These FAQs are for reference. "Violation" of these is not a bannable offense, they are simply an outline to tell you how things are generally done on ICT. The majority of these simply explain how the fights are set up when a Thread-Starter does not specify certain aspects of the fight.

We encourage innovation here, so coming up with new debate ideas is welcome.

What can a Thread-Starter do?
A Thread-Starter may start any thread that doesn't violate Project Fanboy Rules. In ICT, it is preferred that the topics are vs. related. Discussions not related to the fights we set up can be taken to the other forums, that's what they are there for.

What Gear are Combatants allowed access to?
Characters fight with access to their standard gear. AKA whatever they normally have direct access to. This does not include "calling in backup" from everyone they've ever met in their entire history.

What sort of mindset are the Combatants in?
Combatants are acting in character, as they are most often portrayed. Under special circumstances, a particular version of a Character may be substituted by the Thread-Starter (i.e. Blood & Thunder Thor or OWAW Superman). What this means is if Combatant 1 has a penchant for killing while Combatant 2 refrains from such a course of action as often as possible, then Combatant 1 may be out for the kill while Combatant 2 is not.

How is a Combatant victorious?
Combatants battle to win whatever competition they are placed in. Means of victory include KO, Killing, Entrapping, Battlefield Removal, anything that makes the opponent no longer able to continue the fight is considered a victory.

If a Thread-Starter does not choose the setting for a fight, where is it taking place?
Combatants fight in a time and place of the Thread-starter's choosing, if no place is chosen, they fight on the streets of New York City, on a nice day with scattered clouds, at 2 pm.

How much do the Combatants know about each other?
Combatants know whatever is common knowledge for the public of whatever universe the character is from. [ex. If Miracleman is fighting Iron Man, he knows whatever the public at Marvel knows about Iron Man.]

You mentioned Blood and Thunder Thor and OWAW Superman. What's that all about?
Those are External Power-Ups or Altered Frames of Mind. Unless the Thread-starter specifies otherwise, external power-ups are not typically allowed. This includes: Leaving the field of battle for additional weaponry, Sun-Dips, or Warrior Madness. Other similar, unlisted power-ups fall under this category. Mages are the exception to this rule as they often call on external power to overwhelm opponents. They are the only exception barring Thread-starter changes.

Someone just changed their thread after I already replied to it. What's the deal?
The Thread-starter may alter the settings and rules of their thread up until the 29th post, the end of page 1. This is simple courtesy since posters have already invested in the thread. After this point, the initial post describing the competition may not be altered, and the rules must remain the same so petty arguments will not be started over misunderstandings.

What sort of evidence can I use in debates?
For Comics/Manga, Primary Source Material is the weightiest proof. Where applicable, the Thread-Starter is supposed to designate whether the character version used is the anime version, manga version, or if both are allowed. Author's Intent does count. The most widely accepted forms of evidence are scans, issue numbers and quotes. Their weight in a debate is: Scans>Issue Numbers>Quotes. This is because a scan allows others to see it for themselves, and Issue numbers allow others to seek it for themselves. Quotes can be taken out of context, but if verified, are valid.

Can I bring in out of continuity stories as a reference?
Elseworlds, What If...?, Imaginary Stories and Crossovers do not count as in-continuity evidence.

I read something in a handbook, do those count?
In regards to power levels, they do not count. Sourcebooks and Handbooks are almost universally shunned from arguments here. The only thing begrudgingly accepted is their historical documentation. Do not be surprised if you reference a factoid you pulled from a Handbook/Sourcebook and someone demands you back it up with evidence from the Primary Source Material. Handbooks are generally just considered fun reads. Write-Ups by Wizard Magazine do not count, ever.


What about Star Wars? Do you use The Official Star Wars Canon Tree here?
With the exception of the Incredible Cross Sections, which do not count here, The Official Star Wars Canon Tree is in affect regarding Star Wars Debates. For board convenience, here it is:

Quote Originally Posted by The Official Star Wars Canon Tree
G-canon is absolute canon; the movies (their most recent release), the scripts, the novelizations of the movies, the radio plays, and any statements by George Lucas himself. G-canon always overrides the lower levels of canon when there is a contradiction. Within G-canon, many fans follow an unofficial progression of canonicity where the movies are the highest canon, followed by the scripts, the novelizations, and then the radio plays.

C-canon is primarily comprised of elements from the Expanded Universe including books, comics, and games bearing the label of Star Wars. Games and RPG sourcebooks are a special case; the stories and general background information are themselves fully C-canon, but the other elements such as character/item statistics and gameplay are, with few exceptions, N-canon.

S-canon is "secondary" canon; the story itself is considered non-continuity, but the non-contradicting elements are still a canon part of the Star Wars universe. This includes things like the popular online roleplaying game Star Wars: Galaxies and certain elements of a few N-canon stories.

N-canon is "non-canon". What-if stories (such as stories published under the Star Wars: Infinities label), game stats, and anything else directly contradicted by higher canon ends up here. N-canon is the only level that is not considered canon by Lucasfilm.

What does “CBR Rules” mean?
That means the fight takes place with the CBR-Style of fight rules, included below for your convenience.

Quote Originally Posted by ComicBookResources Forum Default Fight Rules

01. Prep time:
Neither side receives any notable prep time before the starting bell. Neither side may take any offensive or defensive actions before the starting bell. Planning is allowed and powers that are automatic or 'always on' can be up, but actions such as setting up forcefields, taking flight, or consciously activating powers is not. For example, Batman cannot shove together an 'anti-Avengers ray' before the fight.

02. Standard Equipment:
Each side starts out with the equipment that they normally and have been shown to consistently carry on them. For example, Daredevil would have his billy-club, but Reed Richards would not have the Ultimate Nullifier.
In a scenario fight, the contestants in whose city/reality the fight takes place are allowed access to any material resources they usually have there or of any team they're active members of, as long as they can reasonably get to them. For example, in a scenario set in the DCU, Green Lantern would have access to equipment in the JLA Watchtower, but not the Titans headquarters.

03. Basic knowledge:
Each side receives basic knowledge of the other. A good measure of this would be what the general population of the character's homeworld knows. For example, that Superman has a weakness to Kryptonite is general knowledge, but that he's Clark Kent is not.

04. Bloodlust:
It is assumed that each contestant in the arena will fight to his/her best ability. That means they will use any powers at their disposal. For example, even though The Flash doesn't clock each of his own opponents in the first picosecond in his own comic, it is assumed that is a viable tactic on this board since it is a proven fact that he possesses that level of speed.
It is also assumed that the characters fight at their optimum levels of ability - not explicitly weakened or unusually powered up for those who have variable power levels.

05. Setting:
The default battle area is the Arena of Khazan, a colossal arena that looks somewhat like a Roman Amphitheatre. It is typically a 250 feet by 200 feet ellipse, though the size is adjustable in accordance to the size of the contestants; the opposing sides start out about 100 feet from one another. The Arena of Khazan is itself next to completely indestructable. The audience are protected from stray energy blasts/debris/body parts by a godly powered forcefield. The ground of the arena itself does not have this protection, nor is the skydome covered by it. Somewhere in the arena is located a commentators box (location seems to vary).

06. No outside help:
Unless specified otherwise, no contestant may call for outside assistance, even in scenario matches. For example, Captain America cannot call in the Avengers during a fight with Batman.

07. Leaving the field:
Combatants who leave the field of combat on purpose forfeit the match. If they are removed from the arena against their will (being punched, thrown, teleported, etc.) and can make it back under their own power, then they are still in the fight. Obviously, if a combatant leaves the field and cannot return under their own power, then they have lost.

What does HTH mean?
It means Hand to Hand fighting only. This is a fight where opponents pit their martial skill against one another without weapons or exotic powers like energy attacks, flight or superspeed (This includes chi and chakra). Move-reading, enhanced senses and mind-reading(provided the character uses it primarily for physical fights and not communication[Mr. X-Fighting] [[J'onn J'onnz-Communication]) is allowed. This is any form of hand-to-hand combat, not just Asian martial arts. Dodging and giving ground for tactical regrouping is allowed.

Can they do that with Weapons, too?
The style is the same as above, except characters are given weapons of the Thread-Starter's choosing to use as well.

What is a Slugfest?
Characters hit each other until they go down, relying only on strength and durability.

What does “Equal Bodies” mean?
It means that the two opponents are in physically equal bodies. If the fighters are of opposite genders, then they are placed in exactly equal bodies of their own gender. They are equal in every physical stat, with no special powers(energy blasts, etc.) to speak of.