Welcome to the 2009 Brass tournament. This tournament is open to all, free of charge, requiring only registration at the free Brass
GM: Bill Morse (wbm4x at yahoo dot com)
Assistant GM: Roderick Schertler (humeral)
Start Date: June 1, 2009
Four prelimanary rounds of 4-player games, each lasting one month. Three-player games will be used in the event of an odd-number of participants. Matchups will be made as best as possible to avoid repeats in the preliminary rounds. Entrance can be made in any or all rounds--just notify the GM three days prior to the start of a round of your decision to play or not. Players should be able to commit to at least a turn a day, allowing plenty of extra time within the month deadline. Sixteen top qualifiers will advance to an elimination round--four 4-player game semi-final and 4-player final.
10 points for a win
5 points for 2nd place
2 points for 3rd place (in a 4-player game)
1 point for last place
Scores from your best four games will be used. It is possible to have more than four scored games if you take over a position as a substitute. See below.
Ties will be broken using the average victory point level for a player's games. Victory points for 3-player games will be reduced by 20% to bring them in line with VPs from 4-player games. In the event of an identical average VP score, number of wins is the next tie-breaker, then number of second places. If still tied, a qualifier will be determined randomly, using an email dice roller.
To enter the tournament, send the GM an email indicating your desire to play. Include your name and any alternate email information (if applicable), as well as your willingness to be a substitute (see below).
Once the matchups for a round have been determined, the GM will ask one player from each game to setup a "Private" "Competitive" game with the title "Tournament/Round#/Game#" and then send the password to the other three (or two) players in the game.
Games should be setup with the "Forbid Canal Link to Scotland?" button checked and the "Permit reverse use of the Virtual Connection?" and "Modified Coal Overbuild Rules?" buttons unchecked. TLA and TLB should be set to 31 days, to avoid having the system kick out any tournament games while still in progress.
In the event that you cannot continue in a game, please notify the GM as soon as possible so that a substitute player can be found for you.
If you wish to be a substitute, let the GM know when you register. If you are asked to be a substitute in a game, your score will count toward your four-game scoring limit, giving you an extra opportunity to improve your overall tournament position.
In the event of a problem or dispute within your game, please inform the GM immediately. GM rulings are final and in the event that the GM is involved in that particular game, the rulings of the Assistant GMs are final. Should a technical problem arise with the Brass website, every effort will be made to have it resolved directly. However, the GM reserves to the right to restart any game that becomes irretrievably "broken."