Here are some rules to help standardize the gameplay in the Halo 3 5v5 Team Slayer Tournament
1) First and foremost, the game and map variants to be used during the tournament are listed in a separate thread, titled "Variants." It is important that you follow the link in that thread and download the variants from my file share.
2) Right now, the tournament is a bracket of 16 teams. However, if 32 teams have signed up by Thursday, May 14th at 11:59pm(CST), I will expand the bracket to 32 teams. In this case, the maps will be shifted such that the first round map will be Blackout, then Guardian, then Valhalla, then The Pit, and then Standoff. If this happens, I will also update the "Variants" thread to include a link to download the correct map variant of Blackout. However, if less than 32 teams have signed up by Thursday, May 14th at 11:59pm(CST), the bracket will remain at 16. Even if 32 have signed up before the tournament begins, if they did not sign up before this point, I will not include them. There has to be a cutoff at some point. Sorry.
3) In addition to possibly expanding the tournament, if less than 16 teams have signed up by the aforementioned time, then I will have to condense the bracket to be 8 teams. In this case, the 9th through 15th teams will not be able to play. Only the first 8. Also in this case, I will drop Guardian as a map, and the first round will then be Valhalla. I sincerely hope that at least 16 teams sign up.
4) After each round is completed, the winning team should post the results in the "Results" thread as usual, so that I can update the bracket, and you can continue playing the tournament.
5) In each bracket of two teams, the top-listed team is to be the Red Team, and the bottom team is to be the Blue Team. (This is for spawn-standardizing purposes)
6) In each bracket of two teams, the top-listed team should invite the bottom team. There is to be a 15-minute "grace period" before a forfeit is reported in any given round. Obviously, in the first round, this means waiting until 9:15(CST) with no sign of the opposing team. In all subsequent rounds, the 15-minute period starts when the bracket is updated, NOT when the results are posted in the "Results" thread. This should help standardize forfeits.
7) On Friday(15th) morning, I will open up a "Gameday" thread, as well as a "Results" thread. The "Results" thread is obvious, but the "Gameday" thread is to contact one another, if you feel that it is easier to do so here than on Xbox Live. If you need to, you can make a post directed at a member of your opposing team and hope that they see it and respond.
General Rules for Tournaments
1. These tournaments are for fun and have no value of any kind. There will be no prizes for winners unless otherwise explicitly stated. Prizes are not allowed for member created tournaments. There will be an extremely low tolerance for whining.
2. Tournaments fall into two categories: Individual and Teams. All players must have a RoosterTeeth.com profile with a valid gamertag in their profile. All teams must additionally create a RoosterTeeth.com Group. It's not hard. People make dumb ones all the time.
3. Each tournament has its own forum should have four threads in the forum: Rules, General Discussion, Applications & Reporting. Rules will have a copy of the General Rules (you're reading it) in the first post and additional Specific Rules as created by the Tournament Organizer. Applications are for requesting to participate in the tournament and Reporting is for informing the Organizer of wins. Being able to use a forum properly is the lowest common denominator of intelligence. If you screw that up, don't expect anyone to want you in their tourney.
4. Unless otherwise stated all tournaments are to take place in one day, with continuous play. This could mean several hours dedicated to playing videogames. Poor you. A tournament of 32 will have at most five matches for the winner, with some waiting for your next opponent. Keep that in mind. A Halo 3 tournament could take 1.5 hours and a Civilization tournament could take several years. Pack a lunch.
5. The person who is higher in the bracket is the person who sets up the match. Teams must be Red and Blue. The team in the upper slot of the bracket will be Red and the lower slot Blue. (added 4/20) They make the lobby and send an invite to their opponent. We recommend that each tournament also make a "gameday" thread for people to communicate with each other. You can use Xbox Live or email if you want, but we have no way to verify those messages in the case of a dispute.
6. After the match, the winner should report the win to the Results thread and the Organizer will update the bracket. Each Organizer may have different methods for reporting Results. This should be listed in the Results thread.
7. These General Rules will be updated frequently. There will be a place for you to check for the latest rules soon.
8. We plan on instituting a rating system for both players and organizers soon. People who are rude, whiny, absent or generally disorganized will be rated lower and excluded from future tournaments. So behave yourself, you filthy animal.
Not that I can think of. When I type the name into the bracket, I can't put a link on it. It just links if it matches someone's name. Unfortunately, I believe this to be a RT website problem. As long as that guy's profile exists, it will link to him.