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ASO 2018 Tournament Rules:

Notes for the 2018 tournament rules and format:

The tournament is a 5 round tournament.  The tournament format is modified accelerated swiss style, with 3 scenarios each round to choose from.


RULES:

The tournament uses the official ASL Rules, 2nd. edition, with the exceptions of the TOURNAMENT SSR's as mentioned below


TOURNAMENT SSR's (appliccable to all scenarios):

- Kindling is NA in all scenarios,
- No Snap-shots across walls/hedges
- If the scenario contains OBA the owner will get a minimum of one black chit draw. Meaning, if the two red chits first then the second red chit is considered a black chit and it will be your final fire mission.
- In all scenarios, with building control, building hex control or building location control rubbled building hexes still counts for Victory Condition purposes. Note, falling rubble outside original building hexes does not count for Victory Condition Purposes.
- For vehicular mounted FT TK attempt vs an enemy AFV the following TK DRM apply:
Case A DRMs
Firer in Motion +2
Target in Motion +2
Concealed AFV +2
Regardless of the DRMs an Original DR of 2 is a Burn result and an Original DR of 3 is an Elim result if not already a Burn result.



IFT:
Starting in 2013 the IIFT will no longer be the default Fire Table used at the tournament. The IFT will be default firetable used. If both sides agree you may use the IIFT.


PAIRING PRINCIPLES:

The tournament is basically a swiss draw tournament, but the pairing is accelerated, in the sense that in round 2-5, a higher number of players is losing their first game each round – thereby reducing their chance of winning the tournament to almost nothing.

For players with one or more losses, we try to increase the fun-factor a bit, by trying to avoid pairing the player with regular opponents in particular and by making the pairing less strict.

Players are paired according to the following principles (see definitions below):

Round 1:

  • Top 32 players (based on World-ratings) are matched in one pool, seeded.
  • The remaining players are matched in a separate pool, seeded

Round 2-5:

  • Top X players (maximum point players, in order of World-rating) are matched in one pool, seeded. X is based on the round: Round 2 = 16, Round 3 = 8, Round 4 = 4, Round 5 = 2
  • Each remaining player with maximum points is matched with a player that has exactly one draw or loss. Highest rated (World-rating) maximum point player against highest rated player with one loss/draw.
  • The remaining players are matched according to World rating (against player of similar amount of points in the tournament with a similar world rating), with the following adjustments:
  • We’ll try not to match players of similar nationality or regular opponents
  • Players mutually agreeing and with similar amount of points are welcome to request to be matched up as opponents.

Top players: All players with maximum points in the tournament (i.e. have not had a loss or a draw) are put on a list, ranked in order of their World-rating at tournament start (ties resolved randomly). The top 16 players are the topmost 16 players on this list.

Seeded matching: The players in the pool are ranked in order of their World-rating at tournament start. The list is then split in the middle, and the top half ranked players are matched with players in the bottom half of the list.

Players with no rating are given a temporary rating for the seeding of the first tournament. E.g. 6 players on a list are matched like this: 1 vs 4 / 2 vs. 5 / 3 vs. 6

Swiss style means that in each round, you will play an opponent who has approximately the same amount of points as you (i.e. has won / lost about the same number of games as you).
Points: When you play a match you will get 3 points for winning, 1 point for a draw and 0 for losing.

Swiss style means that in each round, you will play an opponent who has won / lost about the same number of games as you. When you play a match you will get 3 points for winning, 1 point for a draw and 0 for losing.

Choosing which scenario to play:

There are two ways of choosing a scenario;
1) you could agree on one of the three scenarios or
2) use the following method; Both of you choose one of the three scenarios which you will not play, and give the other 2 a priority of 1-2. In case of an equal "priority score" (2-1 vs 1-2) you will roll a dice to determine which scenario you are going to play.

PBS:

Starting in 2017 we shall use PBS (Point Bidding System) with all of the scenarios. Inspired by the Albany tournament. Included in the scenario list are the PBS for all the scenarios. For those who are unfamiliar with PBS, this is how it works:

FB 13-Don’t Economize (player B vs player A)

This scenario favors the Russians. Player Abid Russians giving 4 points. player B bids Russians giving up 5 points. player B wins the bid as he is giving up more points to play the Russians (if it were a tie, you dice off for the Russians).

A-(1 point) Delete a Russian DC
B-(2 points) Exchange Russian 9-2 for a 9-1
C-(2 points) Russians get 6PP instead of 7PP in SSR 6
D-(2 points) Delete a 447
E-(3 points) Delete a 458

player A is playing the Germans since he lost the bid but player A gets to pick the 5 points from the above table that will weaken the Russian chances for victory and balance out the scenario. player A picks A,C and D for 5 points. player A sets up as the Axis and player B is playing Russians minus a DC, minus a 447 and receiving only 6PP per SSR 6.

The player losing the bid can pick any amount of points up to the bid number (5 points in this one) from the above table.

Each balance provision can only be picked one time.

Cross bids will be honored. Meaning if Player A bids 3 points for the Russians and Player B bids 2 points for the Germans both sides will be able to make balancing selections.

ZERO bids for a side and NO BIDS are legal.


 
ROLLING THE DICE:

Some kind of dice-rolling-equipment is required. You can use a dice-cup, throw the dice into a glass, use a dice-tower, or throw the dice into a box or something similar. Whatever the method used, your opponent must be able to see the result at the same time that you are.

DECIDING GAMES:

If two players are unable to finish a game within the allotted time, they have to decide the outcome of the scenario, using one of these three methods:

  • Mutual agreement, i.e. the players agrees on a winner or a tie.
  • Roll the dice!
  • Let the Organizers decide the game.

If the players cannot agree on a result, or if at least one of the players does not want to roll the dice for the victory, then the organizers decides the match in the following manner:

  1. Three judges are selected from among the other players in the tournament and/or the organizers. The organizers should strive to find judges with the following characteristica, but the amount of qualified judges available might make that impossible.
    a. Players/organizers with sufficient rules/gaming experience to evaluate the situation.
    b. Players/organizers whom is either not participating in the tournament or whom has lost at least one game (thereby giving them no particular interest in favoring one side or the other).
    c. No ties of personal friendship or similar (or the opposite) between the judge and any of the implicated players.
  2. The players are asked to accept the judges. If at least one of the players involved cannot accept a judge, a reason must be given, and if reasonable a new judge is selected instead. This process is repeated until both the players and the organizers are satisfied. The organizers has the final word in selection of judges. One of the judges is appointed head-judge.
  3. Each of the implicated players gets 3 minutes each, to give his assessment of the situation, as well as explain how he is going to win the game. During the players presentation, the judges may ask brief questions, but should take care not to give the player ideas that he would not have thought of himself. This presentation is done one player at a time, without the presence of the other player.
  4. Each judge then secretly writes down his evaluation of each players chances of winning the game, should the match have continued with no time limit. This evaluation is stated in increments of 5% (i.e. 67% could not be chosen - either 65% or 70% must be chosen instead). The sum of the judges evaluation of the two players winning chances must be 100%. Each judge must make this evaluation on his own, without discussing the situation with anybody, including the other judges.
  5. When all judges have decided (i.e. written down) their judgement, the head-judge calculates the average of the three judgements. The outcome of the match is decided based on this average:

    0% - 40% Loss
    >40% and <60% Draw
    60% - 100% Win

    Example: Judge A gives player 1 a 40% chance of winning and player 2 a 60% chance. Judge B votes 35/65 and judge C votes 40/60 respectively. Player 1's score is 38,33% ((40+35+40)/3) and player 2's score is 61,67% ((60+65+60)/3). Since player 2's average evaluated winning chance is equal to or greater than 60%, he wins and he gains three points and player one gains zero points. If player 2 had an average slightly lower than 60%, the game would have been a draw, with only one point awarded for each player.

  6. It is the responsibility of the head-judge to inform the players of the conclusion, and bring the result slip to the tournament organizers.

Determining rank in the tournament:

The winner of the tournament is the last undefeated person in the tournament (a draw also counts as a loss in this context). Please note that is is therefore possible for a winner to be declared before the last round of the tournament. The rank of all other players is determined by their points at the end of the tournament. For players with equal scores, the following tiebreakers are used, in the listed order:

1. Round where the player lost his first game (the later the better).
2. Round where the player had his first draw (the later the better).
3. The average World-rating of opponents played, based on rating at tournament start.

If all of the tiebreakers are a tie as well, the two players in question share the same rank.

Please note, that no tiebreaker is used to determine the winner of the tournament if all the players in question have the maximum possible points. There is a theoretical possibility af two or more players being undefeated in the event of 32+ participating players. If two undefeated players are tied for the first place, they both win the tournament in combination. If both players agree, they can decide to meet within two months of the tournament to play a subsequent game to decide the tie. The scenario and ABS is provided by the Tournament Organizer. If a tie exists for the first place, but all of the implicated players have had at least one draw or loss, then the tiebreakers above apply.

Prizes:

There will be prizes for the winner and runner up, as well as special prizes for:

  • There will be prices for the winners of Mini-tournaments

No smoking:

Smoking is not allowed in the gaming area, but will be allowed in areas near the gaming area.