Spiel das Jahre 1995 ...
Settlers of Catan - The game that was a key factor
in the Eurocraze in America continues its run at the WBC. This
year's format will be similar to recent versions used at the
The basic tournament format is a three-round Swiss preliminary
session to qualify 16 for a single elimination playoff where
winners advance to the Final table. All games will be consecutive,
including the playoffs and Final, so plan for a full day. Players
achieve tournament points based on finishing position and bonus
points based on the strength of victory. Seating will be random
and you will earn 5 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd and
1 for 4th.
Die Siedler von Catan (published in Germany by
Kosmos) won the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) prize in
1995. The Settlers of Catan (published in the
US by Mayfair) won the 1996 Board Game Award. Both versions will
be allowed for play in the tournament, but the card distribution
of the Kosmos version will be used. The settlements begin Saturday
morning at 9AM!
GETTING STARTED: There is no sign-up sheet for
this event. Players with games at the event will check in with
the GM and be given a table number to be set up at designated
tables, thus a guaranteed seat - so bring your copies! The remaining
players will select a card with a random table number on it and
go to that table. Your card is your voucher to play; please do
not mark or write on them as they will be re-used and collected
during the game. Expect to play the 4-player version of the game
with no expansions. If there are not enough players for a 4-player
game, tables will be split to get the most-per-table with a 3-player
minimum per game, as per the GMs direction.
Once at a table, sign the check in sheet that we will provide
--please spell your name and relevant info. Once the game is
finished, place scores on the sheet and return to the GM/Assistant
GM. Scores will be entered into an excel sheet and can be viewed
by all for current score status.
Games are scheduled to be played for 1hr 45min. Time will
begin when your table has been seated; A general 'time check'
will be announced at the 1hr mark, 30 min mark, 10 min mark and
1 min mark. All games will finish at the time when called. Scores
will be calculated and returned if there are games remaining
1) Determine who is first (Highest Roll on 2D6); Play
starts from that player (player 1) and goes clockwise.
2) Player 1 places a Settlement/Road, then player 2 does
the same; this continues from player 1 to 4. (As per the rules)
3) Player 4 places a settlement/road, then places a City/Road
(via a settlement/road as per the rules) and collects the resources
from the adjacent tiles from that location (yes, two per tile).
Placement is now reversed for the second phase of placements.
4) Once coming back to player 1, each player then places
a third road, going from player 1 to player 4.
5) Player 1 starts his/her turn as normal.
WINNING THE GAME: The first player to reach 10 or more
points wins, instantly.
WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR GAME: The rest of the information
on the scoresheet should be completed at the end of play. The
scoresheet will be used to track results and to compile statistics
on the game.
All information, particularly players' names, badge numbers
and final positions, should be LEGIBLE so that the appropriate
result will be entered. Feel free to add any comments about the
game on the back, and return completed scoresheets to the box
labeled "Scoresheets" near the event kiosk. This is
the only way you will receive credit for playing in the tournament.
Games should be completed in two hours or less. If a game is
running long, then players will be asked (usually with no less
than 15 minutes before the end of the two-hour round) to complete
one more turn and simply add up the scores as if the game had
finished, regardless of the board position.
TOURNAMENT SCORING: The tournament format has
players "settling" in three preliminary games. Each
of these games earns the players Tournament points. Points are
awarded based on placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (5, 3, 2, and
1 points, respectively). The 16 highest scoring settlers at the
end of the three rounds advance to the semi-finals.(EX: Player
Bob has 2 first place wins and a third place finish - he would
have 12 tournament points, plus the total win margin, as his
The top 16 players will be advanced; Typically, you would
need at least two wins to advance. Playoff players will be designated
1-16, with 17-20 as alternatie and based on the following:
1) Top overall score (15 being max)
2) Most 1st place wins
3) Win in game 1
4) Win in game 2
5) Win in game 3
6) Top winning margin (Ex: a game ends 10-7-7-6, thus
the winner has a +3 margin; All margins are added up)
7) Highest dice roll -- 2D6
Ayree Rice will also
offer a Juniors tournament in the Heritage room for those 12
and under. See http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/jnrpge.htm