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Subject: Not Tonight, Josephine at Genghiscon 2007 rss

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Alicia Smith
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Hi, I'm leeece on
Maybe we can grab a game sometime?
Due to the generosity of of Toss Ink P/L we were able to run a game of Not Tonight, Josephine at Genghiscon this year. Toss Ink donated a copy of the game as the prize, and the Genghiscon committee also gave us a second prize to award, a wonderful Flesh Eating Bacteria plush toy, I don't know who donated it but as soon as I do, I'll let you know, because it was very much appreciated by its eventual winner.

As time is very precious at Genghiscon, and all of the players agreed, we kept it to one round.

Chris, the Looney Labs Lab Rabbit took the white piece which suited his ears and coat.
Dr Elaine clearly wanted to go faster so the red piece was hers.
Lee took the bright opalescent black - a dark horse there!
Matt took shiny bright blue.
Evil Mark, determined to win went green.
Dr Mark with golden topaz hoped to get the jackpot.

The game played very quickly, it was actually over in about 75 minutes. Giving the players an option to spend a coin certainly speeded things up, and watching the poor players agonising over whether to use a token or not was certainly something of an entertainment in itself. As was the swearing when a seemingly impossible question was answered correctly, and they hadn't spent a coin!

The room we were given was ideal for a one table tournament, it meant I could stand at the door and warn observers not to inadvertantly answer questions for contestants, something that was a problem at Fandomedia.

The contestants started cautiously, but as the game and time progressed, one by one the coins were dealt out.Chris, Matt and Lee were all left trailing and Mark made a valiant effort, but a titanic struggle was under way.

Dr Elaine had just scored her 5th coin! But she was far away from the centre! Dr Mark then also scored his 5th and he was closer to the centre! Could Elaine make it back to the centre in time? She rolled, but alas, could not get back there in time.

Dr Mark was the winner by a snatch! A well fought battle and a close match! Dr Mark was awarded his prize, a brand new copy of Not Tonight Josephine which he describles as "edgy", as well as mentioning he's been banned from playing Trivial Pursuit in 157 countries.

Dr Elaine was awarded her Flesh Eating Bacteria, and judging from the delight with which she received it, wasn't too dissappointed with her, er, catch.

Thank you very much to Toss, Ink P/L the players without which this wouldn't have been possible, and Genghiscon 2007.

We had a LOT of fun!

We will be doing it again at Swancon.

Here are the rules we used, learning from our experience at the tournament we ran at Fandomedia they have been altered slightly.

1/ Adjudicators' decisions are final.
2/ No external assistance is permitted.
3/ The first and only prize is one demonstration copy of "Not Tonight
Josephine", donated by Toss Ink Publishing.
4/ The tournament is played as two rounds.
5/ The first round is an elimination round, with up to 14 players and two
games running simultaneously. Players will be divided at random between
the two games, as evenly as possible.
6/ The second round is a finals round, with the top scoring 7 playing a single game.
7/ The winner is the player with the highest total number of coins at end of the final game.
8/ Coin totals are carried forward for tournament points between rounds.
9/ There is a time limit on each round of 90 minutes.
10/ If the time limit is reached, the current round of play will end, allowing all players to have an equal number of turns.
10/ The standard winning conditions will also conclude a round.
11/ In the event of any ties, tie breaker questions will be asked by the adjudicators from the standard set, alternating between the tied players until a mistake is made by one player, but not the other. Players may
select from the two genres on the cards that are drawn for the tie-breaker questions.
12/ Question Card Management: Question cards will be shuffled by the adjudicators before each game, or
their nominated proxies. Question cards may be drawn from either box, but must be drawn from one
end, constistently throughout the game. Question cards are replaced at the opposite end of the box.
13/ Players will be provided with three "Claim" tokens per game. When the question categories on a card are read, a player may discard a token to change the space they occupy to a matching category. This will permit the claiming of a coin on a correct answer, just as though the board space were printed with the category on the card. This must be done before the question is asked.
14/ These rules may be revised by the adjudicators, as deemed necessary to ensure fair and fun play.

Very early on in the game:

From left to right, Matt, Mark, Dr Mark, Chris, Dr Elaine, Lee.

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