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    The Orca Cola Championship Rulebook
    v. 2.6.6
     
    Part I – General
     
    A. Basics
     
    1. The primary goal of the OCC is to provide a means to play Blood Bowl in a reliable and enjoyable league environment.
    2. By signing up to the OCC, you agree to follow the rules in this document.
    3. Your name on these forums must match your BB2 coach name (contact a greensuit if that is not the case).
     
    B. Disclaimers
     
    1. The league admins run the OCC, and their word is law, even if it goes against the rules in this document.
    2. We reserve the right to modify these rules as we see necessary and without warning. We will announce major changes.
    3. Abuse of the rules by appealing to technicalities or wilfully misinterpreting the wording of this document will see you banned.
    4. Behaviour that contravenes the primary goal of the OCC (Part 1-A1) will be actively discouraged and may be subject to warnings and bans, even if not explicitly against any rule.
     
    C. Required Reading
     
    1. The following is required reading for all coaches:
     

     

    2. Additionally, it is assumed that coaches have looked through the Help Section before asking questions about the league.

     
    Part II – Pre-season
     
    A. Signing Up
     
    1. When you sign up to the OCC, you are committing to playing one match per week to completion for the duration of the season.
    2. The OCC is a European-based league that accepts players from all time zones. Regardless of your time zone, you will need to offer times within generally accepted European hours. N.B. We expect all coaches to make an effort to schedule their games.
    3. You must apply to the in-game league before the stated deadline or risk losing your place for the season.
     
    B. Your Team
     
    1. Starting OCC teams must be created completely fresh, with no games played (of any kind), no SPPs on their players, and no prior market transactions. Mixed teams are not allowed. Stadium upgrades are allowed.
    2. Starting teams must field a minimum of 11 players.
    3. All OCC teams are forbidden to play games or engage in any other activity outside of the OCC league structure. This includes friendly games and player transfers.
    4. You may only have one active team. When you start a fresh team, your old team is abandoned.
     
    Part III – Season
     
    A. Match Days (MDs)
     
    1. The MD runs from Wednesdays 00:00 UTC to Tuesdays 24:00 UTC.
    2. The MD time window is never extended or reduced.
     
    B. Scheduling
     
    1. Coaches are responsible for scheduling their games and are expected to contact their opponents in a timely manner.
    2. Coaches are strongly encouraged to use the provided MD thread (found in their division forum) to schedule their games. If they do not, they are required to report their planned game in the MD thread.
    3. When scheduling and reporting in the MD thread, coaches must use the UTC time standard and 24-hour clock (e.g. 21:00 UTC).
    4. If something prevents you from playing at your scheduled time, you must contact your opponent and your tier admins in the MD thread or a forum PM.

    5. The scheduled time is for the kick-off of the match and all preparation should be completed in advance.

    6. Do not make your opponent wait for you. Coaches have a life beyond Blood Bowl. Tardiness may result in unfavourable admin decisions and repeated incidents will lead to a warning. (For more information, see this entry).

    7. Your admins can, on a case-by-case basis, allow a substitute coach to play your game, provided you contact them in advance.
     
    C. Pre-match
     
    1. Every coach is responsible for running the game in a stable environment to prevent crashes or disconnections.
     
    D. Post-match
     
    1. Successful matches
    Coaches can validate their match after it has been played by clicking 'yes' in the dialogue after the match summary. The result of a self-validated match is final. If the coaches do not self-validate and no complaint is made, the match will be validated when the MD is turned.
     
    2. Interrupted matches
    i. When a match is interrupted by a disconnect, crash, bug, or other circumstances and cannot be resumed, the coaches should attempt to reach an agreement to replay the match before the end of the MD. If required, they must both request a reset (via your Tier Information forum or Discord). A reset means the match is started completely anew.
    ii. If the coaches cannot agree to a rematch, for whatever reason, they must contact their tier admins. The admins will make a decision on how to deal with the situation based on the information available to them.
     
    3. Unplayed matches
    i. If no information on either of the coaches' scheduling is available, a 1-1 draw will be issued.
    ii. If both coaches offered acceptable scheduling windows but were still unable to find a time to play, a 1-1 draw will be issued.
    iii. When a match remains unplayed at the end of the MD and one of the coaches has failed to communicate availability in a timely manner or has offered a scheduling window that the tier admins deem insufficient, their opposing coach will be issued a 2-1 win.
    iv. If one coach makes no effort at all to schedule, they will be issued a 0-2 concession.
    v. Failing to schedule your matches will result in a warning, which may lead to a ban.
     
    4. Disputes
    If there is a dispute regarding a match result or an unplayed match, contact all your tier admins immediately via forum PM. They will make a decision they deem fair based on the information available to them. N.B. When adjudicating disputes, admins are only required to consider communication found in the MD thread or in forum PMs in which they have been included at the time of the decision.
     
    Part IV – The Match
     
    A. Cheats and Exploits
     
    1. A coach confirmed to be cheating, abusing client functions, or using exploits to gain an unfair advantage will be permanently banned and their name will be put on a cross-league blacklist.
     
    You can find the OCC's stance on various known exploits here.
     

    B. Bugs

     

    Beyond cheating and exploits, OCC coaches are playing the game Cyanide provides, which may include bugs. Due to the random nature of the game it is often extremely difficult or even impossible to determine what effect a bug might have had on the outcome of a match. 

     

    Any such bug judged by the OCC directors not to be an exploit is considered to be an inevitable part of playing Blood Bowl 2 PC, and the result of the match will stand.

     
    C. Failing to play a Match to Completion
     
    Note: Please refer to Parts 1-A1, 1-B4 and 2-A1 to understand the intention of the following rules. Every match has two coaches that have set aside time to play, and every coach deserves to play their match to completion. Harsh penalties are enforced as a form of deterrence against uncompleted matches.
     
    1. Legal concessions are exempt from this rule. At the start of a drive, and only then, a coach may legally concede by quitting the match if unable to field at least three players.
    2. If your match is cut short for reasons beyond your control, contact your opponent and admin team ASAP to explain what happened. See Interrupted Matches in Part 3-D2, above.
    3. Coaches who choose to stop effectively playing the game (e.g. end turns prematurely, play passively) may be subject to admin scrutiny on a case-by-case basis. This is a grey area – there are many acceptable reasons for such behaviour in league Blood Bowl, and admins will take context into consideration. If a coach is deemed to have failed to play a match to completion without adequate justification, they will be treated as if they had chosen to quit the match.
    4. Coaches who choose to quit an OCC league match will be subject to both of the following consequences: 
     
    i. a 3-point warning 
    ii. the application of the 51 SPP rule:
    "any players in the loser’s team that have 51 SPPs or more will leave the team on a D6 roll of 1-3."
    5. The 3-point warning will trigger an automatic review of the event and the coach's membership of the OCC by the Orca Cola Directors. Depending on circumstances, the Directors may choose to apply one of the following outcomes:
     
    i. A ban.
    ii. No change to the penalties already applied.
    iii. A reduction of the warning point value.
     
    D. Match Dodging
     
    1. Coaches are monitored using a hidden note system for behaviour that suggests they are evading challenging or risky matches. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and repeat offenders will be banned with no chance of returning.
     
    Part V – Code of Conduct
     
    1. During all social interactions related to the OCC, you must adhere to the OCC Code of Conduct, regardless of where they take place.
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    V2.6.5 changes shown in purple:

     

     

    Part I – General

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    A. Basics
    1. The primary goal of the OCC is to provide a means to play Blood Bowl in a reliable and enjoyable league environment.

     

     

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    B. Disclaimers
    4. Behaviour that contravenes the primary goal of the OCC (Part 1-A1) will be actively discouraged and may be subject to warnings and bans, even if not explicitly against any rule.

     

     

    Part IV – The Match
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    C. QuittingFailing to play a Match to Completion
     
    Note: Please refer to Parts 1-A1, 1-B4 and 2-A1 to understand the intention of the following rules. Every match has two coaches that have set aside time to play, and every coach deserves to play their match to completion. Harsh penalties are enforced as a form of deterrence against uncompleted matches.
     
    1. Legal concessions are exempt from this rule. The only A coach may legally concede by quitting the match when unable to field three players at the start of a drive.
    2. If your match is cut short for reasons beyond your control, contact your opponent and admin team ASAP to explain what happened. See Interrupted Matches in Part 3-D2, above.
    3. Coaches who choose to stop effectively playing the game (e.g. end turns prematurely, play passively) may be subject to admin scrutiny on a case-by-case basis. This is a grey area – there are many acceptable reasons for such behaviour in league Blood Bowl, and admins will take context into consideration. If a coach is deemed to have failed to play a match to completion without adequate justification, they will be treated as if they had chosen to quit the match.
    4. Coaches who choose to quit an OCC league match (aka concede) in the OCC will be subject to both of the following consequences: 

     

     

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    B. Your Team

     

    1. Starting OCC teams must be created completely fresh, with no games played (of any kind), no SPPs on their players, and no prior market transactions or stadium upgrades. Mixed teams are not allowed. Stadium upgrades are allowed.

     

    Under the previous rules, stadiums were prohibited before the first match. This meant it was allowable for teams to purchase a stadium upgrade immediately after the first match. The prohibition has been revoked for a few reasons:

     

    - it is not considered worth enforcing given that it is only applicable for a single match

    - few teams can afford an altar without compromising their initial roster, none of them are top tier league teams

    - even if a team does take it, there's a 50% chance their first match will be played Away, rendering the point moot

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