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Welcome to the BGG Star Realms League!
This thread is for the thirteenth season of play, Iron Tier, Pod 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 1B 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:

Sándor Kolok
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Round:1
CCKinnison v.Oreok
mzbatman v.TIMOSAR
ExcessRope v.ShinyObject
smors v.MrTwip
panchocarnie v.thepoz
Deegan v.Gaukli
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Sándor Kolok
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Hi everyone,

Your Pod DC checking in, at your service!
I'm highly honoured by the opportunity of administering this division .
I myself am a 4-th season league player currently playing in the Bronze Tier.

I'll try to do my best subbing for Remy, I hope everything will go smoothly.

Let me seize the opportunity and wholeheartedly suggest everyone to devote the time and read once through carefully the information Remy posted in the first post of the thread. Most probably there's an answer for every question there, should it be not feel free to ask me about anything, here or in GM.

Having said that, I'd like to emphasize a couple of things.

1. Posting of results: either/both participants can post the result of their game, the loser should at least thumb the winner's post. Exact scores don't have to be included. It is advisable to post the result of a game as soon as possible as sometimes there's a risk of the result being forgotten among all those other (out-of-league) games played - not to mention the turbulences of life in general .

2. Timely play: the league is an all around the globe affair (yours truly is situated in Central Europe, for example ) and this sometimes makes it hard to complete games in a timely manner. However there're things one can do beyond simply noting/accepting the fact that the timezones are far away, like trying to arrange a common slot of 15-20 mins in the schedules of opponents by posting in this thread or via GM.
Any updates on the status of long games are also highly appreciated. The same goes for any possible absence which is known by the given player beforehand (i.e. please announce this as soon as possible).

3. Issuing challenges: either players can issue the challenge. If the challenge times out for whatever reason, issue a 2nd one. If that times out as well, that counts as a loss for the opponent.

Finally, feel free to post anything related to your games beyond the mere results (game summary, comments, detailed descriptions of spectacular turns, etc. ), only thing to keep in mind in this regard is the usual common courtesy expected in all kinds of (online) communications . I for one like to post and also read some thoughts/comments about SR games in these threads, IMO they spice things up nicely.

Okay, let's do this, good luck for everyone!
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Checking in... no game this round, but checking in anyway.
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Challenge sent to smors!
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Note: I had a player's name wrong. "jpozsr" is actually "thepoz".

Edit: And I have found a player for the "bye" slot: Oreok.
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Checking in I am THEPOZ



panchocarnie challenged
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Aweberman wrote:
Edit: And I have found a player for the "bye" slot: Oreok.


Copy that. Challenge sent!
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Challenge received!! We meet again, CCkinnison...
 
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orikagan wrote:
Challenge received!! We meet again, CCkinnison...


Yes... Hopefully I'll like the result better than... well, my WHOLE TEAM in the 5v5 challenge! (nice round there, by the way...)
 
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CCKinnison wrote:
orikagan wrote:
Challenge received!! We meet again, CCkinnison...


Yes... Hopefully I'll like the result better than... well, my WHOLE TEAM in the 5v5 challenge! (nice round there, by the way...)


Hehe yeah sorry bout that massacre...
 
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orikagan wrote:
CCKinnison wrote:
orikagan wrote:
Challenge received!! We meet again, CCkinnison...


Yes... Hopefully I'll like the result better than... well, my WHOLE TEAM in the 5v5 challenge! (nice round there, by the way...)


Hehe yeah sorry bout that massacre...


Nothing's like a little bit of a friendly teasing/thrash-talkin'...
 
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Deegan wins against Gaukli.

Fast game. His early Ark gave him speed, and some big Blobs killed me rather quick. I was actually surprised to reduce his authority to 14 before he finished me. And when I observerd it correctly Deegan even ended a turn without using his last 2 points of attack (after trashing an explorer).

Thanks for the game!
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It's more than 24 hs passed since liftoff, so some sign of life from those players who has not yet checked in this thread would be highly appreciated. No way it's compuslory but would be nice.
Thx!
 
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Players, sorry about this but my phone will not download crisis so I had to change my name to jpozsr and use my tablet

I have sent a challenge to panchocarnie
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John, got yer challenge(s), understand your tech troubles. Just wanted to remind you our division is Type 1B! Both challenges have forgotten one or more expansions to our league format this season! You have Crisis on your tablet, yes?

New 1B challenge sent.

To all, I'm on the West Coast (PCT) and play most of my games before noon or nocturnally after 9p.
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I should the gambit bases & ships is purple but it wont let me accept you challenges. Can you except mine
 
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Oops, don't remember the missed explorer. Yeah, you kept it close even though I managed to grab a couple bombs. Bottom decking the arc twice didn't help. I got it after the first shuffle and still only saw it once in the entire game. Luckily Battle Blob and Obliterator picked up the slack. GG!
 
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jpozsr wrote:
I should the gambit bases & ships is purple but it wont let me accept you challenges. Can you except mine

I recommend contacting WWG if everything else fails. The turnaround time of their support is usually within a day (actually, within the US it may as well be even quicker).
 
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kolok wrote:
jpozsr wrote:
I should the gambit bases & ships is purple but it wont let me accept you challenges. Can you except mine

I recommend contacting WWG if everything else fails. The turnaround time of their support is usually within a day (actually, within the US it may as well be even quicker).

And if it continues to be a problem to play with Gambits and/or B&B, we can shunt you to a different division that plays Type V (no expansions).
 
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ExcessRope defeats ShinyObject. GG!
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Games remaining in round 1:

CCKinnison v. Oreok
mzbatman v. TIMOSAR
smors v. MrTwip
panchocarnie v. jpozsr
 
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Game with mzbatman is slow going; only on turn 4 despite starting the match on 11/3. Mzbatman, what time zone are you in and when would you be available to finish the match? I live in California, and am generally available from 6-8 AM and 6-11 PM, and can intermittently work in some turns through the day as well.

On a separate note, I'm new to this website, and couldn't figure out how to create a separate post (as opposed to replying to someone else's post) -_- Can someone tell me how to do that?
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smors defeated MrTwip. That was an impressive base wall you built there!
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All your base are belong to us :-)

Thanks for playing, it was a good game.
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Oreok over CCKinnison. GG!!!
 
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