Reiner Knizia’s game of matching colors. It’s the proverbial
“minutes to learn, a lifetime to master” game. Four
heats lead to the semis on Sunday. It’s possible to earn wood
in three hours tops—from preliminary to Final.
Ingenious is an abstract placement game. Players
place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking
opponents’ tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from
being blocked by their opponents.
Elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is an
excellent introduction to German-style abstract board games.
It’s ingeniously simple and suitable for up to four players,
as well as for solo and team play. Tournament play will be limited
to the 4-player version, with 3-player games used only as needed.
The rules for advancement are meant to encourage those who
wish to advance to play in more than one heat—doing so won’t
make your position worse and probably will help. This should
increase the number of players per heat so it makes this request
more important than ever: BRING A COPY OF THE GAME!!!
Criteria for Advancement:
1. Most Wins
2. Best two games. Five points for a win, two points for second
place, one point for third place (no points for third place in
a 3-player game).
3. If there’s a tie at #2 at 10 points, then the player who played
in fewer heats advance.
4. Best percentage of score in those two games. If you win it’s
your score to the second place player’s score (that will be at
least 100%). If you didn’t win it’s your score to the winner’s
score (that will be at most 99%). Add the two together for your
5. Die roll
Up to 16 players will advance to the semifinals on Sunday
at 9AM. I will post the list Saturday afternoon including alternates.
In previous years there have been a decent number of eligible
semifinalists who don’t appear, so it doesn’t hurt to look.
Joe Yaure will GM a Juniors version of the game in Vistas CD
for those 12 and under on Wednesday at 11 AM.