LSDS will attempt to re-establish a strong and dedicated PvP community on Lake Superior, by providing a fun and easily managed group for dueling purposes.
LSDS is not a guild, but rather a meta-guild community that allows anyone from any guild to become an active member. A group of Duelers will be recruited as Duel Masters, their only purpose to watch and record Duels performed by members of LSDS and record their standings on a global ladder. As members win Duels, they gain points. As they gain points, they raise on the ladder. Once a month, the top 8 contenders on the Ladder will be invited to meet and perform at a public "High Tournament" against each other, where increased points will be given for winning, as well as other prizes.
The end effect should be a fun constant activity where Duelers can challenge other members privately, and under the observation of a Duel Master, strut their stuff. Duel Rankings will be listed both on the Global Ranking list, as well as on their UOLS board profile, so other Duelers can always see their standing within LSDS. The High Tournament will give them a chance to show off in public, for greater rewards.
Duels can be run anywhere, and on any facet, though Red Duelists will have problems with some events. Most DMs will have preferred places to host impromptu Duels. We understand that with the advent of AoS Player vs. Player combat has become a LOT more item centered. It is not our purpose to simply let the player with the biggest bank roll to dominate, yet we do not wish to exclude ANY type of PvP combatant, so our Rules & Procedures for dueling allow two specific modes of combat: controlled and open combat.
This combat is centered on the thought that skill and expert manipulation of your player archetype is more important then gear. Duelers are limited by the following rules in Controlled Combat:
This is an anything goes, all out melee fest. However, since so much of Open Combat is determined by gear/pets, less points are awarded for winning/losing. Duelers in Open combat can use any weapon/tactic/whatever, as long as it follows within the following rules:
Duelers must agree on whether a ranking fight is Open or Controlled BEFORE the Duel begins, so that the DM can ascertain they are not wearing illegal armor or weaponry.
Duel Masters are referees and observers, nothing more. Their purpose is to watch duels and report the standings of individual members, making sure that the proper points for each fight are distributed. They must be easily contacted, and ready to run fights at various locales.
For Normal Duels:
Once a fight has been arranged, everyone meets and the DM makes sure they agree on terms (Open or Controlled). The DM verifies he has the correct usernames for both opponents (on UOLS), and they begin their fight. The DM records the points for winner & loser on a special points recording page he has access to, and everything is adjusted accordingly (and automatically).
For High Tournaments:
High Tournaments are BY DEFAULT Controlled fights. A specific tournament can be run as Open Combat, but only if it is publicized as such before hand, and all fighters are notified of such. Approximately 3 - 5 days before the tournament, the top 8 rankers on the LSDS ladder will be invited to perform at the Tournament, which they may decline if they so choose. Since the High Tournament will be held at various places on all facets, it will require the Duelers to temporarily join the LSDS stone for that event. High Tournaments will be held only once a month.
High Tournaments will have two phases, the Tournament itself and a "Grand Melee". The High Tournament will be run as a single elimination contest, with winners in each duel progressing through 3 rounds until a "Tournament Champion" is found. The winner will be declared "Tournament Champion", and their UOLS forum title adjusted for that month.
Furthermore, at the end of the Tournament, there will be a "Grand Melee". The "Grand Melee" is open to ALL Duelists in attendance who took the time to add themselves to the LSDS stone (for the event only), and will basically be a free for all till the last man standing. Open & Controlled rules still apply, but otherwise the Duelists are free to create alliances, break alliances, and do whatever it takes to come out standing on top. The winner will be declared "Melee Champion", and their UOLS forum title adjusted for that month.
Red Duelists, while welcome to participate in our ladder and ranking system, will sometimes be overlooked for Tournaments when they are held in Trammel or Malas. This is an unavoidable aspect of UO's game mechanics, and while we will do our best to make sure that some tournaments will be held in Fel, it will not always be possible.
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