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    Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

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    Welcome to the planning thread for the Grand Battles!

    This thread will be used as a general notice board for inter-battle scheming, subplots, metaplots, whatever.

    Previously, all planning was done on IRC, and it was difficult to get ahold of people. Here, all the information anyone would need will be out in the open.

    This thread will serve more as a notice board than a discussion board, primarily to reduce clutter. Post in this thread to give me updates on anything that has happened between battles, which other authors may want to know about, or if your Grandmaster has done something inter-battle-related. If you want to get into some in-depth scheming, please join us in #grandbattle.

    Please note, to assist me in keeping this post up-to-date, if you want an update added, please provide links to the relevant posts. It'll make things a lot easier on me. Thanks!

    This thread will also serve as a place for the writers of various Grandmasters to post any Grandmaster scheming they were otherwise unable to fit into their round transitions. However, the last thing any of us want is for this thread to turn into a Grandmaster Roleplay thread, so I'll be letting you all use your judgement as to what is appropriate and what is not, just as I will. I will add each Grandmaster scheming post to the list at the bottom of this thread, and link to the individual posts as usual.

    Firstly, some general FAQ:

    1. What is a Grand Battle?
      A Grand Battle is "an elimination style fight to the death with words". Eight characters are entered, and each round one character is eliminated until there is only one left. Characters are eliminated based on their author's writing skill. Often, characters will be eliminated due to inactivity.
    2. How do I join a Grand Battle?
      Look for an open Grand Battle thread (they are easily identifiable by their names, and you can find a list of them in this post), write up a character sheet based on what the thread's creator has specified, and post it. Your character will be reviewed and, if there are spots available/your character violates no rules, it will be accepted.
    3. I want to host my own Battle.
      Great! Thing is, the Grand Battles are fairly organized at the moment. New hosting spots open up when a new season begins, and you should make certain to speak with Dragon Fogel first, or refer to Fogel's post below this one. Unsanctioned battles will be declared "non-canon".
    4. I want to know more!
      That's cool! We've got more! Head on over to the Wiki to spend hours poring over everything that's ever happened in any Grand Battle, canon or non-canon, or lose yourself forever in the TV Tropes page. There's also Pinary's Stats Page, which has up-to-date stats for all the Grand Battles.


    LIST OF GRAND BATTLES
    IF A GRAND BATTLE IS INCLUDED IN THIS LIST, IT IS CANON.


    Currently Open Battles:
    • None, currently


    Currently Running Battles:
    Season One:

    Season Two:

    Season Three:
    [*]308. The Fearsome Encounter [FE] (Round 1)[/list]

    Completed Battles:


    CURRENT METAPLOTS
    ALL METAPLOTS EXCEPT ALL-STARS ARE OPTIONAL. IF YOU WIN A BATTLE YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO ALL-STARS. EVERYTHING ELSE IS ENTIRELY OPTIONAL.


    All-Stars
    Grand Battles are organized into Seasons, with eight Battles per Season. The winners from each Battle will be sponsored by their Battle's Grandmaster in an All-Stars Battle, which signals the end of that season. Each season will produce one final winner. Seasons One, Two and Three currently underway. Five more Seasons are tentatively planned, and there is a possibility of an All-Stars All-Stars, where the winners from each Season's All-Stars Battle compete in one final game.


    The Network
    A loosely organized system of various Grand Battle contestents which have, through various means, discovered a way to contact each other. Ostensibly, its purpose is to overthrow the Grandmasters.





    The Grandmasters
    A group of god-like beings, and the organizers of the Grand Battles. They are territorial, and prone to bickering, backstabbing, and general schemery.


    Miscellaneous Inter-Battle Metaplots
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    Re: Inexorable Altercation [Sign Ups!] (Another Grand Battle S2)

    Reserved, just in case.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    I am going to note that I have one slot available for Season 3 hosting at the moment. If there are a lot of requests to host battles, I may start doubling up hosts.

    The current schedule for Season 3 battles is as follows:
    -1. Dragon Fogel
    -2. cyber95
    -3. Anomaly
    -4. Not The Author
    -5. MrGuy
    -6. engineclock
    -7. bobthepen
    -8. Pinary

    Ixcalibur had a reserved slot, but then he disappeared.

    I am open to allowing co-hosts if there's a lot of interest in running battles this season. So feel free to contact me if you're interested in hosting despite the full roster; I'll see what I can do.

    If there are any changes to the schedule, I will edit this post.

    In addition, a note for players this coming season:

    There is a limit of three battles per player in Season 3. So keep that in mind as you're signing up!
    Last edited by Dragon Fogel; 05-27-2011 at 11:35 AM.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Man DF. Slap me in that spot.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Oh wow, an Index Thread for Grand Battles.

    Also Love Bob!

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    So if someone wanted to post an interaction between two grandmasters that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with either of the battles that they are hosting (but perhaps has consequences for all-stars), would that go here?

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bobthepen View Post
    Man DF. Slap me in that spot.
    Done.

    And hello, Gentleman of Dread. Didn't realize you'd signed up here.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Yeah, I decided to expand places where I can write and this is a pretty awesome place to do so ^^

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Oh, hey. It occurs to me that there's something I haven't brought up regarding the next season, so I may as well mention it here.

    Each player may enter at most three battles in Season 3.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Could I be sent a PM when the sign-ups start opening? I try to look in this forum whenever I can, but I'm not actively participating in anything here right now, so it's pretty easy to forget.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Lankie View Post
    Also for Grand Master MetaPlottery:

    The Prestidigitator
    convinced The Redeemer to run The Fatal Conflict before he could rewrite the 'Rules of Death'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Fogel View Post
    Oh, hey. It occurs to me that there's something I haven't brought up regarding the next season, so I may as well mention it here.

    Each player may enter at most three battles in Season 3.
    I think you should edit this into your first post, the one just below mine. I added a link to that post in the FAQ, so whenever new info on each Season comes up, you can just put it in that post for people to see.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wojjan View Post
    Maybe a little mention on #grandbattle on esper would fit in there?
    There's a link that takes you straight to #grandbattle already in there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Baphomet View Post
    So if someone wanted to post an interaction between two grandmasters that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with either of the battles that they are hosting (but perhaps has consequences for all-stars), would that go here?
    Hmm... that's a good question. At the moment, Grandmasters only do stuff during Round Transitions, which is kinda good because it keeps their exposure down. I might have to hear what other people think about this idea before I say anything about it.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Schazer View Post
    Don't forget that the Wordsmith narrated the Monitor's launching of ISS2.
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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Snippets of future conversations were requested, so without further ado:

    "Identify."
    "Titan."
    "Irrelevant."
    "Yes."
    "Searching."
    "Family."
    "Irrelevant."
    "Caution."


    All of this is said in a deep, almost-monotone robotic voice.
    Last edited by Pick Yer Poison; 12-08-2010 at 04:20 PM.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Woo! My dream of hosting a battle in 2013 will finally come true!

    Last edited by bobthepen; 12-08-2010 at 06:05 PM.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    The Organizer invites the Composer and Talis for "Collusion, scheming, and general conniving of all natures."

    The fact he's not all that great at it is so weirdly adorable

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Schazer View Post
    The Organizer invites the Composer and Talis for "Collusion, scheming, and general conniving of all natures."

    The fact he's not all that great at it is so weirdly adorable
    Added.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Oh yeah! Could we mention inactive characters that are up for adoption for a round?


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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    If anyone knows of any characters that still need adoption, put them here, and I'll add them to the first post. At the moment I don't think I'm going to keep track of the ones that have already been adopted; everyone who needs to know likely already does.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    PYP Linked me here, but I ain't putting anything up for adoption. Well there is Ix's character, Crimson, from Great Machine but that's a non-canon. I am not putting Reudic up. >.< I'm still writing for him/it.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    Added a "Characters up for Adoption" section at the top of the OP. Will be edited as characters become available/are taken.

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    Re: Grand Battle Introduction/FAQ/Planning Thread

    One INSANELY IMPORTANT question that should be in the FAQ NOW;

    Did the idea of "Grand Battles" originate in MSPA Fora / its community or did they come from another forum / community?
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