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Welcome to ACC tourney play at ECribbage.com! Thanks to creator Damien Blond, ACC internet commissioner Bob Milk, and the ACC Internet Steering Committee, results of this tournament are recorded as IRP's. Please see the ACC website for point details http://www.cribbage.org/internet/IRP.asp. Special thanks to the ACC members who volunteer their time and talents as Tournament Directors (TDs) so that we can have fun! All they ask in return is for respect, patience and courtesy to them and to your opponents, as in live play. Here are some tips to get started so you can better understand how this particular tournament works, and how to navigate eCribbage. It is highly suggested that you first try playing regular, social games at eCribbage to familiarize yourself with nuances of the site itself.
*You must register at the ACC site in order to play in the ACC tournaments here. Go to http://www.cribbage.org/internet/reg.asp, then in the right column half way down, click on "register your screen name". On the screen name registration page, be sure to scroll down to the section that says eCribbage.com nickname to get your login ID. The earlier you do this the better in order to give the ACC registrar enough time to complete your registration. Per ACC rules, you must be registered officially to earn your IRP’s, even if any tournament TD knows you personally. TD’s will always check names against an ACC supplied list. If not found on that list, you will not be allowed to play in the tournament. This is a requirement of the ACC, not of eCribbage. The TD must abide by ACC rules, so please respect them as they are just doing their (volunteer!) job. You do not have to be a PRO member of ECribbage.com; it's a free site to all, with PRO as an option. We hope you'll join us regularly for all of the other tournies of various playing formats, as well as the social lounges, plus the computer lounge to play against HALSCRIB software!
*Check the tournament schedule on this site for dates and times by going to the Tournaments shortcut to scroll down to “Future Tournaments” to see what tournaments are coming up. (They are also listed in Cribbage World, but are subject to change after press time.) For your very first tournament, arriving 20-30 minutes early is a good idea so that the TD can help walk you through directions if you are confused. As the lobby fills up, people are chatting with friends, so it scrolls fast. The TD’s are setting up the tourney, so may miss posts.
*Choose the Tournament Lounge. You must check yourself in to the tournament. About 30 minutes before start time, the TD’s will ‘open’ the tourney for check in—they send out bulletins as reminders. At that point, go back to the tournament shortcut and click “check in now”. (If the box is grayed out, the tourney is not yet open.) If you are playing in a room, you can simply switch to the tournament lounge from whatever lounge you are currently playing in. There are two ways to do so: by using the arrows at the very top right of your screen, or by going to the tournament shortcut again, and choosing “switch to tournament lounge” on the drop down menu. Once in the tourney lounge, open up that tournament shortcut again and choose “check in now” on the drop down.
*The TD’s will welcome you. Sit tight while waiting for the start signal. During this time, please do not leave the lobby (the area that chat shows up to all in the room) to go to other lounges. The TD may disqualify you. Stick around and chat since you probably know some of the other players. If not, meet some new players! Once a TD announces that that tourney is ‘closed’, no one else can enter it as brackets are already set into motion by a program.
* About 5 minutes before start time, rules will run in the lobby, so please read them until you are very familiar with them. The entire tourney usually takes 1.5-2 hours to play out, so check in only if you can dedicate the time to finish all 9 games. The ACC has repercussions for failure to complete a tournament, just like in live play. Every game is to be played to 121 points. Any player leaving before their 9 games are played out will forfeit all IRP’s and face possible disciplinary action from the ACC. If you quit a tourney, you will first be warned by the TD, and have the rules clarified. If you repeat this behavior, the TD will report you to the Ethics Committee as required by the ACC. The same is true for inappropriate behavior here that would be unacceptable during live tournies-- please follow the Code of Conduct.
*The tourney starts when you see the TD automatically send you a pop-up box for your first assignment. (The rest will be on your score card for the other 8 games.) Either opponent can set the first table by going to tournaments shortcut, "Start Tournament Match”. On the menu that opens titled "Set Up Game Options", all you have to do is click "START" at the bottom, then the other player joins him/her. Do this by watching the list of tables as they pop up on the chart, then click the word "waiting" in front of your opponent's name and then click "Request to Join" the game. At the top middle of the screen that opens, click “Play Now”. Players must use the settings eCribbage provides for ACC Grass Roots tournament play: single game /cut for deal. The game gives you directions as you click cards and scores. eCribbage automatically hides cards from non-players (kibitzers). You are not allowed to watch other tournament games in progress.
* When your game is over, click on "Visit Lounge" at the top right of your game near the X, then please be sure you click on "quit game" in the upper right hand corner in the lobby. Game results will automatically post in the lobby, so please move on to your next round by looking at your scorecard for each new round, but stay in the correct order. You can find your score card and assignments by going back to the tournaments short cut, then scroll down to “View Score Card and Leaders”. Read your scorecard to see which opponent you play next, then go ahead and look to see if your opponent is waiting or you to join him/her. If not, go ahead and start your table, then wait for your opponent to finish their current game. Note: Make sure every opponent is on same game number as you are. Click on the opponents name to make sure you are their next opponent. You can also click on your opponent’s name in the lounge and choose “view scorecard” to see their scorecard. Should you need assistance, contact the TD. After each game, repeat this process until your scorecard is full. Tabulations of points and spread are done automatically.
*An exception: If you see that you are assigned to HAL_1700 as your next opponent, you will be playing against the computer—this is the way that byes are dealt with. Go to the Tournaments shortcut, choose “Start Tournament Match”, then change the “How Many Players” selector box from 2 players, to “1 player (Play against HAL_1700)”, then click ‘Start”. Only play one game vs. the computer opp.
*Please note: You may "boot" or freeze up if you have an older computer, or you frequently lose your internet connection. You will need to come back and resume a saved game in order to continue. Simply click your game that you will see listed with all tables that are currently playing, or go to the "Saved Game" tab right above the game list, and then you can return to the game you were playing. There is 5 minute timer on each boot, and a maximum of 2 boots per game. Should a game(s) be forfeited, 2 game points and a plus 10 score will be awarded to the winner. Loser will be given 0 points and minus 10 score.
Even though this all sounds complicated, the features at eCribbage.com make playing easy. Once you do it, you'll see it's very simple. Please show up 15 minutes before each tournament to help the TD get you into the tournament so that assignments can be set up in a timely manner. If you have further questions about anything on eCribbage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. He is usually readily available, and is very intent on making eCribbage the best that it can become. Welcome and have fun!
Submitted by Susssy, ACC member from Grand Rapids, Michigan Club 91