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War at Sea is conducted using a Swiss-Elimination format.
There are five 2-hour preliminary rounds. The first round is
seeded by AREA ratings. After the first round, players play others
who have identical won-lost records. For example, if after three
rounds you have won two and lost one, you will play another player
with a 2-1 record. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, you
will find competition at your level, because after the first
round you will always be playing someone with a similar record.
Players may drop in and out of the preliminary rounds at any
time, playing any one round, some rounds, or every round. Of
course, players who do not play every round have a correspondingly
smaller chance of advancing to the SE playoffs.
Players bid to choose sides. If both want the same side, players
determine who has the first option via die rolls. The player
winning the roll may either accept the non-preferred side or
bid a POC-incentive to play the preferred side. If the first
player bids, the second player may either accept the POC-incentive
or bid a higher POC amount for the preferred side. The option
passes back and forth in this fashion until one player accepts
the non-preferred side and the POC-incentive.
A win by two POC or more is worth ten Victory Points, a win
by less than two POC is worth eight Victory Points, a draw is
worth five VPs, and a loss by fewer than two POC scores two VPs.
After five rounds, the eight players with the most Victory Points
advance to single-elimination quarter-finals, sem-finals, and
The preliminary rounds will be played continuously every two
hours beginning at 9:00 AM Thursday. The quarterfinals will be
played immediately upon completion of the preliminary rounds,
and the semifinals thereafter. The two finalists, as is the case
with many events, can schedule the championship game at their
This event uses chess clocks. The Allied player has a total
of one hour five minutes and the Axis player is given 50 minutes.
If you have not previously played using a chess clock, there
is no need to be concerned. Since 2004, no player has run out
of time on his clock.
Players may use either the original Avalon Hill version or
the new L2 Design Group version.
Framed certificates for best
Axis and Allied players, Rookie of the Year, and occasionally
Hall of Fame Plaque. The three highest finishers not winning
wood will receive a book with a wargaming theme.
The official War At Sea FAQ and Errata in effect for
this event can be found at: http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/WAS08Clarifications.pdf.