Rules

The First Wit and Skill Backstabbr Diplomacy Tournament shall begin on Sunday, June 14th. The tournament shall take place on Backstabbr.com, on officially sanctioned games, named with the corresponding game number in the following format: “WS Tournament Game (game number).” The invite to the game shall be placed in the corresponding game chat in the discord server of the tournament. You will be notified which game you are in. A player must sign up using the relevant google form to enter. The form is listed at the bottom of the document.
Format:
The tournament shall consist of two rounds, the first round, and the final round. Both rounds will be full press, 24 hour adjudications for spring and fall phases, and 12 hour adjudications for build and retreat phases. The first round of games shall begin at 2:00 PM US/Central time. The first round shall consist of seven games featuring seven players in each game. The map shall be the original Diplomacy board, consisting of seven nations, England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, and Turkey. All normal diplomacy rules apply. The game shall begin in the spring of 1901, and shall commence when a player has reached 18 supply centers, or the winter of 1914 has been reached (after fall 1914 has been completed). Another way for the game to end is in a draw, however the same rules for determining advancement will apply. Once the game has reached one of those conditions, the player with the most supply centers shall advance. The winner in a first round game shall advance to the final round, and the winner in the final round shall be declared champion. In the event of a tie between two players for most supply centers, the following tie breaking system will be put in effect:
Tiebreak:
The administrators and members of the tournament have decided on the following “rankings” for countries, which in turn form the tiebreak. If a country ranks higher, they win a potential tiebreaker with another country. The list is as follows:
Italy
Austria
Germany
Turkey
England
Russia
France

As an example, if Italy and Turkey tie for the most supply centers at the end of the game, Italy would win because they have a higher tiebreak rank. Draws shall be enabled in the matches, however players should take into mind the fact that in the event of a draw, there would only be one winner. The tournament administrators are open to new systems in the future, but the current rules shall apply for the remainder of the tournament. Civil Disorder: In the event of a civil disorder (henceforth referred to as “CD”), or a player being unable to complete their game as deemed so by the administrators, they shall be replaced by a “waitlisted player”. A waitlisted player is a player that has signed up after the tournament has already been filled. In the event a waitlisted player is needed, the first person to sign up after the tournament has been filled shall be the first to fill an open spot. In the event multiple players have CDed, the next waitlisted player shall be chosen in chronological order from the first waitlisted player. All results derived from a player who has been CDed will be passed on to the “waitlisted player,” unless the administrators deem the case a special circumstance. Waitlisted players will be listed in #announcements when information for the tournament is announced.

Official Second Wit and Skill Backstabbr Diplomacy Tournament Rules

It is time for the Second Tournament. The tournament shall take place on Backstabbr.com, on officially sanctioned games, named with the corresponding game number in the following format: “WS Tournament Game (game number).” The invite to the game shall be placed in the corresponding game chat in the discord server of the tournament. You will be notified which game you are in. A player must sign up using the relevant google form to enter. The form is listed at the bottom of the document.

Format:

The tournament shall consist of 4 rounds, 2 qualifying, 1 score top final and a best country final. The first qualifying round shall begin once an adequate amount of signups have been achieved, as determined by the organizers. The second round of qualifiers shall begin once the end of the build phase in 1908 is achieved in any qualifier. The organizers shall notify the participants when the second qualifying round begins. All qualifying rounds will be full press, 24 hour adjudications for spring and fall phases, 12 hour adjudications for build and retreat phases, and will be scored with the Carnage Scoring System. Draws are allowed in every round. A description of the system can be found pinned in #how-to-play. The first round of games shall begin at 2:00 PM US/Central time. All normal diplomacy rules apply. The game shall begin in the spring of 1901, and shall terminate when a player has reached 18 supply centers, or the winter of 1914 has been reached (after fall 1914 has been completed). The game can also end in a draw, however the same rules for determining advancement will apply. Once the game has reached one of those conditions, Carnage scores will be tallied. At the end of the two qualifying rounds, the 7 players with the highest combined score will advance to the score top final, and the 7 players with the highest score in each country will move on. Note: there will be no overlap in the final games, if a participant qualifies for both the participant will participate in the score top and the country top. The country top is a secondary prize, and will begin at the same time as the score top.

The Carnage Scoring System:

In Carnage, each game is worth 28,034 points. If you solo, you receive all of them. If this does not happen, the points are distributed 1st place gets 7000 points down to 7th with 1000 points. If you tie in supply center count you each get half of the combined score of both places (i.e. A two-way draw for 1st would grant each player 6500 points. In addition, you receive one point for each supply center.)

Tiebreak:

In the event of a tie in the carnage scoring system, the player to advance on will be determined randomly.

Civil Disorder:

In the event of a civil disorder (henceforth referred to as “CD”), or a player being unable to complete their game as deemed so by the administrators, they shall be replaced by a “waitlisted player”. A waitlisted player is a player that has signed up after the tournament has already been filled. In the event a waitlisted player is needed, the first person to sign up after the tournament has been filled shall be the first to fill an open spot. In the event multiple players have CDed, the next waitlisted player shall be chosen in chronological order from the first waitlisted player. All results derived from a player who has been CDed will be passed on to the “waitlisted player,” unless the administrators deem the case a special circumstance. Waitlisted players will be listed in #announcements when information for the tournament is announced. To report someone for committing CD, use command: /reportcd @. To request a scheduled pause in adjudication: /pauseadjudication start_date end_date. After any adjudication a 24 hour extension to the turn shall be put in effect

Anonymity

The final rounds of the tournament shall be anonymous. All players are expected to act in a civil manner. All complaints or issues can be messaged to an admin.

Extraneous Information:

The Official First Wit and Skill Backstabbr Tournament Bracket will be available for viewing at this site:

https://challonge.com/communities/witandskill

Note that the bracket is subject to change, and may be incomplete when you view it. The bracket will also not include waitlisted players.

If you have questions about the tournament, head to #suggestions or #help. We are open to potential changes to the rules.

These rules are subject to change. However once the tournament begins, they will be final. The start of the tournament is qualified as once the first game has begun. The owner, however, has the final say in any rule challenges or interpretations.