So many TV series and movie titles exist, with a handful of them win awards for quality, another handful for its loyal fandom, but sometimes it's hard to determine which one is the best of all. Because of this a tournament was conceived to determine the best of the best: the "World Tournament." It's not a good name to boot actually, but I believe this is the best name chosen in order to clear up the confusion whenever I either name this "insert a word here March Madness" or "insert a word here World Cup," which are oft-used I believe.
KNOWING THE GAME
|World Tournament is about fictional characters and real-life stars fight in front of millions of eyes watching. No, this isn't Pro Wrestling. (Image: JoinDOTA)|
Despite the concept, this simulated (yes, this is a simulated competition!) competition will make use of Excel's RANDBETWEEN formula, where two sides will draw a random number between 1 to 5. There are two ways to win: Draw a higher number than your opponent, or beat the opponent's 5 with your 1 (read: 1 beats 5). While using the VBA macro function as with the World Cup simulation is fun, it will take a very long time to create parameters for hundreds of qualifying competitors as I am currently working on my final paper. This will be viewable for public consumption online using the Google Spreadsheet platform, uploading the Excel file to the site.
All qualifier matches will be contained in a schedule sheet within the workbook, which simulates the progression of the qualifiers on a weekly basis. Each week will have multiple matches from different "confederations," and all dates for all matchdays are adjusted accordingly so that they won't coincide with award shows and fashion events (i.e., Paris Haute Couture season), with an assumption that all matches are done at prime time hours.
The qualifier matches come in either of the following two formats:
- Knockout format - two competitors are playing against each-other, with the winner advancing to the next round.
- League format - more than two competitors are contained in one group, playing against each other in a round-robin format. Based on a match's result, a competitor will earn either 3 points for win, 1 point for draw, or nothing for lose.
Last but not least, there will be fictitious news articles and reports covering all the matches, down to the highlights, and the match results may impact the narratives as well. There would be less emphasis on reports in the early stages of qualifiers to save word count, but it would be more story-driven once the main event starts. All this will be available on my other blog.
THE SYSTEM, STRUCTURES AND SEEDS
|"Of course, we need seeding to determine which competitors play which round." (Image: Clive Mason/Getty Images via CBC Sports)|
In order to any of the competitor from the concerning confederation qualify for World Tournament, the competitor must comply the following criteria to the following rules:
- A new, current, and finished fictional TV series and movie title (non-franchised or franchised) currently airing or finished its last episode within one year prior to the start of the qualifiers, with applications eligible until the appointed deadline prior to the start of the qualifiers.
- A digital artist whose last appearance in a web series (including but not limited to: YouTube), either scripted or unscripted, is one year prior to the start of the qualifiers.
- A non-acting celebrity invited by the World Fandom Association based on the celebrity's performance from the end of last year's World Tournament to before the qualifiers assessed by WFA's celebrity board.
- A fashion model whose last runway show appearance is within three seasons prior to the qualifier (counting Ready-To-Wear shows in four big cities and Haute Couture seasons).
For TV/Movie categories:
- Each eligible TV/movie is represented by one character, whose status is still alive prior to the tournament's first qualifier date. How can you qualify The 100's Lexa for this reason?
- A character for a TV series/movie cannot qualify if the actor who portrays another character in another TV series/movie is already represented, either in the same confederation or the other. For example American Horror Story: Roanoke character Audrey Tindall can't qualify for this season because the actress is already qualifying as The People v. O.J. Simpson's Marcia Clark.
- A digital artist may either compete as himself/herself or as a character as their online persona. An example would include Colleen Ballinger who competes as Miranda Sings.
- Comedy - Three rounds: single knockout format in a neutral ground in the first round, two-legged home-and-away knockout in the second round, and a single round-robin group stage with four groups of five for the third round.
- Teen - Two rounds: single round-robin group stage with four groups of four to five in the first round, and a two-legged round-robin group stage with two groups of four in the second round.
- Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Two single round-robin group stage rounds: six group of six for the first round and two groups of five for the second round.
- Drama - Two rounds: Single round-robin group stage with nine groups of six in the first round, and a tournament-styled knockout series in the second round.
- Animated - Two rounds: Two-legged round-robin group stage with three groups of four in the first round, and a two-legged home-and-away knockout play-off between group runners up in the second round.
- Digital - Three rounds: Two rounds of two-legged home-and-away knockout matches and a two-legged round-robin group stage in the third round.
- Celebrity - A single round-robin group stage with ten competitors in a single group.
- Fashion - Five rounds: Three single knockout matches, a single round-robin group stage with three groups of four, and a final single round-robin group stage with twelve competitors in one group.
And that's how to craft a biggest March Madness that blurs the barrier between fictional characters and real-life stars. I'm looking forward to simulate this to you all! All reports and news of the simulation will be on my other blog so please do pay a visit! I might create a single master post for this simulation, which will be updated when the phase goes.