More Opportunities for Glory …
This year Adel Verpflichtet, also known as Hoity
Toity and By Hook or Crook among other less savory
epithets, adapts its tried and true format to a system of four
heats which have been carefully coordinated with other Euro events.
In each heat and the semifinal, everyone will play two games
(though players with just one hour to spare could play just the
first if needed). The result will be determined by adding the
scores of both games (the points are 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for five-players;
5, 4, 2, 1 for four-players; 5, 3, 1 for three-players). Pairings
will be designed to have no 3-player games and a minimum number
of 4-player games.
Each heat is a separate entry for qualifying for the Sunday morning
semifinal. The number of advancing players will be the smallest
of 15, 20, or 25 which accommodates all those who scored 8 points
or more and a minimum of 20% of entrants. Any remaining positions
will be filled using tiebreakers. The Final will have 5 players.
The place in each game is determined by # of spaces past the
finish line, the largest exhibit, and the oldest card in the
set. For the semifinal and Final, advancement will be based on
the score (in a single heat or the semifinal). Tie-breakers will
be total spaces beyond the finish line, total size of final sets,
total cards, oldest card, second oldest card, and best heat.
In Adel Verpflichtect, players assume the roles of eccentric,
aristocratic collectors who attempt to buy the greatest collection
of obscure items at the auctionhouse and exhibit them at a number
of castles and palaces around Europe; the best exhibits gaining
prestige and movement around the board. But beware! Thieves may
appear at the auctionhouse to steal the money paid for items
or steal the items themselves when exhibited. Detectives may
catch thieves who spend time in jail until their parole, while
the Detective also gains movement around the board. Finally,
when at least one player crosses the finish line, all the players
have one more exhibit and the one who ends up farthest along
the track is the winner. Come to any heat and learn how to play
in 5-10 minutes!
Each heat will be run by one tournament official (who will appoint
assistants from experienced participants as needed). Ivan Lawson
will run the first heat; Tom DeMarco, six-time GM, will run the
second heat; Greg Crowe will run the third, traditional heat;
and John Pack, GM, will run the fourth heat, semifinal, and Final.
Get set … ready, exhibit!