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|Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:15 pm Post subject: Platinum Hat 2013
|THIRD ANNUAL STAR FLEET BATTLES
PLATINUM HAT ONLINE TOURNAMENT
Our third Internet SFB International Championship Tournament is open for registration. Registration will close midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on July 31, 2013. This is a single-elimination tournament using a standard tree. This tournament will be conducted through SFBOL and you will need to be a member of that service to participate. Paul Scott, who won last year's event, will be the chief judge.
We will have at least 32 seats, and up to 64 if there is demand. The entry fee ($10 per person) will be added to the prize fund which ADB, Inc., has always provided, and distributed down to the top eight players (16 if we have 64 seats).
We want to encourage the greatest number of people to play, so anyone who qualifies as a "deuce" can enter without paying an entry fee. (If we have more people than seats, the last "deuces" to sign up will be matched against each other to gain the final seats, effectively adding a round and giving everyone else a bye.) To qualify as a "deuce" you must have not won an ace card in the last three years (that includes people who have never won one). Even if you qualify as a deuce, you can pay the entry fee and be treated as an ace (even if you're an ace with no ace cards).
After we know the number of entries, we will lock in the format (i.e., decide if there are 32 or 64 seats, decide how many seats will be reserved for re-entries, seed the aces, and assign byes). Aces will be "seeded" according to the total number of ace pins and SFB Gold/Platinum hats (total) each player has in their lifetime record. Deuces (and perhaps lower-rated aces) will be distributed randomly in a way to avoid same-ship duels as much as possible. Depending on the size of the tree and the number of active players, we may give some first-round byes to the highest rated players, and we may reserve some seats for re-entries. Re-entry seats will go at no cost to eliminated players (or at the normal fee for late sign-ups) in the order people ask for them.
As we did in Platinum Hat 2012, Tournament Marshal Steven P. Petrick will "ride herd" on the tournament to ensure that games are played on schedule and the event does not drag. There will, inevitably, be some delays near the end when re-entries have to "catch up" to the initial entries. A firm hand on the helm will ensure that these are as minor as possible. Two or three senior players will be appointed as "honorary sheepdogs" and empowered to encourage people to get their games done. People who do not get their next game completed in a set number of days will be disqualified and the player they beat (or a wildcard selected by the judges) replaces them.
The winner must send in his Platinum Victory article (which must meet the standards of previous articles) within 90 days of the end of the event or be disqualified (in which case he will get no prize and there will be no winner named). Assistance will be available if the winner would like help writing his article.
To register, use this link: http://www.sfbonline.com/tourn_signup.jsp
To pay an entry fee, use this link: http://store.starfleetstore.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=S&Product_Code=9650&Category_Code=03