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Selurevad wrote:
Unless something has changed (I don't think anything has) point differential is for entertainment purposes only. Tiebreakers are settled the proper way through battle!

Perhaps he is referring to the situations where differential matters -- after multiple rounds of playoffs. For example, if a three-way playoff ties across two different rounds, the next-order tiebreaker is the differential (though, of course, that is only within those two playoff rounds).
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Dorvan over Peter Quill 29-(3)
 
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Selurevad 43 lostdog -19

Good game! Had just enough bases to save me from your huge turn.
 
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