Original post: Recently, when trying to fill History of Nuclear War IV, I sent out a mailing and got about 20 responses for about four open spaces.
(History of Nuclear War IV is the fourth of four tournaments in a series which explores the history of nuclear war. This tournament will focus on current and future possibilities, now that the Cold War no longer dominates the political scene.)
So, I've decided to run this as an identical twin to IV, identical that is except that there is reserved seating for the 15 people who signed up for IV and didn't get a spot. Eligibility: To play in this tournament, you must be premium, have a turns-taken record of 98% or better, at least 100 completed games, and be at least a PFC on sign-up. If you are on the reserved list of 15, you must still post to confirm your spot, but I will hold it open for you at least until we get to 40 names in total.
Procedure: In each tourney in this series, the first nine phases will consist of multiplayer Standard games. In each of these phases, only the first player eliminated from each game is eliminated from the tournament. All others will continue to the next phase. As soon as all games in a phase have had one player eliminated, I will begin the next phase with the survivors. Winning these games will not influence the course of the tournament; only that first elimination is significant. In the Final phase, all remaining players will play simultaneously in nine multiplayer Terminator games. These games will be completed and winning them will count, as will the number of kills.
Settings: All games will be Casual and Automatic, with Chained reinforcements, and No Trench. Maps will vary widely from phase to phase. Needless to say, spoils in all games will be nuclear. Unlike the first three tournaments, in this one ALL games will be Foggy.
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