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The Napoleonic Wars (NW5)

You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demonstration. The GM will be available for one hour in Exhibit Annex to teach the game. Be on time. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.

Demonstration: Thursday 10 @ Exhibit Annex Table 4

Heat 1: Monday @ 18 - Rathskeller 
Heat 2: Wednesday @ 18 - Rathskeller 
Heat 3: Thursday @ 12 - Rathskeller 
Semifinal: Friday @ 18 - Rathskeller 
Final: Saturday @ 18 - Rathskeller 


Gareth Williams : GM (5th Year)

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GM Team: Gareth Williams, Phil Rodriguez, Francis Czawlytko






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This will be my 5th year of running NW5 and we now have four years worth of balance data to look back on. For the full number crunching check https://sites.google.com/site/wilphe/tnw/data

The data suggests that NW5 is, on some measures anyway, considerably more balanced than we might have expected and the only power that might need assistance is Austria. However I have rejected the idea of instigating any tournament rule to fix that.

Instead side assignment in the 2nd and 3rd heats will be based on performance in the previous heats and what sides each player has already played. As such players need no longer fear having to play Austria twice in a row.

Heat I Monday Duchess of Richmonds Ball Class A:
Normal Class A rules apply.
Random Seat and Table assignment

Heat II: Wednesday Austerlitz Class A:
Normal Class A rules apply.
Random Table assignment, power pick based on bid points

Heat III: Thursday Collingwoord CAT C.
For most players this will be a normal heat, however there will be one or perhaps two coached games for new players. If you wish to participate in a coached game please attend the demonstration also.
Random Table assignment, power pick based on bid points

Rules: 2nd Edition Rules with the current FAQ will be the default.

House Rules and Pacing: GMs will review the pace of the games throughout the tournament. Games are intended to finish within the time indicated; going beyond this will only be acceptable if all parties are in agreement. We will attempt to put those with the same preference in the same game but this is not guaranteed, as noted above the planned finish time will be the default.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: Any game not finished by midnight will finish at the end of the current turn

Thursday: Any game not finished by 1800 will finish at the end of the current turn

From precedent this suggests that games with a time limit will go to three turns.

Side determination and drawing: Table allocation will be random. However players will stay with their own set and players will be grouped according to preference for finish time where possible. Class C players will also play separately.

For the first heat side assignment will be random, however players will accumulate bid points that will be used to assign seat pick in the 2nd and 3rd heats

Pick order is highest to lowest. New players start at 0. Resolve ties by dice off or mutual agreement.

Won Previous Heat -1
Played as France -2
Played as Britain -1
Played as Prussia 0
Played as Russia 1
Played as Austria 2

Number and format of semifinals will be dependent on the total number of players and the winners from the heats. No more than half the field may advance to the semis.

Possible formats for the semis and Final include:

Semis: 4 x 4 player Final: 4 player
Semis: 5 x 4 player Final: 5 player
Semis: 5 x 5 player Final: 5 player

Tiebreakers and place assignment will be as follows:
3 wins + overall VP count + bid points
2 wins + overall VP count + bid points
1 win + overall VP count + bid points
3 second place + overall VP count + bid points
2 second place + overall VP count + bid points
1 second place + overall VP count + bid points

Second place in a 3-player game, if any take place, will not count towards advancement
Win or 2nd place in a game you are coaching still counts, but at 0 VP.
Only positive VP will count, not negative.

The format decision for semis and Final will be taken on Thursday night, because of possible no-shows there may be some wild card assignments.

We will try to avoid 4-player games where possible

Final: Winners of semis proceed; side pick in the Final will be based on performance in the semis based on VP total

2nd place semifinalists: Ranking amongst these players will be decided as follows:
VP count in semi
In both cases in the event of tie, previous performance will be used to break the tie as above best total of Wins, 2nd Places, VPs and bid points

Additional Prizes: Unknown but this is the GM who brought us actual dirt from Waterloo and he is scheduled to be passing through Stratfield Saye (Wellington's House) before WBC.

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