OpenTribute has a turnable knob: the number of points per supply center. This mainly alters the relative values of topping vs. the others. A higher ppc means a lower board-top incentive and a slightly lower survival incentive. The main beneficiaries are larger powers that don’t top, like a close 2nd place.
In OpenTribute, all players receive 34 points plus C pts per supply center. Elimination costs 17 points, and all players pay the board-topper 1 pt in tribute per supply center they are behind the topper.
Once all neutrals have been claimed, most score calculations become simple:
- Lone board-toppers: (C+7) * centers
- Non-topping survivors: 34 + (C+1) * centers – toppercenters
- Eliminated players: 17 – toppercenters
To see the differences between these variations most clearly, look at boards where the topper tops by only 1 center and there is a survivor with only 1 center.