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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 75: 26/05/09]

Postby Gozar on Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:42 pm

Issue 75: 26/05/09

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Hello tournament fans. Things are rolling along smoothly here at the newsletter. sailorseal is taking up writing for the News Hound, to give blacky44 a hand. Hope you all are out having 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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by sailorseal

Bending the Tournament Rules

ofthe wrote:A randomly generated player from either team is going to be a spy for his/her opponents. The spy's teamates won't know which of the players is the spy. The team of 3 which doesn't contain the spy (which has the spy working for them) will know who the spy is after X amount of turns (set by me).
Therefore, the spy will want his normal team to lose

There has been a buzz around lately about secret diplomacy within a tournament. The question is "Should spies be allowed within a tournament if they were sent by the organizer?"
Here is what the community thought:
Night Strike wrote:
ofthe wrote:
jpcloet wrote:Did you clear this with a TD?

Unless you state clearly what the spy can and cannot do, this is a predefined secret diplomacy and not allowed.



Well, no. I haven't asked a TD yet, but I suppose, once it's time to do so, I'll have to inform them. The tourney participants will know very clearly how the games are played so it's not like i'll be cheating anybody. Everybody will know the idea of the game will be about inconspicuously helping the other team (if you're the spy).


I'm glad I dropped by. JP is correct, this is not allowed in a tournament, and probably shouldn't be allowed in Callouts either.


jpcloet wrote:I like innovative ideas, however, you have to still make sure you follow the rules. If you have something that is questionable, you should be asking 1. in the right area and 2. from someone who really knows that area.


Gilligan wrote:
ofthe wrote:edit: alright, jp, I really want this to go ahead, so who should I be contacting to talk about it?


You've already got your answer. This idea is full of secret diplomacy, and to an extent serial teammate killing which are both against site rules.


For the whole thread just click here.


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Here is a list of tournaments currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread. If you would like your tournament to be included, please PM jricart or Gozar or visit this thread.

1 vs 1 Tournaments

FoundryUpdateTournament of Champions
Organiser: Natewolfman
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 512 players

Caymanmew’s Classic
Organiser: Caymanmew
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players

The Random Map Duel 2
Organiser: JoJo123
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 64 Players

Championship Series: WWI Ottoman Empire
Organiser: barterer2002
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players

Championship Series: WWII Ardennes
Organiser: barterer2002
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players


Standard Tournaments

The RjBeals Open
Organiser: the.killing.44
Tournament Type: Standard, 24 Players

b00060's Bar Room Games
Organiser: b00060
Tournament Type: Standard, 32 players

The Common Map Tour
Organiser: giantrascal
Tournament Type: Standard, 56 Players

Mr.classic III
Organiser: caymanmew
Tournament Type: Standard, 16 players


Mixed Style Tournaments

Spleen of Garnets! Douglas Adams Theme!
Organiser: Hopscotcher
Tournament Type: Mixed, 40 players

So You Think You Can Dance Season 1
Organiser: amazzony
Tournament Type: Mixed, 121 Players

!!!Save This Dog!!!
Organiser: scottp
Tournament Type: Mixed, 32 Players

European Special Agent
Organiser: DJ Teflon
Tournament Type: Assassin, 16 Players

Race to the Finish 2
Organiser: astronautg117
Tournament Type: 50 players

Conquest to World Domination
Organiser: lordmcfuzz
Tournament Type: Mixed, 42 players

Best Sports Franchise
Organiser: vykingsfan64
Tournament Type: Mixed, 122 players

JOHNNY 99
Organiser: 69Chevy
Tournament Type: Mixed, 99 players

Roses 2009
Organiser: Tupence
Tournament Type: Mixed, 96 players

TERMINATE SAN MARINO
Organiser: sailorseal
Tournament Type: Mixed, 16 players

World on Self-Destruct!
Organiser: Mad Pineapples
Tournament Type: Mixed, 32 players

Just In Time
Organiser: coded
Tournament Type: Mixed, 16 players


Doubles Tournaments

Random Map Escalating Doubles
Organiser: Forza AZ
Tournament Type: Doubles, 32 players

Tic-Tac-Toe!
Organiser: the.killing.44
Tournament Type: Doubles, 16 teams


Triples Tournaments

baseball league 09
Organiser: darkangelsguy205
Tournament Type: Dubs or Trips, not decided yet, 60 players


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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!


10 Years Later: Fight Club
Organiser: perchorin
We are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. Watch us replay scenes from the best movie of 1999! Who will be left standing as the buildings come tumbling down?

Isle Cruise using a 7x7 windmill setup
Organiser Name: PaulusH
Most groups already left Madagascar and went to the British Isles.
Planned end date: 6 September

Mac Dinner Date using a 5x5 windmill setup
Organiser: PaulusH
using a 5x5 windmill setup
Only one car left to visit the McDrive, in fact same situation for weeks now :lol:
Planned end date: 5 September

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Twelve is wrapping up


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

Double Iron Bar from PaulusH
For this nice small tournament I need 9 double teams and some reserve
First games by June 6

From NightStrike - The Amazing Race

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002
Championship Series Continues

Formula 1 2009 Tournaments from jricart
Formula 1 2009 Monaco GP
May 24
Players: 20
Map: Europa


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Here are some recent tournament winners.


"JRs 1v1 Challenge VIII" -demy7
"LxDS Genghis Khan Tribute" -TammyDeLee & FATHARRY
"DBZs Space Madness Trips Tournament" -dividedbyzero, American_Ninja, Blitzaholic
"Stile Classico" -sjnap & roelbianca
"DBZs Freemium Alchemy" -God Emperor Q
"b00060s Tournament to Give Back" -HighlanderAttack
"Championship Series: WWII Western Front" -danryan
"License to Kill II" -ubcman64
"JRs 2v2 Challenge II"- Blitzaholic and BigWhiskey
"JRs 4v4 Challenge" -thezepman/DBandit70/bfunny27/samuelc812
"CC Doubles Tournament" -killmanic and White Moose
"Formula 1 2009- Chinese GP" -qwert
"Conquistador Hispano 3" -estherilla47
"Masters of Doubles" -Donkey and Greycloak
"NFL Draft" -sportsgod24
"Around All CCs Maps: Discworld" -reptile
"Around All CCs Maps: Draknor Level 1" -Stroop
"Championship Series: Duck and Cover" -demy7
"Championship Series: Dust Bowl" -wrexham
"Qwert Bracket Tournament VI" -killmanic
"Dragon King of Wales" -dragon dor
"Best Movie Ever CC Edition II" -4red
"Melee Assassin" -RedBaron0
"CC Masters: Single Edition"- IronWood
"A Quick KO: Round 3" -WPBRJ
"The Feudal War Elite single Prize Challenge" -Pat
"Around All CCs Maps: Egypt:Lower" -Iccinot Nabrus
"Mixed Up Doubles" -MrBenn
"Fog of Feudal War 5" -chuuuuck
"Scrabble CC Style" -HighlanderAttack
"Round Robin World" -nashlloyd
"Championship Series: DoodleEarth" -Dieforasandwich
"The Terminator 1984" - magneto_acolyte
"Just Win a Game 3" - Agresso
"ES-CRAZY-LATORS II" -luckywar
"Trippel Trappel" -LordZack72
"Trippin Out in Africa" -Blitzaholic, dividedbyzero, big whiskey
"Trippin Out in Britain" -ruben cassar, laddida, blind date
"Bring a Friend Along" -laci_mae & fwblb
"HAs April Fools Day Tourny" -dustion800
"Around All CCs Maps: Charleston" -the.killing.44
"Champions of Europe 1978" -acores2005
"The Feudal War Elite singles Prize Challenge" -Pat
"FA Cup" -killmanic
"Best Movie Ever: CC Edition II" -4red
"The Medal Heads Invitational 4" -SirSebster
"Kings of Europe" -lindax, daviedoo, downfall, seamusk
"Speed Assassin I" -GreenBaize


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This week we had the opportunity to interview one of the Tournament Directors, Gilligan. All questions are submitted by readers of the newsletter. Next week, we check in with one of the organisers, b00060.
You can submit your questions in this thread.


Now, on with the interview!


Q: Hello, Gilligan.

A: Hello Gozar, and lots of random people that asked me questions.

Q:What has changed since your last interview?

A:To be honest I don't really remember my last interview, it was over a year ago if I remember correctly. But the obvious points would be more experience and the job of Tournament Director.

Q:What does the future of tournaments on Conquer Club look like?

A:Forever growing. My duty of keeping the Hall of Fame updated has been really tough as of late with the great increase of completed tournaments.

Q:Tell us about your overall tournament experience from when you first joined a tournament to the present day. How has it changed for you? Is it a better experience than before? Worse?

A:I didn't get into tournaments until 5 months after I started my conquering. It's made my stay more enjoyable because it got me into the forums and into G1.

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:21 finished (With one more finishing within the next few days). Before I retire I want to get 30 done - Which is not that hard of a goal, seeing as I have 7 ongoing (Not counting the one about to finish) and at least 2 more planned.

Q:What tournaments have you organized?

A:Oh boy... You want an organized list? :lol: ;)
Gilligan's Bracket Tournament: A simple bracket, varying in size, either 64 or 128 players.
    Gilligan's Bracket Tournament
    Gilligan's Bracket Tournament II
    Gilligan's Bracket Tournament III
    Gilligan's Bracket Tournament IV
    Gilligan's Bracket Tournament V


Who Rules...?: A tournament based on real-life maps that are close to buildings (IE CCU, Madness, and Draknor).
    Who Rules the School?
    Who Rules the House?
    Who Rules the Dungeon?

...Madness!: Where you play every map with the same players.
    3 Man Madness!
    4 Man Madness!
    8 Man Madness!

...Wars: Where you play every map in a specific region.
    North American Wars
    North American Wars II
    European Wars
    Asian Wars

Pirate Master: Play games, vote each other out.
    Pirate Master: Italy
    Pirate Master: USA

Super Smash Bros.: Play everyone in your division - Advance and do it again until the finals with unique maps.
    Super Smash Bros Doubles League
    Super Smash Bros Singles League

In Honor Of...: Play every map made by a specific cartographer in a simple bracket.
    In Honor of WidowMakers

Randomized: The name says it all, randomized stuffs.
    Randomized Randomization!
    The Tournament of All Tournaments (Alright you can stop laughing at the name now)

Q:What is your favourite tournament you have run?

A:The Madness series to be sure. It's a long laster that hasn't lost my attention yet.

Q:Have you enjoyed organizing 7 man madness?

A:Sure have, and had a blast playing in it too. Too bad the last set of games for me is today, I don't think I'll be advancing. :(

Q:What would you say is your most successful tournament and why?

A:The Smash tournaments and Madness series I'd say are my best. Organized, on time, exciting.

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

A:poptartpsycho18's Terminator Madness was fun... Nerve wracking right until the end where I won by 1 point. :shock: It was a fun way to earn points (In the tournament and for my score). Lots of games too making it more difficult.

Q:Are you selective about which types of tournaments you join or do you join just about everything you can fit into your personal game load? If you are selective, do you look for certain styles or organizers?

A:I tend to stay away from large 2 player games... Like the one Opie just put out a few days ago because I tend to do badly and it kills my score. I don't join as many as I used to, but I show up every now and then for a Championship Series or anything really. Just no freestyle/adjacent/no spoils.

Q:What would be your dream tournament if someone were to offer to run it for you so that you just had to show up and play? Or, have you already participated in your dream tournament?

A:My dream tournament? I really don't even know what kind of tournament I would want most. I like all types of standard tournaments.

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

A:I think, out of my 78 games, the maximum amount of games that aren't tournaments is 5. It's funny cause I haven't joined a large one in a while as far as I can remember, which may not bee that far.

Q: What makes a successful organizer?

A:Organization. Imagination. Being on time with updates and games. That's all there really is to it.

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

A:Players joining wrong games, not enough organization to help the accurateness of scores, not enough information about the tournament (IE settings and such).

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 have joined every one my tournaments (Save for 2... They were ranked tournaments where I didn't have said rank).

"Place themselves against their own clanmates in tournaments?" -- Not sure what that even means.

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

A:Depends... I like to let everyone in, but I haven't had many question marks join my tournaments to come across that. I suppose I wouldn't, because they can be unreliable (Lots of new recruits are deadbeats) and they'll have plenty of time later on if they stick around to join tournaments.

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

A:I'd like to see more gameplay options. Other than that, I'm fine here (Last interview I think I said I wanted Flame Wars gone... And it is, so I've no issues at the moment!)

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:To take away: Fix PMs to the way they were; where a reply doesn't go to everyone listed in the PM.

To add: Hrm... Perhaps programs that could easily add information to the Hall of Fame... Not specifically tournaments, but it'd be cool.

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

A:Start off easy, but not too easy. Don't go in over your head for the first time, it'll most likely be too hard.

Q:When did you become a Tournament Director?

A:January 1, 2009

Q:What have you learned from being a Tournament Director?

A:I haven't learned all that much, but now I can deal with people more efficiently because I've experienced it more.

Q:Why did you become a Tournament Director? Is the job as expected?

A:It's a lot more work than I expected, but it's fun.

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

A:Phew... Lots of time. Probably 4-5 hours. A good chunk of it is for games and forum-going, it's not all work. :)

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

A:G1 baby!

Q:What are your thoughts on Conquer Club's first and so far only official tournament, the CC Olympics?

A:It's a good idea, but NS needs to stop slacking :D

Q:Why haven't we seen more official tournaments?

A:Is there really a need for official tournaments? What would it change?

Q:Are official tournaments planned for the future? You may not use OTIS in your response.

A:Maybe, maybe not. OTIS! :mrgreen:

Q:What about in clan tournament privileges?

A:Currently not allowed, but maybe in the future. It's something the Clan Directors will have to discuss with the Tournament Directors.

Q:Who are you?

A:I am me, who else were you expecting?

Q: Why did you pick the name Gilligan?

A:Ah the infamous question... Gilligan's Island, the most amazingest awesomest show ever.

Q:What was wrong with using the name Skipper or Proffesor Or even Ginger or Maryanne for your user name?

A:Cause Gilligan is my favorite, closely followed by the Professor... But 'Gilligan' sounded like a better username, I'm no professor! :lol:

Q:If you had to choose one tree, in one city, to burn down, where would the wolf roam?

A:Italy because I would stay there before (And after) burning down the tree!

Q:Where are you from?

A:US... Though my profile likes to think otherwise as of late.

Q:Favourite play colour?

A:Red

Q:Favourite and least favourite map?

A:Least favorite: Waterloo
Favorite: Tough choice... Imperium Romanum, I think.

Q:Favourite settings?

A:Standard/Sequential/Escalating/Unlimited/Sunny.

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A:Sequential. Though back in the day freestyle cause no one used to take their turn and with the 4 game limit I couldn't take turns that often.

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

A:More Man Madnesses coming up... Maybe another one that isn't.

Q:How does it feel to be interviewed again?

A:Fun, I haven't been interviewed in some time.

Q: Any parting shots?

A: Long live tournaments!

Q: Thank you for your time.

What? No answer slot for this one? Goz you are slacking.


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Interview With b00060


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Notes

If you want your tournament included in a future issue, please PM Gozar using this form:

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Tournament Name: (with link)
Organiser Name:
Status:
Brief description or update:
Rough estimate of percent complete/signed up:
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Re: Tournament Newsletter [Issue 76: 03/06/09]

Postby Gozar on Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:18 pm

Issue 76: 03/06/09

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Hello tournament fans. Some changes are coming soon to how the newsletter will be presented. Stay tuned!
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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by sailorseal

A New Script

Night Strike wrote:Hey everybody, chipv has made a script to help organizers (or players) gain information about their tournaments. It can be used to easily find the winners of games, the order of finishes, and other statistics. If you would like to contribute to his thread, please check it out: http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=86543

Chipv may also use this thread to get some extra input from all of you (like he did when creating the Map Database). I hope you all can use it and contribute to chipv's great work.

chipv wrote:
What does it do

This is the first version of a tool that produces stats from Tournaments so pretty simple at the moment.
Go to the Game Finder.
Select Tournament.
Optionally type in Partial Game label (see below).
Press Tour Stats button (at bottom of Game Finder).

There are 2 tabs one for Summary and one for Detailed Results.


It has gotten great reviews!
JoJo123 wrote:Love it! Love it! Love it! Thanks so much for adding this on. I'm floored at the amount of time I will save. Now I can make more tournaments! :lol:

BaldAdonis wrote:This looks fantastic. For a while I'd been using Map Rank on 5-7 different players to see where I stood in long running tournaments, and now it's all in one place. Gonna go play around with it now....



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Fact of the week returns next week.


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Here is a list of tournaments currently taking signups. Just click the title to visit the thread. If you would like your tournament to be included, please PM jricart or Gozar or visit this thread.

1 vs 1 Tournaments

JR's 1 vs 1 Challenge X
Organiser: JOHNNYROCKET24
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players

Championship Series: WWII Ardennes
Organiser: barterer2002
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players

Sparta vs. Argo's
Organiser: naxus
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 40 players

Best Sports Franchise
Organiser: vykingsfan64
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 122 players

Aor1 Speed 1vs1
Organiser: assassin07
Tournament Type: 1 vs 1, 16 players



Standard Tournaments

b00060's Classic Shapes Tournament IX
Organiser: b00060
Tournament Type: Standard 64 players

2009 World Series of Poker Club Event 1: 6man Shootout
Organiser: cazmart
Tournament Type: Standard, 36 players



Mixed Style Tournaments

JOHNNY 99
Organiser: 69Chevy
Tournament Type: Mixed, 99 players

Join2Me - UNETE
Organiser: PepeAtila
Tournament Type: Mixed, 64 players

2009 ATP TENNIS TOUR
Organiser: flexmaster33
Tournament Type: Mixed, 32 players

b00060's Bar Room Games
Organiser: b00060
Tournament Type: Mixed, 32 players

Tropical Warzones
Organiser: Dublanous1
Tournament Type: Mixed, 36 players

Psycho B's Survivor
Organiser: psychobkrazy
Tournament Type: Mixed, 16 players

Akuma no Mi
Organiser: Sphagnis
Tournament Type: Mixed, 48 players

Initech Invitational II - Interstate Edition
Organiser: Peter Gibbons
Tournament Type: Mixed, 24 players

Spleen of Garnets! Douglas Adams Theme! Clans
Organiser: Hopscotcher
Tournament Type: Mixed, 50 players

Race to the Finish 2
Organiser: astronautg117
Tournament Type: Mixed, 50 players

So You Think You Can Dance Season 1
Organiser: amazzony
Tournament Type: Mixed, 121 players

OUTBREAK - A zombie
Organiser: EagleofGreenErth
Tournament Type: Mixed, 48 players



Doubles Tournaments

If You Don't Like the Weather
Organiser: perchorin
Tournament Type: Doubles, 32 players

1600+ doubles: special maps
Organiser: daydream
Tournament Type: Doubles, 20 players

1600+ doubles: standard maps
Organiser: daydream
Tournament Type: Doubles, 20 players

-Maximus- Tourney #2 ~ 1v1 Double Elimination
Organiser: -Maximus-
Tournament Type: Doubles, 24 players

Tic-Tac-Toe!
Organiser: the.killing.44
Tournament Type: Doubles, 16 players

Double Iron Bar
Organiser: PaulusH
Using a 3x3 windmill setup
Currently only need some more reserves
Planned is to start the first games on 6 June


Quadruples Tournaments

Lx 4x4 Midgard/Middle Earth
Organiser: Lindax
Tournament Type: Quadruples, 8 teams


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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!


Conquistador Hispano 4: Duck and Cover
Organiser: jricart
Final Games!

Dobles Hispanos 1
Organiser: jricart
Round 2 just started!

The Formula 1 2009 Tournaments!
Organiser: jricart
Status:
Australian GP: on Semi-Finals
Malaysian GP: on Round 2
Bahrain GP: on Round 2
Spanish GP: on Round 2
Turkish GP: on Round 1
Monaco GP: on Round 1

Isle Cruise using a 7x7 windmill setup
Organiser Name: PaulusH
All people are currently active at the British Isles
Planned end date: 6 September

Mac Dinner Date using a 5x5 windmill setup
Organiser: PaulusH
using a 5x5 windmill setup
Still the last car keeps on driving and visiting the McDrive
Planned end date: 5 September

The Legend of Tor Na’Mit
Organizer: Gozar
Round Thirteen has just begun


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

Bring Your Own Recipe (BYOR) Dinner Date from PaulusH
Using a 5x5 windmill setup
Needs 25x5=25 individual players and some reserves each bringing a personal game setting
Planned to put on the create/join forum on 12 June

From NightStrike - The Amazing Race

Tournament ideas from the mind of barterer2002
Championship Series Continues


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Here are some recent tournament winners.


"JRs 4v4 Challenge I"-thezepman/DBandit70/bfunny27/samuelc812
"CC Tour 2009 Part I" -Dr.Belo
"American Adventure" -aurora borealis
"NBA 2008-2009" -dustin800
"Around All CCs Maps: Duck and Cover" -TODRICH
"LxDS Search for Gold" -King_Herpes and Amilo
"HA's Round Robin Series Classic Shapes" -downfall
"Eurobasket 2009" -Highlander Attack
"LxDS Daviedoo Invitational Tournament II" -danfrank and seamusk
"Around All CC's Maps: DustBowl" -demy7
"Take the Tour USA HotSpots" -Godd
"All the Maps on 1" -big jumbo
"Round Robin Asia" -Fipa
"We Hate the Pink Cutesy Club" -JOHNNYROCKET24
"Championship Series: WWII Iwo Jima" -Clive
"Age of Realms 1 Lady Luck" -chemefreak
"Championship Series: WWII Gazala" -dragon dor
"b00060's Classic Shapes Tournament VII" -Aggresso
"Pirate Master USA" -MuzzaG
"-Maximus- Tournament #1 1v1 at Seige!" -snakedoctor
"Championship Series: Conquerman" -geigerm
"JRs 1v1 Challenge VIII" -demy7
"LxDS Genghis Khan Tribute" -TammyDeLee & FATHARRY
"DBZs Space Madness Trips Tournament" -dividedbyzero, American_Ninja, Blitzaholic
"Stile Classico" -sjnap & roelbianca
"DBZs Freemium Alchemy" -God Emperor Q
"b00060s Tournament to Give Back" -HighlanderAttack
"Championship Series: WWII Western Front" -danryan
"License to Kill II" -ubcman64
"JRs 2v2 Challenge II"- Blitzaholic and BigWhiskey
"JRs 4v4 Challenge" -thezepman/DBandit70/bfunny27/samuelc812
"CC Doubles Tournament" -killmanic and White Moose
"Formula 1 2009- Chinese GP" -qwert
"Conquistador Hispano 3" -estherilla47
"Masters of Doubles" -Donkey and Greycloak


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This week we had the opportunity to interview b00060. All questions were submitted by readers of the newsletter. Next week, we check in with one of the other organisers, coded.
You can submit your questions in this thread.


Now, on with the interview!


Q: Hello, b00060.

A: Hell00060

Q:What makes you interview worthy?

A: I am not sure I am, but I do like to answer easy questions

Q:How did you find this website?

A: I saw a co-worker playing and he told me what was up

Q: Why did you join CC?

A: It helped pass the time at work and I love strategy games

Q:Whats your motivation (or why do you like) to play on CC?

A: I will play with anyone on any map. Doesn’t matter if they are a chef or the Conqueror

Q:Why did you start to play tournaments?

A: To be honest, I wanted a little trophy on my sig to go with the medals. I like the idea of medals and trophies as they were goals for me to reach and helped me spread out and play maps and formats that I wouldn’t have normally played.

Q:What made you want to start running tournaments?

A: See answer above. It was another trophy

Q: How long have you been organizing tournaments?

A: Only for about 3 Months

Q:What tournament did you first run?

A: b00060’s Classic Shapes Tournament. It is actually still going.

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


A: I love the tournaments that mirror some story line or format so pretty much anyone that takes the time to develop an original idea that you can tell took a lot of thought and time to create.

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

A: The first I ran was and still is a lesson learned. I have already concluded several tournaments, but my first is a doozy. I created a no spoils format tournament that is currently in round 155 and the final game has not even begun yet. Sorry TODRICH, hwhrhett, White Moose and JOHNNYROCKET24.
The first tourney I ever played in was a very short lived experience that left me wanting more. It was a freestyle tournament game that I didn’t get to take more than 3 turns in.

Q:Tell us about your overall tournament experience from when you first joined a tournament to the present day. How has it changed for you? Is it a better experience than before? Worse?

A: The greatest thing about tournaments is that in most of them you get to see the same names and play against some of the same players and build a rapport with them. I have made several friends by battling in tournament games head to head. I also enjoy the fact that many tournaments are structured for players to play and experience maps and settings that they normally wouldn’t play. I think a lot of the players on CC stick within their wheelhouse and I enjoy the tournaments that force them to spread outside of their comfort zone. I think that the more maps everyone plays, the easier it will be to find an opponent that will play with or against you. If that makes any sense, no I am babbling.

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 am currently structuring my 13th tournament. Shameless Plug attached
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Q:What tournaments have you organized?

A: Well, my bread and butter is “b00060’s Classic Shapes”. I think it is a great way for players to try out the tournament format and get their feet wet in a map that they are probably very comfortable with. I also like the way I have shaped the format for beginners and those that are in the Society of the Cooks will find familiar. Although I am a fan of pretty much every map on here and promote trying them all, the Classic Shapes map takes a lot of the little know intricacies of some of the maps out of the formula and boils it down to basic strategy and the luck that every game entails. The field has grown large enough now that if you win, you have truly proved that you are a force to be reckoned with. with.

Q:What is your favorite tournament you have run?

A: b00060’s a tournament to give back. It was a tournament that I created that only previous Tournament directors were allowed to enter and allowed them each to pick their own map to play based on one that they utilized in their own tournament. Congrats HighlanderAttack! It was kind of my way to give back to those that I know put a lot of hard work and extra effort into CC so that others could enjoy a tournament.

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

A: Well I have won 4 individual tournaments and made it to several of the finals in many others, but I would have to say all of the doubles tournaments I have played in. I think it is more enjoyable when you have someone else to share the victories with.

Q:Do you prefer to run or enter tournaments?

A: Enter. I love to do both, but feel an obligation to give back to the community by running events, but when it comes down to it, I love CC for the games, so definitely playing in tournaments.

Q: Is there a specific type of format that you tend to gravitate towards? Why? Is there a format that is your favorite? What about other peoples' tournaments?

A: I enjoy 1v1 tournaments, because it gives you an opportunity to build a rapport and chat with other players.

Q:Are you selective about which types of tournaments you join or do you join just about everything you can fit into your personal game load? If you are selective, do you look for certain styles or organizers?

A: I have never joined or not joined a tournament based on an organizer. I pretty much join every tournament that I can fit into my workload and if they are dubs or trips games I will play with anyone that asks me first.

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

A: I think that letting other players customize them lets them get a little more involved. I have run both types of tournaments and as an organizer it is definitely easier to run with your own settings, but by letting the players pick their own, I think it allows many of them to stay in their comfort zone and lets them feel that they have a better chance at winning knowing exactly what they are in for. At the same time, creating a bunch of one off games that have crazy settings is a lot more time consuming.

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 been a member for just over 6 months and have played in almost 7000 games. I have a disease. I will play pretty much play with anyone, against anyone, on any setting and on any map.

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

A: I think it took me over 10 games, because I was new to the site and was mesmerized by all of the maps and played some that were very difficult like City Mogul and Feudal that if you didn’t know the basic format, it was almost impossible to win. So it felt extra rewarding knowing how hard it was to actually do. Now I never lose ;)

Q:If you had to win one tournament that you are currently a part of which would it be and why?

A: Any of the team tournaments that I am in. I have yet to win one with a partner and I have a lot of friends on CC that I enjoy playing with and know that we have a shot at getting that victory.

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

A: No comment.

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

A: Good organization and communication. Everyone on CC has different commitment levels and it is important to simplify everything for everyone involved to eliminate hiccups.

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

A: That’s a great question and one that I don’t want to name any names in fear I will omit someone, but Too and EoGE’s, HighlanderAttack, JoshbBoy, Blitzaholic, Coded, Serbia and dcb have some great events. I think the ones where everyone has fun is what is important in making a successful tournament

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

A: The first one I ever created. No Spoils to me are like applying an emergency brake on a game.

Q: What makes a successful organizer?

A: Organization.

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 don’t really do any marketing like soliciting people in games or sending out mass pms, but a free premium membership would definitely bring out the players. I like to just set it up and let the players come. That way you know that they really want to play and aren’t joining because they got sent the link.

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

A: Only deadbeats. I can understand stuff comes up, but most of my tourneys fill up in less than a week, so there is very little reason you shouldn’t be able to join a game.

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

A: Declaring someone the winner and knowing they will be getting that trophy.

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

A: I have seen some pretty sloppy game invites. There is nothing worse than getting a mass pm and having someone else join your game because the invite is confusing or hard to read. The easier the better in my opinion.

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: No Spoils first and foremost. After that, the invite process is the biggest area to have a mistake. I like to send out game details only to those involved in the game and not one big one for the whole field. It eliminates people joining the wrong games. It is more work, but easier than trying to track down who joined the wrong game and dealing with a bunch of games that need to be re-created and players that wind up playing games that don’t count.

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

A: I have never played in one of my own tournaments. I almost did once, but someone listed as a reserve , so I let them take my place. I think that that as long as all of the rules are in black and white and the tournament organizer doesn’t have to use his or her judgment, then there really isn’t any issue with playing in their own tournament or having their clan mates join. In the end, they have the same chance as everyone else.

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

A: I check each one of them every couple days and update the tournament link and send out any necessary games. It is not that much work.

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

A: I am on the fence on that one. I have never had any issues in the past with them, but could see how it could become a possible deadbeat or multi issue in a tournament.

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 guess that would depend in the round they are in. Most of my tournaments have not been 1v1, so I have simply used a reserve.

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

A: Like I said earlier, I am goal oriented. Kind of like getting a new game and getting excited each time you get to the next level and once you finish the game, there is a sense of having nothing left to accomplish. So I guess I would like to see some of the new medal options I have seen in some of the forum posts implemented. I think they really help the site by increasing players to spread out and play different maps and settings, which makes the site more enjoyable overall.

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 guess an option to cancel a game and its potential ranking impact. This would really be useful for games that become deadlocked or games that the wrong player joins and all players are in agreement.

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

A: have fun with it. If you aren’t having fun and enjoying it, you might become lazy and it will impact everyone involved.

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

A: 1) no spoils causing a deadlock, deadbeats, incorrect game invites, people joining the wrong games and losing in the finals.

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

A: I am in front of a computer pretty much 10 hours a day and always have it running in the background and take turns throughout the day, so I would guess conservatively 2 hours. I know, I have a problem. Like I said, I am averaging over 1000 games a month!

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

A: I am a proud teacher of Society of the Cooks, that I enjoy helping members learn some basic strategies. (I know Wacicha and Gloryordeath, I have been pretty scarce, but I will make more time)

Q:Who do you look up to in this community?

A: I look up to anyone that puts in effort to make this community better. Whether that comes from making a tournament, helping with the actual site itself or solving disputes, anyone that gives their time to keep CC enjoyable for all and continue to grow I respect.

Q:Who are you?

A: I am a 35 year old father of 3, who has way too much time on his hands at work

Q: Why did you pick the name b00060?

A: Its actually something that goes back to the early 90s when I first started using the Internet. It was my randomly assigned user id from my old dial up provider and as a result have used it ever since.

Q:What are you? Seriously though, what's the meaning behind the name?

A: No exciting story behind that one, sorry.

Q:Where are you from?

A: About 10 miles outside of DC.

Q:Favourite play color?

A: Green, the color of money

Q:Favourite and least favorite map?

A: Favorite Map – Classic Shapes,
Least Favorite Map, Supermax Prison Riot – It is too busy for my feeble mind to wrap my head around.

Q:Favourite settings?

A: Sequential, escalating, chained, no fog

Q:Freestyle or sequential?

A: Sequential. There are too many people on here that take advantage of the freestyle format. I know it is a format that everyone who plays knows going into it the advantages and disadvantages, I just don’t have the time to waste on that format to take advantage of the loop holes.

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

A: Just stick with my Classic Shapes tournament. It seems to be a crowd pleaser for its simplicity and minimal commitment it requires for everyone.

Q:How does it feel to be interviewed?

A: I feel like I should have been wittier. I just got caught up in actually answering the questions

Q: Any parting shots?

A: I apologize to any and everyone that sat through this interview.

Q: Thank you for your time.

A: Thank you!


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