The following rules will generally apply to any league, season, cup,
tournament or other event at GOBBLN. Each league will also have
specific policies and format information posted under their league.
Unplayed matches will be given a result of 1-1 if neither party was
at fault and available. (Available means that a coach provides at
minimum 2 or more time slots to play during regular weekday evening (6pm – 10pm
eastern) or Weekend (9am – 10pm eastern) time slots for kick off (at least one of which must be during a weekday evening) and has attempted to schedule their match in good faith in the appropriate thread during the first 3 days after a week has flipped.(ie. if the week flips on a Monday an attempt to schedule, not play, your match has to have been made by Wednesday). If
one party was not available during allotted time slots, the result will
be 2-0 in favor of the party who was available. The administrative
tools provided by B.B.L.E. will be used to set spp and mvp awards post
game. Coaches are encouraged to work together to get games played.
Coaches identified as trying to circumvent or manipulate the
availability rules will be placed on the GOBBLN watch list. (And will
be handled by the Overlords, with spiky GOBBLN gloves)
If a coach cannot play the match, they may allow a substitute coach to
play their team, (This is not a requirement). The substitute coach must
be from a different division. The opponent must consent to play a
substitute, but the coach that offered the substitute is considered to
have been available to play the match. If the substitute is declined,
the score will be recorded as a 1-1 draw.
Should a coach schedule a match and miss the scheduled time without
warning, he/she will forfeit the match. Should the coach that was
present in game wish to reschedule and play the match the played result
will stand (coaches are encouraged to try to find a new time). Coaches
that regularly miss scheduled matches will be expelled from the GOBBLN
Horde and added to the black list.
Any match that disconnect due to unforeseen circumstances will be
replayed from the beginning or if agreed upon by the coaches will be
administered to the score on the board prior to the disconnect. In the
instance where one coach wishes to replay a game and the other coach
wishes to stick with the score prior to the drop. The GOBBLN Overlords
will make the decision. (Any game disconnecting in the first half of a
match should be replayed, time and availability allowing). Any difficulty or disconnects must be posted in your weekly game
schedule thread and a PM sent to your divisions Overlord.
Intentionally disconnecting/or abandoning the match for any reason
is grounds for being added to the GOBBLN watch list as well as
dismissal from the league. Pleading for mercy like a spineless coward is worthy of shame and
ridicule, but totally acceptable. If at the START OF A DRIVE you can
only field 3 players, you may inform your opponent that you are
conceding the match and it will not be held against you by the
Overlords. Conceding a match via the abandon button will mean your
opponent receives your MVP and winnings (though you will keep your
other accumulated SPPs for the match). Therefore the suggested method
of doing this is to lie perfectly still on the ground and do nothing
while the turns end out. If you do start a drive, you must play it out
till the end of the drive. Furthermore if more of your players recover
and on a subsequent drive you can field 4 or more players you must
carry on (you have missed your chance).
Extended Unexplained Unavailability
If we do not hear from you for one full week and you have failed to post in the vacation thread, we may replace you with another coach at our discretion. We will attempt to contact you, but do whatever you can to let us know what's happened. If we understand the nature of your absence we may be able to work with you on it, but if we are left in the dark we have to assume you may be gone for an extended period of time. We don't want coaches to experience excessive forfeits, and past experience has taught us that it is usually better to act quickly and do what we can if you return and there was an understandable reason.
General Bug Statement
The game isn't perfect by any means, but please try to avoid taking
advantage of any bugs you are aware of, do your best to avoid or
mitigate the effects of any bugs that do turn up. We will consider
forcing game resets if warranted.
Honor Nuffle. While Nuffle (the dice) can affect your game your
opponent is not to be blamed or ridiculed for your misfortune or bad
choices. While good-natured ribbing and kibitzing is encouraged please
be a sportsman and remember that your opponent should be hammered on
the field but not made to feel belittled.
Coaches feeling belittled should acknowledge to their opponent that
they are uncomfortable with the level/direction of the communication
and ask them to refrain. If you don’t say anything how are they to know
that they have crossed a line.
Enjoy the game and the community that is why we are here.
Be available a few times each week during evening hours for eastern
North American start times Sun-Thursday 6pm till 10pm eastern. Weekend
kick off times are 9 am – 10pm eastern but should not be your only
Alert the league administrators of any extended unavailability due to
vacations, surgeries, etc. Please post these absences in the absence
thread and send your Division’s Overlord a PM.
Provide opponent your availability for the upcoming period within 2
days of the “league week” advancing.
Post your attempts to coordinate a match in the designated forum
thread (you may communicate through other channels, but you must post
the planned match time and/or confirm the appointment so the Overlords
can determine what commitments and efforts were made).
Be respectful in game and on forums. Avoid turning disputes into
inflammatory public posts.
Notify an admin of any issues with another coach including poor
availability or unsportsmanlike behavior/conversation (turn 16 fouling
or repeated fouling is not unsportsmanlike). This is primarily so we
can notice recurring behavior not take immediate action. Isolated
incidents will generally be treated as such.
Do not intentionally disconnect or concede a match mid-game unless
you meet the criteria for forfeit as outlined above.
Finish participating in any events you enter, exceptions will be
approved by GOBBLN Overlords under extreme circumstances. (Illness of a
family member, etc.) If you have not been approved you may be barred
from future events.
You MUST submit match files in a timely manner (within two days of
any played match). Each league/event will have specific details on
Check the forums regularly (minimum once per week) unless you have
posted in the absence thread. Read all announcements in the "News"
page of the website at least once per week.
Name your players. We realize not everyone is creative, or wants to
spend more than 2 seconds on this, just change a letter or two from the
computer generated one please. The reason is to prevent players of the
same name showing up in the league leaders down the road. This really
helps build community and is important.
Requests of Coaches
(These things are not required, only encouraged)
Contribute to the League by doing more than just playing the match
Invite others that you come across that seem enjoyable
Spend some time post-game in the chat room with your opponent/others