Teams, originally under "Glove World", is a feature of The SpongeBob Community released on June 29th, 2012 as part of Orca. Teams 2 was released on December 15th, 2012, Teams 3 on July 4th, 2014, and Teams 4 on February 28th, 2020. The current teams are Krusty Krew and Chum Buddies. There have been four generations of teams. You can be drafted into a team in this topic. If you do not want to be a team, you can be known as "Independent", an unofficial "third team."
A long planned feature previously on SpongeBuddy Mania in a different form, Teams was first announced by tvguy347 on December 30, 2011 when SBC was still on vBulletin. The Good Noodles, originally a VIP usergroup that SBCers could purchase access to with doubloons, was converted into a team and the Krusty Krusher were introduced as a second team. The original concept of Teams, as proposed by tvguy, was a site-wide RPG that saw users battling for control of the forums themselves with member-on-member battles. The teams were provided with two private subforums where each team could "plot against the other." However, being that lack of staff involvement was a cornerstone of the concept, the first release of Teams left most users confused on its purpose. This, coupled with the pay-to-play (with doubloons) nature of both teams, led to the failure of Teams 1. A staple of the original Teams was the Team Bank, where a team raised its own funds in order to keep their subforum. While neither the Good Noodles nor the Krusty Krushers defaulted while they existed, the involvement of doubloons in Teams was an unnecessary complication in a forum feature designed to increase activity.
The absence of a notification system for the member battles and team stats being left incomplete by programmer hilaryfan80 also crippled the system.
A second version of Teams called Teams 2 was released on August 19th, 2012 including the following features:
- New notification system dedicated to Teams: Sparks
- Completion of the team stats page
- Battles now take place on Roblox, a free-to-play MMORPG.
While largely an incremental update built off Teams 1, Teams 2 crucially saw battles move onto Roblox, which laid the groundwork for future Teams release. Notably, Teams 2 still saw Teams as a medieval-themed roleplaying game.
Second generation of teams
On December 15th, 2012, the first Teams reform occurred. Good Noodles and Krusty Krushers were dissolved and four new teams were created: Karate Choppers, Goofy Goobers, Jellyfish Hunters, and Spy Buddies. The core features of Teams 1 and 2, but several items were axed (Team Leaders, Team Leader Stores, Swords, etc.). The four new teams called for a re-drafting of team members, which was handled through the Magic Conch Shell. While a member used to join a team via purchasing access on the SBC Store, the Magic Conch Shell sorted members into one of the four teams based off questions the member answered. The four teams competed on Roblox, but users were spread out, resulting in lopsided victories wherein more active members were concentrated on certain teams and other teams saw very little participation.
After many failures in the January Racing Tournament, Teams stopped using Roblox and all tournaments were delayed until further notice. Other avenues for Team competition were used in this period, such as SpongeBob Jeopardy. The first March Madness was held in this interim.
Third generation of teams
The four-team format was axed in 2014, replaced with the Enchanted Tikis and Hawaiian Tikis for March Madness 2014. They were the shortest-lived teams, lasting from March to July 2014 and participating in just one forum event.
On July 1, 2014, Aquatic Nuggets announced the release of Teams 3. Updates include:
- A return to Roblox
- Dissolution of Enchanted Tikis and Hawaiian Tikis
- New teams: the Drasticals and Band Geeks
- Magic Conch Shell replaced with a draft where team leaders select members
Jjs and CNF were to select the members of the Band Geeks and Drasticals respectively as the first team leaders. Their picks were announced on July 4, 2014. However, nothing happened with Teams following the July draft and fell into disuse until January 23, 2015, when jjs announced a re-draft and the reorientation of Teams as a forums-event feature. SpongeCraft was also announced for the first time as a replacement for Roblox. Jjs and Aquatic Nuggets oversaw the transition of Teams from an RPG to a means of having continuity between forum events.
Since then, Teams has become a cornerstone feature of SBC and the fourth and current generation of teams (the Drasticals and Band Geeks) have continued without interruption since 2014. A third group, the Independents, debuted in 2016 as an alternative for members not wanting to join either team. It was announced after Snowcember Ball 2019 that the current teams would be discontinued after a long streak, and would be replaced with new teams coming in 2020 for Teams 4.
List of Teams Events
Below is a list of events in SBC history that have involved teams:
- January 2013 Roblox Racing Tournaments
- July 2015 SpongeCraft Tournaments
|Good Noodles||March 26, 2011 (as SBC usergroup)||December 15, 2012||1||The only team to have existed as a normal usergroup; original Good Noodles currently exist as Loyal Customers|
|Krusty Krushers||March 11, 2012||December 15, 2012||0||The first team created for the purposes of Teams|
|Karate Choppers||December 15, 2012||September 2013||0|
|Goofy Goobers||December 15, 2012||September 2013||1||The only team of the second generation of Teams to win an event.|
|Jellyfish Hunters||December 15, 2012||September 2013||0|
|Spy Buddies||December 15, 2012||September 2013||0|
|Black Cats||October 18, 2013||October 31, 2013||0||Exclusive for Octerror Fest 2013|
|Jack-O-Lanterns||October 18, 2013||October 31, 2013||0||Exclusive for Octerror Fest 2013|
|Enchanted Tikis||March 1, 2014||July 1, 2014||1|
|Hawaiian Tikis||March 1, 2014||July 1, 2014||0|
|Drasticals||July 1, 2014||February 7, 2020||9|
|Band Geeks||July 1, 2014||February 7, 2020||10||Currently the winningest team in SBC history|
|Independents||July 1, 2016||February 7, 2020||1|
|Heroes||July 10, 2017||July 31, 2017||0||Exclusive for July of Justice|
|Villains||July 10, 2017||July 31, 2017||1||Exclusive for July of Justice|
|Krusty Krew||February 28, 2020||N/A||0|
|Chum Buddies||February 28, 2020||N/A||0|
Below are features that used to exist for Teams.
- Ability to battle other teams for team doubloons or advantages
- Ability to battle other members for fun
- Teams can battle each other through ROBLOX, a free-to-play MMORPG (discontinued after Teams Tournament Jan. 2013)
- Complete integration with ibEconomy
- Improved coding from the original Glove World
- Optimized for Orca
- New "Team Store" section to the SBC Doubloon Store
- A new team bank
- Ability to donate to the team bank
- Missions integration within the forums(Hasn't been a mission in a while)
- Easter eggs hidden around the site(Hasn't been a hunt in a while)
- All doubloons used within teams counts towards your total worth
- Four weapons per team
- Karate Choppers
- Basic Throwing Star
- Intermediate Throwing Star
- Advanced Throwing Star
- Godly Throwing Star
- Goofy Goobers
- Basic Spellbook
- Intermediate Spellbook
- Advanced Spellbook
- Godly Spellbook
- Jellyfish Hunters
- Basic Staff
- Intermediate Staff
- Advanced Staff
- Godly Staff
- Spy Buddies
- Basic Gun
- Intermediate Gun
- Advanced Gun
- Godly Gun
- Karate Choppers
- Ability to upgrade weapons at any time
- A "Team Stats" section
- Updated navigation bar
- Arcade and a Generator
Link to the initial release topic: http://www.thesbcommunity.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4707-teams-is-finally-here/
Link to Teams 2 update: http://www.thesbcommunity.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5306-orca-81/
Link to Teams Reform: http://www.thesbcommunity.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6301-teams-reform/
Link to current sign-up topic: https://www.thesbcommunity.com/forums/topic/12473-teams-sign-ups/