The Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues

baccano39xo6-avatarStarting with this post, I will be spotlighting all sorts of stuff and tell people what they’re all about.  Tonight, I’m going to cover the Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues, two character battle tournaments that run side by side that are currently run in a small forum known as Foxkei.  In this post, I will explain what both tournaments are all about, how they work, a bit of history behind the tourneys, and why you should consider participating in both of them.

The Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues are two character battle tournaments run by fellow Backloggery member SnakeEyez on the small forum Foxkei.  They are character battle tournaments in that people vote based on who would win in a fight.  This is different from a popularity contest like the character battle held on Gamefaqs during the summer.  The Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues are run three times a year: January to March, May to July, and September to November.  Each season starts off with a nomination phase, where anyone can sponsor an anime or RPG character of choice.  There are no restrictions on sponsoring, so nominations are open to everyone.  The nomination phase closes after a month or whenever the roster gets filled up.  Up to 31 characters can be sponsored for either tournament on any givevn season.  After the nomination phase comes the actual tournament.

The tournament phase lasts for about six weeks.  31 characters enter the tournament and fight each other in matches until there is one person left standing.  Characters are randomly put in brackets at the beginning of the season to make the fights more fair.  2 matches are held at a time in both tournaments, four matches lasting 48 hours.  People vote on a character based on who would win a certain match.  You have to write at least 3 sentences explaining why that fighter would win so the vote can count.  If you’re up to it, you can write out a story vote, which has to be more than 500 words.  Your vote will count as 2 votes instead of one.  At the end of the match, whoever has the most votes moves on to the next round.   There are several conditions for winning, only one of which has to be met:

  1. The opponent is killed
  2. The opponent is knocked out of the arena
  3. The opponent can no longer fight
  4. The match reaches the 30 minute limit and the match is determined by the fighter with the least amount of damage taken.

Tiebreakers are determined by SnakeEyez.  There are five rounds: 1st round, 2nd round, quarter finals, semi finals, and finals.  A Wild Card Match takes place at the end of the first match.  Basically, the 31st character in the tourney will have to fight a Wild Card character, someone who lost a match sometime during the first round and is randomly chosen to have a second chance at fighting.  Who knows, that one fighter may make it all the way to the finals.  In Anime Tourament Season 2, Lucy (Elfen Lied) lost against Seijuro Hiko in the first round and was picked as a Wild Card Character.  She won the Wild Card match, won round after round, fighting Seijuro once again and defeating him this time, and advanced to the finals, where she lost against Vash the Stampede.  Whoever wins the finals earns the title of champion.

What makes the Anime and RPG Tournament League different from other tournaments?  There are a number of things.  The first and most important one is that once a character wins a tournament, he or she can no longer participate in the League.  Fans will be happy to see their character of choice win a tournament, while those people who would rather not see a certain character constantly participate in the tourneys will be happy not to see their faces again once they become champion.  Such characters include Uchiha Itachi (Naruto) in Anime Tournament Season 7 and Cloud Strife in RPG Tournament Season 4.  If a character participates in a tournament and loses a match, he or she will have to sit out the next season.  This keeps certain characters from dominating the brackets.

As far as characters go, anyone is fair game.  There are only a few things to keep in mind as you pick a character.  First, he or she has not participated in the previous season or is a tournament champion.  Second, the character should not be so powerful that no one has a chance of fighting against him or her.  If anyone has an issue with a certain character, it’s usually decided through a poll.  There are some people who will pick joke characters because they would like to see how he / she / it would do in a tourney, even if that character has no chance of winning. One person sponsored Magikarp for the RPG Tourney and Sukamon (the turd Digimon) last season and the one match that each character was in ended up being one of my favorites.  Just because you sponsor a good character doesn’t mean that he or she will easily win a tournament.  Anything can happen.  There was the one season in the Anime Tournament where Hao Asakura from Shaman King was on a winning spree, taking down Syaoran (Tsubasa Chronicle), Kyosuke (SoulTaker), and Rukia (Bleach) before being defeated by Major Kuseanagi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC).  Then there are some characters who are picked over and over because they’re so popular with people.  Some noteworthy characters include Jessica (Dragon Quest VIII), Major Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Major Kusanagi, and KOS-MOS (Xenosaga).

If you’re looking to be active in the Tournaments beyond the matches, you can write cutscenes.  These are stories written by different people to help flesh out New Alexandra, the fictional city where the tourneys take place.  These cutscenes explore the characters who currently or previously participated in the tourneys as well as the goings of the city.  There’s an underpaid and overworked person who works at registration desk and has to put up with all the people who want to participate in the tourney.  What do some of these fighters do when they’re not in matches?  That’s why the cutscenes are there.

The Anime and RPG Tournament League have a history spanning five years.  The tourneys trace their origins back to 1up.com, when SnakeEyez set up a club called the Anime Tournament League in late 2004.  It was the first tournament club of its kind on 1up.  With the help of a small but active group of members, the Anime Tournament League experienced a successful first season with Vampire Hunter D as the champion.  The Anime tourney was so successful, an RPG Tournament League was set up by SnakeEyez with the first season running at the beginning of 2005.  Again, it was successful, with Auron winning the finals.  The Anime and RPG Tournaments were run side-by-side for the first time during Season 2 in late 2005.  Both the Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues would go on to become one of the longest and most popular clubs on 1up.  For 10 seasons from late 2004 to early 2009, 1up hosted both tournaments.  This May, the Tournaments were moved to Foxkei, a small forum largely made up of former 1uppers like myself.  Season 11 saw a lot of success on the forum and it looks like the tournaments are there to stay.

Why should you participate in the Anime and RPG Tournament Leagues?  You get to see which characters from the Anime and RPG multiverse would win in a fight and vote on those matches.  You may learn about new anime and RPGs you never heard of before.  Most important, it’s a lot of fun.  Even if you don’t plan on voting on any matches when the tournament phase begins, you can always sponsor a character.  All you have to do is sign up for Foxkei.

Season 12 is underway and is currently in the nomination phase.  You have until the end of this month to sponsor a character of your choice.  Be sure to read the rules and FAQs before you do anything.  Also, check the Season 11 tournament boards to see if a character was picked this past season.

Anime Tournament League

RPG Tournament League

I probably won’t be as active on this blog for the next two months because I’m going to help write match descriptions for some of the characters to inform people who they’re going to vote for.

See you over there.

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~ by WanderingMind on September 17, 2009.

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