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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Internet Table-Top Rally Championship. A Championship that has grown since its launch in 2003 via increasing popularity in 2004/5, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 to what we hope will be best ever event series in 2017-2018.
Major changes were made in
2012. Prior to then you verified your route solution by
answering a set of Route Check questions. This was never the
most popular method of confirming you had taken the correct
route since it was all too easy to miscount, for example, the
number of churches you had passed.
Establishing the framework for this innovative marking of your solutions has required many hours of programming, but I hope you will agree that this will make your table-top rallying significantly more enjoyable.
The Championship starts on November 1, 2017, but there is a Practice Route Card available now. This should give you plenty of time to experiment and become comfortable with this style of competition.
Registration and practising is free, but if you want to enter the Championship the fee is £25 (minimum). Remember, all the proceeds go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, so even if you can't find the time to take part please consider entering anyway knowing you will be contributing to a worthwhile charity.
Read on for more details about the Championship and I look forward to testing your navigation skills during 2017/2018.
Remembering Chris Towers
Master Navigators Championship
with four qualifying events:
All events start and finish at 22:00 hours.
ROUTE CARDS. On each event there will be 12 Route Cards of varying difficulty from straightforward navigation (the kind you might expect on a UK road rally) to navigation of a thought-provoking and cryptic nature. There will be four set at "Novice Level"; four at "Expert Level" and four at "Master Level". All competitors should attempt as many Route Cards as possible.
RESULTS. The 10 (rounds 1 and 2) or 11 (rounds 3 and
4) Route Card answers with the least penalties
will count towards your overall score i.e. if you have attempted
all 12 Route Cards your worst two/one score(s) will be dropped.
DURATION. You will have 3 weeks to submit your solutions. The 12 Route Cards must be attempted and submitted in numerical order starting with the "easiest" and finishing with the "hardest".
NO MAPS TO BUY! The route solutions need to be plotted on (usually)
extracts of 1:50000 scale Ordnance Survey maps which are
available on-screen and also supplied as PDF downloads.
CLASSES. There are three experience classes: Masters, Experts and Novices - see the definitions on the Entry Form.
REGISTRATION is free via the Entry Form and will allow you access to a Practice Route Card (see below) to try out the map marking procedures for proving you have followed the correct route.
ENTRY LIST. To see who has already registered here's the current Entry List.
The ENTRY FEE for the full Championship of four events is
PRACTICE ROUTE CARD. Once you have registered read the Marking a Route page. This is a guided tour of how you would proceed on an event in answering the Route Cards. When you are comfortable with what you have to do LOGIN.
REGULATIONS. Acquaint yourself with the Regulations for the Championship.
BULLETINS. Important updates to the Championship and events will be notified in Bulletins. Please check these prior to starting any Route Card.
AWARDS. You are doing this mostly for fun and helping a charity. However, token awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each class on each event.
TTR FORUMS. If you have any questions about the Championship or individual events please post them to the appropriate TTR discussion forums. If you used this in the last season your username and password will be unchanged. If you need to register please enter a username of Firstname.Surname e.g. John.Smith, other variants will be rejected.