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Thunderdome IX: Official Rules and Tourney Info

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Welcome to the Thunderdome IX official rules and information thread.  In here you will find everything you need to know about the rules of the tournament.  Its long and i dont expect everyone to read the entire thing. This will be pinned and just a resource for you in case you have a question.


Tourney Info

Tournament Director:  War Machine.

Participants:  40

ROM:  TPC_TSB_tapmeter.nes   Condition checker program is ALLOWED

Tournament site:  Single Elimination Bracket:  http://challonge.com/TDIXbracket .  Group Play: http://challonge.com/TDIX


  • 1st Prize:  $200 for Madison (cash if cant attend), Free Madison entry (no replacement prize if not attending), Streamed Game at Madison
  • 2nd Prize:  $75 and free tshirt from tb.org store


Important Dates:

  • 1/12:  Groups announced
  • 1/12:  After groups announced, games can begin
  • 1/26:  First deadline to get at least one group game in.  All subsequent deadlines will be announced in advance via discord or the forums.  If your opponent for your next game is known, you can go ahead and play that game.  No need to wait!  Goal is to have this tournament completed 3-4 weeks prior to Madison.


Tournament Format and Team Selection


Game Play Rules

  • 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.  WR's who are designated as RB's in the game because of team formation (Ernest Givins, Ricky Sanders, etc.) are WR's and CANNOT run the ball. 
  • Use of DL is allowed but no LURCHING!  You must bump/grapple an opposing player or go around the tackle. 
  • Use of fourth man down on FGs and PATs is LEGAL.
  • Onside kicks are legal at any point in the game.


Post-game:  A recap must be posted in the forums in the recap threads.



There are no ties.  If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the participants will play sudden death OT. If nobody scores in the OT session, a new game will begin (same playbooks must be used!) and the first participant to score will be declared the winner. Please save the state after the first OT and also save state after 2nd OT is over.



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.



 In the event of a game desyncing, the owners involved need to man up and sort it out. If they can't, the tournament director will make a determination about what should be done. Generally speaking, the game ought to be replayed from the point of the desync if possible.



Do not quit, give up, forfeit, or throw any tournament game. Always compete to win, and always strive to maintain the integrity of the tournament.  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 tournament director 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.



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 seperate side window)... it can be downloaded somewhere on this website.


CONSEQUENCES OF CHEATING: To be determined by the tournament director on a case by case basis.  Please lets not get to this point.


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 tournament director 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.

Edited by War Machine

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