Pallando wrote:It has not been officially announced yet, so please don't spread that URL around, but do have a read and see what you think.
Please be aware that this part of the forum is public and anyone can see this link.
*nods*. I'm not too worried about people who are wanting to look at this forum seeing the info. I was more thinking of someone re-posting this to the main frontier forums without me knowing where they'd posted it, which would make it difficult to correct if we needed to change anything. I'm in contact with the community manager at Frontier, and I'm waiting for him to confirm a couple of points while there's still time to change the details if needed.
Hopefully there won't be a need, but best to be paranoid about these things.
Here's more details on being a marshal:How does a Regatta race work, in Elite Dangerous?
Players will check in with a starting marshal in the starting system to get their starting time. As soon as a player knows a starting time has been logged for them, they immediately jump out of the starting system and fly as fast as they can towards the finishing system that is hundreds of light years away, where they check in with a finishing marshal to get their finishing time, and then immediately jump out of the finishing system once they know a finishing time as been logged for them.How do I check-in with a marshal?
The process is described in detail on the check-in page. But the short version is that the marshal will be flying a ship in supercruise near the sun in the starting system. When you are also in supercruise and fly close enough to them, your ship appears on their contacts list, if you are in the same instance as them (which you will be, if there are few enough players in the system). And because you'll have sent them a friend invite before the race, their contacts list will display your commander name. The marshal will be twitch streaming, so you can go to the check-in webpage and see their live twitch stream, to verify that your name has actually appeared. Once you are sure your name appeared, you can then head off. If you're lucky, we'll have enough volunteers that a marshal's assistant will also be watching the twitch stream and may send you a text message in-game saying what your starting time is. But, if not, the stream will be being recorded, and we'll be able to go over the recording after the race to work out what time you appeared in the star system, and enter that time in the database as your official starting time.Who is the winner?
The overall winner, who'll receive the physical trophy cup, is the registered competitor that didn't get disqualified, who has the shortest duration between their logged starting and finishing times. Marshals
The marshal has a lonely, thankless and boring task. They sit in one system, in hyperspace, for several hours, with the game set to show their contacts page, and they broadcast a view of their contacts live, over Twitch Stream, so competitors can go to the St. Valentine's Regatta Twitch Stream page, and see that their commander name has shown upon on the marshal's stream, in order to check in.
But the race couldn't happen without them. We'd like at least two, preferably three, per check-in system. We've got 2 in total so far, so we'd like another 4, to give us a bit of lea-way, in the event that someone falls ill, or has a broken internet connection on the day.
To volunteer for this role, you need to be able to broadcase on Twitch Stream, and to be willing and available to accept friend requests from competitors. It will also preclude you from competing in the race itself. A dual monitor setup would be handy, but not essential.Marshal's Assistants
Someone needs to watch the Twitch Stream, note down the names of commanders appearing in the contacts list, and when they first entered the system, and enter that data in into the roster database that was kindly written and donated by Louise Reay (Commander Kitiara).
If we have spare assistants, it might also be helpful to have someone in the check-in system to help out, text commanders with their starting times, so they don't have to watch the twitch stream itself, and facilitate batches of competitors from the gathering system departing at the correct time for the starting system, pausing them if the marshal is overloaded.
Whether you're detail-oriented or a people person, if you want a role that will just take an hour, and isn't as high stress or critical as being a marshal, this is for you.