# Rugby

Rugby is a multiplayer pvp minigame located in the Ramtops.

## Description

    In this building, you can play rugby.  Teams of at most nine players
each compete on the playing field to the north, where the goal is to
score as many goals as possible using a ball (which will be supplied).

There are two teams: east and west.  Players declare their allegiance
simply by using the join command in the locker room of their choice.
In addition, a non-participating player may assume the position of
referee in this room, provided the game has not yet started.  (See the


## Starting a game

    At the beginning of the game, players join teams in the locker rooms
to the east and west.  The teams are named, conveniently, EAST and
WEST.  EAST and WEST have had a long and tumultous history of rivalry,
going back at least a century, since they first faced each other in
the finals of the Great Lancre Rugby Championship of 1887.

Once all the players have joined a team, one player from each team
must declare that their team is ready to play.  When both teams have
declared their readiness, either the referee must start the game (if
there is one), or a starting team is randomly selected and the game is
started automatically.



## Skills used

    Tackling uses fighting.special.unarmed to prepare the tackle.
fighting.unarmed.grappling against theirs, though there is still a low
chance to break the tackle even if you fail the skillcheck.

Throwing the ball uses fighting.range.thrown, as does punting the
ball.  It is possible to intercept balls which are thrown or punted,
and the skill used for this is adventuring.acrobatics.vaulting.


## Gameplay

    When the game starts, everyone is sent onto the field and one of the
players is given the ball.  Then, their team will try their best to
get the ball to the goalposts on the other side of the field, while
the other team will try to stop them and take the ball from them to do
the opposite.  Once someone with the ball ends up in the enemy
endzone, the game is paused until someone from the other team
continues the game with 'start'.  This is to give any casualties time
to recover in the morgue.

Naturally, as the rugby field is a PK arena, casualties are possible.
Any corpses will be transported to the morgue, and ghosts may go there
for a raise as well.

While in the field, you can perform special rugby commands like
tackle, throw, and punt.

Tackle will throw someone to the ground and jump on them, making them
drop the ball and keeping them stuck in place until you let go or they
struggle free.  It will automatically target the person that has the
ball.  You can also tackle in a direction to reach people in nearby
rooms, but it's slower to prepare.

Throw lets you pass the ball to your teammates, but if someone from
the other team is standing in between they may intercept it.  Punt
lets you send the ball in a particular direction, and is harder to
intercept but also less accurate.


## Ending the game

    After X minutes, the game ends automatically.

It is also possible for the referee to reset the game.  This can be
done whether or not a game has already started.  Resetting ends the
game, disbands the teams, and removes all players from the field.

If there is no referee, anyone can reset the game in this room.


## Refereeing

    The refereeing commands are:
>  referee match     -  claim the
referee
position
>  stop refereeing   -  give up the
referee
position
>  transfer referee  -  make
someone else
the referee
>    to <player>        (they have
to be in the
foyer as well)
>  displace referee  -  take over
refereeing
>  reset game        -  reset the
game
>  fieldheight <y>   -  set the
height of the
field to a
value between
3 and 9
>  select <team>     -  appoint a
team as the
start team
>  start game        -  start the
game
These commands are only available in this room.

A referee has the power to select a starting team, make adjustments to
announcements to all players.  A referee is not necessary but may be
welcome in particular for larger games.

Claiming the referee position can only be done if there is not already
a referee.

If there is a referee but they are not in the room or more than five
minutes idle, or if both teams have declared readiness for over five
minutes and yet the game has not started, it is possible to displace
the referee.  This removes the referee position from the person
currently holding it, and passes it on to yourself.

If a referee wishes to relinquish their duties, they can either do so
simply by stopping to referee, or by transferring their duties to
someone else in the room.


## Spectating

    You can watch the game from this room by looking at the window.

WEST is represented by letters, while EAST is represented by numbers.
Multiple players of the same team will be shown as a single player,
while multiple players from different teams will be shown as a '!'.
If there is a 'o' on the map, then the ball is on the ground in that
room.