2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

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2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 13 Oct 2018, 08:37

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Signups are now open for the 2019 Tournament of Swords! There's even a snazzy logo and everything, pictured above.

All are welcome to sign up! Note that signups are not necessarily first come first served--if there are an excess of signups, preference will be given to players with a track record of reliability.

This tournament is designed to be played in pairs. If you have a person you know you want to play with you can sign up as a pair, or you can sign up as an individual and I'll pair you with someone else that signed up by themselves. Each player in a pair must play at least one game, and the pair with the highest score at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner. There will be 16 teams, meaning 32 players.

Anticipated Adjudication Schedule
Expected Start Dates:
Round 1 Vikings Start Date: January 1st
Round 2 Baltic Start Date: April 11th
Round 3 Baltic Start Date: June 24th
Round 4 Medieval Start Date: September 9th

All games will be played over Discord. There will be a "central hub" for the tournament, as well as a dedicated server for each game. Observers are also welcome!

Variants to be played:

Vikings
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Set on a familiar looking map with drastically different interior lines, and including rivers, Vikings is an 8 player game, and will last 9 game years. There will be two games run concurrently, with every team participating.

Baltic
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Baltic is a 4 player game set in the Baltics region in 1001. There will be two rounds of Baltic played--each team must play at least one game of Baltic, and may play in both Baltic rounds if they choose to (only their best score will be counted). The Baltic games will last at most 7 game years.

Medieval
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Medieval starts in 1411, and is an 8 player game. There will be two games of it run concurrently, with every team playing. Like Vikings, Medieval is a game set on a familiar looking map with very different interior lines. Medieval will last at most 9 game years.


Scoring system:
The scoring system is fantastic, and comes courtesy of our own Alex Ronke/NoPunIn10Did. It's based off of Carnage scoring, which is used widely in FtF tournaments, it's called Fibonacci Scoring, and here is how it works:

Fibonacci Scoring is a rank based system, meaning that it doesn't matter how many players are involved in the draw, only where you rank amongst them. For Medieval and Vikings, points are distributed as such:

8th—1200
7th—1200
6th—2400
5th—3600
4th—6000
3rd—9600
2nd—15600
1st—27600

With 80000 points awarded for a solo. So, for example, a 14 center board topper will score the same no matter if there are 3 other players alive or 7.

For Baltic, the points are distributed as such:

4th—4800
3rd—4800
2nd—9600
1st—14400

With 40000 points awarded for a solo.

In addition, every SC counts for one point (so it's a tiebreaker only, basically). Ties in position will be averaged--so a tie for 5th in Vikings would result in each team being awarded 3000 points. The maximum number of points you can score without a solo is 69658 (three board tops with the most possible SC without soloing), which isn't enough to beat a solo in either Vikings or Medieval, but could defeat a solo in Baltic (depending on the soloists other results).

Note that only one round of Baltic will be counted towards a teams score, although they may play both--so if Team X scores 4800 in the first Baltic round, decides to play again and scores 9600, only the 9600 score will be counted towards their tournament score.


How will country assignment be handled?
Country assignment and board assignment will be handled separately. The GM will determine board assignment each round, and country assignment will be handled via country draft. In the first round, the GM will assign two boards--within those boards, the GM will assign a number, 1-8, to each player. That player will then have to choose which country they wish to play in that round. So, for example, if Team X is assigned number 1, they can choose to play, say, Burgundy. Then the team assigned number 2 can choose any other country.

After the first round, board assignments will still be handled by the GM, and the country draft will be seeded in reverse order of standing--so if Team X has the lowest score on their Baltic board, they'd pick first. Whereas if they have the highest score on their board they would pick last (and thus be left with whatever country isn't picked!).

So to recap: board assignment is done by GM, and country assignment is done by draft.


Further questions? Ask them!

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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby AKFD » 13 Oct 2018, 09:34

Where do you sign up? In this thread?

If so, I'm in!
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby Don Juan of Austria » 13 Oct 2018, 09:36

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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby bigj0e03 » 13 Oct 2018, 15:36

I would like to play
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby StarkAdder » 13 Oct 2018, 16:25

I’d like to sign up too. No partner pre-arranged but if AKFD is similarly unattached, Id love to play with him again.

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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby Aurelia1 » 13 Oct 2018, 17:52

Marking this.

I’ll have a lot less study halls next semester, and even though I think I can do this, I don’t want to sign up for this if I can’t put full effort into it. I know I hate it when opponents don’t communicate, or don’t seem to care about a game, and I’m afraid that of taking a spot that someone else could fill and spend more time and energy on. Especially since Diplomacy is multiplayer, and if one person slacks, their neighbors have an advantage and the countries on the other side of the board get disadvantaged. I’d never NMR, of course, but I’d feel really guilty gunboating, or even semi-gunboating. I really have to think.

Maybe put me in the reserves for now?
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby UFO Fever » 13 Oct 2018, 19:56

I'll play. Don't have a specific partner in mind.
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby Gooderian » 13 Oct 2018, 23:57

I shall be signing up, without anyone to be partnering with at the moment.
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 15 Oct 2018, 17:12

Put me down as interested. I have a couple potential partners in mind that I'll check with first.

Minor quibble:
Fibonacci Scoring is a lead based system


Both Fibonacci & Carnage are rank-based rather than lead-based, since the amount that you are leading by doesn't really matter (unlike SOS).
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Re: 2019 Tournament of Swords Signups (PbF)

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 15 Oct 2018, 17:23

NoPunIn10Did wrote:Put me down as interested. I have a couple potential partners in mind that I'll check with first.

Minor quibble:
Fibonacci Scoring is a lead based system


Both Fibonacci & Carnage are rank-based rather than lead-based, since the amount that you are leading by doesn't really matter (unlike SOS).

A fair and valid quibble.
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