|PlayCatan - Tournaments|
In the Game Manager, there are two additional areas for tournaments:
You can select these areas in the Game Manager via pull-down menu; each of them has its own chat channel. In the tournament areas, players on your Ignore List are not kept from joining a game you are participating in, but they still can’t send you messages, and you don’t see chat messages from them either.
At changing intervals, official tournament weekends are held. A tournament weekend lasts from 10 CET on Saturday until 10 CET of the following Monday. During these tournament weekends, the cities of the Catan Online World compete against each other. The number of players in tournament games is fixed. The scenarios and games change from game period to game period.
These games take place exclusively in the "Official Tournaments" area!
At official tournaments, each citizen can play up to 3 games, which are counted for his/her current city of residence. Importantly, only players from different cities are admitted to each game, meaning that more than one player from the same city is not allowed to participate in a game. The city of residence is indicated by a number that appears after the player's nickname. For a game to be started, all participating players must thus have a different city number.
If a player abandons a game, it counts as one of the 3 tournament games this player is allowed to play. A player who abandons a game receives 0 points (individual score). For a substitute player, the game counts toward his/her individual score (and the total number of tournament games he/she is allowed to play) only in case of success. In addition, only players from the original player's city may enter the game as a substitute. Therefore, since the substitute player always comes from the same city as the quitter, the game always counts toward this city, regardless whether the substitute wins or loses. That way, the city is never at a disadvantage, because each tournament game increases the city score.
If a game cannot be finished and the remaining players end the game by mutual agreement, it neither counts toward the total number of games these players are allowed to play nor toward the score (this is different for the quitter, see above). Before ending the game in this fashion, the remaining players must observe the usual time-out.
To obtain the score, all points scored by the citizens of a city are added up and divided by the citizen count (average number of Premium users during the last 4 weeks). The score for the individual games is given according to the established pattern.
The city score is calculated based on the players' individual scores.
Example: For a city with an "Active Citizens factor" of 60.6 (actual number of Active Citizens: 72), the average of the 15 best results of its citizens is taken into account for the city score.
If less than X citizens participate in the Tournament, the missing scores are counted as 0 for the city. The cities occupying the upper positions in the list receive gold, depending on their Active Citizens factor. In short, a city with many Active Citizens can obtain more gold than a city with fewer Active Citizens, but in a city with more Active Citizens more of them have to participate in the tournament.
Example: The city with an "Active Citizens factor" of 60.6 would thus receive 47 gold on place 1 and 22 gold on place 8.
The best players of the tournament are also entered in a chart (Player Chart). In this case, the result appearing in this chart is the average of the three games a player is allowed to play. If a player finished less than 3 games, the omitted games receive a score of 0. The results of a player's 5 best tournament weekends count toward his/her Champion value (see below).
Catan Board Game Marathon
Once per each game period, the Catan Marathon takes place. In this tournament, each day a different type of game is available. The number of players is no longer fixed, and the participants may play as many games as desired.
Every finished game counts toward the ranking of the player's hometown. The sum of all points (Example: In a 4-player game, the 3rd place earns 2.1 points - see Ranking) scored by all players of a city are divided by the "Active Citizen factor" of that city, which results in the city's final score. The "Active Citizen factor" at the beginning of the tournament is valid for the whole tournament.
The score of this tournament does not count toward the Champion value or the "City of Champions" value. The three best cities of the "Catan Board Game Marathon" receive special statues (gold, silver, bronze) and gold for their city treasuries (according to the formula for regular tournament weekends described above).
The next Catan Marathon takes place from June 14 - 17, 2013 (at 10 am CEST).
Rivals for Catan Marathon
Once per each game period, the "Rivals for Catan" Marathon takes place. In this tournament, each day a different type of Theme Game is available. The participants may play as many games as desired.
Every finished game counts towards the ranking of the player's hometown. The sum of all points scored by all players of a city are divided by the "Active Citizen factor" of that city, which results in the city's final score. The "Active Citizen factor" at the beginning of the tournament is valid for the whole tournament.
The score of this tournament does not count toward the Champion value or the "City of Champions" value. The three best cities of the "Rivals for Catan Marathon" receive special statues (gold, silver, bronze) and gold for their city treasuries (according to the formula for regular tournament weekends described above).
The next Catan Marathon takes place from September 13 - 16, 2013 (at 10 am CEST).
City of Champions
At the end of the tournament, the city score is added to the "City of Champions" list. The cities occupying the first three places of this list receive a statue (gold, silver, bronze) titled "City of Champions." This statue contributes culture points for the next game period.
Furthermore, each player can become a Champion over the course of the game period. A player's Champion value in the Champions List is the sum of the 5 best results this player obtained during the tournament weekends. The players occupying the first 15 places receive the title "Champion" in the following game period. A medal is awarded for the title, but no gold is distributed. The Champions List is displayed in the "Citizen Titles" chart in the Town Hall. You can also view your current position on this list in the "Player Titles" chart in your own house.
These are tournaments hosted by the PlayCatan community; they strongly differ regarding their rules. In the Community News at www.playcatan.com and on the PlayCatan Forum you can get information on these tournaments.
Why is the number of Active Citizens divided by 4 in the regular tournament weekends?
"Active" is not supposed to mean "always available." "Active Citizens" don't have to be online every day; they just have to do something for their cities on a regular basis. Demanding that each Active Citizen always participate in a tournament would thus be asking too much of them. This is why only a quarter of the total number of Active Citizens is used for calculation.
Are "Active Citizens" also tournament players?
It certainly could be argued that a citizen who is active in the Metagame is not necessarily a passionate tournament player too. But what would it mean to be an active tournament player? One has to understand that all these definitions are only approximations. An exact representation of reality is hardly possible and, in our opinion, not necessary either. Because success in a tournament has a direct effect on the gold reserves of a city and, thus, on the city's success in the Metagame, we consider the factor "Active Citizen" appropriate in this context. After all, the Active Citizens reflect the participation of the citizens of a city and, therefore, their "potential" for city improvement.
Why don't you simply count the participating tournament players?
In that case, a city would automatically send only its best players to the tournament, because that would make the most sense - beginners would only worsen the city's average. However, the official tournaments should be tournaments for ALL players, also (and especially) for beginners and not-so-versed players who prefer to take a backseat in the other large tournaments. In the system we have implemented now, beginners who get a good score may make it into the city score, but if they get a bad score, it won't negatively affect their city. This will be enough motivation for them to not only play for their individual score but also take up the challenge and maybe end up among the best players of their city - and all this without jeopardizing the city score should they sometimes not play so well.
Why does the scoring of the Catan Marathon differ from the scoring of the regular tournament weekends?
The scoring of the Catan Marathon derives from the scoring of the old tournaments, which were held twice a year before the regular tournament weekends were introduced with version 3. At the request of the users, this classic tournament mode was retained for the Catan Marathon. In this mode, the number of games finished by a single player can definitely have an impact on the city's score (that's why it received the name "Marathon"). Its mode thus differs strongly from that of the regular tournamant weekends, which is the reason why the results of the Catan Marathon do not count toward the Champion and "City of Champions" values. However, the winning cities in the Catan Marathon receive special statues and gold for the city treasury, according to the formula for regular tournament weekends.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:45|