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Twilight Struggle (TWS) Links Email GM   Last updated May 26, 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: George Young (10th Year)
Round Day Start Time Duration Location
Demo 1 FSu 17 1 Exhibit Annex Table 2
Round 1/5 Mo 9 3 Maple
Round 2/5 Mo 12 3 Maple
Round 3/5 Mo 15 3 Maple
Round 4/5 Mo 18 3 Maple
Round 5/5 Mo 21 3 Maple
2018 Tournament Format Swiss

Twilight Struggle returns, with the same format, but a new day, from from prior years. This year, the Deluxe edition -- not the collector's edition -- will be used as the default. We will be using the optional cards included in the deluxe edition (card numbers 104-110), but not the variant cards that were included in the later edition and on-line version (such as Turn zero).

The US player will be awarded two influence after each side places initial influence. Added influence must be placed in a location that already has US influence. Over-control is permitted with the influence placement from the bid. Sides will be randomly determined in the first round. After that, players will alternate US/USSR (to the extent feasible).

The FAQ, Q&A, and a list of the changes from earlier editions to the deluxe edition can all be found at, in the Twilight Struggle folder, and on Boardgame Geek. A list of card changes from 1st to 2nd edition is in the same locations (and included in the FAQ). Players that are not familiar with the deluxe edition should check the same two locations for changes to the deluxe edition. Incomplete games will be adjudicated by the GM.

If necessary to accommodate even numbers in the next round, a player will get a bye. Past champion gets the first bye. After that, byes will be determined randomly.

The tournament is run as Swiss. We will play the number of rounds necessary to produce two undefeated players, who will then play the final. Third through sixth places will be determined based upon record and strength of schedule. Any skipped rounds will be treated as a loss. By running the game on Monday, the finals can be held Tuesday morning if the players elect.