Kent Lundhahl.. Ultra Super Advanced Rules

Ultra-Super Advanced (USA) Addendum to the 2014 How to Play Strat-O-Matic Hockey Instruction Book

BACKGROUND

This document is designed to allow hockey board gamers to implement a 4th level to Strat-O-Matic Hockey.  With the publication of the new Strat-O-Matic Hockey instruction book the author felt that the excellent improvement to the instructions allowed the opportunity to incorporate the Ultra Super Advanced Engine into the format that Strat-O-Matic has developed.  The number code in this document follows the order that the instruction book follows and will include revisions, enhancements, and entirely new systems over and beyond the Super Advanced Strat-O-Matic game engine.

INTRODUCTION

USA:

  • 10 single sided pages for a 40 card alternate split deck
  • 5 single sided pages of 70 line change cards to be inserted into the action decks
  • 17 double sided pages of charts featuring enhanced Strat-O-Matic systems or entirely new systems

GETTING STARTED

LINEUPS

USA:  The opponent against match-up for defensive purposes will feature a system that emphasizes defense versus forward match-ups.  Therefore, the static match-ups on the game board are ignored.  Every time an opponent against is needed to be determined, with the exception of rebounds and loose pucks (both of which have separate resolves), a split card is drawn and the 1-20 number is consulted in combination with the following charts (54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64).  Every possible man power situation has a separate chart.

ACTION DECK:

USA:

The average NHL shift usually runs between 35-45 seconds, once players are running upwards of 50 seconds fatigue becomes an extreme factor.  Strat-O-Matic’s shift system averaged anywhere from 4:40-6:40 for forwards and 6:40-10:00 for defensemen. However, capturing a realistic shift system in a board game simulation is next to impossible, especially when each Action Card represents 40 seconds of game time, one would be changing every card.  This system places change cards after every three Action Cards (2 minutes of game play), although to be completely realistic one should change every 1-2 (2 even being on the high side) cards, but that seems to be too much for the board game.  Moreover, this system lines up with the Strat-O-Matic’s specialty teams engine with 2 minute shifts.  This compromise on shift length and the default format for changes allow the following ice times for lines and pairs, barring penalties:

 Top Scoring Line 20:00 Minutes/30 Cards
Second Scoring Line 16:00 Minutes/24 Cards
Third Scoring Line/Checking Line 16:00 Minutes/24 Cards
Fourth Line 8:00 Minutes/12 Cards
First Pair 22/24/or 26 Minutes 33/36/or 39 Cards
Second Pair 22/24/or 26 Minutes 33/36/or 39 Cards
Third Pair 12:00 Minutes/18 Cards

Please consult the shift change charts (chart 22, 23, 24, 25), there are two different sets, one for designating the home team’s top scoring line as line 1 or 3 and the second when the home team’s top scoring line is designated as line 2.

Defensemen Usage:

  • The top four defensemen will be combined into two pairs and will be designated pair 1 or 2.  The combinations and designations between these four players may change after each shift for the third pair of defensemen.
  • Each member of the third pair of defensemen may take one additional shift without an injury, extended penalty, or game ejection occurring subbing for a player on the top two pairs each period (including overtime).  However, this shift may not take place either prior to or following the third pairs normal shift.
  • Neither defenseman from the third pair can be named to one of the top two pairs unless an injury, extended penalty (not involving a power play) or game ejection occurs.  Once the game begins the third pair must remain assigned to the third pair.
  • When an injury, extended penalty (not involving a power play), or game ejection occurs, one or both of the defensemen from the third pair will be assigned to one of the top two pairs for the remainder of the situation.  When the third pair is due for it shift, one or both of the defensemen from one of the top two pairs may double shift filling in for the injured/penalized player(s), but may not triple shift.  Thus if pair 2 is due before and after the 3rd pair’s shift, one of or both of the defensemen from the 1st pair must be picked to substitute to avoid triple shifting.

Forwards Usage:

  • The top nine forwards will be combined into three forward lines and will be designated as line 1, 2, or 3.  Once the line combinations and designations (visiting team may not vary from the designation format on the charts) are made they will remain the same through the first two periods.   Prior to the start of the third period these nine forwards may be recombined and may change their designations for the third period.  The same is true prior to each period of overtime.
  • Each member of the fourth line of forwards may take one additional shift without an injury, extended penalty (not involving a power play), or game ejection occurring subbing for a player on the top three lines each period (including overtime).  However, this shift may not take place either prior to or following the fourth lines normal shift.
  • None of the forwards from the fourth line can be named to one of the top three lines unless an injury, extended penalty, or game ejection occurs.  Once the game begins the fourth line must remain assigned to the fourth line.
  • When an injury, extended penalty (not involving a power play), or game ejection occurs, one or more of the forwards from the fourth line will be assigned to one of the top three lines for the remainder of the situation.  When the fourth line is due for it shift, one or more of the forwards from the top three lines will substitute for the missing player(s) on the fourth line.  However, this player(s) may not double shift.  Therefore, if line 1 has it shift prior to the 4th lines normal shift and line 3’s shift is due after the fourth lines normal shift, the player(s) substituting must come from line 2.

Notes:

  • Double and in some rare cases triple shifts may occur in combination with injuries, extended penalties, or power play opportunities.  These will be allowed to occur.  However, the emphasis on restricting double shifting needs to be enforced as much as possible during even strength play.   Period breaks reset the shift rules, thus a line finishing the first period with one of the players subbing on the fourth line to begin the second period would not be considered a double shift.
  • The overtime is set up for playoffs, regular season shifts will need to be addressed individually by each gamer.
  • The visiting team may change the combination of the three forward lines after the second period and again prior to the start of overtime.  However, the visiting team’s best scoring line must be designated as the top scoring line and assigned to the number 1 designation.  The same situation applies with the second scoring line and third scoring/checking line.  During FTF play if the home team feels the visitors are designating their best scoring line as a number other than 1, another league member not playing the game  may be consulted and if that member agrees the home team may set the line designations for the visitor.
  • After the second period, the home team may switch from the 1/3 format to the 2 format and vice versa.  Therefore, if the home team wishes to change the primary matchups that occurred during the first two periods they are able to do so.
  • After the first shift of the third period, the score of the game will dictate whether the visiting team will use the trailing or leading format.  When the game is tied after the first shift of the third, the visiting team has the option of choosing either format.  The format stays the same throughout the third period regardless of whether a lead change occurs or not.
  • In general, when the home team line is designated as line 1, they will be matched up primarily against the visiting team’s second scoring line.  When declared as line 3 they will be matched primarily against the visiting team’s top scoring line and when declared as line 2 primarily against the visiting team’s third scoring/checking line.  The charts allow for all 6 combinations of designations for the top three lines.
  • During the third period when using the visiting team leading format and using the home team top scoring line designated as line 1 or 3 system, the change for cards 22-24 and 28-30 will indicate a line due and if no timeout remains and alternate line that can be used.  Therefore, if the home team has already used its time out, this system allows for the first line due normally during cards 22-24 to be moved to the last shift.  However, both lines must play one of the two shifts, thus this would not apply if the timeout was used after the 22nd card and before the 28th card (timeout must have occurred prior to the 22nd card of the third period).
  • For a player to have an extended penalty situation he must be serving more than 5 minutes and the penalty time beyond 5 minutes does not impact man power on the ice.  Once an extended penalty has occurred the team may then juggle their lines and/or pairs to provide for three full top lines and two full defensive pairs.  When a fourth line or third pair shift occurs a substitution from the top three lines and/or top two pairs will be picked.  This substitution must adhere to the double shift rule for forwards and the triple shift rule for defensemen.

4.0  ACTION DECK

4.1 OPPONENT DEFENSE 12, 13, OR 14

USA 4.11 DEFENSE RATINGS IN PARENTHESIS: This rating will be applied to both rebounds and defense 12-14 ratings during power plays.   When defense 12-14 do not reflect the () number the adjustment will be hand written on player cards.  At even strength, when defense 12-14 come into play (refer to the Forechecking/Hold the Zone system), the opposite of what is written on the card will be applied.

*Note, when an outside shot with options is the result of defense 12-14, another split card must be drawn to determine the opponent against for the outside shot.  It is possible that the same opponent may result.

USA 4.2 OPPONENT DEFENSE 1-6:  The forecheck/hold the zone system replaces the results from opponent defense 1-6.  When these results occur from the action deck they will be ignored and replaced with a split card draw referring to the BREAKOUT FOR DEF 1-6 section.  When defense 1-6 occurs it now means that a forecheck was not establish and the team with possession attempts a breakout and is met by the defending team either at neutral or in the defensive zone.

4.3 SHOT FOR ANY PLAYER

USA 4.31 ANY PLAYER SHOTS:  This rule will be ignored and any player shots are not tracked.

4.4 OUTSIDE OR INSIDE SHOT

USA 4.421 PASSING A-L COMPLETED TO PASSER/FACEOFF WON TO PLAYER TAKING THE DRAW:  In an effort to even out who receives a shot in these circumstances the provided chart will be used.  This also evens out loose pucks during 4 skater situations where one position winning the draw to the themselves results in the alternate position taking possession, whereas the other position winning the draw to themselves results in a loose puck.  This allows this circumstance to be a 50/50 possibility regardless of which player takes the draw during 4 skater situations.

***PASSING A-L COMPLETED TO PASSER AND/OR FACEOFF WON TO PLAYER TAKING THE DRAW

Left Wing 1-3 Right Wing 4-6 Center (Loose puck with 4 skaters)
Center 1-3 Left Wing (Loose puck with 3 skaters) 4-6 Right Wing (Loose puck w/ 3 skaters)
Right Wing 1-3 Center (Loose puck with 4 skaters) 4-6 Left Wing

*** This Chart will be written in on the Strat-O-Matic Super Advanced Charts

4.6 POSSIBLE BREAKAWAYS

USA: A modified version of the Breakaway system will be utilized where the man power of the team receiving the possible breakaway will be incorporated.  On the alternate split deck there are 3 separate results based upon whether the team has 5/6, 4, or 3 skaters on the ice.  This will have the effect of having no more loose pucks due to having the head man pass for the breakaway going to a vacant position.  The results of whom and how strong of a breakaway/penetration rating have been changed.  This was done to emphasize forwards leading the odd man rush most often as well as increasing the 3+ and 4 breakaway/penetration requirements and at the same time reducing the chances of automatic and 2+ results.  Therefore, breakaways will most often go to the players who normally lead the rush (forwards), breakaways will be tougher to get based upon breakaway/penetration ratings, and there will always be a player in situations receiving the head man pass (no more loose pucks).

USA 4.621  POSSIBLE BREAKAWAY:  When a breakaway does occur, further steps including determining the type of breakaway (clean (follow normal Strat rules), 2 on 1, or a 3 on 2 refer to chart 37) determining player who joins a 2 on 1 breakaway (refer to chart 39, 40, 41), a passing system for the 2 on 1 breakaway (refer to chart 43), and a 3 on 2 resolve (refer to chart 42) are all additional features that will be utilized.  When a possible breakaway results in a breakaway chance, the first step is to add the two defending defensemen’s defense ratings together and refer to chart 37.

When a 2 on 1 occurs the next step is to determine which player joins the odd man rush.  The player who had possession of the puck at the drawing of the split card to resolve the possible breakaway is considered the headman passer.  Refer to charts 39, 40, and 41.

After the two offensive players have been determined, roll 1 6-sided die to determine the defenseman who gets back to defend the 2 on1 (1-3 LD and 4-6 RD). When a 2 on 1 breakaway occurs the player who receives the head man pass has the option of taking an inside shot or passing to the player who joins the 2 on 1 breakaway for a rebound/breakaway shot (chart 43).

When a 3 on 2 breakaway occurs, the first aspect is the decision of whether the puck carrier will shoot or pass.  After this decision has been made then the offensive players on the odd man rush along with which players the two defending defense men are covering is determined.  The results are resolved with chart 42.

4.7 LOSE PUCK, POSSIBLE BREAKAWAY

USA 4.711  When a lose puck possible breakaway occurs the first step is to determine the opponent the puck has been lost to by drawing a split card and referring to the 1-20 # and the appropriate varying opponent against chart (54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64) based upon man power.  This player becomes the headman passer and is not eligible to be the puck carrier on the possible breakaway.  Another split card is then drawn to determine which teammate becomes the puck carrier if his breakaway/penetration rating meets the requirement and this is based upon how many skaters that team has on the ice 5/6, 4, or 3.

5.0 READINGS ON PLAYER AND GOALIE CARDS

USA 5.31 X-REB  A modified Rebound Section will be used to determine the player match up for all man power situations (during power plays some results will be an automatic for a power play player: 5 on 4 10/40 cards, 4 on 3 12/40 cards, and 5 on 3 15/40 cards).  From there the Modified Rebound System will be utilized to determine the result of the rebound.

The offensive and defensive ratings of the two players involved will be used to determine the outcome including the possibility of a rare play.  When the 1-20 split card # results in a 2-19 either the offensive player receives a rebound shot or the defensive player takes possession of the puck drawing an Action Card (refer to chart 29); however, when the defensive team takes possession of the puck and the attacking team was set in a 2/2 or higher a forechecking/hold the zone situation will occur.  The defense rating in () will be used for penalty killers.  When a 1 or 20 occurs on the split card number a rare play situation will occur (chart 30).  During power plays some results will be an automatic for a power play player: 5 on 4 10/40 cards, 4 on 3 12/40 cards, and 5 on 3 15/40 cards.  When these occur, if the power play team is attacking they get an automatic rebound shot, if they are the defending team they take possession and draw an action card, no split card draw is required in either situation.

USA 5.81 GOAL OR GOAL FOLLOWED BY SPLIT NUMBER: Subject to a possible rare play.  Refer to Chart 38

USA 5.91 GOAL+: Subject to a possible rare play.  Refer to Chart 38

USA 5.101 GOALIE RATING+: Subject to a possible rare play.  Refer to Chart 38

8.0 FACEOFFS

USA 8.22 PASSING A-L COMPLETED TO PASSER/FACEOFF WON TO PLAYER TAKING THE DRAW:  In an effort to even out who receives a shot in these circumstances the provided chart will be used.  This also evens out loose pucks during 4 skater situations where one position winning the draw to the themselves results in the alternate position taking possession, whereas the other position winning the draw to themselves results in a loose puck.  This allows this circumstance to be a 50/50 possibility regardless of which player takes the draw during 4 skater situations.

***PASSING A-L COMPLETED TO PASSER AND/OR FACEOFF WON TO PLAYER TAKING THE DRAW

Left Wing 1-3 Right Wing 4-6 Center (Loose puck with 4 skaters)
Center 1-3 Left Wing (Loose puck with 3 skaters) 4-6 Right Wing (Loose puck w/ 3 skaters)
Right Wing 1-3 Center (Loose puck with 4 skaters) 4-6 Left Wing

*** This Chart will be written in on the Strat-O-Matic Super Advanced Charts

USA 8.3 FACEOFF LOCATION Chart 21 will determine the location of all faceoffs.

USA 8.4 RARE PLAY Offensive zone faceoffs are subject to a possible rare play, refer to chart 38.

11.0 PASSING

USA 11.6 OUTSIDE SHOT WITH OPTIONS:  Follow Strat-O-Matic’s rules regarding outside shots with options; however, penetration charts for all man power situations, individual match-ups for all even strength and special teams situations, and the Revised Wilkerson/Goldberg Passing Chart will replace a Split Card draw for all passing attempts from outside shots.

The first step in an outside shot situation is to determine the opponent against (It is recommended to draw a spilt card and refer to the 20# and retain the card until the chance is done to determine opponent against in a possible intimidation opportunity during a power play).  After the opponent has been determined (chart 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64) the decision to pass, penetrate, or shoot will be made.  The opponent against defense’ rating will determine the success of passing or penetrating when that decision has been determined.  During a power play, when a power play skater has no opponent against, that player must penetrate or shoot, a pass is not allowed.

USA 11.7 PASSING ATTEMPTS:  All outside shots with options that occur and the coach decides to make a pass attempt; both at full strength and during power play situations, the revised Wilkerson/Goldberg Passing Charts will be used (refer to chart 44-52).  During even strength and power play situations both the offensive player’s passing ability and the defensive player who is defending the passer defensive ability will be factored into resolving the pass attempt.

During a power play, when an inside shot with intimidation occurs roll a 20 sided die and determine the offensive player who receives a possible shot.  When a forward passes to himself, a six sided dice roll will be needed to determine which of the other two forwards will receive the pass during 5 on 4 situations.  Moreover, when a 20 number to determine the player receiving the pass results in a draw of 20 (4 on 3 and 5 on 3 19 or 20 draws), the open man receives the pass with no chance of intimidation.

To determine the player who intimidates the player receiving the pass for an inside shot refer to the original 20 number split card draw to determine opponent against (5 on 4, 4 on 3, or 5 on 3).  When there was a player listed he will have the option of intimidating the shooter, when there was no player listed covering the shooter, the shooter is the open man and has an automatic inside shot.  When an open man on a 19 or 20 die occurs during a 5 on 3, there are two open men and the coach may choose between the two open players.

12.0 INTIMIDATION

USA 12.4 There is no separate intimidation section on the alternate split card.  Instead refer to the 20# on the split card and any results above a 15 refer to chart 57 and 62.  The results are exactly the same as the Strat-O-Matic intimidation system.

 

 

13.0  PULLING THE GOALIE

USA 13.11 Any shot on goal (X, Goal, Goalie Rating, Goal+, Goalie Rating+) is considered a goal.  The only exception is when a Goal, Goalie Rating, Goal+, and Goalie Rating+ occur a split card must be drawn to see if a rare play occurs (Refer to chart 38).

USA 13.31 The any player shot is not tracked and therefore those shots do not automatically go to the extra attacker.

USA 13.4 When a team pulls the goalie for an extra skater, the extra skater is overloaded 5 on 5 (as described below) on one of the wings, that player still will have an opponent against in intimidation situations, defensive situations, as well as pass/penetrate chances, unless that defending position has been vacated due to penalty.

USA 13.5 The goalie may be pulled in two situations: delayed penalty and during the last two Action Cards of the hockey game.  Although there is an extra attacker this situation does not count as a power play; therefore, goal+ and goalie rating+ still are considered a save and faceoff.

USA 13.51 During a delayed penalty, the offensive team may pull the goalie for an extra attacker and place the player at either wing; player must be able to play a forward position (LW, C, and RW).  If a defensive rating, offensive rating, or intimidation rating occurs to the position with the extra attacker, the coach may choose between the two players for the result.  When the delayed penalty results in a goal the penalty is wiped out and both teams remain at even strength, unless a 4 minute double minor (serve 2 minutes and wipe out 2 minutes) or a 5 minute major (serve entire penalty) is called.  If a goal does not result, the play is whistled down as soon as a faceoff occurs or when the defensive team takes possession of the puck.

USA 13.52 At the end of a game, if the goalie is pulled the Offensive team can place an extra attacker at either wing; player must be able to play a forward position (LW, C, and RW).  If a defensive rating, offensive rating, or intimidation rating occurs to the position with the extra attacker, the coach may choose between the two players for the result. The Offensive team is considered to be in Offense 3 and Forecheck 3 and the defensive team can be in any offense and forecheck alignment.  When the Offensive team draws an Action Card, they will refer to the power play section. If the defensive team causes a turnover without a shot resulting, the defensive team draws an Action Card, follows normal even strength procedure, and considers the opponent to be in Forecheck 3.   If a shot attempt results, any shot (x (rebound), goal, goalie Rating, goal +, goalie rating +) that reaches the net, is an open net goal.   Goal, Goal +, and Goalie Rating + at even strength require a 20 number split card draw to determine if the crossbar or a post is hit on a rare play (chart 38).

USA 13.53 The above scenario (13.52) for even strength with a team pulling the goalie is designed for full strength situations resulting in 6 skaters versus 5.  Due to this situation resulting in 11 skaters in the offensive zone, Strat’s rules for NOT treating this as a power play situation beyond referencing the power play section of the action card makes a great deal of sense.  There is not the room in the offensive zone for set plays like there is in a 5 on 4 power play.  The increased ability to get a shot on goal is represented well by the power play section of the action which results mostly in shot attempts from the perimeter as well as recognizing that the shots coming from the perimeter are not as strong quality as a power play thus not counting the +’s.

However, the rare situations when teams find themselves 4 on 4 in the last two minutes of the game with the goalie pulled create the same man power situation as a 5 on 4 power play.   This is a hybrid system that combines additional features of a power play situation but retains aspects of the teams being at even strength.

Use Of The 19 Clock To Time Remaining Game Clock:

The 19 clock will not be utilized in this situation. Timing will be the completion of all action cards with no possible offensive chance remaining for the team with the extra attacker thus the even strength criteria is retained.

Counting The +’s For Goal and Goalie Rating Results:

The +’ For Goal And Goalie Rating Results are the same as 6 on 5 and will not count thus still resulting in a save and faceoff.

Section Of Action Card Referred To:

This will remain the same as the Strat system with the team with the extra attacker referring to the power play section and the team protecting the lead referring to the even strength sections.  The team with the extra attacker must place their settings at 3/3 and the team protecting the lead can be at any settings of their choice.

Placement Of The Extra Attacker:

The extra attacker will not be considered an overload of one of the wings in this situation but will instead fill the center position.  Therefore, the three forwards must have the exact position they are playing in listed on their card.

Point Players:

Forwards who are listed as point players will be allowed to man the point in this situation.

Defense Ratings Utilized:

In this situation, the defending team will use the () rating for all situations requiring the use of the defense rating.  The team with the extra attacker will utilize the non-() rating with the following exception, forwards playing the point without a defense position listed on their card must follow the reductions referenced in the section titled FOWARDS PLAYING THE POINT.

Forechecking and Dump & Chase:

The team with the extra attacker will be able to fully utilize both the forechecking and dump & chase systems.   The protecting team may use the forechecking system in the rare case that they have their settings at a 2/2 or higher but will not be able to utilize the dump & chase system.  Refer to Chart 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

In the dump & chase system when a goalie puck handling situation (refer to chart 18) occurs resulting in an outside shot, the vacated center spot that defends will be replaced by the following:

DLW vs ORD or ORW, DRW vs OLD, OLW, and either wing vs the center.

Penetration And Passing:

The 5 on 4 power player charts 31 and 47 will be utilized for both options as well as for the team protecting the lead the 4 on 5 short handed charts 34 and 48 will be used for both options.

Rebounds:

The 5 on 4 section of the split card rebound section will be utilized.

Loose Pucks:

The 5 on 4 power play section of the loose puck system will be utilized (chart 5, 9, 10).

Varying Opponent Against:

The 5 on 4 section (chart 58) for the team with the extra attacker and 4 on 5 section (chart 59) for the team protecting the lead of the varying opponent system will be utilized for all situations requiring an opponent.

Possible Breakaway:

The team with the extra attacker will reference the 5 skater section to determine player who recieves head man pass, who will join a 2 on 1, and the open man on a 3 on 2.  The team protecting the lead will use the 4 skater section for these three situations.

Goon Rule:

The option to declare a player a goon will not be available in this situation for the team protecting the lead but will be an option for the team with the extra attacker.

Faceoffs:

The Strat-O-Matic power play faceoff system will be utilized.

Icing And Skating Options:

The team protecting the lead will not have the options of icing or skating.

USA 13.54  When the power play unit is trailing during the last two cards of the game and pulls their goalie for a sixth skater, all normal rules concerning power play and pulled goalie procedures apply.  The only change is on the penalty kill, where an icing attempt that results in a defense rating of 12-14 is changed to defense 14.  Therefore, if a penalty killer has outside shot listed in his defense 14 spot, the power play player that is indicated on the Alternate Split Card has an outside shot / pass/ penetrate opportunity.

USA 13.55 When the penalty kill unit is trailing during the last two cards of the game and pulls their goalie for an extra skater, the extra skater fills one of the vacant positions.  If the penalty kill unit and power play unit have an equal number of skaters, the penalty kill unit will refer to the normal even strength sections of the Action Card and both the power play and penalty kill units must declare offense and forecheck settings.  Although the power play unit declares offense and forecheck settings, when the power play unit gains possession of the puck with no shot options, thus having to draw an Action Card, the power play unit still refers to the Power Play section on the Action Card and all goalie + and Goal +’s are considered empty net goals.  Goal and Goal+ require a 20 number split card draw to determine if the crossbar or a post is hit.  However, even strength rules for faceoffs, passing, penetration, breakaways, forechecking, dump and chase, intimidation, and the goon rule apply for both the power play and penalty kill units.  Although even strength rules apply in this situation, the 19 board clock must still be utilized to time the duration of the power play.  All normal timing procedures are still utilized.  During a 5 on 3 situation if the penalty kill team pulls its goalie the penalty kill must follow all short handed rules and the power play follows all power play rules.

14.0 ASSISTS

14.3 Strat-O-Matic’s assists system will be replaced with the following:

Assists can be awarded in the following game play situations:

 

  1. A shot on goal resulting in a rebound goal
  2. A Wilkerson-Goldberg pass resulting in a goal
  3. Passing A-L that result in a goal
  4. Possible breakaway, if breakaway occurs, the player who had possession of the puck at the drawing of the split card makes the head man pass to cause the rush
  5. Offensive zone faceoff won resulting in a goal.
  6. A defenseman making a breakout pass after a failed forecheck resulting in a goal.
  7. Pass from the Goalie card.
  8. Successful pass on a 2 on 1 or 3 on 2 breakaway resulting in a goal
  9. On an action card draw resulting in an automatic shot, the player in possession at the time of action card draw will receive an assist unless he took the shot in any player situations.

 

If two assists are still not awarded, draw a split card and reference the 20 number and divide that number by 2, and always round up.  Any player on the ice that has a Bar at or above the number is awarded an assist.  Only 1 assist maximum can be awarded from the split card number.

 

15.0 INJURIES

 

USA  INJURIES:  Injuries can occur to players through several methods which include successful intimidation 10-15, Split Card draw referring to rebound section (the alternate split card only determines position with the exception of the goalie which follows Strat-O-Matic’s results) that results in a possible injury, rare play off a rebound situation (chart 30), a 5 or more point loss during a fight resulting in a possible third man-in (Chart 2, 3), a stand-alone 5 minute major, gross misconduct, or a match penalty (chart 1), or a Something Stupid situation (Chart 5, 6).  When a possible injury occurs refer to the homemade injury charts to determine length of injury (chart 19 and 20).

*Note that the injury system is designed for playoff only or short season replays.  If conducting a full length replay the games lost due to injury and possible suspensions will need to be revised to better simulate longer replays.

16.0 PENALTIES

USA 16.5 and 16.51

LINE CHANGES UPON A SUCCESSFULLY KILLED POWER PLAY:

Forward Line/Defensive Pair Change Card Occurred at Beginning or During the Penalty Kill:

No shot of any type, intimidation, rebound, loose puck, or goalie rating situation occurs: Position that is in control of the puck retains possession.  If that player remains on the ice he maintains possession of the puck whether he remains in the same position or not.  Both teams make full changes to line and pair that is due.

A shot of any type, intimidation, rebound, loose puck, or goalie rating situation occurs:  Player that is coming out of the penalty box will come onto the ice regardless of whether his position is open or not.  If the position is not open the player will fill the most logical spot available.  As soon as a faceoff or defensive team takes possession of the puck, both teams will make full change to line and pair that is due.

**Forechecking situations cannot occur immediately following a power play.  Technically if an offensive chance occurs at the end of a power play, neither team will have set their offensive and defense settings.

No Forward Line/Defensive Pair Change Card Occurred at Beginning or During the Penalty Kill:

No shot of any type, intimidation, rebound, loose puck, or goalie rating situation occurs:  Player that is coming out of the penalty box may fill an open position on the ice or head to the bench and allow player from line/pair due to fill proper position.  Team without possession of the puck will make full change to the line/pair that was on the ice at the time of the penalty call.  Once the team that originally has possession of the puck loses possession they will make full change to the line/pair that was on the ice at the time of the penalty call prior to any offensive results being resolved.

A shot of any type, intimidation, rebound, loose puck, or goalie rating situation occurs:  The player coming out of the box must fill a position on the ice regardless of whether his position is open or not.  If the position is not open, the player will fill the most logical spot available.  Neither team will make a change until the possible offensive result is resolved.  Once the offensive result is resolved, if the defensive team takes possession of the puck, the original offensive team will make full change to the line/pair that was on the ice at the time of the penalty call prior to any new offensive results being resolved.  The original defensive team that took over the puck after the offensive result is resolved will keep all players on the ice until they give up possession of the puck.  Once that occurs they will make full change to the line/pair that was on the ice at the time of the penalty call prior to any offensive results being resolved.  If a faceoff results, both teams will make full change to the line/pair that was on the ice at the time of the penalty call prior to any offensive results being resolved.

**Forechecking situations cannot occur immediately following a power play.  Technically if an offensive chance occurs at the end of a power play, neither team will have set their offensive and defense settings.

17.0 SUPER ADVANCED PENALTY CHARTS

USA 17.5 and 17.51 Additional penalties beyond what is listed can occur through the following methods:

  • Fighting declaration from the Goon Rule.
  • Third man in from a 5+ point lost fight.
  • 20 Chart MP, GM, or stand-alone 5 minute majors (5/0, 7/0)
  • Goalie getting matching double minors or higher
  • Something Stupid situations

18.0 TIMING OF POWER PLAY

All references to timing for the 19 clock on the game board are superseded by chart 53.

19.0  SPECIAL-TEAM UNITS

USA19.1 THREE POWER PLAY AND THREE PENALTY KILL UNITS:  Each team must declare 3 separate special teams units for both the power play and penalty kill.  The third unit of each will be primarily used to substitute for a player(s) from the top two units when unavailable.  If a player from one of the top units is in the penalty box serving a penalty with 5 or less minutes, a player from the third unit must substitute for the unavailable player.  However, if a player from the top two units has an in-game injury or an extended penalty (more than 5 minutes and the penalty time beyond 5 minutes does not effect on-ice man power) the coach must again establish 3 full units for one or both of the special teams during the rest of the time involved in this particular situation.  If the situation completes the time required within the game time being played, the initial special team units will revert back to being used upon the player involved once again becoming available for use.

USA 19.11 THIRD UNIT POWER PLAY DEFENSEMEN:  When a team is leading and has a forward playing the point on one of the top two units due for the next power play, it is allowed to substitute a defenseman from the third unit to be more protective of the lead.  If there is only one defenseman on the third unit, it will be permitted to bring up a defenseman not listed on any power play unit to substitute.  The one defenseman from the third unit will not be allowed to substitute on both of the top two units; therefore, the alternating power play rule must be followed in these situations.

USA 19.12  FORWARDS PLAYING THE POINT:  Ignore the asterisks for playing the point.  If a player had any time playing the point, it is the coach’s discretion as too how much he uses the forward(s) at the point.  Although each point player would be limited to every other power play while using two separate units.  However, there needs to be risks for playing forward(s) at the point.  Therefore, increase all penalty killers () breakaway rating by one with one forward playing the point and no defense position on his card and by two if there are two forwards playing the point and neither has a defense position listed on their cards.  This includes players with no () breakaway rating; a needed risk/reward for this system.   When considering how uncomfortable most forwards are with skating backwards as well as their lack of experience in one-on-one coverage, this system makes sense.   Moreover, if the penalty kill unit receives a possible breakaway and the player receiving the head man pass breakaway/penetration rating is high enough to receive a possible breakaway after drawing the Split Card, reduce the forward(s) who is (are) playing the point(s) defense rating by 2.  Thus a defense rating of 5 becomes a 3, a 4 becomes a 2, and a 3, 2, or 1 becomes a 1.  Apply this number to determine the type of breakaway (clean, 2 on 1, or 3 on 2) as well as resolving a passing attempt during a 2 on 1 breakaway when the forward is the player who gets back to defend the 2 on 1.

21.0 ACTIONS BY THE SHORT-HANDED TEAM

USA 21.24  All references to timing for the 19 clock on the game board are superseded by chart 53.

USA 21.25  SHORTHANDED SKATING SYSTEM:  When a penalty killer attempts to skate he will be limited to 3 skating chances.  After the first successful skate without a breakaway the player has the choice of icing/drawing an action card/or skating again.  After the second successful skate without a breakaway the player has the choice of taking an outside shot only/icing/drawing an action card/or skating again.  After the third successful skate without a breakaway the player has an outside shot with options and MUST either shoot/penetrate/or pass.  Whenever a penalty killer unsuccessfully skates the puck is turned over to any player of the coach’s choice on the power play unit with an outside shot with options resulting.

22.0 ADDITIONAL RULES-POWER PLAY

22.1  LOOSE PUCKS

USA:  A split card is not drawn, rather chart 11 determines the location of a loose puck if the location is not determined by another chart.

USA 22.11 Once offensive/defensive zone or neutral zone has been determined, chart 9 and 10 will be used during a power play.  These charts will determine exact loose puck location, player match-up, and the resolve to determine a result.

USA 22.12  Once offensive/defensive zone or neutral zone has been determined, chart 7 and 8 will be used during even strength.  These charts will determine exact loose puck location, player match-up, and the resolve to determine a result.

22.2  REBOUND SITUATION

USA 22.21/22.22/22.23  None of the three sections are utilized.  Refer to section USA5.31 for rebound resolves.

22.3  INTIMIDATION

USA: Chart 62 replicates this rule, refer back to section USA12.4.

22.4 DEFENSIVE RATINGS

USA:  When a successful icing occurs and the possession of the puck is determined by a penalty killer’s defense 12-14 and that position is vacant, this will result in an outside shot with options.  Another spilt card must be drawn to determine the opponent against for the possible pass or penetration attempt.

22.5 PASSING

USA: The Wilkerson/Goldberg passing system will be used in lieu of the split card passing.

22.6  PENETRATION

USA:  An alternative chart that incorporated the penalty killer’s defense () in success of the penetration will be used.  Refer to charts 31, 33, and 35.  Moreover, when a penalty killing player tries to penetrate the defense rating of power play player is also factored into the success of the penetration attempt.  Refer to charts 32, 34, and 36.

25.0 DEFELECTION CHART

USA: REBOUNDS/DEFLECTIONS:  All outside dice rolls of 8 from the defensemen positions that produce a rebound/deflection result will be treated as an automatic deflection by one of the forwards thus producing an inside shot.  The literal shot results from the inside shot column will be followed and the shot will be credited to the forward.

USA 25.11 Add on to the deflection chart the following:

  • 4 Skaters/ 1-3 LW/ 4-6 RW
  • 3 Skaters/ 1-6 C

USA 25.2 25.21 25.22 The following sections are not enforced.

26.0 ENFORCER RULE

USA 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Will be replaced with the following:

USA 26.0 ADDITIONAL PENALTIES, INJURIES, AND SUSPENSIONS

USA 26.1 GOON RULE:  Any player that has an intimidation rating of 10 – 15 and a Penalty Rating of an A or AA can be designated as the “Goon” (strictly optional) during his shift.  This applies only at even strength and does not apply during power play situations.  As the goon, any time an intimidation opponent occurs, the goon would be the intimidator.  Normal intimidation rules apply.  Intimidation chances that specify a position, the goon could not intimidate unless his position was designated.  Whether the goon is successful in the intimidation or not the opposing team can declare a fight when there is a player on the ice with a penalty rating between B – AA.  If a fight is declared, the player declaring the fight could be called for an instigator penalty (chart 4), which is an additional two-minute minor, plus a 10 minute misconduct, both are added onto the five minute major.  If intimidation results in matching majors to both teams ignore the challenge assuming the fight between the intimidator and the player intimidated occurs without challenge.

USA 26.2 INJURIES THROUGH INTIMIDATION: Anytime an intimidation opportunity occurs were a player has a double- digit intimidation rating (10-15), he has the potential to cause an injury to the opponent being intimidated.  If the player chooses to intimidate and rolls a 20-sided die with Intimidation that falls within his range there is a possible injury to the player intimidated. Therefore, let us say that a player with a (1-12, AA) has an intimidation chance on an opposition player (1-5, B).  If the intimidating player rolls a 10-12 intimidation he successfully takes the puck away and causes a possible injury to opposing player. To determine the extent of the injury utilize the homemade injury charts. This tip also carries well into the “Goon Rule”. With the example above, the intimidator falls into the category of “Goon” and if declared as such could take all intimidation opponent possibilities on his given shift. Therefore, whether the intimidator was successful or not on the intimidation, if the opposition has a player on the ice with a B to AA penalty rating they could declare a fight with the intimidator. This would include the player intimidated if he were not injured on the intimidation, therefore, check for injury prior to any declaration of a fight. If take away or fails to take away puck possible penalty occurs, check for penalties on Super Advanced Penalty Chart and if any matching five- minute majors are called assume that the fight occurred without a fight being declared. If matching majors are not called the option to declare a fight remains open. Furthermore, if a fight is declared there is the potential for an instigating minor and a 10-minute misconduct to the player that declared the fight.   Remember that two instigator penalties in the same game results in the player being ejected from the game as does 3 fights during the same game.

USA 26.3 FIGHTING RESOLVE: Fights can occur through the “Goon Rule”, matching 5 minute majors called on the Super Advanced Penalty Chart, and fights resulting from a MP, GM, or stand alone 5 minute major.  To resolve the initial fight the following procedure, based upon the penalty ratings of the players, will be utilized.  Penalty rating of D=1, C=2, B=3, A=4, and AA=5.  Each combatant will shake one six sided dice and the penalty ratings determining which player has an advantage.  A player who has a disadvantage must win the dice roll by a number that is equal to the disadvantage to have a draw and greater than the disadvantage to win the fight.  Therefore, if an AA rated player fights a B rated player, the AA player has a plus two advantage and the B rated player’s dice roll would need to be two higher to get a draw and three higher to win the fight.  Only the original fight is resolved, if further altercations breakout they are not resolved.

USA 26.4 THIRD MAN IN/POSSIBLE BRAWL:  During a fight if a player on either team is getting beat by 5 or more on the dice roll, taking into consideration all advantages for higher penalty ratings, use the Third Man In Chart (chart 2, 3) to determine if a teammate with the highest penalty rating that is on the ice at the time of the fight comes to the rescue, thus becoming the third man into an altercation.  If the player does not join the altercation, check for injury to the player being pummeled using a homemade injury chart.  If a third man does enter the altercation, utilize the Penalties For Third Man In Chart (chart 3) to determine outcome and penalties.

USA 26.5 SKATER UPGRADE TO INTIMIDATION OF 10:  Through most of Strat-O-Matic’s history intimidation ratings closely followed the penalty ratings.  In recent years, this has not been consistently the case.  In order to allow enough skaters to be classified as goons, any player who has a penalty rating of A or AA but has an intimidation rating of less than 10 can have his intimidation upgraded to a 10 to be able to declare as a “Goon”.  This upgrade can only be applied when a player declares himself a “Goon” for a given even strength shift.  The upgrade will not be used to determine the forechecking and dump & chase ratings; moreover, the upgraded number will not be used in penalty killing situations and all even strength shifts where the player is not declared the “Goon”, in each of those circumstances the original Strat-O-Matic printed number will be utilized.

USA 26.5 HOWIE’S REVISED SOMETHING STUPID:  Any time that a MC, MP, GM, or Brawl! occurs on the Strat-O-Matic 20 Chart, it is possible that the defensive player involved may refer to the Something Stupid Charts instead of referring to the penalty listed on the 20 chart.  When this occurs follow the result on the Something Stupid Chart (chart 5, 6).

USA 26.6 MISCONDUCTS ON DEFENSE 7-11:  When 10 minute misconducts occur on an Action Card result of Opponent Defense 7-11, the resulting misconduct will be ignored.  Misconducts are built into the goon rule, third man in, and other aspects.  Strat-O-Matic originally added the misconduct to address the lack of penalty minutes the game engine was producing, these system address the lack of penalty minutes and structure them into a more realistic method to earn the minutes.

28.0  SHOOTOUTS AND PENALTY SHOTS

USA 28.2 In penalty shot situations, Goal+ and Goalie Rating+ situations for the defensemen are followed the same as the forwards.

29.0  TENDENCY RATING

USA 29.1 As an alternative option the tendency rating may utilize the following charts:

Player determines to attempt to penetrate draw a split card
Tendency Rating Penetrate Must Pass
***** 1-20
**** 1-15 16-20
*** or less 1-10 11-20
Player determines to attempt to pass draw a split card
Tendency Rating Pass Must Penetrate
*** or less 1-20
**** 1-15 16-20
***** 1-10 11-20

 

USA 29.2 The following procedure will be used if following these charts:

  • The opponent against must be determined by the varying opponent against system (chart 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64)
  • The decision to shoot/pass/penetrate must be made
  • If penetrate or pass is attempted, a split card must be drawn to determine if opposite action occurs
  • Resolve the attempt

30.0 SUPER ADVANCED PENETRATION

USA 30.0-30.42 Are not utilized and will be replaced by the following:

USA 30.0 OUTSIDE SHOT WITH OPTIONS:  The league will follow Strat-O-Matic’s rules regarding outside shots with options but will include penetration charts for all manpower situations, individual match-ups for all even strength and special teams situations, and the Revised Wilkerson/Goldberg Passing Chart which replaces a Split Card draw for all passing attempts from outside shots.  When a coach decides to penetrate in an outside shot situation the 5 on 5 Strat-O-Matic chart will be used as written; however, a 4 on 4, 3 on 3, 5 on 4, 4 on 3, 5 on 3, 4 on 5, 3 on 4, and 3 on 5 chart (chart 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36) will be used as well.  Therefore, individual match-ups will be enforced during all situations.

USA 30.1 The first step in an outside shot situation is to determine the opponent against (chart 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64) (It is recommended to draw a spilt card and refer to the 20#.  Retain the card until the chance is done to determine opponent against in a possible intimidation opportunity during the power play).  After the opponent has been determined the decision to pass, penetrate, or shoot will be made.  The opponent against defense’ rating will determine the success of passing or penetrating when that decision has been determined.  During a power play, when a power play skater has no opponent against, that player must penetrate or shoot, a pass is not allowed.

USA 30.2  FAILED PENETRATION ATTEMPTS DURING POWER PLAY:  In all situations where the short handed team is attacking, the puck will be lost to a member of the power play unit.  However, when the power play is attacking there is a possibility that the penetrating player will be against a vacant position (5 on 4 20%, 4 on 3 25%, and 5 on 3 40%), when this occurs a loose puck in the offensive zone will occur when the power play player is unsuccessful in the penetration attempt.

USA 30.3 A penetration attempt is subject to a possible rare play, refer to chart 38.

31.0 ALTERNATE PENETRATION

USA 31.11 Although the match-up system is the same base as what is listed in section 31.1, the varying opponent against system will be used to determine the opponent against in all penetration situations (chart 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64).

USA 32.0 TERRITORIAL PLAY

Defense 14

 

18-19

15-19

Passing L  When a Lose Puck occurs a Possible Breakaway will result

20

20

20

Because Opponent Defense 1-6 for all intensify purposes attempts to simulate forechecking situations  and due to all possibilities of a forecheck situation having been exhausted, it will be replaced by the above chart.  Therefore, every time an Opponent Defense 1-6 occurs, regardless of the settings, the chart will be used.   The chart has been implemented into the alternate split deck.

USA 32.8 DUMP AND CHASE SYSTEM:  A dump and chase system will be utilized.  This allows a team that is set in offense 2/forcheck 2 or higher the chance when receiving an outside shot only the opportunity to dump the puck into the offensive zone and try to recover it for a better shooting opportunity.  The Strat-O-Matic game engine does not simulate the offensive team attempting to establish the offensive zone or battles in the corners and along the wall to get possession of the puck.  This system allows for this type of simulation and gives the offensive team another option when an outside shot only occurs.  To resolve the dump and chase charts 17 and 18 will be utilized.  It is highly recommended to write a D&C # above the BAR rating on the player cards.

USA 33.0 FINAL TWO MINUTES OF REGULATION, TIMEOUTS

USA 33.1 TIMEOUTS AND PLAYERS ALLOWED DURING FINAL TWO MINUTES:  Strat rules do not allow changes to offensive strategies until a faceoff or a change card occurs.  Therefore, one timeout per team will be available.  The timeout may be utilized anytime prior to the drawing of an Action Card when a team has possession of the puck, with the exception of a forechecking situation which is a continuation of a possible offensive chance. During the last three cards (two minutes of regulation) both teams can then change their players (any 6 of the coaches choice, must have position listed on card), offense, and defense modes.  Play resumes with a faceoff at center ice.  However, if a team has used its timeout prior to the last 3 cards of regulation, that team must bring out the line and pair indicated on the change card.  The only way for that team to change skaters is for a faceoff to occur.   Moreover, a timeout may be utilized during the game to go with back to back power play or penalty kill.  Therefore, during an important point in the game a team may decide to use their timeout and have their top power play unit used in back to back power play situations instead of alternating between the two units.  When this occurs the opposition may also bring out there top penalty kill unit without burning their timeout, due to both teams getting equal rest during the timeout.

USA 33.2 PENALTIES LAST 4:00 (6 CARDS) OF REGULATION AND INTO OVERTIME:  To simulate the tendency of most referees putting away the whistle late in the game, penalties occurring from the opponent defense 7-11 will be read as opponent defense 12 with 6 cards remaining in regulation and throughout overtime, which produces either a take away puck or an outside shot.   Moreover, possible penalties to the goalie during the same time period will be treated as a save and a faceoff in the goalie’s defensive zone.  Penalties from intimidation, during dump and chase situations, goalie puck handling situations, and third man in altercations will be treated the same throughout the course of the entire game.

USA 34.0 OUTSIDE SHOTS FOR DEFENSMEN: TRANSITION OR ZONE ESTABLISHED:  Any time a forward has an outside shot with options the Varying Opponent Against Charts will be used per normal. However, when a defenseman receives an outside shot with options, before the chance is allowed it must be determined whether the play is on transition or if the offensive zone has been established.

USA 34.1

The following circumstances will automatically be considered to have the offensive zone established:

Outside shots for a defenseman from a successful forecheck.

Outside shots for a defensman from a successful dump and chase.

Outside shots for a defenseman from a lost puck on the Goalie Puck Handling Chart.

Outside shots for a defenseman from a resolved offensive zone loose puck situation.

The following circumstances may result in either a transition opportunity or a chance from the offensive zone already being established:

Passing A-I that result in an outside shot for a defenseman.

Forecheck Not Established Breakout Chart: Any time that a opponent defense 12-14 results in an outside shot for a defenseman.

Neutral Zone Loose Puck resulting in a outside shot with options for a defensman.

 

USA 34.2  To determine whether a defensemen jumps up to head man a rush in a possible transition situation, roll a 20 sided dice to determine if the outside shot awarded to a defensemen is a transition play or had the offensive zone been established.  When the result is the offensive zone has already been established use the varying opponent against charts to determine match-up.  If the result is a transition chance (this is not an odd man rush 2 on 2, 3 on 3, etc.) use the chart provided to determine the opponent the defenseman will be matched-up against.

*** OUTSIDE SHOT FOR DEFENSEMEN: TRANSITION OR ZONE ESTABLISHED?

Opponent 0 Forecheckers Opponent 1 Forecheckers Opponent 2 Forecheckers Opponent 3 Forecheckers
Zone  1-18

Transition 19-20

Zone 1-16

Transition 17-20

Zone 1-12

Transition 13-20

Zone 1-10

Transition 11-20

TRANSITION OPPONENT

Left Defense vs: Right Defense vs:
1-15 Right Defense 1-15 Left Defense
16-18 Center (If only 4 skaters Right Wing) 16-18 Center (If only 4 skaters Left Wing)
19-20 Right Wing (If only 3 skaters Center) 19-20 Left Wing (If only 3 skaters Center)

When in this situation the attacking defenseman takes the outside shot and rolls an 8, a rebound will result, not a deflection.  This chart has been written on the Strat-O-Matic Super Advanced chart.

USA 35.0  CLEAR THE ZONE & GET THE PUCK DEEP:  Anytime during the third period when a team is leading by 3 or more goals and have their settings at either 1/1 or 1/0, the team may declare themselves in a clear and deep mode.  This allows the team to focus on clearing the defensive zone and getting the puck deep in the offensive zone without taking additional shots.  Therefore, when this mode has been declared, anytime the team with the lead receives an outside shot only or outside shot they may dump the puck deep into the offensive zone giving possession to either defensemen of the coach’s choice on the opposing team.  The trailing team must then draw an action card.  This allows teams with a substantial lead to not run up the score and shot total.  If at any point, the trailing team cuts the lead to two goals the leading team can no longer declare Clear and Deep as well as anytime after the leading team declares this mode they may take themselves out of this mode.

USA 36.0 USE OF THREE ACTION CARD DECKS:  Factoring in the line/pair change system, allowing for more variety of cards in a given period, as well as making the possibility of card counting more difficult tit is recommended tol shuffle three full action decks together to form one 90 card action deck and use the entire deck through regulation.  If overtime occurs a separate action deck will be used for overtime and will be shuffled after each period of overtime is completed.  Since a varied opponent system and a different tendency system have been incorporated the action deck numbers 1-30 at the bottom right of the action deck are not utilized.  It is strongly recommend to pen out these numbers.

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