Q: My question isn't on this list, what can I do?
Please email our events team email@example.com and we will answer all questions that are not covered in the FAQ.
Q: How will I be able to determine the amount of time left in the round or when the next round will begin?
The large digital clock at the main event stage/ judge station will countdown the official time. If for any reason you cannot determine the amount of time left in a round please ask a tournament official. For the beginning of the next round we suggest that you should always plan for the next round to begin immediately after the current round comes to an end.
Q: How do I sign up for an event, do you have preregistration?
Registering for our events is made easy. You can simply show up before registration ends and sign in at the registration area. If you like to guarantee a spot and not stand in line you can simply visit our website for a link to pay with a credit card, pay pal or store credit. Unfortunately Side events are not eligible for preregistration. There is no limit on the number of players who can preregister. The latest you can preregister for an event is 11:59PM EDT on the preceding Friday.
Q: Once I have preregistered for an event and I cannot attend will I get a refund?
If you are unable to attend or need to cancel for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a refund, no later then 11:59PM EDT the preceding Friday.
Q: What exactly is a Swiss-system tournament?
A Swiss-system tournament is a tournament format involving several rounds of competition with the winners are the players with the highest aggregate of points earned from each round. Players meet one to one in each round and are paired using a pre-determined formula to match players with similar skill (though they may paired by random draw). A Swiss tournament consists of a predetermined number of rounds. All players play in each round unless an odd number of players are available during a certain round. No players are ever eliminated from a tournament based on performance in previous rounds.
Q: How do I know who I play and table assignment?
Pairings will be posted at the beginning of each round. Pairings will be in alphabetical order by last name, where you will find your table number and your opponent. Once you find your table and opponent be sure to verify your opponent by name to assure you are playing the correct person. If you check the pairings and you do not see your name seek out a tournament official immediately.
Q: What happens if my opponent or I am late to our match?
It is both player's responsibility to be at the correct table/seat at the beginning of the round. If tardy at 3 minutes the player will receive a game loss, if 10 minutes the player will be given match loss and dropped from the tournament. If you are dropped from the round it will be your responsibility to check with the scorekeeper to see if you can be reinstated into the main event.
Q: What Sleeves can I use?
Any sleeves with noticeable patterns or wear may be subject to penalties. Sleeves with highly reflective backs are not allowed. All sleeves must be identical in terms of color, wear, and design, and all cards must be placed into sleeves in the same direction and manner. Players may not “double sleeve” their decks. If a player chooses to use sleeves, they may only have one sleeve per card. Sleeves with excessive wear, noticeable patterns, or other identifying characteristics may be disallowed by the Head Judge/Event Staff. If you still have a question about the legality of your sleeves, the Head Judge is the final arbiter as to whether or not your sleeves can be used in that tournament. We suggest for YGO your main, side and extra deck be sleeved the same. It is starting to get enforced at locals, regionals etc. Depending on the judge this could result in more strict enforcement resulting in a warning and repeat violation game loss.
Q: Should I keep track of my score?
Players in tournaments SHOULD keep a record of both players’ Life Points for each game. In the case of a discrepancy, judges will be more likely to side with the player who has the more reliable record for the game. It is a player's responsibility to provide a pen and paper to track this information. ARG Pens and ARG score pads are usually available at Alter Reality events for $1.00 while supplies last.
Q: If have a rules question or problem during my match what should I do?
Raise your hand and yell "Judge". Keep your hand raised and call for a judge until you make contact with one. Do not depend on your opponent or anyone else to answer your question.
Q: Are there rules or a best way to shuffle?
A player’s Deck must be randomized by using an accepted shuffling method (riffle, pile, Hindu, etc.) and then cut. This must be done at the start of every game, and whenever a game mechanic requires the player to shuffle their Deck. Each player must thoroughly randomize (shuffle) their Deck where the opponent can see.
• A player cannot check or order the cards when shuffling
• A player cannot pre-sort their Deck (sorting Monsters/Spell/Trap, etc.)
After the Deck is thoroughly randomized, it must be presented to the opponent. The opponent must randomize (shuffle) the Deck further and then return it to the original owner. The owner may then “cut” their Deck. If they do, they must present it to the opponent who must “cut” the Deck again and then present it back to the original owner. No additional randomization may be done to the Deck after this point. By presenting your Deck to your opponent, you agree that you have sufficiently randomized your Deck.
Q: Do other player's really mark cards?
A card is considered to be marked if it can be identified without seeing the front of the card. This includes warping, discoloration, and water-marks, or if the cards are sleeved, sleeves with identifying marks or other unique characteristics that separate it from other cards in the Deck. If players are using sleeves to protect their cards, they should take extra precautions to ensure that their sleeves do not become marked during the course of a tournament. The Head Judge may require a player to re-sleeve their Deck should they feel that the sleeves are marked. The Head Judge may require a player to replace a marked card(s) during the course of a tournament. If the player cannot replace the card(s) before their next match begins, appropriate tardiness penalties at three minutes and ten minutes will begin to apply, as the player no longer has a Deck that matches their registered Deck list. If they cannot replace the card(s), or choose not to replace the card by the 10-minute mark in the match, they will be marked as a no-show and dropped from the tournament. If the player does not wish to drop from the tournament, they must notify the scorekeeper.
Q: I'm going to lose, can I offer my opponent something to concede?
No. Offering your opponent anything (money, cards, gifts, etc.) in exchange for a concession is considered bribery and is against tournament rules. A player accepts a bribe in exchange for a concession, deliberately losing a Match, falsifying a Match Result Slip, misrepresenting the game state, etc. Players found to be offering or accepting bribes will be disqualified from the event without prize, and further action may be taken against them by Alter Reality Games, or the DCI.
Q: Can we flip a coin or roll the die to determine the winner?
No. Players may not randomly determine an outcome of a match.
Q: I don't have a chance, can I concede to my opponent?
Yes. A player may concede a game at any time, provided he or she has not been offered or has accepted any sort of compensation for doing so. Players who concede in exchange for cash, prizes, or other incentives are guilty of Bribery and Collusion, which strictly prohibited.
Q: Will there be side events?
Yes, a potent schedule of side events each day!
Q: Why do you want me to register my deck list?
It allows our event staff and tournament officials to verify that every player is abiding by the tournament rules and some deck list will be published by Alter Reality Games on our various social media sites.
Q: I lost my Player ID card or DCI card. Can I get a new one?
You do not need your card if you know your number and have a photo ID with you when registering.
Q: How many rounds?
The number of rounds played in a ARG tournament is based on the total number of players enrolled in the event.
• 4 – 8 Players = 3 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 2
• 9 – 16 Players = 4 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 4
• 17 – 32 Players = 5 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 4
• 33 – 64 Players = 6 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 8
• 65 – 128 Players = 7 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 8
• 129 – 256 Players = 8 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 8
• 257 – 512 Players = 9 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 16
• 513 – 1024 Players = 10 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 16
• 1025 – 2050 Players = 11 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 32
• 2051 or More Players = 12 Rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 32
Q: Does ARG publish tournament info?
ARG reserves the right to publish event information such as a player’s Deck List, photographs, interviews
or video reproduction of any Alter Reality Games event or tournament.
Q: How should a player behave at an ARG event?
Players are expected to be respectful and behave in a polite manner towards all tournament attendees, players, judges, tournament officials, and spectators. Players who engage in unsporting conduct or behavior that endangers or detracts from the event, will be removed from the venue. Showing up wearing clothing which features inappropriate/offensive language and/or imagery may also result in these same penalties being applied. Players are also expected to clean up after themselves. Penalties may be applied against any player who deliberately makes a mess of an event facility.
Q: Can I trade cards with other players?
Yes, you can trade with other players in the main event or side events. Buying, selling, soliciting with anyone other then a vendor is strictly forbidden at all Alter Reality Games events. Failure to follow this rule will result in both buyer and seller being removed from the event and may be banned from future Alter Reality Games events. We do have a list of players who are known to buy, sell and solicit at other events we will be mindful of such persons and evict such without any hesitation. Alter Reality Games does have the right to limit the amount of space or occupied by any one while trading. Only one bag will be allowed, preferably a book bag. Alter Reality Games prohibits suitcases, oversize bags, hand and luggage carts etc for the purpose of concealing and transporting of excessive amounts of trade products.
Q: I am on the "official" ban list can I play in an ARG Circuit Series event?
If your name appears on the official ban list and the end of your ban date hasn't occured you may send an email to email@example.com asking permission to attend our event. You will need to include 1) Why you were ban and copy of the email you received from the Penalty Committee. 2) What you have learned from your suspension and comments. 3) List 3 TCG references, we suggest they are in good standing in their community. Kaijudo we will enforce the official WOTC ban list.
Q: Question about OCG cards I know they are not normally legal but can we use OCG cards if they have already been printed in USA? I just like the art better so kinda curious?
No, just TCG cards will be allowed.
Q: Am I allowed to draw with my opponent intentionally instead of playing a full match in a Circuit Series Event?
Yes, we do allow intentional draws.
Q: Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World is released October 11th. Will LC4 be legal for the ARG Circuit Series in Columbus, Ohio, on October 12-13?
No, unless they have already been printed.
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