Dave J McWeasely
[Reprinted from our local list-serve - maybe you have feedback on the tournament format]
"Pandemic - On The Brink" is a week out of Louisville. Let the tournament begin!
Since its impossible to get everyone together in one room, this will be a distributed tournament, with results reported to [the local list serve] by email. The objective is to win three "challenges" while losing as few games as possible. The three challenges are:
Virulent Strain Challenge - beat the new variant with five epidemics
Mutation Challenge - beat the new variant with five epidemics
Legendary Challenge - beat the game with seven (!) epidemics
A team's score is the number of games it takes them to beat all three challenges. Lower scores are better. So if it takes you three tries to beat each of the three challenges, your score would be 9. Ties are not broken, they're just ties. Deal with it.
You are free to form whatever teams you wish, as long as they're 3-5 players. But keep in mind, all players have to be players in all games, so 5 is probably not the best logistical strategy. A player may even join in up to three teams. Each team with the exact same roster can only enter the tournament once, but you could make it a different team by swapping/dropping/adding a person.
The deadline for completing all games is 5am on 11/1/2009.
Since this is a cooperative game, there's a tendency to bend the rules. That should not be the case in tournament games! Behave like an ombudsperson for the other team is watching over your shoulder, questioning every move. E.g. once a player draws their player cards for a turn, their move is locked in. Also, players should not game the tournament by "forgetting" to report their losses until they get a win - each game should clearly be either part of the tournament or not, prior to each play. Rules questions are to be decided by questions on the 'geek forums.