Basic Roamer Internet Table-Top Rally Championship 2012


Welcome to the biennial Internet Table-Top Rally Championship. A Championship that has grown from its launch in 2006 via increasing popularity in 2008 and 2010 to what we hope will be best ever event series in 2012.

For established competitors major changes have been made since 2010. Previously you verified your route solution by answering a set of Route Check questions. This was never the most popular method of confirming you had taken the correct route since it was all too easy to miscount, for example, the number of churches you had passed.
That's in the past; now you will need to mark your route directly on a map displayed in your web browser. Your route will be compared with the master solution which has undisclosed checks at strategic points - miss a check and you'll be penalised, just like a real rally.

Establishing the framework for this innovative marking of your solutions has required many hours of programming, but I hope you will agree that this will make your table-top rallying significantly more enjoyable.

The Championship starts in four weeks, but there is a practice Route Card available now. This should give you plenty of time to experiment and become comfortable with this new style of competition.

Registration and practising is free, but if you want to enter the Championship the fee is 20 (minimum). Remember the proceeds go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, so even if you can't find the time to take part please consider entering anyway knowing you will be contributing to a worthwhile charity.

We are pleased to receive support again from The Basic Roamer Company who have been backing our events since 2004.

Read on for more details about the Championship and I look forward to testing your navigation skills during 2012.

Best Regards

29 January 2012

Due to the technical complexities of making the software work on various web browsers you should have no trouble if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. If you run a different browser and encounter problems please report this in the Comments box when you submit the Practice Route Card for marking.

Internet Table-Top Rally Championships 2012

comprising the

Master Navigators Championship
Expert Navigators Championship
Novice Navigators Championship

with four qualifying events:

  Rally Provisional Dates
1 The Nearest FarAway Place Rally February 27 - March 26
2 Panglossian Rally April 30  - May 28
3 Schoolfrenz Rally July 23  - August 20
4 Thalamorph Rally September 17  - October 15

All events start and finish at 22:00 hours.

ROUTE CARDS. On each event there will be 12 Route Cards of varying difficulty from straightforward navigation (the kind you might expect on a UK road rally) to navigation of a thought-provoking and cryptic nature. There will be four set at "Novice Level"; four at "Expert Level" and four at "Master Level".

DURATION. You will have four weeks to submit your solutions. The 12 Route Cards must be attempted and submitted in numerical order starting with the "easiest" and finishing with the "hardest".

NO MAPS TO BUY. The route solutions need to be plotted on (usually) extracts of 1:50000 scale Ordnance Survey maps which are available on-screen and also supplied as PDF downloads.

NO ROUTE CHECKS! You prove where you went by marking your route on a map displayed in your web browser. Unlike previous events you will no longer have to answer route checks. Your route will be compared with the master route, and you will incur penalties for not correctly visiting undisclosed passage checks.

RESULTS. The 10 Route Card answers with the least penalties will count towards your overall score i.e. if you have attempted all 12 Route Cards your worst two scores will be dropped.

CLASSES. There are three experience classes: Masters, Experts and Novices. All competitors should attempt as many Route Cards as possible.

REGISTRATION is free via the Entry Form and will allow you access to a Practice Route Card (see below) to try out the new map marking procedures for proving you have followed the correct route.

ENTRY LIST. To see who has already registered here's the current Entry List.

The ENTRY FEE for the full Championship of four events is 20 (minimum). A small retention will be made for token awards, the remainder will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Note: In 2010 we had 120 entries and donated over 2250.00.

PRACTICE ROUTE CARD. Once you have registered you can login via the Practice Marking a Route page. This is a guided tour of how you would proceed on an event in answering the Route Cards.

REGULATIONS. Acquaint yourself with the Regulations for the Championship.

BULLETINS. Updates to the Championship will be notified in Bulletins. Please read these prior to starting any Route Card.

FORUMS. If you have any questions about the Championships please post them to the TTR discussion  forum. If you used this in the last season your username and password will be unchanged. If you need to register please enter a username of Firstname.Surname e.g. John.Smith, other variants will be rejected.

Finishers in all classes on all events will qualify for World Ranking points.

See what happened in the 2010 Championship.