The History of Nuclear War Series information centre which used to occupy this post has been moved down to Post 2 in this same thread.
(As of now, June 10th) HNW VIII should end within a few days and HNW IX should end, I'm guessing, in about six weeks. It's time, therefore, to start thinking about the Grand Finale.
Preparation for the History of Nuclear War Grand Finale:
Nine players will play in the Grand Finale. It will follow the same format as the regular Finales in the series: Nine simultaneous terminator games on nine maps. Unlike the rest of the series, these games will be 9-player, not 8-player. Each of the nine tournaments in the series will be represented by one player. The Champion of the tournament will have first dibs on representing that tournament. If he is unable or unwilling, then the spot will be offered to the player who came second, if he is unable or unwilling, then the spot will be offered to the player who came third, and so on.
Basic eligibility: In order to play in this Grand Finale, there are some basic requirements:
- You must be a member of Conquer Club in good standing (not under any bans.)
- You must be a premium member (nine games simultaneously, speaks for itself.)
- You must indicate a willingness to play in the Grand Finale sign-up thread (NO, don't go looking for it! I haven't posted it yet! This is just a preview announcement) and select a map.
Choosing maps: The player representing a tournament will choose a map representing that tournament. Obviously, it must be one of the maps that was used. At least I hope it's obvious. If you are representing HNW VIII, you must choose a map from HNW VIII, not VII, even though your favourite map of all time was used in HNW VII.
You can always visit the History of Nuclear War Series InfoCentre for links to all the tournaments to review which maps go with which.
Players who have won more than one tournament in the series (at present, that means Junior Bee, but there are still two tourneys in progress so there might be another name on that list before long) cannot appear more than once in the finale. They (he?) will have to choose which tournament to represent, and will be ineligible to represent the others. However, he will get a special bonus: the right to ix-nay four of the maps used in each of the tournaments that he chooses not to represent.
So, let's work an actual example. Junior Bee won HNW III, IV, and V. He might still win VIII, but let's ignore that for now. In the Grand Finale, Junior decides to represent HNW IV. He is thus ineligible to represent HNW III or V, and the baton in those tournaments is passed to PaRKoN, who was second in HNW III, and Marshallbobby, who was second in HNW V. Marshallbobby has vanished from Conquer Club, so his spot would in turn be passed to Morleyjoe, who was third in HNW V. Junior Bee, as his special perk for the two places he vacates, would get a veto over four maps from III and four maps from V. So, PaRKoN and Morleyjoe would each only have five maps to choose from.
Fog or Sun: If you are representing one of the first three tournaments, you will get to choose fog or sun when you choose a map. If you are representing the all-fog tournaments HNW IV and V, then your map will be played foggy. If you are representing one of the last four tournaments, your map will be played sunny.
In accordance with the Grand Finale Policy, the winner of the Grand Finale will receive a General Achievement medal and not a Tournament Achievement medal.
Will probably be about seven weeks (give or take a couple) before this gets under way, but I wanted to start working out the details and get people thinking about them.