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Subject: The Fleet Challenge Archives!   PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:10 pm Reply with quote

Miniature Trading has a long, proud and glorious history of Fleet Challenges – forum games and contests where we design Pirates CSG fleets around a scenario. We compete for bragging rights, the opportunity to create the next challenge and sometimes even prizes! All while bringing the forum together and “theoretically” playing the game.

The decentralized structure of the challenges means that some great history is submerged in the depths of the forum. This thread will try and bring past fleet challenges to the surface. It is very cool to look back on. Smile

I also hope to post a How-To guide to help future hosts in creating and writing a Challenge. I think Woelf set forth a clear structure that we should all strive towards keeping! Smile

Note: Some things are still a work in progress. I'll post when there are updates.

Edit by a7xfanben: Between my record keeping of the newer fleet challenges, and volt's digging up of past challenges, we now have a complete archive! There are 58 total challenges listed here.

A History of The Fleet Challenges

"The Old Era"
Colringbk created the first Fleet Challenge, which quickly became a tradition and is now a hallmark of this forum.

Challenges in the Old Era: 32 (April 2008 to May 2012)

Weekly Fleet Challenge 4-28-08: Fire and Steel by colringbk
No winner

Fleet Challenge 5-05-08: Cinco de Mayo by colringbk
Winner: vladsimpaler

Fleet Challenge 5-12-08: International Nurses Day by vladsimpaler
Winner: darrin

Fleet Challenge 5-19-2008: International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) by darrin
Winner: colringbk

Fleet Challenge 5-26-08: 3 Pirate Lords by colringbk
Winner: ziotoo4

Fleet challenge 06-02-08:Golden Legacy by ziotoo4
Winner: phymatine

Fleet Challenge 6-09-08: One Nation, One Set by phymatine
Winner: milbarber

Fleet Challenge 06-16-08: Race for the Gold! (by milbarber)
Winner: cabinboy88

Fleet Challenge 6-23-08: Last "Mini" Standing! (by cabinboy88)
Winner: milbarber

Fleet Challenge 06-30-08:"Traditional" Grand Melee by milbarber
Winner: Darrin

Fleet Challenge 7-15-08: First of the Cursed by unknown
Winner: milbarber

Fantasy Fleet Challenge by Colringbk
July 29 2008
Winner: Darrin

Memorial Day Challenge by Colringbk
May 21 2009
Winner: Nealy

War is Over Challenge by Nealy
May 29 2009
Winner: Cleverpun

Anarchy Challenge by Cleverpun
June 6 2009
Winner: Lordstu

Finding Nemo Challenge by Lordstu
June 20 2009
Winner: robbin

Revolutions Challenge by chasseur85
July 24 2009
No winner, essentially no challenge

Creativity Challenge by Woelf
September 23 2009
Winner: Ziotoo4

Two Mast Tuesday Challenge by Unknown/Ziotoo4
September 30 2009
Winner Unknown

Promo Fleet Challenge by Frenchdude
November 14 2009
Winner Unknown

UT Fleet Challenge by Woelf
February 5, 2010
Winner: Lordstu

DJC Challenge by LordStu
Mar 29, 2010
Unknown winner
Unknown Link

Golden Nautilus I by Captain_Nemo
July 26 2010
Winner: Cannonfury

The Great White Challenge by burnthills
Aug 27 2010
Winner: Donosis and Captain_Nemo (Tie)

Capture the Baochuan Challenge by donosis
January 2, 2011
Winner: Captain_Nemo

Denizens of the Deep by Dakmor
June 29, 2011
Unknown Winner
Unknown Link

Single Expansion Pure Fleet Contest by dakmor
July 3 2011
3 Rounds
Round 1 Winner: Volt
Round 2 Winner: maciver
Round 3 Winner: Captain_Nemo

Fleet Challenge: Jaws, by Darrin
August 1, 2011
Winner: Desoto and puma_03 (tie)

The Common Fleet Challenge by relvar99
August 8, 2011
Winner: Captain_Nemo

Challenge of Snails by Captain_Nemo
September 9, 2011
Winner: Woelf and Puma_03 (tie)

Golden Nautilus II by Captain_Nemo
November 18 2011
Winner: Woelf and Relvar99 (tie)

Mathias01’s Fleet Challenge by Mathias01
May 5 2012
Winner: the_grandmaster


"The Middle Era"
Woelf used the revelation of certain "information" about the planned Return to Savage Shores set to rekindle the Fleet Challenge tradition.

Challenges in the Middle Era: 8 (July 2012 - July 2015)

Return to Savage Shores Fleet Challenge
July 13 2012
Host: Woelf
Voting & Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=6156/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=0
Fleets Entered: 16 (By A7xfanben[2], Admiralwhitbeck[2], Bookwyrm, Creeps[2], Lord_Denton, Lordstu[3], Notalwaysyou[2], Sphyraena[2] and Zerotheta.)
Winner: Lord_Denton


The Overthrow of Davy Jones Fleet Challenge
September 15 2012
Host: Lord_Denton
Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8174///
Fleets Entered: 9 (By A7xfanben[2], Creeps, Desoto_Reloaded, Notalwaysyou, Sanguinestylus, Volt and Woelf[2].)
Winner: a7xfanben and Woelf


The Gimmick Fleet Challenge
January 5 2013
Host: A7xfanben
Voting & Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8206///
Fleets Entered: 10 (By A7xfanben, Lord_Denton, Maciver, Mathias01, Notalwaysyou[2], Shelob, Volt[2] and Woelf.)
Winner: Volt


The Cursed CHALLENGE!!!
December 20 2012 (concluded after the Gimmick Fleet Challenge)
Host: getempowder
Winner: a7xfanben


Lipstick On A Pig Fleet Challenge
March 25 2013
Host: Volt
Voting & Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8296///
Fleets Entered: 6 (By A7xfanben[3], Getempowder and Nematode66[2].)
Winner: Nematode66


Attack of the Clones Fleet Challenge
June 18 2013
Host: Nematode66
Voting & Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8360///
Fleets Entered: 10 (By A7xfanben[3], Captain_Vendari[2], Lordstu, Lord_Denton[2], Notalwaysyou and Woelf.)
Winner: Woelf


The Draft Fleet Challenge
August 22 2013
Host: Woelf
Draft Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8383///
Contenders and Winner Thread: http://www.miniaturetrading.com/im/forum/viewtopic/t=8435///
Fleets Entered: 6* (By A7xfanben, Captain_Vendari, Creeps, Dakmor, Lord_Denton and Mathias01.)*
Winner: Creeps
*(Other members participated extensively in the draft, even drafting full fleets, but did not post them for judging. If you are one of these people and would like your name in an honor roll of some sort, let me know.)


The Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge!
June 28 2014
Host: lord_denton
Sealed Game Fleet Challenge - voting, discussing, etc.
The Sealed Tournament Battle Reports!Latest: C1 Part 4!!
Everyone's Pulls and Fleets for the Sealed Challenge!
The Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge - A Good Compromise
Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge
Who should win the Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge?
Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge Voting - Final Round!
Winner: brettb45


"The New Era"
After two fleet challenges that took a very long time to resolve, we have entered the modern age of fleet challenges, where the length of a fleet challenge averages one or two months. (as opposed to a week+ in the Old Era and sometimes a year in the Middle Era)

Challenges in the New Era: 18 and counting (August 2015 - Present)

The “Small Fry” Challenge
August 14 2015
Host: brettb45
Winner: notalwaysyou

"What Lurks Below" Fleet Challenge
September 26 2015
Host: notalwaysyou
Winner: volt

The "Garbage Fleet" Fleet Challenge
November 21 2015
Host: volt
Winner: phymatine

The "Theme" Fleet Challenge
December 24 2015
Host: phymatine
Winner: brettb45

The Best Raider Fleet Challenge
February 6 2016
Host: brettb45
Winner: xerecs

Greater than ten challenge
March 4 2016
Host: xerecs
Winner: brettb45

The “Large Fry” Fleet Challenge
March 25 2016
Host: brettb45
Winner: a7xfanben

The VASSAL Fleet Challenge!
April 27 2016
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: El_Cazador

Triple Threat Fleet Challenge!
July 11 2016
Host: El_Cazador
Winner: Volt

The Keyword Fleet Challenge!
August 7 2016
Host: Volt
Winner: El_Cazador

The Battleship Fleet Challenge!
September 3 2016
Host: El_Cazador
Winner: a7xfanben

Fleet Challenge: Sink The Battleship
September 15 2016
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: volt

Fleet Challenge - Spooky Deathmatch!
October 23 2016
Host: volt
Winner: selvaxri

Fleet Challenge- BUMPERCARS!
December 7 2016
Host: selvaxri
Winner: a7xfanben

Fleet Challenge: Sea Board Dominance
December 25 2016
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: xerecs

Free the King fleet challenge
February 10 2017
Host: xerecs
Winner: volt

Fleet Challenge - Spelling Bee!
May 8 2017
Host: volt
Winner: a7xfanben

The Team Fleet Challenge!
June 10 2017
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: Repkosai and Xerecs

Fleet Challenge - In Search of El Dorado
August 2 2017
Host: Repkosai
Winner: volt

Fleet Challenge: Random Setup Tables
October 14 2017
Host: a7xfanben
Winner:

Bragging Rights Leaderboard (# of fleet challenges won)
Volt - 7
A7XfanBen - 6
Woelf - 4
Captain_Nemo - 4
Xerecs - 3
Brettb45 - 3
Darrin - 3
Milbarber - 3
Phymatine - 2
El_Cazador - 2
Lordstu - 2
Puma_03 - 2
Ziotoo4 - 2
Repkosai - 1
Selvaxri - 1
Notalwaysyou - 1
Cleverpun - 1
Cannonfury - 1
Maciver - 1
Lord_Denton - 1
Creeps - 1
Nematode66 - 1
The_Grandmaster - 1
Relvar99 - 1
Desoto - 1
Donosis - 1
Robbin - 1
Nealy - 1
Vladsimpaler - 1
Colringbk - 1
Cabinboy88 - 1

(I can make these colorful too, if you'd like to see your name in a certain ink. This IS after all such an important thing to take great pride in and brag about! Razz There are 14 different colors that we can use, though we'll run into a problem someday because not all of them are very practical, like yellow, white and cyan.) Razz

(P.S. It WAS intentional that the "Gimmick" challenge is a flamboyant violet, and that the "Lipstick" challenge is a nice red. Very Happy )

For reference:
Fleet Challenge ideas thread

Fleet Challenge How-To Guide
To Come Later

I hope you've enjoyed this, it was a fair amount of work. Smile


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Subject:    PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:36 pm Reply with quote

<Reserved for future content. I've never known a post to get so big that it can't hold anymore, but, who knows?>
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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:42 am Reply with quote

OK, first of all, nice job on a great post! Very Happy

Thanks for making such good information available for the whole community to access easily. Maybe it should even be stickied, as it would be updated over time and could serve as a guide for newbies who are starting their first challenge.

With that said, there are a few things I want to point out:

1. I know it didn't get as much attention/participation as most challenges because it went out of order, but you forgot about The Cursed Challenge.

2.
lord_denton wrote:
After a long drought of Challenges since the discontinuation of the game


This sounds good, but it's kind of misleading. There were numerous challenges between 2008 and woelf's challenge. I won't disagree with calling his challenge the start of a new era (especially since he standardized the rules and format), but there were others like Nemo's Golden Nautilus, the Single Expansion Pure Fleet Contest, and Golden Nautilus II.

3. Also, it would look neater and easier to digest if you put the links in the text itself.

example: Challenge Thread

Plus, that way you can have everything in the same text colour! (I just found out that you have to put the color specification inside the url link or else it won't work.)

With all that said, great job getting this done! I was looking forward to it since you mentioned it a few days ago.



It looks like I have the most entries! (no surprise there lol Laughing )

I was looking through the Draft winner discussion and this made me laugh:
The last we heard from creeps:
creeps wrote:
I think I'll need to ponder.
Laughing

It looks like he's been pondering for quite a while! I wonder if he'll ever make up his mind and come back? Laughing


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Subject:    PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:28 pm Reply with quote

This is great! There were also some island making challenges that were done too. Not sure if you want to include those or not since they weren't fleets.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:37 am Reply with quote

Thanks for the appreciation. Smile Like I said it's still a WIP (Work In Progress). Your suggestions will be considered when I next get a chance to update it. Smile

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Maybe it should even be stickied, as it would be updated over time and could serve as a guide for newbies who are starting their first challenge.


Yeah, that was always the intention. I wanted to make it nonsticky at first so it didn't get lost up with the other stickies. Maybe I'll sticky it now, while I'm at it. Smile
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Subject:    PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:13 pm Reply with quote

Unlock! This thread could use a bit of updating one of these days.
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Subject:    PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:08 am Reply with quote

<HUGE facepalm>



I cannot believe that this thread was created in March of 2014, that the last post was in October of 2014... for that matter, when did it become 2016? Honestly, all of this felt like it happened a few months ago.

Wow... <Sigh> I've been horribly out of the forum's picture. It is a regret of mine not only on a personal level, but because it's my official duty, too. Overall, it's one of my biggest regrets of 2015 and, well... my life.

I'll unlock this. It will need some updating. During my absences, I've missed entire fleet challenges...
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Subject:    PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:24 pm Reply with quote

Bump! We shouldn't let the sticky threads get locked.
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Subject: The "newest" era   PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:20 pm Reply with quote

Here's an update for the challenges that have occurred since the end of the Sealed Pack challenge, which is what "Fleet Challenge #7" became.

The Sealed Pack Fleet Challenge!
Host: lord_denton
Winner: brettb45

The “Small Fry” Challenge
Host: brettb45
Winner: notalwaysyou

"What Lurks Below" Fleet Challenge
Host: notalwaysyou
Winner: volt

The "Garbage Fleet" Fleet Challenge
Host: volt
Winner: phymatine

The "Theme" Fleet Challenge
Host: phymatine
Winner: brettb45

The Best Raider Fleet Challenge
Host: brettb45
Winner: xerecs

Greater than ten challenge
Host: xerecs
Winner: brettb45

The “Large Fry” Fleet Challenge
Host: brettb45
Winner: a7xfanben

The VASSAL Fleet Challenge!
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: El_Cazador

Triple Threat Fleet Challenge!
Host: El_Cazador
Winner: Volt

The Keyword Fleet Challenge!
Host: Volt
Winner: El_Cazador

The Battleship Fleet Challenge!
Host: El_Cazador
Winner: a7xfanben

Fleet Challenge: Sink The Battleship
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: volt

Fleet Challenge - Spooky Deathmatch!
Host: volt
Winner: selvaxri

Fleet Challenge- BUMPERCARS!
Host: selvaxri
Winner: a7xfanben

Fleet Challenge: Sea Board Dominance
Host: a7xfanben
Winner: xerecs

Free the King fleet challenge
Host: xerecs
Winner: volt

Fleet Challenge - Spelling Bee!
Host: volt
Winner: a7xfanben

Bragging Rights Leaderboard (Only challenges linked in this thread) (# of fleet challenges won)
Volt - 5
A7xfanben - 5
Brettb45 - 3
Xerecs - 2
El_Cazador - 2
Woelf - 2
Selvaxri - 1
Notalwaysyou - 1
Phymatine - 1
Creeps - 1
Lord_Denton - 1
Nematode66 - 1


For reference:
Fleet Challenge ideas thread

Old comment: It's been nice to do a lot of challenges in the past 10 months or so - 8 challenges to be exact! (including the current one) Out of curiosity I looked at the different threads for the Draft and Sealed Pack challenges, to see how long they took. The Draft thread was posted on 8/22/2013 and the winner was crowned on 1/21/2014. For the Sealed Pack challenge, the thread was posted 6/28/2014 and it was not until July 2015 that we had a winner. It's safe to say that we've picked up the pace! Very Happy (Those challenges were also back-to-back, so it took about 2 years to complete those 2 challenges! Shocked )


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Subject:    PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:42 pm Reply with quote

I've updated the post directly above this one. El Cazador has gotten on the leaderboard with his first fleet challenge victory, while Volt has just tied brettb45 for the overall lead with 3 wins apiece! Smile What will happen next??
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Subject:    PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:13 am Reply with quote

Another update and I've tied Volt and Brettb45 in the lead with 3 victories apiece in the modern era. El_Cazador pulled off a rare feat, winning 2 out of 3 challenges or effectively 2 in a row due to his hosting the one in between victories (which Brettb45 pulled off recently as well).

It's funny how my wins can be traced to some of my "strengths" if you will. I won the Overthrow of Davy Jones challenge, which at 120 points was one of the largest fleet challenges we've had. I have a long and rich history of playing very large games, so it's fitting that I won one of the bigger challenges. My favorite ship type has always been 5 masters, and I ended up winning the Large Fry fleet challenge, which only permitted 5 masters and up in the build. My latest victory comes in the Battleship fleet challenge, which is fitting because of my interest in naval history, specifically from a warfare perspective and a Royal Navy perspective. My fleet ended up using Cursed sea monsters instead of English warships, but it's nonetheless fitting that I won a more combat-oriented challenge. (And it's ironically not fitting at all since I hate the game Battleship lol)

But enough about me, it'd be nice for someone else to have some "challenge reflections" if you will. Very Happy
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:28 pm Reply with quote

You need to update your post =)
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:41 pm Reply with quote

volt wrote:
You need to update your post =)


He does! Luckily for him, if he ever gets around to it, he has my post as a useful reference.
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Bumpity bumpity. I must enter longer text...
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Subject:    PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:57 pm Reply with quote

Have you ever thought about cleaning this thread up, and combining LD's first post and yours in a new thread?

It would be cool if info on the "old" challenges were put in there too, at least as much as we can still find given that many of us were not here in the "beginning"
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