2014 Summer MFO Sign-Up and Running Thread

Fabian

Diabloii.Net Member
Edit: Due to a low number of sign-ups in the Baal and Pindle categories, this MFO will feature Level 85 Areas only. Players who signed up for the other categories are free to play in the Level 85 Areas category if they'd like.

Hi and welcome to the 2014 Summer MFO! Start preparing your runners and get appropriately hyped for the biggest SPF event of 2014!

Start time: July 11th 2014, 00:00 local time
End time: July 20th 2014, 11:59 PM local time


Total time - 10 days.



Quick Intro

For those new to the MFO, the basic jist of it is everyone picks one of 3 targets and runs that target like mad for about a week. At the end, everyone scores their finds (updated scoresheets below) and adds up the top five finds. The players with the top scores win and they get to claim a few items from the other participants as prizes.

No proxy signups, you may only signup yourself.

The Categories

- Hell Baal
- Pindle+: Pindleskin (or Shenk, Eldritch, Thresh or Sharptooth).
- Level 85 Areas



-In the interest of sportsmanship, please email regular updates of your progress during the MFing week to your supervisor. These should be in the same format as your final results email (no ATMA readouts at this time), like this:

Title: SPF - MFO results
Forum name: Fabian

Level 85 Areas
Asteron's Iron Ward 27.8
Ravenlore 14.6
Crown of Ages 10.7
Windforce 9.3
Windforce 9.3 (example of a duplicate find)
Total 71.7


I will need 3 category supervisors (one for each area), preferably someone who has participated in a previous MFO and will participate in this one.


Things to include in your e-mail (Progress and final upates):
-title should contain MFO
-Your forum name (PLEASE, PLEASE, I end up guessing everytime)
-The category and your top 5 items for each category you entered


-If you quit or drop out, please send your area supervisor an email or
PM saying so.

Email your score and ATMA/GoMule readouts of your top 5 to your area's supervisor within 12 hours after the end of the MFO. There's always a few people who take a long time to do it, and it holds everything up. This time, please send the results in quickly, so the area supervisors can finish their lists and send them to me quickly, so I can put up the Results Thread quickly. When you finish running, please send the results right away. It takes literally less than 2 minutes to fire off your Final Update email, and it keeps all of us from waiting a day or longer for the results.[/highlight]



Participants

The list of entered participants will follow.

If you're entered, try to do your best.

And if you don't think that you're capable of giving up a Windforce or
a Stormlash if you find one and lose, this probably isn't for you.

Allowed mods Any SPF FAM mod and any version 1.11 or later.

Since items are switching back and forth, you must have a current trading profile over on the SP Trading Forum.

Also, if you've been banned from trading and/or mp'ing then you will not be allowed to participate in the MFO. This will be enforced.


Eligible finds

The following monsters are the only ones whose drops will be considered
in each category:

- Hell Baal: Baal and his 5 minion packs.
- Pindle+: The mentioned SuperUniques and their Minions, in
the cases of Eldritch, Pindle and Sharptooth.
- Level 85 areas: The Mausoleum, The Pit, Maggot Lair lvl 3, Ancient Tunnels, Kurast Sewers lvl 2, Forgotten Temple, Ruined Fane, Disused Reliquary, River of Flame, Chaos Sanctuary (not including seal boss packs and Diablo), Worldstone Keep, Throne of Destruction (not including
minion waves)

Drops from all other sources will not count. This includes Prowling Dead in Pindle's Garden, Chests in the Pits/Ancient Tunnels, etc.

Summary of rules:

-All intending participants must register the categories they wish to
compete in. No late entries will be accepted.

-The winning player shall be determined by the five highest-ranked
items they find during the week.

-In case of 2 players tying with the same score, the winner shall be
decided by adding in the score of the next rarest item each of them
found, then the next and so on until a clear winner is decided.

-Remember to keep eligible finds separate from the rest of your gear.


Prize distribution

1st Place - picks 4 items from ANY other entrants (max 1 per entrant).
2nd Place - picks 3 items from ANY other entrants ranked below you (max
1 per entrant)
3rd place - picks 2 items from ANY other entrants ranked below you (max
1 per entrant)
There's a maximum of 2 items taken from each entrant per category.

I will add my own "good sportsmanship" suggestions. I won't enforce these but any reasonable person shouldn't have any problem following these.

1. Don't claim items for their trade value, claim items you want to use or as a trophy
2. If you want a trophy, please be considerate (i.e. no grailers)
3. if you claim an item and the player really wants it, give them a chance to trade back their self found item for a similar or better one or other item as you see fit.
4. If someone is claiming one of your items, you may personalize it before giving it to them.

Scoring

The system is based on the relative rarity compared to the IK
Stonecrusher, the most common elite set or unique.

Here are the score sheets (lvl 85 for both AT and other lvl 85 areas)

Baal (csv File)
lvl 85 Areas (csv File)
Act 5 SUs (csv File)





That's it! Let the trash talking begin :) If you have any questions or comments, you can ask in this thread or you can PM me here or email me at fabbe _ sjoblom @ hotmail . com


2013 Summer MFO Sign-Up and Running Thread

2013 Summer MFO Results Thread

2014 Summer MFO Results Thread
 
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Fabian

Diabloii.Net Member
Please note your version/mod status
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Baal
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Level 85 Areas
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Pindle+
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Note: your category isn't final until signups close and the MFO starts.
 

pharphis

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Perfect timing. Gives me about a week to set up my FoHer, and beta CtA is JUST around the corner. I could also stream the MFO, theoretically :p


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Baal
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Nagisa [1.13d SC FAM]







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Level 85 Areas
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Nagisa [1.13d SC FAM]
Pharphis [1.13d HC FAM]




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Pindle+
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maareek

Diabloii.Net Member
Troll? omg? Surely you jest.

I don't see myself participating (that would mean spending gaming time on not Europa Universalis IV and that seems unlikely) but I can be a supervisor if needed.
 

Fabian

Diabloii.Net Member
Guys, guys, please don't everyone sign up at once. This thread is getting too crowded.

In all seriousness, I hope we get a whole bunch more entrants. The MFO is our finest tradition on this forum, and since we skipped the winter MFO this year due to lack of interest I was hoping this one would generate a bit more. Would be a real shame to see it die out permanently.

We'll see what the number of entrants looks like in a week. If there's no real interest for Baal or Pindle this could become a level 85 areas competition I suppose.
 

Drixx

Diabloii.Net Member
With trader profiles being deleted I'll likely have to make a new one, but I had quite a number of positive trades on the previous trade system.

I'd like to run Baal. I think I'll use my LF/FA zon for it. I can also supervise a category if you like. Thanks for keeping the old tradition alive!
 

TheNix

Diabloii.Net Member

pharphis

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Please. We were all begging for you to host one, but you just wouldn't listen and kept calling it a once a year deal these days. :(



At least keep Baal, please. >_>
totally!

I think it's a requirement so those 99ers can force themselves to gain some exp
 

maareek

Diabloii.Net Member
Ah, good. I was going to let Fabian's guilt tripping get to me, put myself in Pindle and say "your mind games won't work, just like no one would try to stop maareek from going up to a 75% win rate in MFO's" but I see TheNix has already nixed (heh) that plan. I'm going to tell myself I did well on the recruitment drive and wander off with my victory, thank you all very much.

Also: I'm sure there's been volumes spoken about the issue I haven't been privy to, but I'll throw my (probably useless) thoughts in the ring. The MFO, as an idea, is supposed to be sort of the cream of the crop for running competitions, so it's had to adjust a little over time. Meph was dropped from the list when people stopped running him, which is good cause Meph is abysmal as a target, but an MFO with only three targets just seems lacking, especially when one of those targets is Baal plus his minions, who, to be honest, suck equine nether regions in terms of drops and another is Pindle, who ... do people even run Pindle anymore? I mean, I'm sure they do but he's not exactly an exciting target. What that means is: you only have one category that actually stands out as an interesting place to make people want to compete in, short of folks wanting to do Baal for exp runs, and that obviously limits the entrants.

In the old days, that was mitigated somewhat by the number of people on the forum. Meph stayed as a target because people were coming in and/or restarting and needing those few thousand Meph runs to beef up on twinking and/or trading items to kick things off. Pindle was mainly driven, as it seemed to me, by the folks who were competitive but didn't have the time to devote to the alvl85 category. It kind of seems that now most of those people are not here anymore.

So, what I would suggest is adding in another category. Travincal makes the most sense, both because people run it and because it is actually an interesting target. Now yes, we've suggested Travincal be added to the MFO before and shot it down before, for various reasons, but now I'm saying if the choice is adjusting the MFO to fit in Travincal or not have the MFO anymore, I would lean strongly towards trying to get Trav in there.

Now, there's a lot of issues involved, no doubt. First, the council is pretty bad for S&U's, what with the TC78 top end. Second, the MFO has always avoided included scoring for the stuff the council is good at. Third, that leaves us to make up completely new rules if we want to add it to the competition, and that's a pretty huge hurdle.

That said, the MFO has always scored every category differently, so having new rules for a new category still seems within the spirit. Coming to an agreement on those rules would be the issue, and it will probably take a very long discussion time to come to it. That said, as a starting point, I would suggest something like taking S&U jewelry as the core of the scoring, using either runes or charms as the sort of rounding out agent as well as introducing the Tyrael's-like outlier "bombs" for the format. As much of a "itamz r betar den roonz lulz" kinda guy, I think runes make more sense for the job since trying to score charms/jewels/etc. would just be a nightmare.

Anyway, that's just my thought on the subject. I have lots of good MFO memories and I wouldn't want it to disappear, so I'm definitely in favor of trying to change it up enough to entice more entrants. I guess if someone wants to throw up a discussion thread on that subject, more people could chime in and leave this for what it is, or we could just let me rant alone in the dark. Both are fine, and commonplace. ;p
 
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Cyrax

Diabloii.Net Member
is this a troll?
It's only a mirror phar.

Wish i could join, but my hand will barely let me play about 2 hrs a week so no real point in joining in right now. I do hope lots of people sign up because it's a great tradition that should be kept alive.
 

Dazliare

Diabloii.Net Member
I'm in somewhere, though I don't know where yet. I'm a lot busier with RL this summer than I was last summer, so I won't be as competitive.
 

LiquidClear

Diabloii.Net Member
Guys, guys, please don't everyone sign up at once. This thread is getting too crowded.

In all seriousness, I hope we get a whole bunch more entrants. The MFO is our finest tradition on this forum, and since we skipped the winter MFO this year due to lack of interest I was hoping this one would generate a bit more. Would be a real shame to see it die out permanently.

We'll see what the number of entrants looks like in a week. If there's no real interest for Baal or Pindle this could become a level 85 areas competition I suppose.
Says that guy who hasn't signed up himself.
 
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