empire builder 

Updated April 22, 2015

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  Wheatland        Terrace 1

Dave Steiner, IN

2014 Champion

2nd: Norm Newton, on

3rd: Bob Stribula, PA

4th: Mike Holmquist, PA

5th: Trella Bromley, FL

6th: Ken Gutermuth, NC
Event History
1999     Steve Okonski     64
2000     Bill Navolis      61
2001     Jim Yerkey      44
2002     Jim Yerkey      43
2003     Donna Balkan      57
2004     Tom Dunning      64
2005     Tom Dunning      49
2006     Rich Meyer      52
2007     Eric Brosius      62
2008     Harald Henning      66
2009     Mark Kennel      56
2010     Tedd Mullally      58
2011     Rich Meyer      70
2012     Bart Pisarik      59
2013     Ken Gutermuth      63
2014     Dave Steiner      62

Bob Stribula, PA
2015 GM



Do the Locomotion ...

The Empire Builder series tournament offers competition in 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, Möbius 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.

All players must choose the best "three of four cards" to start. Deal four demand cards to each player. (Event Cards are reshuffled into the deck.) The player with the single highest payment on one of his four cards may begin building track as soon as he is ready. Players must discard one of their four cards before they place their train on the board. Use a switch-back start.

Once a player declares meeting the victory conditions, play continues until all players have had an equal number of turns. Events will continue to affect all players. When the last player has taken his turn, all temporary events are canceled. Then starting with the first player, each player may REBUILD any track connection destroyed by events. Only previously drawn track connections may be rebuilt. This may require that the track be rerouted if a permanent event prevents the previous alignment. The usual limit of 20 M track per building turn applies. After this Rebuilding Turn is complete, determine the winner per the Scoring Sheet instructions.

The semifinal games will feature Empire Builder with Mexico. The Final will be contested on the newest edition of Eurorails [3rd edition; MFG#4507; © 2009]. The Final will begin shortly after the slowest semifinal game to complete. Note: A 9-hour combined block is requested to minimize the need to adjudicate these games.

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 or five semifinals of approximately equal numbers of participants. Semifinal finishing order (tiebreaker: final cash) will be used to seed semifinalists 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. (In 2014 if we did not have two no-show winners, a winner would not have advanced!) We will be using the following tie breakers for advancement and seeding:

  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 1-4 substituting Second Place finishes for Win(s)
  6. Player's highest score
  7. High dice roll

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.

 GM      Bob Stribula  [6th Year]  22 Zinnia Way, Langhorne, PA 19047 
    stribula@ptd.net   NA

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