The Alpha Centauri Ladder
The general idea of a ladder competition is that each player occupies a "rung" on the ladder and players challenge each other to games. If the higher ranked player wins, there's no change in the ladder. If the lower ranked player wins, they move up the ladder to the rung immediately above the defeated player. Since our games can take months to play (especially PBEM games), we'll only take into account the positions of the players at the time the result is reported. There are two types of ladder games: free for all (FFA) and challenges.
The AC ladder will be divided into four sections, Elite, Veteran, Green and Very Green.
The Very Green
section is reserved to beginners. The purpose of this section is to provide a place where unexperienced players can get some games under the belt without being bullied by veterans of the MP. This is a 'closed' section of the ladder and you have to expressly specify you want to be placed in the Very Green section when signing up. All games in this section are free-for-all (see bellow), the results will be entered on a 1v1 basis and the players will be ranked based on their results (wins / losses). Each player will decide when the time has come to change section and go for the real games in the upper sections.
If you do not expressly specify you're a Very Green player then you'll be placed in the Green section
All players who have reported at least a loss, but no victories, will be placed in the Veteran section
. Veterans and ranked based on their results (wins / losses). Players can improve their Veteran rank playing FFA games. All players who are yet to report a result will remain in the Green section and will be still unranked.
To access the Elite section
, a player must be 'available for challenge'.
All players who have reported a victory in a challenge game, will be ranked in the Elite section. If the victory is over a player who is not in the Elite section, the victor is placed at the bottom of the Elites (the first player to report a win in a challenge will be the first leader of the ladder) otherwise they assume the rung of the defeated player (the looser will be ranked immediately bellow the winner).
All players who have reported at least one loss in a challenge game, but no victories, will still be placed in the Veteran section.
The rank of the players will be visible on the user profile and the user information section of the postbit. The reigning champion of the ladder will receive a transmittable badge. If i managed to draw your attention, and you're willing to join, bellow are more detailed rules of this ladder system. You can take the time to read it now or after you sign up for the ladder here
Players can find opponents and keep track of their games on any website, but because the administration of this competition takes place on the alphacentauri2.info site, all reporting players must be registered users of this site. Registering at alphacentauri2.info it's easy and can be completed in less than a minute (can even be done with your Facebook account or your Open ID). You just have to choose a username and a password (no confirmation email, etc..)
Once you have signed up for the ladder, you will receive "The newsletter of the AC ladder" that will keep you up-to-date with everything that is going on in the competition.Joining the Alpha Centauri Ladder
Once a player has registered at alphacentauri2.info, has SMAC/SMAX installed and is ready to play (PBEM or IP), they should post a message in the admin thread
indicating they wish to join the ladder and if they are available or not for challenge. Once this is done, the administrator will add their name to the Green section of the ladder.Challenges
Challenges are the only way to move up the ladder in the Elite section. Any player may challenge any other player to a game provided they are both available for challenge. Challenges must be accepted if the challenger is immediately below the player challenged or if the player being challenged is not currently involved in any challenge game. If neither of those conditions is met, the challenge may be declined or deferred. Of course, players may play as many challenge games simultaneously as they desire.
If the player challenged does not respond to the challenge within seven days, the challenger should post a message to the admin thread
announcing the situation. If another seven days pass without a response to the original challenge then the challenged player will be relegated to the Veteran section (provided the player is in Elite, otherwise he can keep his position). If the challenged player returns and accepts the challenge, that player is penalized one ladder position per month of absence from their former position in the ladder.
Once the challenge is accepted, the game will be announced in the admin thread
by the challenger and the administrator will update the ladder competition table
to indicate that each player has a challenge game.Results (challenges)
As soon as a victory condition is achieved in the game or a player resigns, the game result will be announced in the admin thread
by the winning player. The administrator will then update the ladder competition table
with the results.
In the highly unlikely situation when the AI achieves a victory condition, the human with the higher AC score at the end of the game is declared the victor.Game Setup (challenges)
The two players will negotiate a setup which is acceptable to both, including the type of game (IP, PBEM or both). If they cannot come to agreement on the setup, then a third party (CMN) will finalize the setup of the game based on both sides options and his own judgement. If they cannot agree on the type of game (IP/PBEM), then the game will have at least one IP session. The starting year and the lenght of this IP session will have to be decided at the begin[person of African ethnicity]of the game in this case.Retirement from Elite
If a player becomes unavailable for challenges, they must post a message to the admin thread
announcing their withdrawal. Each of their opponents then has the following options:
Declaring victory in their ladder game by posting a result message to the admin thread
Posting the most recent saved file to the Abandoned Games folder of our forum, in hopes the withdrawing player will return at some future date.
Do nothing and the game is considered void.
If the withdrawing player returns then if they were in the Green section when they withdrew, they are restored to the Green section and are encouraged but not required to continue any games posted to the Files section. If they were in the Veteran section when they withdrew, they will be ranked in the Veteran section based on their results (wins / losses) and are encouraged but not required to continue any games posted to the File section.
If the withdrawing player returns and they were in the Elite section, they must decide whether or not they are willing to continue any games in the Abandoned Games folder. If they are unwilling to continue any of those games then they will be restored to the ladder at the bottom of the Elite section. If they're willing to continue all of their games in the folder then they will be restored to the Elite section of the ladder at the rung immediately below their relative position when they withdrew. If some of their opponents are unwilling to continue, then those games are considered void.Abandoned Challenges
If a player does not respond to the opponent within fourteen days (holliday / out-of-town breaks excluded, if properly announced in the admin thread), their opponent has the option of declaring the game abandoned. The opponent must post a message to the admin thread requesting the declaration and if the absent player does not respond on the admin thread within three days they are removed from Elite and each of their opponents has the following options:
Declaring victory in their challenge game by posting a result message to the admin thread.
Posting the most recent saved file to the Abandoned Games folder of our forum, in hopes the absent player will return at some future date
Do nothing and the game is considered void.
If the absent player returns then if they were in the Green section when they abandoned the ladder, they are restored to the Green section and are encouraged but not required to continue any games posted to the Files section. If they were in the Veteran section when they abandoned the ladder, they will be ranked in Veteran based on their results (wins / losses) and are encouraged but not required to continue any games posted to the File section.
If the absent player returns and they were in the Elite section, they must decide whether or not they are willing to continue any games in the Abandoned Games folder. If they are unwilling to continue any of those games then they will be restored to the ladder at the bottom of the Elite section. If they're willing to continue all of their games then they will be restored to the Elite section of the ladder and penalized one ladder position per month of absence. If some of their opponents are unwilling to continue, then those games are considered void.Free for all (FFA) games
All the other games excepting challenges are considered FFA. The results of these games are counted for every player stats (wins / losses) as long as they are reported in the admin thread and will be entered as 1vs1 games based on the final powergraph positions and ignoring the results against the AI. FFA games can only improve your Veteran ranking. "Pushing turns" as well as holliday / out-of-town breaks are allowed.
Note: all the results of the ongoing / finished ladder games at the time this competition is launched (TBA) can be entered in the Alpha Centauri Ladder provided the game was a ladder game, the players are registered here and there is a public record of the results.Results (FFA games)
As soon as a victory condition is achieved in the game or all the other human players resign, the game result will be announced in the admin thread by the winning player. The administrator will then update the ladder competition table
with the results.Abandoned FFA games
Unless stated otherwise in the rules of the FFA game, a player nonresponsive for fourteen days can be replaced, or his faction can be turned to the AI. The nonresponsive player / players will be placed on the last positions in the game in the order they left, regardles of the position the faction finished the game (under the control of the eventual replacement player or AI). The replacement player will receive wins / losses based on the number of positions the player has gained / lost starting from the moment he joined the game.Exceptions: challenges inside FFA games
FFA games can include one or more challenges provided each player is involved in only one challenge per FFA game.Rules
as of March 6,2011