Crayon rails at their best ...
The 1999 Empire Builder / Eurorails (EPB) tournament will use
Swiss-Elimination format. This means you can play in one or more of
the three first round heats. The top winners advance to the semi-finals.
The top semi-finalists advance to the final.
Since these games are not published by Avalon Hill, they were not
played at past Avaloncons. Therefore, it is difficult to predict
how many people will participate this year, and consequently difficult
to estimate how many will advance to the semi-final and final rounds. Empire
Builder and Eurorails were in the top 5 most popular "games to add to
the WBC" balloting recently performed by the BPA. Therefore, it is
likely EPB will be one of the more popular tournaments at the WBC.
In each first round heat, participants may state a preference for either
Empire Builder (EB) or Eurorails (ER). We will accomodate these
preferences as best as possible, but players should be prepared to play
either game. Victories will be treated equally for round
advancement purposes, regardless of
which game was played. For the semi-final, only Empire Builder will be
played. The final will be Eurorails, since it is deemed by many to be
the slightly tougher game of the two.
All first round heat winners will advance to the semifinals. Some second
place finishers may also be included. Top second place finishers will be
determined by cash on hand subtracted by $50 for each city less than the
In the event of a tie in cash values, the player who served a higher
percentage of the cities on the map will be ranked higher.
One tidbit of advice: if you bring your copy of the game to the
tournament, don't leave it in your car. Baltimore's summer sun will
melt the crayons (we speak from experience!).