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For the last three years, I ran a multiplayer game of Battleships in August. It is now time for the Fourth Battleships Free-For-All. The basic idea is that many people play a game simultaneously on a larger grid. Please note that there are some new rules for people who miss submission deadlines in this year's rules.

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- I will not play, instead I am the moderator.
- Everyone will have their ships on a 15x15 grid. Opposing ships may touch but will never overlap.
- All the ships are three-tile length ships. I already have a grid with 30 of these ships spread out at random. Which ones a player will get is decided at random.
- The number each player gets will be determined as follows: 5 players=5 ships; 6-7 players=4 ships; 8-10 players=3 ships; 11-15 players=2 ships.
- Five players is the minimum. If more than 15 people sign up then I will draw a larger grid; a 20x20 grid for up to 25 people or a 25x25 grid for up to 40 people.

- At the beginning of the game I will send each player a PM stating where their ships are located on the grid.
- Each round will take two stages:

- Stage 1:
- Each player sends me a PM specifying the actions they want to take. Possible actions are to attack a location or to send a boarding crew to a location. A boarding crew may only be sent out if there is an abandoned ship available to commandeer.
- Players will have 3 actions per round. The number of actions may increase as players are eliminated. There will be a time limit for players to make their submissions.

- Stage 2:
- I will post a composite list or image of all the shots and whether the shots were hits or misses. Also I will indicate if any boarding crews were successful. I will then announce the beginning of the next round.

- Missed rounds:
- If a player misses a submission deadline, then that person's shots will be chosen by a random number generator. The RNG does not care if a shot has already been called or if you hit yourself.
- If a player misses two consecutive deadlines, then no shots will be made by that player.
- If a player misses three consecutive deadlines, then he is eliminated from the game and his intact ships will be available for commandeering.

- Commandeering:
- At the beginning of each round I will announce if there are any ships available for commandeering.
- Players can choose to send a boarding crew to an unattacked location, instead of firing a shot at that location.
- If a chosen location contains an undamaged ship segment of an abandoned ship, then the commandeering is successful and the abandoned ship becomes the property of the commandeering player, increasing his ship count
- Shots fired at locations will occur before boarding parties attempt to board.

- A player will be active as long as he has at least one active ship still afloat. As soon as all of a players ships are sunk he is eliminated.
- I will be tracking the game's progress using a spreadsheet made for that purpose.

- One Shot at a Time Rule:
- This rule will only come into play once there are two or three players remaining.
- The rule is I will check for eliminated players after each person's first shot, then again for the second shot, and then again for the third shot. Effectively three one shot rounds will play out.
- Players still send all three of their shots at once for the round.


If you want to play just post in this thread saying so. If you have questions, please ask. I am setting an entry deadline ending on Wednesday, August 7th. On August 8th I will PM everyone with their ship locations.
08-01-2013 at 03:52 PM
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I henceforth declare that I wish to be considered for a request to be included into which this game shall be performed hence upon! FORSOOTH! :shifty
AKA, I wish to participate if it isn't too much trouble. :)

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Sure, I'll play.
08-06-2013 at 10:29 AM
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I was hoping to see a few more entrants by now. In case everybody was busy for the last week, I'm going to extend the entry deadline to Saturday, August 10th.
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I'll play. And I promise to not miss the PM this time!

Note: Promise not guarenteed
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Okay, we'll go with just 3 players: Godot23, da rogu3, and Penumbra. You will each get 6 ships and 4 actions per round. Also, I am adding an abandoned fleet of 6 ships available for commandeering immediately. Thus, Round 1 begins. You have until Tuesday August 11th, 1:00PM (Central Time) to PM me your shots/boarding attemps.
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brian_s wrote: You have until Tuesday August 11th, 1:00PM (Central Time) to PM me your shots/boarding attempts.


Today the 11th? Or Tuesday the 13th? ;)
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What happens if two people try to commandeer the same ship?
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I mistyped the deadline: Tuesday the 13th.

If two people try to commandeer the same ship, I'll call it a draw and neither gets to take it (unless one person sends more boarding parties than the other).
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I PMed everyone their results from commandeering attempts. Attached is the results from shots fired.

Round 2 begins now, deadline Thursday, August 15th, 1:00PM Central.
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Round 2 results attached; I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results. We are starting to see some damage now.

Round 3 begins now, deadline Sunday, August 18th, 11:00AM Central.
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Round 3 results attached; I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 4 begins now, deadline Tuesday, August 20th, 1:00PM Central.
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Round 4 results attached; I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 5 begins now, deadline Friday, August 23th, 1:00PM Central.
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Round 5 results attached; I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 6 begins now, deadline Sunday, August 25th, 1:00PM Central.
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Round 6 results are attached.

There was a bug on the last rounds results: K2 should have been empty. Thanks to da rogu3 for spotting it. Nobody fired any shots around that area, so I'll just revert the error and we'll continue to round 7.

Round 7 begins now, deadline Wednesday, August 28th, 12:00PM Central.
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I am now back from the Wifi-free land of Ocean City and am ready to begin anew!

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Round 7 results attached. Good to see everyone in this round.

Round 8 begins now, deadline Friday, August 30th, 1:00PM Central.
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Good to see everyone in this round.



Sorry, I wasn't expecting a round to end on a Sunday.
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Round 8 results attached. I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 9 begins now, deadline Monday, September 2nd, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 9 results attached. I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results. For the first time this game, one player attacked a ship segment while another tried to commandeer the same segment.

Round 10 begins now, deadline Wednesday, September 4th, 12:00 noon Central.

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I guess I'm not good at Mondays that are also holidays... :(

Sorry again!
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Round 11 begins now, deadline Friday, September 6th, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 11 results attached. I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 12 begins now, deadline Monday, September 9th, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 12 results attached. I have PM'd everyone's commandeering results.

Round 13 begins now, deadline Wednesday, September 11th, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 14 begins now, deadline Friday, September 13th, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 15 begins now, deadline Monday, September 16th, 12:00 noon Central.
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Round 15 - Final verdict: Godot23 had his final ship sunk this round, leaving just Penumbra and da rogu3. At this point Penumbra has only 4 undamaged segments remaining. But da roug3 took full advantage of the commandeering option and was the only player to expand his fleet; he has 8 undamaged segments remaining. So with that distinctive advantage, I declare da rogu3 to be the winner of Battleships Free-For-All 4! :hooray :tcaptain
Thank you Godot23, Penumbra, and da rogu3 for playing.
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Thanks for hosting the game! It was really fun.
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Late reply, but thanks brian_s for hosting this game, it was fun. I hope you continue to do this next year, I'll probably play again :P
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I had fun! I fell off the edge a little near the end, but Battleship was one of my favorite games to play when I was younger! Thanks!:thumbsup

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