There's been some hurbabble and kurfluffin over One Hour Battles. BotB has introduced an updated OHB hosting paradigm. The aim is to make hosting a bit more prestigious; to be taken in a certain light.
New Hosting Requirements
A BotBr must have participated in at least 3 OHBs, have submitted 10 entries in the format they desire to host (this entry count is from ALL battle types), and have b750 ready for a deposit which will be returned when the battle completes with 3 or more entries. Admins can host an OHB with any format and are exempt from the 10 entry clause.
I want to talk about bitpacks. Bitpacks are the backbone to any BotB battle. A good bitpack sets a tone that resonates through all the entries it inspires. I'm not pointing fingers or saying too many people are sucking at bitpacks. Poor bitpacks do happen, however, and I'd like to set a bar or a model to follow.
A good bitpack is a strong tangible theme, a specific technical challenge, and/or a .zip file with unique bits (samples,colors,etc..) that all BotBrs in the battle work with collectively. 'do whatevs' or 'upload anything' are not good bitpacks and hosts that do that from now on will be grounded (PARASITE) from hosting as long as the BotB Admins see fit.
The raise in the deposit is simply because b250 is hardly a risk for anyone who's been here over a year and consistently participated. If you don't have b750 but have the other requirements to host you can ask a fellow BotBr for some charity. I was considering raising the deposit to b2500! But I didn't. ;)
If you want to host a format, but lack the entry count, then suggest it to an admin. Do that enough times and you'll eventually unlock that format. Admins will soon also be able to set OHBs (or minor battles) to longer lengths and start up to a week away for extra boons.
I know a lot of BotBrs are not so hot about these kinds of changes. This was a hard decision, it required a bit of work, but ultimately I believe this mechanical insulation will improve relations over time. ALL NOOBZ!!