hammer of the scots [Updated April 2008]

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  Ballroom A   Paradise Terrace, Table #3

George Seary, NY

2005-07 Champion

2nd: Lyman Moquin, DC

3rd: Nicholas Benedict, CA

4th: Rob Taylor, MI

5th: Derek Miller, VA

6th: Phil Rennert, MD
Event History
2003    Phil Barcafer     55
2004    Lyman Moquin     29
2005    George Seary     29
2006     George Seary     25
2007    George Seary     17

GM: Lyman Moquin, DC


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Bruce, Braveheart and the blocks ...

WELCOME to the 2008 WBC Hammer of the Scots Tournament! Like last year, we will be using the latest incarnation of the rules online (from the publisher, version 2.3) and even for "veteran\" players, there are a few significant rule changes that affect play and might influence your bidding:

1. A few Scottish units have been upgraded: The Scottish bowmen (Etterick) block now has movement of 3, and another Scottish Infantry (Fraser) block now has a combat rating of C3 (identical to the MacDonald block), rather than C2. (to see all the blocks online, here's the link: http://www.columbiagames.com/pix/3215-hammer-labels.gif) We don't recommend you mutilate your pieces, but that is how they will be played.

2. The "Reserves" in combat rule has changed: Reserves sit out the first round (just like they used to) but if the force that they are supporting gets wiped out, the Reserve Units ARE revealed AND engage in combat in Round 2. Another major change is that if it is the DEFENDER that is wiped out in Round 1, its Reserve forces that arrive are now the ATTACKERs. (Not only does the attacker then get to fire first, but if they have a native noble, he now "defends" at B3). See the below link for more details.

All other previous FAQs on card play and rules apply.

Bidding will remain relatively the same, blind bidding (player write bids on their entry card) either for the English with a number representing the number of round Edward 1 is "face up" in the levy pool, unavailable for play. (ie. a written bid of E3 means that you want the English and are willing to let Eddie sit out the first three rounds). With the rule changes AND the below tournament rules, there may actually be some Scottish bidders this year - they bid addtional blocks the English will add to their initial levy of 4 (i.e. S2 means "I want the Scots and will give the English two more blocks Round 1). In the event of a tie (i.e. both bid E3) you roll a die and the person with the highest roll "wins" the bid - they pay it and play it. In the odd instance that the bids are opposite in nature (somebody bids English the other Scots) both sides get the side they want and "cancel out" the relative difference - if the Scots bid 2 and the English 1, then ONE block would be added to the English levy.

The format will be Swiss for the first three rounds, necking down to four to fight it out in two single elimination rounds. IMPORTANT: Noble count accumulation (both with WINS and LOSSES) will break ties, so it is important to play hard to the finish to end the game with as many nobles as you can. (i.e. if somebody is two wins, one loss and has a total of 25 nobles at the end of all three games, they advance over somebody 2-1 with a total of 24). Auto victory by killing English King twice or the Scottish King will result in a 14 Noble win, as it is assumed that if you kill the other person's King (or second King in the case of England) that all nobles will bow down to you. . .groveling.

SO; be careful with engaging your King if you have a lot to lose, and keep all of this in mind when bidding for a side.

Time limits will be strictly enforced, so if you have a "sandbagger" please let the GM or Asst GMs know discretely and we will take appropriate action. If a game just runs out of time with no clear violator, the current round will be completed and the nobles counted. . . . with additional adjudication by the GM if required.

If you have a dispute, have both warring parties appeal simultaneously to the GM for adjudication. Remember, if you are not having fun, you are certainly doing something wrong. . .

Email me with questions - or check out the Hammer forum on Consimworld at http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@263.cK7dcaJgB5V.5@.ee6f6e0/2464

The link to the official rules can be found here at the Columbia Games website:


"Nemo me impune lacessit" - Royal Motto of Scotland

 GM      Lyman Moquin [2nd Year]   NA
   moquis@aol.com   NA

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