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CONGRATULATIONS to Top Hats and Monocles - NGA Season 4 Amateur League Champions!

After defeating The Rifball Grapists in two games (7-2 and 5-4), Top Hats and Monocles has taken the title!  Congratulations Ehrique, Mr Gecko23, Mr Kingsaint10, Mr Ninja456, Mr Saintz98 and xTGz ZEUS!

Grifball Art Gallery

Here's our third entry in our Grifball Art Gallery! Check out our growing collection of authentic Halo 4 artwork - now featuring an impressive THREE images!

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Grifball's Lament

Life through the eyes of the Grifball in Halo 4. An awesome Grifball poem written by the even more awesome SquirrelBurrito.

Grifball's Lament

Chaos Courts: Alpha

A powerful AI hacked our servers last night and some interesting information was left behind in the forums about the NGA's SL13 Pro map.

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THIS IS GRIFBALL

It has begun.  Can you feel it?  This is Grifball.  The time has come.  Now we unite with our friends, align with our allies, and position against our rivals...

This is Grifball

Happy Birthday, NGA!

One year ago today - on May 20th, 2012 - Grifball.net and the National Grifball Association were launched and for better or worse, we're still here today! SquirrelBurrito set up a thread for us all to take a walk down memory lane and share our favorite NGA stories.

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Season 4 Playoffs Have Begun! (finally)

After some long delays (sorry!), Spring League 2013 playoffs are finally getting underway!  Read on forimportant information for Captains and other details...

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NGA Spring League '13 Playoffs

Playoffs are here!

We apologize for the long delay in starting playoffs - a situation arose where the fairness of a game was in question, which required a long time to sort out. Since it would directly affect playoff seeding, we wanted to resolve the situation as fairly and thoroughly as possible. Luckily, it's all finished now, and we are set to begin.

PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE

The National Grifball Association's Spring League 2013 (Season 4) Pro League Playoffs will be single elimination format, with each series being the best 2 out of three games. The submission deadline is Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time for the first round, and the subsequent Friday for each subsequent round. Captains are in charge of contacting each other and scheduling their games before the deadline for the round - if an issue arises, please contact an admin. Streaming is mandatory, but will be arranged and provided for you based on the time slot you select (let us know if you need a day/time not listed, we can probably work something out).

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AMATEUR LEAGUE

The National Grifball Association's Spring League 2013 (Season 4) Amateur League Playoffs will be single elimination format, with each series being the best 2 out of three games. The submission deadline is Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time for the first round, and the subsequent Friday for each subsequent round. Captains are in charge of contacting each other and scheduling their games before the deadline for the round - if an issue arises, please contact an admin. Streaming is optional for the Amateur League Playoffs, but if you would like to be streamed, please use the website's Playoff Scheduling form to request a streamer.

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Other Information

ALL PRO LEAGUE GAMES (and any Amateur League games that you want to be streamed) must be scheduled using the Playoff Scheduling form at Grifball.net, so please contact an admin if you are having trouble using it. Neutral Hosts are optional but strongly recommended for both Pros and Amateurs - let us know on the scheduling form if you want one and we'll try to set an agreeable one up for you. Only SquirrelBurrito and NetsPride15 are authorized to stream NGA games, but, like previously stated, we will take care of arranging the streaming as long as you fill out your Playoff Scheduling form.

The default maps and gametypes will remain the same (captains may still agree to play on another gametype, but the league may request that it be renamed during streamed games) as it has been during the regular season, EXCEPT for streamed games which will all default to being played on the map NGA Streamcast Stadium, available on shadowxtc's fileshare - with an alternate option being Season 3's NGA Realism NH.

To everybody participating in this season's playoffs, good luck, and thank you for sticking with the NGA (land of the free and home of the brave)!

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Rosters, Leaderboards, Game History and Statistics

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Grifball Art Gallery #3

Here's our third installment in our Grifball Art Gallery series. This is another image procured by myself from the Waypoint File Browser, unedited, purely from the in-game rendering engine.


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What's happening here?  Judging from the background, and how dark it is, I believe this is one of the original versions of Sarge's Lab, perhaps even the stock map "Grifball Court" on the game disc. I'm not sure where the light that's hitting Grif from underneath is coming from - it might actually be the ball itself - but it certainly makes the scene. This is definitely one of my favorites, a serious contender for the "Most Dramatic Pose" category. Originally titled "grifgold" - if anybody recognizes any of these, feel free to inform me of who the creator is... or even better informthemthat their work is being put on display for everyone's enjoyment!

Check back in a few days for our next featured piece of authentic Grifball artwork! 

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SL13 Make-Up Week Ends Friday

WARNING TO ALL CAPTAINS

TONIGHT is the final night for PRO TEAMS to make up your NGA Spring League 2013 regular season games! Any games not played in their entirety AND SUBMITTED by 11:59pm Pacific time tonight will not be accepted and will not count towards your team's seeding in playoffs.

We are extending the overall deadline through Friday night, however PRO TEAMS ARE STILL BOUND TO PLAY BY TONIGHT. Your opponent may choose, if they wish to do so, to play tomorrow or Friday - but they do not have to be nice about it.

AMATEUR TEAMS your official make-up day has been moved to this Friday, since we did not warn any of you in time for last week!

If you need any help getting games setup, please feel free to contact one of our admins through our chatbox or a private message on XBox Live.

For those teams who are facing opponents that just aren't showing up, you can now submit forfeit win requests by following the instructions on the Submit Game page at Grifball.net

So, here's the Rules for Make-Up Week:

- You are required to have a full team of at least 3 players (you may not play with less than 3 on the court) online and ready to go during the entire 3-hour window on the day you are normally scheduled to play (for Pro teams, this is TONIGHT 9pm-Midnight ET, for Amateur teams this is FRIDAY 9pm-Midnight ET).
- If one team has less than four players, the other IS NOT required to sit out a player to have even teams.
- You MUST play your opponents when they invite you to do so, unless you are already playing another NGA game at that time, in which case your opponents must wait for you.
- Normal neutral host rules apply - neutral hosts are not required, unless one team requests one, in which case it does become mandatory but it is their responsibility to find one in a timely manner, and only if they can do so. If the neutral host process will cause the game to be delayed and thus unplayed, the team requesting the neutral host would receive a forfeit loss.
- Captains should have their party play at least one game in matchmaking so that there's a record that you were online, and it would be ideal to all send me (shadowxtc) a PM on XBL just so that there's proof of exactly what time you were all online, in case the team you're requesting a forfeit win over decides to claim they were there and it was in fact your team that did not show up.
- You may negoatiate with the other team and decide to play on either Thursday or Friday instead - but ONLY if the other team decides to allow it. BOTH captains should inform the league that you have agreed to do so, or it will be counted as a no-win after 11:59pm PT tonight.
- As always, substitutions require permission from our administrators and are very rarely approved, please don't ask.

ONCE MAKE-UP WEEK IS OVER...

Immediately at 11:59pm PT this Friday, game submissions will be disabled, and ROSTERS WILL BE LOCKED. Make any changes to your team's lineup or team name BEFORE that time!

Full details about this season's Playoffs and an overview of the rules will be posted on Saturday along with the playoff brackets.

SO WHO NEEDS TO PLAY?

All teams should have 12 regular season games. Four weeks each with two scheduled games, plus four inter-division games that were up to captains to schedule amongst themselves.

Unfortunately, no team has yet reached 12 games. This is not much of a complain, so much as it is a warning - I know things don't always go as planned in real life, and this is just a game. Even my team has only played 4 games at this point. We have a busy night ahead of us, and will be lucky to get even half of them played in the time we have available. This is why I'm sending you all a warning through E-Mail.

Here's a list of how many games each team still has to play (or report as a forfeit) before the deadline (Tonight, 11:59pm PT for Pro teams, Friday 11:59pm PT for Ammy teams):

TEAM NAME - CAPTAIN - UNPLAYED GAMES

Orange Crush - UltimateMystery - 1
Relapse - USA Perfection & inf3ktion - 2
The Rifball Grapists - Gastric Timmy - 2
GCW - xSHMOLExNEMOx - 3
On the Fence - four to oh - 3
Greatest Hits Vol. II - Crusader0102 - 4
Fame360 - Perfect Demise - 4
Turquoise Jeep - Ezy08 - 5
Rage Quitting Pussies - ixSnarf - 6
Ailuridae I'm Hustlin' - TheAlphaTurtle - 6
A Righteous Kill - KID TONGA 1 - 6
Grif's Angels - BrittanysBack - 7
Paradoxical Bumble Bees - PoisonxPoptart - 7
Team Cyan - enRGsword - 7
Melons - WafflMelon - 7
Reckless Fire - Keith829 - 8
Clutch Betrayal - SquirrelBurrito - 8
We Need Host - LikeaLostPuppy & x352x Piggies - 8

IN DANGER OF EXCLUSION

These teams have not specifically said to us either way what their plans are, and might only have played so few games because their opponents were not available. Unless we hear from them, they will be assumed to be forfeit factories as well - ideally only teams with 4 or more games would even be considered for playoffs.

So if you're on one of these teams and your plan is NOT to drop out of the season, you should let one of us know!

G-Dots - HENSELMAN - 9
Top Hats and Monocles - Mr Saintz98 - 9
Business Decision - Oh My Godless and Taylor Cann - 10
Astronaut Scuba Divers - stage53 - 10
The Abusement Park - Mr Crobar - 11
Super Smash Bros. - Sneezedip - 11
Coons - Oarganic - 12

DROPPED OUT

These teams have officially informed us that they are dropping out of the season - if you have unplayed games against them, you should submit them as forfeit win requests. There is no need to bother these captains any further.

The New York Pineapples - SlimJimX50 - DROPPED OUT
Silent Strike - Mikee0085 - DROPPED OUT
Splashing Spartans - GrievousGooosh - DROPPED OUT
Dropping Plates - CrippledDebater - DROPPED OUT
Thunder Thighs - El1te Cheese - DROPPED OUT

Grifball's Lament

GRIFBALL'S LAMENT

I once was the bomb,
Now merely a ball.
A skull in a blue glow,
I fly, then I fall.

No longer quite feared,
I'm tossed side to side.
Grif calls out for a pass,
And his teammates just hide.

I've gone from Assault
To the realm of First Touch.
I beg you to hold me;
It's not asking too much.

Some may call it griefing,
But it shows me you care.
If you love me, statpad me;
Don't score - if you dare.

Grifball Art Gallery #2

Here's our second installment in our Grifball Art Gallery series. This is another image procured by myself from the Waypoint File Browser, unedited, purely from the in-game rendering engine.


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What's happening here?  It might look blurry at first, as if someone applied a blur filter, or maybe it's just low resolution, right?  Wrong.  Take a look at the red lightning, and a few areas around where the hammer's orb of destruction eminates - crisp and clear.  So what gives?  Well, besides the poor soul on the red team getting obliterated so beautifully, a bomb was just detonated - that's the source of the red lightning.  When this happens, a shockwave of distortion erupts outward from the bomb plant - you may or may not notice it while you're playing, some see it as just a flash of light - but in Theater, it causes some beautiful results.

Check back in a few days for our next featured piece of authentic Grifball artwork! 

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