Welcome to the 36th season of Race Department Forum Racing!
Joining is quick and simple. Just make a post stating your interest to join.
The most important part of the game. A race consists of the moderator making a post containing the words GOGOGO. After this, you must make specific posts in a certain order and time span as quickly as possible, depending on the type of race. A race will end when every contender finishes, or when 24 hours (or more, depending on availability of the moderator) have passed since the last finisher.
As soon as a sprint race has started, you have to post "Finish". The one to post first wins.
Reversed Grid Sprint Race
Taking into account the result from the previous race, the player who finished last the previous race will have the first opportunity to finish the next race without the player, who finished one position ahead of him the previous race, being able to post "Finish" for 15 minutes etc. etc. If a player DNF's the previous race, he will be placed at the back of the grid for the next reversed grid sprint race. This is to encourage players to finish every single race. The moderator will put the first possible finishing times in the GOGOGO post of the race to take away the stress out of the players hands.
The aim of the race is the same as a normal sprint race. The only thing a player has to post when the race is GOGOGO, is "Finish".
Feature races will have mandatory tyres that need to be used. The concept is as following:
Soft Tyres have a lifespan of 30 minutes whereas the Medium Tyres will have a lifespan of 1 hour. It is the player's responsibility to use both mandatory tyres during the race. When the race is GOGOGO the player needs to post "Start" and also must post on which tyre he wants to start. During the pitstops the tyres will be changed and the other mandatory tyreset will be fitted. If the player chooses to start on the Soft Tyres, he should post "Pit" 30 minutes after the race is GOGOGO. Likewise, if the player opts to start on the Medium Tyres, he should post "Pit" after 1 hour. When we follow this example, if the player opts to start on the Soft Tyres, this means he pits on to the Medium tyres and should wait 1 hour after his "Pit" post before he is allowed to post "Finish". The same goes the other way around when the player starts on the Medium Tyres, he will pit onto the Soft Tyres and has to wait 30 minutes before he is allowed to post "Finish".
For the race starts we'll use GMT. A race can't start twice during the same hour and each day will contain 2 races. The exact start times won't be given of course. It's the player's responsibility to keep track. There's one exception to this rule however. During the player's homerace, he'll be given a time window of 3 hours in which the race can start. This should give the driver a slight advantage during his home race.
In order to keep the game fun and interesting for everyone, you shouldn't set up email alerts for new replies in this thread. Past events have shown that it isn't healthy for the game itself, and that's it's more enjoyable for all participants if they're not used.
You can't get a penalty for timing infringements in a sprint race. In the feature race, each minute you post a section of the race early will earn you a 30 minute penalty to your race time.
Tagging your team mate/other drivers during the race to get them to finish sooner is not! allowed.
After you post, you are not allowed to edit that post for 5 minutes. If you post early, you cannot re-post that same order, you must carry on from there and accept the penalty. This also applies to posting the wrong thing, where you must wait 5 minutes and post the correct thing. Your time will be counted from the correction onwards. After posting one of the components of a race (Start, Pit, Finish), if the same one is posted soon after, it will be classed as a correction. This means that times will be counted from that post. Penalties can still be given out for double posting within 5 minutes.
If you don't finish several races in succession, you will no longer be waited for regarding results. Furthermore, your seat can be taken by a new sign-up. If you finish again after having lost your seat, you'll have to join a new team.