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Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

This Saturday, we’re going to turn Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove into a giant muuuuuuuuuuuud pit. Well, not really. But we are going to fill it with Diplomacy players.

Dan’s home will be the site of our second annual Weasel Royale, which will pit the top seven players from Season Four in a top-board battle for the club championship.

This year, to contribute to the festive atmosphere, we’ve added an Undercard game. In keeping with its name, the Undercard will be played in Dan’s basement on an old board with Greg’s makeshift pieces. No frills for the Undercard. But, the players will be a lot closer to Dan’s hand-craft tap system, so there’s that. And the game will actually count as a regular Season Five club game, the first house game of the year, no less, so there’s that on top of that.

The fun will start at 11 a.m. with the Royale selection ceremony. This year, we’re using the French method to select powers. In reverse seeding order, the players will establish the selection order. The seventh seed will place his name on the table. The sixth seed will then place his name before or after the seventh seed. Then the fifth seed will place his name where he wants. And so on.

Once all seven players have placed, we’ll draw powers, with each player having up to a minute to make his selection. Once the seventh player selects his power, the game will commence.

Why, you ask, would a player want to select later than his seed dictates? Well, a variety of reasons could factor into a player’s decision, one of which is the tie-breaking system for the Royale.

The game will be scored with our club scoring system, but essentially, it is a center-count game. The guy with the most centers when the game ends is the Royale champion. However, if there’s a tie, then we’ll sum the centers over the life of the game, and the higher sum wins. If the players remain tied, then the final tie-breaker will be reverse selection order. The player who selects first, therefore, cannot possibly win the final tiebreaker.

So, there should be plenty of drama on Saturday. We’re all looking forward to it!

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Peter Yeargin

    Think I’m going to try to pick seventh. I really want to make sure I get that 3rd tie breaker on my side!

  2. Anonymous

    Jim,

    You’re seriously choosing a tie-breaker that depends on how many centres you picked up in 1901? A 10 centre result is a 10 is a 10 is a 10 is a 10, whether I got there via 1 or via 17.

    Peter (with an r)

    PS, Come to Carnage.

  3. Anonymous

    Could it be anymore complicated?

    Just make sure you have the top center count, no ties!

    Good Gaming.
    (Mostly posting to see how posting is working. Website could use a splash of color!)

  4. Anonymous

    Let me try this again. 😳

    Just make sure you have the highest center count and then you don’t need to worry about tie-breakers!

    Add some more color to the site. Looking good. 😛

  5. Anonymous

    Let me try this again. 😳

    Just make sure you have the highest center count and then you don’t need to worry about tie-breakers!

    Add some more color to the site. Looking good. 😛

  6. Thom Comstock

    Let me try this again (7th time). 😳

    Just make sure you have the highest center count and then you don’t need to worry about tie-breakers!

    Add some more color to the site. Looking good. 😛

  7. Thom Comstock

    Is double posting outlawed?

    I’m just playing with the site, ignore the man behind the curtain. 😉

    And that was me, sorry Peter for the thumbs down. 😐

    What about spell check, oh it works!

    I like it, lots. More color.

    Great job.

  8. Peter Yeargin

    Tom, I’m going to have to ban you and your 97 posts! The commenting works well, but I noticed it looks like some of the comments didn’t show up unless you’re actually logged into the website. Weird. I didn’t see Pete’s comment until after I’d logged in, and I only saw two of your 97.

  9. Peter Yeargin

    Oh, I get it now. If you aren’t signed in, then I have to manually approve the comments. If you’re signed in, they get approved automatically without my intervention.

  10. Jim O'Kelley

    [quote name=”Peter McNamara”]Jim,

    You’re seriously choosing a tie-breaker that depends on how many centres you picked up in 1901?
    [/quote]

    Yes. I believe it’s called the Calhamer Center Count, and if it was good enough for him, then it’s good enough for us.

    Jim

  11. Jim O'Kelley

    [quote name=”Peter McNamara”]Jim,

    You’re seriously choosing a tie-breaker that depends on how many centres you picked up in 1901?
    [/quote]

    Yes. I believe it’s called the Calhamer Center Count, and if it was good enough for him, then it’s good enough for us.

    Jim

  12. Anonymous

    Hey, I did not make comment #2!

    Who’s the imposter?!!!

  13. Thom Comstock

    [quote name=”Peter Yeargin”]Oh, I get it now. If you aren’t signed in, then I have to manually approve the comments. If you’re signed in, they get approved automatically without my intervention.[/quote]

    Yeah, I figured that would happen. Just hoped you’d delete the other 93!

    I think it was only four.

    Looks good.

    Thom

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