Battlefront Market Garden PBEM Tournament!

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Battlefront Market Garden PBEM Tournament!

Postby Robjess » Mon May 21, 2007 7:01 pm

Win free prizes by showing your tactical mettle with SSG’s Battlefront!

Matrix Games ( and Strategic Studies Group are proud to announce a new tournament for their award winning WWII turn-based strategy game, Battlefront. Entitled the Market Garden Tournament to denote the scenario on which players will be showing off their strategic prowess, the Market Garden Tournament gives Battlefront fans the chance to win a variety of prizes! Registration is now open and all participants must register in SSG’s Run5 Battlefront forums to secure a spot in the event. Act fast, space is limited!

Gregor Whiley, Vice President of Strategic Studies Group, added “Market Garden is an enormously engrossing scenario which will give even the most confident strategists a run for their money. I truly can’t wait to see how players will deal with the tough decisions that will come their way over the course of the tournament.”

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Battlefront has kept WWII strategy buffs busy for quite some time now. What better way to reward the game’s fans and top players for their commitment than to give them the perfect venue to show off their skill, and win some cool prizes in the process.”

While the Battlefront system shares a design philosophy with SSG's award-winning Decisive Battles series, it is actually an entirely new system specifically designed for battalion-level combat. This level of play gives the player a chance to experience true issues of command, control, sighting, and supply at a level that emphasizes plenty of tough but enjoyable decisions to make. Players have full control over the off-map movement of their units; players can move units in special off-map areas, getting realistic control over where and when to employ their reinforcements. Opponents will never be entirely sure where and when these units will arrive, increasing the tension and fun.

Tournament Rules:

Previous SSG PBEM Tournaments for scenarios from their Decisive Battles of World War II series have always attracted players from all corners of the world – as they battle it out on the electronic battlefield! This is the first Tournament for SSG’s new Battalion level game - Battlefront. The Tournament will feature the Market Garden Scenario with players being assigned either the Axis or Allied side (randomly by the Tournament Master) and will play off against their drawn opponents until there are only two players left. They will then square off in the final showdown until the winner is declared Market Garden Champion of the world!

Winners and Runners up will be awarded the following prizes, proudly provided and sponsored by Matrix Games:

1st Place: $100 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $50 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $30 Gift Certificate
Distinguished Player Award: $20 Gift Certificate*

* Distinguished Player Award will be awarded to the player judged by the Tournament Master (in conjunction with SSG and Matrix Games) as either the ‘best and fairest’ player, best performing new player, or generally the Tournament player who is the best deserving of the award based upon their performance. All judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All gift certificates will be redeemable in the Matrix Games Online Store for the winners' choice of available games. Of course, along with the gift certificates will come bragging rights for the champions and no doubt a series of new challengers!

Sounds good - what do I need to know?

All tournament players must be aware of and agree with the Run5 PBEM and Tournament Rules - which can be found here:

It is deemed that all players who register for the Tournament are fully aware of these rules and agree with them. In addition to this Run5/SSG are the judges in relation to this Tournament and their decision is final in relation to the application of the rules and the mediation of any disputes between Tournament players. Remember the judge’s decision is final. Note that all employers and testers for Matrix Games and SSG are excluded from entering this Tournament.

Players should not seek to enter this Tournament unless they can complete a turn at least every 2 or 3 days. Whilst we understand that there may be circumstances when you may not be able to complete your PBEM Tournament within this time frame, we would expect that these would be exceptional circumstances and in these instances you are obliged to advise your opponent and the Tournament Master of these occurrences. The Tournament Master/Judges may remove, at their discretion any players who are unable to keep to these time frames or who are deemed to be slowing the Tournament down, or are deemed not to be playing within the Tournament Rules. Whilst we don’t expect this to happen - you need to be aware of this.

Winners of Matrix Games Gift Certificates may be asked to write an article and/or have their photograph(s) published on the Matrix Games, Run5/SSG websites in support of their involvement and receiving of their prize(s) from Matrix Games. Please be aware of this is a condition of entry into this Tournament.

To enter this Tournament you must be a registered user on the Run5/SSG discussion forums ( If you do not have a valid account then registration must be made prior to entering the Tournament. Both new and experienced players are welcomed and encouraged to enter the tournament.

Ok thats great! Got all that how do I register?

To register, send an email to:

Put "Market Garden Tournament" in the subject field of the email. And state of the following information:

Your Real Name
Your Run5 Forum User Name
Your Email address that you want the tournament PBEM files sent to
And attach your Battlefront PBEM profile to the email item

The following instructions will advise you on how to create a PBEM Profile. ... ofiles.htm

Whilst these instructions were written for Battles in Normandy, the process is the same for Battlefront. Remember - you need to attach a copy of your profile to your Registration email.

Ok - what else do I need to know?

The period for registrations will be open until we receive enough registrations to commence the Tournament. Either 32 or 64 players – so register early to ensure your placement! If you haven’t got a copy of Battlefront – purchase a copy now and get some practice in prior to the Tournament. Also ensure that you have applied the most recent Battlefront Patch – currently 1.02 from the Matrix Games website.

On the topic of Security - Tournament players should be made aware that all Tournament Games are played in PBEM Secure Mode. The security used by Battlefront involves several hidden keys and files being written to your computer so that PBEM games can be validated prior to loading. You should be advised that reinstalling Battlefront or your Windows Operation System/Registry mid way through a secure PBEM game may invalid that game. Any games invalidated in this manner will be deemed in the favor of your opponent. In addition to this, Secure PBEM games can only be completed on the same PC that the game for that Tournament Round was commenced on. Also note that random PBEM games will be subject to quality control by SSG to confirm the game’s integrity. Any deemed breaches of the Battlefront PBEM Security System or ‘unfair play’ will result in that players removal from the Tournament and banning from any future Run5/SSG Tournaments.

All Tournament Players will be awarded the Run5 Market Garden Tour of Duty Medal (TBA), Tournament winner and 1st runner up will also be presented the winner and runners up medal respectively.

For additional information in relation to this and other Battlefront Tournaments, be sure to check Battlefront PBEM Forum at the SSG website.

The Fine Print

- All players must be registered on the SSG Discussion Forums
- All employers and testers for Matrix Games and SSG are excluded from entering this Tournament.
- All games must be based upon the most recent patch available at the commencement of each Round (so in other words if a new patch is made available mid Tournament then all players must adopt and install that new patch when they commence their next round).
- Advancement into Round 2 and subsequent rounds will be based upon the results of the previous round.
- All games will be issued by the Tournament Master(s)
- All games must be played in PBEM Secure Mode
- All units will be set to hidden
- Combat advisor will be set to on
- All other settings will be set to Normal
- Each turn should be completed in one sitting
- Round 1 opponents will be randomly selected by the Tournament Master, and once announced are final
- Subsequent round opponents will be determined by previous round winners
- Players should not register and enter the tournament unless they are able to completed a turn at least each 2-3 days. Preferably 1 turn a day if possible.
- All players should seek to keep to the above time frames - or the Tournament Master may determine a winner based upon the circumstances of the case if any games are significantly delaying the progress of the Tournament.
- These games are automatically eligible for reporting on the Run5 Combat Leagues Ladder - at the discretion of the winner.
- Tournament Rules may be subject to change at the discretion of Run5/SSG; subsequent changes to the rules will be announced via this Tournament thread on the SSG Discussion Forums
- Notifications of all results of games must be reported to the Tournament Master via email (
- The winner will be declared Run5 Market Garden champ.. until the next Tournament that is!
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Postby Robjess » Mon May 21, 2007 9:06 pm

And we have our first registration!
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Postby Stromb » Mon May 21, 2007 10:15 pm

Great idea (though you shall announce it on SSG homepage), i'll probably join soon :)
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Postby Noakesy » Tue May 22, 2007 2:22 am

Hoorah! Application forwarded as requested, and I've now read the AAR again, on the basis that I've now played this twice as German and taking a right pasting, must be doing something terribly wrong :D
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Postby zanekin » Tue May 22, 2007 2:25 am

Two frenchy !!!

Too frenchy !!!
It's just bullshit !
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Postby Howard7x » Tue May 22, 2007 3:16 am

Ok ive sent my reg.

This is going to be great, thanks Rob.

And this time we REALLY have something to play for! 8)
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Great News!

Postby flintlock » Tue May 22, 2007 3:45 am

With respect to BF, I'm still very much wet behind the ears. That said, more cannon fodder can't be a bad thing, right? :)
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Postby Doggie3 » Tue May 22, 2007 4:52 am

Email sent!

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Postby Talos » Tue May 22, 2007 6:31 am

I am in, email sent. :D
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Re: Great News!

Postby jhdeerslayer » Tue May 22, 2007 8:45 pm

flintlock wrote:With respect to BF, I'm still very much wet behind the ears. That said, more cannon fodder can't be a bad thing, right? :)

Play me. I always loose first round of these things and badly... :lol:
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Postby Robjess » Wed May 23, 2007 8:55 am

[see list of registrations further into thread].
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Postby slevi » Thu May 24, 2007 11:30 am

I am in, email sent. :twisted:
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Postby Strax » Thu May 24, 2007 6:03 pm

Robjess wrote:
Note that Strax and loneranger1986 are yet to send me a copy of their Battlefront PBEM Profile - until you do so your participation can not be confirmed.

Ah, sorry Rob, I thought I'd sent it as an attachment with my registration.
I'll try again.
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Postby jpalacios35 » Thu May 24, 2007 11:39 pm

I've sent my registration also.
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Postby flintlock » Fri May 25, 2007 6:46 am

Rob, is the tournament limited to 32 participants, or is that a dynamic figure?
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