A) Whodunnit will be held in the Superheavyweight division. It doesn't get much love anymore, so I'd like to throw it a bone. The entry cap will be sixteen.
B) Each entrant will provide one robot and choose a number from one to sixteen. If the number has already been chosen by somebody else, he or she may not choose it. First come, first serve. There will be an undisclosed number of groups, and the top one or two from each group (depending on how many there are) will qualify for the playoffs. Only the TO will know the size and membership of each group and he will keep track of it using a hidden Challonge bracket. Entrants will be completely in the dark. Over the course of the tournament, they may be able to piece some of this together.
C) As usual, entrants will RP each week. However, it is unlikely that their RPs will be for their own robots. At the start of the week, everybody will receive an unmarked letter (a DM on discord) from the tournament organizer informing them of which robot they will be RPing for that week and which robot they will be fighting. These will be randomly selected from the pool of sixteen robots and are not subject to groups like the entrants themselves. Entrants will then PM their RPs to the TO by the usual Saturday midnight EST deadline and he will will make the thread and post both RPs. The writers will then write the fights based off of the posted RPs while only knowing the robots and not the RPers. Seeing as declaring configurations would give away the RPer for each bot, there will be no alternate configurations allowed.
D) This isn't only a robotic combat tournament, however. In addition to the usual fight cards and RP threads, there will also be a Detectives' Lounge page. After the conclusion of each week, detectives may post up to two theories about the previous round or the bracket in general. These must be specific guesses involving no more than two other detectives or bots. The Chief (the TO) will then either confirm or debunk the theories. Regardless of group, the four detectives with the most confirmed theories by the end of the group stage will advance to the playoffs.
E) There, they will join the four entrants (not robots!) with the best records in their groups. These eight will square off in a single-eliminations playoffs. However, they will now be forced to use their own robots. At the end of it all, we will crown a Whodunnit Champion.
A) We'll be using the Standard ARC Rule Set.
B) House rules include a weapon cap of 16, an armour cap of 13, and a loosely-defined, "let's not have everyone enter blatantly dumb stuff" rule. If that happens, I'm your God. I'll just pick the the bots that I like best and anyone whose entry doesn't interest me can re-enter something that sucks less at existing.
C) Don't be late and don't be a douche. That's my schtick. There will be a word limit. It'll be 400 words this time around. I don't care if you got hit by a car, had diabeetus, and your grandma/cat died. If you're late, you're late. Don't be.
D) This event will begin whenever we have sixteen finished entries. Reserving doesn't guarantee you a spot. Putting a rendered and statted bot up there and choosing a number does. Regardless of how many people are signed up, entry submissions will close on April 27 and this event will begin on May 3.
E) We'll be fighting in The Noir which is a, state-of-the-art, beautifully rendered custom arena made just for this tournament forever ago and never used for it... until now. The render is linked below.
The Noir by Floating Castle Robotics on Sketchfab
|Team Design Flaw||Equisde II||1||Strafey Monstrosity|
|End of the Line LLC||Pwnsaw||2||Lumberjack|
|Team Rinzler||Old Glory||11||C-c-combo Spinner!|
|Team Blood Gulch||Final Boss||3||Pretty Much Biohazard|
|Aquatic Robotics||Red Menace||4||Russian Spy|
|Hitachi Magic Wand||Interrobang Robotics||12||Vertical Spinner|
|Team Instant Regret||Aphelion||9||Dreadnought|
|Tartarus Robotics Group||Hadean II||7||Better Than Golden MADD|
|The Monsterworks||I Dance Crabcore, Motherfucker!||13||Figurative Crab|
|Cool Story Brobotics||Stellhead||5||ICE-powered Fish|
|Team Riptide||Xtreme pneumatiX||10||Flippah!|
|Code Pink Robotics||Bipolar||15||Black Dog|
|Team 57||Fork Bomb||???||Sawblaze|
|Team Cardboard Pony||Flip or Grab||6||Lotsa Cardboard|
|Team Worst Swordsman||Oh Bugger! It's The Lardy Mardy Wideboy!||16||Jellyfish, more or less|