Major League Lightball The year is 287 ABY and half of the galaxy is under the control of a third Republic that has risen in the aftermath of a terrible civil war that destroyed the Galactic Alliance. In addition to this, the Roon Federation encourages economic strength among certain planets from the Mid Rim all the way to the Outer Rim, independent of the Republic. Various independent systems dot all over the galaxy as well. "Though the galaxy is not unified, it is at peace." ~ Trieste However, there are exceptions. The various fields of Sports have become the new battlegrounds of the galaxy, and while always existent; they have become more prominent now than ever before. Here comes the Galaxy's Pastime at last. Lightball. The Star Wars equivalent to Baseball. It has taken many forms over the years, but the sport itself has always remained the same. At first there was no coherent league or organization of any kind. When the first one appeared it was simply known as Lightball League. From 60 BBY to 31 ABY. After that it was reformed into the highly unpopular Lightball Guilds of the Galaxy from 31 ABY to 100 ABY. Again it was reshaped to becoming the Central Lightball Guild from 100 ABY to 130 ABY. At that point, with all the chaos in the galaxy beginning to stir, Lightball was disbanded in any professional capacity. A dark time indeed. In 137 ABY, Roan Fel decided some entertainment was needed amid the turmoil. He made sure to personally create the Grand Lightball Association, though it was limited in size and inclusion for years. It lasted till 189 ABY, where professional Lightball was again quieted. Then, in 200 ABY, a more concerted and focused effort was made to create a sustainable Lightball league. And it was accomplished. Enter: Major League Lightball or the MLL. Despite its two dark periods professionally, the sport has one of the longest spanning histories of all time with only the sport of Limmie able to match it. Between the stolen bases, the strikeouts, the home runs, the spectacular diving catches…it all culminates in that seven game series between the two greatest teams. The Galaxy Series. The winner hoists the fabled Kaiburr Trophy. But there will be pain, joy, and all the tensions in between to get there. There are many teams and many players who wish to aim for the top. Are you one of them? Time to Play Ball! How It All Works This is a sports-based RPG set in a relatively peaceful era of Star Wars way beyond the events of the films and books of Legends. Due to the inspiration striking from the other sports RPG around: Elite League Limmie; it has been decided to merge our games into the same universe and thus they occur in tandem, though in very different arenas. As in Limmie, a 'Player' (note the capital 'P') refers to you, the person behind it all. A player will refer to a character who is on the team itself. The first part of this game is to manage a team participating in Major League Lightball. You are responsible for the creation of a team's roster, which will only need to include names, genders, ages, species, and player type (more on that later). Contract Years listed are preferred, but optional. You may create your own Team or ask about some of the pre-created ones I have due to a long history of MLL Lightball! Only one team per planet, please. One or Two Major League teams per Player, depending on initial turnout. All players and coaches are not likely to be fully shown and detailed, but that happens in sports where some leap out ahead of the others. Plus there's just so many of them! The rosters will be changed by trades, signings, and calling players up from the Minor Leagues. All such actions must be sent to the GM for notification and approval. The second part of this game is where the stories come in. Players will fill out a character sheet for any type of person whose narrative they wish to write on regarding the events of the RPG and the resulting scores. Simply number generators would be far too boring and does not make an RPG after all! There are many options here. You can be an Owner of your team. Head of it all and automatically a member of the Owners' Board that at times may convene to discuss important matters of the MLL. Though the Board is still below the Commissioner. Perhaps the General Manager who is mainly in charge of rosters and scouting. Or the Manager aka the Head Coach of the team? One of the other coaches perhaps? Such as the Hitting Coach or Pitching Coach. Or maybe you wish to be a player? Or even simply a fan of your team watching from the stands or at home? It's up to you! Game Mechanics Scores are posted on Sunday in the afternoon (Pacific Time) unless otherwise stated. Linescores are generated by the GM using the WhatIf Sports Generator. Every week will be a series of three games against an opponent. An entire season currently lasting 30 games. With one week being the All Star Break. Teams used to represent Lightball Teams in the generator will be quietly, and semi-randomly, selected by the GM partially based off of a calculated overall team rating from the players' ratings. Those player ratings will be discussed in PM with the GM and will not be complicated. Alongside the Linescores generated, all the information showcased is allowed to be described however a Player chooses to say. Except for Home Runs and Stolen Bases offensively. For Pitchers: Innings Pitched, Walks, Strikeouts, ERA (Earned Run Average), & Saves. These stats will be explicitly stated by the GM to show performance. Again, all other stats can be organized however the Player wishes. "Bonus Runs" are rewards to teams whose Players make a post in the time before the team's next series of games. Those without Bonus Runs accept the outcome of the Generator as is. Those who do have Bonus Runs, accrue an extra 5 runs automatically. The Player, at the end of their post against an NPC Team or in PM if against another Player's Team; must decide in which upcoming game they wish to put those runs into. (Game 1, Game 2, or Game 3) The Player may elect to put them all in one game or divide them up however they choose. No matter what, NPC teams always use the WhatIf Sports Generator score outcome unaltered. In addition to potential Bonus Runs, at the end of a Player's post, they must also state their finalized lineup for the upcoming week's series of games. Pitchers do not need to be stated since Pitching Rotations are already set at the start of the season. An exception to this occurs only when there are either injuries or promotions/demotions to the starting rotation. If a Player does not announce his or her lineup or where to organize their Bonus Runs by Sunday, the GM will decide on their behalf. For a lot more information, go the Lightball Resource Thread: Here Character Sheet Name: Species: Gender: Age: Hair/Fur/Scales Color: Eye Color: Height & Build: Homeworld: Relation To Team: Bio: The Team Roster Team: Home Field: Roster -- General Manager: Manager: Pitching Coach: Hitting Coach: First Base Coach: Third Base Coach: (For player types, refer to the Resource Thread) Pitchers -- Starting Rotation - 1) [Generally Considered the 'Ace' of the Team] 2) 3) 4) 5) Relievers- 1) 2) 3) Closer Pitcher: [Generally the pitcher who is used at the end of the game to shut the door on the opponent's chances due to their high skill] Starting Position Players -- Catcher: First Base: Second Base: Shortstop: Third Base: Left Field: Center Field: Right Field: Reserve/Bench Position Players -- Here you can list eight other players, just make sure to denote their position. If you wish to be balanced, it would be four Infielders and four Outfielders. ALL SHEETS AND ROSTERS MUST BE PMED TO THE GM FOR APPROVAL! Plus, there are still the matter of player ratings to be discussed in private. Enjoy the ride to the Galaxy Series! And good luck!