This exam goes over some of the other aspects of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood’s gaming, mainly capture the flag, free for all, matchmaking, regular team gaming, gaming nights, the Inter-Club Gaming Event, and vendettas. For most members, they will only play their matches under gaming nights, one on one against people like Kell Palpatine Dante, or Cethgus Entar, who have been around the Dark Jedi Brotherhood’s gaming for a very long time. By the end of this course, you will have a sound knowledge base for each of the sections mentioned above, so that you as the member can go and participate.
Although this isn’t a major topic on this exam, the Rites of Combat that are found on the wiki, are something you should always check if you haven’t gamed in a while. This way you are kept up to speed with the rules. If you do have any questions, contact the Fist of the Brotherhood, since he or she has full control over the Rites and gaming.
Any time you as a member gaming against another there are various competitions you could select when you submit the score. Gaming nights is the most commonly used competition that members submit matches to, because of its general use in the Brotherhood’s gaming. Anything that is supported by the Brotherhood as a match type and platform can and usually will be submitted here, such as one versus one, team gaming, free for all, and matchmaking. More often than not, as a gamer you will be playing one versus one, and submitting the matches here.
Depending on the game you are playing there are various rules and standards defined by the Rites of Combat that can be found here. The majority of the rules are the same, for example first person shooters like Halo, Jedi Outcast, and Republic Commando, to win a match you must be the first to five kills. For a real time strategy game like Empire at War and StarCraft 2, to win the match you have to destroy the entire enemy.
But general rules about gaming nights are the following:
- To participate in a Gaming Night you must be on the IRC channel #dbgaming
- All participants must be members of the Dark Brotherhood
- You may play up to six (6) matches against a single person on one platform, but the allowance of three (3) platforms against that one person. This means you may play up to 18 matches against one person, as long as its 6 matches on 3 different platforms.
There are two crimes that one can commit in gaming. The most common is match dodging, while on more rare occasions there will be people who try to falsify matches for their own personal gain.
Match dodging is when a member games in Jedi Academy against one member, but he or she declines a match in Jedi Academy against someone. Then later the member games again in Jedi Academy against someone else while the person that challenged them originally is still online. In most cases the Fist of the Brotherhood will email you personally stating that you are match dodging against people, with your summit carbon copied in that email. Second time you are caught match dodging, the Fist will email the Justicar stating that you have been warned once by him, and the Justicar will give you a more serious warning, with a three day gaming ban invoked. The third time you match dodge, the Fist of the Brotherhood will ban you from #dbgaming for an indefinite amount of time while the Justicar decides what action to pursue. During this time all matches that you participated in are deleted.
Falsifying matches is the more serious offense in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood’s gaming. This is actually where a member or members submit matches against another opponent and claim that they actually played the matches. There has only been one record in recent times where someone willingly falsified matches so that they could earn Clusters of Fire for the Grand Master’s Royal Guard. Logs were sent to the Fist and the Justicar, where the Justicar leveled a three month gaming ban and a Letter of Reprimand against the member.
Word of the wise. Don’t match dodge or falsify matches. It’ll bite you in the rear when you are caught.
Depending on how the Fist of the Brotherhood is running gaming nights, which could be Sunday to Friday, and Saturday being Inter-Club Gaming event, or 24/7 Gaming Nights, the Fist will award Clusters of Fire and Pendants of Blood on either Saturday or Sunday. For every match you play, you will earn a set amount of Clusters of Fire, whether it be 1 Cluster for a win or 0.33 for a loss. But over time and gaming for a whole week, you will have earned far more than just 1 Cluster of Fire, but more like 10-30 depending on how much you played.
A full table for Cluster of Fire can be found here.
Pendants of Blood are given out to the person who had the best win-loss record for a gaming week, which would be either Sunday to Friday or Sunday to Saturday. The most common way for a Fist to award a Pendant of Blood is to see who had the most wins for that week, and if they tied with someone else, the Fist will look to see how many losses the two members had. The member that had the most losses would then win the Pendant of Blood because they played more matches than the other person.
Depending on the game, team gaming can be just mindless fun with you and your friends in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood just going at it. Team gaming is something that has been around for years, inside and outside of the Brotherhood. A normal team match is a two on two match, but in the Brotherhood, we consider one on two the beginning of team matches. This brings me to a great strategy that is utilized by most members. During a team match, you’ll want to have yourself and another teammate go against one other person, so that the opponent your against will have a hard time killing both of you at the same time. There is an exception for this tactic, and that is the Halo match type called SWAT. In SWAT, you have no radar, and if you are shot in the head, you’re killed. Statistically matches that are uneven, when it is four versus three or something similar, the team with the smaller number is the victor, because of the fact that since its one shot one kill. A person who knows the map they are playing can sit in a corner and camp, so that he or she can gather kills quickly.
Now another tactic that is usually utilized for all types of team gaming including Capture the flag that will be explained shortly is using a voice chat server. Using something like Ventrilo, Teamspeak, or even Skype in a pinch, allows you to coordinate attacks against people, as well as tell your fellow teammates where you are, or even where the enemy is if you had just died. Currently the Brotherhood uses Vent