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(IGL Archives, 2030)

In 2026 the government ran out of funding for NASA and our national space program. In the years that followed, a new breed of exploration and entertainment was born. Sports team owners, former athletic stars and scientific companies pooled their money and resources together around the fastest growing program in the world — the International Galactic League! The space race is back. Now teams from cities all over the world vie for sponsorship endorsements to fund their competitive teams. They all want the same thing; the crown jewel of the IGL — the Galaxy Cup.

The rules of play are simple. Each team must field a fleet of twelve vessels and crews. These ships will then earn points over the course of a one-week match, and the team with the highest score wins. Teams can earn points for the following:

24 hour terrestrial orbit – 2pts.

Lunar landing – 5 pts.

Lunar orbit (24 hrs) – 3 pts.

Orbital Grand Prix (race around Moon and back): first place – 7pts., second place – 5 pts., third place – 3 pts.

New scientific discovery – 30 pts.

Scientific experiments – 2 pts. each.

Orbital luxury cruise – 1 pt. per passenger.

Lunar vacation stay (1 week minimum stay required to qualify) – 1 pt. per traveler.

High orbit shootout: Teams shoot lasers at hologram targets in rounds. First place – 10 pts, second place – 7 pts, third place – 5 pts.

Laser tag challenge: Teams field 20 players in a capture-the flag game. Two rounds of play. Each team has a turn attacking the lunar base and defending it. Scoring: 1 pt for each player ‘killed’, 5 pts for taking the flag.

The teams may elect to field a squad for every event listed in the match, or only compete in certain events. Each match pits at least three teams against one another, but no more than five. At the end of a match, the points are tallied for each team. The points are entered into their league bank and reflected in weekly standings. At the end of the 26-week regular season(March 1 – Sept. 30), the top eight teams will move on to the playoffs. The playoff rounds consist of four teams each, and all teams must compete in every event. The failure to do so will result in disqualification. The top two teams from that bracket then move on to the semifinals. The final four teams compete as above, and the top two move on to the championship match. The championship match goes for two full weeks. At the end of that, the victor gains the spoils.

You have the ability to affect the outcome of your favorite team’s matches. Sign up for a team event, or travel as a tourist. Either way, get out there and compete for the Cup! The teams are listed below, and matches start this with Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Petersburg and Quebec all in play. Check back every couple of days for the scoring updates on weekly league matches and highlights!

Teams:

St. Petersburg Dynamo (Russia)

London Rockets (England)

Madrid Meteors (Spain)

Quebec Cosmos (Canada)

Cleveland Pulsars (USA)

Beijing Golden Dragons (China)

Seattle Galaxy (USA)

San Fransisco Supernova (USA)

Los Angeles Quasars (USA)

Colorado Comets (USA)

Arizona Apocalypse (USA)

Dallas Astros (USA)

Pittsburgh Sparks (USA)

Florida Gamma Rays (USA)

New England Commodores (USA)

Mexico City Stars (Mexico)

Paris Giants (France)

Tokyo Cold Fusion (Japan)

All teams, logos, and accounts of matches are the sole property of the IGL. This material may not be reprinted, or distributed without written consent from the International Galactic League.

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