BNL - BFstuff Nordic League
Battlefield 3 - 8vs8 Conquest - Season 5 Rules Concept
ANNUAL SEASON -SYSTEM
BNL Nordic League is an open league for European teams which runs annual seasons. Season lenght varies depending on how large divisions there will be / how many clans will participate each season, usually taking around 2 months for a season to finish.
Read the rules carefully through before you sign up! Also check out that your team fulfills required conditions for gaming at BNL!
Beginning and ending of a season, and all the other most important news will be announced at frontpage post.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. RULES IN GENERAL
1.1 GAME MODE AND GENERAL INFO
1.2 MAP POOL AND SCHEDULE
1.4 PROHIBITED WEAPONS, PERKS AND ITEMS
1.5 VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS
2. SERVER SETTINGS
3. MANAGING AND MATCHING
3.1 PLAYER RESTRICTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS
3.2 NO SHOW
3.4 HOMETEAM AND SERVERS
3.5 IN-GAME RULES
4. BEFORE THE MATCH
4.1 CONFIRMING YOUR MATCH
5. AFTER MATCH
5.1 POINT SYSTEM
5.2 ENTER THE SCORE
6.1 BUG USING/CHEATING
6.2 CLIENTSIDE PROGRAMS AND MODS
6.3 SERVER CRASH
1. RULES IN GENERAL
1.1 || GAME MODE AND GENERAL INFO ||
League is running 8 vs 8, Conquest Small and Conquest Assault #2 on Back to Karkand -maps, only on PC platform. Tickets are set to be stable 250 on Conquest Small -maps and on Conquest Assault maps 200 for defender. The winner of the round is the one who has the most tickets.
During the season clans will play one match each week, default match day and time is Thursday 20:00 CET. Clans are allowed to change the date and time if both parties agree to switch the match. Clan who wants to change some date, should propose another one as soon as possible. If there is less than 48h untill the match should be played the date cannot be changed. Both teams are allowed not to accept any date changes. Last possible date to play your matches is last scheduled round (last default date on your schedule of the on-going season). If teams arent able to play some of their matches, scores will be nulled or given WO to the active partie.
1.2 || MAP POOL AND SCHEDULE||
These maps are played in Nordic League:
Grand Bazaar - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Teheran Highway - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Caspian Border - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Seine Crossing - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Operation Firestorm - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Damavand Peak - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Kharg Island - Conquest Small / ConquestSmall0
Strike at Karkand - Conquest Assault #2 / ConquestAssaultSmall1
Shargi Peninsula - Conquest Assault #2 / ConquestAssaultSmall1
Gulf of Oman - Conquest Assault / ConquestAssaultSmall0
Map rotation schedule for Season 5:
09/05 20.00 CET : Caspian / Shargi
1.3 || SIGN-UP||
16/05 20.00 CET : Bazaar / Damavand
23/05 20.00 CET : Firestorm / Karkand
30/05 20.00 CET : Teheran / Oman
06/06 20.00 CET : Kharg / Seine
--/-- 20.00 CET : --- / ---
--/-- 20.00 CET : --- / ---
Before the season start there's certain Sign Up -time limit for clans to decide do they participate, announced at frontpage news and banner. If clan decides to participate, team leader will sign his clan from main menu SIGN UP -link. After signing, you should see your team in Sing up -section of main menu. Doing that you've got your clan to participate at upcoming season if it fulfills the required elements. Write the skill level / division of your team to "Additional info" part so admins can place teams into right divisions! We'll try to create divisions as equal as possible.
1.4 || PROHIBITED WEAPONS, PERKS AND ITEMS ||
The following perks or items are not allowed to be used:
* M320 and GP-30 (Buck and Smoke allowed)
* Tactical light (also includes handweapons)
* IRNV Scopes on weapons
* Thermal Optics of any kind of on vehicles (except tank CITV STATION / 3.rd place)
* Spawn beacon
* MAV drone
1.5 || VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS ||
* A team is only allowed to use one tank from their UCB (Home Base) at a time. If it gets stolen by the enemy team, you're allowed to take the second one. When tank/any vehicle is stolen it's considered as enemy vehicle and you can steal it back.
* Only one jet from UCB can be used at a time. When jet is abandoned/bailed, another one can be mannered right away.
* Stealing enemy resources (excluding jets) is allowed. Meaning you're not allowed to steal enemy jet/jets!
* There are no restrictions on light vehicles, such as boats and jeeps.
!!! All vehicles that spawn to flags are free to be operated by both teams, in Conquest Assault mode defender vehicles are considered as flag vehicles !!!
2. SERVER SETTINGS
3rd Person Vehicle Cameras: ON
Regenerate Health: ON
Startdelay: 30s (default)
Vehicles Spawn Time: 100% (default)
Spawn only on Squadleader: OFF
Unlocks: all unlocked
Here's rules for direct server settings -input:
vars.gamePassword "YOUR PASSWORD HERE"
vars.serverName "YOUR SERVER NAME HERE"
admin.password "RCON PASS HERE"
3. MANAGING AND MATCHING
3.1 || PLAYER RESTRICTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS ||
Each team must have at least 8 active players to be accepted to the upcoming season. Players needs to be put into teams roster before the first match of the season. During the season clans are allowed to change / add more players into their roster during open transfer -days (read more below!). All players must be registered on the website and have their Battlelog username entered in their profile. The player must also be added as an active player in the league in the "Team Management" section (example picture below). It is also up to the Team leader to ensure that the right Battlelog ID is filled in when the player is activated for the team. Guideline is that the team leaders/owners build up their seasonal squad before the season goes live!
Individual player can belong to only a one active team/clan for ongoing season. Player is allowed to switch hes team but can belong only to a one squad at a time. There is no maximum limit of switching your team but admins will advert to constant team switching; this means we dont allowe people to jump from a team to another one without a good reason! Transfers when team owners can edit their team after the season has begun and players can switch from a squad to another will be open once per week! Open transfer days are announced at frontpage news.
3.2 || NO SHOW ||
Team needs to have atleast 6 players online on the dealed matchserver "15" Min after the start-time of the match (default thursday 20.00 CET), otherwise the opponent will get a WO/forfeit victory (if the opponent has 8 players on the server ready to match).
* WO-Victory = 100 tickets / round, so having an full forfeit victory over a opponent your team will gain 3 points by 400-0 ticket win.
If teams arent able to contact each others any way, then the default date and time will be considered as their official match date and time. Allways try to contact your opponent or atleast write into match comment -area to avoid no-show issues! Also read section 4.1!
3.3 || FREELANCERS ||
Before the start of each match, both team captains should check if the opponent has a player who is not registered and active in the league (called Freelancer). Freelancer cannot be brought into a match during it without having an approval from opponent. Team has to bring their freelancers into match server before the first live round or atleast introduce possible freelancers they might have to use before going live. If a game starts without checking the players or if an agreement is made between the 2 teams that it is authorized to use a freelancer, it has been approved by the teams and therefore there can not be any protest filled against this rule.
If you dont agree that a team is playing with freelancers you need to have screenshots of the teams squad + screens from ingame and send a protest to us.
Protests should be sent to:
3.4 || HOMETEAM AND SERVERS ||
"Home team" is obligated to provide an server for the match. Home team also can choose which side (US or RU) they'll start the firstmap. Challenger/2.nd team is allowed to decide their starting side (US or RU) on second map. Maps will be played in that order they're put into the match sector/details. Teams are allowed to change the gaming order of the maps if both parties agree. Home team is the one whose name/tag is the first one in match details, an example below:
Team Xapso vs. eXplicit - in this example Team Xapso is the home team!
Server where match is going to be played needs to be accepted by both parties. Test server before going live! If server is unplayable to more than 2 players of the team, another one needs to be tested if there's another one available. When live round is started, it cannot be stopped due server/lag issues! Remember, server is allways an compromise. No team should play on a unplayable laggy server, so respect your opponent if they say your server is bad for them. Try to find good solution with your opponent what comes to the server! If you cannot find one good server to play at, split the match; first would be played on server A and second on server B!
Servers for matching in Nordic League should be located at European Union area and have no more than 150ms ping. Also read section 6.3 SERVER CRASH!
3.5 || IN-GAME RULES ||
* Live -round begins when both teams are agreed to be ready. Team can stop live round 2 times in row during the timer. After the timer has ended, round is live!
* It is allowed to replace all in all up to four players during the match.
* No pauses are allowed through a round.
* If player is having connection problems during a round or otherwise cannot continue gaming through the round, it's allowed to replace that player. A maximum of 2 players can be replaced in a one single round. If team is going to replace quitting player with a freelancer, the freelancer has to be accepted by the opponent, in-game or before the match.
4. BEFORE MATCH
4.1 || CONFIRMING YOUR MATCH ||
Contact your opponent somehow before the match. For example, use BNL league site where you can post into your match comments or use league sites personal messenger. Exchange server infos plus let your enemy know if you would want to change something (match date & time) or ask do they allowe usage of freelancer for instance. Every match/clanwar needs to be confirmed by both teams to avoid no-show issues. Confirm you have or that you dont have line-up ready atleast 24h before the actuall matching time! If team doesnt confirm their match 24h before the scheduled time (write their confimation to war comments) opposing team is allowed to take WO victory if they provide a screenshot with a date and time included which shows they had have full line-up ready on some match server at the dealed/default match time.
Each team should have at least one player represented on the BFstuFF Nordic League IRC channel ( #Bfstuff @ Q-net ). If you don’t have an IRC client you can access the channel through this link:
5.1 || POINT SYSTEM ||
BNL Clanmatch consists of 2 maps, where you will be able to get 1 point for each won map + 1 point for the team with the most tickets after the match. The possible scores for the match are:
Team 1. 3-0 Team 2. - winner team (Team 1.) wins both maps and by that gains more tickets (700-0, 450-12, 313-105, etc.)
Team 1. 2-1 Team 2. - Team 1. wins an map aswell as Team 2. but Team 1. has more tickets all in all (390-350, 155-150, 257-35, etc.)
5.2 || ENTER THE SCORE ||
The clanleader/team owner of the winning team submits the score into match comments and clan who lost has to accept the score by posting an approval. Admins will update the score into the leagues ranking as soon as possible.
Report like this:
MAP 1. NAME:
Example: FiRe vs. BS | 2012-11-08
1. round: TEAM1 150 - 0 TEAM2
2. round: TEAM1 77 - 89 TEAM2
MAP 2. NAME:
1. round: TEAM1 203 - 0 TEAM2
2. round: TEAM1 95 - 0 TEAM2
Points 3-0 for TEAM1
Screenshots of tickets arent required to get match confirmed if opponent approves the result aswell. Still we encourage clans to take screenshots from end screen so the result cannot be opposed!
If you feel something unacceptable happened and you can not solve the issue/problem with your opponent then contact any of the admins and explain what happened or send protest.
Protests should be sent by e-mail to:
*Include all the needed info or evidence you have in it; like screenshot, link to stream, etc.
*Describe the problem properly! What the protest you're doing or against whom!
*If it's an delicate matter keep it quiet and let admins do their job before flaming all over!
6.1 || BUG-USING / CHEATING ||
* Any use of cheats and glitches in the game is obviously strictly prohibited.
* The player who gets taken for cheating will immediately be removed from all future games in the league and the clan whom player plays for will automatically lose all matches played up to the exclusion of the player.
* If team breaks some rule in game, penalty will be given depending on severity of it. Admins will handle every conflict individually. Minimum penalty will be -100 tickets from round score; example tank driver uses thermal optics. We encourage teams to have good sportsmanship here with these issues! Accidents do happen, before doing protest let the enemy team know what they're doing wrong. If you cannot solve the issue with your opponent then contact admins. As said, admins will take a look individually into every conflict.
6.2 || CLIENTSIDE PROGRAMS AND MODS ||
* All external programs controlling or editing Battlefield 3 are for forbidden, except BF3 settings Editor.
6.3 || SERVER CRASH ||
If the server which clans have chosen to play their match at or some rounds of the match crashes during a live round, clans have three options to choose from how they proceed. It's up to the clans to negotiate between themself which option they choose to go on with! If both teams doesnt agree to go on with OPTION 1. or 2., then OPTION 3. is forced to be the procedure.
OPTION 1. Use the last ticket amount recorded/remembered as a result of the round. Deal with your opponent, both teams needs to accept this method!
OPTION 2. Replay the whole round. Start a fresh round and ignore the scores of the crashed round. Deal with your opponent, both teams needs to accept this method!
OPTION 3. Play a new fresh round and include tickets of the crashed round into the round score. Example : when crash happened situation was Team A 132 - 49 Team B. Then a new round was played, score Team A 59 - 0 Team B. Final score of the match round is Team A (132+59=191) - (49+0=49) Team B.
If server crashes more than twice during a match, enemy is allowed to demand server change or postpone the match/rest of the match to another date.
GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
Caponx, BFstuff (webmaster)
NORDIC LEAGUE - OFFICIAL RULES CONCEPT - SEASON 5 @ 2013