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 Post subject: Eurobowl X Belgium, 8 and 9 november 2014 Oostende
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:24 pm 
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Hello European Blood Bowl coaches.

We have placed our official mission statement in a closed announcement. This is the topic where you can react on that mission statement.

I will personally be responsable for all the official communication regarding the next Eurobowl in Belgium.

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European Blood Bowl coaches, unite for EuroBowl X!

To kick-off proceedings, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Bart Verstuyft, aka Magictobe, and I have been charged with coordinating the EuroBowl communication. In practice, this means I’ll circulate all official statements from the organisation committee and serve as the single point of contact for any questions you may have concerning EuroBowl.
For consistency’s sake, I will make all forum posts and messages, but I clearly won’t be doing this alone - Frank Wille, aka Whiskeyjack, will serve as my assistant.

The Belgian Blood Bowl community is obviously very happy and honoured to be able to organise the tenth EuroBowl. And, as it’s a jubilee edition, we aim to raise the bar a few notches. To start with, we drew up a list of dos and don’ts based on the previous editions. Based on these findings, we fixed our objectives for a successful EuroBowl 2014:

1) Organisation
• We will provide clear and detailed communication through a single, easy to reach point of contact (that’s me - I’ll do my utmost to attain this objective ;-).
• We will publish a clear and unambiguous rules package in a timely fashion.
• The registration procedure must be clear and easy-to-follow.
• We want the Eur'Open to become a full-fledged tournament. No longer a side-event in a separate room, but a chance for all European Blood Bowl players who didn’t qualify for their country’s team to participate in the largest European Blood Bowl event of the year. Given Belgium’s central location and easy accessibility, Eur’Open 2014 provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so.
• We will see to it that the schedules for both EuroBowl and Eur’Open are strictly respected.
• The opening and closing ceremonies will follow a completely worked-out scenario.

2) Venue, accommodation and catering
• The venue will be situated in a large city and be easily accessible.
• It will consist of:
o a spacious hall, allowing us to comfortably seat all EuroBowl and Eur'Open participants, strengthening the sense of belonging to a group;
o a room to eat, drink and relax in between rounds, preferably separate from the hall where the tournament games take place.
• We will provide participants with:
o high-quality catering, including vegetarian dishes;
o reasonably-priced sleeping accommodation close to the venue, if desired.

3) Event coverage and socialising
• We will set up live coverage to allow those unable to attend to follow the event.
• In order to highlight and encourage the social aspects that make EuroBowl into the great event it is, we will make sure to provide a location for participants to let off steam and enjoy Belgian beer together.

These objectives are quite ambitious, as I’m sure you’ll agree. We want to set a new benchmark, however, and – more importantly – organise a highly enjoyable tournament. Moreover, by openly sharing these objectives, we invite you to evaluate with us leading up to, during and after the event whether we were able to fulfil them or not.

At the moment, we are drawing up the rules package and looking for a venue that meets our standards. As soon as further information is available, you will read it here – keep your eyes peeled.

To conclude with, I guarantee the entire Belgian Blood Bowl community commits itself to working hard during the coming months and turn EuroBowl X into an event you won’t be likely to forget!

Magictobe


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:31 pm 
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Awesome. So will all further news be on that other thread? Maybe put a link to it in your opening post?

First question, are you going to take over eurobowl.eu from the Austrians?

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:27 pm 
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I will always put a quote from the locked announcement in here.

For the website, I have forwarded the question to the coördinator.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:17 pm 
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sann0638 wrote:
First question, are you going to take over eurobowl.eu from the Austrians?

It was the Danish coordinators who made the Eurobowl.Eu page when we held it - and it is intended to go forward to the holder from year to year.
So yes, the idea is that the Belgians take over :smoking:

Other than that I like your thoughts on the process - and I´m looking forward to see you succeed :)


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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Location, Date, logo and ruleset will be announced on Brass Bowl. This tournament takes place in the weekend of 14 and 15 december.

I will try to communicate this information on the evening of the 15th of december here on this forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:43 pm 
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Magictobe (and a few other Belgians) can edit www.eurobowl.eu/2014. They also have control over info@eurobowl.eu now.

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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Great - might be good to put a "to be confirmed" on the pages of participants etc for the moment, until the information is known. Just to avoid confusion.

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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sann0638 wrote:
Great - might be good to put a "to be confirmed" on the pages of participants etc for the moment, until the information is known. Just to avoid confusion.


Our webmaster is working on the website and it will be fixed in the next week. After the announcement on Brass Bowl.

So by sunday you will have all the info, and by next week the website should be OK with the correct info.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:10 pm 
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Hurrah!

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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Thanks for giving us right to edit the website :)
sann0638 wrote:
Great - might be good to put a "to be confirmed" on the pages of participants etc for the moment, until the information is known. Just to avoid confusion.

"Participating teams, EuroBowl 2013"

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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Thanks for acting so quickly - I anticipate the communication for this one will be brilliant!

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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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We are working to get a full statement on date, logo, place and ruleset.

Announcement will be online tommorow evening.

Be prepared for something special!!


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 Post subject: Re: Announcement Eurobowl X Belgium
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EuroBowl – Eur’Open
8 – 9 November 2014
Oostende, Belgium


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Hello fellow coaches,

As promised, some hot news on EuroBowl and Eur’Open 2014!

Tournament date and venue
EuroBowl and Eur’Open will take place on 8 and 9 November 2014 in the Royal Astrid hotel, Wellingtonstraat 15 in Oostende. The hotel is ideally situated in the centre of town, at a mere 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station and the ferry port. And, perhaps best of all, at a 2 minutes’ walk from the beach for those fond of a November morning stroll (or dip ;-)

Catering will be served at the hotel – which is renowned for the quality of its cuisine – but there are dozens of restaurants, pubs and taverns nearby. And yes, there is a fully-equipped wellness centre – complete with swimming pool – to relax after a hard day on the pitch.

You can find more information on the venue on http://www.royalastrid.com.


Eur’Open format change

A big change is that Eur’Open 2014 will be an event for 3-player teams. We have chosen this format as an extra motivation for players to attend the Eur’Open – past team events have shown that playing Blood Bowl as a team adds a whole new dimension of fun, interaction and friendly rivalry to the game.

We decided on a smaller team size than the 8-player format used for EuroBowl to make it as easy as possible to set up a full team. If playing in a league, you can even compete with multiple teams and find out who are the top dogs and how well you measure up against other leagues.

Even if you are unable to find a complete team, you will be able to register as an individual player and we will find a team for you. Each and every registered coach will be able to play as part of a 3-player team – that is not just a promise, but a guarantee!


EuroBowl – Eur’Open 2014 rules pack

Rules designers
• Florent Maire (Babass)
• Bram Serbruyns (gesmachiene)
• Mats Clays (Da Great MC)
    Rules philosophy
    When we started drawing up the rules pack for EuroBowl and Eur’Open 2014, we wanted to create a set of rules that would:
    - be clear and understandable;
    - be accepted by the community. We realise there will always be people who aren’t fully satisfied with the rules, but we have tried to please as many as possible;
    - promote team diversity. Not by enforcing teams to bring a certain amount of tier 2 and tier 3 races, but by making all races competitive.
    - use a scoring system for teams that puts more importance on ‘winning as a team’, without negating the individual victories altogether.

Tournament format
• 6 Rounds: 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday
• LIVE DRAW (in opening ceremony) for the first Round
• Swiss pairing (per team and per individual coach) for Rounds 2-6

Team creation
• Team value 110
• No inducements are allowed, except for Goblin Bribes (50K each, maximum 3) and a Master Chef for Halflings (100K).

    We were toying with the idea of giving lower tier teams extra budget, but quickly decided that those teams need extra skills more than they need the extra money. Allowing all inducements was never on our agenda, as EuroBowl is not the right tournament to experiment.

Team tiers
• TIER 1: Amazon, Chaos Dwarf, Dark Elf, Dwarf, Lizardmen, Necromantic, Norse, Orc, Skaven, Undead, Wood Elf
• TIER 2: Chaos, Chaos Pact, (Pro) Elf, High Elf, Human, Khemri, Nurgle’s Rotters, Slann, Underworld, Vampire
• TIER 3: Goblin, Halfling, Ogre

Day 1 skills
• Tier 1: 3 normal skills
• Tier 2: 4 normal skills + 1 ‘double’ skill
• Tier 3: 3 normal skills + 2 ‘double’ skills

All skills must be assigned on Saturday morning, at the start of the tournament.

Day 2 skills
• Tier 1: 3 normal skills
• Tier 2: 3 normal skills
• Tier 3: 3 normal skills

All skills must be assigned on Sunday morning, before the start of Round 4.

    We wanted to make Necromantic a ‘Tier 1.5 team’, allowing them 4 normal skills at the start of the tournament, but ultimately decided against it, even though we really feel the team needs that extra skill to be competitive. We were afraid that this would create demand for more teams to be partially moved into a different tier.


Skill assignment
• Stacking is not allowed, no player can ever receive more than one skill.
• All skills must be clearly noted on all copies of your team roster before the tournament starts. It must be clear to everyone which skills are ‘day 1 skills’ and which are ‘day 2 skills’.
• All positions and all skills must be written in English to avoid language confusion.

You will be asked to hand in a copy of your team roster to the tournament organisation before the tournament starts.

EuroBowl team scoring system
• Each individual victory gives the team 1 point
• Each individual draw gives the team 0.5 point

• Team victory earns the team 1 point
• Team draw earns both teams 0.5 point
• Team loss earns the team 0 points

    We listened to the community that wanted a change. There was a lot of debate going on the different forums to get more bonus points for a team victory. When we put forward the rules pack draft to Pippy, he told us that this was too big of change so we needed a 2/3 majority with the team captains to get this change approved. There was a strong voice for a change but the 9 – 6 vote in favour of the new system was not a 2/3 majority. That is why the old scoring system for teams is still in place.

Eur’Open team scoring system
• Each individual victory gives the team 1 point
• Each individual draw gives the team 0.5 point

There will be an added bonus for team victory but this will be announced later this week.

Tiebreakers for teams
Teams will be ranked by the points they have earned. Should two or more teams have an equal number of points, the following tiebreakers will be used:

• Tiebreaker 1: Number of team victories
• Tiebreaker 2: Number of team draws
• Tiebreaker 3: Opponent score (the sum of all points from all teams your team played against)
• Tiebreaker 4: Net TDs + Net Casualties

    In Belgium we have been moving away from TDs and Casualties as primary tiebreakers. Example: if you get ‘a free win’ because you are lucky enough to inflict lots of casualties early in the game, the easy victory should be enough of a reward in itself. Receiving great tiebreakers shouldn’t be an added bonus when this happens.

Scoring system for individuals
The following scoring system will be used to determine individual rankings for EuroBowl and Eur’Open:

• Win: 5 points
• Draw: 2 points
• Minor loss (1TD): 1 point
• Major loss (2+TD) : 0 points

    For some years, we have been tinkering with the individual scoring system in Belgian tournaments. We have currently reached a consensus on the ‘5 points system’. Large Belgian tournaments like Brassbowl, HQ Bowl and the Belgian Championships have adopted it.
    However, we make a difference between ‘major wins’ (5 points for a 2+TD win) and ‘minor wins’ (4 points for a 1TD win). We hope that this makes games more interesting. This has been controversial, however.

Tiebreakers for individuals
Individuals will be ranked by the points they have earned. Should two or more individuals have an equal number of points, the following tiebreakers will be used:

• Tiebreaker 1: Number of victories
• Tiebreaker 2: Number of draws
• Tiebreaker 3: Opponent score (the sum of all points from all your opponents)
• Tiebreaker 4: Net TDs + Net Casualties

As you can see, lots of good reasons to attend EuroBowl and Eur’Open 2014! The Belgian Blood Bowl community is really looking forward to welcoming you, so be there – and be there in force!

The exact schedule and further practical information will be communicated later.


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 Post subject: Re: Eurobowl X Belgium, 8 and 9 november 2014 Oostende
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:37 pm 
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At a first glance this looks good.
I can understand the captains have voted, right?

Out of curiosity what was the argument for no "double" skill for tier 1 teams? What teams do you feel will participate because of that rule, that wouldn´t otherwise (or is there another reasoning behind it? Something with all races being competitive?)? I am in particular as one of the teams that really get stronger due to this skill is the very team you feel isn´t strong enough - Necros.

I do like the new improved tie-breaker system - and the EurOpen probably is like to benefit too from your ideas.
I am, however, not certain if the software can do your individual rankings?


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 Post subject: Re: Eurobowl X Belgium, 8 and 9 november 2014 Oostende
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Looking good Bart.

One detail that needs clearing up. When to assign the day 2 skills; start of day 2 vs on the roster at the start of the tournament.

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