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How the New Top Ten Time Ranges Work and Why They Were Needed

Among the changes that were made to the Top Ten formula was a procedural adjustment to how division events are scored. As a result of armies taking advantage of a lack of regulation on what constitutes events of certain divisions, we have set parameters on when division events can occur in order to receive the corresponding curve. For armies that correctly report division events, you will not experience any changes, however the addition of a UK curve to the formula encouraged us to make sure the curves are not abused. Read more to better understand how these time ranges work.

Let me preface this by saying that these time ranges need not affect your event scheduling. You may have events with whichever division(s) you want, whenever you want. These are merely to determine how much of a curve an army will receive for its event to make sure the curves are beneficial without being exploited by armies using other divisions to inflate sizes.

Division Event Time Ranges

The division event time ranges are as follows:

Having three sets of time zones for each is mostly for those who make the Top Ten who need to more easily convert times from time zones they are not particularly familiar with. For division leaders looking to schedule events, I have provided a simplified version for weekday events below:

The three time zones for weekend events are still of use to division leaders because given that no one has school on the weekends, there is greater availability for troops from each division, and therefore very few weekend events are scheduled for only one division. Most weekend events are either Ausia/UK or UK/US, and as a result, the weekend time zones overlap while the weekday time zones do not.

Why These Time Ranges Were Selected

The time ranges for weekday events and for weekend events were chosen separately for different reasons. The weekday events were set such that the majority of a division’s time zones were available while the other divisions were largely unavailable. For example, some armies had previously held UK division events at 9:00 pm GMT. While most UK division soldiers are still available at this time, so are many US division soldiers (both EST and CST soldiers are usually out of school by this time). As a result, an event at this time is not really representative of the UK division so much as it is a representation of both the UK and US divisions combined.

Given that UK events now have a curve applied (roughly halfway between the Ausia curve and the standard US events), these time ranges were put in place to make sure the curve is only applied to events that are truly representative of the single division.

As a result, the US time zone has been extended until 3:00 am EST (12:00 am PST) in order to try to prevent late-night US forces from holding events attempting to secure Ausia curve points.

The UK division time range begins around when troops in Eastern Europe get out of school and ends right around when troops in the Eastern US get out of school.

The Ausia range, by contrast, was the most difficult to determine because it spans the greatest number of time zones. A range was selected that provided the greatest availability for troops from two of the most extreme time zones, India Standard Time (IST) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). The Ausia time range begins a few hours before troops from India get out of school and ends shortly before troops from Eastern and Central Europe get out of school.

How This Affects Scheduling of Events

As I mentioned before, you may schedule events outside of these time ranges if you wish; they only affect how much of a curve you receive. If you want the Ausia curve, you must schedule events within the corresponding time frame (the same applies to the UK curve). Please note that the end time for the time range is when your event must be over. For example, an event scheduled at 7:30 pm GMT (2:30 pm EST) is a UK event because it will end at 8:00 pm GMT (3:00 pm EST), the end of the UK time range. If the event is scheduled at 8:00 pm GMT (3:00 pm EST), it is now in the US range.

Things get a little more tricky for weekend events because the time ranges overlap and most events consist of soldiers from multiple divisions. In the case that an event is scheduled during a time range that is overlapping with another division, the event is counted toward the category with the lesser curve. This is because an event with troops from both the UK and US divisions does not need a UK curve because the bonus of having an additional division helping already helps raise the average size. As an example, if an event is held at 8:00 pm JST (11:00 am GMT), this is within the time range for both the Ausia and UK divisions. Since the Ausia division now has the benefit of UK troops, it will not receive the Ausia curve and will instead receive the UK curve because it provides less of a bonus.

My advice for scheduling events under the new system is fairly simple. Schedule events however you think provides the most benefit to your army. This system is not designed to derail how you operate, and most armies already hold their events within these time ranges. The only armies this will negatively affect are the ones that attempt to mislabel their events in order to receive higher points in the Top Ten than they actually deserve. Please note that we will be checking to make sure division events are correctly reported. If armies are found to be attempting to manipulate their Top Ten position with false division event reporting, they may be penalized in subsequent Top Tens.

Why We Implemented Division Time Ranges

We decided to implement the division time ranges for two primary reasons. On one hand, we wanted to make sure the curves we apply to Ausia and UK division events are not abused by armies who do not need them or do not deserve them. The second and most important reason however, is that we are slowly losing effective international divisions. When the Golden Troops closed at the end of the summer, we lost one of the few armies that had effectively used all three of its divisions. Since then, ACP is the only army with a consistent Ausia division, and even UK divisions are becoming less common.

We have seen a lot of army hopping from leaders of these two divisions, primarily because most armies are not dedicating the time and resources to build them up, and thus these leaders search for a new army that will give them a better opportunity. We want to encourage armies to make use of these divisions again, which is why you will see a lot of division-related changes to the formula.

Between the division time ranges, the UK curve, and the new Division Flexibility category, we are looking to bring the community back to being international. We believe it is important to give our “nomadic” soldiers more choices for which armies they can participate in so that they don’t feel obligated to join only the one or two armies that actually have events in their time zone.

These changes to the formula will not be crippling to an army that chooses not to establish effective three-division systems – Division Flexibility is only 5 points – but we would like to give armies an incentive to once again strive to be inclusive of soldiers from all over the world. The internationality of the army community is one of our greatest qualities, and it is something that I hope we can preserve for future generations of soldiers, no matter where they are from.

If you have any questions about the application of these time ranges or anything else regarding the formula, feel free to ask in the comments and I will do my best to reply. Feedback from division leaders, particularly in the Ausia time zone of which the Top Ten makers are least familiar, is also welcome.

~Boomer

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17 Responses

  1. tl;dr:

    -Schedule events whenever you want, this only affects the curve you get
    -There is now a UK curve in between Ausia curve and US
    -Joint division events scored as whatever division has a lesser curve
    -Please label post titles accordingly [US/UK] [Ausia] etc.
    -Don’t lie or u will be smited

  2. 1ST awesome post boomer. Thank you for helping me to understand the new system a bit better.

  3. Sorry 2nd ^

  4. woooo

  5. its truly remarkable how much effort & work is invested, on a consistent basis, for a game oriented around Club Penguin.

    This is an amazing community we have here. No matter where any of us are after all this is said and done, don’t ever forget that,

  6. inb4 rpf on the top 5

  7. The Top Ten really is quite a project, and while I’ve never done it myself, I’ve seen the amount of work that goes into it. It’s not a one-person job anymore – it’s a real team effort. Nonetheless, we’re always looking for ways to improve the system in order to address issues raised by staff and viewers, and I’m happy to be a part of the project of tweaking the formula in order to come to better, more realistic results.

  8. How would 1 GMT be UK? We’re all at school…

  9. You sure can dream.

  10. Europe has other time zones besides GMT

  11. I think since armies work around the formula, these time restrictions are kinda stupid… You say it yourselves, armies work around the top ten, now CPAC are just basically forcing us to change our event times had they been in between AUSIA/UK and UK/USA. The core issue that caused this new formula was ‘ACP using 5 bars’ from ‘the viewers’, and it’s still not even fixed, at all.

  12. Yes but not that far plus other than MW who lives anyway but UK

  13. There are people living in France, North Africa and western parts of Europe…….. ignorant British cunt.

  14. so what you’re saying is in the weekday, 8pm UK events are actually now being counted as US events?

  15. For the purposes of the Top Ten, yes. Think of it this way: UK events never had a curve before, and most armies held UK events at 8 pm UK (3 pm EST). These all had the benefit of having many EST troops home from school, however there was no curve so it didn’t matter whether it was considered UK or US. Now that there is a curve, the curve is only intended to benefit UK events that do not already have the support of some US troops (since these don’t have as much need for a curve). If you want to continue holding UK events at 8 pm GMT, that’s fine, and your Top Ten score will not be at all different than it used to be. What you need to decide is whether the trade-off of less troops at an earlier event for slightly more points from the curve is worth it. Realistically speaking, adjusting the time will probably not improve or hurt your scores much in either direction. This implementation is more to encourage armies without a UK division to get one going without significantly hurting them in Top Ten placement.

  16. Africa isn’t Europe

  17. Thank youuuuuuu I use to always complain anytime an army scheduled a “UK event” at like 4 or 5pm EST…. It was very annoying.

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