This year's event will see major format changes. Although
the number of rounds have increased, actual playing time should
decrease since each round consists of just one game - not playing
the same game twice - once with each side. Instead, balance issues
will be handled with an increased emphasic on the importance
of bidding for sides.
The Swiss Preliminaries will consist of five one-game Rounds.
All players with at least four wins will advance to the single
elimination playoff. As needed, players with three wins will
be randomly selected and added to the playoff to achieve an optimal
number of players (most likely eight or 16 total).
The scenarios played in each 2-player match will be randomly
determined from the 15 published scenarios in the rule book.
(Just roll a 20-sided die.)
Players will bid replacement card draws for choice of sides.
A replacement card draw can occur at any time in the game and
consists of drawing a card and then immediately discarding a
card (including perhaps the card just drawn).
Preliminary rounds will be timed 1-hour rounds. At the end
of 60 minutes, finish the turn. Total flags then total casualties
will determine the winner. If still tied, then the Confederate
side wins (one more reason to bid for the Confederates).