Welcome to the Allspark League! This league will not have an individual champion, but rather will show which players can play at a high level consistently. Players who participate will be working to stay at the top of the scoreboard and not fall into danger of being dropped from the league, thereby being replaced by a new player. It is open to players of all ranks as long as they have premium membership.
There will be 48 players. In the future, I will expand the league to include more and more players until it grows to be no larger than 72 players at any one time. Player input will be very important for this league.
Games & Gameplay:
Game Format: All games will be sequential and include 6 players. Also, the card settings as well as fortifications will be determined by the choice of maps for any particular set of games. There will always be at least 1 batch of games with Escalating cards in each set of 3 batches released.
Game Load: Games will be joined in sets of 3. A new set of games will not be sent out until we are down to 5 or 6 active games from the previous set. I have decided that three games at once is not too bad, and I don't want anyone to be overloaded with new games all the time. This format for starting games will mean that sometimes new games will be ready after a week, and sometimes after several weeks. It will all depend on how quickly they finish and the maps and settings used in any particular set.
Maps: Not every map that CC has to offer will be used in the league to start. Below I have included a list of maps that I currently will be picking from at random to create games. All of them feature no gimmicks in gameplay, and that is the way I like it. Once the league is established I will start polls for the players to vote on as to which other maps with gameplay gimmicks should be included, and then they will be added to the list.
Africa, Ancient Greece, Arctic, Asia, Australia, BeNeLux, Brazil, British Isles, Canada, Classic, Discworld, Eight Thoughts, Europe, France, Germany, Global Warming, Great Lakes, Hong Kong, Indochina, Ireland, Italy, King of the Mountains, Middle Earth, Mongol Empire, Montreal, North America, Philippines, Portugal, San Francisco, Siege, Tamriel, USA, WWII Eastern Front, Midkemdil, Iberia, Malta, South America, Caribbean Islands (other maps will be included in the future after receiving input from the players of the league).
8-Player Games: Once per Era there will be a single set of 8-player games. They will be played on maps deemed appropriate for 8-player settings by the Map Foundry. Only 1 of the 18 batches in an Era will be with 8-player games. The scoring for 8-player games will be slightly different, see below for the 8-player game scoring spread.
Bonus Games: Once per Era I will create a Fog of War, Assassin, and 7-player game. These games will be 6-player, Sequential, Flat Rate, Unlimited. I will announce these games at different times during the day via PM to all league players. The first ones in get the spots and everyone else will have to wait until the next bonus games. Winning one of these bonus games will earn you 5 points in the overall standings, but 0 points in the current Era standings. Players will not get any points for not being the winner in these games.
Opponent Burnout: In order to combat the problem with burnout associated with playing the same players over and over again I will be using the list randomizer from random.org to assign players to each game. I am hoping that this will prevent any problems with players having too many games against each other in a row. However, be advised that you will see the same players on a regular basis.
Scoring & Standings:
Standings: There will be a league standings that includes all players currently active in the league. All players will begin play with 40 points in the standings. The completion of each game will earn an addition or subtraction to your score as detailed below. If a player falls below 0 points at any time, they will have until the completion of that current set of games to climb above 0 points again. If they do not, they will be dropped from the league and replaced with a player from the Waiting List.
Game Scoring: All games will be scored as follows according to the place you finish:
Standard Batch Games (6-player)
1st: 7 points
2nd: 4 points
3rd: 2 points
4th: -1 point
5th: -2 points
6th: -4 points
8-Player Batch Games
1st: 10 points
2nd: 7 points
3rd: 5 points
4th: 3 points
5th: 1 point
6th: -1 point
7th: -3 points
8th: -4 points
Bonus Games: The winner of any bonus game will receive 5 points to their overall standings score. The points will not be applied to their Era score. Nobody but the winner will receive points.
Stalemates: In the event of a stalemate, Optimus Prime will determine the appropriate number of rounds that the game will continue for. Once that mark has been reached, the remaining points available will be divided equally among all non-eliminated players.
I will not apply your new points until after the game is fully completed so as to give as accurate a picture as possible. Applying points earned halfway through a game is just a pain in the rear anyways.
Era Length: Each Era will last for 18 "game batches." An Era will include 17 batches of 6-player games, 1 batch of 8-player games, and 3 bonus games announced randomly throughout the Era.
Era Standings: Every time a new Era begins there will be a separate set of standings for that Era in order to give all players and equal chance of becoming an "Era Champion" even if they are in the bottom portion of the overall standings. All players will start at 0 points in the Era standings and will move up and down with the scores from each of their games within that Era. Bonus game points do not count towards the Era Standings.
Era Names: Given that this league is themed upon the Transformers cartoon, the first few Eras will be named as follows: Autobot, Decepticon, Quintessicon, Dinobot, Cybertron, and Unicron. These names will suffice for a long time before we need new ones.
First Era-Autobot: In order to be fair to all participants the Autobot Era will begin with Game Batch 4 along with the first league expansion.
How to Get On the Waiting List: Any player that signs up for the league after the original 36 players have been determined will automatically receive a place on the Waiting List. This list will be used to replace any players that fall below 0 points or that choose to leave the league under their own reasons. The player at the top of the list will be chosen first, and so on down the line.
Expanding the League: When I decide to expand the league I will use the players from the Waiting List first and if necessary have an open callout after that.
Waiting List Miscellaneous: Due to the fact that players will likely be on the Waiting List for a long time, I will contact them via PM before using them to replace players who have dropped out of the league. If a player does not respond to that PM within 48 hours I will move on to the next.
No-Shows: If a player does not show up for their assigned game or games they will receive the -4 penalty for a last place finish as well as an additional -5 penalty for not showing up. All players will be given a respectable amount of time to join games (no predetermined time limit will be set at this time). If a player does not show up the game will be remade to include the smaller number of players as needed.
Player Input: I will be sending out surveys from time to time to all of the players asking them to give their opinions on adding maps, game setting options, or adjustments to the league format and scoring. These surveys will only be every so often and should not be a hassle to perform. I really want to polish this league into a well-tuned machine and value the input of the players very highly.
Getting Kicked/Dropped from the League: There are two ways to be dropped/kicked from the Allspark League. The first is to fall below 0 points in the overall standings and not climb back above 0 points by the end of the current batch of games. The second way is to finish dead last in the current Era standings regardless of overall score.
Re-entering the League: Optimus Prime is working closely with some of his trusted friends/players to develop an idea for allowing re-entrance into the league after being dropped/kicked. This will be the subject of a future survey or poll.
CURRENT GAME BATCHES:
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Game Batch 7
1760885 kevin0023, denominator, BaldAdonis, rebelman, Kinnison, iamkoolerthanu
1760890 Gilligan, Forza AZ, odratsab, lord voldemort, Timminz, Rumondo
1760893 barterer2002, pogophiles, amazzony, Gozar, keiths31, Tieryn
1760895 Godd, negoeien, thekidstrumpet, Marshall Law, vykingsfan64, jennifermarie
1760899 DAZMCFC, JDill8, Serbia, cougfan82, rallison, japser_be
1760907 Evil Semp, Boss_oss_ss, CCmachine, trk1994, Coleman, beanyuk
1760911 spidey, tsioumiou, cena-rules, cazmart, yeti_c, Bad Speler
1760912 Aerial Attack, Night Strike, 0ojakeo0, Baas K, hschroed78, KidWhisky
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Game Batch 8
1760924 kevin0023, Gilligan, barterer2002, Godd, DAZMCFC, Evil Semp
1760925 spidey, Aerial Attack, denominator, Forza AZ, pogophiles, negoeien
1760927 JDill8, Boss_oss_ss, tsioumiou, Night Strike, BaldAdonis, odratsab
1760928 amazzony, thekidstrumpet, Serbia, CCmachine, cena-rules, 0ojakeo0
1760931 rebelman, lord voldemort, Gozar, Marshall Law, cougfan82, trk1994
1760932 cazmart, Baas K, Kinnison, Timminz, keiths31, vykingsfan64
1760935 rallison, Coleman, yeti_c, hschroed78, iamkoolerthanu, Rumondo
1760937 Tieryn, jennifermarie, japser_be, beanyuk, Bad Speler, KidWhisky
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Game Batch 9
1760939 kevin0023, spidey, JDill8, amazzony, rebelman, cazmart
1760940 rallison, Tieryn, Gilligan, Aerial Attack, Boss_oss_ss, thekidstrumpet
1760944 lord voldemort, Baas K, Coleman, jennifermarie, barterer2002, denominator
1760947 tsioumiou, Serbia, Gozar, Kinnison, yeti_c, japser_be
1760949 Godd, Forza AZ, Night Strike, CCmachine, Marshall Law, Timminz
1760952 hschroed78, beanyuk, DAZMCFC, pogophiles, BaldAdonis, cena-rules
1760953 cougfan82, keiths31, iamkoolerthanu, Bad Speler, Evil Semp, negoeien
1760955 odratsab, 0ojakeo0, trk1994, vykingsfan64, Rumondo, KidWhisky