Most managers compete in public regions based on geography, like based, like USA Northeast, Canada, Europe, etc. These regions are open to anybody but a manager may play in only one of these regions. Every manager has a home region where his fighters normally compete.
When a fighter wins two titles in his geographical region, he is promoted to the Contenders region, where he can compete for a world title.
Three "special" regions have been created to give managers more variety in their matchups. Currently, fighters from these special regions are not promoted to contenders and may never leave their region.
The Professional region is a "pay to play" region. It costs $7 to create your first fighter and $2 for each fighter thereafter. Gyms may also get fighters if they have won world titles, participated in the staff, or made other major contributions to the game.
The differences between the professional region and the regular region are as follows:
This also makes a more realistic population of fighters -- the region is not full of 7'1" giants, super-strong dwarves, 1-round KO artists who collapse in round 2, or super-agile "sissies".
You do get a couple of retries when creating a fighter so you can throw away fighters with no chance, but your third try is final.
A point of POW costs only 1/3 point of fatigue rather than 1/2, which is fairer for "sluggers".
The formula for the number punches landed
is changed slightly to
In the future, managers in the professional region will elect their own moderator.
Join the professional region.
The Unsactioned region is open to any manager who wants to fight managers from outside his geographical region.
A manager may create fighters in the Rookie region only while his earnings are less than $100K. This gives new managers a chance to play against other new managers and get some easier matchups. Managers may not activate retired fighters in this region.
Special regions also exist (or will soon exist) to allow fighters to compete using variations of the WeBL simulator. These variants may require entirely different tactics than the standard simulator.
Normally, all WeBL bouts are 12 rounds long. With the graduated
simulator the duration of a bout depends on the rating of the fighters
involved. Low rating fighters fight for 4 rounds, and this is
gradually increased to 15 rounds. The combined status of the two
fighters involved, decides how many rounds the bout will last:
A more apt name for this variant would be "old-time boxing", but "Bare Knuckles" sounds better :) There are many differences:
This variant is based on the rules of modern amateur boxing as held in the olympics.
This region uses an "experimental simulator", which uses any changes under consideration. The Experimental region is not intended for competitive play and no issues or problems with fighters in this region are ever addressed.
This region is used for "official" tournaments. It is run tournament style (no draws). Managers cannot create fighters in this region without receiving an "invitation" from a staff member. Newly created fighters are inactive (retired) and only staff members can activate fighters in this region.
This variant is intended to recreate the old EKO-style of play which had a very different "feel" with more extreme tactics. Because other changes from WeBL are incorporated, the rules here will be subject to change to balance the game.
The EKO variant uses the experimental simulator. This means that you must check the "experimental simulator" option on the practice fights page, and that any changes under discussion are active in the EKO variant. However, this situation is only temporary.
The current differences from WeBL include
If a group of friends wants to compete with each other, one of them can create a private region when creating a new gym on the registration page. This region will have a password so nobody can join unless invited. Private regions work exactly like public regions, except that fighters in that region can only fight each other. Private regions have their own rankings, press releases, etc.
To use a private region, a player must create a new gym and enter the name and password for that region on the registration page. It is acceptable to create multiple gyms if they are only in private regions. But no user should have more than one gym in public regions.
Note that fighters in a private region can never interact with fighters or gyms in other regions. A private region is completely isolated from all other regions. Furthermore, gyms in private regions cannot "pickup" abandoned fighters. Fighters in a private region will never be promoted to "Contenders". (Otherwise we would see many fixed fights in private regions to create contenders.)
Private regions that are not used for a period of time may be deleted, along with all fighters and gyms, at the Commissioner's discretion (to save disk space).
To run a tournament, create a private region as described above and choose the tournament option. This prevents any fight from being a tie. In the event of a tie, the referee awards the fight to the fighter who inflicted the most damage.
The number of fighters in a division should be a power of 2 (i.e. 4, 8,
16, 32, etc.). This, unfortunately, requires coordination among
the participants. But if you do this, the first champion in each
division can be declared the winner of the tournament. It will not
be necessary for anybody to retire their fighters or make any other
adjustments while the tournament is running.