back to the purist's version ...
We will continue the three-heat, "winners only"
advance (HWO) format as before. Each heat will be a 3-hand limit
allowing more games to go to 100 points. If the 100-point limit
has not been reached, the third hand will be started if 30 mins
or more remains, But the time limit will be strictly enforced,
and any delaying tactics will be considered during adjudication
to the detriment of the foot draggers.
If points are tied, tie breakers will be: 1. most ships taken
(sunk + prizes), 2. most Prizes, and 3. Die roll.
Heats: Winners Only (HWO) Only the winners of a heat
advance to the Final. Every heat winner of a game may advance.
No limit is put on the number of winners that can be accommodated.
No substitution with runners-up will be allowed. The Final will
include all heat winners who appear. It will play to 100 points
regardless of the number of hands. All players in the Final will
participate until the end or until they remove themselves. So
no more musical chairs of recent vintage wherein the lowest scoring
player is excused at the end of every hand. The Final may therefore
be a long affair if many qualifiers contest the title.