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Virgin Queen is a multiplayer card-driven game (released
by GMT in April 2012). It is a sequel to the popular WBC tournament
game Here I Stand that covers all the action of the second
half of the 16th Century, including the naval battle of Lepanto
and the sailing of the Spanish Armada.
The tournament will use the Tournament Scenario supplied from
each game. The game designer, Ed Beach, will GM the tournament
and teach the games during the scheduled demonstration prior
to the event.
The tournament will conform to the WBC standards for an event
with two heats. We will have two opening round games on Sunday
to determine 18 semifinalists. The only change for this year
is that these two opening heat games are limited to three turns
(Turns 3 to 5). No such limit will be applied to the semifinal
and Final games; they will be allowed to go the full four turns
Semifinalists are chosen and ranked according to these criteria
(the official WBC tie-breakers, adapted for an event with only
—Anyone with two wins
—Total VP earned in all preliminary games played
—Average finish in all heats entered
—Latest average power selection in heats entered
Finalists are chosen first from the semifinal winners; then
from those non-winners with the highest semifinal point total
(ties go to player with higher rank from preliminary rounds).
Alternates will be posted after the second opening round game.
Alternates are encouraged to appear before the start of the semifinals
so we can ensure that all semifinals are played with a full allotment
of six players. Alternates may also be chosen for the Final.
Pairings and Power Determination
Preliminaries: All table assignments are determined
at random (though Team Tournament teammates will be separated).
Players choose powers in the numerical order assigned to them
during the random draw.
Semifinals: Table assignments are done according to
rank from preliminary rounds (distributing the highest ranked
players to different tables). Highest ranked players get first
choice of power at their table.
Final: Semifinal winners get first choice of power
(in order of semifinal point total, ties going to player with
highest rank from preliminary rounds).
Rules Interpretations: Please check the Official Errata
and FAQ posted at boardgamegeek.com. See above link.
GMT will provide merchandise
credits to all plaque winners.