1.1 Event Overview
The Single Elimination/Mulligan format will continue unchanged in 2023. This format ensures everyone has an opportunity to play twice while still getting to a tournament winner in a timely fashion. The First Saturday Mulligan allows folks to get the rust off their POG game while ensuring that late arrivals can join the tournament on Sunday morning with just as good a chance to win it all. After the First Sunday round, the event will switch to traditional single elimination; play will continue for as many rounds as necessary to create a single undefeated player. Eliminators will be solicited from the POG faithful to fill the field, but should none be forthcoming, byes will be issued to past champions in order of vintage. No player may be offered more than one bye. Should no past champion be available to take a bye, a random player in that round will be offered the bye.
The campaign games will begin on Saturday, July 22 at 4 PM, using the Historical Scenario. Draws will count as an Allied win, players should bid accordingly. Pairings will be made between an upper pool and a lower pool; the composition being determined by AREA ratings.
1.2 Bidding for Sides
Each player rolls a die. Player with high die declares a side he wishes to play AND a positive number of Victory Points they will cede the opposing player - any whole number including a bid of zero. The opposing player either accepts the bid (and thus plays the other side) or bids a higher Victory Point number to play the same side. Bidding ends when one player accepts the opposing bid. At the END of the game, the final Victory Point total is adjusted by the ceded points.
Notification will be given 30 minutes and then 15 minutes prior to the end of each 7-hour round. Slow play will be a factor should a game need to be adjudicated. A mulligan on the First Saturday will be followed by two rounds per day on the First Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday then one round per day until a champion is anointed.
3. Tournament Officials
GM: Tom Gregorio. Assistant GMs: Michael Dauer, Alex Gregorio
4. Tournament Rules
4.1 Game Version: We will use the 6th Edition POG Rules. These rules are freely available from GMT Games at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/gmtwebsiteassets/nnpg/PoG-Deluxe-Rules-FINAL.pdf.
4.2 Scenario: The Historical Scenario in the 6th Edition POG rulebook will be used. Note that this scenario is the same as the "WBC Historical Scenario" used in prior years at WBC.
4.3 Card Tracking: Recording or reviewing the cards placed into the discard pile in prior turns is prohibited unless agreed to beforehand. Players may refer to previously played cards which have been removed from play.
4.4 Supply Warnings: Unless both players agree otherwise, supply warnings are in effect.
4.5 Optional Rules: Players may introduce any other rules they wish as long as they both agree beforehand, inform the GM, and it does not conflict with any other tournament parameter, including round duration or scheduling.