A Wargame for Capitalists & Travellers
Air Baron is the dice rolling, airport controlling, game where anyone can be claimed the greatest success the skies have known. Come join us and see how your approach to dominating the airline industry compares.
Common Tactics Options:
Buy a single spoke in many hubs, providing a solid base of income. This improves your ability to keep cash on hand for further purchases, while reducing your threat to your opposition.
Focus your efforts on two or three key hubs and gain total domination in these markets. This creates multiple bases for you to launch your carefully timed strategy and take over the weaker surrounding hubs.
There is always the appeal of a hostile takeover approach. Gain some quick cash and enter Fare Wars using your funding to literally roll over the competition. This forces your opponent out of spaces and you gain control and the potential revenue the spokes once provided to them.
Patience is a virtue, and perhaps the harmonious path to victory. Build your bankroll and store the Jumbos in your hanger. Having them ready to fly at a moment's notice can greatly impact the game. Keep the engines warmed and dispatch them at the right moment to take control of your competitors' hubs and claim your victory "right out of the blue".
Do not neglect the very prosperous foreign travel market. Set course with your sole SST, or take a $20 million loan to tap into the wealth that overseas travelers bring. In either case the funding potential foreign markets bring is unparalleled and cannot be ignored.
Format: Four (4) Qualifying Heats, Semi-final and Final (all 3-hr limit)
There is no Air Baron session for juniors at WBC this year, but it is a family game that children 10 and over can play competitively. Everyone is invited to join in this great family style game of airport acquisition and intrigue to determine the 2007 WBC supreme Air Baron!
To lessen adjudication problems, the event will use the following rules:
1) The first calamity marker placed in the cup will be drawn
from the Crash, Local Competitor, Strike and Recession chits.
The Fuel Hike marker is then mixed with the remaining calamities
and they are randomly distributed to the market share chart
normally - ensuring that the Fuel Hike will not be the first
Calamity in the cup and giving players longer to become established.
MESE ADVANCEMENT TIE-BREAKERS: In Multiple Entry, Single Elimination events for multi-player games, players possibly qualify for Single Elimination play in the second round by winning any of up to four preliminary Heats. Occasionally, players may advance without winning a heat. Players can enter one or more Heats without limit. All MESE events for multi-player games consist of three rounds; an opening Round consisting of two to four Preliminary Heats, a semi-final and a Final. The semi-final round will advance a predesignated optimum number of players to fill the second round; i.e., 25 players for a five-player game, 16 players for a four-player game, etc. but in all cases will advance no more than half of all players which participated in the Preliminaries. If insufficient players advance to warrant a semi-final round, the scheduled semi-final will instead become the Final.
MESE TIE-BREAKERS: A Preliminary Heat win will NOT
in itself guarantee advancement. All MESE events will advance
the optimum number of players to the next round based on the
following tie-breakers without exception:
"Win and you're in" is no longer a given although it is a strong possibility. This system of tie-breakers encourages repeat play in Heats without requiring it. A single win (especially in the first Heat entered) will probably advance that winner but is not guaranteed to do so. Conversely, players who continue to play additional heats after winning a Preliminary game only enhance their chances of advancement without damaging their prospects, but a player who wins their only Preliminary game will probably advance without investing further time in Preliminary play. Meanwhile, non-winners who continue in Preliminary Heats will have additional chances to qualify in search of that elusive first win since in most events, a single win will still advance you to a semi-final round since alternates are often required to fill the field.
updated 6/6/07 by kae.
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