NOTE: The Warlord and/or the MW4 Galaxy Commander reserves the right to promote any person, at any time, to any position that they feel that individual has earned and rightfully deserves.
Candidate can choose to take trial in either Vengeance or Mercenaries
ToR - Trial of Rank: Trial used for placement in command positions within WAR
Ranks Available: 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant and Captain
The ranks of Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel are considered "Senior Staff" and are by appointment only. All Flag ranks are considered Command Staff and are by appointment only.
No TOR will be administered until the following requirements are met.
- Candidate’s superior officer or higher ranked staff member within his/her direct Chain of Command must recommend the candidate for ToR.
- Candidate must have held the rank of Master Sergeant at least 2 month if testing for the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, unless the candidate's performance during his TOP warranted a special invitation to TOR.
- Candidate must have held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant at least 2 months if testing for the rank of Captain.
- Candidate must have been granted the approval of the Warlord or Galaxy Commander prior to the actual trial for a specific rank.
- In the event of failure, there will be a mandatory 1-month waiting period between ToR attempts.
1. Trial Criteria:
1.1.Trial to be administered by a qualified ToR Evaluator, member of the Command Staff, the Galaxy Commander or the Warlord. Observers in a ToR will be limited to Command Staff and Brigade Commanders only.
1.2.The Trial will be conducted with one Candidate against four Evaluators.
1.2.1.The Chief Evaluator will be a flag officer or higher (Command Staff)
1.2.2.The other three Evaluators may be of any Rank, and will join in the Trial at the request of the Chief Evaluator only.
1.3.Trial will consist of 4 phases. Each phase will be conducted using a different weapon configurations as follows:
· T1 = Stock Mechs only
· T2 = Beam Weapons only
· T3 = Ballistic and/or Missile Weapons only
· T4 = Any Custom Weapon configuration or Stock Configuration allowed
1.1.The 4 weight classes of BattleMech will further restrict the phases.
1.2.Evaluators will choose Weight, Weapon, and Map in descending order of Rank Choices of weight class, weapons type and map will be left to the discretion of the Evaluators.
· Assault Example; T2, Medium Mech, Snowbound
1.3.Maps will be selected that will demonstrate the use of both long and short-range weaponry.
1.4.These Evaluators shall confront the Candidate on a LOCKED, DEDICATED MW 4 Server
1.5.Server to be used during the trial will be established in the "Zone" preferably by a third party observer. If no observer is available, then the Chief Evaluator will host or delegate the hosting duty to another Evaluator.
1.6. Server settings
· Game Type = Team Destruction
· Map = Any map listed in the WAR FTP of the web site (BK & Pro maps Included)
· Time = 30 minutes
· Number Of Lives = 6
· Unlimited Ammunition = OFF
· Heat Management = ON
· Stock Mechs Only = OFF
· Join in Progress = ON
· Splash Damage = On - 100%
1.7.This means that all pilots must select their ‘Mechs and team (assigned by Chief Evaluator), and check the [Ready] box before the server is launched.
1.8. At no time will the Participants be allowed to use the ‘Mech Lab. They play what they have built. If you doesn't possess the correct ‘Mech then you are not ready to TOR
1.8.1. An officer should be prepared to fight at a moments notice under any condition, in any terrain, using any ‘Mech armed with any weapon configuration.
1.8.2.The use of High Explosives is considered dishonorable and is strictly forbidden in WAR.
1.9. If ping time for any individual exceeds a stable 350ms another host will be used, and the trial will be restarted.
1.9.1.Alternatively different evaluators may be assigned.
1.10.Preferably, but not mandatory, the TOP will be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. This allows for the verification of eligibility and scheduling among Evaluators.
1.11.Regardless of the lead time in scheduling, the Chief Evaluator is responsible for verifying eligibility
2. Procedure: COLD DROP
2.1.Prior to the drop, the Senior Evaluator will ensure that everyone participating in the ToR will have voice communications turned OFF for the remainder of the trial.
2.2.Upon launching the Server, the Candidate and the Evaluators will remain in their Spawn Points for several moments(DZ1 for Candidate and DZ 2 for Evaluators), until all members have made it in to the game.
2.3. The Chief Evaluator (or host if designated by the Chief Evaluator) will then request “Ready Status” from all participants.
2.4. Participants will respond with either “Ready” or “Not Ready - Reason”
2.5. Observers will observe --this is a formal trial and will be treated as such.
2.6. Once all participants are confirmed “In Game – Ready” the trial will begin.
2.7. The Chief Evaluator will give the Candidate and the first Evaluator (Light Mech) the order “Weapons Hot – Begin Trial/Engage”
2.8. The Candidate and, the Evaluator piloting the Light Mech will immediately leave the general area of their DZ and begin the first phase of the trial.
2.9. At no time will either warrior re-enter the now “off limits” area of DZ1 or DZ2 (400m bubble around each DZ). The candidate is warned that any encroachment into the “off limits” area,, or the engagement of ANY of the other Evaluators inside the “off limits” area, will immediately result in disqualification of the candidate and require the ToP must be rescheduled. In the event an Evaluator violates an “off limits” boundary, the trial will be halted with a “procedural kill” being awarded to the candidate and that Evaluator will return to the spawn as an observer for the remainder of the trial.
**Special Note: The use of the area immediately behind the DZs to the edge of the map, although technically not inside the “off limits” area, is to be discouraged**
2.10. Should the Candidate be defeated, he/she will respawn and hold at the spawn. At the same time the Chief Evaluator will call “Weapons Cold” and command the Medium Evaluator to begin a return towards their spawn point. The Chief Evaluator may or may not command a complete return to the spawn, however the assurance of at least 1000m of separation must exist between combatants prior to the re-issuance of a “cleared Hot – Engage” call.
2.11. Should the Light Evaluator be defeated, he/she will respawn and observe from that point forward. At the same time the Chief Evaluator will call “Weapons Cold” and command the Candidate to begin a return towards their spawn point. The Chief Evaluator may or may not command a complete return to the spawn, however the assurance of at least 1000m of separation must exist between combatants prior to the re-issuance of a “cleared Hot – Engage” call.
2.12.The trial will be completed upon the expiration of time or the sixth death of the candidate or evaluator; whichever comes first.
2.13.The trial will continue, repeating steps 2.1 through 2.12 with the remaining evaluators in Medium, Heavy and Assault mech chassis. The Trial may also end when the sought rank is reached (see 3.4 below).
3. Awarding Of Rank:
3.1.The ToR is used for advancement into commanding ranks; the whole person concept has been evaluated. Non-tangible items such as attitude, loyalty and leadership, etc. have already been taken into account or else the candidate would not have been granted the opportunity to receive the ToR. Therefore skill is the determining factor for rank advancement.
3.2. The ToR consists of 4 phases worth 6 possible points each; therefore the candidate has a total of 24 points available.
3.3. The Command Staff will officially award rank based on the ToR results, so ensure that the final screenshot provided via email. The candidate’s final score will be based on the sum total deaths of all opponent deaths, and not by a Candidates total number of kills. Total opponent deaths will determine success or failure of the ToR. In order to gain advancement the following point system will be used:
· 2nd Lieutenant = Minimum of 13 points
· 1st Lieutenant = Minimum of 16 points
· Captain = Minimum of 19 points
3.4. The ToR will immediately end upon one or more of the following conditions:
· Reaching the required minimum number of points required for the sought after rank
· When it becomes numerically impossible to reach the required number
· When the 4 phases are completed and the Candidate has reached 24 combined deaths.
3.5. There will be no reductions in rank if the required numbers of points for advancement are not achieved.
3.6. There is a 1-month waiting period between ToR’s if a re-trial is required