ACC Internet Cribbage

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated (06/26/2007)

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What is ACC Internet Cribbage?

The ACC's new Internet Cribbage Program gives members an opportunity to play in online tournaments, earn rating points, and compete for annual and lifetime awards.

ACC Internet Cribbage is organized into an annual season ending each year on July 31. Each season consists of dozens of individual tournaments in various formats. Players reaching the top brackets of a tournament earn Internet Rating Points (IRPs), which are tabulated separately from MRPs and Grass Roots rating points. The ten players earning the most IRPs during the season form an official All-Internet team. The player in first place is crowned Internet Champion.

Are there cash prizes?

Due to legal considerations, there are no cash prizes for winners of Internet tournaments. There are also no entry fees. What we do offer is bona fide competition in a sportsmanlike environment, stringent guards against cheating and fraud, and a legitimate rating and awards system administered by the game's preeminent sanctioning organization.

How do I play? Where do I find the tournaments?

Follow these steps:

1. Join the ACC if you haven't already done so. To compete officially you must be an ACC member in good standing.
2. Familiarize yourself with the ACC rules for Internet play and tournament guidelines
3. Effective April 1, 2009, ACC Internet Tournaments will be played at multiple sites, These sites are:
     GameColony.com

     eCribbage.com

During the period, June 20, 2007 through March 31, 2009, all ACC Internet tournaments were played at GameColony.com.   If you have trouble getting started at MSN Games, have a look at this document.    ****  Through June 19, 2007, all tournaments were held at MSN Games by Zone.com.

 If you don't already have a Game Colony screen name (nickname), create a GameColony.come name now and spend some time becoming familiar with the Game Colony cribbage software. We suggest you practice with a few friendly matches in the Main Room.

 If you don't already have a eCribbage screen name (nickname), create an eCribbage.com Login-ID now and spend some time becoming familiar with the eCribbage.com software. We suggest you practice with a few friendly matches in the Main Room.

4. Once you have an established your screen name(s)on Gamecolony.com  and/or eCribbage.com screen name and or an , register it with us using the online registration form. This will link your screen name(s) to your ACC member information
5. Consult the tournament schedule for dates and times of official events. There is no pre-registration  just sign up in the designated room between 10 and 30 minutes before the start time. Some tournaments close after 64 or 128 entrants, and many allow nonmembers to play, so come early to guarantee yourself a place. Also be sure you have enough time to complete the tournament if you reach the later rounds (three hours usually suffices).

Do I need to sign up in advance for a particular tournament?

There is no pre-registration for most tournaments  just sign up in the designated room between 10 and 30 minutes before the start time.

The tournament schedule refers to stakes. What are these?

Stakes were what MSN Games called game points. A normal win is worth two stakes/game points. A skunk is worth three.  Stakes are not used at Gamecolony.com or eCribbage.com.

What's a screen dump, and how do I create and send one?

A screen dump is a depiction of whatever appears on your computer display at a particular time. Rule 9.b and 9.c of the ACC rules for Internet play advise taking screen dumps following Fourth Street boots and match wins to help verify events in case of a dispute. On Windows systems you do this by pressing the PrtSc key while the game window is visible. This will capture the screen dump to the Windows clipboard. If you need to send it to the tournament director, either paste it directly into your email message using Ctrl-v (or Edit, Paste), or if your email program does not support this, use the Windows Clipboard Viewer (from Windows 2000/XP select Start, Run, type clipbrd, then press Enter) to save the screen dump as a .CLP file. You can then attach this file to your email message.

Can you help me with the tournament site software problems? I can't log in, can't get the software to run, don't know the URL, forgot my password, etc.

Since we do not run the cribbage gaming software, but simply use host sites as an Internet host for our tournaments, we generally cannot help you with technical questions about internet cribbage gaming software, the Internet or computers in general.

Gamecolony.com Games answers some common Gamecolony.com technical questions on this page, which also includes basic instructions on using their gaming software. If you are still having trouble, try submitting a message through the "Contact Us" link or by posting a message in the Gamecolony.com  Cribbage Forum. The Forum which is frequented by Gamecolony.com technical staff and members.

eCribbage.com Games answers some common eCribbage.com technical questions on this page, which also includes basic instructions on using their gaming software. If you are still having trouble, try submitting a message through the "Contact Us" link or by posting a message in the eCribbage.com  Forum. The Forum which is frequented by eCribbage.com technical staff and members.

What about screen names and anonymity? Will you keep my screen name confidential? What about my email address and other member information?

We know that many people enjoy competing online anonymously, but our experience is that players act much more responsibly when they are accountable by name for their conduct. We feel that you have the right to know the identity of your opponent if he or she is an ACC member, just as you would in Grass Roots or the Tournament Trail. Rule 4.d of the ACC rules for Internet play states:

"The culture of anonymity associated with some sectors of the Internet is not compatible with the standards of accountability and professionalism espoused by the ACC. Accordingly, the ACC does not guarantee the confidentiality of members' names. Tournament results and IRP standings will be published on the Internet and in Cribbage World, and players will be identified by their real name instead of, or in addition to, their screen name."

Although we mainly publicize tournament winners by real name, we mention screen names as well. And often the nickname used by a particular member will be deducible from the published tournament results. If you desire anonymity for a Zone.com nickname, we recommend you create a second nickname to use exclusively in ACC tournaments.

Except for screen names, though, your ACC membership information will be kept strictly confidential. The ACC does not publish the email address, mailing address or phone number of its members, nor does it make that information available to third parties.

I can't/won't play at Gamecolony.com or eCriibbage. Will the ACC hold tournaments at other sites?

Yes, eventually. We are currently researching several other Internet host sites that support cribbage, and we hope to hold tournaments on at least one of them in the future, but it may take some time. An ideal site is secure against cheating and hacking, has a moderated environment, comes with an existing community of players and tournament hosts, allows our members to play for free, and has cribbage hosting software that conforms to ACC tournament rules. It's surprisingly difficult to find all this on one site!

Does the ACC plan to create its own tournament host site?

At present our strategy is to carefully choose existing Internet host sites for our tournaments. This leverages the existing Internet cribbage infrastructure, and maximizes the ACC's exposure to the online cribbage community. Although we expect to expand the Program to at least one other host site in the future, we have no plans to build our own site anytime soon.

I'm interested in hosting ACC Internet tournaments. What should I do?

Contact us either through an accredited ACC tournament director, or by filling out this form.

To host ACC tournaments at Gamecolony.com, you must have documented and provable Internet TD experience and be approved by the ACC Internet Cribbage TD Coordinator or designee.  Experience as a Gamecolony.com TD is preferred and recommended as Gamecolony.com TDs are granted special privileges that help them moderate the lobby environment.  Under the Gamecolony.com rules, only these individuals are allowed to host events in the tournament rooms. (The ACC Room is not considered and GC Tournament Room.)

To host ACC tournaments at eCribbage.com, you may have documented and provable Internet TD experience and be approved by the ACC Internet Cribbage TD Coordinator or designee.  Experience as a eCribbage.com TD is preferred and recommended as eCribbage.com TDs are granted special privileges that help them moderate the lobby environment.  Under the eCribbage.com rules, only these individuals are allowed to host events in the tournament rooms.

Can you help me become an Gamecolony.com or an eCribbage TD?

Yes. If you'd like to become a Gamecolony.com TD, use the "Contact US" link at Gamecolony.com. There is a no direct cost.  There is a small time commitment involved in becoming a TD.  Important Note:  Gamecolony.com recommends that a TD have experience as a player in their tournaments and there is a cost involved.

eCribbage.com TD setup is under development.

I'm a Gamecolony.com/eCribbageTD?. Why can't I use my  TD screen name identity to play in ACC tournaments?

Gamecolony.com rules prohibit TDs from using their TD identity as a player.  In addition, the ACC prohibits the use of any screen name that contains a token, such as +, (TD) or $.  We require that you to create a non-TD nickname to use when playing in our tournaments.

eCribbage.com TD setup is under development.

Do you need volunteers besides tournament directors?

The ACC is a member-run organization, so volunteers are always needed to manage statistics, write announcements and news items, and direct various projects. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Internet Steering Committee using this form. See above for information on becoming an accredited ACC Internet tournament director.

How was the first year of play organized?

The ACC held its first Internet tournament on October 30, 2003. This inaugurated an unrated trial period that extended through early February 2004. On February 5, 2004, the ACC Board of Directors formally approved the Internet Cribbage Program, and rated play commenced on February 12, 2004. The first season (officially the 2004 season) ended on July 31, 2004. Play continues with the 2004-5 season, which runs from August 1, 2004 to July 31, 2005. Subsequent seasons will follow the same annual schedule, which is arranged to be synchronous with the Tournament Trail.


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