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



Every player should subscribe not only to their own divisional thread, but also to the main discussion thread. This is the only place that I will post notification about upcoming seasons. Additionally, if any player fails to thumb or post in this thread before the start of round 3, that player will be removed (unless I have received prior notification).

Please respect the preferences of the players in your division, if at all possible, for playing with expansions. The divisions have been formulated as much as possible to group preferences together. (Though the Platinum and Gold Tiers are notable exceptions.) This is a Type A division. (For more details, see the Division Structure section below.)


NEW RULES FOR SEASON 13

- The new system of tiebreakers for promotion and relegation is now permanent. In short, there will generally be no playoff. For more details, see the first post of the main announcement thread.

- The new system for the Tier Championships is now permanent. In short, only the division winners will qualify. For more details, see the section on Tier Championships (below).

- Each division will be overseen by a Division Commissioner (DC). The DC has been authorized to act on behalf of -- and be in many ways functionally the same as -- the League Commissioner (LC). All league rules questions and notifications about time away should be directed to your DC.


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). Matches that are not completed within the 72-hour timeframe will still count once they are completed. A post at the 48-hour mark will indicate which games are still unfinished.

- 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 their DC 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)
Card Pref - the player's preference for playing with expansions:
A - all expansion material
V - no expansion material ("vanilla")
1 - Year 1 Promos only
G - Gambits only
B - Bases & Battleships only
1G, 1B, BG - corresponding combination of above options
NP - no preference

- If a division has an assigned type (for example, "Type 1B"), 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 combinations (1G, 1B, BG), then individual types (1, G, B), then V. If two players have an "equal" preference -- e.g. 1 and B -- they may default to V.

- The current roster of the Platinum Tier will vote on the next season's assigned type at the start of the current season's round 10. In Season 13, there will also be a non-binding vote performed in the same manner in the Gold Tier.

- The regular operation of a division is overseen by a Division Commissioner (DC). The DC has been authorized to act on behalf of -- and be in many ways functionally the same as -- the League Commissioner (LC). All league rules questions and notifications about time away should be directed to your DC.


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 - 5 divisions
Iron - 9 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.

- 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. (Exceptions: To accommodate promotion from below, an extra player will be relegated from one of the Silver Tier divisions and three extras from the Bronze Tier, based on record.)

- 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 and/or upward, at the discretion of the LC.

- 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

See the first post in the main announcement 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 determined no later than the start of the Tier Championships.

The champions of each tier will be determined by having a playoff among the division winners, including all those tied for first.

Tournament structures for any particular number of players are detailed in the first post of the main announcement thread: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/18950296#18950296

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, & CLARIFICATIONS

- 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, the LC (at the recommendation of the DC) 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. Final scores 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 removed or replaced.

- In the event that a player unexpectedly stops responding to invitations or games being played and it becomes apparent to the DC 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 a challenge to another player times out, that challenge should be reissued. If it times out a second time, the match will be forfeited by the timed-out player.

- If a match times out after it has begun, it will be forfeited by the timed-out player.

- Players are not expected to compensate for bugs in the game itself.

- Players should generally be playing with the most up-to-date version of the app.



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

The Division Commissioner for this division is:

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Round:1
Dustician v.Telvarin
YellowAvngr v.ScreamWeaver
Anfield v.markbotIIIk
Hidanas v.Josephus
RillsAlThor v.godotishere
Jethreal v.benjo
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Challenge sent to godotishere! This time I'm going back up a tier!
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Challenge accepted! This is my first game in the league, try not to beat me too badly!
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Division Commissioner checking in - Obviously, we (the DCs) haven't done this before... in this league. But I've run quite a few other game tournaments on the internet before. If there's a problem, Geekmail me; or CCKinnison@gmail.com - I'll respond to either of these as rapidly as I can... although you will honestly probably have better luck on the Geekmail.

Good Luck to all.
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A challenge has been sufficiently prepared and henceforth sent out via the finest of courier pigeons available on these present internets!
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Challenge issued to Anfield. Good luck, everyone!

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YellowAvngr, you have been challenged.
Cry Havoc!...and set loose the dogs of war!

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MissleBots Ahoy!! - YellowAvngr
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I announce with bended knee to YellowAvngr, for he has bested me.
YellowAvngr is the victor!
Good game and I wish you many more victories!

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The only thing missing from the Initial Post for the new season is the preferences of people...

Unless I missed something?
 
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Neil Thomson wrote:
The only thing missing from the Initial Post for the new season is the preferences of people...

Unless I missed something?


Quote:
This is a Type A division.


Only in Gold and Platinum (I believe) is there any mix of types within a division.
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CCKinnison wrote:
Division Commissioner checking in - Obviously, we (the DCs) haven't done this before... in this league. But I've run quite a few other game tournaments on the internet before. If there's a problem, Geekmail me; or CCKinnison@gmail.com - I'll respond to either of these as rapidly as I can... although you will honestly probably have better luck on the Geekmail.

Good Luck to all.


Can we challenge you to a game??? Just for bragging rights?

Should we all challenge our DC at the same time or take it in turns peeps?
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Rillian wrote:
CCKinnison wrote:
Division Commissioner checking in - Obviously, we (the DCs) haven't done this before... in this league. But I've run quite a few other game tournaments on the internet before. If there's a problem, Geekmail me; or CCKinnison@gmail.com - I'll respond to either of these as rapidly as I can... although you will honestly probably have better luck on the Geekmail.

Good Luck to all.


Can we challenge you to a game??? Just for bragging rights?

Should we all challenge our DC at the same time or take it in turns peeps?


Hey, I know how to run a tournament - but I'm just an "Iron League Schlub" like the rest of you. (Pod Division)

And between Iron League, King of the Cosmos, the FB 5v5, and whatever else is going on, I really have enough games on my plate. But if someone just HAS to challenge me, I prefer type 1B. The Gambits are just TOO random in the App.
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I was defeated by Rillian! Good game, and good luck in your tier rescaping quest!
 
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CCKinnison wrote:
Rillian wrote:
CCKinnison wrote:
Division Commissioner checking in - Obviously, we (the DCs) haven't done this before... in this league. But I've run quite a few other game tournaments on the internet before. If there's a problem, Geekmail me; or CCKinnison@gmail.com - I'll respond to either of these as rapidly as I can... although you will honestly probably have better luck on the Geekmail.

Good Luck to all.


Can we challenge you to a game??? Just for bragging rights?

Should we all challenge our DC at the same time or take it in turns peeps?


Hey, I know how to run a tournament - but I'm just an "Iron League Schlub" like the rest of you. (Pod Division)

And between Iron League, King of the Cosmos, the FB 5v5, and whatever else is going on, I really have enough games on my plate. But if someone just HAS to challenge me, I prefer type 1B. The Gambits are just TOO random in the App.


So, you need the practice then?

Reporting devastation of godotishere in his first league match. Apologies, early Imperial Trader and lots of bases and extra draw cards with the Defense Bot doing the heavy hitting was a bit nasty! Thanks for the game though and welcome to the league!
 
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A challenge has been sufficiently prepared and henceforth sent out via the finest of courier pigeons available on these present internets!


Thanks for the challenge Jeff. See you in the stars!
 
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Hidanas challenged - GL

Challenge accepted!
 
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Dustician def. Telvarin. GG
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Benjo def. Jethreal. GG. Thanks for the match, Jeff.
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Doing good, only one game still running in R1:
Anfield v. markbotIIIk
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We're still in the early stages (48-46 right now).

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CCKinnison wrote:
Doing good, only one game still running in R1:
Anfield v. markbotIIIk


Time zones and work have hurt us I suspect. The weekend will push it along no doubt.
 
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Mark Smith wrote:
We're still in the early stages (48-46 right now).

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Just to clarify: this is not an issue. After 48 hours, we (DCs) post the unfinished games, as a reminder. After 72 hours, even if all games haven't finished, we start the next round. So that will be in ~12 hours.

If a game passes more than a full extra round, there is then some serious concern.
...so, if this is still running when I post the unfinished games for Round 3, there then becomes a problem. Until then, it's just a reminder to keep plugging.
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Thanks for the clarification...that's good to know because I always felt under pressure.

EDIT - Personally I've always wondered why 2 rounds couldn't be posted at the same time. I don't think many players would mind having a couple going at the same time.

It simply helps players make the most of the time when they are available to get moves in.
 
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Neil Thomson wrote:
EDIT - Personally I've always wondered why 2 rounds couldn't be posted at the same time. I don't think many players would mind having a couple going at the same time.

It's in the interests of keeping this as widely available as possible. I know for a fact that are numerous players who will only play one game at a time. Among these are 5-time champ FlyingArrow, who attributes part of his success to laser-focus on his league game.

Also: me.
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