Best tournament games?
Gary Tanner
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I just read about a Memoir 44 tournament, attended a Netrunner tournament Saturday, have played in a Dominion tournament.. What games have you played as tournament games? What games have you seen tournament circuits on (like Ticket to Ride)? What games do you think would be great as tournament games?
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Gary Tanner
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The first tourney I played in was Dominion, 16 people, went pretty quick and was fun. I think it was well suited to the tourney scene, able to seat 4 and play a fast paced card game.
 
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2. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:39]
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Had fun at my first (and so far only) tourney, in spite of winning only one game. Again, fast paced, can get a lot of people without needing a ton of room, and card games seem like a good fit for a tourney.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Naturally a good one, though I think it should be played in an advancing series of games.. Ticket to Ride, then the winners move on to Europe, etc, until it's down to the last 2 or 3 people playing on the Nordic board.
 
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4. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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I hadn't thought of this one, though I have played ASL games in a tourney. The fast pace, easy entry to Memoir as well as Battle Cry might make them good fits. For at least one group, it was.
 
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5. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:155] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Probably the most played tournament game there is.
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6. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:646]
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One box holds enough to host a tournament.
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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There's a reason, why this game is played in national tournaments and even worldwide. Of course, the main motive is games popularity, but it is also easy enough to attract people, and also random enough for different skill players to win (not like in Android or MtG).
My first tournament I participated in also was national level Settlers championship, and it was great experience.
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8. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
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I've played in many Go tournaments. A great thing about Go is its neat simple handicap system (the weaker player receives as many handicap stones as the difference in the 2 players' ratings).

Thus a tournament can be run either with even games (so the strongest players will tend to win) or with handicapped games (so that players who play better than their current official rating - e.g. players who have improved recently - will tend to win).

It is common to have even tournaments for the top players and handicap tournaments for "the rest of us".
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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I know it's either Tokyo or New York that Iello does tournaments for, almost forgot about that.
 
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10. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:937] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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I have played in one tournament after getting into the game last year. They are a lot of fun. There are different kinds as well. Some are blind box where they give you a few packs of figures and you have to create a team using those and the ones you brought. A lot of variation in tactics with this game.
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11. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:49]
 
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I had two friends that got in on an all day tournament with this game at Gen Con a few years ago. Not how I want to spend my whole day but they hae a blast.
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12. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1217] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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VITP probably (as often is the case, it depends on your definition of "wargame") has the most comprehensive tournament scene of any wargame. Certainly of any wargame new enough to be modern but old enough to be a classic.

The online/play-by-email tournament options include:
* An ongoing open ladder - essentially a continuous tournament with a potential new leader (who becomes "King of the Hill") every round and a new overall champion every 6 rounds.
* Regular (beginning each odd-numbered year) BPA single-elimination tournaments.
* A "top 10" invitational-only round robin bringing the winners and high finishers from the other tournaments plus other top-rated AREA player together.

The face to face tournament options include:
* The "Rising Sun" WBC pre-con at WBC.
* The "Midwest Open" every March in Kenosha, Wisconsin - 6 rounds of VITP and just VITP. As far as I know, Squad Leader/ASL and VITP are the only modern wargames with their own dedicated tournaments offering that game and that game only. Even PoG & Hannibal (not knocking either; both are excellent games) needed each other plus a couple other CDGs to stay viable.

That's all the VITP I'm aware of at least. I know Pacificon and Tacticon used to offer it (I believe Tacticon had a combined VITP/WAS tournament), but I don't think either of tournaments still has a VITP event. However, I might as well mention here in case any strategy gamers in Texas happen by - I'm currently working on starting up a semi-serious, semi-casual (organized rounds, standings, crowning a champion, etc, but not expecting a crowd of sharks, should be a great environment for anyone who hasn't played in while or always wanted to learn) VITP tournament in Austin for this coming fall. Send me a GeekMail if you want to be updated when I've got something set in stone.
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