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HSRL 1974 League Rules

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Requirements for Participation

  • You must be able to operate AIM and the "brutopia" anti-cheat version of Nestopia 1.39 that is available in the download section of tecmobowl.org.
  • You must complete the amount of games required by deadlines, and failure to do so can and will result in consequences outlined in the HSRL Deadlines and Consequences thread.
  • Your internet connection must be fast enough to keep Nestopia at 60 FPS.

 

Game Rules

  • POSITION LIMITATIONS: RBs can play RB, WR or TE without restriction.  WTs (WRs & TEs) can play RB, WR or TE... BUT THEY MAY NEVER RUN THE BALL FROM THE RB POSITION.  Any player may run the ball on reverses, however.  
  • NO LURCHING:

    "When crossing over the line of scrimmage WITHIN the restricted circle with a DL, before making a play on the ball carrier, you must first bump or grapple with an opposing player who is not the ball carrier. There are no restrictions on DL when the offense is in the shotgun or when crossing over the line of scrimmage OUTSIDE the restricted circle."

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  • FOURTH MAN DOWN: Use of fourth man down on FGs and PATs is LEGAL.
  • ONSIDE KICKS: Onside kicks are legal at any point in the game.
  • TACKLING IN END ZONE: This ROM has the no-fumble-in-the-end-zone hack, so feel free to take out your aggression and cream your opponent after a TD is scored. 
  • RECORD ALL GAMES: RECORD ALL GAMES (via NSV, twitch or some other source), save the state, and upload the state to the league website. Winner is responsible for uploading the state. Either player may upload the video after the state has been loaded. 
  • DESYNCS: In the event of a game desyncing, the owners involved need to man up and sort it out. If they can't, the commissioner will make a determination about what should be done. Generally speaking, the game ought to be continued from the point of the desync if possible.
  • NO QUITTING / NO ASSHOLES: Do not quit, give up, forfeit, or throw any HSRL league game. Always compete to win, and always strive to maintain the integrity (standings, statistics and general well-being) of this great league.  Do not skip the coin toss unless there is mutual agreement to do so.  After the game, if you lose, you must allow a reasonable amount of time for your opponent to get a save state and snap of the game summary screen.  Don't be an "asshole" in-game either, which can be defined in a variety of ways, but for now shall remain the sole discretion of the commissioner to interpret and enforce.  Remember though, in case you ever need to file a complaint, to ALWAYS RECORD... for without video proof it's far less likely any action will be taken on your behalf.
  • CHEATING: No collusion between owners.  No using turbo.  No using the play-picking program.  However, the Conditions Checker program is permissible.  If you are new and don't know about this program, you might be interested in learning more about it (allows you to see the conditions of all players, offense/defense, on both teams on a separate side window)... it can be downloaded somewhere on this website.
  • CONSEQUENCES OF CHEATING: If the league finds you guilty of CHEATING, then the first offense is a 2-season boot.  The second offense if a lifetime ban.
  • COMPLAINTS: If you think your opponent has broken any of the game rules or the game was unplayable due to lag or desynchs, please register your complaint with them. If a just conclusion is not reached between the two contestants, or if the violation affects the result of the game, then you may file a complaint AFTER THE GAME with the commissioner by sending him a PM.  Cases of game rule violations will be dealt with on a game-by-game basis; possible penalties may include, but are not limited to, a forced replay or forfeited win.

Draft

  • Draft order will be a lottery system, broken into tiers based on the owner's prior record and reputation.  
  • Following the draft, OL may be aligned in any way after the draft. DL may be aligned in any way as well. LBs can play any LB position. DBs can play any DB position. RB, WR and TE are interchangeable but only RBs can receive direct hand offs (not counting reverses).
  • The time posted by your name is when you may make your pick. The following time posted by the next person picking is your deadline. As long as ALL the people before you have picked, you may pick before your posted time.
  • If you know you are going to not be able to post when your pick is due, the only guaranteed way to get the pick that you want is to post a list on the pinned thread atop the draft forum. If you would like to take your chances, you may also have someone else post for you or send someone a PM letting them know who you want.
  • If you miss your pick, either the Commish or Draft Mods will make an auto-pick for you at a time they feel is appropriate. If you missed your pick and were not proactive in filling your team, don't bitch about your outcome. This upsets the commissioner. 
  • Once you've posted, you may not retract your pick, unless no one has picked behind you.
  • For near simultaneous posts from someone whose pick is up and from someone who is behind in the draft, post order will determine who gets what.
  • See the draft forum for more details and rules about drafting.
  • Don't bitch about the draft please. You're responsible for your picks, your times, and your lists. HSRL is not liable for phones that don't open Google Docs. 

Trading

  • There is no trading allowed. 

Playoffs

  • The playoff format will be three division champions and two wild-card teams per conference.  The first round of the playoffs will be between the two wild-card teams in each conference. 
  • We will adhere to the NFL's Tie-breaking Procedures.  In the event that some games are unplayed, and this affects the playoff race... the commissioner will weigh various factors (such as effort to play the games) to determine who will advance to the postseason.
  • There is a one-week deadline to get in each playoff game. If neither owner is making an effort, both are out of the playoffs.

Replacement Owners

  • Replacement owners must play at least 8 games with their team before they are eligible for the playoffs.
Edited by toolie

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Look, I'll do what I can to rein in The Mad Stork about tackling in the endzones, but I mean..... it just feels so right, and OH SO GOOD!  I think all these stat-crack-whore WTF leagues got me all pent-up inside, perhaps... maybe former Raiders should be exempt from this rule?  Just a thought.


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Look, I'll do what I can to rein in The Mad Stork about tackling in the endzones, but I mean..... it just feels so right, and OH SO GOOD! I think all these stat-crack-whore WTF leagues got me all pent-up inside, perhaps... maybe former Raiders should be exempt from this rule? Just a thought.

Tackling in the end zone is ENCOURAGED! I'm all for it!

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will there be any hacks on this ROM?


 


I'd like to propose one... if there is a brookstonfowler of musicians out there, he could digitize the NFL Films music and have it replace the in-game music or menu music.  Also on my wish list, the tecmo playoff music for in-game music when the playoff ROMs are released, if that is easy to do (not sure).


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will there be any hacks on this ROM?

 

I'd like to propose one... if there is a brookstonfowler of musicians out there, he could digitize the NFL Films music and have it replace the in-game music or menu music.  Also on my wish list, the tecmo playoff music for in-game music when the playoff ROMs are released, if that is easy to do (not sure).

 

the 2nd thing is very possible and very easy.  i was going to surprise everyone with that over at 2.0 this offseason.

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Bump for 1973


 


The biggest things (league-specific quirks) to remember are...


 


1. We don't play overtime in the regular season.  Any game that is tied at the end of regulation will be saved at that point and uploaded as a tie.  This is the way the NFL worked until 1974, so this will be the last season with this policy. 


 


2.  Use of 4th man down is legal for PATs and FGs.


 


3.  There will be two wild cards per conference this season.  The first round of the playoffs will consist of a wild card game in each conference.  Best record will determine playoff seeding.


 


4.  Conditions checker is allowed (and its use is encouraged for speedier gameplay). 


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