Wixson is the Champion.
Scenario and Rules
will be a seven round Swiss Elimination tournament . Each player who signs up may play in the first four rounds
if he or she wishes, regardless of record. Players may drop out of the tournament at any time.
sixteen (16) players with the highest AREA rating will be seeded. Each seeded player shall maintain his or her seeding until
he or she loses a game.
2. Each of the seeded players in Round 1 will play a random
unseeded player and any excess unseeded players will be paired randomly amongst themselves.
Players with the same number of wins in Rounds 2 through 4 will be grouped (a “Bracket”) and paired within
such Bracket. The pairings for Rounds 2 through 4 will be determined as follows:
(a) In the Bracket of undefeated players, each seeded player from the top down
will be paired with a random unseeded player if possible. If there are not enough undefeated unseeded players to match up
with the seeded players, then the top unpaired seeded player will play the bottommost unpaired seeded player, the second highest
unpaired seeded player will play the next lowest unpaired seeded player, and so on down the line until everybody is paired.
all other Brackets pairings will be completely random.
(c) If there is an odd number of players
in any Bracket, then the highest rated player of the Bracket directly below will be bumped up to the higher Bracket to even
it out. Notwithstanding this framework, in the Swiss rounds a player will
not be paired with an opponent he has already played in the tournament.
4. After Round 4 the eight players with
the best records will advance to the Round 5 quarterfinals and will be paired top score against eighth best
score, second best score against seventh best score, etc. The remaining players will be eliminated from the competition. The
winners of Round 5 will advance to the Round 6 semifinals. The winners of Round 6 will advance to the Round 7
championship match. The losers of Round 6 will play in the Round 7 consolation match for third place
There will be no byes. If there are an odd number of players total for any round, then the lowest rated player or random unseeded
player with the lowest score will play an "eliminator" assigned by the GM.
tournament games will be of the Annus Mirabilis Tournament Scenario. The French player wins if the game ends
with VPs at 0.
Sides will be randomly assigned by the GM. However, when at all possible within the protocol described above, the GM
will attempt to arrange the pairings so that each player will play each side an even number of times in the preliminary rounds.
D. The current Living Rules as posted on the GMT Website will be used. All Advanced
Rules will be used.
E. The following Special Rules will be used in all rounds:
SPECIAL RULE #1 -
Starting with the Late Season 1757 turn, at the beginning of EVERY turn - after the cards have been dealt and examined but
before the first Action Phase - the British player may retrieve one British Regulars or Highlanders card from the discard
pile and place it in his hand AFTER RANDOMLY discarding one card from his hand*. He may not retrieve the card that he has
just discarded. The turn then proceeds normally.
* NOTE: If the Surrender!
card is discarded, the French player (only) has the option to declare a reshuffle of the deck at the end of that turn. He
may wait until the end of the turn before deciding.
SPECIAL RULE #2 - The
French 1-4 Marine Detachment units (only) now have just one step. Whenever one of these units takes a step loss it is permanently
removed from play instead of being flipped to its 0-4 side. In addition, whenever a French stack that includes both 3-4 Regulars
units and 1-4 MD units takes losses as a result of a battle or an assault, all 3-4 units in the stack must be flipped before
any MD units are eliminated.
Each game will be played via ACTS (http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp). All card play, messages, and die rolling will go through here - no exceptions. Players may exchange game files via Cyberboard
or ADC2, but this is not required. In sending messages, players must be as EXPLICIT as possible when describing a move.
Players may decide on the protocol they will use in their messages, with the default being the complete spelling out of everything
(spaces, leaders, units).
British leaders that enter the game will be picked randomly (ACTS die roll) by alphabetical selection of last name. (i.e.,
2=Bradstreet, 3=Forbes, 4=Murray,
5=Wolfe). This is the default in case players forget to mention the order prior to selecting leaders - players may designate
which number is for which leader prior to rolling, as long as it’s random. Leader(s) are rolled for BEFORE placement
of any leader(s) or British unit(s).
each game is complete, the winner must report back to the GM with results.
TIEBREAKERS - To break ties when determining the eight quarterfinalists at the conclusion of Round 4 and to determine
the final standings of those players eliminated, the following criteria in order of importance shall be used:
1. If two players are tied and they have played each other, then the winner of that game
will be awarded the higher ranking.
2. If more than two players are tied or if the above does not apply, then the players will be
ranked by the average of the AREA ratings of the opponents that each such player has defeated. Unrated opponents will
be assumed to have a rating of 5000 for this purpose.
II. Round Time Limit
A. Each round will be 12 weeks long. Rounds which fall during the World Boardgaming
Championships will be extended a week.
B. Players must make every
effort to get in one card play per day. There will obviously be times when this will be impossible, though there should
also be days when >1 card play per day is possible. If a player’s opponent is playing too slowly, the GM needs to
be notified AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so he can assess the situation. Slow play will result in a disqualification and award a victory
to one’s opponent if slow play means the deadline cannot be made. I hope to never have to enforce this rule.
C. If a game does not end
by the deadline date it will be adjudicated by the GM and the Assistant GM. If either player in question can be identified
as the more guilty party (the slower player), then his opponent will be declared the winner, regardless of the positions on
the game's board. Such decisions are final.
III. Resolution of Response Actions and Cards
A Interception, including during infiltration (either
way below is acceptable):
1. For each space you enter, you may roll the die for
your opponent. If the roll enables ANY of his units/forces to intercept (using drms), pause to let him make a choice.
If intercept is not possible with any of his units/forces, you may continue moving. (This obviously favors the non moving
player, but is useful for speeding up play, especially if you believe that an interception attempt won’t happen, even
if it were possible) .
2. For each space you enter where interception is possible,
pause and let your opponent decide. Then let him roll the die if he chooses, or else he’ll tell you to continue moving.
This method is slower, but in many situations you may not want to tip your hand.
B. Avoid Battle and Inside Fortress/Fort
1. Upon entering an enemy occupied space, send the decision
(and die roll) back to your opponent. He will need to make any decisions (and applicable rolls) prior to the battle starting.
2. Combat Cards and Battles, Sieges, and Assaults
a. Since attacker plays all combat cards first, he should
announce his cards then turn the game over to his opponent. His opponent will then play any battle cards and run the battle.
b. If the Attacking player wishes to play "Surrender,"
he would do so before the defending player plays "Coehorns & Howitzers."
c. In the event of an attacker ambush that is not negated
by the defender, the defender still rolls the die, and takes his losses prior to firing back.
C. Response Cards: To speed games up, here are the conventions
we will use for non-moving player card plays (combat card plays are handled in above):
1. General: Most card
plays will be retroactive to actual movement. This does give an advantage to the non-moving player, so take this into
consideration when planning your strategy.
2. Blockhouses - If a player raids, and this card is available to be played, then the non-moving player should be
instructed to roll for the raids. If the moving player does happen to make the roll(s), then the non-moving player can play
"Blockhouses" immediately AFTER such raid roll(s). Any adjustments to raider casualties are then made.
3. Foul Weather - Play on a force AFTER that force has moved. The moving player can redo the forces movement (he can
go 2 spaces in any direction - he is not committed to his original route). If either "George Croghan" or "Amphibious Landing"
were played as part of the movement, those cards should be taken back into the moving player’s hand from the discard
pile. They are NOT lost due to "Foul Weather."
a. Sometimes a die will be rolled (as in a raid) before "Foul Weather" is played. If "Foul Weather" means that this die
roll could never have been made (because the unit/force could not have reached the space that necessitated a die roll), then
ignore all results of the roll.
b. If the non-moving player makes any die roll (interception, for instance), then that player cannot then play "Foul Weather"
during the current action. "Foul Weather" can be played after the moving player makes a die roll.
4. Massacre and Lake Schooner - These cards are response cards. Even though they are played AFTER
the opposing player has moved and/or fought, the player playing "Massacre" or "Lake Schooner"
still makes his normal card play.
IV. Error Handling
A. If any non-event card (see C and D below) error
is made, it is correctable UNTIL the OTHER player plays a card or rolls a die (thus you cannot make an error, roll the die,
and get away with it). If the other player plays a card or rolls the die, play on, leaving the error in play.
B. If a player
plays an illegal event or makes an illegal move and his opponent catches the error before his next card play, then the transgressor
must redo his action (and may take his card back). If such illegal action is not caught immediately and the non-trangressor
takes is next action as if nothing illegal had happened, THE ILLEGAL ACTIONS STANDS.
C. For sportsmanship’s
sake, ANY error is retroactively correctable if both players agree. The rule in "A" above is in case players cannot come to
D. If a removable event that should to be “played as operations” is played as an event, and therefore mistakenly
removed (or if a removable event is mistakenly played as operations when it should be played as an event), this error can
be corrected - and it can be corrected by either player – by drawing the card from the discard pile, and then replaying
it as operations (or as an event, as the case may be). Such an error may still be corrected if the deck is reshuffled or if
the turn has been advanced, so it can be corrected at any time.
E. If a card error is not caught by either player
before it has an adverse effect on the game, then the adverse effect stands. For example, if Quiberon were to be accidently
removed from the game on Turn 1 and the players did not notice until Turn 5 after several reshuffles had occurred, then play
would continue normally from the point of the discovery (potentially screwing the British player, who deserves what he gets
for not paying attention). Even though the adverse effect in this case would stand, the card could still be put back in the
deck and be playable in future turns.
If ACTS mistakenly
"hiccups" and makes more rolls than were intended, or if a player rolls too many dice, etc., ALWAYS take the first roll(s),
in order. If a player rolls too few dice (i.e. only rolls one in a battle where 2 are called for), use the first roll for
the side designated, and roll another die.
If a dispute arises,
contact the GM. The decisions of the GM (or the Assistant GM if it is the GM’s game) are final.
V. Who Rolls the Dice?
A. A player may make any moves or rolls conditional. He may also request that his opponent roll the die in any
situation. For example, a player could activate two Indians on a "1" card (he would need to specify which ones). He could
send them both raiding. He could stipulate that the 2nd move is canceled and the Indian moves to Space "A" instead IF the
first Indian's raid is successful. He could ask his opponent to roll for the raids.
B. The following is the default as to who rolls:
Interceptions - Varies (III.A.).
Avoid Battle - Player avoiding
Raids with no Militia deployment
possible - Player Raiding (though the results may be modified due to III.C.2 and III.C.3).
Raids with Militia deployment
possible - Non-raiding player, either after battle vs. Militia or after Militia declines to deploy.
Sieges - Player being besieged
Battle/Assault - Defender for
both sides (if 2 dice are rolled at once, the first die is the attacker’s die, the second die is the defender’s
die, but any text in the message box can override this default).
Leader Losses - Whoever rolled for the combat can roll for both sides.
Smallpox - Player playing card.
Event - Player playing card.
British Leader - British player.
Courier Intercepted - Player playing
Victories in Germany
- Player playing card.
Colonial Recruits - Player playing
Louisbourg Squadrons - French