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Tue 2 May 17 #1 
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Just to get you in the mood, a little "rinky-tink" piano ragtime....take it away Winnie!!



Welcome to the Entry Forum of the Factacular Pot Black Tournament!

This tournament is based on the indoor sport of skill and tactics, played with cues and balls on a green baize table, known as "Snooker".

The formal rules of Snooker cannot be followed exactly in a Factacular Pot Black tournament, however, the spirit, tactics and fun of the original remain. Players will find that, as in snooker, they will need to keep a close eye on their opponents' play and adjust their own play accordingly. There will be satisfaction (even triumph) after a ball is potted, excitement will be felt as scores accumulate on the daily score board (The Big Board) and players will be gambling on their own skills and on their assessment of other players' skills.

Players who took part in the previous tournament should pay close attention to the rules and conditions of play that follow. There may be some changes from tournament to tournament, but they will be intended to increase enjoyment in the overall participation of the game. Please do not hesitate to post any questions about how the game is played if you are unsure.

For the record, these are the players who have contributed to the formation of the Pot Black Tournament to date:

Allan R. Matthes
chooky
Helen McKenzie
Java
JMK
Nemesis
Ruby Franks
sally906
Seve
shortbreadforme27
tallyho
vepa1943

Your contributions are valued and I hope they keep coming.

So chalk your cues, don your waistcoats, breakout the neon flashing/spinning bowties (anything to distract your opponent) and enjoy the game!

Now let's get on with how this is gonna work....


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Tue 2 May 17 #2 
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DAY TO DAY CONDUCT FOR ALL FIVE DAYS PLAY

At the beginning of each of the 5 days of the Pot Black tournament players will be sent one "all-in" random, 10 question brain-off. All Pot Black Challenges expire within 24 hours.

The initial daily challenge is the Red Ball Challenge and will be issued with the title:

Pot Black Tournament - Day [x] - Red Ball Challenge

Players who succeed in the red ball challenge by scoring points equal to, or above the red ball threshold (this tournament = 800 points) can then proceed to try to pot their next ball or in other words, will be entitled to declare in the Red Ball Challenge forum their choice of the coloured ball they next wish to play (i.e. the score range which the player believes that they can achieve) and the subject category of the brain-off to be played.

All declarations must be made within the 24 hour period of the Red Ball Challenge.

Subject categories are to be chosen from the following list:

  1.  Arts & Literature
  2.  Entertainment
  3.  Geography
  4.  History & Mythology
  5.  Language
  6.  Miscellaneous
  7.  Movies
  8.  Music
  9.  Science and Nature
  10.  Sport & Leisure


NOTE! - Different Colour and Subject Per Day Condition Now In Force

Due to popular demand, the condition by which a player must choose a different and non-repeating colour and a non-repeating subject category for all five (5) days of qualified play is now in force. This condition will be monitored by FactaCupAdmin and a player will be advised in that day's Red Ball Challenge forum if they must choose another non-repeated colour or non-repeating subject category in order to proceed. Players that fail to nominate an alternate colour or subject category (if required) upon expiry of that day's Red Ball Challenge will not be processed for the remainder of that day's play.

(keeping your own records might be helpful too - a "sticky-note" perhaps or a post-it note somewhere around your computer area)

So, to continue, a players declaration will look something like this:

Player X post: "I'll try Blue and Movies please."

REMEMBER - Declarations must be lodged within the 24 hour expiry period of the Red Ball Challenge.

As soon as possible after a declaration is made the player will receive a random 10 question challenge on their chosen subject category. There is a 24 hour period to complete this challenge.

These challenges will be titled in this way;

Pot Black Tournament - Day [x] - Blue - Movies - Player [x]

IMPORTANT - PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING PLAYER REQUIREMENT...

Once you have received your chosen challenge, you must score within the designated scoring zone as given in the scoring zones graphic posted below. For example if you are attempting to pot a blue ball you must score 1400 - 1699 points on your quiz. If any fewer than 1400 points are scored you will be deemed to have incurred a PENALTY and points will be deducted equivalent to the negative value of the coloured ball you selected. If you get any more than 1699 points, you will be deemed to have incurred a MISS and no points will accrue apart from the one (1) point attributed due to a successful completion of the Red Ball Challenge.

A score within the points range according to the colour chosen will be deemed a HIT and you will be attributed the point score applicable to that colour.

Take careful note of the scoring ranges before choosing your colour.

Aggregate scores will be shown on the "Pot Black Tournament - The Big Board"

Unlike other Factacular tournaments the score is not expressed on the Big Board in terms of the points won on the quizzes, but in terms of snooker points. So for each red ball potted on the daily Red Ball Challenge, 1 point is scored.

For the other colours, which players choose for themselves: yellow 2 points , green 3 points, brown 4 points, blue 5 points, pink 6 points and black 7 points. As each day of results goes by, scores shown on the Big Board will be cumulative.

FactaCupAdmin will declare in all coloured ball challenges whether the player has scored a hit, miss or penalty.

SUMMARY
The above will occur for all five days of tournament play. At the end of five days, the player with the highest aggregate red and coloured ball point score as reflected on the "Pot Black Tournament - The Big Board" will be declared the winner.

The declared Red Ball Threshold and coloured ball scoring "HIT" zones are relative only to the tournament being played. The tournament overseer retains the right to adjust thresholds and scoring zones from tournament to tournament depending on ease or difficulty of play.

As usual, in the case of site interruptions and other problems experienced during tournament play, each situation will be assessed by the tournament overseer, FactaCupAdmin, on a case-by-case basis. Also as usual, all such overseer decisions should be considered final and no further correspondence should be expected.


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Tue 2 May 17 #3 
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Red Ball Challenge Scoring Threshold this Tournament = 800 Points
                 
Designated Coloured Ball Scoring Zones This Tournament:
                 
  2500         M MISS  
  2400         I  
  2300       M S HIT  
  2200       I S  
  2100     M S      
  2000     I S H    
  1900   M S   I    
  1800   I S   T    
  1700   S          
  1600 M S   H      
  1500 I     I      
  1400 S     T      
  1300 S            
  1200     H        
  1100     I        
  1000     T        
  900           P  
  800   H       E  
  700   I     P N  
  600   T     E A  
  500       P N L  
  400       E A T  
  300 H   P N L Y  
  200 I   E A T    
  100 T P N L Y    
  90   E A T      
  80   N L Y      
  70 P A T        
  60 E L Y        
  50 N T          
  40 A Y          
  30 L            
  20 T            
  10 Y            
  0              
                 
Above Table Expressed As Point Scoring Zones:
                 
 (Greater than or equal to is ">=". Less than or equal to is "<=")
                 
                                      YELLOW (2 points) - >= 90 or <= 499
                                      GREEN (3 points) - >= 600 or <= 899
                                      BROWN (4 points) - >= 1000 or <= 1299
                                      BLUE (5 points) - >= 1400 or <= 1699
                                      PINK (6 points) - >= 1800 or <= 2099
                                      BLACK (7 points) - >= 2200 or <= 2399
                 



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Tue 2 May 17 #4 
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TOURNAMENT ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustments to rules and/or conditions applicable as at this tournament are limited to the following:

1. The condition relative to negative scores being reset to zero has been rescinded. Negative scores will now be counted and will show on The Big Board.

2. No subject category selection can be repeated for the duration of the tournament.

Also, remember that no coloured ball selection can be repeated for the duration of the tournament.


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Tue 2 May 17 #5 
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So, whadaya think? Feel like you can have a go at the table without ripping up the felt, punching a ball through another player's pint glass, somehow breaking a cue stick or stabbing someone in the crotch with the blunt end?

If so, sign in below as of today and all this coming week and we'll get this thing started next Monday, 8 May 2017.


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Tue 2 May 17 #6 
JMK
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I'm in.




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Tue 2 May 17 #7 
jmaxg
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I'll do it too. It's about time I took some of my own medicine.




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Tue 2 May 17 #8 
sally906
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 ok - you need a bottom dweller - so I'll be in :D




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Tue 2 May 17 #9 
Helen McKenzie
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Im in




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Tue 2 May 17 #10 
Helen McKenzie
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We will be cosy dwelling at the bottom together Sally lol




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Tue 2 May 17 #11 
Ruby Franks
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In please. Different colour and different subject. Hells bells.




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Tue 2 May 17 #12 
jmaxg
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You guys put me here. So be it.

We discussed this. Alternating colours and alternating subjects.

If it seems scary, too late now.

JMK was the only member that said "no".

I am not saying the Boss Lady was right.

I am just pointing out she was the only person that said that.




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Tue 2 May 17 #13 
Allan R. Matthes
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In again




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Tue 2 May 17 #14 
chooky
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I can barely remember which colours score what points but I'll go again




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Tue 2 May 17 #15 
vepa1943
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Pot me in please.




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Tue 2 May 17 #16 
Nemesis
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It's now getting trickier as slotting in all those Language balls is no longer an option.  Thanks for continuing to evolve the tournament Tinman.

 




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Tue 2 May 17 #17 
Nemesis
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I guess you've figured out that I'm in?

 




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Wed 3 May 17 #18 
thaibob
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Count me in; why not!




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Thu 4 May 17 #19 
jmaxg
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And my beloved, Java, wants to play as well.

I think she means the tournament.




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Fri 5 May 17 #20 
tallyho
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I am in!




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Sat 6 May 17 #21 
bertie
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In please




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Sat 6 May 17 #22 
shortbreadforme27
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Ok I will grace the baize.




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Sun 7 May 17 #23 
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Pot Black Tournament - FINAL Entrants

JMK
jmaxg
sally906
Helen McKenzie
Ruby Franks
Allan R. Matthes
chooky
vepa1943
Nemesis
thaibob
Java
tallyho
bertie
shortbreadforme27

No. of Final Entrants = 14

Entry into the Pot Black Tournament is now CLOSED.

Link to Pot Black Tournament Scores Forum


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Mon 8 May 17 #24 
Ruby Franks
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I'm not quite sure where to post this, but can I check something? I understand that we cannot repeat a subject or the colour of the ball, but say I went for blue and missed or got a penalty, can I have another shot at blue with a different subject? I think not, but just double-checking.

By the way, I thought that the last time rules were discussed I thought I had been in favour of having to choose different subjects daily, but ball colours could be repeated, but maybe I didn't post that, so that would have been no use to anybody.

Good luck everyone.




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Mon 8 May 17 #25 
jmaxg
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I'll answer on behalf of FactaCupAdmin (as he works for me anyway).

Answer to the first is no. No player can repeat a coloured ball choice or a subject category.

Suggestions made by various players still exist in the "Other Tournaments" archives. You may have indeed suggested that but I had to make a call and so I wanted to see the effect of all players only getting to select a colour and/or subject category only once over the five days.

Please remember it is applicable only to this particular tournament, but that may be subject to change in later tournaments.




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Mon 8 May 17 #26 
Ruby Franks
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Thank you jmaxg. 

I'm not complaining about the rules, I'm always thrilled to join in Pot Black, enjoying the fact that there are possibilities for rule changes. I was just responding to the comment about JMK which I hadn't taken in properly before. I shouldn't wish my life away but I'm already looking forward to the next twist.




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