For the People is a strategic simulation of the American Civil War published by GMT games. It is a card driven game (CDG) featuring a deck of cards and a point-to-point map. More information on the game can be found here.
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Updated, November 1 2013, The Single Elimination portion of the tournament has begun. Matchups can be viewed here:
Players of all experience levels welcome!
- Must be a member of the BPA with Associate Membership or higher level for 2013 to join this tournament. For more information on the Boardgame Player’s Association ( BPA), go to http://www.boardgamers.org.
- Must have an email account.
- Must have internet access.
Start Dates and Format:
- This tournament starts on July 1, 2013 and is expected to end by January 31, 2015.
- The Campaign game will be the scenario used for all games in this tournament. All optional rules ARE IN EFFECT for this tournament. This includes the 20 extra cards from the 2006 edition, Optional Cavalry Replacement (rule 5.55), Special General Capabilities for McClellan, Van Dorn, Forrest and Sheridan (rule 5.67) and the Operations Queue (rule 19).
- All games must be played using ACTS or any mutually agreed upon method.
- The GM will be the game owner & moderator for each game on ACTS.
- If the players cannot agree on the format to be used, ACTS is the default and must be used.
- Any player demonstrating a lack of sportsmanship may be dropped from the tournament without warning at the sole discretion of the GM.
- For AREA rating purposes, let the GM know if the two of you have played For the People previous to this game.
Preliminary Round 1 (4 months) Jul 13 to Oct 13
Players will play 2 games during this round, 1 as the CSA and 1 as the Union.
Matchups and side assigments will be randomly assigned during this preliminary round.
Top 32 players advance based on # of wins. Win both games to guarantee advancing.
Tie breakers will be applied in order of the following:
1) Sum of AREA ratings of opponents played
2) Sum of AREA ratings of opponents defeated
3) Random dice roll
Match- ups will be realigned if players drop out during the preliminary round so that every continuing player has to play at least two games during the preliminary rounds.
Single Elimination Round 1 (3 months) between 32 players Nov 13 to Jan 14
The 32 advancing players will use AREA ratings for seedings and not the preliminary round results. The Top 4 seeds will head their own brackets with Seed 1 playing Seed 32, etc. Exceptions will be made if players met in the preliminary rounds. Once Single Elimination starts, players in brackets who complete their game earlier can proceed to their next opponent if that opponent has also already completed their game.
All seeded competitors will be confirmed for the first round. Any immediate drop outs will be replaced to form a pool of 32. An alternate pool of 4 will be formed and they will play concurrently to fill any drop outs from the Single Elimination.
Single Elimination Round 2 (3 months) between 16 players Feb 14 to Apr 14
Semi-Finals (3 months) between 8 players May 14 to Jul 14
Quarter Finals ( 3 months) Aug 14 to Oct 14
Finals ( 3 months) Nov 14 to Jan 15
- Each tournament game will have a specified time limit. Time limits will be strictly enforced. During the preliminary round, the 4 month time limit will apply to both games. Players are responsible for completing all games by the time limit imposed.
- Any games unresolved when the time limit is reached will be adjudicated by the GM. The GM will award the victory to the player least responsible for the game being incomplete. The situation on the game board will not be considered in adjudication. Unfortunate personal events, regardless of their tragic nature, will not be considered in adjudication.
- If a player is inactive without notifying the GM or opponent for more than 14 calendar days, the game will be awarded to his opponent.
- Player A makes an illegal move(s), attack(s), etc.
- Player B can accept the move as is without changes, or declining this, …
- Player A must redo the entire move. Once additional cards have been played by the other player, the error stands, so pay attention.
If you roll too many dice , ignore extra rolls.
If you roll too few dice, the ones you roll count, roll for the missing ones.
if you roll for possible responce for your opponent and later there is another possible responce and you opponent hasn’t taken any action to accept the first roll then he can choose to make another roll. This can be avoided if you list all possible interceptions , then make the roll. He would be free to choose any of the possible intercepts if successful. It isn’t fair to assume you opponent would make the first interception and after rolling for him and finding that it didn’t succeed, make the balance of you move secure in this knowledge.
Short of an actual agreement if multiple dice are rolled but it isn’t stipulated which dice apply to which player, you should reroll with the proper stipulation all dice that are lacking proper stipulation. In cases like a amphibiuous assault where there is a +2 defensive DRM and therefor a defensive die roll is not required, stating that you are doing an Amphibious assault and rolling one dice should be obvious that it is for the assault.
If a player makes takes an action that could be interrupted, his opponent is free to play an interrupting card if at his first opportunity he does so, even in cases where the phasing player has made a roll. Examples : (1)You make an Amphibious assault and you roll the dice for the assault. Your opponent is still free to play “Severe Storms At Sea” that cancels your move. (2) If your opponent makes a move, you respond and then he continues his move you could not then after seeing more of his move, play an interrupt card to cancel his move.
- Rules disputes will be arbitrated by the GM, or in the case of games involving the GM, by the assistant GM. All rule arbitration decisions of the GM will be final.
- The GMs and Assistant GMs will be participating in this tournament.
- The GM is Tim Tow and the Assistant GMs are Michael Mitchell and Doug Pratto.
- E-mail questions to the GM or to the Assistant GM if the game involves the GM.
- Definitive answers will only come from the GM (or Assistant GM if the game involves the GM).
- Questions posted on CSW will not be answered in a timely fashion.
- The primary purpose of the tournament is to provide BPA members with a competitive recreation. Stated more explicitly, to have fun in a structured, competitive format. The maximum enjoyment by BPA members can only be guaranteed when all players agree to exercise exemplary sportsmanship and to play with consideration for their fellow players’ time and interests. Part of the fun is to compete in a head to head fashion, within an established structure and format. BPA members who do not believe that they will have fun in such a competitive environment are encouraged to find an alternate wargaming format.
- The Boardgame Players’ Association is noted for its high standards of camaraderie and sportsmanship. Those standards shall be upheld and supported during this tournament. Poor sportsmanship shall not be tolerated; any player exhibiting such may be dismissed from the tournament by the game master without necessity of warning. Such a dismissal may also result in being banned from future FTP tournaments or from the BPA. Such draconian measures have never been required, nor is their use expected. However the policy and remedies are now a matter of record.
- The game master and his assistants are happy to provide support to the players whenever any question may arise during the course of play that might possibly lead to hard feelings. The earlier we are involved, the easier it is to repair a deteriorating situation, correct misimpressions or repair mishandled moves and similar mistakes in play. It is natural not to want to complain or be perceived as “tattling”, but we encourage players to put aside that reluctance and bring any issue to the game master as soon as it is clear that a mutually satisfactory solution cannot be immediately reached. This is far more preferable to wasting time and possibly risking an existent or emerging friendship.
- One element of sportsmanship is respect for the time of all players in the tournament, not just one’s immediate opponent. The game master will adjudicate unfinished games on the basis of time spent making moves and patterns of time used as described later. However, no one wants to win (nor lose) on the basis of adjudication, and certainly not on the basis of time vice the merits of the board position. Therefore, we strongly encourage all players to commit to and maintain a steady pace of play. The tournament will run almost 2 years for those reaching the final brackets. That is a long time to expect to play a card per day on average. In practice, the vast majority of games will end long before the 120th day, but one should be mentally prepared to commit to the long haul, or to withdrawing from the tournament should personal commitments take priority over this hobby commitment. It may seem cruel for the game master to not grant time extensions for the more tragic of life’s events such as deaths, illness, fires and natural disasters. Actuarially speaking, with the number of players enrolled in the tournament, we can be certain that such lamentable events will occur to at least a few of our number. However, it is also not fair to ask all players to indefinitely extend the tournament to accommodate a stricken player. This is after all, just a game. I recommend that a player so afflicted keep their priorities straight and withdraw from the tournament, to try again in the next. However, we also recognize that the recreation provided by our hobby can be a mental health boon to a player who is otherwise in distress. If that player can remain on, or regain, pace and compete within the time frame, we will be thrilled to provide them respite from their troubles. Bottom line: The game master will adjudicate any unfinished games strictly on the basis of time used and patterns of time use; unannounced absences from play of more than 14 days are also grounds for immediate disqualification; no other factors will be considered.
- The winning player reports the victory by posting to the tournament site the following. In addition to reporting the fact of the victory, the following statistical information is required. Please use the following format.
- ACTS Game Name:
- USA Player Name:
- CSA Player Name:
- Winning Player:
- Winning Side:
- Type of Victory*:
- Turn Game Ended:
- USA Strategic Will:
- CSA Strategic Will:
- Blockade Level:
- Amphibious Assault Modifier:
- USA SPs Remaining:
- CSA SPs Remaining:
* Characterize the Type of Victory as one of the following:
- Strategic Will (including a GT-12 loss by the Union)
- End of Game Victory
- Concession (Personal Reasons)
- Concession (Hopeless Game Situation)
Additionally, please append to your report any interesting information such as unusual card sequences, loss of key leaders, particularly interesting plays, etc.