2018/2019 HKSW Here I Stand Competition Rules|
2018/2019 HKSW Here I Stand Competition Rules (For consultation, deadline: 20180910)
1. Competition Objective
The main objective of HKSW club is to promote war-gaming with figures and board games in Hong Kong and to provide a venue for club members to meet once a month and play or exchange ideas and modeling skills.
Since its inception the club has been dedicated to the pursuit of fun and, apart from some in-house competitions in the early days, little has been done in the way of competitive wargaming. The reason for this is probably our relative isolation and the fact that, at any one time, we have a small hard core membership, a handful of enthusiasts and those for whom wargaming is of a lower priority than other activities. Also, Hong Kong by its nature tends to be very competitive so gaming for fun provides for much needed stress relief.
In other words, the objective of this competition is not to determine who the best general is, but to generate battles for board wargamers to play a series of friendly games with each other for fun without too much stress. The secondary objective is to promote Boardgaming in our Society as well as in Hong Kong.
2. How to achieve the objective
2.1 Use of “competitions” to promote the hobby, sometimes, may cause dissatisfaction to the participants. People are satisfied if the satisfaction level achieved at least equal to their expectations. People become unhappy if the satisfaction level achieved is less their expectations. Therefore, for this competition, we emphasis:
2.1.1 transparency (by full disclosure that ensure all participants are aware of the special rules or how the game will be different from their usual game);
2.1.2 fairness (discourage foul play, bribery, undue influence, conflict of interest, manipulation of personal influence, etc. to benefit one or some participants) and
2.1.3 justice (not just apply, but seen to apply on an uniform standard, same interpretation, one set of rules to all players regardless of who the participant is or the existence of personal/business relationships between the judge and the participant in question) in the application of competition rules
2.2 Great Games can be achieved with the following:
2.2.1 Playing against MATURE gamers who you would like to play again in a friendly game even if he loses the game.
2.2.2 MATURE gamers treat his opponent with honor of war.
2.2.3 MATURE gamers do not mock their opponents.
2.2.4 MATURE gamers do not use loaded dice.
2.2.5 MATURE gamers do not use pressure tactics (such as employing Cheerleaders who are neither female nor wear a skirt, inviting Immature Busy-body or Apparent Neutral commentators who are so noisy that they even do not know that their mere presence would affect game play and may give advantage to one side, etc.)
2.3 Making new friends
2.3.1 You join this competition to make new friends with the mature wargamers.
2.4 Good disclosure of competition result that operates ONLY on a "need-to-know" basis. The results of the Winner, 1st and 2nd Runner-Ups will be disclosed to the public. The results of those participants who are not the winners WILL NOT be disclosed to the others.
2.5 Effective complaint and appeal procedure:
2.5.1 Conflict of interest will be handled with care. The Organizer of this Competition is Lawrence Ho. Should he participates in this competition and you consider there is a conflict of interest exist impairing his judgement, you can complain to our Chairman Jeff Herbert who will look into the matter but his decision is final.
2.5.2 We treat the competition as a sacred festival of paramount importance to the Hobby, therefore, a higher duty of care applies.
3. Operational Details
3.1 The Society's General Competition Rules applies
The following general competition rules take effect as from 2016 Annual General Meeting for all the competitions organised by The Hong Kong Society of Wargamers:
Trophies for the Competitions
(1) All games should be played with sportsmanship.
(2) The objective of the competitions is not to determine who is the best player, but for our members to get together to play friendly games with each other for fun without too many stress. As an encouragement to their participations, trophy will be given to the Winner of the competition only (unless the additional trophies are fully sponsored by sponsors).
Members can participate in more than one competition in this year, though only one trophy will be awarded in case he wins more than one competitions. Of course, we shall indicate his achievements by choosing the right wordings to be inscribed on his trophy where applicable.
(3) The Umpire's Decision is final.
(4) In case if any participants are allowed to participate in the same knock-out competition a second time, it will be on the understanding that they can't win the prize in the competition (unless they have already won something before eliminated in the earlier round).
But there will also be a Trophy for the 1st Runner-Up (if there are 12 players or more) as this Trophy had already been fully sponsored by donation money raised by the Organiser specifically for trophies of competitions organised by him. In the event that there are less than 6 participants, then we shall just play friendly game on that day with no Trophy.
3.2 We shall hold ONE table of the competition at HKSW Meeting on 20181020 (Saturday) and from 13:30 to 19:30. The date of other table(s) of this competition, if any, will be announced when we have 6 more players interested in participating. We shall use the latest GMT 2017 version.
3.3 Operational Details:
3.31 The Tournament scenario will be played. The Tournament Scenario adds additional constraints to the 1532 Scenario setup to ensure the game will end within 3 turns of play .
Game Length 3 Turns: Turn 4 (1532) to Turn 6 (1543).
Same as 1532 scenario. However all six powers get one extra card dealt to them at the start of Turn 4 above and beyond those they would normally receive at the start of the 1532 scenario. Example: England and France receive 3 cards more than listed in the “Cards and VP Per Key” section of their power card: 1 from their ruler’s card bonus, 1 from the normal 1532 scenario setup, and 1 from this tournament scenario setup rule.
Cards In Play
Same as 1532 scenario.
Diplomatic Status Display
Same as 1532 scenario.
Initial VP Count
Same as 1532 scenario.
1. The game ends no later than Turn 6. Because of that, suing for peace is not allowed on Turn 6.
2. A Domination Victory is still achieved if anyone ends a turn 5 VP ahead of all other players.
3. A Standard Victory is achieved if any power ends a turn with 23 VP or more.
4. The card “Dissolution of the Monasteries”(# 63) is normally added to the deck at the start of the turn that follows Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. For this scenario, the timing of the card entry is unchanged, but instead of being added to the deck, the card is given directly to the English player as the first card they are dealt for the turn.
3.32 This time, there will be no training game but just the competition.
3.33 The rulebook of Here I Stand can be downloaded from the GMT website. In case you have problem doing so, please contact the organiser.
3.34 We shall separate the 6/12/18 players into two/thee tables with 6 players per table
3.35 Each table will have only one winner.
3.36 Each table needs to submit the following information: a) name of the winner, b) is it an autovictory and the turn that the autovictory is achieved, c) the highest VP and the second highest VP among the players.
3.37. We shall determine the Champion based on the following criteria (in priority order):
a. Game Turn that autovictory is achieved (the lower the game turn, the better the result is);
b. Difference between the VP of the winner and the Highest VPs among the other players at game end;
c. Die Roll
4 Bid for Powers: Before the game, each player write down the name of the Power he prefers to play by bidding from 1 to 3 VPs. If his bid is successful, he will subtract the VPs he bids to play the Power from his starting VPs. (However, for the purpose of determine who is the Champion and the Runner-Up, the VP bid by the players, including but not limited to the winner of the table, is added back when calculating 3.37 b in above).
4.0 Entrance fee:
(a) free to fully paid-up HKSW member but he/she needs to pay the door fee for the meeting (i.e. HK$80).
(b) Non HKSW member can join the Society as member to participate in the tournament on the day of the competition. i.e. HKD80 joining fee (for the Society's T-shirt) + HKD130 (if held in Oct) (being pro-rata annual subscription paid up to April, 2019) + HKD0 door fee for the meeting (Waived for first time visitor) = HKD210 (if held in Nov).
(c) In other words, this is NOT an open competition
If you have any comment, pls let me know on or before 20180910 for consideration so that I can incorporate it for submission to the HKSW Committee for comment and approval.