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# 1cranialwizard Mar 29 2012, 20:25 PM
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Hello Gamereplays.org and Eastern Front fans!

I am pleased to address you this morning. I have decided to host and begin the preliminaries for a tournament/ongoing event that will keep the spark of the community going for time to come. In this tournament, I will try to make it be unique and different from that of many other tournaments. This tournament will cover the timeline of the War in Europe of a long portion of time. It will be in an Organized Battle style, one of which that, if I may recall correctly, NO OTHER TOURNAMENT HAS EVER BEEN COMPLETED IN THIS FORMAT.

I aim to change this with the amazing updates we have made to the Mod in 1.6. It has been roughly a month and a half since it's release and I believe that it has given players plenty of time to warm up to the "new" Soviets.

So how exactly will this tournament work?

Players will sign up to be on either the team of Allies or the team of Axis. Once you make this decision, you can not switch sides. Then, you must pick your individual faction and stick with it. (Only one exception for Allies, to be explained later)

Each team will be able to pick 1 to 3 team leaders by vote. (Supreme Allied Commander/Generalfeldmarschall) These players are to be acknowledged as experienced in the faction they have chosen and can help make decisions and aide in strategy when speaking with their team mates.

The Tournament will be turn based. The first turn will be the Axis. Each turn will last 1 week. Within that one week, if your team is attacking, you as a player may pick one territory to attack that is held by the enemy. You may tag team with a nearby player if you are close to a multi-player map. (2v2s - 4v4s) Hopefully, since you have a full week to organize battles with the enemy, there won't be so much of the "I can't make it," that is seen in many other tournaments.

Upon winning an ATTACK, your team will gain the territory (In this example, the Axis win Vienna)
Upon losing an ATTACK, your team is NOT granted the territory. (So you don't gain control of Vienna)
Upon winning a DEFENSE, your team will not lose the territory (In this example, the Soviets keep Vienna)
Upon losing an DEFENSE, your team loses the attacked territory territory. (So the Soviets lose Vienna)

The Advantage is, players never really are "Out". They will continue to fight with their team as long as there are enough territories left to support a large army of players. You won't be knocked out if you lose the first couple battles!

At the end of the week, there will be a totaling of which battles were won, and the map will be readjusted. There will be a short shoutcast/wrapup at the end of each week. I will cover highlights of important and epic battles, such as the final tank push at Kursk or the epic MG defense against a blob of Conscripts, or a fall of arty on Moscow. At the end of the video I will adjust the map.

At this point, it is now the other team's turn. They may plan their attacks in a similar fashion.

The first turn will be the Axis, as stated above. All Allied players will be represented by the Soviet Union to start the war. Axis players assume total control of France. Their only battle is with the Soviet Union at the beginning of the tourney.

What about Americans and British?

Here's where a little bit of Supreme Command plays in. The Axis have objectives to take major cities of the Soviet Union. Since the Axis start first, the Soviets will obviously be at a disadvantage. This means it will take a large combined effort to push the Germans back just slightly.

When it is the Allies turn, on ANY turn, the Allied command may call D-Day. The advantages of calling D-Day will allow the Americans and British to play a role. Players whom are currently playing Soviet Union may choose to switch to the British or the Americans and play on the French campaign and try to squeeze Germany, and forcing the Axis to redirect some players. Consequently, the Allies will have to split their army to do this. Be careful when you activate D-Day! (THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOU MAY SWITCH FACTIONS)

So what are these win conditions anyway?

To win as the Allies, you will need to complete one or more of the following:
1. Take control of Berlin
2. Hold over 80% of the territories on the map by a certain time where the Tourney will be called complete.

To win as Axis, you will need to complete one or more of the following:
1. Take control of Stalingrad
2. Defeat the D-Day Invasion completely, fighting the Western Allies back to the beaches and out of France
3. Holding more than 20% of all territories by a certain time where the Tourney will be called complete.

What the heck? You can win by just taking Stalingrad? That's unfair!

Relax. Certain major cities will be played in best of rounds. So don't worry Axis. You won't lose Berlin in a single game. That will be played in a best of 5.

When will this Tourney officially begin?

Well, that's where the community plays in! We need you guys to sign up for this tournament! In order to draw up maps, I need to have a good estimate of how many people will be playing and for which teams. So consider this the sign-up phase, if you will. Players can use this time to organize and get together and meet each other. With the early signups, I'll have a full idea on how many territories will be needed and which maps will be played where.

Players can also assign names to their desired faction. So for example, if I were to choose Panzer Elite, Perhaps I want to represent the 1st Fallschimjager division. Much more bad-ass sounding than "Cranial's army", right? tongue.gif

NOTA BENE: Players whom decide to join the fight later will be penalized. They are not in the running for Commander position unless there is inactivity or a step-down. They must also wait for a NEW TURN for their faction before joining the fight, and may not swap out with a current player. (For example, if I joined in the tourney 6 weeks after starting, and it is the allies turn and I wish to be soviet, I MUST wait for the next Soviet turn to plan any attacks if any spots are available.) This penalty is due to the map being with a set number of territories. If we suddenly see many players join after the map is drawn there will not be room for them!

The signup period will last quite a while, so don't worry.

Ok, so I get it. Sounds like fun. What's in it for me?
If you are an individual on the winning team, you will be rewarded with a WWII Victory Badge for your profile, similar to the tags that Developers, Mappers, Translators, and Balancers have near their profile information on the left. You will also get early access to the Ostheer before it is released to the public!

Basic Run Down on what the tourney offers:
A combination of Turn Based and RTS gameplay!
Offers gameplay types for both the most experienced players and the new players alike!
Teamwork and Communication between Eastern Front and Gamereplays!
Potential to Early Access Ostheer and use a shiny WWII Victor Badge!
Tons of Fun for Weeks to Come!

Please Sign-up in the following thread with:

Your Name In-Game
Your Faction Choice (If Allies, indicate Before and After D-Day)
Desired Division Name (Optional! Would be Cool to make a new COH account with it smile.gif)

So have at it community. As always, Cheers, and happy gaming!
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GR Sum Up:
This tournament will be played on Eastern Front. Videos will be released at the end of the week to show users changes to the global map and clips of epic battle scenes. For more information visit Easternfront.org for where to download the latest patch (1.6.0.1) and where to sign up for the tournament officially, as I may not update the list here too often. You can find the tournament link here. Remember, this is the sign up phase, which will last quite a while. Use this time to familiarize yourself with the Soviets smile.gif

This post has been edited by cranialwizard: Mar 31 2012, 03:23 AM

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# 2Tor^^ Mar 30 2012, 07:08 AM
LoL Roleplaying ^___________^

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# 3HelpingHans Mar 30 2012, 23:25 PM
This sounds like fun but I seriously doubt that you will find enough players for this. But i'll spread the word around and see what people in the clans think. I remember back in COHO the relic guys hosted some kind of normandy turn based game which was pretty good so I wonder why no1 at GR has thought of hosting a torny in this way before.

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# 4paria Mar 31 2012, 00:16 AM
Aww, why wasn't i invited to supply the prizes?

Anyways, this sounds like a lot of (complicated) fun. Will any of it be shoutcasted?

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# 5cranialwizard Mar 31 2012, 03:05 AM
QUOTE(HelpingHans @ Mar 30 2012, 18:25 PM) *

This sounds like fun but I seriously doubt that you will find enough players for this. But i'll spread the word around and see what people in the clans think. I remember back in COHO the relic guys hosted some kind of normandy turn based game which was pretty good so I wonder why no1 at GR has thought of hosting a torny in this way before.


There doesn't need to be a massive amount of players, already there's a 10 V 10 according to the tourney page on Eastern Front (Which is the official)

I would appreciate you spreading the word, and remember, this is so far the planning and sign up phase. We're still organizing the map and seeing how things will spread out.

It'll be a unique tournament and should be lots of fun, players of all skill are catered to and you are never really "Out". Plus, you're fighting for the prize of an early new released german faction ^-^

QUOTE(paria @ Mar 30 2012, 19:16 PM) *

Aww, why wasn't i invited to supply the prizes?

Anyways, this sounds like a lot of (complicated) fun. Will any of it be shoutcasted?


Well, I haven't seen ya around EF.org so much anymore! tongue.gif We miss you smile.gif

At the end of every week I will be posting a video that will release 3-6 minute clips of about 4-5 battle scenes that show overall the progression of the war, and then I'll update the map. The videos will be posted on Sunday, and with the help of other community members/developers I'm putting all the pieces together. (I have to pull all nighters in order to make the videos. Fun! smile.gif)

If you're looking for shoutcast, I have agreed to allow the Sublime clan to have the replays that are from the tournament. Since the clips won't ruin all of the game for players, the Sublime guys can go in and shoutcast more in-depth on the games with strategy reviews and showing players the whole story. Hopefully it boost their channel and gives them more content to work with.

All in All I think this will be really fun. We don't need massive amounts of people, but at the same time, the more the merrier ;D

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# 6HanziOfDoom Apr 4 2012, 14:23 PM
QUOTE(Tor^^ @ Mar 30 2012, 07:08 AM) *

LoL Roleplaying ^___________^


LoL a guy with a avatar of a pornstar that even more sad than roleplayers. GL HF with the tourney sounds fun.

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# 7cranialwizard Apr 6 2012, 22:46 PM
QUOTE(HanziOfDoom @ Apr 4 2012, 09:23 AM) *

LoL a guy with a avatar of a pornstar that even more sad than roleplayers. GL HF with the tourney sounds fun.



Thanks.

No one else in? It's not so much of a roleplay guys smile.gif Battles will be held just like a regular tourney but there is more of an overall purpose to it rather than just fighting to be on top and to get some cash. Plus it'll last longer and be more relaxed, you have a week to organize and play your game as opposed to everyone being on on the same day.

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# 8cranialwizard Apr 13 2012, 19:28 PM
Bumpage. Anyone up for this again? We've got a bit uneven teams at the moment, could use some allied players. (It is 10 V 14 on the board, 12 V 14 with promises). Looking to host 30+ people biggrin.gif

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# 9cranialwizard May 5 2012, 22:36 PM
Bump. A week away!

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