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The Napoleonic Wars (NW5) Links Email GM Last updated June 6, 2018.
Class B: Beginning Players Welcome You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demo. Be on time for the scheduled demonstration. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.
Schedule  GM: Gareth Williams (7th Year)
Round Day Start Time Duration Location
Demo 1 FSu 13 1 Exhibit Annex Table 4
Heat 1/3 FSu 18 6 Rathskeller
Heat 2/3 Mo 17 6 Rathskeller
Heat 3/3 We 12 6 Rathskeller
Semifinal Th 12 6 Rathskeller
Final Fr 18 6 Rathskeller
2017 Tournament Format HMWG


  • Gareth Williams
  • Francis Czawlytko
  • Henry Russell
  • Phil Rodrigues

A couple of notes before we begin:

Firstly, please note that we are moving to different time slots this year which differ from the original preview

Secondly, we will keep with not splitting the player base by their preference to finish within the time window or go the distance. This was difficult to arrange and had led to a lot of 4 player games. Instead all games will be expected to finish within the 6 hour window. We feel obliged to remind people that the reverse is also true, by participating you are committing to a 6 hour game.

Thirdly, before any declarations of cards being spent on the peace die roll the VP totals should be checked and signed by a member of the GM team.

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

Heat I: First Sunday - Duchess of Richmond's Ball:

  • Random Seat and Table assignment

Heat II: Monday - Austerlitz:

  • Random Table assignment, power pick based on bid points

Heat III: Thursday - Collingwoord:

  • Random Table assignment, power pick based on bid points

In all heats, but especially Sunday and Wednesday we anticipate running one or two coached games for new players.


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.

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. Cat-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

Semi Finals:

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 semifinals.

Possible formats for the semifinals 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

Tie-breakers 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 semifinals and final will be taken on the Thursday night, it is likely there will be some wild card assignments.

We will try to avoid 4 player games in the semifinals and final where possible


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

2nd place semi-finalists:

  • Ranking amongst these players will be decided as follows: VP count in semifinal

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: I have some more of the Duke of Wellington's olive oil, and some more of his Waterloo Breakfast Tea.