Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2403

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2404

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2405

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2406

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2407

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2408

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2409

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2410

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2411

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2403

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2404

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2405

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2406

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2407

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2408

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2409

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2410

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2411

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2403

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2404

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2405

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2406

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2407

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2408

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2409

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2410

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2411
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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2403

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2404

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2405

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2406

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2407

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2408

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2409

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2410

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/43/d382397495/htdocs/wiki.homeactionreplay.org/includes/Parser.php on line 2411
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Regulation Play Rules for all systems

  • The objective of regulation play is to reenact an arcade feel for all games played.
  • Therefore, use of autofire, slowdown, and/or save states are illegal.
  • Pausing is permitted if the emulator allows it, because you can pause on a home system, but only through the emulator, not through the game. We don't want to see the word "Pause" on the screen for 3 minutes while you go to the bathroom. :)
  • You may not use passwords. All games must start from the 1st level.
  • We also don't want to be bored, so "leeching" is not permitted. In other words, you can't stay in the same area and score points forever. However, you are not leeching if you are netting a significant loss in number of lives. If you are netting a gain of lives, or a small loss of lives, even if extra lives stop at a point, you are leeching.
  • Now, with all of this in mind, you're on your honor. We don't have competition emulators, so you probably could cheat and get away with it most of the time. (save the leeching, of course)
  • However, should a competition emulator be released, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DELETE ALL SCORES FOR GAMES THEY AFFECT. We can also ask the top scorers to produce a reasonable high score in a competition emulator to prove the high score claimed from before.
  • When a competition emulator is released, use of that emulator will be strongly encouraged. At some point, all future recordings may be required to use these emulators.
  • Defn of a competition emulator: An emulator that disables save states, slowdowns, and autofires. Can also secure the information to prevent such cheating.
  • GAMES THAT ALLOW YOU TO SAVE TO BATTERY: If a game belongs in this category, you do NOT have to put it all in one recording. Instead, you may record up to your playing time / 1 hour times, rounded down. EXAMPLE: If you played a game for 13.5 hours, you're allowed up to 13.5/1 rounded down = 13 separate recording files. You MUST pick up the game right where it left off in the previous recording, or it's an automatic disqualification.
  • GAMES THAT DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO SAVE TO BATTERY: To ensure the exact console experience, you MUST put a recording on one file and one file only.
  • AVIs, MPEGs, and similar media are prohibited.
  • Finally, You MUST ZIP ALL recordings.

Game rankings and leaderboard calculation

  • If there is scoring, then the most points will be ranked first.
  • EXCEPTION: If the game has been found to invite tons of leeching, we may change the game to completing the most stages in the least time. - A scoring system that's not existant, usually completing the most stages (or completing the game) in the least time will be ranked first.
  • Sports games will be the most common where the number of stages (or victories) in the biggest point differential will be ranked first.
  • All recordings will be assessed a leaderboard value. Leaderboards can be arranged by the user in a variety of ways, so each user can decide who's the best overall player. 1st place scores 20 points, 2nd place scores 10 points, 3rd place gets 6, 4th gets 4, 5th gets 2, and 6th OR WORSE gets 1 point. This leaderboard system is intended to encourage participation, but REALLY rewards 1st place recordings.

Other important HARP rules

  • If a score is disqualified by an editor for any reason, the affected player has 45 days to contest the decision. If the player does not contest the decision, the recording will be subject to deletion from the database.
  • THE COMMON SENSE RULE: HARP was designed to have as little politics as possible. Therefore, high-ranking officers, including editors and system leaders, should use common sense in interpreting the rules. Examples: If a recording uses an emulator that's not supposed to be used, consider letting the infraction slide once or twice unless you have a darn good reason. If somebody uses the wrong game, but it plays back on that different game, then you SHOULD create a new game entry (if needed) and move the recording there, NOT disqualify the recording.
  • In addition, high-ranking officers should consider having other people take the leader position for various sections at HARP, ESPECIALLY in tournaments.
  • You will not be eligible for registering in the forums until you submit ONE CONFIRMED RECORDING, in either regulation play or any tournament HARP has to offer. You will be e-mailed(provided you gave us a legal e-mail address) when you earn your first confirmation.
  • If you register for the site, you have 60 days to make a submission, or your account will be at risk from being deleted from the site. Don't worry, if your account is deleted, you can re-register, probably with the same username.

Some good etiquette that should be followed

  • Please start your recording from reset, if possible. This usually saves disk space because you don't have to save a state in addition to the recording.
  • Please start your game as soon as possible. Reason being is because the length of your recording that's recorded on HARP is not the same as the recorded time that might be claimed on the emulator. Starting the game as soon as possible prevents a timing error. See questions below.
  • For the same reason, please end your recording as soon as possible. Basically, when you complete the game, stop your recording, THEN enjoy the ending. This is more important than the previous item because I have to anticipate the "movie ended" line from the emulator, which may result in a timing error if I miss it. And I don't want to play the whole movie again, especially if it's a Role Playing Game.

Rules for confirmers

  • CARDINAL RULE: With each recording, play it back IN IT'S ENTIRETY. If it plays back in it's entirety, then claim a CONFIRMATION by clicking the (Un-)confirm link next to the appropriate recording, unless there's a problem in the rules below. If it does NOT play back in it's entirety, claim an UNCONFIRMATION and comment what the problem is. Maybe you can't see what the score was or the playback un-syncs itself, or some other problem might arise.
  • If it's a scoring game, make sure the score is completely accurate with no margin of error. If there is a margin of error, claim an UNCONFIRMATION, and comment what the real score is. An editor will change the score, then it will be your RESPONSIBILITY to change it to a CONFIRMATION, provided it followed the CARDINAL RULE.
  • If the game is a least time wins game, make sure the score is accurate with a little margin of error. If there is a margin of error of seconds, claim a CONFIRMATION. If there is a margin of error of minutes (or some 20 seconds or more in short games), claim an UNCONFIRMATION, and comment what the time should be. An editor will change the time, then it will be your RESPONSIBILITY to change it to a CONFIRMATION, provided it followed the CARDINAL RULE.
  • If unnecessary fields are not filled in, don't worry about it, it's an editors responsibility to fill them in. But if you want to help, keep the CONFIRMATION, and comment what the unnecessary fields should be, and an editor will take care of it.

Rules for editors

  • CARDINAL RULE: ALWAYS be fair and honest. I don't care if your worst enemy or your best friend is playing, you must be fair in your decisions at all times. I cannot stress that enough.
  • An editor is also a confirmer, and are subject to those rules.
  • If there is a timing correction of minute(small) realms, don't edit the recording. If there are errors in scoring and/or stages claimed, please correct them.
  • If there is a really close time competition (a matter of a few seconds), Gameboy9 will carefully review the timing and make a final decision.
  • EXCEPTION: If Gameboy9 is involved in the competition, he will bring in an editor to make a more fair decision.
  • Some players may not claim things that are unnecessary for submission. (Like time and stages completed in a most points wins game) They are not to be penalized; it is YOUR responsibility to fill in those values in as fair and as accurate as possible.

Rules regarding qualified emulators

  • If an emulator supports recording input of a game and it plays back correctly with MOST games, it will be supported.
  • The exception, at least for now, is MESS. There usually will be an emulator that is superior to MESS, so MESS won't be allowed for that system. MESS probably supports recording for NES and SNES, for example, but FCEU, Famtasia, and SNES9x do a much better job with recordings in those cases, so MESS isn't allowed.

Rules regarding difficulty levels

  • You may enter the options screen before the game to choose a difficulty level.
  • You may play the game using ANY difficulty level.
  • However, the harder the game is, the more points you get on the scoreboard.
  • If you play the easiest difficulty, you get no bonus.
  • If you play the 2nd easiest difficulty, your score is multiplied by 2.
  • If you play the 3rd easiest difficulty, your score is multiplied by 3, and so forth.
  • YOU MUST BEAT THE GAME IN ORDER TO GET THE DIFFICULTY BONUS! If there is no ending, you earn the bonus. - EXCEPTION: If a game is programmed to accommodate a higher score for a more difficult game, the game's rules take effect.
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