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SWA's 4th Annual Titan Tournament/League starts NOW! It’s basically league style play where the games count as preliminary/qualifying games in the tournament. The top rated players qualify for and may play in the semifinal round. The Semifinal and Final games of the tournament will take place face-to-face on one day, the March 2013 game-a-thon date. League/qualifying games can be played any time now through Feb. 24th. Registered players may organize and report games on their own, and even play online if they choose!

We are organizing games now, and need players and organizers!
GMs will be helping players find each other online and face to face league games. If you would like to:

• Attend face-to-face games
• Host a face to face-to-face game
• Play in an online game using Colossus (http://colossus.sourceforge.net/)
• Play in an online game using ACTS (http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp)
• do any or all of the above
• have any questions

Please email TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org

Where

Unless otherwise specified all face-to-face games will take place in the Albany New York area at The Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community Room, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY 12309. www.swa-gaming.org/studiodirections

All level players

Although it is a tournament, the most important thing is that we all get together to have fun and play Titan. Beginners and novice players are encouraged to participate. The rules of the game will not be taught, but tournament GMs are available to answer any rules questions and/or disputes.

The Rules

In addition to any tournament rules explained below, we will be adhering to Bruno Wolff’s Titan Errata and Clarifications (including the Etiquette guide) found here http://wolff.to/titan/errata.html. Printed copies of this are available for reference during the tournament.

League/Qualifying Rounds

League games count as preliminary/qualifying games in the tournament. Players will be able to play in as many or as few League games as they like. GMs will be organizing preliminary games at SWA events and online. Watch for announcements. Players may also organize/host games.

Preliminary games will be 4-player when possible, 3-player or 5-players if the number of available players necessitates it. Prelim games will be made up randomly from the available pool of players at the specified start times. Except that, where possible, we will attempt to separate people who have already played each other this year. There are no guarantees, but we will try to give people a chance to play against a variety of opponents. Currently the league with not be hosting or accepting results from 2-player games.

*NEW* Player Hosted Qualifying games
Players may organize and schedule their own games that will be accepted as official tournament games if all players in the game signed up for the Tournament and have paid the fee. This can be paid online using PayPal. Send to paypal@swa-gaming.org with Titan Tournament Fee in the subject or notes.


Games must be 3-5 players, 4 is preferred. Results of the game, with all necessary info, must be properly recorded and reported to TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org by February 24. A PDF of the official record sheet will be emailed to you upon request. Results must specify who won, in what order players were eliminated, who eliminated who, concessions, mutual eliminations, and point totals if game is decided by time limit.

Player hosted games need to have game rules and errata easily available to resolve any potential rules disputes. If time permits, disputes may be resolved by emailing the Tournament GMs. If players are unable to resolve the rules dispute and move on to game completion, or if a significant game changing rules error occurs, results of the game may be rendered null and void at the discretion of tournament GMs.

Online games
If players would like to organize games online, they will be treated like any other player hosted game. Caution: Online games are play at your own risk! If someone's computer crashes, power goes out, or some other technical glitch causes a game to end prematurely and the players can't agree on the results - the game will not count. Also, we can't stop players from sharing info, making email deals, asking advice, or other potential ways of cheating. Again, Online games are play at your own risk!


Semis and Final Rounds
Players with the highest average score in the League/qualifying games will advance into the semi-final round and the top rated players will be placed in different games (see Advancing). The number of players in the semi-final round will depend on the number of league/tournament participants:

If there are 12 or under players, there will be two 3-player semi-final games with the winners and second place finishers advancing to a 4-player final.

If there are 13–20 players, there will be two 4-player semi-final games with the winners and second place finishers advancing to a 4-player final.

If there are 21–30 players, there will be four 3-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final.

If there are 31 or more players, there will be four 4-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final.

If there is a mutual elimination for an advancing place in a semifinal game, the player with the higher average from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final. If there is a mutual elimination in the final game, the player with the higher rating from the semifinal will place above the player with the lower rating from the semifinal game.

Semis and Finals will take place on the March 2013 S.W.A. Game-a-thon day.
Semis 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with time limit. 
Finals starting at 5:00 p.m. no time limit

Start Times / Time Limits

Preliminary and semi-final games will have a 7 hour time limit or a time limit agreed on by all players prior to the game start. Do not begin a game that you are not prepared to finish. If a player chooses to leave before the game end or time limit they must withdraw from the game, unless all players agree to a shorter time limit.

Hopefully most 4-player games will be over before the time limit. But unless all remaining players agree to keep playing, prelim games will end roughly when the 7-hour time limit is reached. All players should receive the same number of turns. Players should be conscious of the time limit so a new round of turns should not be started if it is likely to cause the game to go significantly over the time limit. Winners of games that end due to time limit will be determined by adding the following:

+ a player’s points scored from battles

+ double the number of points in a player’s Titan legion
+ the number of points in the player’s strongest legion besides its Titan legion

Advancing

Players will score points for winning games, finishing ahead of other players and eliminating Titans. The number of points a player has scored will be divided by the number of games they have played to determine a player’s average or rating. Note: Players who only play 1 or 2 games will still have their points divided by 4. This is to get an average and to encourage players to keep playing if they win their first and/or second game, since they can’t hurt their average unless they’ve already played 4 games.

Players with the highest average/rating will advance to the semifinals.



Players will receive
points per player that they finish ahead of
points for winning the game
1 point per Titan kill
Mutuals will split the difference between the positions

Points in a 4-player game
1st gets 14 points (Mutual for 1st gets 11 points)
2nd gets 8 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 6 points)
3rd gets 4 points (Mutual for 3rd gets 2 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Points in a 3 player game
1st gets 12 points (Mutual for 1st gets 9 points)
2nd gets 6 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 3 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Points in a 5 player
1st gets 16 points (Mutual for 1st gets 13 points)
2nd gets 10 points (Mutual for 2nd gets 8 points)
3rd gets 6 points (Mutual for 3rd gets 4 points)
4th gets 2 points (Mutual for 4th gets 1 points)
Plus 1 point per Titan kill

Entry Fee 

There will be a $8 fee to enter the tournament/league that will go toward prizes for the Tournament. In addition to the entry fee, if playing face to face at the Studio of Bridge and Games, we will need to charge $4 per game or $6 per day. This is paid to the studio to use the space. These can be paid online using PayPal. Send to paypal@swa-gaming.org with Titan Tournament Fee in the subject or notes.


Prizes and Bragging rights

There will be a plaque for the winner. There will also be cash prizes given out to the top four tournament players. The prize amounts will be based on the number of participants. The winners of the tournament will be listed on the SWA website, and the tournament results will be sent to A.R.E.A. (Avalon Hill Reliability, Experience, and Ability Scoring System - http://wolff.to/area/G_TTN.htm.



Other

Physical memory aids (paper, computers, etc.) are NOT allowed except for recording information requested by the game master (such as points, who killed who, etc.). Players may only use their memories to keep track of stack contents or to make decisions in the game.

Players still in the game have an interest in the outcome of battles being fought by other players, and as such are allowed to give advice as long as they aren't bothering the player who it is being given to. No advice may be given by anyone not playing in the game, except to point out a rules violation.

Players are expected to start each game playing to win. If it is found that a player was more interested in helping another player than their own performance, adjustments to the results may be made.

Judges/GMs

There will be several GMs, all of whom will be playing the tournament. Should any dispute involving a GM occur, that cannot be resolved using Bruno Wolff’s “Titan Errata and Clarifications”, a ruling will be made by the GM(s) not involved.

Future


Our vision is to transition this Titan tournament into an SWA Titan league, where we have league games all year long, conducted by league reps and groups scattered around the Northeast. Then on one day or weekend a year, the top ranked players (and any other Titan lovers) get together in Schenectady for Semi-finals and final games. And maybe even run some Titan variants at the same time. This would minimize travel and allow more people to participate. Let us know if you're interested in helping make it happen. TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org
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