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!