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Old 30 December 2017, 20:38   #3
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Additional Rules:

No Cheating:
Don't tamper with your score or screenshot by altering the numbers.
No continues are allowed unless otherwise stated in the rounds thread.
No use of trainers, action replay, or any other get-around to make the game easier.
No use of emulator save states (including as a way to practice parts of a game).
No use of passwords to skip levels, each try must start from level 1 (unless otherwise stated) and with the score on Zero.

Auto-fire can be used as long as it is not available as a power up within the game. So for R-Type this is OK, but for Deluxe Galaga this is not ok. Occasionally restrictions will be placed on specific games, such as the banning of autofire, if it is a power-up within the game, and this information might not be printed in the official rules, so if in doubt, always ask before using it.

The spirit of the rules is to play games as they were originally intended, creating a fair playing field between real Amiga users and emulator users. Where possible, this means keeping the speed of gameplay the same for everyone, and giving everyone the same lives and the same chance. It also means players are expected to behave fairly and to report any issues with being able to score loads of points (score milking - see below). Milking can be tolerated under certain conditions, so please report all bugs and issues straight away to a moderator.

Note - Intentionally dying is allowed as long as the player does not collect an extra life while doing so, to infinitely loop a section and get an unlimited score. Using extra lives to strategically gain score (milking) is fine. But if you die, collect another life, die and loop the same level over and over etc - this is score leeching.

Score whoring/leeching/taking advantage of infinite spawning enemies or bugs in a game is seriously not allowed. If you are discovered doing it, you're not going to make any friends, and your score will not be counted.

No training, or use of passwords or trainers within the time-frame of the round, even if they are present in cracks and distributed/linked versions of the game, or accessed by menus/passwords within the game itself, unless an exception is given by the mods to do so. (SOTB2/Worthy).

Players are encouraged to learn about the games by trial and error, although they can watch youtube/player provided/longplay footage to discover some secrets.

The speed which the game plays on your computer must match the play speed on a real Amiga. This is 50FPS on a PAL machine and 60FPS if we are playing an NTSC game. NTSC games can be played in PAL mode and at 50FPS speed; as this was the standard back in the day. Scores/footage made with the games played below 50fps are not acceptable. Scores made with the game speed above 50fps are acceptable. (e.g. Lotus 1/Test Drive 2 -53fps).

If someone is found to be cheating (and fake scores tend to be easy to spot), they will get a ban. It's not worth it, so play fair. This is an honest competition, we’re not playing for money or prizes, simply the honour and glory, and of course the taking part. If someone is found to be cheating, they will be banned from the current round. If they are found cheating again, they will be given a final warning. On the third count of cheating, the player will be banned for the whole season. If they come back and cheat again, they are banned from the competition, period.

IMPORTANT: If you do suspect someone of cheating then please PM a Moderator. It's okay to query a score to understand how they achieved it, but refrain from posting wild accusations in the game threads. Some scores are flukes or rely on luck, or finding secret areas which others have not found. Some players are happy to record them playing the game to prove their scores, and on rare occasions it has been necessary to ask a runaway winner to prove their high score with a video. This is not a rule but it can help to verify the score, and in every case so far, the winner has proved their score was legit with this method. You do not need to record your plays to prove your scores in general.

Unwritten Rules:
Players are encouraged to play the game in one sitting per try. So for example, you are discouraged from pausing the game to take a shower, have a bite to eat, and then unpause the game later. Some games are gruelling, and its this mental concentration which matters, especially if a game is playing for some time. The only exception to this is when exceptional circumstances happen. Like a call of nature, or a call at the door or telephone. When this happens, pausing a high scoring run may be necessary, but often players report crashing out and having to restart anyway. These guidelines are a player agreement to play this way, and you dont have to do this.

Players are encouraged to play with sportmanship. This can mean deciding what is fair and not fair yourself. If you found a hidden cheat in the game, which awarded a quick exit and load of score points, then its a good idea to mention this in your post to ensure everyone knows how you scored it. Players dont have to reveal secrets, but gaining an advantage without reporting it could be seen as unsporting.

Please try not to hold on to scores until the last possible moment, in an effort to make your score unbeatable. This is bad form and not very sporting.

Player Agreements:
In certain circumstances, players may elect to stand by a new rule if the new rule is adopted and agreed by everyone. For example, if the game features a leeching spot, everyone should be informed about this, to avoid this area. Player agreements can happen for all kinds of reasons, and so it helps to follow the threads carefully and keep up to date with the latest news and happenings. If a player is found to be breaking a player agreement, their score may be questioned or discounted, at the moderators discretion. As player agreements are not rules, a player cannot be banned outright for this, as they may not be aware of the agreement.

Extra Rules:
Where possible, the rules for the round must be fixed in place within the first few days of the round. If an additional rule must be added by the moderators, it must be very clearly written and shown as an Update in the First Post. On rare occasions, players who complete a game may report that bonuses affect their score, and in these cases, sometimes there is a change to the rules or the scoring method. The scoring method can also be updated in very close (timed) rounds. The final decision as to what is allowed and not allowed is always the right of the moderators to decide, and they always have the final word.

Season Schedule

2020 (Season XIII)
Rounds start Sundays at 0:01 UK time, and finish Saturdays at 23:59 UK time, on the relevant dates. Make sure you use that 2 minute break wisely.

Leg 1 [Rounds 1-7]
Dec 29 2019 - Jan 11 2020: Round One voting [Special Round 1: Double Open]
Jan 12 - Feb 01: Round One [Special Round 1: Double Open]

Jan 12 - Jan 25: Round Two voting [Theme: Magazine Round]
Feb 02 - Feb 22: Round Two [Theme: Magazine Round]

Feb 02 - Feb 15: Round Three voting
Feb 23 - Mar 14: Round Three

Feb 23 - Mar 07: Round Four voting [Special Round 2: PD Games]
Mar 15 - Apr 04: Round Four [Special Round 2: PD Games]

Mar 15 - Mar 28: Round Five voting [Open Round]
Apr 05 - Apr 25: Round Five [Open Round]

Apr 05 - Apr 18: Round Six voting [Theme 2: Year]
Apr 26 - May 16: Round Six [Theme 2: Year]

Apr 26 - May 09: Round Seven voting [Mystery Round]
May 17 - Jun 06: Round Seven [Mystery Round]

Leg 2 [Rounds 8-14]
Jun 14 - Jun 27: Round Eight voting
Jun 28 - Jul 18: Round Eight

Jun 28 - Jul 11: Round Nine voting [Genre: Fighting Games]
Jul 19 - Aug 08: Round Nine [Genre: Fighting Games]

Jul 19 - Aug 01: Round Ten voting [Special Round 3: Alphabet]
Aug 09 - Aug 29: Round Ten [Special Round 3: Alphabet]

Aug 09 - Aug 22: Round Eleven voting [Open Round]
Aug 30 - Sep 19: Round Eleven [Open Round]

Aug 30 - Sep 12: Round Twelve
Sep 20 - Oct 10: Round Twelve

Sep 20 - Oct 03: Round Thirteen voting [Special Round 4: Never Played Pool]
Oct 11 - Oct 31: Round Thirteen [Special Round 4: Never Played Pool]

Oct 11 - Oct 24: Round Fourteen voting [Mystery Round]
Nov 01 - Nov 21: Round Fourteen [Mystery Round]

It's a Knockout 2020/21
Nov 01 - Nov 14: Voting
Nov 22 - Dec 05: Qualifying Round
(12+ plyrs) Dec 06 - Dec 19: Round One
(12+ plyrs) Dec 20 - Dec 26: Quarter Finals
(12+ plyrs) Dec 27 - Jan 02: Semi Finals
(12+ plyrs) Jan 03 - Jan 09: The Final and 3rd place Play-off
(8 plyrs) Dec 06 - Dec 19: Quarter Finals
(8 plyrs) Dec 20 - Dec 26: Semi Finals
(8 plyrs) Dec 27 - Jan 02: The Final and 3rd place Play-off

Dec 27th: 2020 Super League Voting starts.

You can find out the results of Lemon and EAB's previous seasons here:
Lemon Amiga: 2005 | 2006 | 2007
EAB: 2007
EAB/Lemon Super League: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

We hope you enjoy playing in the tournament, and special thanks to VermillioN for first saying those fateful words 'Super League', and to Biscuit for taking the time to type all this up initially, leaving me with the embarrassingly simple task of copying and pasting it here, with a couple of subtle modifications (not forgetting various updates as the years go by).

If you've still got a question you can't find an answer to, post it below and someone will try to answer it for you. Don't be shy, you may have discovered something we all forgot.

If you have any suggestions to improve the season feel free to post your thoughts here. We're open to all new ideas.

(written by Graham Humphrey)

Last edited by lifeschool; 14 March 2020 at 18:21. Reason: updated to 2020 schedule
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