Presenting The Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Sponsored exclusively by Danny R, Redster and buzzdalf and hosted at DBSTalk.com. ABSTRACT: In simplest terms, I post a link to a contest website on the board. Once you visit that website, you are presented with a short web form followed by a START button. Once you hit START, you are sent to a page having 6-7 questions and your time has officially started. For the first 3-4 questions, its just a matter of if you get them right or wrong. For the next 3 questions, they have to choose which one to answer, and based on which you choose, you are ranked in response time to those who also answer the same question. One of the questions represents a one time only chance to jump to 1st place. All answers must be submitted at once in the same form submission. Winner is the one with the best rank at the end of the contest. Get questions correct and answer quickly, you do well. Miss questions and answer late or not at all, and you do poorly. THE FIRST CONTEST QUESTIONS WILL BE RELEASED AT 10PM Eastern Time on JUNE 30th. (or as soon thereafter as can be managed if the internet doesn't coorperate) ------------------------------------------ The Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Official Rules of Play: 1. The Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest is sponsored by Danny R, Redster and buzzdalf. Danny R is to be considered the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator unless otherwise specified. A DBSTalk username "Amazing Race Coordinator" has been established, and you should use DBSTalk.com's email tool to submit an entry. Use the DBSTalk.com forum for email questions and other correspondence. DBSTalk.com, CBS, Bruckheimer Productions, are in no way affiliated with the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest. All trademarks are property of their respective companies. 2. All rules concerning game play of the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest are subject to modification. If modification of the rules becomes necessary, the rule changes will be posted at DBSTalk.com. 3. All decisions made by the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator are final. 4. All Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest participants are required to be registered members of DBSTalk.com to enter the Contest. While participants from around the world are allowed to play, prizes will be only awarded to residents of the United States UNLESS the non-continental winner agrees to pay for any shipping costs. 5. Previous winners of any DBSTalk.com Contests are eligible to win in this contest. 6. Prizes: First Prize: Computer (minimum configuration: 2GHz P4 processor, 256MB memory, 64MB Radeon Graphics, 40GB Hard drive, Win XP Professional, no monitor, no warranty) Second Prize: DVD valued at up to $30 and the honor of being the putz who just missed it. 7. Odds of winning depend on how well participants answer weekly questions, and on the number of participants in the Contest. Prizes will be awarded when The Amazing Race ends its season on CBS in fall, 2004. Prize winners will be notified via forum PM, email or forum posting. The contest sponsors will pay any shipping charges for prizes. There will be no substitution of prizes by the Contest Winners allowed. Game sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. No purchase is necessary to participate or win. 8. In the event The Amazing Race ends before its complete run on CBS (i.e. network cancellation), the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest participants leading at the time of The Amazing Race end will be awarded the prizes. Should current world events lead CBS to pull The Amazing Race from the current schedule for a limited period of time, the contest will be "put on hold" until such time as The Amazing Race resumes on CBS. The Unofficial DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator shall be the sole judge of the definition of the term "limited". Should events outside of the DBSTalk.com Administrators' control cause DBSTalk.com to cease operations during the contest for a temporary time, the contest shall be put on hold until such time when DBSTalk.com becomes operational again. Any weeks missed will not be counted in the overall results, but the Contest Coordinator might revise scoring awards and poll values to attempt to make up for lost time. Should events outside of DBSTalk.com control force the closure of DBSTalk.com permanently, the contest will end at that point, and the prizes shall be awarded to the current leaders at the time of the closure. 9. In the event of a tie, the tiebreakers will be as follows: Tiebreaker #1 – the participant with the greatest participation level (least missed questions) in the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest will be awarded the prize. Tiebreaker #2 – the participant with the greater number of correct picks for weekly question asking "Which Team placed first" over the course of the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest will be awarded the prize. Tiebreaker #3 – the prize will be awarded to the participant picked in a random drawing by the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator. 10. The Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator is not eligible to win any of the prizes for this game. Employees of Bruckheimer Productions, CBS, and CBS affiliates also are not eligible to win prizes. Participants who fall under these conditions are required to inform the DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator of their status before entering the Contest. All other sponsors are eligible. 11. The Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest will be conducted partially online at DBSTalk.com, offsite on a separate contest website and partially via email to the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator. Once votes are cast, they will not be changed, so vote carefully! 12. DBSTalk.com or the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator are not responsible for weather incidents (such as ice storms) or any other acts of God that may prevent the participants from entering. DBSTalk.com and the DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator are not responsible for entry errors or for transmission errors. 13. DBSTalk.com or the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator are in no way responsible for any problems, technical malfunctions or traffic congestion on the Internet, email latency or delay, or on the DBSTalk.com web site which may limit entries into the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race contest. In the event of a problem with email collection resulting in a loss of entries for any given week, the game will continue from a backup source file if possible. After the emails are restored, any votes entered after the backup point and before restoration will need to be reentered. If such an event occurs, full details of procedure will be provided in the DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest forum. 14. By entering the DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race contest, participants release DBSTalk.com and the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator from liability for any technical malfunction of prizes awarded, and for any damage and/or injury incurred from prizes. Prize winners agree to allow DBSTalk.com and the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator to use their name and or likeness on DBSTalk.com and/or in advertisements. Winners will provide or the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator with a photograph (preferably digital) of themselves with their prize. 15. Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage the DBSTalk.com web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, DBSTalk.com reserves the right to seek damages from the offending participant to the fullest extent of the law. 16. Contest void where prohibited by law. How to Enter Each Week: 1. Notice of Questions will be posted on DBSTalk.com. Participants will find a link to a webpage where they can START their clock. Once their time has started, they will be shown this week's questions and offered a form to reply with. The time it takes you to respond will be counted. Each question will be worth a set amount of time announced when the poll is posted, and if the poll is answered incorrectly, that time will be added to your clock. The participant with the LEAST time at the end of the The Amazing Race season will be the winner of the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest. If a poll question is rendered invalid by events that occur in the show, the Unofficial DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator will make the decision as how to score the poll. 2. During the course of play, Bonus Polls worth varying amount of times may be added at the discretion of the Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator. 3. A Fast Forward poll will exist in all but the final week which may be used ONCE during the contest for each participant. If you are the FIRST to answer this poll correctly, your time will be equalized with the current contest leader at the end of that week (incorrect answers in other weekly polls won't incur a time penalty either), thus putting you tied for the lead. In order to give everyone a chance of using this Fast Forward, there is the possibility that additional fast forwards will be awarded to additional consecutive respondents each week. The odds of this happening are directly determined by the number of participants each week in the scavenger email polls. An additional fast forward will be allowed according to the formula (P/10 - W) with all fractions dropped. This means the number of Participants that week divided by ten, minus the number of weeks thus far in contest. So in week 1, if 57 people participate, then 4 additional Fast Forwards can be claimed (57/10-1=4.7=4 additional FFs), and the 2nd through 5th person who responded correctly to the FF poll will have it awarded. In week 5, if 57 people participate, there will however only be 1 FF that week. (57/10-5=0.7=0 additional FFs) 4. Questions will be posted one day after the airing of the week’s The Amazing Race episode in a DBSTalk forum. Initial questions will be posted one week before the contest begins. 5. Weekly Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race answer period will close at or after 12:00 Midnight Eastern Time the day before the weekly The Amazing Race episode airs on CBS. Participants are encouraged to cast their votes early, not waiting until the last minute. The time as stamped on the submissions will be used as the official time for the Contest. 6. At midnight (Eastern) prior to the show's airing, voting is closed. The Unofficial DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator will not accept late entries, or vote changes after the polls have closed. As long as your email is stamped prior to the deadline, it will be accepted, even if latency causes it to arrive late. If a player fails to cast their votes before the polls close, their votes will not be accepted for that week. If a player casts a vote incorrectly, and does not inform the DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator prior to the polls closing, that vote will not be changed. 7. Votes are stored in the Game Coordinator's database. If a player thinks the cast vote was different than the vote stored in the database for a particular poll, the vote in the database will be used. If a player thinks that (s)he cast votes in all of the polls for a week, and the database shows that (s)he did not cast votes in one or more polls, only the votes in the database will be used. The Unofficial DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator will not accept late votes that are not in the database. 8. Weekly Unofficial DBSTalk.com The Amazing Race Contest results will be updated and posted in the DBSTalk.com forums on or before the second day after the airing of the week’s The Amazing Race episode. Players will not be notified of weekly results via any other method. 9. The scoring will be judged as follows: Each contestant will have a Race Clock that represents their time in the race. This contest consists of 6-7 questions each week. These questions are of two types. The first part shall consist of 3 standard questions and occassionally an optional 4th question which shall be called the Roadblock. Each standard question might have a bonus asking for additional details. Scoring for a bonus will be detailed in the actual question. This portion of the contest shall be refered to as the Standard Weekly Questions: The Standard Weekly Questions are: Which team comes in 1st this week? (may include the option that more than one team ties) Which team is eliminated this week? (may include the option that no one is eliminated) Two other questions relating to the contest are also part of the Standard Questions. These however vary in their content. Each incorrect answer to the following Standard Weekly Questions adds 1 day to your time unless otherwise posted. The second set of questions is an online scavenger hunt, consisting of three questions, which the contest participant must choose between and answer ONLY one. This part of the contest shall be refered to as the Scavenger Race Questions. Scavenger Race questions will be things you need to hunt for on the internet or elsewhere. The nature of these questions will be related to the locations The Amazing Race television show visits. For the first question, they will be about the United States. The first two Scavenger Race Question are collectively called the Detour. Throughout most of the contest, you must choose which path you will take between the two. The first Detour question will be fairly easy to answer. The second Detour question will represent a harder question. It does not matter which of these two questions you choose. Your score for this portion of the contest is based on how quickly you answer a question compared to those who answer the same question. Thus taking the time to answer the harder question might gain you a better placing. Finally a third question, representing the Fast Forward, can only be used ONCE by any contestant during the course of the whole contest. The Fast Forward, if answered correctly, will put you in the lead, but only if you are the first to answer it that week. Incorrect or missing answers on the Scavenger Hunt or Fast Forward questions will be scored as if they gave a worse time than someone having a correct answer for the same question. The participants will choose which of these three Scavenger Race Question they will answer each week, and email their answers to that and the Standard Questions to the Unofficial DBSTalk The Amazing Race Contest Coordinator. Actual time of receipt is not necessarily important. What will be judged is how quickly you reply compared to your fellow participants. The first to correctly reply to a each Detour question will have no time added to their score, and have a day taken off their clock if any time exists. You must answer ALL required questions (both Standard and Scavenger Hunt) in the same email or webform submission. The purpose of this is to have something of a counter for spoiler websites. If you wait for the spoilers to come out, you might get the questions correct, but also will have a slower time for the scavenger questions. One one entry each week from each participant. If you send in multiple emails, only the first email will be considered. All additional emails with answers for that week will be discarded. Submissions on Saturday will have a 1 minute response time penalty. Submissions on Sunday will have a 10 minute response time penalty. Submissions on Monday will have a 30 minute response time penatly. This penalty is not added to your game clock (which is measured in days), but in the time it took you to answer the questions. Thus if you requested the questions on Sunday and it took you 7 minutes to submit them, you would be judged as having taken 17 minutes to actually reply. In judging the scavenger hunt, after the first respondent has been determined, the rest of the pack for each question will be divided into quarters. 1 day will be added to your score depending on which quarter you fall into. If there are less than 5 participants for a question, then each participant after the first will have a day added to his score for each position he is in. Thus if only three answer, the first gets to remove a day from this time. The 2nd respondent adds a day, and the 3rd responded adds two days. Quarters will be divided so that all are as close in size as possible. Odd numbers will be rounded down to the worst time. You may attempt to answer only one of the three scavenger questions each week. Answering more than one invalidates your answer and adds 4 days to your time for that weeks scavenger portion of the contest. New participants entering the contest after the start shall be given a time equal to the current last place contestant's time. Not answering a poll or answering it incorrectly adds time to your clock, unless otherwise stated in the question. Participants do not have to enter every week to be eligible to win. Of course, your odds of winning prizes are better if you play each week. Good Luck!