Here is the rules of the game, including how to play the game, what to do and what to expect before you play the game.
1. The game separated into different rounds
The game separated into different rounds, each with their own story and setting. Usually, a round last a month, but it depend on the gameplay, as each round have their own unique game. You wouldn’t know which characters of yours that you should use until you see what kind of round that we would have, as each round designed for different kind of characters. Until the round intro posted, what kind of round that we’ll have will be a mystery, as the round intro meant to be a surprise.
2. Read the current round intro
Read the round intro once they posted! Each round have their own requirement, from the minimum player required, maximum possible players, the power level, and any other rules that may be applied on the current round. Requirement of the round sometimes demand for specific type of characters, such as villain only round, female only round, or the requirement could be more toward their power, such as a round that focused more on defense than offense. There’s endless of possibilities! So just because the current round doesn’t fit with your fave character, don’t be sad! We’re going to open many rounds each year!
3. The battle begin once we had enough players
The first battle of the round usually start a week after the round intro posted. This will also took an accord of the “minimum players” requirement. Once the minimum number reached, we can start the game. The typical round require even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and more) because a player will fight someone else in 1 vs 1 battle.
4. Learn how to measure the power of your character
Our game used what known as “power level” to categorize the power of our characters, and each round have their own power level. That means, each round have their own limitation, each round have their own standard on what’s too weak and too powerful. The power level determine how high and how low you can go. For example, in some round, destroying a single house would be too OP (overpowered) and destroying the whole city would be absolutely unacceptable, however in another round, blowing a mountain might be completely normal. For more info, read the power level section that also include a guide of damage measurement.
5. Nerf and buff often required
On the game, nerf and buff often required. A “nerf” means depowering/weakening certain parts of your character, such as decreasing their offense, defense, speed, adding limitations or cooldown, setting specific requirements and cost if needed, or even removing certain abilities if we must. Usually, what need nerfed is something that cannot be measured by damage, such as attacks that could instant kill others regardless of how tough their targets. Meanwhile, a “buff” is the opposite of nerfing, basically increasing the power or capability of your characters, including to add a whole new ability that they never got a chance to use on the canon story. Our moderator will help you with nerf and buff, so don’t be afraid to ask for our help! Doing nerf and buff is part of our discussion, so your preference and wish would be considered as well.
6. Unbeatable characters?
By default, unbeatable characters is unacceptable. While being “unbeatable” is arguable depend on the standard of the story, the important point is that if your character is effectively unbeatable by the standard of the current round, then a heavy nerf will happen. A classic example of this case is that your character is only beatable by certain weapons/magic/person that only exist on the canon story. Another example is that you have too many immunities or other type of defense that makes you effective unkillable because almost nothing can hit you without a very specific strategy. Sometimes, in some round, things that are unfair might be allowed, but if the standard of the current round clearly tell that it’s almost impossible for anyone to beat your character, then a nerf is a must.
7. Here's our character form template
After you read the character requirements on the round introduction, you can submit your character(s) by using the character form template that we provided! The character form template is merely an example among many ways to do a character form, and not a fixed system. You can tweak, modify, switch places between the categories. For example, if you rather explain their abilities before their weapons, then you can change the order of categories. Or if you want to add some new sections (e.g about their ultimate moves, or about their relationship with the canon characters of the story) then you can go ahead and do so. For more detail on how to makes a character form, check the official post about our character form template!
8. Google Doc is recommended
By our today’s standard, everyone use Google Doc to publish their character form, instead submitting directly on the forum. This proven to be the most effective method, for a clean, neatly organized, and aesthetically pleasing. You can learn how this worked by reading the forms of the veteran players, however not every veteran players should be taken as exemplary, as some character forms might goes too far with extensive list of abilities. The basic is about font type and font colors, while some prefer to add images as well. After several months in here, you should be able to figure out your own original style. Please don’t be intimidated or felt pressured by the standard. Everyone got their own style, and you just need to be yourself.
9. Don't steal copyrighted characters
The character that you submitted must be your own original character. Your characters can inspired by popular media such as anime/games/movies/etc, but you can’t blatantly “copy paste” a character from a story that isn’t yours without permission of the original author. (For example, instead on making your own original character, you can’t literally just submit Superman, or Harry Potter, or Darth Vader, or Naruto Uzumaki, or anyone else that’s copyrighted by their own respective media) It’s good to be inspired by someone else’s story, we all got our own stories that we love, and some people likes to makes reference from a popular show, but for legal matter, your character must be your own character.
10. Multiple characters?
Each person submit one character form per round. Unless the round specifically state you to submit multiple characters, your character form should only focus on whichever character that you’re going to use. Though summoning creatures or even bringing an entire army of soldiers is possible, your character form should focus on its actual character. Anyone else that you include on your character forms are either helpers or bonus.
11. How matchup works
After the game begin, each characters will be assigned with their own enemies On a typical round (a “main round”) then this will be a matchup of 1 vs 1 of player vs player. There’s many more version of the battle, but if it’s this kind of matchup, then there’s something to keep in mind: We will pair your character with the best possible opponent that’s currently available. We analyze and consider many factors in order to create the ideal matchup, as fair as possible. Although difference of power level is okay, it’s important to makes sure that both stand a chance, and not just one-sided butcher.
12. Discuss your battles!
In any of the battle, you may discuss to your heart’s content! Some battles involves more than two peoples, and thus, teamwork is often necessary. It’s good to pay attention not only to your own characters, because everyone care about their own characters, but there’s more than just few players here. Discussion always open to public, any opinion and commentary are valid. New players might struggle on discussing their first battle, but worry not, you can relax and watch how everyone doing the game to learn the cue. Basic discussion including how the characters interact, their general strategies, their advantage and disadvantage, maybe even describing how your characters will act. There’s no limit on what to discuss, so do it the way you like it.
13. Match result
Regardless if there’s any discussion or not, the battle will be wrapped by the moderator in charge of the round, and the battle will be written as a crossover-like story in a Google Doc as an interpretation to how the battle turned out. Writing procedure could took several days, depending on the standard of the current round. After that, we will publicize the ruling (match result) where we will display the analysis of the matches, based on the discussion and the character forms. For more detail on how we do the writing, read this post to see what it took to write a battle scene.
14. Expect some surprises
By playing our game, anything could happen to your characters, and this might be something that happens by surprise. We aim to makes each plot of the round to be unique, unexpected and not repetitive. Typically, the surviving characters moves on, and those that’s defeated simply eliminated. But in some case, they might be integrated into different role of the story. This is true for everyone and not just the defeated characters. Keep in mind that the moderator in charge could use any characters as the plot demands, including modifying them, such as for example, giving them a new power based on the theme of the round.
15. Boss battle and mini bosses
A single round contain multiple battle, including a mini boss, but the final battle of the round will always be a boss battle! The final boss of the round - of any round - will always be stronger than ANY of the players of the current round, for sake to prevent people from “solo playing” against the boss. Any strategy is valid against the boss, and there’s many ways to discuss the boss battle. Keep in mind that teamwork will always be the important key to victory. While it’s possible to fight the boss 1 vs 1 sometimes, winning the boss battle by yourself without the help of your allies, is impossible. A boss battle meant to be hard and challenging, impossible to get one-shot-killed by anyone.
16. How we designed our bosses
The boss of the round designed specifically for the round, may they be a completely original characters or coming from another book, they still can be modified in any way possible for sake of the round. Whoever they are, they’re important to the story of the current round, not only just as an antagonist, but as the ultimate trouble for everyone. Sometimes, losing a battle will cause dire consequence to the whole world. Because of this, a boss character will be as strong as the plot needed. A moderator in charge of the round has their privilege to modify and buff the boss to specifically counter some OP characters, for sake to makes sure that the boss remain as an overwhelmingly powerful antagonist. However, we will never change the core concept of the boss. That means, we can buff or nerf the boss, but we can’t change who they are.
17. Champion of the round
For each round, there will be those that crowned as the champion of the round. By the latest standard of EBG, three players will get the win, and several more could get another reward depend on the round. Among the three main winner, the first winner will receive the honor to be the character that represent the round itself and their name will permanently be displayed on our historical list! The way we decide the winner is always a mystery, to makes sure that the ending of the story isn’t predictable. The winner isn’t always the strongest characters, not always the most useful, not always the popular guy either. There’s many factors to be taken into consideration and each round got their own values. The complete analysis will be given after the boss battle finished, where the round winner will be announced.
18. Win streak prevention
After anyone win a round, it will be harder for them to win another round, especially the next round afterward! This system known as “win strike prevention” that will mark you for a single round after you win the last one, and it will still partially affect you until another round. You still can win even with this mark, as the possibility is still there. Basically, this is increasing the “difficulty mode” of the game for the winner. Sometimes, though, the difficulty remain the same, but we simply favor someone else. This system exist to prevent the same players to keep dominating the round, but without discriminating anyone either. We aim to gives those that never win a chance to shine, to cement themselves in history of EBG, and thus we always prioritize players that never won any round before. So, don’t be sad if you couldn’t win your first round. Everyone will get their chance to shine, sooner or later.
This is indeed a competition, so a sportsmanship is a must. Be respectful for your opponent, be humble in victory, and don’t get toxic when you lose. Everyone love their characters, and we enter the game for some fun time, but we also need to remember that there’s a story to write here and your character is not (always) the main character. Being proud of your characters is good, but you need to learn that they’re not always going to win, and things isn’t always going to be in your favor. We all can be upset or sad when disappointment happens, but try to accept your loss like a true warrior. We should do our best to achieve victory but we shouldn’t be so desperate to win that we play unfair. Remember that this is a game for everyone, not just for yourself. So please, keep a healthy sportsmanship attitude.
20. Everything is an open book
Anything that may happen on the game is an open book for different interpretation. There’s many ways to see the game, and it’s not just about win or lose. There’ll be moment of friendship for some, meanwhile for others, not just heroic glory. Perhaps your characters could achieve a happy ending that’s not possible on the canon story. And this is why everyone can write their own little epilogue on how they picture the ending. So, even if your characters stated to be dead, you can interpret that in your own way. You can even continue the plot of the round and develop an alternate ending and connect it to your own story, if you wish.
That’s all! Please ask our mods or veteran players if you got more questions!
Good luck and hope you’ll enjoy the game!