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Subject: Tournament Formats rss

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Robert Bracey
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As I mentioned in another thread there is a very simple method of creating tournaments in Board Game Arena (two currently open!tournament?id=8200 and!tournament?id=8159, warning the second of those is a long one). So, I thought I would poll for opinions on different formats of tournaments:

1. What format of tournament do you prefer?
Knock-Out Tournament
Swiss Tournament (play every round)
Round Robin (play every player)
2. How long should a tournament last?
A week
Up to a month
More than a month
3. What game options do you prefer?
  Best option Second best Third best Fourth best Would not play
S (base game)
S-P (Just the Pillbug)
S-L-M (Hive Carbon)
S-L-M-P (All expansions)
T (tournament option)
T-L-M-P (all options)
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Poll created by RobertBr

Some explanations for the different formats. There are currently three expansions and one semi-official rules change, which gives 16 possible ways you can play the game. I have allowed for people to express their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc and to mark any combinations they would not play:

S/T, S is the standard limit on Queens, that they have to be placed on moves 1 to 4. T is the so-called 'tournament' variant where the Queen cannot be placed on turn 1, introduced because of the tendency towards a draw.
L, is the Ladybird, the first of the expansion pieces
M, is the Mosquito
P, is the Pillbug, which is the expansion piece that has the biggest effect on the game.

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Simon Agner Holm
Aarhus C
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This is a very interesting poll (the last one in-particular). I always wondered what combination of expansions would end up being the "official" tournament setup.

My favourite is using all three expansion pieces because it just adds so many strategic options to the game, both on offence and defence. But at the same time I miss the real sense of piece shortage with just the base (or base game plus Mosquito).

I never really understood the love for the ladybug. It just seem so strong offensively with very little counter-play. I would never use it without the pillbug.
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Povilas Šimonis
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I voted for very limited variants due to lack of experience to play with expansions, opinion will definitely change in time. Btw, great poll!
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