Do the Locomotion …
The Empire Builder Series tournament offers play of
Mayfair’s “Crayon Rails” games. Empire Builder
and Eurorails will be offered in each of the three Round
1 heats. Instead, players may choose to play variants if their
choice is shared by at least three other players. Variants include:
original Empire Builder [without Mexico], North American
Rails [with Mexico], Australian Rails, British Rails,
China Rails, India Rails, Iron Dragon, Lunar Rails, Martian Rails,
M bius Rails, Nippon Rails, and Russian Rails. If
you would like to play one of the variants, it is recommended
that you bring your own copy and appear early to set it up and
recruit players. Variants that do not get four willing participants
will be derailed in favor of the default games of either Empire
Builder [with or without Mexico] or Eurorails.
To encourage faster play, we will request players choose the
best “three out of four cards” opening. At the start
of each game, deal one extra demand card to each player. (Event
Cards are reshuffled into the deck.) The player with the single
highest pay out from his four cards must discard one card and
may begin building track as soon as he is ready. Succeeding players
must discard one of their four cards to the discard pile immediately
before each first builds track. All games will use a “switch-back"
The semifinal games will feature Empire Builder with
Mexico. The Final will be contested on the newest edition of
Eurorails [MFG#4507; © 2009].
If there are 50 or more total entrants, we will advance 25
players to five 5-player semifinal games. If there are between
40 and 49 entrants (inclusive), we will advance 20 players to
five 4-player semifinals. If there are between 32 and 39 entrants
(inclusive), we will advance 16 players to four 4-player semifinals.
With fewer than 32 entrants, we will advance no more than half
the entrants to four semifinals of approximately equal numbers
of participants. Semifinal finishing order with a tiebreaker
of final cash will be used to seed sSemifinalists to the Final.
REMEMBER: If we have more individual Heat winners than semifinal
slots, a single Round 1 win will NOT in itself guarantee advancement.
We will be using the following tie breakers for advancement and
1. Most Wins (e.g., total in all heats entered)
2. Win in first Heat entered
3. Win in second Heat entered
4. Win in third Heat entered
5. Repeat Rules 1-5 substituting Second Place finishes for Win(s)
6. Player’s highest score
7. High dice roll
The last set of seven hand-painted,
detailed pewter locomotive miniatures in colors appropriate for
both Empire Builder and Rail Baron will
be awarded to the EPB winner. Additionally, the Tom Dunning
Memorial Medal will be awarded to the player with the highest
cumulative cash total in three different (not to include Empire
Builder or Eurorails) Round 1 games.