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 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 if necessary.
Semifinalists are chosen and ranked according to these criteria (the official WBC tiebreakers, adapted for an event with only two heats):
- Anyone with two wins
- Win in first heat entered
- Win second heat entered
- 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).
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Additional Prizes: GMT will provide merchandise certificates for the top five places.