We use two rulesets: A for our regional events and B for our national championships. Ruleset A is more casual, while Ruleset B is more serious. They are actually almost identical, but there are a few important differences between the two.
Summaries of our rules are provided on this page; new teams, most players, most coaches, and most staffers only need to know the summaries. The full rules are very long and detailed for good reason: we do not want any confusion about the rules during an event.
|Ruleset||Ruleset A||Ruleset B|
|Equipment Needed||Computer, Keyboard, Mouse, Internet Connection, Discord||Everything in Ruleset A, plus a Webcam and buzzer approved by the AQBL JoytoKey (direct download)|
|How to Buzz||Type “Buzz” in the chat and press enter.||Mandatory use of the buzzer.|
|Webcam Rules||None.||Player’s hands must be seen on the webcam at all times during gameplay.|
|How to Answer||Preferably typed; via voice if you choose.||Primarily by voice.|
|Correctness Guidelines||Not a part of the rules; answers are accepted and rejected at the moderators’ discretion, subject to protest.||Part of the official rules, and all the staffers are bound by them. Much less discretion.|
|Nature of the Tournament||Casual||Serious|
We would like to give our sincerest thanks to National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC for allowing us to use their rules as a template. However, NAQT and the AQBL are entirely unaffiliated.
If you have any questions about the rules, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rules interpretations are listed under Policies as well.
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