It's another NFL tournament but not as you have seen it before. You are not picking a team and playing your way through their schedule with a map of your choice. The object of this tournament is to successfully navigate your way through the NFL's regular season 17 week schedule and visit a home game of all 32 teams.
The NFL's opening game is in Green Bay on 8th September and that is the starting point for the NFL Road Trip 2011.
Everyone joining the tournament automatically has Green Bay ticked off their list so you then need to visit the other 31 teams to win. The tournament will stop at any point that any one player completes their 32 team list so the full 17 weeks schedule might not be needed. If only one player gets there on their own, they win regardless of miles travelled.
Any more than one player reaches their target on the same week, the player who has travelled the fewest
miles on their road trip wins.
Players must play at least one game on every weekly schedule, there is no upper limit to games, if you can get to more than 2 on weeks where the schedule allows, then you are free to do so. Later on in the season there are weeks where there are games on a Thursday, Sunday, Monday and there is a week where there is a game on the Saturday night as well, so in theory, you could travel to four different venues that week.
You are not able to re-visit a home venue you have already been to. Note: You will have to go to both New York teams even though they share a venue. If you cannot travel to a game later in the schedule because you have already visited all of the games available (unlikely but possible) then you have lost and will be out of the tournament.
Example - Option 1. From Green Bay, you can choose to travel to a Sunday game only. So you can go to any of the highlighted venues in the option 1 box. Green Bay to Chicago will cost you 212 miles, if you win the game at that venue, double mileage if you lose.
You start week 2 in Chicago and your mileage to the week 2 schedules is calculated from Chicago. You can choose any of the highlighted venues but remember that to win, the lowest mileage is what you need.
Option 2 is to play a Sunday and a Monday game. You choose to travel to Chicago then onto Miami or Denver on the Monday. You will play the game in your Sunday choice first and your mileage is calculated depending on whether you win or not. The mileage in the second box is from the highlighted venue in option box 1 to Miami or Denver. You will play two games on the week 1 schedules.
Option 3 is to go straight to the Monday game. You choose to not play any of the Sunday games and go straight to the Monday night venue instead. So you travel from Green Bay to Miami at a cost of 1,572 miles or Denver at a cost of 1,101 miles. Playing only one game, mileage doubled up if you lose.
Conquer Club has enough maps in place to cover the whole USA so the maps that will be played on are the city maps if one exists for a particular team (NYC, Chicago, San Francisco) and the USA Regional maps showing the states for all the others (USA Rockies, USA South East, USA South West, etc)
The games themselves will be standard, auto, flat, chained, sun. Numbers of players in each game will obviously depend on the choices made regarding destination. Games will be multi player standard games. If you end up being the only player to choose a particular destination, then you will still have a game. I will use control players who are not actually taking part in the tournament but it keeps it fair with regards giving everyone a game at each venue and the chance of winning or losing.
WINNING THE GAME ON EACH DESTINATION CHARGES YOU THE MILES IT TOOK YOU TO GET THERE.
LOSING THE GAME ON EACH DESTINATION RESULTS IN A PENALTY - THE MILES YOU TOOK TO REACH THAT DESTINATION WILL BE DOUBLED.
So for the examples used above, play only a Sunday game. Win in Chicago, 212 miles, lose in Chicago, that mileage becomes 414 and so on.
Obviously, the more games you lose, the higher your mileage becomes and you have less chance of winning the tournament. The miles are calculated using google maps - stadium to stadium.
Tip: It is possible to reach all of the venues during the season because of the tv schedule. I have shown here the weeks teams are at home for tv. To complete your schedules, try to target those un-highlighted teams for your Sunday games first, the rest should fall into place fairly easily after that.
Notes: The Bills game in Canada and Tampa Bay's game in London will be ignored for mileage purposes. The miles those weeks will be to Buffalo and Tampa if they are your choosen destination, not Toronto and London.
To run smoothly, this tournament will require a lot of interaction between myself and the players taking part so some simple rules.
1. Premium membership only allowed to join.
2. All players will have to have played a minimum of 500 games on CC and have a 98% or above attendance record.
Looking for serious CC tournament players only here.
3. No players with a rating below 4.7 allowed.
4. Abusing other players during the tournament will result in your removal.
5. I will send each player a mail requesting their choice of destination. There will be a follow up mail issued if no
response is received within 48 hours. No response to the second mail will result in automatic removal from the
tournament. Common courtesy, I'll tell you when I won't be about so expect the same back.
6. If any player fails to join two game invites, they will be removed from the tournament. If you are not going to be
around, let me know.
7. I have a foes list, if you have managed to get yourself on it, you will not be coming off it and will therefore be ignored
on the sign up page.
Think I have covered just about everything here but no doubt people won't read this far and will still ask questions.