A dinosaur plugs along
TYRANNO EX is enjoyable for me because it requires a mix
of mental gymnastics based on a healthy dose of memorization
and resource optimization. Throw in a bit of long term planning
and even some dice rolling and you have one of the earliest Euros
to appear at WBC. And if I have anything to say, it won't be
extinct any time soon.
This years' tournament continues a two-heat, three-round format.
Like many games at WBC, it returns a solid core of long time
attendees year after year. I expect the battle for supremacy
to include many of these usual suspects along with the occasional
I will continue to use the following score tiebreakers: First
tiebreaker: A tied player who has their '5' marker will beat
one without. Second tiebreaker: The remaining tied players determine
the order in which all of their surviving creatures (regardless
of current position) would enter the Special Scoring spaces as
if they were all moving in from the "9" column at the
same time. The owner of the creature that would enter last, i.e.
would end up on the "13" point space, will win the
tie. Final tiebreaker: The creatures that are tied for entering
the "13" point space fight a final battle to establish
dominance and victory.
The event will consist of two first round heats. Players arriving
a few minutes late may be admitted until all boards have the
optimum four players. All board winners (up to a maximum of 16)
will advance to the semi-final along with enough runner-ups (ranked
by the % of their board's total points) to make a multiple of
four. In the unlikely event that more than 16 winners appear
for the second round, standard WBC MESE tie-breakers will apply.
The top four finishers in the semi will advance to a one-game
The event will use the following official FAQ and errata from
the old Avalon Hill:
6.3 /6.5 After placing two disks in one Evolution row,
there are still three other Environmental rows that were unaltered
but disks in those Evolution rows still outnumbered those in
their corresponding Environment rows which were empty. Does this
constitute an Environmental change? A. An Environmental
Change occurs only in the row where the new disks were placed.
Anytime the disks in the Current Environment row are changed,
an Environmental change has occurred, even if the type and number
of disks in the Current Environment row remain the same.
6.5/6.7 Does extra placement result in an increased
strength bonus? A. Only on turn 1. Thereafter, the turns
last longer than three rounds and Strength gains are not possible
after three rounds.
7.1 Does "oppposing" animal refer to opponent's
animals only? Or can you attack your own animals? A. You
may not attack your own animals.
7.6/13 Do suppressed animals suffer ill effects in
combat when using the optional battle rules? A. Only to
the extent that its strength has already been reduced. Note that
it could be suppressed again and lose yet another strength level
if it has one to lose. An animal which is suppressed twice and
has no additional strength levels to lose, suffers no additional
penalties. If a suppressed animal wins a subsequent battle it
could gain back the strength level it had lost. However, winning
a battle does not remove "suppressed" status and thereby
enable the animal to score.
8.13 During a Double Advance, do animals advance one
column at a time or do animals in the "6" and "9"
columns arrive in the Special Spaces simultaneously? A.
All animals in the "9" column advance to the Special
Spaces before those in the "6" column.