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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 50: 01/12/08]

Postby Gozar on Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:13 pm

Issue 50: 01/12/08

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Hello all and welcome to another week of the News Hound. This week has seen some heated discussion about ‘Point Restriction’ Tournaments in the General Info/Q&A/Discussion Sub-Forum. I will be running through both sides of the argument and seeing what either side has to say on the issue.

The initiator of the thread Bones2484 has raised the issue that there have been way too many Point Restricted tournaments that have been created recently. More than ten point restricted tournaments have been started over the last couple of weeks, mostly for people 2000+ in points with the highest point restriction tournament being for 2500+. The point has also been raised that there should be restrictions on how many tournaments a person can have priviledges for at one time, the example was given of one organiser creating 11 tournaments in 2 days...

After the thread started the organiser who is responsible for most of these tournaments changed the description in some of his tournament threads to "All players welcome" but left the title as "2500+" so as to deter the lower ranks. There is also the issue of easy medals, many of the long-time organisers have worked hard for their medals, they have organised long tournaments and put a lot of work into them. Now all it has taken is a few "medal thirsty" players who want to be worshipped to come along and organise these short 1v1 tounaments, with 16 players and just change the map 12 times and you have yourself 12 medals while a more competent organiser is still earning his second medal because he can come up with more interesting and a more appealing tournament which require the hard yards to be put in for a medal.

Some of these tournaments include…
JR’s 1v1 challenge II 2500+ (organiser: JOHNNYROCKET24)
Coral Coast 1v1 2300+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Charleston 1v1 2300+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Solar System 1v1 2100+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Arm’s Race 1v1 2300+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Poker Heads Up 2100+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Extreme 1v1 2100+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Super Max 1v1 2100+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Malta 1v1 2500+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
AoR 3 1v1 2500+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Midkemdil 2500+ (organiser: Blitzaholic)
Major+ 2009 Winter Doubles League 2200+ (organiser: AndrewB)
However, to their credit some of these organiser’s do create tournaments open to all…

Please Note before reading on: The content of this article is not the entire content of the discussion thread, there is more info that has been left out for the sake of the article, to get ALL the details please visit the discussion thread.

Here is what Bones2484 had to say on the issue…

Bones2484 wrote:All of the above tournaments are announced for 2500+ only. This probably eliminated close to 90-95% of the players who play tournaments. Sure I may be whining because I don't qualify myself at this point in time... but I am of the opinion that ALL tournaments should be made available to every player on the site.

If anything, these elitist games can be ran by PM or in the callouts forum. Trying to pass these off as "tournaments" are a complete joke. This blatant discrimination and conceited attitude has already ruined most aspects of this site, and I don't want to see it ruin the only thing I am still on CC for… Tournaments.


Other Opinions include…

Timminz wrote:I don't see a problem with point restrictions on entry, as long as there is an equal tournament being offered for all the other ranks. Something like the "League of...." tournaments that are going on now. But, to offer half a dozen tournaments that are only open to the top 250 (or so) players is just elitist *expletive*. The tournament forum is not the place for it.


And now the rebuttal…

Blitzaholic wrote: As I discussed in length with some in here on these 2500+ tournaments, this will be my last batch, several liked them and wanted more, I thought I was sparking cc by trying to get more involved in tournaments as many high ranks don’t, but many started to come around after I invited some. Again, I have no problem not making anymore of these after these are done if that makes all happy.… and the reason many don’t play them is because they lose a ton of points! why do 90% of the people that win tournaments feel good when the top 10% in scores are never in them, do you feel like you really competed against the best players on the site? cause you have not….I guarantee you that of the top 300 players on the scoreboard, they are 90% of the best players on this site.


Unfortunately, the TD’s have declined to comment in detail in both the thread and via PM however, they did say that it is within the rules for these tournaments to be organised. Former TD Optimus Prime did comment on the issue however, and this is what he had to say…

Optimus Prime wrote: Blitz, you are blind if you think that those players in the Top 300 are the best "all around" players this site has to offer. I would venture to guess that a majority of them got to that point specializing in one type of game play, and doing that does not mean that they are the best.

Until all of you up there on the first page of the scoreboard start showing up for any and all tournaments regardless of player score or style of play, I will continue to believe you do not have what it takes to truly play in them. You cannot claim to be the best if you aren't willing to play others who truly are the best at their craft.


So what do you think about the issue? Should there be a restriction on “Point Restricted” tournaments? For all the latest discussion and to voice your opinion on the issue, please visit the “Point Restricted” Tournament Discussion.

Well that’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, I hope you have enjoyed this weeks issue.
If you have an idea for a good story please feel free to PM samuelc812



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New man on top – killmanic has a 2 tournament win lead over Godd and BaldAdonis (16 wins to 14).

Welcome the newest Team CC member: iancanton the cartographer!

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Bundesliga
Organizer: Forza AZ

Major+ 2009 Winter Doubles League
Organizer: AndrewB

Pick a Partner
Organizer: reptile

Cops and Robbers
Organizer: true2paintball

Pacman Triangle
Organizer: Blitzaholic

Club World Cup
Organizer: Forza AZ

Harbor of Pearls
Organizer: Blitzaholic

Pacman Squared
Organizer: Blitzaholic



1 versus 1 Tournaments

The Army Warfare Bracket
Organizer: max if gr8

Gilligan’s Bracket Tournament V
Organizer: Gilligan

TO; League of Colonels+
Organizer: killmanic

TO; League of Cadets
Organizer: gameplayer

TO; League of Privates
Organizer: Serbia

JR’s 1v1 Challenge III
Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

Race to the New World
Organizer: darbselod

NBA 2008-09
Organizer: SNARF17WD

Super Max Singles
Organizer: Blitzaholic

JR’s 1v1 Challenge II
Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

All Around CC Maps: Bamboo Jack
Organizer: coded


General Tournaments

Trippel Trappel
Organizer: PaulusH
Waiting for reserves to join. Based on St Nicolaas 36 individual people will be trapped in tripple games. Planned start date: 6 December. Using a 6x6 windmill system.

Poker Night at the Club
Organizer: Dragonah

The Epic Final War for World Domination
Organizer: Beko the Great

Beat Every Player
Organizer: max is gr8

Thug Life
Organizer: bigreuben
Team games and standard games

NHL League
Organizer: sensfan

Pokemon Pearl
Organizer: Zoebear1

Doodle Deathmatch!
Organizers: LFAW and DAT_WAT_SHE_SAID

Hitman: Asia
Organizer: ralpcptc

My Map is Better than Yours
Organizer: ralphcptc

Tupence’s Little Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Bigger, Better, European Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Big Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

The Dungeon Explorers
Organizer: cupid1080

One Chance to Assassinate
Organizer: coded

2009 Guild Wars
Organizer: Sir. Ricco

Battle of the Hemispheres
Organizer: JoJo123

11 Round Classic Art Escalating
Organizer: BeakerWMA

Tupence’s African Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Premium I.G.K. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Realms War
Organizer: Megadeth666

Stephan’s 4 Man Freestyle
Organizer: Stephen Wayne

Wolfman’s Champions
Organizer: Natewolfman

Art Attack
Organizer: Boss_oss_ss

Around the World in 80 Days
Organizer: stahrgazer


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Doubles American Civil War Reenactment
Organiser: Moran555
First of nine rounds is underway

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Still 8 people can become overall winner. :geek: Four tables continue with their tea.
Planned end date: 25 December

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Everybody left NYC and Brussels.
Last group send to Pearl :shock:
Planned end date: 25 April.

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Seven is beginning.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
5/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

7 Man Madness From Gilligan
January 1, 2009

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Here are some recent tournament winners.


"Star Wars II" -MudPuppy, ultraman, otis89 and magneto_acolyte
"Supreme Feudal Doubles Tournament" -Tammy Delee and Homer_Jay
"Assassins of the World" -RAM16
"Square Dancing" -Gehrem
"Fantasy World Cup Championship" -Gehrem and Endar1077
"Short WW2 Tournament" -blockhead15
"The Private/Lower Tournament" -scottishleaf
"The 8 Thoughts" -Zissou2
"Ultimate All Maps 1x1 Tournament" -ubcman64
"H-O-R-S-E" -LFAW
"Literature Prize" -killmanic
"Don't Take Too Long: Bracket Edition" -amazzony
"CC Gaming Tour 08" -NoobX200
"Snowy Rock Races" -Shino Tenshi
"Battle of Actium" -elmerfudd
"US Pro Sports Showdown" -killmanic
"Battle of the N00Bs 3" -Watsy
"Championship Series: Cairns Coral Coast" -Natewolfman
"Foundry Update 5.2" -lunatic96
"Foundry Update 5.1" -knighthawk
"President of Conquer Club" -lostatlimbo
"Assassin Newbie Tournament" -Bones2484
"Battle to Rule Doodle Earth 1v1 Tournament" -lostatlimbo
"2008 MLB Season" -BaldAdonis
"Feudal 1v1 Round Robin" -Army of Achilles
"War in the Americas" -goggles_paisano
"Serie A" -League: dragon dor & Forza AZ (Catania) /Cup: chard & Condor (Atalanta) / Supercup: dragon dor & Forza AZ (Catania)
"Climb the Mountain III" -BagwellTheGreat
"Emperor or Rome" -jbrettlip
"Captain Moo's Challenge Tournament" -DimnjacarStef
"Championship Series: Berlin1961" -dustin800
"The Mod Wars" -James Vasquez
"American Dominators Ult Bracket"- Joshrising
"World Maps 1v1 Tournament"- ralphcptc
"Major+ 2008 Summer Doubles" -Jiminski & firstholliday
"H2SY's Doubles" -David Wain and Nephilim
"Super Smash Bros. Doubles League" -odratsab and ekimlil216
"Championship Series: Brazil" -Tripitaka
"The Decisive War: Feudal War Triples" -Army of Achilles and White Moose and FATHARRY


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Olympics: Citius (part 1), Altius (part 2) and Fortius (part 3)
Organizer: amazzony

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Enjoyment was rated by players that have played the tournament

Thursday February 28, 2008, amazzony started a bold new tournament idea. She would host three very large tournaments in honor of the Olympics.

“The best part about this tournament is that it included many different settings so you could pick which ones you wanted to play.” SuicidalSnowman verbalizes when asked how he felt about the Tournament. As stated, the tournament has a wide rage of settings that everybody likes. The tournament is full of tough players and long strategically played games. Great honor is deserved by merz the only winner of the tournament. merz had to player 13 games to win the tournament. Obviously the tournament is not for the faint in heart, for they will be removed as life is separated from the murdered, violently. Life in the tournament is intense, for each game becomes more and more important.

However, to find the truth, you ask the people that know the truth, the players. “I think the sexy organizer is doing a great job.” martyn fantasizes. Love for Amazzonys’s effort is felt from every one who played. ZionT says, “She runs the most organized tournaments out there and this is the best "large" series there is.” Which is a great credit to Amazzony. Large tournaments are hard to run, but, “Amazzonys’s ability to focus so much thought and effort onto one configuration of the Conquer Club experience.” states bamage. ralphcptc also adds, “Well organized, well thought out and managed well. Very complex tournaments with very little lag time between rounds.” To sum up she put a great effort out and as Dominator7 declares “Amazzony deserves a unique medal created just for her and her efforts.”

I now sit down for an interview with the “sexy” lady and see what she feels about the tournament.
“I'm doing/did something big and proved myself that even if things aren't as fun, I can keep going and not abandon what I've started.”
Where did you get the idea for the tournament?
“I've always wanted to run a big tournament and I enjoy watching Olympics so I guess I put 1 and 1 together and got the 3 parts of Olympics Tournament.”
Did you have fun running the tournament?
“Mostly yes though I'm not going to deny that there are/were times when I got sick and tired of it, mainly because of the same negative things happening again and again.”
Will there be more Olympic tournaments?
“I have one sitting in my "Future Tournaments" folder but I am not sure if it will ever be ran.

Well that about wraps it up for me. I like to conclude a big thanks to Amazzony for taking on such a big task. I hope this will inspire other host to put forth bigger tournaments that appeal to the masses. So till next time…

Jumping over every hurdle
Sir. Ricco


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lackattack remains tied up, so his interview remains pending. This week we bring you a chat with Boss_oss_ss. Next week, we sit down with former Tournament Director Optimus Prime. The interview is based on your questions. You can send them in here.

Now, on with the interview!


Q: Hello, Boss_oss_ss.

A: Hey Gozar

Q:How did you find this website?

A:My friend, Strider24, showed it to me.

Q: Why did you join CC?

A:Because I enjoy beating him! Plus I love the game.

Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

A:I got bored of playing the same settings repetitively, so thought I would try entering a few to try something different.

Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

A:I wanted to leave my mark on Conquer Club. Also it gets me more involved in CC and meet new people!

Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

A: *Views Posts* Tue Nov 13, 2007

Q:What tournament did you first run?

A:Doodle Earth Elimination, Which has grown to the Doodle Earth Massacre and Doodle Earth Doubles Tourneys.

Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

A: They just pop into my head :lol:

Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

A: Um.... I try and think of other people :^o

Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

A:It took quite a time to fill up, and because of this I had a lot of deadbeats, since then I have chosen better settings for maps and this has reduced the amount of people needing replaced!

Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

A:*Looks at medals* I've run 4, and would like to run at least 10 before I leave. I am currently running 3, with one on hold until we get a better version of Classic map, but I may have to continue with the map we have at the moment (Keep a look out people ;) )

Q:What tournaments have you organized?

A:Doodle Earth Elimination, Doodle Earth Massacre, Doodle Earth Doubles, Minimalist Tourney 1. Currently running Pass the Points 1, Minimalist Tourney 2 and Boss_oss_ss's Big Bracket Tourney- Classic (On hold :? )

Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

A:Gotta be my first one- Doodle Earth Elimination

Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

A:Every Single Setting: Classic , The amount of games is immense, and its a real challenge keeping up with some of the top players on CC

Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

A:I love both \:D/

Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?

A: 2 player Speed games are my favourite- fast, quick thinking - just how I like it :P
Umm....Standard, Escalating, Unlimited, No-FOW, though I do enjoy terminator and assassin games too!

Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

A: I don't really mind what the settings are, but I do prefer to make my own games.

Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

A:Um....I think I'm in 5 tournaments, but only have 9 games running, which makes a change from the 120 I had at the beggining of The Every Single Setting Tourney!

Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

A:Very :D :D :D :) :) :lol:

Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

A:Nope- but I hope to......eventually :cry:

Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

A:The first Tourney that I took part in, Scottish cup doubles, where I didn't win a match :-({|=

Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

A:Something that everybody enjoys and doesn't take too long to play in. I.E. a 2-player game on World 2.1 (Sorry to anyone actually running a tourney with this settings :twisted: )

Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

A:I think it will be the Cairns Coral Coast Tournament- which was another of my first tourneys that I took part in- must of been about 500 people taking part!

Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

A:Im unsure- new kids on the block always seem to get their ideas underestimated, but some of them are good ideas!

Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

A:I was dissappointed in my second tournament, The Surprise Random Tourney, which had so many deadbeats that it had to be abandoned ](*,)

Q: What makes a successful organizer?

A:Someone you can have a laugh with, listens to the people who are taking part and makes it for people to enjoy!

Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

A: I think the word Conquer Club and words like Big draw people in, but a catchy name or a name that gives people an idea about the tourney I think draws people in. Also having a number if it is the 2nd or 3rd in a series makes people think that its a successful series 8-)

Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

A:The long wait for signups.

Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

A:Seeing people enjoy tournaments and winning them!

Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

A:Big tournaments that arn't going to work, that and choosing settings that take too long to finish.

Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

A: Forgetting to put settings in the introduction, I keep to smaller tournaments which seem to work :mrgreen:

Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

A: I do not have a veiw on this, but if organisers want to get involved in their own tournaments, why shouldnt they?

Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

A:I just wait!, but i usually update them after every game is finished- which is a benefit of small tourneys!

Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

A:If they plan on become a full-time member I can't see why not!

Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

A:A reserve- gives other players a chance to take part!

Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

A:I would turn the Classic and 'Centerscape' maps back :!: :!: :twisted: :twisted:

Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

A:I would like the time limit of a month for filling up to be taken away- its always a pain! I would like to see a tab on 'My Games' to show all the games that organiser has created to make it easier for updating!

Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

A:Nope!

Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

A:Start small, and look at other tournaments and how they have set up a description of their tournaments. A good description seems to get people involved more :D

Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

A:1.I have inside information that Gen1 don't like me because of my small tournaments :cry: - its not a headache, it just hurts [-(
2. Deadbeats
3. Waiting forever for games to be finished
4. People who complain about how they don't like your ideas- just keep it to yourself!!
5.?????? cant think of a 5th....

Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

A:about 1 hour on a school day, about 3-6 at weekends!

Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

A:The almighty Legion of the Damned!!!

Q:Who are you?

A: I am a 17 year old rugby player!

Q: Why did you pick the name Boss_oss_ss?

A: :-k I often get asked this and I don't actually know!

Q:Where are you from?

A: Letchworth in Hertfordshire- England

Q:Favourite play colour?

A:Red!

Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

A:Favourite is Doodle Earth- over 200 wins, least is Conquer man, just cant seem to grab hold of the tactics!

Q:Favourite settings?

A:Doodle Earth, 2 player speed, Sequential, Escalating, No FOW

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A:Sequential

Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

A: Once my Minimalist Tourney 2 is over, the 3rd in the series will start- Minimalist Tourney 2 has been my quickest filling tourney so far- 13 people joined in 1 hour- with only 16 spaces available.

Q: Any parting shots?

A: Bang! Nah If anyone fancies a game or has any ideas that they would like to give me, Pm me!!!

Q: Thank you for your time.

A: See you around!


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Interview with lackattack or Optimus Prime Who will it be!?


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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 51: 09/12/08]

Postby Gozar on Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:41 pm

Issue 51: 09/12/08

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Hello, tournament fans, players and organizers.
New poll has gone up this week. Be sure to stop by to vote!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar

We also have some sad news from one of our staff:

Sir. Ricco wrote:Well, my time has come to say goodbye to CC. It is unfortunately news to me. Due to personally issues I will be unable to close my account properly. If you like to take over any of my accounts talk to the TDs. If I am any of your tournaments you will need to find a replacement for me. I have enjoyed running tournaments and working on the newsletter with Gozar and Gillgan. But it is time for me to say goodbye.

Goodbye
Sir. Ricco



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Here are the results of the last Newsletter Poll question: What format do you like best?

Standard 20%
1v1 26%
Doubles (4 player) 8%
Doubles (6 player) 3%
Doubles (8 player) 2%
Triples No votes
Quads No votes
Assassin 3%
Terminator 8%
A combination of various types 25%
All of the above 5%

Total votes : 61

Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote on our latest poll question: How did you come to play in tournaments?


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What is Wrong with the ‘Reply Button’?

So what has happened to our Reply Button in Private Messages? Well that is what this weeks News Hound is all about…
On June 13 2008, Magiw made a suggestion in the Suggestions and Bug Reports Forum

Magiw wrote:Concise description:
  • Add a Reply All Button to PM window so that with one click you can reply to all people you received a PM from.

Specifics:
  • Code can be found at the phpbb forums, received help from the community to get it for my forum and think it would be more useful here. Info at bottom of page 2
  • phpBB Code

This will improve the following aspects of the site:
  • PM's between multiple players, clan members or tournament players can be handled with one button click instead of looking up individual names.


Over the past week we have all realised in some way or another that our Reply Button is not what it used to be. The Reply Button is now a Reply to All button thanks to the upgrade to the site’s forum software phpBB 3.0.3, this was happily announced by the sites webmaster lackattack.

lackattack wrote:I upgraded the forum to phpBB 3.0.3 and indeed the PM Reply button works like 'Reply to all' :D

Here is the full list of improvements in 3.0.3


Or so we thought…

Improvements? Maybe in some cases, but to those who PM but never read the forums, this has turned from what should have been a great improvement into a PM nightmare. Spam, Spam and more Spam is what everyone wakes up to every morning.

As Tournament Lovers we use the Mass PM system a great deal, for sending out tournament games to players, not to mention the countless number of clan leaders who mass PM their clan with information. Before this upgrade, when you replied to a mass PM it would only go to the sender, now with this upgrade, your reply goes to the many others who were included in the original message. You may not want others to see what you are writing, but they do because you don’t know what you’re doing. Now every morning many Conquer Club players are waking up to a full and overflowing inbox, and to find that important PM’s have been lost due to the overwhelming amount of ‘Spam Mail’.

So this weeks News Hound is not only a story but also a warning to all those who don’t know this by now, until we can get two separate buttons for this, instead of just the one please take heed and caution when replying to a mass PM, so we can all make our Conquer Club experience a little more enjoyable. To avoid this problem Night Strike has an Announcement as to how to avoid it…

Night Strike wrote:Public Service Announcement

PLEASE avoid sending out massive PMs using the "Add" button when you are sending out invitations to your tournaments or sending out the games. It gets VERY annoying to those people who have to keep receiving your replies due to the new "Reply to All" function.

Until things are fixed or cleaned up, please add the long list of players using the "Add [BCC]" button. This will keep everyone who receives the PM from receiving subsequent replies. Thanks.

~Night Strike


Well that’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, I hope you have enjoyed this weeks issue.
If you have an idea for a good story please feel free to PM samuelc812



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Returning next week to get a new list going.

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Et, tu Brutus?
Organizer: Lindax

Super Triples Tournament
Organizer: LB Ninja


1 versus 1 Tournaments

The Army Warfare Bracket
Organizer: max if gr8

Gilligan’s Bracket Tournament V
Organizer: Gilligan

TO; League of Colonels+
Organizer: killmanic

JR’s 1v1 Challenge III
Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

JR’s 1v1 Challenge II
Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

All Around CC Maps: Brazil
Organizer: coded

All Around CC Maps: Canada
Organizer: coded

All Around CC Maps: British Isles
Organizer: coded

Cundy Comp I: Feudal War
Organizer: Cundy

ULEB Cup 2008/2009
Organizer: Fipa

All Around CC Maps: Cairns Coral Coast
Organizer: coded

Championship Series: Classic Shapes
Organizer: barterer2002

Championship Series: Classic Art
Organizer: barterer2002


General Tournaments

The Epic Final War for World Domination
Organizer: Beko the Great

Thug Life
Organizer: bigreuben
Team games and standard games

NHL League
Organizer: sensfan

Doodle Deathmatch!
Organizers: LFAW and DAT_WAT_SHE_SAID

Hitman: Asia
Organizer: ralpcptc

My Map is Better than Yours
Organizer: ralphcptc

Tupence’s Little Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Bigger, Better, European Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Big Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

The Dungeon Explorers
Organizer: cupid1080

One Chance to Assassinate
Organizer: coded

Stephan’s 4 Man Freestyle
Organizer: Stephen Wayne

Wolfman’s Champions
Organizer: Natewolfman

First Adjacent Attacks Tournament
Organizer: n00blet

Continental Champions
Organizer: sammy324

Pokemon Diamond
Organizer: Zoebear1

Best and Worst Tour
Organizer: Megadeth666

Champion of Iceland
Organizer: negoeien

The N Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

Tour de France]
[b]Organizer: a.sub

Kill the Rat: Prison Riot
Organizer: The Neon Peon


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
amazzony wins!

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group send to Hong Kong
First groups are visiting San Francisco
Planned end date: 25 April.

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
Still busy with getting the last persons in their first game.

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Seven is playing.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

7 Man Madness From Gilligan
January 1, 2009

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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Around All CC's Maps: Alexanders Empire" -pogophiles
"Northern Europe Maps 1v1" -topper
"Around All CC's Maps: Ancient Greece" -Blitzaholic
"AOM Singles" -demonfork
"2008 Sprint Cup Series" -aspalm
"Foundry Update 6.0" -killmanic
"Around All CC's Maps: Australia" -zissou2
"Best Movie Ever, CC Edition" -gehrem
"Just Win a Game II" -BENJIKAT IS DEAD
"Subprime Crisis 2008" -gunner1980
"AOR 3 Singles 1v1 2500+" -DBandit70
"King of Merchant" -blitzaholic, davidwain, nephilim
"2500+ Midkemdil 1v1" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Africa" -elmerfudd
"Qwert Bracket Tournament III" -Natewolfman
"Space 2500+ 1v1 Singles" -Reptile
"Conquer the Continents" -Godd
"Canadian Football League 2008" -vexx & goggles paisano
"2500+ Malta 1 on 1 Singles" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Arms Race!" -joriki
"Around All CC's Maps: Archipelago" -Blitzaholic
"World Maps 1v1 Tournament 3" -gamefreakguy
"Oasis Single" - -Maximus-
"Territories Become Alive" -harvmax
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 1" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 2" -Sir. Ricco
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 3" -Vikorus
"Star Wars II" -MudPuppy, ultraman, otis89 and magneto_acolyte
"Supreme Feudal Doubles Tournament" -Tammy Delee and Homer_Jay
"Assassins of the World" -RAM16
"Square Dancing" -Gehrem
"Fantasy World Cup Championship" -Gehrem and Endar1077
"Short WW2 Tournament" -blockhead15
"The Private/Lower Tournament" -scottishleaf
"The 8 Thoughts" -Zissou2
"Ultimate All Maps 1x1 Tournament" -ubcman64
"H-O-R-S-E" -LFAW
"Literature Prize" -killmanic
"Don't Take Too Long: Bracket Edition" -amazzony
"CC Gaming Tour 08" -NoobX200
"Snowy Rock Races" -Shino Tenshi
"Battle of Actium" -elmerfudd
"US Pro Sports Showdown" -killmanic
"Battle of the N00Bs 3" -Watsy
"Championship Series: Cairns Coral Coast" -Natewolfman
"Foundry Update 5.2" -lunatic96
"Foundry Update 5.1" -knighthawk


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It's been a few weeks now since I've given some advice but now I'll mix something together to all the organisers and players out there in hope that everybody will find something useful. If not from this issue then perhaps in the previous ones or maybe in the future.

  • Firstly I'd like to mention one more thing about messaging and this goes fully to tournament organisers. Biggest mistake that I've seen in messages is that organiser either says that take a look at scoreboard or please post results to tournament thread but... why aren't you adding the link to tournament thread then? It's just a few extra clicks but make players check your thread and make things a lot comfortable for your players (and to you if you wish people to post results).
  • Now, lets move on to BBCode. You can read all about it when you follow this link which also locates under smileys when you type a message and it is under "BBCode is ON/OFF". A lot is explained in there - how to make bold, italic and underlined text, how to add colors and change size and how to mix it all. Quoting, code and list is also explained in there. Finally, linking and putting pictures to forums is also in the guide. In some future issue I will talk more about how to manage images and in next issue I will talk more about some tags.

If you have any questions or comments on today's topics then please let me know. Cya next time!


amazzony



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lackattack remains tied up, so his interview remains pending. This week we sat down with former Tournament Director Optimus Prime. You can read his previous interview in this thread and scrolling down to issue #4. Next week, we have a chat with Megadeth666. The interview is based on your questions. You can send them in here.

Now, on with the interview!


Q: Hello, Optimus Prime.

A: Good Morning, Gozar.

Q: Why do you get another interview?

A: Well, I'm going to assume that it has something to do with the tournament newsletter being such a long running institution so far, and you needed someone to do a repeat interview because you had run out of organizers. It has been over a year since my last interview, and a lot has changed since then.

Q: Are we running out of new organizers to interview?

A: I think to a certain point we are, but at the same time, there will eventually be a good stock of new blood out there willing to be poked and prodded about how they like to do things.

Q: What do you think of the fact that lackattack is too lazy to finish his interview? Is lack abandoning the tournament forum too?

A: I'm a little bit disappointed. I was really looking forward to seeing what he had to say in relation to tournaments, especially the things he was tossing around in his head for possible improvements to our system. However, having worked more closely with him than most I understand he is a busy man and only has so many hours in the day.

Q: What has changed in your life since we last spoke?

A: In real life, my wife is due to have our first child (a boy) sometime in the next 13 days which is pretty exciting. I'm also getting very close to finishing up my degree at Brigham Young University (wrapping up in 1 year), and I've been working on some great websites in my free time to help further my career. One of them is even related to Conquer Club, but that's all I can tell you right now. ;)

Q: What has changed in Conquer Club since the last interview?

A: That's a loaded question, isn't it? A lot has changed. I think the site has become a little less social, which is unfortunate, and at the same time I think it has become a little more inconsistent. I'll leave it at that, otherwise I'll probably say something controversial.

Q: You retired from tournament directing. What motivated that decision?

A: There were several factors that factored into the decision. I needed more time in real life with a child on the way as well as to spend more time practicing my web programming skills. Also, the site had lost its entertainment value for me. Serving as a Tournament Director and Global Moderator is not something that is "sunshine and cookies," as a matter of fact, most of the time it's a bit of a pain in the ass. Regardless, I did enjoy my time in both positions and learned some valuable lessons. The biggest factor was loss of fun in logging in each day and I wanted to get that back. By giving it up I was able to reduce a lot of stress in my life and have fun again.

Q: What CC related projects are you working on right now?

A: Well, lets see, I obviously have my current tournaments still going. There are 5 still active, and I'm not sure yet if I'll do any past that, but 2008 Sprint Cup was quite successful, so perhaps I will run a sequel to that one at some point. Other than that, there is the usual Hall of Fame updating with Gilligan that I work on, and one other project... but I cannot reveal the details at this point. Let's just say that it is an independent activity site that will force members of Conquer Club to stretch their minds. ;)

Q: What else would you have liked to accomplish during your time as tournament director?

A: I really would have liked to somehow convince Lack to get some tournament improvements done faster, especially the ability to join separate teams in doubles, triples, and quads games. That would be one of the single biggest improvements to CC as a whole, most especially in the tournament realm. Other than that, I think I accomplished far more than I thought I would, and hopefully it was mostly well-received.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing the tournament forum?

A: Organizers who are just looking for their tournament medal, or organizers who are not putting in a full effort. It bothers me to see organizers that make the same tournament over and over and do not demonstrate that they have the ability to stretch their imagination even to the slightest degree.

Q: Optimus Prime, are there any exciting tournaments which you wish you ran earlier in the year but never got a chance?

A: Not really. I try to make my tournaments somewhat unique and I think I accomplish that for the most part.

Q: Any future tournament plans?

A: As of the moment I am writing this, no, but then I've said that before, haven't I? Right now my focus is on other endeavors that I would really like to see completed before I can get back into new tournaments. There are so many active right now that I think everyone will survive just fine without me for a few months.

Q: How do you feel the introduction of the medal system has affected tournaments?

A: My honest opinion is that I feel it was released without proper feedback from the Tournament Directors and that it has lead to a plethora of half-hearted tournament organizers just eager for a medal. The system cannot handle properly awarding the organizers who have spent months running high quality tournaments because there is a cap on the number you can receive.

Q: Your reaction to Classic Art and Centerscape?

A: Classic Art isn't too bad, at least it is playable, but Classic Shapes is atrocious. Centerscape is about equal with Classic Shapes in my opinion. At least the powers that be are allowing a Centerscape REVAMP, but Classic Art needs one too.

Q: What do you think has been Conquer Club's darkest moment?

A: Contrary to what most people think, it was not the dismissal of wicked (that was a long time coming and should have happened sooner), nor the disappearance of the Classic map (everyone will get over it, and likely already has). In my opinion it is the fact that we have not had a significant gameplay related update or improvement in almost a year. The main part of this website is to play the game, not the forums, not the medals, not anything else. To go so long without a new game feature is disappointing in my mind. It doesn't look like anything is coming in the near future however.

Q: Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

A: I think that they should be given the benefit of the doubt, but should be watched closely in regards to making sure they don't deadbeat or forget to join their games.

Q: People have long pondered the meaning of life, but what's the meaning of life for a robot??

A: It's all about lubricant.

Q: Favourite play colour?

A: Red. I make most of the games I play in and so I am accustomed to just looking for the red numbers when I go to take my turn.

Q: Favourite and least favourite map?

A: My favorite map to play is USA, my favorite to look at is Iceland/Charleston. My least favorite is anything that has some sort of gameplay gimmick.

Q: Favourite settings?

A: Escalating Spoils, Unlimited Reinforcements, No Fog

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A: Sequential

Q:Size of your shoes?

A: 13

Q: Favourite Food?

A: There are several. Bisquick pancakes, Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese, homemade popcorn covered in melted butter and salt, Cheezits, and Milk

Q: Who do you think is the next person to get another interview?

A: Hopefully lackattack, but I'll put my money on Steelhorse.

Q: Any parting shots?

A: Everyone should boycott the epidemic of cookie-cutter tournaments. They are boring and show a complete lack of imagination.

Q: Anything you care to wax philosophical about?

A: I thought I had something, but turns out that I don't.

Q: Thank you for your time.

A: Anytime, perhaps I'll see you again in another year.


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Interview with lackattack or Megadeth666 Who will it be!?


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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 52: 17/12/08]

Postby Gozar on Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:11 pm

Issue 52: 17/12/08

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Hello, tournament fans, players and organizers.
The holiday season fast approaches. Hope you have fun!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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Our latest poll is still running. Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.

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Holiday Mapmaking Competitions in Full Swing!

The Foundry Holiday Map-Making Competitions got underway this week, and there have been many creative entries from both amateur and foundry regular map-makers. The Central America Amateur Open has hosted 5 unique maps made by novices in the Map-Making business, although some of them could be mistaken for maps made by regular map-makers. It was thought there would be many entries for the Centerscape Redux Competition for Foundry Regulars, but to many peoples disappointment, only 4 of the best submitted a piece for the competition, therefore making it a very one-sided competition.

Central America Amateur Open

This is a very tight competition with only 2 days of voting left, Entry 2, 3, 4 & 5 are all fairly close in the voting scheme of things, while Number 1 is a simpler map and therefore is lacking votes. More than 300 votes have been cast in this competition, Are you one of them? If you haven’t cast your vote for the Central America Amateur Competition then click this link :arrow: VOTE! HERE

The Centerscape Invitational

Yes that’s right the Centerscape Mangled Concoction will be no more once this competition is done, we will have a new themed map that we can all understand. There have been 4 entries and each one has a unique theme, it is certainly worth visiting the thread to check out all the voting action and to view the one-sided vote that is now so evident. To add to the one-sidedness or to balance out the competition please click this link and vote for your favourite map :arrow: VOTE! HERE

Here is what one of the Cartography Assistants had to say:
gimil wrote:About the competitions, I have to say that I am happy with the enthusiasm and quality that the foundry has shown through both competitions currently being run.

In the The Centerscape Invitational the pro map-makers have produced some lovely work but it is the amateur Central America Amateur Open where I have been most impressed. In my opinion I would have to say that the quality of maps produced by the amateurs have easily outweighed the pros. Hopefully the amateurs stick around and become the next generation of pro map-makers.

This is definetly one of the best competitions the foundry has ever run. Special mention goes to oaktown who put the hard work in that made this fantastic competition possible.

Merry Christmas,
gimil



This Competition will not only see a new map for Centerscape but could also see entries that didn’t make it succeeding outside the competition…

This is exciting news for us here in the Tournaments Forum, two brand new maps to play around with and let our imaginations run wild with new possibilities for Tournaments!

Well that’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, I hope you have enjoyed this weeks issue.
If you have an idea for a good story please feel free to PM samuelc812



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Who was the first person to obtain the maximum amount of Tournament Contribution medals?

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Super Triples Tournament
Organizer: LB Ninja

Triple World War II
Organizer: fantanyser

2009 Players of the Year Tournament
Organizer: Blitzaholic

Doubles Team Challenge
Organizer: skillfusniper33

1 versus 1 Tournaments

JR’s 1v1 Challenge II
Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

Cundy Comp I: Feudal War
Organizer: Cundy

ULEB Cup 2008/2009
Organizer: Fipa

The League
Organizer: BaldAdonis


General Tournaments

NHL League
Organizer: sensfan

Doodle Deathmatch!
Organizers: LFAW and DAT_WAT_SHE_SAID

Hitman: Asia
Organizer: ralpcptc

My Map is Better than Yours
Organizer: ralphcptc

Tupence’s Little Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Bigger, Better, European Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Tupence’s Big Freestyle Islands Tour
Organizer: Tupence

The Dungeon Explorers
Organizer: cupid1080

One Chance to Assassinate
Organizer: coded

Stephan’s 4 Man Freestyle
Organizer: Stephen Wayne

First Adjacent Attacks Tournament
Organizer: n00blet

Continental Champions
Organizer: sammy324

Pokemon Diamond
Organizer: Zoebear1

Champion of Iceland
Organizer: negoeien

The N Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

Tour de France]
[b]Organizer: a.sub

Kill the Rat: Prison Riot
Organizer: The Neon Peon

Grand World Marathon
Organizer: Tupence

Kotaro’s New World Singles Tourney
Organizer: Kotaro

8 Thoughts Map Only
Organizer: megadeth666

Masters of Assassination
Organizer: ManBungalow

Win them All Tourney
Organizer: spidey

Quest for the Pick of Destiny
Organizer: joe cool 360

Race 1
Organizer: moneymatt

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

12 Battles of Christmas II
Organiser: cazmart
HighlanderAttack is the overall champion as he won the Elves division.
The Elves also won the overall leading the Reindeer 7-3 with only 2 matches left.

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Only 9 people still drinking tea

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group left Pearl
No group yet in Berlin
Planned end date: 1 March

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
Several people did sing a rather nice first song, others can improve

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Seven is winding down.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From PaulusH: Mac Dinner Date

From amazzony: Fantastic Four Quads Tournament - End of December/Start of January

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

7 Man Madness From Gilligan
January 1, 2009

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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Wrestling Tournament" -sapato
"12 Battles of Christmas" -HighlanderAttack
"Termination: Crossword" -ZionT
"JR's 1v1 Challenge I" -prismsaber
"Blitz Masters Quads Tournament" - Benjikat is Dead, Lt. Pie, Waseemmalim, Velvecarrots
"Battle for Madagascar 1v1" -negoeien
"Around All CC's Maps: Alexanders Empire" -pogophiles
"Northern Europe Maps 1v1" -topper
"Around All CC's Maps: Ancient Greece" -Blitzaholic
"AOM Singles" -demonfork
"2008 Sprint Cup Series" -aspalm
"Foundry Update 6.0" -killmanic
"Around All CC's Maps: Australia" -zissou2
"Best Movie Ever, CC Edition" -gehrem
"Just Win a Game II" -BENJIKAT IS DEAD
"Subprime Crisis 2008" -gunner1980
"AOR 3 Singles 1v1 2500+" -DBandit70
"King of Merchant" -blitzaholic, davidwain, nephilim
"2500+ Midkemdil 1v1" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Africa" -elmerfudd
"Qwert Bracket Tournament III" -Natewolfman
"Space 2500+ 1v1 Singles" -Reptile
"Conquer the Continents" -Godd
"Canadian Football League 2008" -vexx & goggles paisano
"2500+ Malta 1 on 1 Singles" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Arms Race!" -joriki
"Around All CC's Maps: Archipelago" -Blitzaholic
"World Maps 1v1 Tournament 3" -gamefreakguy
"Oasis Single" - -Maximus-
"Territories Become Alive" -harvmax
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 1" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 2" -Sir. Ricco
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Realms 3" -Vikorus
"Star Wars II" -MudPuppy, ultraman, otis89 and magneto_acolyte
"Supreme Feudal Doubles Tournament" -Tammy Delee and Homer_Jay
"Assassins of the World" -RAM16
"Square Dancing" -Gehrem
"Fantasy World Cup Championship" -Gehrem and Endar1077
"Short WW2 Tournament" -blockhead15
"The Private/Lower Tournament" -scottishleaf
"The 8 Thoughts" -Zissou2
"Ultimate All Maps 1x1 Tournament" -ubcman64
"H-O-R-S-E" -LFAW
"Literature Prize" -killmanic
"Don't Take Too Long: Bracket Edition" -amazzony
"CC Gaming Tour 08" -NoobX200
"Snowy Rock Races" -Shino Tenshi
"Battle of Actium" -elmerfudd
"US Pro Sports Showdown" -killmanic


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As promised, this time we will look more closely into some tags that I'm using and find very useful both to myself and to players who play in my tournaments. Before I get to specific tags, I would like to write a few words how to put the tags into your message/post the most easy way. For some of you it may be simple but I think that explaining it won't hurt.

  • To add tags, may it be color, size or anything else, you have 2 possibilities. First possibility is to enter the tag(s) and then type your text between them. Another possibility is to write the text first, then highlight/select what you wish to put between tags and then press the tag button.
  • First I would like to introduce you the most common one used in tournament forums. I'm sure that many players and organisers are very grateful for this one.
    • It's game-tag and looks like this: [Game][/Game]
    • This is an easy way to get to games fast. Putting game number between the tags makes a simple shortcut to the game so players could enter it and organisers check the results fast. Are you a player looking to post results or an organiser sending out games, this is the tag that you should always use.
    • How to use it. To get this: Game 123456; type this:
      Code: Select all
      [Game]123456[/Game]
  • An upgrade to game-tag is to-tag and it looks like this: [to][/to]
    • This is meant for organisers who wish to put an extra effort into sending out games. I personally don't use it because it's not in the "tag-strip" so I have to type it every time I wish to use. Secondly I think that if people first see the game they are joining then it might help to avoid joining wrong-setting games. So, I just don't find it comfortable enough to use but I understand completely people who wish to use it and I encourage to test it out to see if it's suitable for you.
    • How to use it. To get this: View Game 123456 (Auto-Join Game); type this:
      Code: Select all
      [to]123456 password[/to]

      Of course, "PASSWORD" needs to be replaced with the actual password of the specific game.
  • Last tag that I will introduce is spoiler and it looks like this:
    Code: Select all
    [spoiler][/spoiler]

    • I think the main purpose of this is to avoid awfully long posts so loading and scrolling wouldn't take forever. How you wish to use it is up to you and your imagination. I'm personally using it to keep a long schedule short in here (scroll down after scoreboard). To see/hide what's hidden behind spoiler, just click show/hide.
    • How to use it. To get this:
      show
      type this:
      Code: Select all
      [spoiler]Guess who hid in here? Nobody :D[/spoiler]

      You can also "name" your spoilers like this:
      show: schedule

      Code: Select all
      [spoiler="schedule"]Guess who hid in here? Nobody :D[/spoiler]


That's it for this time. Please send me your questions, comments, feedback and complaints. May it be a simple sentence like "keep it up" or "enough of the crap, we don't need it". We can put it into newspaper under your name or anonymous or just answer the things by private message if you wish.

Waiting for your messages, full of BBCode!


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Tournament Newsletter [Issue 53: 26/12/08]

Postby Night Strike on Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:31 pm

Current Issue:

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Hello, tournament fans, players and organizers.
Happy holidays! If you are looking to pass the time during the break, why not check out a tournament?
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
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Steelhorse wrote:Seasons greetings and happy holidays to our friends in the Tournament Community.

On behalf of Night Strike, Natewolfman, and Gilligan, I would like to wish all of you a safe and Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, or whichever holiday you celebrate.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and give thanks for those things that mean the most to you and share them with friends and family.

One of the things the Tournament Staff is thankful for is that we have a world-wide extended family all connected by one thing...the love of creating and playing in Tournaments that everyone can partake in and enjoy.

I wish each of you a safe and prosperous New Year.

Steelhorse



Well that’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, I hope you have enjoyed this weeks issue.
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Who was the first person to obtain the maximum amount of Tournament Contribution medals? Optimus Prime was!

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Super Triples Tournament
Organizer: LB Ninja

Christmas Doubles
Organizer: kratos644


1 versus 1 Tournaments

Cundy Comp I: Feudal War
Organizer: Cundy

The League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Fantastic Four: First Battle
Organizer: amazzony


General Tournaments

One Chance to Assassinate
Organizer: coded

Continental Champions
Organizer: sammy324

Pokemon Diamond
Organizer: Zoebear1

Champion of Iceland
Organizer: negoeien

The N Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

Grand World Marathon
Organizer: Tupence

Thinking 8 Thoughts or 2
Organizer: megadeth666

Masters of Assassination
Organizer: ManBungalow

Win them All Tourney
Organizer: spidey

Quest for the Pick of Destiny
Organizer: joe cool 360
For my second tournament ever, I have crafted an epic quest for the one true Pick of Destiny: an all-out battle that spans the globe and beyond.
Rough estimate of percent complete/signed up: 4/112

Race 1
Organizer: moneymatt

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes

Very Different C.S. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Twiztid’s Terminator II
Organizer: psychobkrazy

Monopoly Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

New Year’s Resolution Revolution
Organizer: JoJo123

The Conquest League
Organizer: gimil

European League and Champion’s League
Organizer: doochbagbill

Poker Tournament Hold Em
Organizer: max is gr8

Conquer the Globe[b]
[b]Organizer: the.killing.44

Quick and Simple Tournament 3
Organizer: banana_hammocks

America’s Tournament
Organizer: Schwournes

City Mogul Series: Assassinator
Organizer: Natewolfman

Overlord of Europe
Organizer: theconquerer1995

The Grand Oasis Tournament
Organizer: murphy16

City Mogul Series: Fast Track
Organizer: Natewolfman

16 Player Tournament
Organizer: Tea leaves


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Only 9 people still drinking tea

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group left Pearl
No group yet in Berlin
Planned end date: 1 March

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
Several people did sing a rather nice first song, others can improve

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Holiday break.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From PaulusH: Mac Dinner Date

From amazzony: Fantastic Four Quads Tournament - End of December/Start of January

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

7 Man Madness From Gilligan
January 1, 2009

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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Twiztid's Terminator" -japser_be
"Around All CC's Maps: American Civil War" -MEK
"Supermax Breakout" -killmanic
"Poker Heads Up" -Reptile
"1v1 Tournament With a Twist" -chopsiu
"GameZZone HOMM" -bonus_mop
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Merchants" -zissou2
"Pirate Master: Italy" -Ghost_Rider
"Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" -gameplayer
"The Bombardment Tournament" -taxmanjle
"41 Maps Tournament" -Vexx
"Canadian Classics Tournament" -Parmenid
"Blitz's Annual Masters Triples Tournament" -Seulessliathan, Benjikat is Dead, Velvecarrots
"Greatest Baseball Team" -magneto_acolyte
"Around All CC's MAps: Arctic" -Stroop
"Stephen's First 1v1 Tournament" -Jakegreer
"Terminator Madness, Kill To Win" -Gilligan
"There Can Only be One: Terminator" -PHALIM
"Around All CC's Maps: Asia" -coacheberhardt
"CC Season Championship III" -Colossus
"Charleston Wars" -Soldier4Christ
"Arms Race" -White Moose
"Extreme Global Warming 1v1" -Nikola_Miliki
"Planet Wars" -negoeien
"Oasis Doubles Tournament" -killmanic and White Moose
"Wrestling Tournament" -sapato
"12 Battles of Christmas" -HighlanderAttack
"Termination: Crossword" -ZionT
"JR's 1v1 Challenge I" -prismsaber
"Blitz Masters Quads Tournament" - Benjikat is Dead, Lt. Pie, Waseemmalim, Velvecarrots
"Battle for Madagascar 1v1" -negoeien
"Around All CC's Maps: Alexanders Empire" -pogophiles
"Northern Europe Maps 1v1" -topper
"Around All CC's Maps: Ancient Greece" -Blitzaholic
"AOM Singles" -demonfork
"2008 Sprint Cup Series" -aspalm
"Foundry Update 6.0" -killmanic
"Around All CC's Maps: Australia" -zissou2
"Best Movie Ever, CC Edition" -gehrem
"Just Win a Game II" -BENJIKAT IS DEAD
"Subprime Crisis 2008" -gunner1980
"AOR 3 Singles 1v1 2500+" -DBandit70
"King of Merchant" -blitzaholic, davidwain, nephilim
"2500+ Midkemdil 1v1" -White Moose
"Around All CC's Maps: Africa" -elmerfudd


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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 54: 30/12/08]

Postby Gozar on Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:53 pm

Issue 54: 30/12/08

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Hello, Tournament Fans, Players and Organizers.
Happy New Year 2009! If you are looking to pass the time during the break, why not check out a tournament?
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line. And have a safe and happy holidays!

Thanks, and enjoy!
samuelc812 filling in for Gozar for this week


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WidowMakers USA Map Pack

Greetings fellow tournament lovers, as many of you may heard if you venture outside the Tournament Forum, WidowMakers has been in the process of creating a pack of 6 individual maps based on the 6 bonuses in Conquer Club’s already popular USA map. It has taken him just over 6 months to get all six maps to the final forge stage of development, and soon we will have 6 new maps that were specifically made so they could be the focus of many tournaments in the future… So this is very exciting news for us here in the Tournaments Forum…

Here is how WidowMakers came up with the idea…

WidowMakers wrote:Hey everyone,

Let me explain a little bit about how this map collection idea came about. I started playing some tournaments a while back and I really enjoy it. The time that the organizers spend is huge and the style, types and organization of each tournament allows for many different play styles for many different players. So thanks to all of the organizers and all they do.

This now brings me to the point of the new maps. I wanted to make a map collection that could be the focus of many different tournaments in the future. So I was thinking "what could I make that would fill this desire?" I looked over the maps we already have on CC and found it, the USA map.

The USA map has 6 bonus regions (West, Rockies, S. West, S. East, Great Lakes, New England) representing 48 of the 50 sates. I had the idea that each bonus region could be developed into its own map thus having a total of 6 maps. So the entire map set would be a total of 7 (these 6 region maps and the original USA map)


Won’t be long before we can play on all seven of these exciting maps, to get a preview of what you can expect visit this thread :arrow: USA 6 Map Pack

Well that’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, I hope you have enjoyed this weeks issue.
If you have an idea for a good story please feel free to PM
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The Forum Reorganization occurred in October 2007.

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Super Triples Tournament
Organizer: LB Ninja

Christmas Doubles
Organizer: kratos644

City Mogul Series: Fast Track
Organizer: Natewolfman

Friend, I hardly know Ye
Organizer: BOTTigG


1 versus 1 Tournaments

The League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Global Gridiron Showdown
Organizer: skinnerstein


General Tournaments

Pokemon Diamond
Organizer: Zoebear1

Champion of Iceland
Organizer: negoeien

The N Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

Masters of Assassination
Organizer: ManBungalow

Quest for the Pick of Destiny
Organizer: joe cool 360

Race 1
Organizer: moneymatt

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes

Very Different C.S. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Twiztid’s Terminator II
Organizer: psychobkrazy

Monopoly Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

New Year’s Resolution Revolution
Organizer: JoJo123

European League and Champion’s League
Organizer: doochbagbill

Poker Tournament Hold Em
Organizer: max is gr8

Conquer the Globe
Organizer: the.killing.44

America’s Tournament
Organizer: Schwournes

City Mogul Series: Assassinator
Organizer: Natewolfman

The Grand Oasis Tournament
Organizer: murphy16

City Mogul Series: Fast Track
Organizer: Natewolfman

16 Player Tournament
Organizer: Tea leaves

King of Luxembourg
Organizer: sailorseal

Battle of the N00bs 5
Organizer: a.sub

Moody’s Non-Premium Tournament
Organizer: MrMoody

Game Night!
Organizer: keiths31

Harder Better Faster Stronger
Organizer: e_i_pi

Mac Dinner Date
Organizer: PaulusH

Speed Tournament – Doodle Terminator
Organizer: DJ Teflon

The Mummy -- Terminator
Organizer: DJ Teflon

Andre the Giant Has A Posse
Organizer: zissou2


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
5 people still drinking tea
Planned end date: 12 January

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group started visiting Sydney
Planned end date: 15 February

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
People are singing in Germany for Santa now
Planned end date: 5 May

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Holiday break.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From amazzony: Fantastic Four Quads Tournament - End of December/Start of January

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

7 Man Madness From Gilligan
January 1, 2009

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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"King Tut Tour" -LLLUUUKKKEEE
"WWII Gazala – The Fox Hunt" -ZionT
"Battle of the NOObs 4" -elmerfudd
"Black Ops Squad" -R0k0v
"Best NFL Quarterback of All-Time" -killmanic
"TORNEO ITALIANO" -g3n1u5
"Amazzony's Assassinations II" -dittoeevee8888
"Termination: Waterloo" -killmanic
"Grand Prix Season 1" -Daviedoo
"12 Round Classic Escalating Tournament" -HighlanderAttack
"Coral Coast Singles 1v1" -killmanic
"Formula One" -Individual: Evil Semp, Team: taxmanjile, Forza AZ
"Twiztid's Terminator" -japser_be
"Around All CC's Maps: American Civil War" -MEK
"Supermax Breakout" -killmanic
"Poker Heads Up" -Reptile
"1v1 Tournament With a Twist" -chopsiu
"GameZZone HOMM" -bonus_mop
"Around All CC's Maps: Age of Merchants" -zissou2
"Pirate Master: Italy" -Ghost_Rider
"Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" -gameplayer
"The Bombardment Tournament" -taxmanjle
"41 Maps Tournament" -Vexx
"Canadian Classics Tournament" -Parmenid
"Blitz's Annual Masters Triples Tournament" -Seulessliathan, Benjikat is Dead, Velvecarrots
"Greatest Baseball Team" -magneto_acolyte
"Around All CC's MAps: Arctic" -Stroop
"Stephen's First 1v1 Tournament" -Jakegreer
"Terminator Madness, Kill To Win" -Gilligan
"There Can Only be One: Terminator" -PHALIM
"Around All CC's Maps: Asia" -coacheberhardt
"CC Season Championship III" -Colossus
"Charleston Wars" -Soldier4Christ
"Arms Race" -White Moose
"Extreme Global Warming 1v1" -Nikola_Miliki
"Planet Wars" -negoeien
"Oasis Doubles Tournament" -killmanic and White Moose
"Wrestling Tournament" -sapato
"12 Battles of Christmas" -HighlanderAttack
"Termination: Crossword" -ZionT
"JR's 1v1 Challenge I" -prismsaber
"Blitz Masters Quads Tournament" - Benjikat is Dead, Lt. Pie, Waseemmalim, Velvecarrots
"Battle for Madagascar 1v1" -negoeien
"Around All CC's Maps: Alexanders Empire" -pogophiles
"Northern Europe Maps 1v1" -topper


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Ratings Achievement (1) Tournament Achievement (5) Clan Achievement (2) Tournament Contribution (9) General Contribution (1)

Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 55: 07/01/09]

Postby Gozar on Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:11 pm

Issue 55: 07/01/09

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Hello, tournament fans, players and organizers. Happy New Year!
Hope you all had an enjoyable break. Time to dive right back into things. Sadly, our news team shrinks yet again as samuelc812 leaves us.
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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samuelc812 wrote:I know i have had a short stay, but it is time for me to say goodbye, but only to the Tournament Newsletter, Don't worry i am going to keep writing for you guys until a replacement is found. I am currently working on another secret project with Foundry C.A. gimil to be revealed at a later date. And because of this, i will no longer be able to honour my commitment to this newsletter, i know the News Hound job has never been one that could be sustained for too long. Happy 2009 all :)

Kind Regards,
samuelc812



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The USA 6 Map Pack, designed for tournaments, has just hit Final Forge!

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Christmas Doubles
Organizer: kratos644

Triples Champion
Organizer: tyler197802198

Bring a Friend Along
Organizer: TaCtiX


1 versus 1 Tournaments

The League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Global Gridiron Showdown
Organizer: skinnerstein

Fog of Feudal War
Organizer: psychobkrazy

King of Doodle Earth!
Organizer: tyler197802198

Road to the Final Four
Organizer: SurgeonGeneral

Extreme Global War…ming!
Organizer: obliterationX

qwert Bracket Tournament IV
Organizer: qwert


General Tournaments

Masters of Assassination
Organizer: ManBungalow

Quest for the Pick of Destiny
Organizer: joe cool 360

Race 1
Organizer: moneymatt

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes

Very Different C.S. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Monopoly Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

European League and Champion’s League
Organizer: doochbagbill

Poker Tournament Hold Em
Organizer: max is gr8

Conquer the Globe
Organizer: the.killing.44

America’s Tournament
Organizer: Schwournes

The Grand Oasis Tournament
Organizer: murphy16

16 Player Tournament
Organizer: Tea leaves

King of Luxembourg
Organizer: sailorseal

Battle of the N00bs 5
Organizer: a.sub

Game Night!
Organizer: keiths31
Try your luck at one of four games tables (poker, Chinese checkers, crossword or conquer four) for your chance to Wrisk in the finals.

Mac Dinner Date
Organizer: PaulusH

Speed Tournament – Doodle Terminator
Organizer: DJ Teflon

Andre the Giant Has A Posse
Organizer: zissou2

7 Man Madness!
Organizer: Gilligan

Escape Gilligan’s Island
Organizer: barterer2002

Realms 2 Challenge!
Organizer: tyler197802198

The Whole Sha-Bang!
Organizer: Witt13

Super Quick Tourney V2
Organizer: kratos644

Fit-To-Order Tournament
Organizer: Mr_Adams

Conquer Club Clash League
Organizer: sensfan

The (6 player) League
Organizer: BaldAdonis


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Conquer the New World
Organiser: keiths31
Final round underway...still

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
5 people don't know how they should stop drinking tea

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group left Montréal
Planned end date: 15 February

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
First people are singing in Iberia for santa now

Double American Civil War Reenactment
Organiser: Moran555
Round 3 of 7. Entering the second month

College Football Done Right
Organiser: flexmaster33
Alabama (_big_easy_) beats Florida (doochbagbill) in the championship game by a 57-13 score. The Crimson Tide cruised through the tournament winning 11 of the 16 maps they played. Alabama's only challenge came in the quarterfinals when it split maps against USC (Night Strike), but due to some quick victories _big_easy_ came out well in front 45-28 in the scoring formula.
Alabama also beat Oklahoma State 58-16 in the first round and Boise State 66-16 in the semifinals.
This was the first tournament that _big_easy_ has entered on ConquerClub. Well done for the rookie

Thanks to all who played and look for a similar tourney in a couple months if you're interested.
— flexmaster33

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Starting up from a holiday break soon.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From amazzony: Fantastic Four Quads Tournament - End of December/Start of January

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
Gilligan's Islands
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms


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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Race To Conquer the New World" -darbeslod
"Around All CC's Maps:Cairns Coral Coast" -Natewolfman
"Journey To the New World" -Drake_259
"College Football Done Right" -_big_easy_
"The Greatest Nation" -Phr34ky
"A Trip Up the Nile" -joriki
"1v1 Tourney With a Twist" -Chopsiu
"Battle To Rule Doodle Earth II" -saaimen
"8 Man Madness!" -colson
"Around All CC's Maps: Brazil" -Topper
"The Pirate Training Academy" -tanjyr
"Terminator of All Terminators" - MEK
"Foundry Update Halloween Special" -MudPuppy
"Longboreders's Top Terminator Tournament Two" -moguai
"Games Tournament" -Godd
"JRs 1v1 Challenge III" -Diego_CR
"Difficult Maps - Triples Edition" -Velvecarrots, waseemalim, It.pie
"Stephan's 4man Freestyle" -DarthBlood
"Captain Moo's The Apprentice" -MudPuppy
"Montreal Magic Doubles" -Blitzaholic and Osujacket
"Assassinators" -jojo123
"Global Musical Chairs" -Dazoot
"Crazy Dinner Date" -sooupy
"King Tut Tour" -LLLUUUKKKEEE
"WWII Gazala – The Fox Hunt" -ZionT
"Battle of the NOObs 4" -elmerfudd
"Black Ops Squad" -R0k0v
"Best NFL Quarterback of All-Time" -killmanic
"TORNEO ITALIANO" -g3n1u5
"Amazzony's Assassinations II" -dittoeevee8888
"Termination: Waterloo" -killmanic
"Grand Prix Season 1" -Daviedoo
"12 Round Classic Escalating Tournament" -HighlanderAttack
"Coral Coast Singles 1v1" -killmanic
"Formula One" -Individual: Evil Semp, Team: taxmanjile, Forza AZ
"Wrestling Tournament" -sapato
"12 Battles of Christmas" -HighlanderAttack
"Termination: Crossword" -ZionT
"JR's 1v1 Challenge I" -prismsaber
"Blitz Masters Quads Tournament" - Benjikat is Dead, Lt. Pie, Waseemmalim, Velvecarrots
"Battle for Madagascar 1v1" -negoeien


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Hey, again! This time I first have to start with an apology because a lot later I noticed I made a mistake in the spoiler section. To name your spoiler, it goes like this:
  • How to use it. You can also "name" your spoilers like this:
    show: schedule

    Code: Select all
    [spoiler=schedule]Guess who hid in here? Nobody :D[/spoiler]

Now lets move on to today's topic which is images and how to put them to forums. This is used to make scoreboards. I'm going to give you step by step introduction how I make my image scoreboards. I'm sure there are other ways and programs to that can be used but I'll give you my point of view.
  1. Making scoreboard. For that I use excel. Those who don't have Microsoft Office can get free programs from internet (for example, OpenOffice).
  2. Making image. When scoreboard is made then I need to make it as image. I use IrfanView for it because it's simple and easy but at the same time gives different options. You can also use Paint of whatever else program that lets you save images.
  3. Getting scoreboard to image. Select everything in excel that you want to be in the image and copy it. Then save it as GIF extension (unless you have a picture or something that needs better quality, then use JPG).
  4. Uploading a picture. If you understood my instruction correctly then you have a picture in your computer now (if you didn't then don't hesitate to message me and ask better ones). To get the picture to forums, you must upload it to some site that hosts pictures. I'm using www.photobucket.com. When using that site make sure that your "image max size default" would be 1 megabyte (it can be changed under options).
  5. Posting to the forums. Now there's just one more step ahead. Copy your image link from photobucket. Either Direct link which means you have to add image or bigimage tag in forums. Or IMG Code which means you already have image tags and you don't have to add them in CC forums. Just copy one of them and in the end, when you want image posted in the forums it has to look like this:
    Code: Select all
    [img]DIRECT IMAGE LINK[/img]

    OR
    Code: Select all
    [BigImg]DIRECT IMAGE LINK[/BigImg]

Next time we'll look closer to some other ways how to post scoreboards. A bit late but nevertheless...


Have a Happy New Year!

amazzony



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This week we bring you an interview with Japs. All questions are based on reader suggestions. Our next interview is with a tournament director, Night Strike. You can send in your question in this thread.

Now, on with the interview!

Q: Hello, Japs.

A:

Q:How did you find this website?

A:I googled risk online because I wanted to find a good online risk game.

Q: Why did you join CC?

A:This site was the best online risk page I saw so I joined it.

Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

A:It seemed like a way to step up my level competition.

Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

A: I like participating in them so I said why not run one?

Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

A:I have only been doing it for a few months but I think its great!

Q:What tournament did you first run?

A:Short WW2 tourny

Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

A: World War two is one of my favorite wars to learn about.

Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

A:Brandon Berry (one of my good friends)

Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

A:The first I ran a longer version of a WW2 tourney but it was never completed.
The first one I ran in I don't really remember.

Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

A:One. I'm thinking about running another and I am participating in Hitman North America.

Q:What tournaments have you organized?

A:

Only one, Short World War 2 tourney

Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

A:My only one 8-)

Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

A:Hitman so far. Its very entertaining and has some great players.

Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

A:right now I'm picking enter because I have a busy holiday season.

Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?

A: I prefer to run them where the winner of each round advances. It is the most clear cut.

Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

A:I find it easier to choose them myself.

Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

A:I am currently in two tournaments. I cant really play a lot though because I am not premium.

Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

A:I had lost so many games by the time I won one I was ecstatic.

Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

A:Nope, but there is always time :)

Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

A:It wasnt really a loss, It was more of a failure to correctly organize a tourney...

Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

A:Fresh Idea, people who want to join, and originality.

Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

A:The CC olympics seems like a very good tourny.

Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

A:Halloween Tourneys.

Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

A:Yes I failed to have one completed. Not really in the ones I entered.

Q: What makes a successful organizer?

A:The initiative to follow through with one.

Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

A:I just advertise on my private forms and on the Create Tourney Form. Invite only and restricted tourneys tend to give a greater sense of accomplishment to the winner.

Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

A:I wont lie, Its time consuming. :shock:

Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

A:Being able to congratulate the winner =D>

Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

A:Game scheduling and not having any reserves.

Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

A: Not having reserves. They are a must!!! I will let the signup period go on longer.

Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

A:I think that this is really up to the organizer. If it is a friendly clan tourney sure go ahead and join. If its a out of clan game pick whats best for you.

Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

A:Yes, very helpful and the contestants like to see their ranking.

Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

A:Not mine anyway, deadbeating ruins the games for other people.

Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

A:The reserve system is the fairest that I know of. It would be unfair to give a cook a free pass when a captain is in reserve and doesn't get to join.

Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

A:Not a whole lot, I'm quite satisfied.

Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

A:It would be tough but a tourny tree so you can show the games and the members in them and who advances to the next game. It would lay the whole thing out. I would not like to see anything taken away.

Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

A:I cant really voice my opinion here because the premiums are set for making it all fair by playing a lot more games in each round and since I don't pay for it I don't get the bonus.

Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

A:Start Small and work your way up. Its a lot less work and you can see just what needs to be done.

Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

A:1. Organization
2. Getting everyone in the right games
3. Getting privileges
4. Remembering Reserves
5. Keeping everyone patient

Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

A:30 minutes since I am a Freemium but if I was a premium it would be a lot longer.

Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

A:Im a proud member of KARMA and the Jesus Freaks.

Q:Who are you?

A:I am whatever the time calls for., usually I like to be Nick, Right now I am a member of CC. :D

Q: Why did you pick the name Japs?

A:When I started I was really into learning about the Japanese in World War two and the name just came to me from that.... By the way I'm not Japanese I'm American. I may be related to the U-boat Captain Lemp who lost the Enigma machine to the allies :o and the owners of the Lemp mansion in St. Louis.

Q:Some thought this might be a racist topic. Care to comment?

A:Its not, I liked to learn about them, I'm not trying to discriminate against anyone, my appologies to all offended. ;)

Q:Where are you from?

A:I'm from Waterford, Michigan but I have a lot of family living in Germany, my grandparents came from over there.

Q:Favourite play colour?

A:Black, I dont know why I just think its a good color.

Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

A:Conquer-man, its so darn confusing

Q:Favourite settings?

A:Sequential, Flat, No Cards, Unlimited, Fog/No Fog

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A:Sequential

Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

A: WW2 Pacific, Show the other side of the war the US was involved in.

Q: Any parting shots?

A: Don't give up if your a cook or cadet, its a learning experience. I was one for over a year and a half.

Q: Thank you for your time.

A:Thanks for this conversation and I hope people take something away from it. :D


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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 56: 14/01/09]

Postby Gozar on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:48 pm

Issue 56: 14/01/09

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Hello tournament fans. Tournaments keep happening and the newsletter keeps reporting. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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Our last poll asked, How did you come to play in tournaments? And here are the results:

Browsing Forums 77%
Clicking someone's signature 2%
Personal Invite 12%
Tournament Newsletter 5%
Other (word of mouth) 5%

Total votes : 65

Our next poll has now begun and asks, Would you not join a tournament if it included an assassin, terminator or freestyle game?
Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.


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With the departure of samuelc812, the newsletter is now in need of a new News Hound. If you are interested in taking on this roll, please contact me, Gozar.

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There has been a new category added to the Tournament Hall of Fame – Mixed, for tournaments with varying styles.

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Christmas Doubles
Organizer: kratos644

Triples Champion
Organizer: tyler197802198

Bring a Friend Along
Organizer: TaCtiX

Championship Series: Archipelago
Organizer: barterer2002


1 versus 1 Tournaments

The (2 Player) League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Global Gridiron Showdown
Organizer: skinnerstein

Road to the Final Four
Organizer: SurgeonGeneral

World Cup 2010 -- Asia
Organizer: Forza AZ


General Tournaments

Masters of Assassination
Organizer: ManBungalow

Quest for the Pick of Destiny
Organizer: joe cool 360

Race 1
Organizer: moneymatt

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes

Very Different C.S. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence

Monopoly Tournament
Organizer: ydeb

European League and Champion’s League
Organizer: doochbagbill

Poker Tournament Hold Em
Organizer: max is gr8

Conquer the Globe
Organizer: the.killing.44

America’s Tournament
Organizer: Schwournes

The Best Oasis Tournament
Organizer: murphy16

16 Player Tournament
Organizer: Tea leaves

Game Night!
Organizer: keiths31

Speed Tournament – Doodle Terminator
Organizer: DJ Teflon

Andre the Giant Has A Posse
Organizer: zissou2

7 Man Madness!
Organizer: Gilligan

Super Quick Tourney V2
Organizer: kratos644

Fit-To-Order Tournament
Organizer: Mr_Adams

Conquer Club Clash League
Organizer: sensfan

Dust
Organizer: Zoebear1

Reincarnation
Organizer: Megadeth666

Terminate the Cities
Organizer: JoJo123

Final Fantasy Wars
Organizer: frozen_flame

Revolt!
Organizer: a.sub

All the Maps on 1
Organizer: Zoebear1

Cooks and Cadets
Organizer: psychobkrazy

King of Doodle Earth
Organizer: tyler197802198

From Large Games to Small
Organizer: geigerm
The premise is pretty simple--you'll start off playing an 8-player game, the finals will consist of 1v1 games, and you'll play every size in between as you work your way through the tournament.
(11/56 as of Jan. 12)

The Evolutionary Tournament
Organiser: Woodruff
Triple-Elimination No-Spoils Adjacent Random Maps
32 plus alternates

Pro Tournament
Organizer: riskpro678


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Continental Champions
Organiser: sammy324
All first round games on six continents have begun, and players are vying for a spot in the finals. All players did a good job of joining games promptly, but 3 reserves were needed, and they were quite helpful.

Two at a Time Tournament
Organiser: danalan
A simple tournament offering a 1-year subscription to the winner. It's my first tournament, and I wanted to keep things simple and fun. There won't be more than 2 games running for any player.
Everybody has 6 chances to get into the second stage, and winning a game in that stage takes you to the final. So the overall winner needs only win as few as 3 games!
Almost halfway through with Stage 1 now.

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
3 people left to drink tea which is over two month old

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Last group left Hong Kong
Planned end date: 15 February

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
All people are singing in Iberia for santa now

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Eight starting.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
6/8 games of the finals finished.
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

From PaulusHBar Double Dutch - Coming January 22


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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Battle for Pearl Harbour" -mwcc
"Kotaros New World Singles Tourney" -Godd
"Championship Series: Classic Art" -RedBaron0
"Championship Series: Classic Shapes" -Bones2484
"Around All CCs Maps: Canada" -Blitzaholic
"Minimalist Tourney II" -samwisebrady
"Best and Worst Tour" -Gilligan
"Harbor of Pearls" -Dragon Dor, Pascalleke, Nachito
"Around All CC's Maps: British Isles" -Blitzaholic
"North America Leader" - - Darthblood
"Taca de Portugal - Portugal Cup" -MadRMax
"JRs 1v1 Challenge II" -killmanic
"America Tournament" -oakleyshole
"Battle for the New World" -jackin_u_up
"Foundry Update 7.0" -brandoncfi
"Sam's World Domination Tournament" -OTE
"Race To Conquer the New World" -darbeslod
"Around All CC's Maps:Cairns Coral Coast" -Natewolfman
"Journey To the New World" -Drake_259
"College Football Done Right" -_big_easy_
"The Greatest Nation" -Phr34ky
"A Trip Up the Nile" -joriki
"1v1 Tourney With a Twist" -Chopsiu
"Battle To Rule Doodle Earth II" -saaimen
"8 Man Madness!" -colson
"Around All CC's Maps: Brazil" -Topper
"The Pirate Training Academy" -tanjyr
"Terminator of All Terminators" - MEK
"Foundry Update Halloween Special" -MudPuppy
"Longboreders's Top Terminator Tournament Two" -moguai
"Games Tournament" -Godd
"JRs 1v1 Challenge III" -Diego_CR
"Difficult Maps - Triples Edition" -Velvecarrots, waseemalim, It.pie
"Stephan's 4man Freestyle" -DarthBlood
"Captain Moo's The Apprentice" -MudPuppy
"Montreal Magic Doubles" -Blitzaholic and Osujacket
"Assassinators" -jojo123


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This week we bring you an interview with Tournament Director Night Strike. All questions are based on reader suggestions. Stay tuned next week for more.

Now, on with the interview!

Q:Hello, Night Strike.

A: Hello again.

Q:How did you become a Tournament Director?

A:Steelhorse and Optimus were looking for a third set of helping hands, and OP felt that I would be a reliable person to work with. They (along with Twill) asked me if I was interested and offered me the position. I accepted.

Q:Whats your drive for running the Tournament section?

A:I don't take a ton of time running many tournaments simultaneously, so helping out as a director is a good fit for me. I don't have to worry about having a dozen tournaments to update in a day, so if I'm having a busy day, I just log in and do the easy tasks like moving threads and granting privs. Then if there are tasks that take longer, I can find time to get them done without worrying too much about the set update schedule.

Q:What tournament did you first run?

A:Movie Rental Mania

Q:Are there things you learned from your 1st tournament and add/removed them in your other tournaments?

A: I've learned the importance of round limits, especially in no or flat rate spoils. I've had a lot of games take a really long time and had to eventually cut the games off using BOB, even though it wasn't originally in the rules. The advice I would give is that if something comes up where you have to modify the tournament rules, make sure everyone knows well in advance of the changes.

Q:What is your favorite kind of tournament? why?

A:I prefer tournaments that have a well-developed theme. I don't like it when people just throw up a bracket and settings and call it a tournament. When looking for a tournament to join, those organizers who have put together a good theme and format are much more likely to be dedicated to their tournament.

Q:As a tournament moderator, what are your top ten "Most annoying things" CC users do?

A:Troll, spam, make a bunch of crappy tournaments, being too dense to actually read the logic behind a decision. I'll just stick with those 4.

Q:How many people on your friend list? Your foe list?

A:10 friends and 9 Foes (although a couple are banned/busted)

Q:What is your favourite pro sport?

A:Baseball and Football (American)

Q:Who is your favourite pro sports team?

A:St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs

Q:What is OTIS and what will OTIS include and look like and how will it help both tournaments and clans?

A:Good question. I don't really know anymore. And couldn't give out secrets of upcoming updates even if I did know.

Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

A:I suppose enter since those are most of my games and I don't run a large number of tournaments.

Q:Why don't you talk to Optimus Prime on MSN as much anymore?

A:Because he has been online mostly during the day while I've been on in the evening.

Q:How come you aren't as much fun as you used to be?

A:Fun is in the eye of the beholder.

Q:Do you think you should contemplate retirement so as to remedy the situations involved in the two questions above?

A:Not at this time.

Q:Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

A:I don't play in a lot of tournaments, but I do play in several and they account for most of my games.

Q:In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

A:One that finishes in a semi-timely manner where the participants enjoyed themselves without complaints.

Q:What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

A:There is such a variety of tournaments that this is not a good question for me to answer. The most successful ones would probably be the biggest tournaments that take a dedicated organizer to run smoothly. Dinky 16 player brackets are a cop-out for many now that we have the medals.

Q:What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

A:Not being prepared. And some organizers are just plain lazy in their PMs: send the games TO the players, don't make them look it up.

Q:If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

A:Increase the frequency of updates.

Q:What changes do you hope to bring to the tournament forum in the near future?

A:We just brought up 2 new directors, so I'm sure there will be a lot of things coming this spring. I've been contemplating various changes to the medal system, but haven't come up with anything solid to run with.

Q:Why has it taken so long to see an official tournament?

A:CC Olympics was the first official tournament. Now if only I could get it finished.

Q:Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

A:Plan everything out, organize your posts/files, and ask for help if you need it.

Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

A:Probably way too much.

Q:Favourite play colour?

A:It doesn't really matter. I can win or lose from any color.

Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

A:I've become pretty decent at Puget Sound, but I like most classic-style maps. I do not like the AoR maps.

Q:Favourite settings?

A:Flat Rate/chained for 1v1, flat rate with chained or unlimited for teams, and I'm getting better at escalating for singles

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A:Sequential

Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

A:I'm planning to run a tournament featuring WidowMaker's new USA 6-pack, but I have not had time to design it. I do have a few possibilities floating about. A new Amazing Race tournament will probably come out this spring and I've had ideas regarding a tournament that uses Age of Merchants.

Q:How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, IF a woodchuck could chuck wood?

A:2 cords

Q:Any parting shots?

A:I will outlive the almighty Optimus Prime

Q:Thank you for your time.

A:No problem......now off to give the foundry my time.


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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 57: 22/01/09]

Postby Gozar on Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:53 pm

Issue 57: 22/01/09

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Hello tournament fans. Tournaments keep happening and the newsletter keeps reporting. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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Would you not join a tournament if it included an assassin, terminator or freestyle game?
Our poll is still running. Watch this space for the results to be posted.
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Two New Tournament Director‘s

Over the Years we have seen 6 different Tournament Directors...
This week we can add 2 more names to this list...

This week saw two new Tournament Directors added to help out in the Tournaments Forum. Gilligan and Natewolfman after serving as Tournament Elves for a quite a while joined the team of dedicated Directors already overseeing the Tournaments. After the resignation of Optimus Prime at the end of 2008 Steelhorse and Night Strike were looking after the Tournament Forums all by themselves, but with these extra sets of hands now assisting, the Tournament Community can look forward to even more dedication and innovation in the months and years to come.

Here is what Steelhorse and Night Strike had to say about bringing the new director’s onboard…

Steelhorse wrote:A Warm Welcome to Gilligan and Natewolfman, our 2 newest Tournament Directors.

As most of you know, Nate and Gill have been working as Tourney Elves for quite some time and have done a stellar job. Both have devoted many hours to improving the Tournaments Forum and assisting myself, Night Strike, and Optimus with the day-to-day operations and logistics.

When it came time to look for help in the form of new Tournament Directors, it was fairly obvious ,to all involved, who would be the best choices at this time. These two have certainly paid their dues and proven their value to the Tournaments Forum and to the CC community at large.

So, with that I'd like to formally announce our 2 newest Tournament Directors, Gilligan and Natewolfman.

I thank you both for your past and continuing efforts in making CC the best gaming site on the net.

Steelhorse


And I also asked the 2 new Director’s to comment about their new positions, and here is what they had to say…

Natewolfman wrote:I am glad to be a part of Team CC, and especially a part of the Tournament Directors. Tournaments have been my main thing on CC since I stumbled onto the forums, and I am glad I have been a positive influence, and hopefully this can translate into my new job. If anyone ever needs help or has questions, I will do my best to help you, or find the person who can. Thanks CC.


Gilligan wrote:Hola tournament fans,

I'd just like to say thanks to all of you who keep this forum running. Without all of the organizers and players, this forum would not be what it is today, so hats off to you guys.

Now that I just became a Tournament Director, I can personally help you with more things, such as privileges and medals. I've done organizing for over two years, so this is a big thing for me to do what I love and to share it with those who do as well. Thanks guys.

--Gilligan


That’s all from me for this weeks News Hound, This is samuelc812 reporting for the Tournament Newsletter. If you have good ideas for stories than apply for the position of News Hound today, by dropping Gozar a PM.


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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Christmas Doubles
Organizer: kratos644

Bring a Friend Along
Organizer: TaCtiX
A doubles tournament where you don't sign up with a partner at first. You get that partner onboard after the tournament has filled. Round-robin play on good Doubles maps.

Road to the Super Bowl
Organiser: king sam

16 Team Round Robin 2v2
Organiser: Surgeon General

2009 World Baseball Classic Quads
Organiser: Amphibious Rodent
Double-elimination tournament featuring 16 countries.

1 versus 1 Tournaments

The (2 Player) League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Global Gridiron Showdown
Organizer: skinnerstein

Road to the Final Four
Organizer: SurgeonGeneral
Needs Reserves

Conquest, War and Seige!
Organiser: Kotaro

From Order Comes Chaos
Organiser: GrimReaper.

Foundry Update 8.1
Organiser: Natewolfman

Master of the First Age
Organiser: DarthBlood

General Tournaments

Schwournes’ World Tour
Organizer: Schwournes

Very Different C.S. Tournament
Organizer: Tupence
Reserves Needed

Monopoly Tournament
Organizer: ydeb
Reserves Needed

Conquer the Globe
Organizer: the.killing.44
Reserves Needed

America’s Tournament
Organizer: Schwournes

The Best Oasis Tournament
Organizer: murphy16

16 Player Tournament
Organizer: Tea leaves

Speed Tournament – Doodle Terminator
Organizer: DJ Teflon

Andre the Giant Has A Posse
Organizer: zissou2

Super Quick Tourney V2
Organizer: kratos644

Fit-To-Order Tournament
Organizer: Mr_Adams

Dust
Organizer: Zoebear1

Final Fantasy Wars
Organizer: frozen_flame

All the Maps on 1
Organizer: Zoebear1

Cooks and Cadets
Organizer: psychobkrazy
Reserves Needed

King of Doodle Earth
Organizer: tyler197802198

From Large Games to Small
Organizer: geigerm
The premise is pretty simple--you'll start off playing an 8-player game, the finals will consist of 1v1 games, and you'll play every size in between as you work your way through the tournament.
(11/56 as of Jan. 12)

Jump the Castle!
Organiser: riskyman1221

King of Luxembourg 2- Freestyle
Organiser: sailorseal

Tourney of Disaster!
Organiser: Jennybh

Poketourney
Organiser: juliusceaser

Speed Tournament - Doodle Terminator
Organiser: DJ Teflon

Schwournes World Tour
Organiser: Schwournes

GameZZone: Starcraft
Organiser: amazzony

Minimalist Tourney III
Organiser: Boss_oss_ss

Class Struggle
Organizer: TaCktiX
A metamap tournament based off of The Citadel, both in map and in reality. Very low game load (likely 4-5 most rounds), but likely a high number of rounds.
Players needed: 18 regular, 5 reserves


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Every Single Setting: Classic
Organiser: TaCktiX
A tournament of positively massive size, doing exactly what the title says: having games of every single setting on the map of Classic. A full points system is being used to decide eliminations each round. Game load is very high (90 in the first round).
Status: In the second round, with 7 player matches on Standard, Terminator, and Assassin
Approximate Completion: 20%

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Finished :!: Most people had fun and amazzony did win =D>

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
already 20 people went back home
Planned end date: 18 February

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
First people start singing in Actium
Planned End Date: 5 May

Mac Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup
The Mac Donut is more tasty then normal :mrgreen:
Planned end date: 10 October

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Eight underway.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Eight tournaments by different organizers, with the winners competing for a premium prize. Join one, or join them all, the choice is yours.
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
Hath has won.
lord voldemort's Double Elimination Delight
graulenst has won.
Natewolfman’s Lost in Translation Tournament
KidWhiskey Wins
Sir. Ricco’s Mission – Survive the Longest V4.0
biscuit boy wins
Gozar’s Battle for Waterloo Tournament
waseemalim wins
amazzony's Musical Chairs
EdwinG wins
barterer2002's Alien Invasion
EdwinG wins
jennifermarie’s The C-list
Hath wins


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms

From PaulusHBar Double Dutch, This tournament will need only 9 double teams - Coming January 22


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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"EIOT Battle for Warterloo" - waseemalim
"Drug Lord Hitman" -madman7
"Pirates of the Mediterannean" -Natelya
"Around All CCs Maps: Berlin 1961" -nagerous
"Around All CCs Maps: Bamboo Jack" -Jackofalltrades
"Thanksgiving" -Gilligan
"Escalators" -Blitzaholic
"Mythical Magical Journey" -FidelX
"Pokemon Pearl" -dustin800
"Asian Dinner Date" -amazzony
"Battle for Pearl Harbour" -mwcc
"Kotaros New World Singles Tourney" -Godd
"Championship Series: Classic Art" -RedBaron0
"Championship Series: Classic Shapes" -Bones2484
"Around All CCs Maps: Canada" -Blitzaholic
"Minimalist Tourney II" -samwisebrady
"Best and Worst Tour" -Gilligan
"Harbor of Pearls" -Dragon Dor, Pascalleke, Nachito
"Around All CC's Maps: British Isles" -Blitzaholic
"North America Leader" - - Darthblood
"Taca de Portugal - Portugal Cup" -MadRMax
"JRs 1v1 Challenge II" -killmanic
"America Tournament" -oakleyshole
"Battle for the New World" -jackin_u_up
"Foundry Update 7.0" -brandoncfi
"Sam's World Domination Tournament" -OTE
"Race To Conquer the New World" -darbeslod
"Around All CC's Maps:Cairns Coral Coast" -Natewolfman
"Journey To the New World" -Drake_259
"College Football Done Right" -_big_easy_
"The Greatest Nation" -Phr34ky
"A Trip Up the Nile" -joriki
"1v1 Tourney With a Twist" -Chopsiu
"Battle To Rule Doodle Earth II" -saaimen
"8 Man Madness!" -colson
"Around All CC's Maps: Brazil" -Topper
"The Pirate Training Academy" -tanjyr
"Terminator of All Terminators" - MEK
"Foundry Update Halloween Special" -MudPuppy
"Longboreders's Top Terminator Tournament Two" -moguai
"Games Tournament" -Godd
"JRs 1v1 Challenge III" -Diego_CR
"Difficult Maps - Triples Edition" -Velvecarrots, waseemalim, It.pie
"Stephan's 4man Freestyle" -DarthBlood
"Captain Moo's The Apprentice" -MudPuppy


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To abandon Newsletter at this time is making my heart bleed but I'm not capable of doing my advice columns as well as it deserves to be done. So, I'm leaving Tournament Newsletter for awhile, in hope to return some day with more inspiration, better ideas and smarter advice.

Keep reading the Newsletter and appreciate the work that is done to bring it to you!

amazzony



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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 58: 28/01/09]

Postby Gozar on Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:38 pm

Issue 58: 28/01/09

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Hello tournament fans. More tournament news for your pleasure. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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Would you not join a tournament if it included an assassin, terminator or freestyle game?
Our poll is still running, so vote while there is still time!
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Tournament Dates are now added to the Tournament Hall of Fame!

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Road to the Super Bowl
Organizer: king sam

16 Team Round Robin 2v2
Organizer: Surgeon General

End of Days
Organizer: Blitzaholic

Mixed Maps
Organizer: Natascha

Bar Double Dutch
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 3x3 windmill setup
This tournament has 9 double teams, but still needs some reserves :ugeek:
Planned start date: 9 February


1 versus 1 Tournaments

The (2 Player) League
Organizer: BaldAdonis

Best Players of the 2000’s NCAA
Organizer: blacky44

Best Players of the 2000’s NFL
Organizer: blacky44

An Evolutionary Tournament II
Organizer: Woodruff

British Isles: Best of the Best
Organizer: Lady Hellia

From Order Comes Chaos
Organizer: GrimReaper.

New College Basketball Season
Organizer: dutchxc

Lost: When and Where Are We?
Organizer: JoJo123

Around All CC’s Maps: CCU
Organizer: HighlanderAttack


General Tournaments

Fit-To-Order Tournament
Organizer: Mr_Adams

Final Fantasy Wars
Organizer: frozen_flame

From Large Games to Small
Organizer: geigerm
The premise is pretty simple--you'll start off playing an 8-player game, the finals will consist of 1v1 games, and you'll play every size in between as you work your way through the tournament.
(11/56 as of Jan. 12)

Jump the Castle!
Organizer: riskyman1221

Tourney of Disaster!
Organizer: Jennybh

Poketourney
Organizer: juliusceaser

GameZZone: Starcraft
Organizer: amazzony

Class Struggle
Organizer: TaCktiX
A metamap tournament based off of The Citadel, both in map and in reality. Very low game load (likely 4-5 most rounds), but likely a high number of rounds.
Players needed: 18 regular, 5 reserves

Terrorism 101
Organizer: anamainiacks

NHL 2008-09
Organizer: SNARF17WD

Champion of Scotland
Organizer: scottishleaf

World War II
Organizer: JweezyIII

King of the Mountains
Organizer: sailorseal

WWII Europe Skills
Organizer: Iron Maid

You’ve Been Hired To Kill That King
Organizer: DarthBlood

Just In Time Tournament
Organizer: coded

Joe’s Knucklehead Tournament
Organizer: tyler197802198

Country Clash
Organizer: dellmanlego

European Knockout Club
Organizer: DJ Teflon


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Asian Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup.
Finished :!: Most people had fun and amazzony did win =D>

City trip
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
Everybody left Sydney and last visister-group did go to San Francisco
Planned end date: 25 February

Trippel Trappel
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 6x6 windmill setup
Everybody is singing in Actium
Planned End Date: 5 May

Mac Dinner Date
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup
Most people are eating a Big Mac
Planned end date: 10 October

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Eight underway.

The Long Walk
Organisers: Gozar
All games before the next elimination are now running.

Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
Finals are now pending.

World Baseball CLassic - Quads
Organiser: AmphibiousRodent
A double elimination tournament featuring 16 countries. The first round is underway.


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Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
The Serbian Conquest
Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
God of Godds
Night Sticks and Stones
Down and Dirty V
Brothers in Arms


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Here are some recent tournament winners.

"Grand Prix Season 1" -Daviedoo
"Pearl Harbour" -Shatners Bassoon, Chariot of Fire, Daryth, Jpeter15
"Assassins Creed Tournament" -fwblb
"NFL Season" -Jojo123
"Doubles Elimination III" -MudPuppy and Checkmated
"16 Bracket Showdown" -Godd
"Around All CCs Maps: BeNeLux" -killmanic
"Realms War" -BamBam
"Tupence's African Tournament" -BrotherWolf
"Dictate the Universe" -Velodra
"Hitman Europe" -shoop76
"Around All CCs Maps: Battle for Iraq" -killmanic
"EIOT Battle for Warterloo" - waseemalim
"Drug Lord Hitman" -madman7
"Pirates of the Mediterannean" -Natelya
"Around All CCs Maps: Berlin 1961" -nagerous
"Around All CCs Maps: Bamboo Jack" -Jackofalltrades
"Thanksgiving" -Gilligan
"Escalators" -Blitzaholic
"Mythical Magical Journey" -FidelX
"Pokemon Pearl" -dustin800
"Asian Dinner Date" -amazzony
"Battle for Pearl Harbour" -mwcc
"Kotaros New World Singles Tourney" -Godd
"Championship Series: Classic Art" -RedBaron0
"Championship Series: Classic Shapes" -Bones2484
"Around All CCs Maps: Canada" -Blitzaholic
"Minimalist Tourney II" -samwisebrady
"Best and Worst Tour" -Gilligan


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This week we sat down for a chat with a.sub. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week, our interview is with Zoebear1. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

Now, on with the interview!

Q: Hello, a.sub.

A: Hey!

Q:How did you find this website?

A: I was pointed in its direction through a friend who doesn't play here anymore, I believe he was (before he quit anyway) ipopmycollar

Q: Why did you join CC?

A:I'm a risk nerd and damn proud :lol:

Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

A:Well I was in the forums (for the first time) and ran into it, it seemed simple to join one so I did, although I forget what the first one I joined was :?

Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

A: Well all the tournaments I saw usually had a high ranked member as the winner. so I figured it would be fair to make one for newer ranks (cooks and below) to give them a good shot at a victory, thus came my "Battle of the N00bs" franchise.

Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

A: 2008-07-28 15:20:35 - Game has been initialized
That's the date of the first tournament game I ever made :)

Q:What tournament did you first run?

A: Battle of the n00bs

Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

A:
Well all the tournaments I saw usually had a high ranked member as the winner. so I figured it would be fair to make one for newer ranks (cooks and below) to give them a good shot at a victory, thus came my "Battle of the N00bs" franchise.
copy and paste ftw! :lol: :lol:

Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

A: Actually I took a lot of advice from ZZ on things like brackets and using an excel spread sheet to organize your ideas.

Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

A: For the first one I was in was ZZ's olympics, the first group, it was a lot of fun, each win felt like more of a victory than just points and each loss was more of a loss than just points, it was fun.
For the first one I ran, like I said was battle of the n00bs, and when I look back at it I see all the stupid things I did :oops:

Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

A: I have finished 4, I'm running 3 right now simultaneously, and as for retiring I can only answer this with a quote
[quote=Wierd Al]I'll be mellow when I'm dead[/quote]

Q:What tournaments have you organized?

A:
  • Batlle of the n00bs
  • Tour de france (ongoing)
  • Revolt! (ongoing)

Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

A: Well the revolt tourney seems like it will be a lot of fun, but I guess we have to wait to find out :D

Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

A: Not to blow my own horn, but I think it was battle of the n00bs, because it was easy to play, as you only played people on your own level, but at the same time anyone can join and win!

Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

A: run, I would play more but I'm a freemium :(

Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?

A: well I usually prefer brackets because they are easy, (a trend revolt should break) and I usually like the options to be voted on, I like that freedom to be there. the only exception is in the Tour de France, I did that because playing that on say the Asia map would be just plain dumb :lol:

Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

A:
I usually like the options to be voted on, I like that freedom to be there. the only exception is in the Tour de France, I did that because playing that on say the Asia map would be just plain dumb :lol:
I should stop doing that lol

Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

A:I don't play a lot of tournament games actually, its because I can only have four slots and it seems that the time between games in a tourney tends to be longer than normal, when I get premium eventually I will definitely play in more.

Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

A: :lol: That was a lot of fun, because I felt like I had just conquered the world haha

Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

A: :oops: no

Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

A: None actually, I find complete amusement in losing in tournaments :lol:

Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

A: Everyone has fun, even if everyone loses and the world collapses in the process, as long as a good few laughs were made, who cares?

Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

A: hmmmmmm, probably BotN2, no deadbeats, and no complaints :D

Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

A: Underestimated? Like under valued? I actually never cared about the "value" of my tourneys, yeah they aren't anywhere as honor deserving as some of those

Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

A: None that i have entered, as for ones I have run? yeah, but it was more, "Wow that was dumb of me" moments

Q: What makes a successful organizer?

A: Making people enjoy their tournaments, how to do that? I have no idea :P

Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

A: I post really awesome messages that attract attention :lol: I used to send out mass PMs but I stopped haha. What appeals to people should be a set up that makes them go, "FUCKIN' EPIC!" :lol:

Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

A: Messing up :oops: which I do a lot

Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

A: I don't know actually, I run them and enjoy doing so but I have no idea why

Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

A: Well for me it was just being dumb, wrong passwords, wrong games, wrong setting etc.

Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

A: NEVER send our mass PMs with games, I found out the hard way that people can join the wrong games, oh and never make a bunch of games with the player's name in the subject and make your players search for it, not that I ever did that 8-[ :mrgreen:

Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

A: I dont know enough about how clanmates work with/against each other in games to argue that, but I think a TO should join his/her tourney's as long as they can maintain a neutral stance :)

Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

A: :lol: actually I rarely update my thread, I usually just PM the player, they are really the only ones who care :lol:

Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

A: Yeah, they never gave me any troubles

Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

A: Use a reserve if possible, but if you can't then a bye is fairer then trying to find another reserve.

Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

A: free premium member ships for all :lol: :lol:

Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

A: Well one thing would be for all the tournament games in active tournaments to be in a tab in "my games" would greatly reduce my searching for them as I am running 3 tournaments

Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

A: have fun!

Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

A: actually the only one that I truly have a problem with is when people in my tournaments don't follow directions. Like I will ask people to vote one something and give them a format to fill out. They will not use the format, vote on things that they weren't supposed to, not vote on things they were supposed to. Or for home maps they say stuff like "I don't care" which is annoying because if they didn't care they could just pick one at random

Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

A: Well it takes up a lot but I multi task, I check threads while doing my homework, etc.

Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

A: A bunch actually :lol:, look at my signature, haha, the only one not there is the dare to be funny clan, and that's because I need to figure out a a good signature for that :P

Q:Who are you?

A: I am SPARTACUS!

Q: Why did you pick the name a.sub?

A: first letter of first name, and last 3 of my last. Why 1 and 3? because ad.subr sounds dumb :lol:

Q:Where are you from?

A: Born in CA, lived in Tucson, AZ for 7 years, and now moved back to the east bay in CA, the Danville area. But my heritage is Indian (Asian)

Q:Are you, or ever have you, been diagnosed with a mental instability or disability?

A: nope

Q:Why are you so awesome?

A: :lol:

Q:Why do you ask questions that you should answer yourself ?

A: Because I thought it would be funny :lol:

Q:Favourite play colour?

A: red! its my favorite color (avatar :lol:)

Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

A: I like simple maps that don't have too complex of gameplay. and this is only because it confuses me, I like things that are simple, not necessarily just countries and bonuses but something that doesnt have like 80 different gimmicks to confuse people.

Q:Favourite settings?

A: sequential, unlimited, flat rate, no fog

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A: sequential

Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

A: not really, i was thinking of an assassin-esque tournament

Q: Any parting shots?

A: I don't understand

Q: Thank you for your time.

A:Thanks for setting this up! it was fun


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Interviews Interview with Zoebear1

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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 59: 05/02/09]

Postby Gozar on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:46 pm

Issue 59: 05/02/09

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Hello tournament fans. More tournament news for your pleasure. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

Thanks, and enjoy!
Gozar


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Would you not join a tournament if it included an assassin, terminator or freestyle game?
Our poll is still running, so vote while there is still time!
Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.


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We are still seeking an interested, motivated player to fill the News Hound role. We are always glad to have people interested in helping. If you are, please contact me, Gozar.


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The first speed tournament has completed! DJ Teflon hosts Speed Doodle Terminator!

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Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

Teams Tournaments

Mixed Maps 3
Organizer: Natascha

Mixed Maps 2
Organizer: Natascha

Credit Crunch
Organizer: Pedronicus

Freestyle Speed Doubles
Organizer: Jeff Hardy


1 versus 1 Tournaments

Best Players of the 2000’s NCAA
Organizer: blacky44

From Order Comes Chaos
Organizer: GrimReaper.

New College Basketball Season
Organizer: dutchxc

Around All CC’s Maps: CCU
Organizer: HighlanderAttack

Conquest of the Ages
Organizer: jim save

Around All CC’s Maps: Centerscape
Organizer: HighlanderAttack


General Tournaments

Final Fantasy Wars
Organizer: frozen_flame

Jump the Castle!
Organizer: riskyman1221

Tourney of Disaster!
Organizer: Jennybh

Poketourney
Organizer: juliusceaser

Class Struggle
Organizer: TaCktiX
A metamap tournament based off of The Citadel, both in map and in reality. Very low game load (likely 4-5 most rounds), but likely a high number of rounds.
Players needed: 18 regular, 5 reserves

Terrorism 101
Organizer: anamainiacks

World War II
Organizer: JweezyIII

WWII Europe Skills
Organizer: Iron Maid

Country Clash
Organizer: dellmanlego

European Knockout Club
Organizer: DJ Teflon

Moody Non-Premium Classic 2
Organizer: MrMoody

Best Movie Ever – CC Edition II
Organizer: poptartpsycho18

Amazing Race I
Organizer: blacky44

American Idol Season 8
Organizer: Tupence

Pearl Harbor Game Series
Organizer: stringybeany

Bounty Hunters Tournament
Organizer: der sniffter

NFL Draft
Organizer: blacky44


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Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

Union of European CC Football Cup 2007= MarVal (Vitesse)
Organiser: MarVal
  • The announcement of this tournament started on: 07 Mar 2007.
  • The first game has been initialized on: 16 Apr 2007.
  • The last game finished on: 26 Jan 2009.
  • Total time of this tournament: from 07 Mar 2007 till 26 Jan 2009. Thats around 1 year and 10 months!!!
  • And their are 99 games played.

The winner of the first Union of European CC Football Cup 2007:

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The first winner of the Golden Boot award of this tournament:

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    TLO 2009
    Organiser: Lindax
    Round 1 of 9
    I think this is something really different. It's teams playing every other team once. They play 4 singles games, 4 doubles games and quad game. Every win gives points, the team with the most points beats the other team. At the end the team with the most wins over other teams wins. It's more a league or competition then a regular tourney :mrgreen:

    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    We all started with a cola :P
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    City trip
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
    Visiting of city's continues, but inos will be the tournament winner
    Planned end date: 25 February

    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    First group stopped singing in Actium
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    Everybody is drinking a banana milkshake
    Planned end date: 10 October

    Halloween Hollows II
    Organiser: amazzony
    Tournament that started on All Hallow's Eve, has reached to finals. First final game between Ghoulies (Dominator7, Spijker81, ultrafit, TheTrueNorth) and Sweet Sisters (fishydance, Marfski, MEK, loes) is about to begin.

    Olympics Part 2: Altius
    Organiser: amazzony
    Second huge tournament - doubles - in the series dedicated to Summer Olympics is about to end. Currently Bronze medal games are played where Natewolfman & qwert and biteme143 & theonly jKiLLa are fighting for it. Gold medal games are waiting for those games to end so CandaVespin & bamage and reahma & ultraman could decide in best of 3 fight who is the winner.

    Olympics Part 3: Fortius
    Organiser: amazzony
    Third huge tournament in the series dedicated to Summer Olympics is on its first and second qualifying rounds and even though we have events that haven't finished their first round games then in a few weeks we will already know the names of first finalists.

    TO Table Tennis Tournament: Main Court
    Organiser: amazzony
    To get updates of how the multiorganiser tournament is going, check the Main Court or visit individual tournament threads which can be found below.


    From Large Games to Small Games
    Organiser: geigerm
    Round 1 games are under way

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Eight underway.

    The Long Walk
    Organisers: Gozar
    All games before the next elimination are now running.

    Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
    Finals are now pending.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
    The Serbian Conquest
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "The Land of Luck" -seamusvibe
    "Don't Take Too Long - 2v2 Edition" -oldbenjamin & ctgottapee
    "City Mogul Series Fast Track" -banana_hammocks
    "North American Wars II" -Bad Speler
    "Extreme Global War(ming)" -Gilligan
    "Prime's Singles Season" -RedBaron0
    "Difficult Maps Double Edition" -lt.Pie, waseemalim
    "Quick and Simple Tournament 3" -MEK
    "Master of the First Age" -Silver-
    "Kot's Feudal War Singles" -killmanic
    "Speed Tournament Doodle Terminator" -hundredand1aces
    "World Cup 2010 Africa" -Shai
    "Moody's Non-premium Classic" -olkok
    "You're Eliminated X" -Godd
    "Twiztid's Terminator 2" -Barry Zuckercorn
    "There Can Only Be One: Terminator" -PHALIM
    "King of Luxembourg 2 Freestyle" -banana_hammocks
    "Union of European CC Championship 2007" -MarVal
    "Grand Prix Season 1" -Daviedoo
    "Pearl Harbour" -Shatners Bassoon, Chariot of Fire, Daryth, Jpeter15
    "Assassins Creed Tournament" -fwblb
    "NFL Season" -Jojo123
    "Doubles Elimination III" -MudPuppy and Checkmated
    "16 Bracket Showdown" -Godd
    "Around All CCs Maps: BeNeLux" -killmanic
    "Realms War" -BamBam
    "Tupence's African Tournament" -BrotherWolf
    "Dictate the Universe" -Velodra
    "Hitman Europe" -shoop76
    "Around All CCs Maps: Battle for Iraq" -killmanic
    "EIOT Battle for Warterloo" - waseemalim
    "Drug Lord Hitman" -madman7
    "Pirates of the Mediterannean" -Natelya
    "Around All CCs Maps: Berlin 1961" -nagerous
    "Around All CCs Maps: Bamboo Jack" -Jackofalltrades
    "Thanksgiving" -Gilligan
    "Escalators" -Blitzaholic


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    Unfortunately, Zoebear1backed out of this weeks interview.
    However, next week, we will have an interview with TaCktiX. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.


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    Interviews Interview with TaCktiX

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    Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 60: 11/02/09]

    Postby Gozar on Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:52 pm

    Issue 60: 11/02/09

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    Hello tournament fans. This week stahrgazer takes a try at the News Hound position. Enjoy!
    As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

    Thanks, and enjoy!
    Gozar


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    Would you not join a tournament if it included an assassin, terminator or freestyle game?
    Our poll is still running, so vote while there is still time!
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    Clan Wars

    Everyone who has been around CC for a while has heard the term, "Clan War" or seen members of one clan hollering for a member's victory over someone in another clan. A clan war is where clan leaders or members arrange rules of engagement with other clan leaders or members; then various teams from those clans engage. The clan of teams that win the most games, wins the war. It might be easy to assume from that that, that the clan with the most war victories is the 'best' of all clans, but it is not as simple as that.

    Consider a clan that plays all freestyle games; is that clan "better" than a clan that won all its sequential games? What if one clan war ignored maps that were used in another clan war? How does one determine which is the 'best' clan?

    A group of bright players, possibly headed by jpcloet, came up with the idea of a "Clan Ladder". Said jpcloet in his forum post, "Unofficial Clan Ladder,"

    jpcloet wrote:Some of you may have seen the Clan Director's post around the future of clans on CC. One of the key messages is that some "unofficial" things could be done by the group here and I'm going to start another "unofficial" clan item. I've been asked to run another league and also another tournament, however there are limitations to both so I will avoid them for now. Please continue to post your clan's challenge results on that thread (final score needed) and I will update the ladder.

    Using MarVal's thread on challenges that have been completed, and a number of other challenges that I'm aware of (Teams Doubles League), I've compiled the unofficial clan ladder rankings using the ELO system used for chess using all the statistical data I could find.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system wrote:

    The Elo rating system is a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players in two-player games such as chess and Go. It is named after its creator Arpad Elo (1903–1992, born as Élő Árpád), a Hungarian-born American physics professor.

    The Elo system was invented as an improved chess rating system, but today it is also used in many other games. It is also used as a rating system for multiplayer competition in a number of computer games, and has been adapted to team sports including association football, American college football and basketball, and Major League Baseball.


    Impressive, no? It becomes obvious, however, when reading the forum, that no two clans are alike. Some detest escalating card rates for the same reasons other clans detest flat rates. Some like beta maps, others dislike them for warring purposes.

    To fix this, fifteen clans have engaged in a multi-week, multi-clan war, or clan ladder. Games began the week of January 17th, with the last games scheduled to start on June 27. Just like baseball and football leagues, clans have home games, away games, and "bye" weeks when they do not start games.

    There are 3 divisions of 5 clans, randomly placed sorting on RAND() in Excel 10 times.

    Division 1
    The Regulators
    Imperial Dragoons
    Empire
    THOTA
    De Veroveraars der Lage Landen

    Division 2
    Immortal Assassins
    Generation 1: The Clan
    The Last Warriors
    Black Sheep Squadron
    Mythology

    Division 3
    Sky Force
    The Spanking Monkeys
    Legion of the Damned
    Legends of War
    ++The Legion++

    Each clan plays 80 division games (home and away against each clan) and then another ten games against clans in other divisions (100 games).

    Play weeks and bye weeks are organized, and no team is a home team more than 2 weeks in a row (to minimize game creation pressure). Divisional games alternate with cross-over games; Divisional games begin and end the season. Only Divisional games count towards the ladder. The scoreboard is kept by league, rather than by division.

    Like most clan wars, certain rules for game setup were established:
    No Freesyle, No Speed; No duplicate maps in a 10 game set; No beta maps, (that may change later). For this particular "Clan Ladder," all teams from any clan are doubles teams; each clan is responsible to select representative teams for any week being played. To participate in the league, a clan must be a competitive league with members who adhere to the rules for competitive clans - such as, each member of a clan belonging to one and only one competitive clan.

    It is an innovative idea, a step up from "clan wars" and "tournaments" and we applaud those who worked to organize the system. Upon successful conclusion of this league, we can hope that another CC Clan World Series will begin, perhaps to include Triples and Quads teams.


    Helping Hands

    In a recent thread, a member of one’s clan was accused of cheating and abuse. Well, this writer would not have known about it but for an inter-clan forum post, that made the author look at forums other than tournaments and clan information.

    Something that caught one’s eye before entering the appropriate thread was the number of comments posted in Flame Wars and Tower of Babble. In and of themselves, the numbers are not necessarily notable, but 113846 (Flame Wars), 156664 (General CC Discussion), and 731460 (Babble) compared to 123752 (Map Foundry); 57655 (Suggestions and Bug Reports) and 160322 (Tournaments) reveals some interesting characteristics. We CC citizens would apparently rather flame each other than add to maps designs; would rather chat than provide ideas on improvements; and are almost five times more likely to babble than add to tournaments. The numbers only get worse if one reads the threads to see the quantity of inanities and arguments being posted under the guise of suggestions. The statistics of the matter could be quite discouraging.

    Eldridge Cleaver said, “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution.” For those who do not recall their black history, he was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party which was characterized “by a revolutionary ideology and by the commitment of the membership ... to promote its agenda for fundamental change...” (http://www.blackpanther.org/legacynew.htm)

    While the membership of CC may not be as organized as the Party became, we do have members who are committed to making this site more enjoyable. Moderators (it’s a tough job but someone has to do it); Clan Leaders (with power of leadership comes responsibility of same); Cartographers (we may not like all changes to maps, but we sure appreciate having a variety of maps); Tournament Organizers (the job entails much more than just getting a medal on a wall); and others, all contribute a piece of the pie that makes for sweet enjoyment.

    While reviewing the general forum, one came across the Tournament Newsletter. Oh, that is not to say it had not been seen before; after reading one issue, one determined to organize a tournament. Reading the latest issue, one determined to add one’s talent, such as it is, toward the newsletter. As jpcloet stated, “People should ask themselves, how can I make another member's experience a more enjoyable one?”

    If a community is to remain, it requires members who are willing to find an area in which to add their talent, innovation, and drive to improve not simply their personal rank, but to improve the experience for many. Fortunately, CC has such members. If the editors are willing, perhaps we can explore together, in future issues, what it was that drove someone to organize the Society of Cooks, what spearheads a member into organizing a new clan, or begin the trend toward organized tournaments.

    As one non-premium member said, things that members enjoy on CC are, “different maps, different strategies, the chat, old, young, mid,” in other words, the variety of games and people. He added, almost as an afterthought, “Helping people learn.”

    “Chat can be as much or more fun as the games,” but it takes a community of helping hands to keep us chatting. Kudos and applause to the helping hands that keep CC running – maybe not always smoothly, but at least, reliably. And with the help of all those behind-the-scenes hands, CC makes continual positive improvements.


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    The first speed tournament has completed! DJ Teflon hosts Speed Doodle Terminator!

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    Mixed Maps 3
    Organizer: Natascha

    Mixed Maps 2
    Organizer: Natascha

    Credit Crunch
    Organizer: Pedronicus

    Freestyle Speed Doubles
    Organizer: Jeff Hardy


    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    Best Players of the 2000’s NCAA
    Organizer: blacky44

    From Order Comes Chaos
    Organizer: GrimReaper.

    New College Basketball Season
    Organizer: dutchxc

    Around All CC’s Maps: CCU
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    Conquest of the Ages
    Organizer: jim save

    Around All CC’s Maps: Centerscape
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack


    General Tournaments

    Final Fantasy Wars
    Organizer: frozen_flame

    Jump the Castle!
    Organizer: riskyman1221

    Tourney of Disaster!
    Organizer: Jennybh

    Poketourney
    Organizer: juliusceaser

    Class Struggle
    Organizer: TaCktiX
    A metamap tournament based off of The Citadel, both in map and in reality. Very low game load (likely 4-5 most rounds), but likely a high number of rounds.
    Players needed: 18 regular, 5 reserves

    Terrorism 101
    Organizer: anamainiacks

    World War II
    Organizer: JweezyIII

    WWII Europe Skills
    Organizer: Iron Maid

    Country Clash
    Organizer: dellmanlego

    European Knockout Club
    Organizer: DJ Teflon

    Moody Non-Premium Classic 2
    Organizer: MrMoody

    Best Movie Ever – CC Edition II
    Organizer: poptartpsycho18

    Amazing Race I
    Organizer: blacky44

    American Idol Season 8
    Organizer: Tupence

    Pearl Harbor Game Series
    Organizer: stringybeany

    Bounty Hunters Tournament
    Organizer: der sniffter

    NFL Draft
    Organizer: blacky44


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

    2008-09 College Hoops season
    Organiser: flexmaster33
    The 2008-09 College Hoops season has moved into conference tournament action. Here’s a quick congrats to the regular-season champions in each of our 11 conferences. And best of luck to all of those chasing an automatic NCAA bid as Selection Day approaches.

    Big East: Pittsburgh (Easy N Dirty)
    ACC: Clemson (Aesop Jones)
    Big 10: Michigan State (yammers)
    Big 12: Kansas State (Lincecum)
    Pac 10: UCLA (lardass76)
    SEC: Alabama (kevlove)
    WAC/Mt. West: Air Force (pimphawks)
    Big Sky/WCC: San Francisco (endar1077)
    MAC: Bowling Green (knighthawk)
    Valley/CUSA: Illinois State (Lubawski)/Houston (wrexham)
    Atlantic 10: Rhode Island (doochbagbill)

    Around the World in 80 Days
    Organiser: stahrgazer
    Around the World in 80 Days Tournament 80% Complete.

    The battles progress around the world using the history of flight as a theme; the tournament director, stahrgazer, had a passion for aerospace early on and worked for 15 years in an aerospace engineering firm while co-director nemrehs1 had experience with prior tournaments.

    This tournament, which comes complete with half-year premium prizes for each of the members of the winning quads, began as 8 1v1 matches starting off where world flight began: Balloon races in Europe. Each contestant had to win 2 of three singles matches on different maps before picking a partner to continue on to doubles (Wright Brothers) rounds. Doubles partners who won two of three picked a third to go into the Triples Round, and triples winners (again, two of three matches each on a different map) will pick a Quads partner to battle for "Earth supremacy" on World 2.1.

    The setup was so popular, the maps so diverse and the theme described with such fun that the many "reserves" the tourney garnered requested a second tournament, "just for fun" (no premium prize for the Around the World in 80 days "R" tournament) which is ending the "doubles" rounds.

    Says the director, "I couldn't have done it without great advice from several tournament moderators, both past and present; and co-director nemrehs1 has been a great help in setting up tournament games." And stahrgazer adds, "I've been so pleased that the participants are enjoying themselves; even those who have not progressed this far have said the event is well-organized. No tourney is complete without great combatants."

    So, which quads team(s) will be named the Conquernauts? We'll only know at the end of the 80 days.

    Good luck, CC flyers!


    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    First table stopped with their cola and are waiting for beer now.
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    City trip
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 7x7 windmill setup.
    Last group in Berlin.
    Planned end date: 26 February

    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    Two groups still singing in Actium
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    Something wrong with the French Fries, people quickly stopped eating it
    Planned end date: 10 October

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Nine begins soon.

    Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
    Finals are now pending.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From PaulusH using a 4x4 windmill setup- Puzzle Mix will need 16 doubles teams

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: North American City Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
    The Serbian Conquest
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "Conqueror Crusoe, Ruler of the Islands" -dustin800 and sam02
    "Last Man Standing Classic" -odratsab
    "Band or Die 3" -Goggles Paisano, Vexx, PaulG, Easy n Dirty
    "JRs 1v1 Challenge IV" -killmanic
    "Conquer the New World" -Phr34ky
    "Quick and Painless Tournament" -banana_hammocks
    "Alliance of Feudal" -enterprise74 and WoWaholic
    "Fight Together, Die Alone" -rudolphirvinpoir and jdenvil
    "Championship Series: Caribbean Islands" -HighlanderAttack
    "Championship Series: Canada" -jpcloet
    "Melee" -Jackofalltrades
    "King of Luxembourg" -Jess-95
    "Around All CC's Maps: Battle for Actium" -White Moose
    "Fuzzy's Freshman Fiasco" -AgEcon
    "Fog of Feudal War" -psilotum
    "The Land of Luck" -seamusvibe
    "Don't Take Too Long - 2v2 Edition" -oldbenjamin & ctgottapee
    "City Mogul Series Fast Track" -banana_hammocks
    "North American Wars II" -Bad Speler
    "Extreme Global War(ming)" -Gilligan
    "Prime's Singles Season" -RedBaron0
    "Difficult Maps Double Edition" -lt.Pie, waseemalim
    "Quick and Simple Tournament 3" -MEK
    "Master of the First Age" -Silver-
    "Kot's Feudal War Singles" -killmanic
    "Speed Tournament Doodle Terminator" -hundredand1aces
    "World Cup 2010 Africa" -Shai
    "Moody's Non-premium Classic" -olkok
    "You're Eliminated X" -Godd
    "Twiztid's Terminator 2" -Barry Zuckercorn
    "There Can Only Be One: Terminator" -PHALIM
    "King of Luxembourg 2 Freestyle" -banana_hammocks
    "Union of European CC Championship 2007" -MarVal
    "Grand Prix Season 1" -Daviedoo
    "Pearl Harbour" -Shatners Bassoon, Chariot of Fire, Daryth, Jpeter15
    "Assassins Creed Tournament" -fwblb
    "NFL Season" -Jojo123
    "Doubles Elimination III" -MudPuppy and Checkmated
    "16 Bracket Showdown" -Godd
    "Around All CCs Maps: BeNeLux" -killmanic
    "Realms War" -BamBam
    "Tupence's African Tournament" -BrotherWolf
    "Dictate the Universe" -Velodra
    "Hitman Europe" -shoop76
    "Around All CCs Maps: Battle for Iraq" -killmanic
    "EIOT Battle for Warterloo" - waseemalim
    "Drug Lord Hitman" -madman7
    "Pirates of the Mediterannean" -Natelya


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    This week we had the chance to talk with TaCktiX. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with HighlanderAttack. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!

    Q: Hello, TaCktiX.

    A: Hi.

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A: I saw a fellow Electrical Engineering major playing it several times. Took me a while to get around to joining, but here I am.

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A: Since I first played it, I've loved Risk. Thing is, I've never been physically around people who play the same games I do. Add to that the large variety of maps on CC, and I was sold.

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A: I wanted to test my wits against other people in a form other than a public game. Tournaments are great for bringing people of similar gaming interests together and let them beat each other up.

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A: I like organizing and running things. Seeing that the tournament system allowed for both creativity and flexibility, I had to try my hand in it.

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A: My first tournament was posted on August 21st, 2008, so I'm fairly "new" compared to a lot of the people out there.

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A: A Trip up the Nile, a tournament using the recently-finished Egypt maps. Other than that, it was a very standard tournament with little frills.

    Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

    A: Every tournament I've made so far has catered to "something cool" I want to do. If I organize a tournament it's based on rules or setup that I would play myself (and thus far, I've played in all of my tournaments, though never intentionally, my reserves fall through too much).

    Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

    A: Every Single Setting: Classic was heavily inspired by the Map Blaster series Dazoot and brandoncfi have been putting on for a while now. The others are generically inspired from all the tournaments I've been in.

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

    A: My first was A Trip up the Nile. It was a fairly simple tournament that took quite a while to finish thanks to slow turn-takers, but keeping track of it and putting things in order wasn't that hard. I made quite a few mistakes in the organization of that tournament, but it all worked out. It was quite a learning experience.

    My first tournament played in, I forget. I entered the tournament forum and veritably BINGED on tournaments, so they all muddled together. It ended up being a major point drain for me, but I had fun.

    Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

    A: I have completed 1 tournament, have 2 in progress, and a 4th is still awaiting 7 more people to join it.

    Q:What tournaments have you organized?

    A: A Trip up the Nile, Every Single Setting: Classic, Bring a Friend Along, and Class Struggle

    Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

    A: ESS:C, easily. It's only on Round 2 (of 7), but it's been going since September or so. Compiling scores, making witty banter about the progress of game completion, and adjudicating the rules has been very fun for me. Most people would consider handling 387 games (Round 1, had some remakes), then 216 games (Round 2) insane, but it's what I do.

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A: Map Blaster IV. Thanks to that tournament my score got to the highest level I've ever had it (1800+). It helped my realized that Standard Sequential Escalating Unlimited Sunny is a setting I'm really good at, even if I don't play it as often as I used to.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A: I prefer to run them.

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?

    A: Format as in game settings? It really depends on the maps I'm using in the tournament. I pick the map(s) first, match the best play settings according to my experience to them, and go from there.

    Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

    A: So far I've determined the settings in all my tournaments, though I have made edits based on people's input. I like adjusting things to the satisfaction of most people.

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A: Currently I'm in only 2 tournaments: my own Bring a Friend Along (two people dropped on me, including the reserve) and a King of the Mountains one. I tend to lose far more than I win in tournaments, so I keep them to a minimum. I've had a long-term goal since shortly after I got on CC to win on every single map out there. I've come VERY close many times (hence my crossmap medal being where it is and then some), so I'm always joining games on maps I'm yet to win on. I'm also slowly working on my Doubles medal.

    Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

    A: Very. I lost the first 18 games I played on CC, quite badly. My 19th (I think) was a Speed game on Classic, Escalating Unlimited Sunny (Game 1742560). Against all odds I won, gaining a lovely sum of 326 points and beating Scott-Land of all people. I was straight ecstatic, couldn't believe I had won.

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A: No, but I have gotten to the semi-finals.

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A: My semi-finals loss in an Arms Race tournament. I had rolled straight through the rest of the tournament and I thought I'd surely win. Then I got shut out in a best of 3.

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A: A good idea organized by a proactive organizer, played by active people who take a stake in making the organizer's life easier.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A: Not to toot my own horn, but Every Single Setting: Classic thus far. So far I've had to handle deadbeats, people leaving the tournament between rounds, people joining the wrong games on accident, and numerous rules revisions. All the while I'm assuring that 32 (now 28) people are joining up to 90 games each in the right groups and keeping the scores up to date. I've been told by virtually everyone participating that it's been one of the best tournaments they've ever played in, and that's including people who left after Round 1 because of the game load. I don't have enough experience observing other people's tournaments to know, but likely someone has surpassed me in having that level of proactive involvement with the tournament.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A: Not enough experience to say, really.

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

    A: Not yet I haven't. There have been a lot of cases where people have dropped out or not responded and left me scrambling for a solution for the sake of everyone else, but I'm yet to get a Brain Crushing Disappointment. Entering, there was a tournament that I had won the first round in, then the organizer disappeared. The idea was picked up by someone else and restarted, and I lost in the very first round.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A: Proactivity. It may sound like you're not trusting your own players, but double-checking, reminding, and the like makes a difference. Being proactive keeps them involved in helping out your end, and from my experience you get thanked for it. And a proactive organizer is far less likely to "lose interest" or "slow down" the tournament unless the players want that.

    Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

    A: I hope that the pictures I stick in my sig make a difference, but I have no way to be sure. So far I've done one standard tournament, one "super" tournament, a teams tournament with a small twist, and a metamap tournament. Of these, the standard tournament has been quickest to fill. The latter two have taken (or are taking) quite a while, with bumps from the bottom of the Create/Join forum being necessary. I try to go for unique and different themes, but I have a tendency to either have complex rules (Class Struggle) or high game loads (Every Single Setting: Classic). That certainly slows down any joins I get, but the people who do join are very committed to participating.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A: The time lag between setting up a tournament and it starting. When I start a tournament and go through the full idea, rules, and explanations, I'm ready RIGHT THEN to pile some people together, send them games, and doing things. Waiting 2 weeks to a month for a filled tournament can be very frustrating, as I certainly don't have the reputation of Gilligan or Natewolfman.

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A: Being able to look at a job well done. Taking an idea, bringing people together under it, and then executing that idea is always satisfying, and tournaments are no exception.

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A: I'm not going to speak for TO's in general, for I am not that observant or experienced yet. As for me, I've continually made the mistake of starting the tournament before I had more than 1 or 2 reserves. It's that "psyched to get started" loss of patience that's bitten me in the butt more than once. Then 3 people who signed up drop from tournament and I'm stuck scrambling to fill their spot. As much advice to others as a reminder to me, wait for all your reserves to be ready if at all possible.

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A: For A Trip up the Nile, I put the signups in the 2nd post, so to note the filling of the tournament I had to edit both the 2nd post AND the title post. Far more effort than required, the signups have been in the first post from thence forward. My other big mistake I detailed above.

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A: I make tournaments I would like to play in, so my position is definitely leaning toward "play if you want to". Me personally, I only play as a reserve if required.

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A: I check in on them as needed. Some tournaments are low-load (Bring a Friend Along), while others are high-load (Every Single Setting: Classic) that require multiple updates a day to keep above board.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A: No, because their likelihood of deadbeating, not joining, or other tournament slowdowns is pretty high.

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A: It depends on the situation, both the players involved and the tournament in question. So far I've given a bye (a person deadbeated in ESS:C Round 1, and by virtue of their score being lowest they got eliminated).

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A: More transparency on what's coming. Build some hype, let people suggest edits to "the next thing". A lot last year Lack and Twill were busy doing so much business that had to be closed-door that we saw nothing new for months. Fortunately that trend is reversing, but being able to put any finishing touches on a suggestion that will be implemented soon would rock.

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A: Metadata on a group of games. Right now all information I could possibly want can be farmed from each individual game, but if I could compile the information from a set of games it would drop my update time significantly.

    Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

    A: [No reply]

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A: It's not as hard as it looks. Pick a map, pick some settings, pick a number of players and some sort of elimination. The most basic tournament can be thought out in full in less than a minute, and typing a topic up for it less than 10.

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

    A: #1: Players who sign up but don't join their games
    #2: Reserves that aren't available when requested.
    #3: Deadbeats in tournament games. Find a sitter, dangit.
    #4: Slow signup times in my tournaments.
    #5: Multiple reminder PMs about joining games.

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A: Depends on the day, but due to my activity in the Foundry and elsewhere it's upwards of 3 hours on an average day.

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A: I'm in no competitive clan at the moment (I'm looking for anything, I rock at crossmap!), but I'm in several usergroups: An Animated Description of Mr. Maps, the Foundry Newsletter forum (where we build all the issues), Layer Battle Arena, the Scoring Adhoc, the Strategy Guide Adhoc, and a couple other ones that are behind closed doors. ;)

    Q:What was your inspiration for the Foundry Newsletter?

    A: The offhand comment about "hey, it'd be nice if we did a Newsletter like the Tournament guys do to bring attention to all the cool maps in here." That, coupled with the knowledge that someone else (Coleman) had done a couple of issues of a Foundry Newsletter in the recent past (at the time in May 2008) was enough push to get my brain thinking. I outlined the basic coverage and our extra segments then asked for volunteers. 9 months later, here we are.

    Q:How much work do you put into it?

    A: Between 4 and 5 hours over the course of the two weeks. Most of that is spent compiling the Maps in Development section and updating all writeups to reflect present development. The rest is mostly admin stuff as I ask people for Editorials, give opinions of other Staffs' choices, and the like.

    Q:How do you feel it has benefited the community?

    A: I think, but cannot prove, that it has had a major effect in the large amount of new people in the Foundry every day. There's a lot of "new blood" making maps now, and call me naive, but I think the Foundry Newsletter has had a major part in that.

    Q:Anything planned in its future?

    A: We've been introducing new columns and segments over the past few issues, and we hope to keep those new ones going as well as the occasional one-time segment (like the one we've got coming this upcoming issue).

    Q:Who are you?

    A: I'm a 21-year-old senior majoring in Electrical Engineering at The Citadel.

    Q: Why did you pick the name TaCktiX?

    A: The origin of the name dates back to 2004 when I joined a StarCraft Snipers clan. I had a tendency to change my name for every new clan I joined, and I was big into phonetics at the time when making names. Hence the improper phonetic form for "tactics", what I claimed I would exhibit while playing. The name stuck, and I use it everywhere.

    Q:Why am I always capitalizing the wrong letters?

    A: It's intentional. People miss the "k", capitalize the wrong letters, all over the place. When I first made the name there were two styles of capitalizing screen names: EvErY OtHeR LeTtEr, and CoNSoNaNTS oNLY. I split the difference and where one would expect either the "KT" or the "T" to be capitalized, I didn't.

    Q:Whats with you and beta maps?

    A: As stated before, it's my goal to win on every map present on CC. Thus, the newer maps always get played by me until I beat them. On the development side, I'm always looking for things I don't understand while playing the map that I didn't notice while looking at an image back in the Foundry. Myself and a few others are the direct force behind a small change in Rail Australia to make bonuses clearer.

    Q:Where are you from?

    A: Charleston, SC, is where my school is located, and where I spend most of my time. "Home" is Newberry, SC, a city no one has really heard of outside of the state (small town just off the interstate).

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A: Blue. If they had a black play clolor, that'd be my favorite, but alas it is not so.

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A: Really tough question for me for favorite map. There are at least a dozen I really like, with a disturbing tendency toward maps WidowMakers has done (Draknor, King of the Mountains, Arms Race among them). Least favorite: France, easily. Map rank me on it and you'll see why.

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A: Assassin, Escalating, or No Cards. I really play all manner of settings, those are just my most successful or most memorable victories.

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A: Sequential, as I'm under no time crunch to make The Move.

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A: I'm going to wait until my present one, Class Struggle fills up. Very few metamap tournaments have happened to my knowledge and I don't know what its load will be like when it starts.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A: You need to rename this interview the Interview of Doom. That's a LOT of questions to answer and it took me a couple of hours to finish them all off. Here's a graphic to help you along with that:
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    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A: Thanks for having me.


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    Postby Gozar on Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:47 pm

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    Hello tournament fans. Another newsletter contributor sits in this week. Let us know what you think.
    As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

    Thanks, and enjoy!
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    Here is the result of our latest poll:
    Would you not join a tournament if it included a...
    Assassin game? 9%
    Terminator game? No votes
    Freestyle game? 44%
    Any of the above? 6%
    Fog of War? 1.5%
    Spoils? 1.5%
    These settings would not stop me from joining. 38%
    Total votes : 66

    Our latest poll is now up: What portion of your game load are tournament games?
    Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.


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    blacky44 wrote:
    Franchise and International Tournaments

    Now you can have your very own franchise tournament by calling this number 555-555-5555. Just kidding but this is for real: you can have a franchise tag put on your tournaments by having 5 or more tournaments with the same name and same style.
    If you do achieve this very respectable goal you will have your medals for those tournaments combined and be given a brand spankin' new one. You will also get a special designation in the Hall of Fame. That tournament will be retired and that name is designated as yours and yours only (Unless you give permission for someone esle to use it).

    Now you non-English speaking folk can also run and join tournaments but wait, there is a catch. In order to run a tournament for that international country you must be from or speak that language and when sending in privileges you must send in a English translation of your request. You must also frequently be in the international forums.
    You can not run more than two tournaments at a time for international tournaments. The organizer is responsible for sending in the results of the tournament. The rules are basically the same about abandoned tournament policy.
    To read more go to this link it includes post tags and a important message for all you tournament organizers.

    This is blacky44 saying good bye.


    Zombies Ate My Neighbors Image
    by stahrgazer


    Back when SuperNES was popular, I found a used game for a couple bucks at a video store. The title made it seem the game would be something like “Night of the Living Dead.” I took it home, began playing, and never had so much fun as in that silly little two-dollar used game. Well, okay, CC is more fun; it was especially hilarious the night the Zombies unexpectedly woke up on Arms Race and began eating all the neighbours. Here’s a sample of the reactions:


    LFAW: HAHA LMAO KingOfGods: wow t-o-m: HAHAHAHAHAAHA demonfork: wtf
    KingOfGods: hahahhahahhahaa Phlaim: LOL ChrisBeerens: u kiddin me? Gilligan: HAHA
    demonfork: hahahahahaah bryguy: LOL fireswords: omfg gameplayer: lmao KingOfGods: rofl
    pimphawks70: wtf? timmytuttut88: HAHAHAHA Hath: ahahahhaha karelpietertje: lol
    Paddy The Cat: hahahahahahahahahahahahaha pepperonibread: heh... excellent.
    DAT_WAT_SHE_SAID: hahahaha timmytuttut88: this is great Ryall55: omfg hha roflmao
    XsaladX: lol heavenly29: lmao lanyards: Hahahahahhahahahha The Fuzzy Pengui: this is great!
    Incandenza: this is hilarious DAT_WAT_SHE_SAID: this is the funniest game i have ever played
    Jeff Hardy: thats awesome bryguy: lol this is hilarious timmytuttut88: OH DAYUM
    Paddy The Cat: neutral player kicking ass LFAW: Cmon Neutral Player!
    bryguy: what the heck its all neutral ChrisBeerens: go neutral player go
    gameplayer: wtf?!? dragon dor: ??????????? General Smithas: how did I get eliminated
    gcwca_4_life: since when can neutrals attack?


    Those CC cynics among us “know” that this was all some big conspiracy by the Admin. Here’s the evidence they can point to!

    Twill wrote: well, we've been looking for a way to remove points from the pool, maybe this is it if neutral wins


    And, they’ll add, the Admin are trying to pass the buck and the blame!
    Twill wrote: he'll probably blame it on me for letting a non-standard game get started :)


    Some, like me, thought this was an example of the "infected neutrals" being discussed in Suggestions and Bug Reports:
    http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=40294&start=0
    As you can read in the thread, some of those CC helping hands (and minds) have been working on ways to give a “Neutrals attack” option; Zombies coming to life. The truth is, "infected neutrals" are still being designed; not tested. Instead, this is an example of the Battle Royale (BR) coding conflicting with Arms Race coding; in Arms Race, certain positions are designed to begin as neutral. Battle Royale coding tries to put people on those neutral positions.

    Twill wrote: It's like in I Robot - "random bits of code combining to make the appearence of inteligence." Apparently the code doesn’t play well with lots of neutral players. It wasn't planned, although it would have made a great April fool’s joke (for the person who won at least).

    Game 3960030 will stand simply as part of CC Battle Royale lore. It's up there with Lack getting stuck on Alcatraz in a BR game he created on the san fran map, or the assassin game that finished as soon as the first person killed someone.


    This BR/Zombie-neutral coding conflict is not the only recent instance of the dead returning to life. Two tournaments that had been abandoned have been revitalized.

    Said BaldAdonis of Harder Better Stronger Faster http://www.conquerclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=77253 “I liked a lot of things about the tournament, and most I thought were quite innovative. Besides enjoying the maps, settings and players, I really liked the scoring methods. It manages to distribute points to players who don't win, but it also skews towards winners: the bottom 4 take 7/54 total points, and every player gets more points than the total of players at least two lower than him. It also takes into account the game style. In terminator, the first to make a kill is the top player. In assassin, the more armies you have left, the higher you rank. These give a lot of different strategies in the same tournament.

    "It helps that they're all 8 player games, so I only need to make 100 games, and it includes 60 players. Compare that with a 2 player league, where I need to make 500+ games for 20 players. I've also won all my games so far, so I'd hate to throw that away.”

    Adds God Emperor Q about the Slaughter Ball World Championship http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=76571 “OK, well, i checked in on the tourney every now and then, when i found out on jan 15 that tender (the previous tourney runner) hadn't been on till jan 1st. I couldn't take over till feb 1st, but I took over because there was interest in people to still play and I was interested in still playing as well, and I decided to step up and try and make it happen. I had some free time, and I just wanted to get this fun tourney back on its feet. And, yeah, the prize of 6 months premium wasn't hurting matters either.”

    =D> for those CC Dr. Frankensteins who brought our tournaments back to life!

    Is it common on CC for the dead to come back to life? News Hound got the answer from Tourney Director Gilligan: "I've been in tournaments that got abandoned, particularly a Feudal War doubles tournament I was in with banana_hammocks - We got to the semis, and it got abandoned, on top of that it was worth premium membership. Moral of the story: Don't abandon tournaments!" He adds, "I'd rather see tournaments get resurrected after abandonment. It makes the leaders still show off for doing good in a tournament that finished rather than abandoned and not have the disappointment. It doesn't happen all that often but it does happen.”

    Sometimes, the CC community can seem a little lifeless, but don’t let those moments fool you. Beneath that zombie exterior is a pulse of excitement. That pulse is evidenced with people like GEQ and BA who are willing to nurture the tournaments that the original organizers first brought to life and then, sadly, had to leave behind. It is also evidenced by the creative minds willing to take a coding chance that, while imperfect, will give CC members moments of uproarious laughter for years to come. News Hound is sure that we have not seen the last of the Conquer Club Zombies, either in games or in tournaments.

    And of the 1283 points he won when the Zombies ate his neighbors, PepperJack said: This is the lamest and awesomest win ever!

    --stahrgazer


    LImageve Wars
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    In their constant search to improve the site and imbue it with the spirit of whatever holiday (or other reasonable excuse) comes along, the Moderators of Conquer Club have issued a Tournament-style challenge to the members to engage them in a tourney after their own hearts: Love a mod. Hate a mod. Whac-a-mod? viewtopic.php?f=1&t=77716&view=unread#unread

    Yes, CC fans, the Moderators are making themselves targets in this tournament complete with its own Medal of conquest for those combatants who successfully turn the moderators into bloody Valentines. Image


    Some games are singles, some doubles, and in some cases the moderator(s) allow the opponent(s) to choose the weapon (map) and settings. At the time of this writing, 102 games are complete, with the Moderators ahead by 16 games. CC citizens are going to have to do better than this if they want that special medal (the design of which is not yet revealed) being offered up as the key to the Moderators’ hearts.


    Image So go scope out one of the Moderators and ask him or her to be your Valentine in this Tournament of Love, Hate, and lots of bloody Fun.

    --stahrgazer



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    New record of most users being online! Most users ever online was 1533 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:45 PM

    Optimus Prime has started 4,538 tournament games! :shock:

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    Credit Crunch
    Organizer: Pedronicus

    Major+ 2009 Spring Doubles League
    Organizer: AndrewB

    JR’s 3 v 3 Challenge I
    Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24


    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    MLB 2009 Tourney
    Organizer: geigerm
    A 1v1 tourney following the 2009 Major League Baseball schedule. Players must choose a home map and a rotation of five "pitchers" (groups of settings) that will determine the gameplay throughout the season.

    Psycho B’s NBA
    Organizer: psychobkrazy

    Foundry Update 9.1
    Organizer: Natewolfman

    Championship Series: The Citadel
    Organizer: barterer2002

    Championship Series: Cairns Metro
    Organizer: barterer2002

    1v1 Capitalism
    Organizer: lhcguy


    General Tournaments

    Poketourney
    Organizer: juliusceaser

    Class Struggle
    Organizer: TaCktiX
    A metamap tournament based off of The Citadel, both in map and in reality. Very low game load (likely 4-5 most rounds), but likely a high number of rounds.
    Players needed: 6 regular, 5 reserves

    World War II
    Organizer: JweezyIII

    WWII Europe Skills
    Organizer: Iron Maid

    Country Clash
    Organizer: dellmanlego

    European Knockout Club
    Organizer: DJ Teflon

    [url=http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=76932]Moody’s
    Non-Premium Classic 2
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    Organizer: MrMoody

    Pearl Harbor Game Series
    Organizer: stringybeany

    Bounty Hunters Tournament
    Organizer: der sniffter

    NFL Draft
    Organizer: blacky44

    Jump the Castle 2
    Organizer: risky man1221

    2009 Pacific Coast League
    Organizer: blacky44

    Total Wipeout
    Organizer: Boss_oss_ss

    Escalating Freestyle King
    Organizer: PJDH

    Midwest League
    Organizer: blacky44

    In it to Win It
    Organizer: BrotherWolf
    32 players playing 3 games/round for 3 rounds before reaching the final.....Winner gets one entry in UK lottery

    American Idol Season 8
    Organizer: Tupence


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

    Games Night: CC Style
    Organiser: keiths31
    Second round of three started

    [url=http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=77399]Musical Chairs: European Tour[url]
    Organiser: keiths31
    First elimination round underway

    Musical Chairs: North American City Tour
    Organiser: keiths31
    Elimination rounds almost done

    The Evolutionary Tournament
    Organiser: Woodruff
    Premium Prize!
    This is a 64-entrant triple-elimination tournament, organized into three brackets (Bracket A, Bracket B and Bracket C). Bracket A is the bracket of those with no losses. Bracket B is the bracket of those with one loss. Bracket C is the "elimination bracket", if you will.

    Rough estimate of percent complete/signed up:

    Within Bracket A, we have 12 of the "Sweet Sixteen" finalized, those being poo-maker, reahma, demy7, dragon dor, ga7, The Voice, madman7, sully800, tsioumiou, Poisonous86 and Seulessliathan. In addition, Taurelias was a Sweet Sixteener, but was beaten by our only quarterfinalist so far (Seulessliathan).

    In Bracket B, we are just getting underway with nobody past the third round (of seven). Currently, we have five entrants in that third round, who are bigreuben, Destroyers Inc., Taurelias, MoB Deadly and ShootAndMiss.

    Bracket C has not hardly done anything, as the initial first-round matchups have just started to be filled. However, there are already 16 (one-fourth!) players in the C Bracket, to include the Tournament Organizer who is an ignominious 0-2 so far.

    Seulessliathan obviously has the most wins so far at 3.

    From Large Games to Small Games
    Organiser: geigerm
    6 players eliminated, 3/7 Round 1 games complete

    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    Some people were forced to stop with cola, so we started with beer
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    City trip
    Organiser: PaulusH
    49 people (plus reserves) did visit 8 cities each :D inos is our winner =D>

    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    Everybody started playing Chinese Checkers, also a nice game :-^
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    For some it is never enough, they are going to the Mac Drive already ](*,)
    Planned end date: 10 October

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Nine underway.

    Eight In One Tournament Headquarters
    Finals are now pending.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From PaulusH using a 4x4 windmill setup- Puzzle Mix will need 16 doubles teams

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: USA Map Pack
    Musical Chairs: Island Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
    The Serbian Conquest
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "Championship Series Charleston" -BaldAdonis
    "Championship Series: Archipelago" -Gilligan
    "Map Blaster IV the Pantheon Jihad" -Lisbon101
    "The Champions League Tournament" -dustin800
    "Ultimate 1v1" -sailorseal
    "Super Quick Tourney Season 4" -JOHNNYROCKET24
    "Halloween Doubles Tournament" -Lokisgal and Agonzos
    "Master of the Second Age" -acores2005
    "Conquerman Triangle" -Tisha, Mattastrophe, Sdin15
    "Conqueror Crusoe, Ruler of the Islands" -dustin800 and sam02
    "Last Man Standing Classic" -odratsab
    "Band or Die 3" -Goggles Paisano, Vexx, PaulG, Easy n Dirty
    "JRs 1v1 Challenge IV" -killmanic
    "Conquer the New World" -Phr34ky
    "Quick and Painless Tournament" -banana_hammocks
    "Alliance of Feudal" -enterprise74 and WoWaholic
    "Fight Together, Die Alone" -rudolphirvinpoir and jdenvil
    "Championship Series: Caribbean Islands" -HighlanderAttack
    "Championship Series: Canada" -jpcloet
    "Melee" -Jackofalltrades
    "King of Luxembourg" -Jess-95
    "Around All CC's Maps: Battle for Actium" -White Moose
    "Fuzzy's Freshman Fiasco" -AgEcon
    "Fog of Feudal War" -psilotum
    "The Land of Luck" -seamusvibe
    "Don't Take Too Long - 2v2 Edition" -oldbenjamin & ctgottapee
    "City Mogul Series Fast Track" -banana_hammocks
    "North American Wars II" -Bad Speler
    "Extreme Global War(ming)" -Gilligan
    "Prime's Singles Season" -RedBaron0
    "Difficult Maps Double Edition" -lt.Pie, waseemalim
    "Quick and Simple Tournament 3" -MEK
    "Master of the First Age" -Silver-
    "Kot's Feudal War Singles" -killmanic


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    This week we had the chance to talk with HighlanderAttack. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with geigerm. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!

    Q: Hello, HighlanderAttack.

    A:Hi

    Q:What makes you interview worthy?

    A:"There can be only one", no really, I believe I have become a worthy CC fixture.

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A: Actually I found it over a year ago searching for somewhere to play Risk. Never signed up until late July though.

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A: So me and a friend could battle each other.

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A: pzaviski2003 sent me a pm to join Captian Moo's Challenge Tourney. I got second and became addicted to tournaments

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A: I wanted to start in December because I have always been one to set up and run things. I have a great idea which I will actually have the details out this week. Blitzaholic asked me to continue the All Around CC Maps series started by coded.

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A: Just about a month now

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A: All Around CC Maps: Caribbean Islands

    Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

    A: I used to tour Foosball around the united states so I was used to a double elimination format. I just used what I knew to add a twist to the format coded came up with. My new tournament which will be announced will be similar to a sports league/fantasy sports league. I have always run fantasy football leagues since I was about 14.

    Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

    A: Blitzaholic, Serbia, flexmaster33, barterer2002 to mention a few

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

    A: First one run is still going on and it has been more time consuming than I thought. I have started using it and the other two to gain a system to make it easier. Running tournaments can be a lot of work. It is fun and I am really enjoying it. The more experience I gain and the better system I come up with organizing the data will help me in the future.

    My first tournament I ever joined got me hooked to tournament play. As I mentioned before it was Captian Moo's Challenge Tourney. I got second in the final game which was a tie breaker game. It was a great rush.

    Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

    A: Three so far and I plan on many many more with no plans of retirement.

    Q:What tournaments have you organized?

    A: So far just the All Around CC Maps (Caribbean Islands, CCU, and Centerscape)

    Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

    A: All Around CC Maps CCU because it is a 32 player seeded double elimination singles tourney

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A: I actually have three:
    12 Battles of Christmas - II because I played great and won it.
    Captian Moo's Challenge Tourney-my first and a great experience
    Battle for Escalating Supremacy--still going on but the first round gave me two great friends Sun Tzup and Serbia--the battle was unreal and went down to a tie-breaker after about a month of battling.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A:enter

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite?

    A: heads up league style games because I have always been involved in sports leagues real and fantasy

    Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

    A: Choose them myself

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A: I have about 80 active games at all times and at least 70 are tournament games. It gets a bit crazy

    Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

    A: First tourney win was amazing. Can't even remember my first CC win.

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A:I have won three:
    12 Battles of Christmas
    Championship Series: Caribbean Islands
    12 Round Classic Art Escalating Tournament

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A: Probably Escalators because the competition was so great and I messed up a move on the final game costing me a possible victory

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A: One that runs smoothly and in a timely manner. One that is not too complicated with too many crazy rules.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A: 2008 College Basketball Season by flexmaster33 is organized well with wonderful spreadsheet standings and a thread filled with many pages of interested participants. The size of the tournament is so large I have no idea how he keeps up with it.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A:I don't really have an answer for this one

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

    A: Not one that I have run, but I have been disappointed in the tourneys I have joined that get started and then abandoned. If you are going to run one you have to finish it in my opinion no matter what the circumstances.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A: Someone organized with good communication skills

    Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

    A: Nothing special. I would like to offer prizes in the future, but it is really all about the competition that makes people play tourneys in my opinion.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A: I am not organized enough

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A: I have always liked organizing things

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A: Making games hard to join. You need to make it as simple as possible

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A: Going to fast and leaving information out. Attention to details is important

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A: I completely agree they should be able to join their own tournaments.

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A: I just check all the games periodically. I think I should use a schedule but I recently moved and was without internet for three weeks. It was a bit difficult to manage my CC.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A: No because it only takes five games to not be a question mark. you have to get acclimated to CC before joining one and I think five games is nothing. I am at 4600--lol

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A: Byes for bracketed tourneys and reserves for league types. Either way it does not matter to me

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A: I wish games could start more nuetral--no bonuses to start a game and games should start with 11-14-17-20-and so on so that it makes it harder to gain an advantage on territory bonuses

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A: So far I cant see anything that would make it easier either way

    Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

    A: nothing comes to mind on this one

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A: Plan ahead and stay organized

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

    A: Number one is my mistakes
    also, organization, figuring out a way to post a chart, figuring out the codes to make joining games simpler, finding the time to do it right

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A: at least two hours if not 8--lol

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A: Black Sheep

    Q:Who are you?

    A: Just someone who likes competition.

    Q: Why did you pick the name HighlanderAttack? Is Highlander related to a school or team mascot?

    A: Highlander is actually from the tv series. Also was a popular movie

    Q:Where are you from?

    A: I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Florida

    Q:What do you do for work? Student?

    A: IT

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A: Blue

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A: Arms Race is the best and USA is the worst

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A: depends on the map sequential, chained, escalating, no fog for most though

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A:sequential

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A: CC Dynasty League--Kind of a mix between a sports/fantasy league where it is singles league play with a bunch of statistics and historical data kept.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A: I am addicted CC--lol

    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A: Thanks for the interview--good luck to everyone


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    Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 62: 24/02/09]

    Postby Gozar on Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:48 pm

    Issue 62: 24/02/09

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    Hello tournament fans. This week blacky44 officially joins the newsletter ranks, and stahrgazer revives an old column.
    As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

    Thanks, and enjoy!
    Gozar


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    Here is the result of our latest poll:
    What portion of your gameload are tournament games?
    All of my games are tournaments 8%
    Most of my games are tournaments 21%
    Half of my games are tournaments 11%
    A few of my games are tournaments 30%
    None of my games are tournaments 30%
    Total votes : 97

    A new poll is now up: Should a medal be given for each and every tournament won?
    Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.


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    blacky44 wrote:Hello CC lovers and welcome to this weeks news hound. stahrgazer and I will both be writing for the news hound this week and hopefully next week and so on. Today I want to talk about medals given to tournament winners. I have pmed 5 people who have all won tournaments and asked their opinion but only 3 replied.

    WhiteMoose wrote:
    I actually don't think medals should be given out to all tournaments you win. Since many tournaments just require you to win 4 games in a row. Which isn't much of an accomplishment. So it would be better according to me if tournament winner medals should be given out in larger tournaments. Not that it would work, but I think I'd be better if it were possible. But don't get me wrong, I welcome tournament winner medals. It will probably increase the already active tournament forum even more. Which is great, since tournaments are a huge part of the CC game/community.game/community. Plus I now don't have to brag about my tournament wins on my signature, :lol:


    Godd wrote:
    Not worried about getting medals or not after all not that many will see the medals for only the ones that may look up at a post of yours if you post a lot. Just being able to win a tourney is great (yes I have won my share of them) and shows it does not matter what rank you are.


    Blitzaholic wrote
    I think it is a good idea because it is very difficult to any win any tournament.


    Click this link and scroll down to the community achievements and you can see what is suppose to be the medals for contests and tournament wins http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/medals.php



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    by stahrgazer

    Remember the Valentines weekend special: Love a mod. Hate a mod. Whac-a-mod?

    Apparently, the mods won so many of those games that they decided to challenge some of the top ranking members of Conquer Club to a final match on Game 4273102. This is a triples match featuring Triministration (Lieutenant Twill, Corporal lackattackand Private AndyDufresne) opposing the Trey Authority (Field Marshals poo-maker, King_Herpes, and rabbiton) in an all-out battle to conquer World 2.1.

    phantomzero wrote: Wow, 73 points each if the Admins win, and 5 points each if the Field Marshals win


    The ‘peanut gallery’ of watchers is having a blast, some giving votes of confidence to Admin.

    fishydance wrote: Hey good luck all! Lack, how about tossing a few bodies of those you defeat into the ocean ... da fish are hungry tonight :)

    Others root the big ranks.

    Dragonah: If i had to throw my hat into the ring and place a bet on the victors, i'd be rooting for the admins, nothing against the field marshals though, they've proved they're strength for sure.

    LED ZEPPELINER: stick it to the mods


    Despite what seems a majority rooting for Admin, it seems some of Team 1 got a little scared on round 3:

    2009-02-20 14:28:55 - AndyDufresne missed a turn


    For those who wonder about future Whac-y tournaments, the question has been asked.

    2009-02-16 17:21:47 - kinesthe: can we do another whack a mod soon? missed this one :(


    The answer may depend on which team is victorious on this final match, so be sure to come out to the game and cheer on your favorite history-makers.


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    There’s a new forum! The Training Grounds! Go here for extra help!

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    Credit Crunch
    Organizer: Pedronicus

    Major+ 2009 Spring Doubles League
    Organizer: AndrewB

    Double Dutch Doubles
    Organizer: Lindax

    Fantasy Fight
    Organizer: Blitzaholic


    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    Psycho B’s NBA
    Organizer: psychobkrazy

    1v1 Capitalism
    Organizer: lhcguy

    Foundry Update 9.2
    Organizer: Natewolfman

    Around All CC’s Maps: Circus Maximus
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    qwert Bracket Tournament V
    Organizer: qwert

    Around All CC’s Maps: Charleston
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    Complete Control - USA
    Organizer: FireStar

    A Quick KO: Round 2
    Organizer: JoshyBoy

    Championship Series: City Mogul
    Organizer: barterer2002

    Championship Series: Conquer 4
    Organizer: barterer2002


    General Tournaments

    Bounty Hunters Tournament
    Organizer: der sniffter

    NFL Draft
    Organizer: blacky44

    Escalating Freestyle King
    Organizer: PJDH

    Midwest League
    Organizer: blacky44

    In it to Win It
    Organizer: BrotherWolf

    American Idol Season 8
    Organizer: Tupence

    Fivemore’s World 2.1 6 player Tournament
    Organizer: fivemore

    Feudal War Assassins
    Organizer: tsioumiou

    American Adventure
    Organizer: Premier2k

    The Ocean Race – Laser Class
    Organizer: saraith

    Discworld Terminator
    Organizer: DJ Teflon

    Little Big World
    Organizer: Naxus
    Looking for reserves


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!


    From Large Games to Small Games
    Organiser: geigerm
    14 players have been eliminated; Round 2 games are now under way.

    MLB 2009 Tournament
    Organiser: geigerm
    Starting games soon, but still looking for reserves.
    A 1v1 tourney following the 2009 Major League Baseball schedule. Players must choose a home map and a rotation of five "pitchers" (groups of settings) that will determine the gameplay throughout the season.

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Nine winding down.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From PaulusH using a 4x4 windmill setup- Puzzle Mix will need 16 doubles teams

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: USA Map Pack
    Musical Chairs: Island Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
    The Serbian Conquest
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "Olympics Part 2: Altius" -CandaVespin and bamage
    "Reincarnation" -ronc8649
    "8 Thoughts Tour" -dustin800
    "Championship Series: Centerscape" -Lucifer4o
    "Qwert Bracket Tournament IV" -Natewolfman
    "Poker Night at the Club" -lhcguy
    "The Grand Oasis Tournament" -IronWood
    "City Trip" -inos
    "You've Been Hired to Kill that King" -slickstick
    "Championship Series Charleston" -BaldAdonis
    "Championship Series: Archipelago" -Gilligan
    "Map Blaster IV the Pantheon Jihad" -Lisbon101
    "The Champions League Tournament" -dustin800
    "Ultimate 1v1" -sailorseal
    "Super Quick Tourney Season 4" -JOHNNYROCKET24
    "Halloween Doubles Tournament" -Lokisgal and Agonzos
    "Master of the Second Age" -acores2005
    "Conquerman Triangle" -Tisha, Mattastrophe, Sdin15
    "Conqueror Crusoe, Ruler of the Islands" -dustin800 and sam02
    "Last Man Standing Classic" -odratsab
    "Band or Die 3" -Goggles Paisano, Vexx, PaulG, Easy n Dirty
    "JRs 1v1 Challenge IV" -killmanic
    "Conquer the New World" -Phr34ky
    "Quick and Painless Tournament" -banana_hammocks
    "Alliance of Feudal" -enterprise74 and WoWaholic
    "Fight Together, Die Alone" -rudolphirvinpoir and jdenvil
    "Championship Series: Caribbean Islands" -HighlanderAttack
    "Championship Series: Canada" -jpcloet
    "Melee" -Jackofalltrades
    "King of Luxembourg" -Jess-95
    "Around All CC's Maps: Battle for Actium" -White Moose
    "Fuzzy's Freshman Fiasco" -AgEcon
    "Fog of Feudal War" -psilotum
    "The Land of Luck" -seamusvibe
    "Don't Take Too Long - 2v2 Edition" -oldbenjamin & ctgottapee
    "City Mogul Series Fast Track" -banana_hammocks
    "North American Wars II" -Bad Speler
    "Extreme Global War(ming)" -Gilligan


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    by stahrgazer

    Back by popular demand and, as regularly as we can make them, your Tournament Newsletter staff puts the week’s focus on the Super Quick Tournament(s).

    According to organizer kratos644 the setup is, “As quick as I can make it go. So doodle earth with 4 players escalating cards and unlimited forts for the first 2 rounds then the finals are played on a slightly larger map but still a small one. Aka Duck and Cover... Although, with the addition of the Luxembourg map that may very well change.”

    Super Quick Tourney (Season 4)
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    Rated by 50% of the participants

    Understandably, creativity for a ‘series’ of tournaments is rated average rather than high. The answer to that may be in franchising.
    “Have you heard of the 'tournament franchise' that's being offered soon? If so, what do you think of it?”
    “Yes I have and I like the idea. This tournament will be franchised soon.”


    An overwhelming majority of the participants would play it again. The series has had fifteen repeat players so far, and has a waiting list for the next season. If you happen to be interested in a series of well-organized, quick, fun tournaments using small maps, escalating spoils in a nearly free-for-all style, you might want to put your name in for the upcoming seasons of kratos644’s Super Quick Tourney.

    “Season 5 will be starting soon. I'll be starting a large team tournament in about a month or so, and my 2nd season of my anime tourney will be starting somewhere around the same time frame so keep an eye out.”


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    This week we had the chance to talk with geigerm. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with stahrgazer, one of our new staff members. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!


    Q: Hello, geigerm.

    A: Howdy--thanks for asking me to do this interview.

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A: A poster on a Big Ten message board I visit regularly posted a thread about playing here. I gave it a try and was hooked almost instantly.

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A: I really enjoy strategy games, including that board game to which CC has many similarities, which I will not mention for copyright infringement reasons. ;)

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A: I think there was a mass message sent out about the CCC Masters tournaments and the idea of possibly winning a premium membership appealed to me. That one got me hooked. In general, I like the idea of playing for a goal larger than just winning a game.

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A: I've played in a ton of tourneys and thought I might have something to contribute. Also, I tend to be kind of fanatical about stat-keeping in larger tournaments I play--I always want to have the most up-to-date scores to help make decisions about who to target. (Obsessive-compulsive, I know.) Once I started keeping spreadsheets for my own scores, I figured it wasn't that big of a leap to do that for tourneys.

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A: Just started a few weeks ago--posted my first tournament thread on January 9.

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A: From Large Games to Small Games

    Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

    A: Mostly, I've thought about the type of games/tourneys I've enjoyed as well as how my interests outside this site might fit a tournament.

    For my first tourney, I recognized that I really enjoy playing both really large (6-8 player) and really small (1v1) games, and thought it would be fun to have a tourney where people played all game sizes.

    For my second tourney (MLB 2009 Tournament), I just thought it would be cool to have a tournament based on the Major League Baseball season.

    Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

    A: Geez ... pretty much anyone who's run a successful tourney that I've played in. With apologies to people I'm leaving out, I'll highlight a few:
    • flexmaster33 runs some awesome sports-themed tournaments.
    • I've always enjoyed Sir. Ricco's tournies and think it's a shame he's no longer on CC.
    • brandoncfi's Map Blaster series was the first tourney that showed me the benefit of tourney strategy, not just concentrating on winning games.
    • And I feel like almost everyone who's played a tournament on this site must have played one by Natewolfman, Gilligan, barterer2002, Optimus Prime, and/or amazzony, and therefore been influenced by them in some way.
    (Did I really just use a bulleted list to answer a question? Wow, that's sad.)

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

    A: The first one I've run is still going on--we just entered the second round of games. Took a while to fill, but I've only needed 2 reserves so far. I'm really enjoying running it. And since I was the first player knocked out, I don't need to concentrate on playing in it any more! :lol:

    I barely remember the first one I played in--it was the CCC Masters, as I said before, and a quick check with the Game Finder shows I was knocked out in the first round. But I did lose to the eventual champ of my division. So that's some consolation.

    Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

    A: I'm running my first 2 right now. I have no plans for retirement, but my kids may have something to say about that at some point.

    Q:What tournaments have you organized?

    A: From Large Games to Small Games, MLB 2009 Tournament

    Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

    A: Isn't that like asking me to choose which kid is my favorite? Seriously, I haven't gotten far enough into either to pick one--one's in the second round, the other's just about to start. I really like the ideas for both of them and I'm just happy they filled.

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A: Can't pick just one. The Map Blaster series is awesome because I love large escalating games, as well as getting to play (almost) every map on the site. Bring it On! is more of a league than a tourney, but it's still an awesome concept and I'm going to stay involved in that for as long as it runs. And I really loved the idea of the Dojo Yaburi tournament and would love to see a follow-up tournament run.

    Those are my top 3 at the moment, but I might give a different answer on a different day.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A: Enter--I really enjoy organizing, but I still prefer to keep trying to win these things!

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite? What about other peoples' tournaments?

    A: Nope, no specific format--since I enjoy a wide variety of games, my tournies are going to reflect that range of interests. I will say that as a player, I'm a sucker for a simple (or not-so-simple) bracket. Just seed everyone, line 'em up, and let 'em play. But until I have a theme that fits a bracket, I won't run a bracket tourney.

    Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

    A: Choose them myself. Letting players choose may make for a more interesting tourney (that's certainly how I feel as a player), but it's clearly more work for the organizer.

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A: Right now, 100% of my games are tourney games, and I've got about 35 active games across 5-10 tournies (don't know the exact number). I occasionally get the urge to start a game to work on a particular map, or a game will pop up within one of my usergroups, but I'm almost exclusively a tourney player at this point.

    Q: How excited were you with your first CC win?

    A: I honestly don't remember it. I was probably pretty happy.

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A: Yup, Map Blaster III, with graulenst as my teammate.

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A: The 2008 Sprint Cup Series. I really had to work to make the final round, went into that round in 4th place (if I remember correctly), and with one game still in progress, I had taken the lead. All I had to do was finish ahead of aspalm. I thought I had the tourney locked up, was planning my next move ... and the next thing I know, that last game is showing up in my "Eliminated" list, and aspalm's the one who knocked me out. That's what I get for assuming I was going to win.

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A: A great idea, a dedicated organizer, and--last but probably most important--active, interested players.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A: Waaaay too many to list, once again. All the ones I mentioned earlier, certainly. All of the EIOT tournaments just because the whole idea was so cool (although I think one or two of them got derailed a bit). And I'm always impressed by successful tournies where the organizer has a ton of stuff to keep track of, like dittoeevee8888's Jeopardy tourney, or Army of Achilles' Ultimate All Maps 1x1 Tournament. I know I'm missing a bunch, especially newer ones.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A: I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone who knows how to answer this question in this interview. I honestly don't know how tourneys would be rated, so how could they be underestimated? Maybe we should have a tourney rating system so this question's a little easier to answer!

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

    A: So far, no disappointments in the two I'm running. I've seen a couple I entered fall apart and get canceled/abandoned for various reasons, and that's always disappointing.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A: Good ideas, good presentation/communication skills, dedication, and a willingness to spend far too much time on CC making tournaments run smoothly.

    Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

    A: Well, I had some trouble filling my first tourney, so I "attracted" players by sending a private message to a group of players I had seen as relatively frequent opponents in other tournaments.

    I try to make my first post as clear, detailed, and interesting as possible, but I have no idea if that attracts people. I fear that sometimes I may give a little too much detail (kind of like I'm doing in this interview!).

    I wish I knew exactly what appealed to a lot of players. I think most players go for simplicity--games or tourneys that are easy to join, easy to follow, but competitive and interesting. Otherwise ... come back and ask me again after I've organized a few more of these things.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A: Waiting for my tournaments to fill. Once I've come up with the idea and posted the thread, I really just want to get the tourney started as soon as possible.

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A: Being able to contribute to a section of this site that's brought me so much enjoyment.

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A: Hard to tell--I'm not sure I even notice their mistakes. I do hate waiting for a long time between games without any updates if, for example, other games in the round are still going on. So I guess the one "mistake" I see is keeping players in the dark during a long delay.

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A: I've been lucky so far--nothing too bad. But I did make a bunch of games with the wrong settings in the 2nd round of my first tourney. I will now always double-check the settings before sending out the games!

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A: I'm all for letting organizers play in their own tournies--if you put in the effort to make a good tourney, you should get to enjoy it. I've only seen one case where I thought an organizer was going out of his way to make the tourney easier for himself, so most organizers are very good at staying neutral. And I wouldn't exclude clanmates, either.

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A: My first tourney hasn't needed a formal schedule--I've been just checking games periodically and posting updates when interesting things happen. With the MLB tourney, I think I'm going to need a schedule, since it's going to be such a big tournament.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A: I truly have no opinion on this one.

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A: I tend to lean toward using reserves, as I wouldn't want people to move on in a tourney without earning it.

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A: My winning percentage and overall score? :lol: That really has nothing to do with the site in general. I can't think of anything I'd change about the site.

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A: Maybe adding the ability to make multiple games with the same settings at once would make things easier. What would be really sweet, but incredibly hard to code, is some sort of auto-scoring system for tournies. Let the organizer set the parameters, whether the scoring is just based on wins, points for lasting longer in games, etc., and then game results would be automatically logged.

    Can't think of anything to take away.

    Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

    A: Nope.

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A: If you've got an idea you'd like to see in a tourney, go for it. You can't be any worse at this than I am. ;)

    In all seriousness, I've seen a bunch of new organizers making cool tournies lately, so I don't think anyone needs any encouragement from me.

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headaches to this point

    A:Hmmm ... well ...
    1. Trying to figure out all the details of the MLB tournament, which is going to be a handful.
    2. Having my first tourney take almost 3 weeks to fill and not knowing if I'd actually get a tournament off the ground. (Those are the organizer-related headaches, but I was asked for a top 5, so ... )
    3. Deadbeating my way out of tournaments I really wanted to finish because my kids got sick and I truly didn't have time to find a sitter.
    4. Trying to figure out what the clues in Natewolfman's darn CC Scavengers tournament mean.
    5. Fighting my uncontrollable urge to check the "Create/Join a Tournament" forum 1 million times a day.
    (I think the list was warranted to answer that question.)

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A: Far more than it should.

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A: The 1v1 Gladiators usergroup, and The Grey Company, a clan which is, sadly, mostly dead.

    Q:Who are you?

    A: I am Batman. :lol:

    No, seriously, I'm a proud father of 2 and a dedicated husband (when I'm not on here) who works as a professor of computer engineering and computer science.

    Q: Why did you pick the name geigerm?

    A: A very boring reason--it was my username in grad school, and I've been using it on sites like this one and the message boards on which I post just so I can keep everything straight.

    Q:Where are you from?

    A: Originally from southeastern Connecticut, but I now live in Massachusetts.

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A: Anything but pink. I'm a terrible pink player, for some reason.

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A: Battle of Actium is my favorite, as I think it plays well for both large and small games (at least for me).

    Least favorite is probably a tie between Circus Maximus and British Isles. The British Isles hate is particularly irrational--it's not a bad map; I just can't seem to win on it.

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A: No spoils / chained / fog for 1v1 games; escalating / chained / no fog for everything else.

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A: Sequential, absolutely. I'm a terrible freestyle player, I know it, and I'm not really interested in taking the time to get better at it any time soon.

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A: Assuming From Large Games to Small Games continues to run smoothly, I'll probably run a "From Small Games to Large Games" tourney. I really did like Dojo Yaburi, so I'll think about maybe running a follow-up myself. And I've got a few other ideas I'm kicking around, but you'll hear about them if and when I actually have the time to run them.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A: I could think of something witty to say here, but haven't I said enough already? ;)

    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A: Thanks again for having me.


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    Postby Gozar on Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:55 pm

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    Hello tournament fans. This week the News Hound and Limelight takes a look at a lower ranking side of things.
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    Thanks, and enjoy!
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    Cooking Up a Few Good Gamers
    by stahrgazer


    "Train a cook today battle an officer tomorrow! Making good players great"

    On Tuesday February 24, Twill announced: Society of the Cooks opens its doors. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=78708&view=unread#p1867343

    “The Society has long been running training for low ranked players as a usergroup but today, they hit the mainstream. With the launch of the Training Grounds viewforum.php?f=340 (which will also see Strategy and Q&A moved in), Conquer Club is looking to make an easier to use space for new and old players alike who are looking to improve their game (...and admins who need some serious training help).”

    The last is a reference to the Whac-a-Mod games, specifically the battle against the generals you might have read about in the last newsletter. While for many, signing up for training or teaching is voluntary, new cadets will get a special pm invite to come in for training. For teachers, the first requirement is taking the training themselves. The training consist of basic strategy, especially as applies to terminator type games.

    Asked whether the Society of Cooks intends to sponsor tournaments to give its trainees that sort of experience, co-organizer wacicha laughed, “We will have our hands full without doing tourny's!!!!”

    What are you, some special forces guy or something?

    No, I'm just a cook, just a lowly cook. Image

    Oh My God, we’re gonna die! (Under Siege)

    Members willing to sign up as Society Teachers are asked to contact wacicha or gloryordeath.



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    Tournament Hall of Fame Reorganization! Check it out!

    Whac-a-Mod
    Mods have been defeated 228 times by 94 members so far, although 132 participated.

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    Credit Crunch
    Organizer: Pedronicus

    JR’s 4 v 4 Challenge I
    Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

    MLS 2009
    Organizer: Forza AZ


    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    Around All CC’s Maps: City Mogul
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    Luck or Skill
    Organizer: conquerAce


    General Tournaments

    Midwest League
    Organizer: blacky44

    American Idol Season 8
    Organizer: Tupence

    Map Blaster V: The Wrath of Agrona
    Organizers: brandoncfi, Dazoot

    It’s A Super Mario Galaxy!
    Organizer: Gilligan


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!


    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    All people started to play Poker, also a nice game :-^
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    Everybody is getting someting extra at the McDrive
    Planned end date: 10 October

    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    Some people stopped drinking beer and currently outside the bar. Better not to take a look there
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    European Speed Cup
    Organiser: DJ Teflon
    Speed 1 v 1 (best of 3) to take place over several Fridays (flexibility built-in). Premium required.

    Discworld Terminator
    Organiser: DJ Teflon
    Quick tournament with 4-player terminator games. Freemiums welcome.

    King of Europe
    Organiser: DJ Teflon
    Final Match just started, how exciting.
    6-Player Freestyle Tournament with Fog Of War, Played on European continent maps. Nationality-based tournament. Started Dec. '08.

    Around the World in 80 Days
    Organiser: stahrgazer
    The pilots are almost ready to launch onto World 2.1. The triples team of Humrlmo/dustin800/littlebrother2k7 will select another player to round out their quad. Will it be negoeien/Lindax/David Hoekstra picking a fourth for these final aerial battles? Or will darin44/xerro/tdans be able to salvage their flight over the British Isles in Game 4327095?

    ppgangster's WHITE GOLD Tourney
    Organiser: ppgangster
    Status: Registering until March 4th
    For White Gold members only 3 Rounds, Classic Art, Siege!, KoM, 4 players game
    Prize=3 Month premium Prize

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Nine winding down.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From PaulusH using a 4x4 windmill setup- Puzzle Mix will need 16 doubles teams

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: USA Map Pack
    Musical Chairs: Island Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002 in the New Year
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.


    "Escalators II" -Outsiders
    "Battle of the Hemispheres" -Sun Tzup
    "No Attack Tour" -Blitzaholic
    "Champion of Scotland Tournament" -HighlanderAttack
    "Mixed Maps" -Natascha & Wilco
    "School's Out for Summer 2008" -Tripitaka
    "Super Smash Brothers: Singles League" -White Moose
    "Championship Series: CCU" -BaldAdonis
    "Royal Flush Tournament" -gordito
    "JR's 1v1 Challenge V" -tyler197802198
    "Art Attack!!!" -torresgerrard
    "Last Man Standing: Classic" -odratsab
    "Cooks and Cadets" -HollowMan85
    "Gilligan's Bracket Tournament V" -knighthawk
    "Master of the Third Age" -Alexinho
    "Olympics Part 2: Altius" -CandaVespin and bamage
    "Reincarnation" -ronc8649
    "8 Thoughts Tour" -dustin800
    "Championship Series: Centerscape" -Lucifer4o
    "Qwert Bracket Tournament IV" -Natewolfman
    "Poker Night at the Club" -lhcguy
    "The Grand Oasis Tournament" -IronWood
    "City Trip" -inos
    "You've Been Hired to Kill that King" -slickstick
    "Championship Series Charleston" -BaldAdonis
    "Championship Series: Archipelago" -Gilligan
    "Map Blaster IV the Pantheon Jihad" -Lisbon101
    "The Champions League Tournament" -dustin800
    "Ultimate 1v1" -sailorseal
    "Super Quick Tourney Season 4" -JOHNNYROCKET24
    "Halloween Doubles Tournament" -Lokisgal and Agonzos
    "Master of the Second Age" -acores2005
    "Conquerman Triangle" -Tisha, Mattastrophe, Sdin15
    "Conqueror Crusoe, Ruler of the Islands" -dustin800 and sam02
    "Last Man Standing Classic" -odratsab
    "Band or Die 3" -Goggles Paisano, Vexx, PaulG, Easy n Dirty
    "JRs 1v1 Challenge IV" -killmanic
    "Conquer the New World" -Phr34ky
    "Quick and Painless Tournament" -banana_hammocks
    "Alliance of Feudal" -enterprise74 and WoWaholic


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    by stahrgazer

    This week we limelight a tournament hosted in January by psychobkrazy that seems in line with the grand opening of the Training grounds. Cooks and Cadets was open only to low-ranked players, those with less than 1000 points, just as the name implies.

    “I choose the score of 1000 because that is what you start off with when you join Conquer Club. As for the name Cooks and Cadets, I thought it just rolled off the tongue, kind of like Conquer Club... I wanted to attract players that were, for a lack of a better word 'afraid' to play in tournaments. I thought it would not only help boost their scores, but confidence as well,” said psychobkrazy.

    Cooks and Cadets

    Creativity 4

    Enjoyment 3

    Organization 4

    Timeliness of games 3

    Updates of Status 5

    Overall 4
    Rated by 20% of the participants

    Some of the players were concerned with the choices of map, wishing more variety and difficult maps, although they noted that they understood the reason “Classic Shapes” was selected. The Training Grounds is also using “classic type” maps and multi-player games. In the case of this tournament, games were all 4-player, “winner take all” standard, chained, sunny, and escalating.

    Organizer psychobkrazy noted a few issues: “I think there were two main problems with this tournament. The games seemed very slow, with the longest taking nine days to complete. I still can't figure out why because it wasn't due to missed turns and the spoils where escalating. The second problem was the requirements themselves. I called for players ranked 1000 or below and said if you meet the requirements when you sign up, you will stay locked in if your rank goes up. I thought this is/was fair, but it still is hard to let someone that shoots up to a Sergeant to join a 1000 or below tournament.”

    True, all of the comments received stressed that the length of the games reduced player enjoyment. The winner may have the answer that so puzzled the organizer regarding how long it took for the games to complete. Hollowman85 said, “I think we had to wait for a while for one of the people to join. But then, most Cooks are freemium, so that's probably why.” Low rank might also be a concern just as psychobkrazy pointed out; Hollowman85 noted that he has gone up several ranks since the tournament.


    It appears that psychobkrazy is incorporating lessons learned.
    “I currently am running Cooks and Cadets 2 which is running a little more smoothly. This time around only one of the four first round games are taking a while.”


    If success is measured, not by stars earned or mistakes made, but by achieving what you set out to do (and I believe it is) then psychobkrazy's idea to sponsor tournaments aimed at newcomers and lower ranks who might not otherwise join the fun is a rip-roaring success.
    Hollowman85 wrote:I think it was pretty cool to have a tournament geared toward lower ranked players. I know from my personal behalf that it's a little confusing to start out. We were all more or less on the same level though.

    As a final thought, psychobkrazy mused,"And even though no one has complained to me, the rank requirements might have to change if I make a third one."

    Cooks and Cadets 3? We’ll look forward to it...maybe we should encourage psychobkrazy to open a franchise!



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    This week we had the chance to talk with one of our new staff members, stahrgazer. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with Woodruff, new to the organising scene. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!


    Q: Hello, stahrgazer.

    A: Greetings, Gozar, but please, call me stahr ;)

    Q:What makes you interview worthy?

    A: um.. I was here when you needed to interview someone? Hehehe Actually, I probably represent a ‘different’ segment of the population, as I’m a li’l ol’ lady with a flair for fun. There may be quite a few men my age around CC, but I suspect few women.

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A: A very close friend from Holland, who’s also visited me here in Florida, thought I’d enjoy it. He was right. (He knows me so well *KiSS* Domantic)

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A: To rejuvenate a passion of my youth. I grew up playing board games; had a next-door-neighbor who enjoyed the war-type board games. Not just Risk, but Chess, Stratego, the little octagon-type games that represent various scenarios. Then he went to college, I moved to Florida, and alas, no more playmates. Hey, Chuck B, my late-70’s sci-fi and war-gaming pal from Glassmanor, if you’re here on CC, call me! I’ve missed the nearly-3-full-decades of no gaming. Awwww.

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A: Initially, because some people I knew had joined them. Because I knew these people, I figured it could be good gaming, even if I felt quite out of my element, being unfamiliar with some of the maps, and not very good at the maps I did know.

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A: I was reading the tournament newsletter, others’ ideas for creations and an idea based on my own past and likes just sort of “popped” into my head. No one else would have this idea, I figured. Initially I was going to “give the idea away” but darn it, it was mine! lol

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A: Since late November. Hehehe, I’m new at it.

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A: Same one is ongoing. Same two, actually. “Around the World in 80 Days” and its spinoff, “Around the World in 80 Days – Reservists”.

    Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

    A: My past/preferences. As a kid I was really into stars; loved Star Trek, etc. In 3rd grade my first oral report was on the launch of Sputnik. In high school, AFJROTC, we learned the history of flight. My teachers knew me as “the Trekkie;” my buddies knew me as “space cadet”. Later, and until layoffs in 2002 my career was in aerospace, jet and rocket engines. The tourney title is based on the movie title because the movie did have a balloon flight in it, and balloons were man’s first flights. They began in Europe, and so does the tournament, which then progresses around the world. Maps were picked to cover continents without duplicating until the final matches on World 2.1 which, per the tourney ‘story’ represent space flight (seeing the entire Earth from up there). Instead of Yuri Gagarin the cosomonaut, or Space Shuttle astronauts, CC will end up with a team of Conquernauts.

    Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

    A: Experts and friends. On realizing I might have a catchy idea, I read Optimus Prime’s tournament handbook. Then I went to bounce my idea off a few higher-ranks I knew, those that had participated in tournaments before. Night Strike and Steelhorse probably got sick of my pestering before I felt I had enough to continue with. OP reviewed the scenario and offered suggestions as well. Some ideas I took, others I left. What I found the most interesting was, what one person loved about my idea, another hated, and so on.

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

    A: First tournament ran... I wouldn’t have gone through with it had nemrehs1 not offered right off to help as co-organizer. I was afraid to “take the plunge” despite it was a relatively small tournament (16 players in sets of 1v1 to eliminate 4 players; then 12 players in dubs and trips to reduce 4 more for the round of 8-player quads for the title). So, nem was my safety-net and game-creator. “Reservists” got started because once word spread, I had far too many reserves, and one of them asked, “will you set us some games up just for fun?” With a few, but not many, modifications, I did. I set it up as a different tourney for CC records accuracy, and some aspects did change. Reserves has no premie prize, nor did it have a min rank limit like the original.
    The first tournament I played in, I knew I was out of my element; it was on the various Realms maps, and some of the players are swift on that! But, you don’t succeed if you don’t try. I was thrilled to make it to round 2, and not surprised that I was out by round 3. Then again, that was a “single loss elimination”. That experience is actually what decided me to make my tourney rounds of “best 2 of 3” but to prevent boredom, each new game begins on a different map. Not because I lost round 2, but because my win in round 1 eliminated a player that probably would’ve won the tournament except I got so darn lucky right off!

    Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

    A: Just the two previously discussed. I have no plans to count; if an idea hits I’ll do something about it when I have time. I’m not going for a record of tourneys run.

    Q:What tournaments have you organized?

    A: As mentioned: Around the World in 80 Days and its spinoff for “Reservists”.

    Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

    A: I think I’m liking the original one more, maybe because it was first, or maybe because of the premie prizes that I’ll be giving away soon.

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A: I haven’t played in all that many, so there’s no broad field of reference. I enjoyed winning the Realms match, but I think I’ll enjoy the Global Gridiron Showdown more. It’s a team setup, and erazor and I had fun picking our ‘football team’ name: Quasimodems. Plus, we pick a home map and play on away maps as well.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A: Usually play is more fun than work. Then again, watching your creation prosper has its rewards. Watching others enjoy what you started is a thrill as well.

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite? What about other peoples' tournaments?

    A: Non-speed sequential, no ‘tend’ to it. My ‘puter won’t handle speed or freestyle games without freezing up (if you’re shopping for a new ‘puter, avoid Acer with Vista). I find “unlimited forts” far too “first turn” oriented so I avoid those when I think to, in regular or tournament games. I also tend to prefer flat or no spoils, although I’ll play escalating. I prefer team games to group gropes.

    Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

    A: hehehehe it’s definitely easier to pre-set the settings. Against advice, I offered opponents the chance to agree on alternate game settings prior to their matches; it was a coordination nightmare for all involved. The “home map” “away map” scenarios I’ve seen is probably the best of both worlds.

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A: I wouldn’t say “a lot” but a few. Because of my ‘puter issue, I cannot participate in freestyle or speed tournaments and sometimes I just don’t like the maps being used on this or that tournament. I find games through my clan, pm’s to/from friends, and on Live Chat Callouts.

    Q: How excited were you with your first CC win?

    A: I was discovering ‘puter issues so I think my first win (which was my very first game on CC) was overridden by that irritation. Plus, I did not know the player. I then had a losing streak on a variety of strange maps – “I want to try them all, NOW” mode – but then I got into a game with a player I’d met on chat, 4-player, another new map, but I won. Knowing that player made me know “this was a good win” so then I was excited!

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A: Not yet, but I have time.

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A: A Civil War tournament; not the loss, but the reason for it. I knew the map, my chosen partner did not, but we had a strategy issue on one game. The next game, he had foelisted me before joining, then played...not well for that map. I cannot prove he deliberately played a losing game out of spite, but foelisting your partner and then joining the game is rather nasty. I got a new partner, but by then “my team” had already lost so many matches I knew the tournament win was out of the question, despite we’ve played a couple more games since.

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A: Completion. Players sign up for a tournament because they want to see it through. If they get to do so, then that’s “success”.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A: The Rule of Realms was good because its organizer set up a spiffy table right in the forum, making it so easy to see the progression of people through the rounds. The Civil War tournament is a different sort of success, though; its original organizer had to cease (parental discretion removed him from most CC activities) but another organizer stepped right up to help. I’ve been in a few other tournaments, but those two stand out for those reasons.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A: Every new organizer’s tournament is underestimated.

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

    A: In mine? Not so far, and I hope I won’t be; it would take failure to complete it, or some major fiasco, to disappoint me. In one I entered? Yes, though it was not the organizer’s fault. Someone tried to start a clans-teams-only tournament, but CC Admin disallowed it, I’m not privy to why.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A: Attention to detail and willingness to keep at it.

    Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

    A: Not everyone reviews Tournaments forum callouts on a daily/weekly basis, so spreading the word through friends can be important. I announced mine in Live Chat, pm’d friends, and posted the link in my clan forum.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A: Yes. I dislike having to send all those pm’s because while our pm forum is good, it does not allow for distribution lists like emails. I also dislike having to find a last-minute replacement when somebody doesn’t show up for his match.

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A: The pm, wall comment, or gamechat remark “I’m having fun, thanks for organizing this!”

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A: Easily fixed but common: making games to the wrong settings.

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A: hehehe and I WAS warned! I will never do another, “As your game approaches, you and your opponents can try to agree on alternate game settings.” It was a mass-pm nightmare for me and for the various players. By round 2 they’d stopped suggesting alternates, and by round 3 I’d stopped asking if they wanted to.

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A: From the “other side” I thought it was a tad unethical if an organizer joined his or her own tournament. Now that I’ve experienced “this side” of the fence, I realize about the only thing an organizer could do to “set up” his own win, is to carefully select his opponents in any round. Well, we play games all the time where we pick specific opponents, so there is no real difference, and “picking opponents” is no guarantee of a win. As for the clan thing, most clans have inner-clan matches, and respectable clans require that each member will try to win, rather than throw a game. “Points dumping” is against CC rules, as are “unannounced alliances.” So, yes, organizers should be allowed to battle clanmates in their own tournaments.

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A: For my tournaments, which are small, I tried to check daily, especially the 1v1 games. I keep an Excel file, and there were a few times where I noted a game completion there but waited to update the forum until later. The most I went without updating was a week, though, when I sprained my wrists. For larger 1v1 tournaments I’d probably check a few each day and make one massive update once I’ve gone through the entire list. Larger team games usually take longer, so a check every week to ten days is probably sufficient.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A: Provided the tournament has no games a ? cannot join; and provided the organizer retains the right to set minimum requirements, then, yes, I don’t see why not. Oh, I know there are concerns about multis, but hey, if a ? joins a Waterloo speed tournament, I’d think the multi-hunters would go sniffing. I might not join a tournament that allows new recruits, but I know one high-ranker who won’t join a tournament that discriminates by rank, so it is simply a matter of preference.

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeat the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A: Deadbeating sux, but it’s a sad part of CC gameplay. It’s the risk we take with any game on here. Missing a single turn can lose the game but is not considered ‘formal deadbeating’. As an organizer, I would remove a player who showed a habit of missing turns or got kicked from a game in a “formal deadbeat,” but the game result would stand as part of the tournament. I also believe other organizers should have the option to call a rematch using reserve players.

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A: Establish a “clan challenges” game selection; like tournaments, with each clan as an option instead of tournament names, but separate from tournaments and under discretion of clan leaders/co-leaders rather than Tournament Moderators.

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A: I would like to see: the “join a game” page show whether the game is standard or speed; a requirement that each organizer also have a co-organizer, responsible to continue the tournament in the event the main organizer has to disappear – eliminating deadpool and minimizing delays; a “named distribution list” creation option in the pm forum to make contacting players easier.

    Q: If you are thinking purely on balance of tournament games is there anything you would want changing?

    A: Yes. I’d like organizers to be able to set up some “clan only” tournaments. Not necessarily for the new ‘tournament medals’ although it would be nice if CC would also enable each clan that wants to organize a tourney, to establish its own medal to be awarded to winners.

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A: Ask for help, and you’ll get it. Go for it, use that idea, you’re the only one who can implement it, but do try to get a co-organizer set up, someone with maybe a little more experience than you have in case you start to trip. Otherwise, all it really takes is your willingness to keep plugging along at it.

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

    A: Fortunately, I do not believe I have five. 1) Finding replacements for sudden dropouts. 2) Re-creating distribution lists to announce games/status. 3) The “have to” doldrums.. moods where it’s time to check and update games status, but “I don’t feel like it.”

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A: That varies. Taking game-turns rarely takes me more than an hour. Today I was on all day, researching for upcoming newsletter tidbits, doing this interview (twice; the first time I did it in forums and when I hit send, found out I’d been logged out so lost it all); playing around with two new tournament ideas.

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A: Yes. Newly admitted to competitive clan: The Imperial Dragoons (GO DRAGOONS!); social group Blade Runner; Tournament Newsdesk; recently asked to be trained to help out in the new Training forum.

    Q:What is the best competitive clan?

    A: Oh, okay, I’ll say it louder: GO DRAGOONS!!!

    Q:What attributes do you find attractive in a clan and just what does a clan mean to you?

    A: A clan should be fun and frolic with an understanding that to enjoy things the most, one needs a high ethical standard, an agreement to be good neighbours as well as good players. Some clans disregard social aspects, but I believe encouraging good behaviour rather than just “let’s win games together” should be a clan’s responsibility to CC. A clan is a group of people who’ll put my best interests above some stranger’s. In our forum one of the members was lamenting a sudden drop in points. We’re teasing, but encouraging him, and some are pointing out types of games he might avoid, as well as types of games that historically he does well in, if he wishes to reverse the trend. A few of my mates are dragging me into maps and game-types I’ve avoided in the past, so I can learn an increased variety of play.

    Q:Who are you?

    A: A 46 year old with 15 years as an aerospace propulsion engineering assistant behind her and a talent for analysis and critical thinking still with her. A Leo/Virgo cuspid born in the year of the tiger – ready smile, dimples and a purr OR ready claws, fangs and snarl depending on which side you walk up on. Very female, with a long tawny “mane.” To some I’m the good witch, to others, the bad witch and with some, I’m not a witch at all.

    Q: Why did you pick the name stahrgazer?

    A: I didn’t pick it, it was picked for me back in high school, but it fit, was prettier than “space cadet” and so it stuck for 3 decades now. The unusual spelling is a phoenetic of the way my mother –with her thick Mississippi drawl - said my nick.

    Q:Where are you from?

    A: Washington, DC originally. Florida, now.

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A: That really depends on the map.

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A: Europe is probably my ‘standby’ favourite, although I go into swings; this week it’s Waterloo. Least favourites: Op Drug War and Prison Riots. I’ve refused to join tournaments that offer those as any part of the selection. Has to do with the names and ideas behind them, rather than the maps themselves.

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A: Standard, chained!!!!! I think unlim. forts gives too much advantage to the first team/player, and I so seldom play adj. that when I do I sometimes forget that it’s not chained so mess up my plans. Also, I generally prefer flat or no-spoils over esc.

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A: Must be seq. non-speed or ‘puter freezes (I HATE THIS ACER!!!)

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A: Ayup. TVLand Tourney coming soon! Based on a ton of old shows that were reruns when I was growing up or that I grew up on and are now reruns. Another I’m helping Gilligan cement, but I’m not sure if I’m “organizing” or just helping him plan it.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A: GO DRAGOONS!

    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A: *smooch*


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    Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 64: 11/03/09]

    Postby Gozar on Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:30 pm

    Issue 64: 11/03/09

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    Hello tournament fans. Sadly, stahrgazer is leaving us with this issue. She worked enthusiastically during her brief stay here, and we wish her all the best.
    As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

    Thanks, and enjoy!
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    Our latest poll is still running: Should a medal be given for each and every tournament won?
    Please stop by the Suggestion Thread and vote.


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    What is the tournament that had the most players in it? Find out next week! (Hint: It is completed and the organizer’s name starts in a letter in the second half of the alphabet!)

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    Word Fitz Doubles Tourney IV
    Organizer: AAFitz

    CC Golf Championships
    Organizer: ronc8649

    NCAA March Madness Doubles Style
    Organizer: JCKing

    Word Fitz Doubles Tourney III
    Organizer: AAFitz

    Little Big World 2
    Organizer: naxus


    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    2009 NRL Tournament
    Organizer: LLLUUUKKKEEE


    General Tournaments

    Midwest League
    Organizer: blacky44

    Escalating Freestyle Emperor
    Organizer: PJDH

    U.S. of A
    Organizer: JoshyBoy

    Trains Across the Sea
    Organizer: drake_pk7

    Roman Gladiator
    Organizer: DJ Teflon

    Kot’s Random Feudal Singles
    Organizer: Kotaro

    Winter Olympics – Vancouver 2010
    Organizer: Tupence

    The Conquerer of the Celts
    Organizer: Tang Kai

    Mega Man
    Organizer: keitsh31

    World Cup 1994
    Organizer: drake_pk7

    b00060’s Classic Shapes Tournament II
    Organizer: b00060

    friendly’s 2nd Annual World 2.1 FOW Tourney
    Organizer: friendly1

    The Sailorseal Cup
    Organizer: sailorseal

    Complete Control - USA
    Organizer: FireStar

    Race Across the States
    Organizer: drake_pk7

    Feudal For Me!
    Organizer: Mr_Adams

    Speed Doodle Assassin Tournament
    Organizer: coded


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

    2008-09 College Hoops
    Organiser: flexmaster33
    The season has entered its March Madness stage with a live selection show (in chat) last week announcing the full 65-team championship field, as well as the consolation NIT bracket.

    Congratulations to teams that ended up as No. 1 seeds...
    West...UCLA (lardass76)
    Midwest...Bowling Green (knighthawk)
    Northeast...Villanova (HighlanderAttack)
    South...Kentucky (agonzos)

    The first round is more than half complete with the second round almost in full gear by the weekend.

    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    Last reserve used, let new reserves reply on the forum (or send PaulusH a message).
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    Last table is still eating their melted McFlurry.
    Planned end date: 10 October

    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    The beer glasses did come back broken, so time to switch to wine.
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Ten getting set up.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    Point Grabbers by Optimus Prime? - Only a rumour. But be around the morning of March 12 to see.

    From PaulusH using a 4x4 windmill setup- Puzzle Mix will need 16 doubles teams

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: USA Map Pack
    Musical Chairs: Island Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "Best Football Players 2000 NFL Edition" -nashlloyd
    "Best Football Player NCAA 2000"-jly_champion
    "Fog of Feudal War 2" -Poisonous86
    "Battle of the N00bs 5" -MaroonBeret
    "Freemium with a premium doubles" -Bigroo4601 & Wump
    "Foundry Update 8.1" -lanyards
    "Dutch Soccer League 2008/2009" -Wrexham
    "The Whole Sha-Bang" -dcc1220
    "Realms 2 Challenge!" -tyler197802198
    "Little Big World 1v1" -Zivel
    "Road to the Final Four" -Mikalf
    "Best of the Worst Tournament: Doubles Edition" -siutiapik & unataqti
    "Royal Flush Tournament" -gordito
    "Championship Series: Cairns Metro" -The Neon Peon
    "Who has the highest IQ on CC?" -ralphcptc
    "Map Blaster IV: The Pantheon Jihad" -Lisbon101
    "Minimalist Tournament" -Rocketry
    "Freestyle King of Europe" -fidelx
    "Classic Ladder Tournament" -vykingsfan64
    "End of Days" -Blitzaholic and osujacket
    "Escalators II" -Outsiders
    "Battle of the Hemispheres" -Sun Tzup
    "No Attack Tour" -Blitzaholic
    "Champion of Scotland Tournament" -HighlanderAttack
    "Mixed Maps" -Natascha & Wilco
    "School's Out for Summer 2008" -Tripitaka
    "Super Smash Brothers: Singles League" -White Moose
    "Championship Series: CCU" -BaldAdonis
    "Royal Flush Tournament" -gordito
    "JR's 1v1 Challenge V" -tyler197802198
    "Art Attack!!!" -torresgerrard
    "Last Man Standing: Classic" -odratsab
    "Cooks and Cadets" -HollowMan85
    "Gilligan's Bracket Tournament V" -knighthawk
    "Master of the Third Age" -Alexinho
    "Olympics Part 2: Altius" -CandaVespin and bamage
    "Reincarnation" -ronc8649
    "8 Thoughts Tour" -dustin800


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    This week we had the chance to talk with a newer organiser, Woodruff. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with thekidstrumpet. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!

    Q: Hello, Woodruff.

    A:
    Hello, my good sir.

    Q:What makes you interview worthy?

    A:
    Apparently not much, given the lack of activity in the thread asking for interview questions. (laughing)

    Oh, you were serious? Well...I'm enthusiastic about tournaments. I'm currently playing in far too many and hosting two of my own.

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A:
    If I remember correctly, someone from one of my Diplomacy online groups pointed me in this direction (Diplomacy being another strategy board game).

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A:
    I'm a competition and strategy junkie. I COULDN'T STOP MYSELF!

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A:
    Natewolfman got me started. I didn't even realize there WERE tournaments until I got an invitation from him to join one of his tournaments (I don't recall which one). I was hooked!

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A:
    That's sort of the competition junkie side of me. As much as I enjoy taking part in competition, I also enjoy organizing competitions. So this sort of felt natural to me.

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A:
    Not long at all. I've only started two, and they're both ongoing (though the first is very close to the end).

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A:
    The Evolutionary Tournament (still running). It's a triple-elimination bracket-style tournament that uses random maps and 1-vs-1 strategy. Because the players could end up on any map at all, I granted each player the ability to exclude three maps and replace them with three other maps (so those are in effect for the randomization twice).

    Q: Where did you come up with your tournament ideas?

    A:
    For the bracket-styling and it being 1-vs-1, I fell back on my wrestling background. As to the randomization...well, I've always enjoyed randomization in any competition because it eliminates specialization. Sort of like I view a better athlete to be one who is great at more than one sport than someone who is a bit better at only one sport. A map specialist isn't really that good at Conquer Club...they're only good at that particular map (or map style).

    Q: Who do you look to for inspiration when organizing your tournaments?

    A:
    The players, mostly. My first tournament was completely my own construct, although I did receive some great advice by the first person to join it (JBlombier). But for my second tournament I incorporated a couple of suggestions I received during my first tournament. My next tournament (if there is one) will incorporate some further suggestions I've received in the second tournament. They just keep getting better thanks to the players themselves.

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament ran, and first played in.

    A:
    The first tournament I played in was a disaster. One match, one loss, one tournament ended. (laughing)
    In fact, that seems to be rather a common result for me.

    The first tournament I ran was (and continues to be) a very enjoyable experience. The players have been great, and they've really been enthusiastic about it, which is nice...it helps me to be motivated to continue. It's gone about as I expected as far as how much work it was and such (which isn't too bad, thanks to the style of the tournament). I did think it would be over a little more quickly than it has been...but that's fine, because it saves me money! (laughing)

    Q: How many tournaments have you run already, and do you have a goal in mind for how many you want to run in total before you "retire"? How many are you running right now?

    A:
    I've only run two (and both ongoing), so I'm certainly not burned out in that regard. I don't see any possibility of my "retiring" at any time in the future, so long as I continue the Conquer Club experience. Though there is some possibility of that not continuing (for non-tournament-related reasons).

    Q:What tournaments have you organized?

    A:
    The Evolutionary Tournament
    An Evolutionary Tournament II

    The concepts are basically the same. They're both triple-elimination bracket-style tournaments that use random maps and 1-vs-1 strategy. There are a few differences, however. The most obvious is that the first one was a 32-player tourney and the second is 64-player. As well, in the first tournament, I granted each player the ability to exclude three maps and replace them with three other maps (so those are in effect for the randomization twice) whereas in the second I granted them the ability to exclude any five maps (but no replacements, as I found that to be too much work). Also for the second tournament, I invited the highest players on the site as well as everyone on the Conquer Club "team"...and that added a great deal to that second tournament, in my opinion.

    Q:How does 'evolutionary' fit into the theme of your tournaments?

    A:
    It's all about survival of the fittest and not having a weakness that ends up "killing you off". The randomization of the maps means you could play on pretty much any map, so you have to be at least somewhat skilled at them all. Otherwise...they're your kryptonite. Along with that, it's triple-elimination and no-spoils adjacent...so just happening to run into bad luck on the dice or drop won't kill you out of the tournament. Your actual overall skill is in play as much as it can be in a 1-vs-1 format.

    Q:What made you offer premium for winning the first tournament you hosted?

    A:
    The competition junkie in me again. I figured that would entice the folks who might not normally play in tournaments but would be "extra motivated" with a reward of that sort. I believe that has been the case.

    Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

    A:
    The second one, I would have to say...simply because it's really a better tournament as far as how it's set up and everything. Plus, having 64 players instead of 32 means it's TWICE AS COMPETITIVE. Heh...seriously though, it's reallly only slightly more "favorite" than my first, as they're both very similar to one another.

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A:
    Well, my favorite 1-vs-1 map is Circus Maximus because I love that neither players is ever really "blocked in" and the drop is almost never overly debilitating. So my favorite tournaments would tend to gravitate toward that map...I'd say barterer2002's Championship Series: Circus Maximus tournament and HighlanderAttack's All Around CC's Maps: Circus Maximus tournament are my preferences. But that being said, I've seen some concepts that I really do like. For instance, there's a tournament out there where out of a group of 6, one player is eliminated. Then out of 5, one is eliminated...and so forth. A neat idea.
    There is a tremendous amount of creativity in the tournament realm.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A:
    I think I'll always prefer to play...because that's "personal competition". But it's a pretty close call, really.

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favourite? What about other peoples' tournaments?

    A:
    I tend to gravitate toward no-spoils, myself (for my tournaments and for those I join). I think it requires a lot more skill, whether it's 1-vs-1 or otherwise.

    Q: Do you find it easier to choose tournament settings yourself, or to let the players customize them?

    A:
    Definitely to choose tournament settings myself. I've noticed that it adds a lot more work just to let the players exclude certain maps individually...I can't imagine having them set their own for every match. That being said, I do think it increases the players' enjoyment to let them choose the settings. So it's really a tradeoff of "ease" vs. "enjoyability".

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A:
    Too many, yes. Outside of tournaments, I've also been on a personal quest to get a win on every map. I've only got three maps to go! Then it'll be back to 7-and-8-player no-spoils games only (outside of tournaments, of course).

    Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

    A:
    I actually remember it. It was on the Germany map in a somewhat large game (I don't remember the number of players, but it was at least five). I was pretty pumped up.

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A:
    Not yet, though I'm hopeful for one of the two Circus Maximus series I'm currently in. I think I'm in the semi-finals in one of them.

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A:
    That first tournament, for sure...what a thrashing!

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A:
    The players, mostly. If they're enthusiastic about the matches and deadbeats/missed turns are avoided, then it's going to be a good tournament. That's why I'll always send out invitations to those players in my own tournaments who have been that way in the past.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A:
    I think Natewolfman's Foundry series is very successful. I also think the "Around All Maps" series is very successful, so I'd go with those two.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A:
    Certainly the Circus Maximus tournaments. They can't help but be underestimated! (laughing) That map is so misunderstood for 1-vs-1!

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you have run? What about one you entered?

    A:
    For my own, no...not at all. As to others, not disappointed in the tournament itself...only in my own performances in them.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A:
    Frequent updates is absolutely the most important, in my opinion. Dedication. Making things easy on the players. Listening to the players.

    Q: How do you attract players to your tournament, and what aspect (besides a reward of a premium prize or something like that) of a tournament do you think appeals to a lot of players and why?

    A:
    I attract players by individual invitation and then word-of-mouth. Because I believe my tournaments are good ones, I do count on that word-of-mouth aspect to bring folks into my next one.

    As to other tournaments...It depends on the player. Some seem to be more than happy to enter pretty much any tournament (and I have a lot of respect for them, as I don't fit in that group). For many, it depends entirely on the settings (this makes a big difference for me personally). And for some, it's the maps. So I'm not sure that any one aspect is crucial, though I'd probably give more "weight" to the settings being a key aspect.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A:
    No, I really can't think of anything. Fortunately, I have a wife who is very understanding of my online eccentricities. (smile)

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A:
    Interacting with the players and seeing enjoyment and responsiveness from them.

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A:
    Perhaps biting off more than they can chew. I've seen this in a couple of tournaments lately (the really large ones) and it is sad to see things slow to nearly a halt. It takes away from the "tournament feel" of it for me, and I presume others. Also leads to more deadbeats as folks leave the site eventually and such.

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A:
    In my first tournament, I made several. My very first mistake was in my initial post, but I was saved by the aforementioned JBlombier. I didn't leave "blank posts" after my initial post to fill out brackets and standings with and such. But he PM'd me before he joined and suggested that I do so...that was a lifesaver.

    I also consider it a mistake that I didn't make more of a "graphical bracket" that made things visually much easier for the players to see "where am I in the tournament". I've moved to that in the second tournament (thanks to some prodding by bigreuben, who suggested something that eventually led to my graphical brackets). From what I've seen though, only Qwert uses the same graphicality in his brackets for the players (he was my eventual inspiration for that, and he provided me a lot of help in getting it figured out)...so that may not really be seen as a "mistake". But my players do seem to like it a lot.

    Something that I view as an error for my particular STYLE of tournament (this wouldn't apply to many tournaments) was that while I had a premium reward for the ultimate winner of the tournament, there was no reward for the individual who ended up with the best winning percentage (which isn't necessarily the same as the tourney winner in a triple-elimination-style bracket tournament). Poor Gilligan is paying for that, as he's reached the finals of all three brackets (and lost in the first two finals, with the third still to be played). He's certainly got the best winning percentage locked up, but needs to win his next three matches in order to actually win the tournament itself. I've also corrected that for my second tournament (as long as the tournament winner and best winning percentage are two different players).

    I'm sure my players could come up with some others that they just haven't mentioned to me yet! (laughing)

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A:
    I personally have no problem at all with organizers being in their own tournaments. I wasn't in my first one, but I did join my second one (and lost ignominiously by going 0-3!). I've not personally witnessed any organizers actually winning their own tournaments, so it's obviously not a common occurrence (but does happen, I realize), so I'm pretty sure they're not getting any sort of advantage. After all, they've still got to win the games!

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A:
    I check at least once per day to see if any new matches have been won/lost. On weekends, I check more often, of course.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A:
    Personally, I don't feel they should. One...how do they even know that the tournaments exist? I suppose those who are invited by friends might know. But aside from that, newbies are FAR, FAR, FAR more likely to deadbeat, which really does screw up an organizers timetable.

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A:
    Absolutely to use a reserve. The more competition the better!

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A:
    Conquer Club in general? I'd make it a more friendly place. It bothers me from a personal standpoint that users are essentially allowed to be total assholes in game chat. However, I do recognize that's a personal viewpoint of my own and others don't necessarily agree with me. I do think it causes a lot of new players to leave the site and not come back, however...far more than the "farming" of newbies does.

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A:
    Nothing taken away, no. I'm not really sure about ease of managing...I can't really think of anything, to be honest. Perhaps the ability to create more than one game at a time might be nice for those tournaments that use the same map.

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A:
    Don't bite off too much at once. Start with a smaller tournament to get a feel for things.

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

    A:
    1. Deadbeats!
    2. Deadbeats!
    3. Deadbeats!
    4. Deadbeats!
    5. Getting my butt beaten badly in my own tournament!

    Seriously...I haven't had any other headaches.

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A:
    Oh, way too much. (laughing) I again refer to my very understanding wife. I would say an AVERAGE day sees me on Conquer Club about 2 and a half or 3 hours per day. On the weekends though...that goes WAY up. Summers too, since I'm a high school teacher.

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A:
    None. Don't really see the point of it, to be honest.

    Q:Who are you?

    A:
    Whewee...that's a good question! (laughing) I've been married to my wonderful high school sweetheart for the last 25 years. We have two children (one in the Navy currently stationed in Japan and one who lives in Mississippi). I'm a retired Air Force Master Sergeant (23 years) who currently teaches Air Force Junior ROTC in a high school in Reno, Nevada. For what it's worth, this is the best job I've ever had in my life...what a blast. I'm a computer and strategy game junkie who never met a competition he didn't like. Well, that's not entirely true...I don't really care for first-person-shooter style video games...but really, I love pretty much anything else that I can "make" competitive. I'm fiscally very conservative and socially very liberal. I'm a fairly positive-thinking, upbeat, forward-looking individual.

    Q: Why did you pick the name Woodruff?

    A:
    It's my last name. I'm not that creative. (laughing)

    Q:Where are you from?

    A:
    Originally, Nebraska. I lived in four different VERY small towns in Nebraska. Joined the military right out of high school and lived in Oklahoma, Florida, Germany and Mississippi while serving. So I guess you could say I'm "from all over". But small-town Nebraska mostly.

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A:
    I'm color-blind. I find the letter g to be easiest to see, so I guess I'd go with that. (laughing)

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A:
    Depends. For 1-vs-1, my favorite map is absolutely Circus Maximus. I love that the drops don't really affect it much and you don't ever really get "blocked in". For larger-player-number games (my preference), the bigger the map the better. So I really like Qwert's massive maps a lot. Battle of Actium seems to be my most successful map.

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A:
    No-spoils, for sure. Any time I have the choice. I also prefer Adjacent. I just think those settings create more opportunities for the skilled player to win.

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A:
    Absolutely sequential. Freestyle doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, as it's not a reflection of game-skill at all...only dexterity.

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A:
    If I'm still around, it'll be a follow-on to the Evolutionary Tournaments...but improved by player suggestions, of course.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A:
    No, not really. I appreciate your time in interviewing me and that someone thought it was worth that time. (laughing) So thank you for that.

    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A:
    No, thank you!


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    Hello tournament fans. St. Patrick's day has come and gone and with it new admins have arrived on the scene. We also unveil a new newsletter segment for your amusement.
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    Good day.
    A sad yet happy day has come upon us. Twill, our community manager, has retired. He was a worked hard to help make CC a better place. Just like the saying "always leave you camp site cleaner than when you found it", he left this internet site cleaner and better than when he found it. With such huge shoes to fill they will divide the job into two positions. One goes to the Michael Jordan of Conquer Club, going into retirement then coming back out, Optimus Prime. He will continue to dabble in tournament organising with the Point Grabbers franchise. Hyasriwill be the new community manager because they want someone to lead the admins on the front lines and someone who has lots of experience. He also worked at my favorite gaming company EA sports for 4 years so lets give a round of applause to Hyasri (WOOO YEAHHHHHH =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> .To read more look here http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=80047.

    This is blacky44 signing out.

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    Fun Facts returns next week.

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    Due to schedule conflicts, Gilligan is unable to bring us the tournaments taking signups. Signups returns next week, be sure to send in your tournaments, and our apologies.


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    Here are how some of the currently ongoing tournaments are progressing. Just click the title to visit the thread. Want your tournament listed here? Use the form at the end of this letter!

    The Five Elements
    Organiser: Kinnison
    5x5 divisional play, Hyper-round robin (every combination of 3-, 4-, 5-players, with guaranteed home advantage against EACH combination). 60 games per division, 44 per player. Elimination Round, then finals.
    limination round about 5% complete. Tournament Completion projected by September, 2009.

    An Evolutionary Tournament II
    Organiser: Woodruff
    This is a triple-elimination 1-vs-1 bracket-style tournament with a 1-year PREMIUM PRIZE for the victor, as well as a 6-month PREMIUM PRIZE for the non-victor with the best winning percentage. Currently, Poisonous86 is the only remaining undefeated player in the tournament with his pristine 6-0 record. However, he will soon be facing one of three remaining 1-loss players (murphy16 @ 6-1, Taurelias @ 5-1, or dafoz @ 5-1) who are as we speak competing for that opportunity. There are still 22 players fighting their way through the 2-loss bracket, as well. The other 38 players have been eliminated from competition with three losses.

    Trippel Trappel
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 6x6 windmill setup
    Requesting for new reserves only at one place in this newspaper doesn't seem to work :-k
    Planned End Date: 5 May

    Mac Dinner Date
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 5x5 windmill setup
    First car has brought its people home, the rest went back for the McDrive
    Planned end date: 10 October

    Bar Double Dutch
    Organiser: PaulusH
    Using a 3x3 windmill setup
    Since all beer-glasses were broken, everybody started to drink wine :sick:
    Planned End Date: 14 April

    The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
    Organizer: Gozar
    Round Ten underway.


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    Here are some tournaments that noted tournament organisers are planning on running soon.

    From keiths31:In keeping with the "Musical Chairs" theme there will be:
    Musical Chairs: Mini Maps
    Musical Chairs: USA Map Pack
    Musical Chairs: Island Tour

    Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002
    Kaplowitz's Unrelated Tournament
    God of Godds
    Night Sticks and Stones
    Down and Dirty V
    Brothers in Arms


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    Here are some recent tournament winners.

    "Top Gun Triples Tournament" -deliaselene, King_Herpes, & Army Of Achilles
    "Tourney of Disaster"- banana_hammocks
    "Difficult Maps: Quads Edition" -Shatners Bassoon, Chariot of Fire, Daryth, jpeter15
    "Conquer The World" -ShootandMiss
    "The Random Map Duel" -knighthawk
    "ConquerClub World Cup 2008" -lokisgal, loes, dragon dor, Forza AZ
    "Mission Survive The Longest V1.3" -Megadeth666
    "Card Counting Team Challenge" -waseemalim, dcc1220 & elric45
    "Championship Series: Chinese Checkers" -Bones2484
    "The Evolutionary Tournament" -Funkelee
    "Championship Series: The Citadel" -Ghost_Rider
    "Doubles Civil War Reenactment" -blitzaholic and natascha
    "Et tu, Brute?"-downfall & 4red
    "King of the Mountains" -Lacika
    "Around All CC's Maps: Caribbean Islands" -ultraman
    "Championship Series: City Mogul" -wrexham
    "Best Football Players 2000 NFL Edition" -nashlloyd
    "Best Football Player NCAA 2000"-jly_champion
    "Fog of Feudal War 2" -Poisonous86
    "Battle of the N00bs 5" -MaroonBeret
    "Freemium with a premium doubles" -Bigroo4601 & Wump
    "Foundry Update 8.1" -lanyards
    "Dutch Soccer League 2008/2009" -Wrexham
    "The Whole Sha-Bang" -dcc1220
    "Realms 2 Challenge!" -tyler197802198
    "Little Big World 1v1" -Zivel
    "Road to the Final Four" -Mikalf
    "Best of the Worst Tournament: Doubles Edition" -siutiapik & unataqti
    "Royal Flush Tournament" -gordito
    "Championship Series: Cairns Metro" -The Neon Peon
    "Who has the highest IQ on CC?" -ralphcptc
    "Map Blaster IV: The Pantheon Jihad" -Lisbon101
    "Minimalist Tournament" -Rocketry
    "Freestyle King of Europe" -fidelx
    "Classic Ladder Tournament" -vykingsfan64
    "End of Days" -Blitzaholic and osujacket
    "Escalators II" -Outsiders
    "Battle of the Hemispheres" -Sun Tzup
    "No Attack Tour" -Blitzaholic
    "Champion of Scotland Tournament" -HighlanderAttack
    "Mixed Maps" -Natascha & Wilco
    "School's Out for Summer 2008" -Tripitaka
    "Super Smash Brothers: Singles League" -White Moose
    "Championship Series: CCU" -BaldAdonis
    "Royal Flush Tournament" -gordito
    "JR's 1v1 Challenge V" -tyler197802198
    "Art Attack!!!" -torresgerrard
    "Last Man Standing: Classic" -odratsab
    "Cooks and Cadets" -HollowMan85
    "Gilligan's Bracket Tournament V" -knighthawk
    "Master of the Third Age" -Alexinho
    "Olympics Part 2: Altius" -CandaVespin and bamage


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    This week we had the chance to talk with thekidstrumpet. All the questions in the interview are based off input from newsletter readers. Next week's interview is with vykingsfan64. You can get your questions in by posting in this thread.

    Now, on with the Interview!

    Q: Hello, thekidstrumpet.

    A: Hello Interview.

    Q:What makes you interview worthy?

    A:Gozar, Gozar makes me interview worthy, haha!

    Q:How did you find this website?

    A:Was looking up "Castle Risk" and stumbled upon it completely by accident.

    Q: Why did you join CC?

    A:Because it looked wicked interesting. I had no idea such a gaming community existed.

    Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

    A:After getting frustrated I could only have 4 games and buying a premium account I began exploring the site more and found the forums and tourneys. I was excited that people ran tourneys and quickly joined as many as I could handle.

    Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

    A:I had joined "Bring it On" initially as a player when Coleman ran it. When he abandoned it Lufsen and I were pretty sad, it was a great and unique concept that we loved. We decided, with his permission to take it over.

    Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

    A:I co-ran "Bring it On" with Lufsen for roughly 8 months before things in my real life made it hard for me to find the time to get the charts and statistics updated, in which case Lufsen stepped up and took over the full load of the ever ongoing tourney.

    Q:What tournament did you first run?

    A:"Bring it On"

    Q:How is it to run a tournament with Lufsen and how long are you guys planning to continue with Bring it on league?

    A:Running a tourney with Lufsen was a lot of fun, he is a great guy and very easy going and understandable. Things have began to simmer down in my real life, I have been absent from the tourney for a while, but if he would have me back I would definitely step back up to the plate and help bear the load of running "Bring it On" again.

    Q: Describe the experience of your first tournament played in.

    A:Oooooh, it was memorable, the good 'ol Round the Board dart league hosted by Kendoh99. I was super stoked, it being my first tourney and all but after 3 exciting rounds Kendoh dropped off the face of the Earth, and by the time he returned we had lost players and the tourney couldn't survive.

    Q: What is your favorite tournament you’ve played in? Why?

    A:That would be a toss up between Gozar's "A Long Walk" tourney (RIP) and the "Bring it On" league. Something about dedicated players and long tourneys. You really get to know the people you play with, its a nice tight group of players that get to have fun playing the game and chatting on the forums.

    Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

    A:I prefer to enter tournaments but with my absence from organizing I've got some things in the works that may get me back on the organizing block.

    Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why?

    A:I dig long tourneys as I've stated before. But there is something to be said for the cut and dry, small and short tourneys like "Point Grabbers" and the "Championship Series" tourneys that by Optimus Prime and barterer2002 run. Tourneys like these really keep the site together and the community involved. I'd suggest a tourney such as theirs to any beginner looking for a tourney to start off with. I personally, however, do not have any specific format I gravitate towards.

    Q: Overall, are you playing a lot in tournaments? If not, then why and where do you find your games to play?

    A:I'm currently in about 8 different tourneys. I try not to join too many... but they keep calling my name!

    Q: How excited where you with your first CC win?

    A:Ecstatic! It was the 2nd game I played, just a regular public game, but it was 6 players and I got the best of them. Did not, at all, think I'd get a win that early in my CC career.

    Q:Have you ever won a tournament?

    A:I come so close so often... usually get 2nd or 3rd place; however, I did get a win in barterer2002's "Championship Series: Arms Race!" to finally put a trophy on my CC shelf.

    Q: What is your most disappointing tournament loss to date?

    A:Good question, I won't say most disappointing but hardest to take maybe, I've had a couple, the Championship Series: Civil War against dtellis was a great matchup that he ended up winning out. Also Aerials Terminate the Madness tourney. I love the Madness map and to make it to the finals and get bested was tough. It was a close matchup tho.

    Q: In your mind, what makes a successful tournament?

    A:A great concept and a organizer who knows what they are doing. Keeping your tourneys updated and the participants aware of what is going on is probably one of the most important things to me.

    Q: What do you consider to be the most successful tournaments you've seen run?

    A:Since I started playing tournaments I've gotta say any tourney ran by Gozar or Optimus Prime have drawn my attention as they are very well thought out and successfully ran.

    Q: What is the best Tournament that you think has been underestimated?

    A: Serbia's sports tourneys. I love them. They occur regularly and are very well thought out and ran.

    Q:Have you ever been disappointed in a tournament you entered?

    A:To have a inexperienced organizer with a great concept drop the ball or just flat out drop off the face of the planet and CC... definitely a let down and disappointment.

    Q: What makes a successful organizer?

    A:A person who can take criticism from players who don't know any better. Who can come up with a great concept, see it to fruition in CC form, and rally the troops to 'join up.' And most importantly as I stated above, keep said troops/participants up to date with all current events and goings on within the tournament.

    Q: Is there anything in particular that you dislike about tournament organizing?

    A:Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day, and even if you do keep the people participating in your tourney updated people become frustrated and angry and some drop out, but it just happens and you have to move on.

    Q: For you, what is the best part of being a tournament organizer?

    A:Seeing the interest in your tourney, and people sign up. I'm sure Otis (Optimus Prime) gets happy every time he posts a new tourney and it gets filled within the hour.

    Q: What mistakes do you see tournament organizers make the most?

    A:Not realizing how much they are taking on with their tourney. Starting out too big, with large player #'s when they should try a small tourney first.

    Q: With experience comes the wisdom of knowing what mistakes you've made in the past so you can avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made in your tournaments that you are sure to avoid in future tournaments?

    A:Definitely my failure to come back to the Bring it On tourney. I basically was forced to drop my workload on Lufsen. First I was between jobs and then my computer crashed and I had to build a new one. Letting my real life effect my tourneys and not scheduling more time for them would be my downfall and lesson learned here.

    Q:What is your opinion on organizer neutrality? Should organizers be allowed to place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments? Should organizers be allowed to join their own tournaments at all?

    A:Eh, I don't see any problem with putting yourself in your tourneys or going up against clanmates. Frankly I love facing off against clanmates, they are some of the best games I've had. I do not think an organizer has to be neutral in his/her own tourney.

    Q: Do you use a "schedule" for updating your tournaments, or do you just wait until they need an update?

    A:I tried a schedule, it didn't work. But a schedule for posting in the tourney thread and letting the players know what is going on is a must.

    Q:Should “question marks” be allowed to join tournaments?

    A:No, nuff sed.

    Q:Do you feel it is better to give a bye to players whose opponents deadbeats the tournament, or to use a reserve?

    A:In the initial stages I like to go with a reserve, but if its near the finals I think the player deserves a bye, even if that lets that player win the tourney.

    Q: If you could change one thing about Conquer Club in general, what would it be?

    A:You know, I'm not too picky about my conquer club experience. I've never had real problems with the site, aside from the servers crashing last year a couple times. Overall, I've loved my time here, there is nothing really screaming out to me that I'd change. Viva la CC.

    Q: If there was something that the Conquer Club administrators could implement into the game to make tournaments easier to manage, what would it be? Similarly, is there anything you would like to see taken away from Conquer Club to make running tournaments easier?

    A:I really don't think I've ran enough tournaments to answer this question yet. Get back to me on this in the future.

    Q: Is there anything that you would recommend to encourage new tournament organizers?

    A:Start small. Then as your tourneys become success and finish up gradually grow your numbers of participants and number of tourneys.

    Q: List your top 5 biggest tournament headache's to this point

    A:My first tourney the "RTB league" folding, the "A Long Walk" tourney becoming abandoned after a year plus of playing, Losing Serbia's OHL league after coming so close to the win, My personal problems making me quit "Bring it On," and my many other near tourney losses in the finals.

    None of them are real serious headaches, as I have never really been that upset with CC. If I had to pick a headache it would be my failure to update "Bring it On" as regularly as I wanted to.

    Q:How much time does CC take from your day?

    A:A good hour at least.

    Q:Are you a member of any clans or usergroups?

    A:Just Generation One: The Clan and Generation Zero

    Q:Why did you leave LoD?

    A:There was some disorganization, a disturbance in the 'force' if you will. People were coming and going. The opportunity presented itself to leave, in the form of "Generation One" and I had always had fun talking to and playing in Optimus and Gozar's tourneys. So I took it.

    Q:Is Boss_oss_ss your favourite LoD member?

    A:Boss_oss_ss was a cool cat, great opponent and chatter on the boards. Strider while we were in LoD was my favorite member. But since Strider and I are both in Gen One now, I'll have to say Boss moved up to my favorite LoD member.

    Q:Who are you?

    A:The pale horse of the apocalypse! C'mon! What kind of question is that to put in the middle of the interview.

    Q: Why did you pick the name thekidstrumpet?

    A:I've played the trumpet 15 years, and for nearly a decade have been called "The Kid" by virtually everybody, from professors in college to all my friends and coworkers. Even at some teaching jobs I've had the children would call me Mr. Kid.

    Q:How often do you wish you capitalized the "T" "K" "T" in your name so that the other way of reading it didn't work?

    A:Eh, I never considered it til maybe a year ago when somebody started calling me Strumpet. Now its a clan joke. If I'm not called TKT its Strumpet now.

    Q:Where are you from?

    A:California.

    Q:Where in the United States can you find strumpet kids?

    A:Apparently in California.

    Q:Why are you so damn awesome?

    A:Maybe I should write a book to outline this, "From Awesome to Awesome and how to be more Awesome" by TKT.

    Q:What would be your dream job?

    A:Playing music full time.

    Q:What are your hobbies outside of CC?

    A:Music and teaching. I play the trumpet, valve trombone, congas, bass guitar and sing. And I teach Pre-K currently.

    Q:What sports do you follow?

    A:Basketball and Soccer/Futbol

    Q:Favourite play colour?

    A: Red or Orange

    Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

    A:Chinese Checkers is my favorite, I'm probably one of the few who dig it. Least favorite maps are the Age of Realms maps, I've never been a fan of them and avoid them at any cost.

    Q:Do you have a particular "favorite map" for tournament play (either to run in your
    tournament or to play in)?

    A:I dig Madness and Civil War for play in a tourney; however, I have not ran a tourney around those maps yet. I think I might have to soon tho.

    Q:Favourite settings?

    A:For my favorite maps: Flat/Chained/FoW

    Q:Freestyle or sequential?

    A:Sequential all the way.

    Q: Any tournaments planned for the future? What are they?

    A:Nothing to shout out right now, but definitely in the future. After writing this interview I really want to get a Madness tourney going. It has been to long and I need to get a'crackin' on organizing.

    Q:Do you have any special deep thoughts for us in this interview?

    A:Sure I do. I saw a movie the other day. It was a movie about a cop and a scared witness who was scheduled to testify against the mob. The cop visited the witness' place of residence and knocked on the door. The door swung gently inward at his touch. Right then, I knew the witness was dead. See, if you knock on a door in the movies, and it turns out that the door was left ajar, it means somebody was killed. I think the next movie director who shoots a scene like this should be taken out and shot.

    Q: Any parting shots?

    A:Like that director in my deep thought? Naw nobody I want to kill on CC.... yet.... j/k

    Q: Thank you for your time.

    A:Likewise, I really enjoyed this interview.


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    by David Hoekstra


    Ask the Nutts. . .a Q&A column

    (an explanation of what it is all about)

    The ConquerClub Tournament Newsletter is testing a new feature for the monthly news letter entitled “Ask the Nutts.” Members, especially new members are encouraged to send in questions to "The Nutts". The three Nutts brothers will do their best to answer the questions.

    R. Nutts, PHD – doctorate English, the Official Conquer Club expert
    H. Nutts, MBA – looks at the business/economic/efficient side of things
    A. Nutts, BS – lesser educated of the trio, gives a layman’s viewpoint


    Q: "Why was the term Fortifications switched to Reinforcements?" -Mary K.

    A: R. Nutts, PHD: several terms were changed to synonyms to eliminate possible trademark infringements with Hasbro/Risk (Spoils/cards, etc.)

    H. Nutts, MBA: really? I thought it was to reduce syllables by 20% or parents asked CC to cut back on use of the F-word(s).

    A. Nutts, BS: you two have it all wrong. Fortifications comes from the Greek implying moving 4 (or 40) while Reinforcements comes from the Latin meaning Move (Rein-) Because (-Force-) My (-Me-) Other Territory Is Weak (nts).

    Q: "I can never decide which Reinforcement setting to use. What do you recommend?" -Johnny C.

    A: R. Nutts, PHD: I choose Adjacent. The more skilled a player is the more they want to limit an opponents chances of having the armies they need where they want them. This choice limits their options the most

    H. Nutts, MBA: Escalating. I like the option of shifting forces across the board, but with some limits.

    A. Nutts, BS: Unlimited is the ONLY way to go. When I go out to eat I like all you can eat smorgasbords, all you can drink pubs. . .and after returning home from those pubs, if I make a mistake reinforcing I can change it –several times. Of course it drives my opponents crazy, but isn’t that half the fun of CC?. . .and does anyone have an aspirin?

    We expect this column to continue as long as:
    - the questions keep coming in
    - members find it interesting

    Questions can be submitted to either Gozar or David Hoekstra


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    Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 66: 24/03/09]

    Postby Gozar on Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:48 pm

    Issue 66: 24/03/09

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    Hello tournament fans. Spring has finally arrived, and with it, some new tournaments.
    As always, if you have any ideas or just want to help out, drop us a line.

    Thanks, and enjoy!
    Gozar


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    Hello again.
    Even though this is a little late, with St. Paddy's day being a week ago I thought I would write about it. I hope you had fun, because I sure did. In this article is a little interview between yours truly and Oaktown, the creator of the St. Paddy's day map. First some fun facts about the St. Paddys day celebration.
    1.Over 3 days exactly 5,883 games were completed.
    2.Thats 1,961 games a day.
    3.And about 82 every hour.

    Now a interview with the one, the only, Oaktown. Let's give him a round of applause. (WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) (Come on OAK) ( =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> )

    blacky44: How did you come up with the map? Where did you get your inspiration?

    oaktown: I was on a plane over the holidays and I started doodling holiday-themed map ideas... easter eggs, clovers, Santa's North Pole, etc. My first doodles were pretty similar to how the map came out in the end. When I pitched the idea of a short-run holiday map I received positive feedback, so I ran with it. I have to give big props to the rest of the mod team for their help and their secrecy through the process.

    blacky44: Will you create another map, like for this Easter? Will there be a party on CC for Easter?

    oaktown: I won't be creating an Easter map, but I would like to spring another map on you all sometime down the road. And even if I knew what it would be I probably wouldn't tell... it's really more fun if it's a surprise, isn't it?

    blacky44: Will this map be used next year?

    oaktown: Can't really say - that'll be up to the admins to decide. Since I can't seem to get a break in any of my games on the map, I'd like a second crack at it next year!

    I hope you have enjoyed this weeks News Hound. This is blacky44 saying Peace Out.


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    The completed tournament with the most players is Natewolfman’s One Shot, One Kill.

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    Here are the tournaments that are currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread.

    Teams Tournaments

    CC Golf Championships
    Organizer: ronc8649

    Little Big World 2
    Organizer: naxus

    NFL Doubles 2008
    Organizer: Serbia

    March Madness Doubles Tournament
    Organizer: JCKing

    The James Doubles Invitational
    Organizer: Kotaro

    JR’s 2 v 2 Challenge II
    Organizer: JOHNNYROCKET24

    Doubles – Classic Art
    Organizer: JoshyBoy

    DBZ’s Space Madness
    Organizer: dividedbyzero

    National Invitational Doubles Style Tournament
    Organizer: JCKing

    Eurotrip
    Organizer: Natascha

    TOO and EoEG’s Dubs Tourney
    Organizers: TheOtherOne, EagleofGreenErth

    IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship
    Organizer: keiths31

    Puzzle Mix
    Organizer: PaulusH
    Using a 4x4 windmill setup
    Game invitations contain a puzzle to solve for entering, first to send on 2 April

    1 versus 1 Tournaments

    Around All CC’s Maps: Doodle Earth
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    Around All CC’s Maps: Discworld
    Organizer: HighlanderAttack

    2009 AFL Tournament
    Organizer: