Bulge '81 As Part of Grognardcon
Grognardcon is a special Pre-con consisting of an amalgam of eight of the old classic hex-style wargames under the watchful eye of GM Bruno Sinigaglio: Afrika Korps, Anzio, Bulge ’81,Gettysburg, Panzerblitz, Panzergruppe Guderian, the Russian Campaign and Waterloo. All eight use the Free Format scheduling device which allows players to schedule preliminary games at their convenience. Play as many or as few preliminary games as you like but only your best three results in each game will determine the four finalists to advance to Single Elimination play at the end of the week. Each event will be turned over to its own GM on Tuesday for resolution in the normal manner—the only difference is that participation in Grognardcon gives you three additional days to qualify with preliminary games in the events of your choice. Play at Grognardcon is free to all Tribune level members and subject to an additional fee for all others.
1. WBC FREE FORM FORMAT. This Tournament uses a Swiss Elimination format for the preliminary rounds followed by a Single Elimination format for the four players with the best performances during the Swiss segment. Entrants may play multiple games during the Swiss segment, which begins during the PRECON on Sunday, 29 July 2007 and which concludes during the CON on Friday, 3 August 2007. Best performances will be determined as described below in paragraph 4.
2. BULGE 81 SCHEDULE. The schedule consists of three segments, GROGNARD PRECON Swiss, CON Swiss and DONCON Playoffs (Semifinals and Final).
a. GROGNARD PRECON SWISS. The PRECON Swiss Segment consists of three daily heats: Sunday 1400, Monday 0900 and Tuesday 0900. The PRECON Swiss Segment continues through Tuesday, 1900 hours, 31 July 2007, whereupon the CON Swiss Segment begins. Essentially, the PRECON Swiss Segment simply continues unabated into the CON.
b. CON SWISS. The CON Swiss Segment consists of four daily heats: Tuesday 1900, Wednesday 1000, Thursday 0900 and Friday 0900. The Swiss Segment ends on Friday at 1800 hours, at which time the four players with the best performances during the Swiss Segments will advance into the Playoffs.
c. DONCON Playoffs. All games played during the Swiss Segment, which includes the PRECON Swiss and the CON Swiss, will be used to determine the four best players. The two-round playoffs begin Friday, 3 August 2007 with the Semi-finals at 2100 hours.
3. SCENARIO. The WBC 8-turn Tournament Scenario will be played using Second Edition, Advanced Game rules, with Optional Rule 36.0 (SS Panzer Commitment in 16AM) in effect. Per errata: 4NW and 388 Arty start in Area B; 17NW and 405 Arty start in Area A. The Scenario Victory Conditions are described below:
a. Time Limit: The game ends at the conclusion of the American 19PM turn - Exception: The game ends earlier, if the German player can attain an automatic victory as described in the next paragraph.
b. German Automatic Victory: The game ends immediately for any of the following:
(1) A German combat unit enters a Liege hex or a Meuse River city
c. If an automatic victory is not achieved, the German player wins
by accomplishing four of the following 11 objectives - Note: "capture" is
defined as occupying the hex at the end of the American 19PM turn,
regardless of supply status:
4. PLAYER PERFORMANCE RATINGS.
a. All game results and player ratings will be posted and updated as results are reported.
b. Performance ratings will be based upon the best three games played by a participant.
c. Games in excess of three will not add, nor detract from a player's performance rating.
d. . A player must play at least three games to advance to the single elimination phase.
e. Performance ratings for a player will be obtained as follows:
(1) A player receives 10 points for each victory.
(2) A player receives 1 point for each loss. Note: if advancement to single elim requires 3 games played instead of 3 games won, then points for losses must be included. For example, if a player wins 2 and loses 2, his record would garner 21 Game Points for his three best games (10 + 10 +1), with the other loss ignored.
(3) A player receives 2 points for each victory tallied by an opponent that he defeats. All of the defeated opponent's games will qualify for the scoring of these points, but only the first game against a particular opponent will qualify for these bonus points.
Bonus Point Examples: if player A defeats player B, then player A receives 2 points for all games won by Player B during the Swiss segment; however, if Player A and B play each other a second time, no bonus points will be awarded regardless of who wins.
5. PERFORMANCE RATING TIEBREAKERS:
a. Head to head play is the 1st tiebreaker.
b. Points scored VERSUS mutual opponents is the 2nd tiebreaker.
c. Points scored BY mutual opponents is the 3rd tiebreaker.
d. Points scored BY all defeated opponents is the 4th tiebreaker.
e. Points scored BY all opponents is the 5th tiebreaker.
6. Entrants may play every day during the Swiss segment, if so desired. Entrants may play multiple games during the Swiss segment.
7. The GM will determine match pairings for each round. Present yourself at the kiosk during any round you wish to join. If you wish to play more than one game in a day, the GM will attempt to arrange two games for players who want them this is subject to availability of opponents.
8. Each player will be given a Match Card (3x5), which will list the game, opponent and start time.
9. When opponents are assigned, they must inform the GM when they will start their game and when they expect to finish. If the players cannot agree on a reasonable start time, they will be required to begin the game within one hour.
10. If an assigned opponent does not show up for a mutually agreed upon start time, the GM will forfeit the game to a player who is waiting. The player who is waiting must alert the GM that a forfeit is imminent within 15-minutes of the start time listed on the Match Card. If the tardy opponent fails to appear, the game will be forfeited to the player who is waiting at 20-minutes past the start time on the Match Card. There is no deviation from this procedure; therefore, if a waiting player alerts the GM beyond the specified 15-minute alerting period - there will be no forfeit - instead, the game will be cancelled.
11. The results of completed games should be reported to the GM as soon as possible using the Match Card. If game results are not reported to the GM by the end of a Swiss round (2300 hours), both players will be credited with a loss. EXCEPTION - Any day other than Friday: The GM will permit players to continue past 2300 hours, but they must inform the GM beforehand that they expect to finish after the 2300 deadline.
12. The GM (or assistant GM if the game involves the GM) reserves the right to adjudicate any game at the end of the time limit for the round. If one player is moving at a significantly slower pace than the other, this will be taken into account in the adjudication.
13. WBC rules require submission of a Winner's Claim with the top six players listed in order (although there may be no prizes for some of these finishes for this event). At the end of the Swiss, players will be ranked in order from 1 to 6. The final 5th & 6th places will be determined from these standings.
14. The GM will submit the results of ALL games played for inclusion into AREA.
15. The four players with the best performance during the Swiss will advance to a Single Elimination Semi-Final at 2100 on Friday. The 1st place finisher will play the 4th place finisher, and the 2nd place finisher will play the 3rd place finisher. The GM will post the match assignments for the semi-finals by 1900, Friday.
16. The GM will post the match assignments for the semi-finals by 1900, Friday. If players qualifying for the semifinals do not intend to participate, they should alert the GM, so that lower ranked finishers may be moved up to play in the playoff rounds.
17. If any of the four players qualifying for the Semi-Final fail to appear at the Kiosk by 2115, Friday, they will be dropped from further participation. Players who finished lower than 4th in the Swiss segment may move into the Single Elimination rounds, if they are present at the Kiosk on Friday at 2115, when higher rated no-shows are officially dropped.
18. The two winners of the semi-finals may mutually arrange to play their final game at a convenient time on Saturday, subject to approval by the GM. The final championship game must be completed by midnight, Saturday, at which time the results must be reported to the GM.
updated 3/7/07 by kae.
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