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



Every player should subscribe not only to their own divisional thread, but also to the main discussion thread. Going forward, this is the only place that I will post notification about upcoming seasons.

Please respect the preferences of the players in your division, if at all possible, for playing with the Gambits expansion. The divisions have been formulated as much as possible to group preferences together. This is a Type S division. (For more details, see the Division Structure section below.)


NEW RULES FOR SEASON 11

- If any player fails to post in this thread before the start of round 3, that player will be replaced (unless I have received prior notification).

- If your opponent has posted the result of your match before you've had a chance to, thumb that post.

- When posting the pairings for the final round, I always ask whether players intend to continue playing in the league. Beginning with this season, this will be the only time I ask, so make sure you respond.

- A new system of tiebreakers for promotion and relegation is being instituted on a trial basis for this season. In short, there will generally be no playoff. For more details, see the first post of the main discussion thread.

- A new system for the Tier Championships is being instituted on a trial basis for this season. In short, only the division winners will qualify. For more details, see the section on Tier Championships (below).



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, CDT). 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 (unless they have notified me of an absence).

- In this league, "match" is defined as "one game against an opponent."


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.

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

W - wins
L - losses
Pct - winning percentage (wins divided by games played)
Gambits - the player's preference for playing with Gambits: (A)ll, (G)ambits, (S)hips and bases, (N)one, (N)o (P)reference

- If a division has an assigned type (for example, "Type S"), then all games should generally be played as that type.

- If a division does not have an assigned type, players should try to come to a mutual understanding. If that is not possible due to player's insistence on their preference, the game will be played according to whichever player has the "lower" preference. In this context, A is highest, followed by S, then N.


LEAGUE STRUCTURE

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

- 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
Iron - 5 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. (Exceptions: In the Bronze Tier, the third-place finisher with the best record among the four divisions will also be promoted as a wild card, and in the Iron Tier the two best records from among the five divisions will be in contention for the wild card.)

- The bottom 4 players in the Platinum Tier and the bottom 3 players in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze 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, tiebreakers will be applied (see next section).

- Player ratings are available here: BGG Star Realms League player ratings.


TIEBREAKERS FOR PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

This is being changed on a trial basis for Season 11. See the first post in the main discussion thread: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/18950296#18950296


TIER CHAMPIONSHIPS

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, then Iron Tier.

The prizes are (to be determined).

The champions of each tier will be determined by having a playoff among the division winners. In the event multiple players tie for first place in a division, there will be a playoff according to the "old" playoff rules for tiebreakers (see link in previous section).

Each of the tournaments will consist of 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/.


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. The player who does not post the result should give a thumbs-up to the player who did post the result (by clicking the green thumbs-up icon on the post).

- 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.

- If a player fails to post to this thread by the time the pairings for round 3 are posted, that player will be replaced.

- 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 league, that player will be removed (if it is later than round 3). When a player is removed, all of a player's games are 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:

jflartner v. Mars
FreedmGnfire v. Ominous
Kengi v. DarthBinkly
ExcessRope v. nizlamb
Mosker v. MightyEris
MadSpy v. mkkohls
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Howdy to one and all. Looking forward to playing with you.
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Good luck all hope I don't flamr out in the end like last season.
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Hey everyone! Challenge sent to Ominous.
 
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Good luck one and all
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Hi everyone! Good luck. It will be an honor to lose to you all, lol!
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Nizlamb beats Excess Rope

gg Excess Rope

Happy to start with a win. Got a good run of trade and bases going there which made it difficult for excess
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DarthBinkly here.

Challenge sent to kengi.

Happy hunting!
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Challenge sent to Mosker.

I, too, hope that this season I don't flame out - a six game losing streak is bad for the constitution.
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Mars here. Challenge sent to Jflartner.

My first SR league. Wish me luck!
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Challenge received. Good luck my friend.

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Mighty Eris wrote:
Challenge sent to Mosker.

I, too, hope that this season I don't flame out - a six game losing streak is bad for the constitution.

Call me the mighty slumpbuster. Victory to Eris.
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Not on my phone or BGG as much (crunch time at work), but playing as I can.

If I seem to disappear for too long, GM me as I'll get an email.
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mkkohls defeats MadSpy.

Not sure what happened there, was 55-25 up and then it all went wrong.
 
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DarthBinkly defeated kengi.
 
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...and lucky he was. FreedmGnfire wins.
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Only match remaining in this round: jflartner v. Mars.
 
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Mars defeated jflartner.
 
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Standings after round 1:

Iron Tier, Explorer Division

Name W L Pct Gambits?

DarthBinkly 1 0 100 S
FreedmGnfire 1 0 100 S
Mars 1 0 100 NP
MightyEris 1 0 100 S
mkkohls 1 0 100 NP
nizlamb 1 0 100 S
ExcessRope 0 1 0 S
jflartner 0 1 0 S
Kengi 0 1 0 S
MadSpy 0 1 0 NP
Mosker 0 1 0 S
Ominous 0 1 0 NP

Pairings for round 2:

jflartner v. Ominous
FreedmGnfire v. DarthBinkly
Kengi v. nizlamb
ExcessRope v. MightyEris
Mosker v. mkkohls
MadSpy v. Mars

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Mars, I'm going to be unavailable for most of tomorrow so if we don't finish tonight (UK time), I'm afraid we'll have to finish up on Sunday.
 
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MadSpy wrote:
Mars, I'm going to be unavailable for most of tomorrow so if we don't finish tonight (UK time), I'm afraid we'll have to finish up on Sunday.

No problem, thanks for the heads up!
 
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Jflartner, I challenge thee.
 
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MightyEris d. ExcessRope.

Good match! I thought I'd run away with it when I got the turn three Command Ship, but it was right down to the wire.
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DarthBinkly defeated FreedomGnfire. Great match!
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Ominous over Jflartner.
 
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