Tournament Format and Schedule
For 2017 we are switching places with Hannibal to help out a GM with scheduling issues. In the hopeful anticipation that this might mean an uptick in numbers, I am going back to the old Swiss Elim format of years gone by, but spread out over two days ala Hannibal. After four rounds the top four players will advance to the semifinals. The Sunday final may be played at any time later in the week if mutually agreed to by the participants and the GM.
All games will be of the Annus Mirabilis Scenario. The official 3rd Edition Rules will apply and none of the Official Optional Rules will be used. In addition, the three Special Rules listed below will be in effect. As per Rule 13.14, a draw will count as a victory for the French player. The use of a cell phone, tablet, computer or blackberry while playing is not allowed. The use of chess clocks is encouraged but optional if both players agree.
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) are now 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. For purposes of taking losses as a result of battle, assault, attrition or event, whenever a French stack that includes both 3-4 Regulars units and 1-4 MD units takes losses, all 3-4 units in the stack must be flipped before any MD units are eliminated. For purposes of this rule when taking losses for battle or winter attrition, the Marine Detachments are considered to be reduced (flipped) units.
Special Rule #3: The At Start VPs are to be set to French 3 in all games.
Rule Clarification: The Designer has ruled that the reference to besieged fortresses in the first sentence of Rule 8.22 should also include besieged forts. That is how it will be played in this tournament. What this means is that Ohio Forks would not be considered to be controlled by the British for victory purposes under Rule 13.12 if a British fort in that space was being besieged by the French at the end of the game.
The eight 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. 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:
• 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 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.
• In all other Brackets pairings will be completely random. If there is an odd number of players in any round, then the highest finishing player from last year who is playing will get a bye. No player can receive more than one such bye for the tournament. Notwithstanding this framework, in the Swiss rounds a player will not be paired with an opponent he has already played in the tournament.
Players will earn tiebreak points equal to the AREA rating of each opponent he defeats (zero points are earned for a loss). For the purposes of resolving ties when determining who will advance to the semifinals and the final standings, the player(s) with the highest total tiebreak points will finish higher. If a tie must be broken between players who have an equal number of tiebreak points, then the player with the lower AREA rating will win the tie. If a third tiebreaker is required, then the player with the most games played as the British will win the tie (if they are still tied, then a coin will be tossed). Unrated players will be assigned a provisional rating of 5000 for tiebreak purposes.
In most games the sides are to be determined randomly (roll dice). However, after Round 1 the GM may assign sides when announcing pairings in an attempt to even out the sides played by each player. For example, if Player A and Player B are matched to play in Round 2 and Player A played as the French in Round 1 while Player B played as the British, the GM will assign Player A to play as the British for that pairing. The goal for the tournament will be that each player will play each side an even number of times if at all possible. Therefore, when announcing pairings after Round 1, the GM will also announce the sides or whether sides should be determined randomly.
Additional Prizes: GMT will offer merchandise credits to the top three players. Period weapon replicas, books, CDs and hand painted tin soldiers are traditionally awarded by the GM.