Demonstrations: Wednesday 18 & Friday 19 @ Exhibit Annex Table 5
Heat 1: Friday @ 20 - Ski Lodge First Tracks Poolside
Heat 2: Saturday @ 10 - Ski Lodge First Tracks Poolside
Heat 3: Saturday @ 13 - Ski Lodge First Tracks Poolside
Semifinal/Final: Saturday @ 16 - Ski Lodge First Tracks Poolside
Players simultaneously command German and British naval forces as German merchant raiders work to disrupt vital allied shipping efforts in this World War I naval action card game. Play is straightforward, but a winning strategy requires careful hand management and clever combinations of the dual-use Action Cards to maximize your own points while limiting opposition success.
This year is the tenth running of the event. The game pits 20 German commerce raiders, both warships and converted civilian ships, in cat-and-mouse action against a multinational merchant fleet. However, British naval forces lurk at every turn. Will your ships follow in the footsteps of the storied Wolf or find themselves disabled, captured, or sunk before they can do much damage to allied shipping (like so many of the other German pirates)?
Tournament Structure: This tournament will feature three quick 4-player heats (with 3-player games as needed); at the end of each heat, players will be assigned round points based on their finish (as they are in the KPR full game) 4 for first, 3 for second, 2 for third, 1 for fourth, and 0 for not scoring at all. For the semifinals, players will be seeded according to the following hierarchy: first, most wins; second, most round points; third, highest cumulative total of victory awards in the preliminary heats; fourth, highest cumulative number of merchantmen (blue cards) sunk or captured through the preliminary heats; fifth, a dice-off resolved by rolling a set of KPR dice and comparing the results. The top 16 seeded players will advance and be seated in reciprocating order (so that the first table will hold seeds 1, 8, 9, and 16, for example). As long as there are enough players to fill out four 3- or 4-player tables, the four winners in the semifinal will advance to the Final. If there are fewer than four semifinal tables, the highest-scoring runners-up advance as necessary.
The heats and semi will be single-deck games; the Final will be a full three-round game using the round scoring and tie breakers described in the rulebook.
Optional Rules: All heats will use the Tournament Balance and Additional Damage optional rules. The Final will also use the Warship & Raider Retention and Prize Ship Re-Supply optional rules.
Time Limits: The GM will notify players 30 and 15 minutes before the end of allotted time. If games are still going on with five minutes to go, the players will finish out the current round of turns (that is, play will continue until the last player in starting player order has had a final turn) and standings will be determined by current points.
Tiebreakers: Ties for victory in the preliminary heats will be resolved by comparing the number of merchantmen (blue cards) sunk or captured in that particular game. Continued ties will result in shared victory. Ties in the semifinal will be resolved by number of merchantmen sunk or captured, and then by a KPR dice-off, if necessary. If a tiebreaker round is required in the Final, it will be played only by the tied players.
Additional Prizes: GMT traditionally provides a small gift certificate to Trial Event winners. The GM will also provide sets of custom KPR dice to the finalists.