Teams, originally under "Glove World", was a feature of The SpongeBob Community released on June 29th, 2012 as part of Orca. The final teams were Krusty Krew and Chum Buddies. There have been four generations of teams. You could be drafted into a team in this topic. If you did not want to be a team, you were known as "Solo", an unofficial "third team."
Teams could face against each other in various forum events and games. SpongeBob Pictionary, SpongeBob Jeopardy!, SpongeBob Wheel of Fortune, Dunces & Dragons, SpongeCraft, Among Us, Kahoot, Cards Against Humanity and Jackbox were examples of games used in said events.
In March 2022, it was announced teams would be ending in July 2022 with Teams Mania, which was the final teams event on SBC. Teams were disbanded permanently after the event concluded on July 31st, 2022.
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 MDPP 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 as "Teams 2.5." 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 became a cornerstone feature of SBC and the fourth generation of teams (the Drasticals and Band Geeks) continued without interruption since 2014. A third group, the Independents, debuted in 2016 as an alternative for members not wanting to join either team. Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Dunces & Dragons and SpongeCraft were commonly used during teams events for this era. 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.
Teams 4 launched on February 28th, 2020, introducing the Krusty Krew and Chum Buddies as the fifth and final generation of teams. New SBC games introduced during this era included Kahoot, Among Us and Jackbox. As of September 25, 2021, users now gain experience points for winning games as part of the new badge system. It was announced after March Madness 2022 that teams would be coming to an end, with Teams Mania acting as the final event. The Chum Buddies won the final event.
List of Teams Events
Below is a list of events in SBC history that have involved teams:
- Octerror Fest 2012
- Christmas 2012
- January 2013 Roblox Racing Tournaments
- March Madness 2013
- Octerror Fest 2013
- March Madness 2014
- March Madness 2015
- July 2015 SpongeCraft Tournaments
- Octerror Fest 2015
- Snowcember Ball 2015
- March Madness 2016
- The Super Spongy Square Games
- Octerror Fest 2016
- Snowcember Ball 2016
- March Madness 2017
- May Mayhem
- July of Justice
- Octerror Fest 2017
- Snowcember Ball 2017
- March Madness 2018
- Sponge Cup
- Octerror Fest 2018
- Snowcember Ball 2018
- March Madness 2019
- Octerror Fest 2019
- Snowcember Ball 2019
- March Madness 2020
- Mini May 2020
- The Super Spongy Square Games 2020
- Octerror Fest 2020
- Snowcember Ball 2020
- March Madness 2021
- SBC Grand Prix
- Octerror Fest 2021
- Snowcember Ball 2021
- March Madness 2022
- Teams Mania (Final event)
|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||Exclusive for March Madness 2014|
|Hawaiian Tikis||March 1, 2014||July 1, 2014||0||Exclusive for March Madness 2014|
|Drasticals||July 1, 2014||February 7, 2020||9|
|Band Geeks||July 1, 2014||February 7, 2020||10||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||July 31, 2022||6||Final iteration of teams.|
|Chum Buddies||February 28, 2020||July 31, 2022||6||Final iteration of teams.|
|Solos||February 28, 2020||July 31, 2022||0||Final iteration of teams.|
Below are features that used to exist for Teams in its earliest days.
- 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
- New "Team Store" section to the SBC Doubloon Store
- A team bank and ability to donate to the team bank
- 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
- Arcade and a Generator