Proposed plans for the "Just 4 Fun" League Project (proper name still pending...)
OK had a little think about this at work today and this is what I come up with. The plans and rules are not final yet but we've got two weeks essentaly to iron out the bugs before the league takes off.
These are the proposed rules to this league. This is intended purley for our own enjoyment and I think that I would speak for most people on this board in saying that it would be nice if every one took notice of these rules so that was can all havea good time. Don't worry if you are bad at shmups though, I'll be proping up the bottom of the table no doubt as well!
NO CHEATING OF ANY KIND!!
I know this sounds kinda obvious but you really have nothing to gain from cheating in this league. There are no prizes and if you are caught cheating not only will you lose the repsect of your fellow shmupers but you will also be banned from playing in this league again. So I ask nicely, please don't spoil the fun for others!
Cheating means not using the setting stated in the monthly challange, no exploting glitches or major score mechanic breaking gameplay loopholes (like juicing" the last boss from Blazing Star for example) and no using save states or any other kind of cheat devices or cheat codes. Also no modifyed pictures of high scores either. (more on that later!)
2. Submitting Scores
All submitted scores must be acomplished on the month of the game selection. This means any score that was not created during the month that the game is being played will not count!
Saying that though if said score from other high score board did so happen to be from the same month (and year) as the league entry then it is OK to use it.
Futher more all entry's must have a orignal, unmodifed screenshot to prove that the person is not lying. No Screenie, No Entry!
Now MAME has a handly little screen shot function and is used by pressing F12. This picture will be placed in the "snap" folder in .png format. Now for those of you how are going to complain, posting a picture is easy. You can upload your screenshots for nothing using imageshack.us
. Hell you don't even have to register to use it so there is no reason why you should not use it.
2. Game Selection (Could change depending on people view on "Slide" type shmups!)
Game selection will work as the following. You, the game playing public decide what type of shmup you wish to play from the following three options above but not the actual game itself, that's rondomly selected by my MAME32 (ver 0.98) emulator. The winner of the poll situated at the top of the screen will be the first type of game played in the new league. While we are playing the first game the game for the second month will be selected but you, the game playing public will only get to decide from the two you did not select from the first month. Then the same selection prosses will be done for the 3rd, 4th, 5th month of the seasson. Here is an example of how this will work...
Vert type wins poll (that's my prediction anyway!)
and becomes the first month game type
Players on the first month while playing the "Vert" type game will select from either "Hori" or "Slide" type shmups to play on the second month.
Poll winner at the end of the month will go on to be played at the second month.
The loser from month 2 will face of agasint the other shmup type which was not selected which was "Vert" type since you could not select it was not in month 2's poll and the winner will be played in month 3.
I feel that this is a fair system and give all types of shmups a fair chance of being picked since. (I know there are a lot of Vert/Cave/Whatever fanboys who will insist on playing Vert shmups every month which could get quite boring after a while.)
Anyway in all the excitment I bet your wondering how month 6's game is going to be chosen are'nt you? Well month 6's game will be the Shmup type that got the least plays in the sesaon. Since there are only two possable out comes with my game selection system it means that there will always be one game that is played te least, which means that all three genders will get played in one season.
Games that are randomly selected this season will be bared from the league for one season after the are picked. For example say DoDonPachi get's randomly picked in season one. It will not be allowed to be played again in till season 3 and if it is randomly selected again (chances are that will be quite rare!) then I will hit the random select button again till I get a game in that shmup type that is not in the "bared" list.
All games chosen will be from the orignal roms only and all "clone" roms will be filtered thus lowering the chances of games like space invaders being picked unfairly due to it huge amount of clone roms it has etc. Also if MAME does stumble across an abomination of a shoot-em-up and I mean it has to be the mother of bad shmups here were everything from gameplay to score mechinics etc is vomit inducing then, and only then will I hit the "random select" button again (and yes I will do my reserch before hitting that button!)
Otherwise consider the choice of game as a learning experiance or something...
3. League Table Scoring
Well as have proberbly guessed a league would'nt be much of a league without a table. Well there will be a table in this game with a fully thought out scoring system. The maxium any player can score during one month is 1000pts. Everyone who is not in first place that month will have there scores worked out by what position they came in the league and how many people played that month in a formula. It does pay to play the game at least once and release just one score even if you hate the game or your score is just dire. After all this is being run only for our enjoyment.
One final thing, the score that the player get's everymonth will be hidden but your positions will not be. You will only get to see your final score at the end of the sesson with all your monthly scores which made it! This is to encourage people to continue playing even if they feel they are doing badly, plus it adds a little bit of drama and suspense in to the proceedings. Positon changes in the table will be marked in green up arrows and red down arrows. Green arrows means the player has moved up the chart and down means they have moved down the chart and if the player has no arrows then they have not move postion at all.
Anyway if you have any sugestion please let me know, after all best to get the problem solving over and done with now while there is two weeks to go.
thanks for reading!