Tabletop gamers such as yourself are well acquantied with the basic format used by most games and events. In fact, this is the only format allowed by many games. We're talking about the time-honored classic of two players facing off against each other. One to one, PVP, mano-a-mano, and so on. Two players fighting it out to see which one of them is better, luckier, or both.
Here at Longshanks we call this format "singles" because each player joins the competition as a single entity.
The World Team Championship (WTC), first for Warhammer 40,000 and later for Warmachine & Hordes, developed a format that allows groups of players to join together and face other teams while playing games designed for one-on-one play.
After teams have been paired up, each member of one team plays a singles game against a player from the opposing team. The results of the singles games are used to determine which team is the winner.
Team events have been supported by Longshanks for a long time - back to the second year of the Guild Ball WTC which followed the Warmachine version. Just recently, support was expanded to allow teams of up to nine players.
Some games allow two players to pair up and play a game simultaneously against two other players. For tabletop games, these are often fan-created variations on the basic rules and are especially popular at conventions.
A doubles event is a bit of a hybrid of singles and team events. To run one on Longshanks, create teams to represent each two-player pair, then the teams face off directly with each other in a game rather than a match of several 1v1 games. If a game system allows players to choose one or more factions (affiliations, Guilds, etc.) per game, a doubles team can select twice that many (both players get to choose as normal).
In a rated doubles event, players get credit for half a game against each opponent in each doubles game.
Hopefully that helps! If you have any further questions on how to run events of any format on Longshanks, take a look at the help page. Happy gaming!
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