How to use Cobra
Use Cobra to run your tournament!
Click on "Sign in as TO" in the top bar to use NetrunnerDB to log in.
Create a Tournament
To create a tournament, click "Create tournament" in the header. Enter your tournament's name and change the settings if necessary, then click "Create".
What's a "shortcode"?
The tournament page displays a shortcode which you can share with players.
They will be able to enter the shortcode on the homepage, or go straight to the short URL, to see pairings and standings for your tournament.
On the tournament page is the player management area, visible only to the TO. Enter a name and optional identity info and click "Create". You can also assign players a first-round bye here.
Once you've created players, you can modify them on this page (make sure to click "Save" on the correct row.
You can "Drop" players to automatically exclude them from future round pairings, but keep them in the standings and apply SOS from them, etc. You can "Reinstate" players if you dropped them in error, or would like to include them in pairings again for some reason.
Can players see other players when I register them?
Players cannot see the player management on this page, only the shortcode/URL and ID breakdown
In addition, the ID breakdown and standings (which contains player and ID information) will only become visible once the first round has been paired. Players cannot gain an advantage by knowing which identities other players are registering with.
What is the "Player Meeting"?
Player meetings are used in particular in very large tournaments to finalise registration. All players are paired alphabetically to ensure that registration was correct (no one missed, no one registered twice etc). No game is played with these pairings, and it does not affect standings in any way.
Create Rounds and Pairings
Use the "Pairings" tab on your tournament page to manage the tournament after registration is complete. Click "Pair new round!" to create a new round and automatically pair off all players.
"Pairings by name" provides clear printable pairings. These pairings list all pairings twice (once flipped), so players can scan down the alphabetical left hand column for their name to easily find their pairing. Players can view this page online as well.
"Match slips" provides you with printable match slips you can cut out and distribute.
You can enter a result for a pairing and quickly enter 6-0, 3-3 or 0-6 results by clicking the appropriate button. For other results, click "..." to reveal two fields to enter a manual score, then click "Save".
Once a result has been entered, you can edit it; don't forget to click "Save" again.
What is "Completing" a round?
Results intentionally do not update the standings as they come in. To allow them to apply to the standings, you must "Complete" the round. This simply indicates that the standings should include this round's results.
Something Went Wrong!
If you have a problem at some point, you may be able to resolve by "Editing" the round.
You can click "Delete round" on this page to delete the round AND ALL ASSOCIATED PAIRINGS. No players will be affected, but obviously the standings could well be affected by removing results.
You can "Uncomplete" a round if you erroneously marked it as complete. Remember, this will hide the round's results from the standings.
You can "Re-pair" the round. This will delete ALL pairings in this round (the result data for the round, if any, will be lost, so be careful!) and recalculate pairings again. This may be useful if you had to edit a misreported result from the previous round.
You can also use this page to manually edit the pairings. Delete the pairings that are incorrect by clicking the bin/trash button on that row. Then a list of "Unpaired players" will be displayed, and a "Create pairing" form will appear. You can create pairings with any unpaired players (including dropped players if necessary) and also byes.
The "Standings" tab displays the current standings, based on all pairings from completed rounds, and is visible to the public online.
In the "Settings" tab, which only you can see, you can rename the tournament and change some details, such as the date.
You can also amend how table numbers are assigned. By default, they are "random", which means that while players will be paired correctly, they will be assigned random table numbers, and good players will be distributed around the room. If you set this setting to "ranked", the better pairings will take place on higher tables, so the best players will be on tables 1, 2 etc.
Finally, you can set your tournament to "Private" so that only you can access it, and it will not be publicly listed anywhere.
What is "Upload to Always Be Running"?
Always Be Running is a tournament results aggregator, and results from your tournament on Cobra can be uploaded directly to it!
Click "Upload to Always Be Running" and you will receive a short upload code which you can enter in ABR when concluding the tournament there. The standings and identities will pull through.
You can also download the standings as JSON. Cobra uses NRTM's tournament JSON format. This JSON can be uploaded to Always Be Running, for instance.
What is "Cut to Top X"?
You can cut to a double elimination bracket in your tournament. Currently only top 4 and top 8 are supported. This will create a new stage in your tournament with only the top N (non-dropped) players from the standings, and this new stage will pair all rounds following the correct bracket structure, rather than using Swiss pairings.
In a double elimination bracket, it's important to mark the pairings in the first round to indicate which side each player played. In subsequent rounds, Cobra will determine which side each player should play, randomising if necessary as well.