WBC Online Advanced Civilization Tournament
Latest Update: January 10, 2014
Welcome to the home page of the WBC Online Advanced Civilization Tournament. The event will be hosted at http://civ.rol-play.com. This is a free site, however, registration is required. This is a direct link to the Advanced Civilization portion of the website. From this page, you can see your games, sign up for new games, and become part of the player queue.
To join this tournament, you must currently be a member of the Board game Players Association. More information can be obtained at http://www.boardgamers.org/ If you would like to join, please email your GM at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to February 26th, 2014. Be sure to include your full name, as well as user name on the site.
Each player will be assigned to two first round games that will run concurrently. These games will be assigned randomly. Every effort will be made to make sure that you play with different players in each of these two games.
Each game takes approximately four to six months to complete if everybody works to keep the games moving. Ideally, we will complete the tournament by the end of 2014. The reality is that we will probably complete the final in the spring of 2015.
Round 1: Game assignments will be done on March 1st 2014. This set of games should be completed by October 1st. Games are subject to adjudication by the GM team at any time after that date.
Final: This will begin approximately one week after the last first round game is completed.
The rol-play website allows multiple options for playing games. The options in use for all games of this tournament are:
· 36 hour per player turn limit
· Show number of cards in each deck will be enabled
· Show position of non-tradable calamities will be disabled
· Bottom-Three shuffling of non-tradable calamities will be enabled (this is the same rule that we use at WBC)
Please check the website daily. The computer system is designed to email you whenever it is your turn, but it is imperative that you log into the site to check game progress. If you are going to be away, there is a ‘game pause’ feature that can be used. Please email your GM at email@example.com if you need to do this. Fair warning, however, if you do not pause a game and miss a 36 hour deadline, the system will take your action for you—or, depending on the phase, may do nothing. This is built into the website and cannot be turned off, so please pay close attention to your deadlines. Overall, if you check the site once per day, you should have no problems with the deadlines.
Nothing is worse in a multi-player game than a dropout. All players who sign up will be expected to play both first round games to completion. In the unlikely event that you need to leave a game, please email the GM as early as possible.
One of the most common questions regarding online ACV is how trading works. There is a ‘trade market’ where each player can list cards they have and what they are looking for. Players will then negotiate by email. When they reach an agreement, they go onto the site and move the cards into the drop-down trade box. As soon as both players have put their cards into the trade box, the system emails them to give the results of the trade. A separate mail is sent to all other players stating that a trade was made, and what cards they say that they traded.
Special note: Once players are finished trading, they generally click "done" and take themselves out of the market. In real life, this would be like putting your hand down and walking away from the table. Once there is only one player left in the trade market, trading can end at anytime (even prior to the scheduled close time) without notice.
The 2013 pbem tournament rages on. We have 38 players this year, and are making good progress, as the games are currently in rounds twelve or thirteen. Our eight finalists have advanced, and are now selection their nations for the final game. Sign-ups for the 2014 event will begin in January. Follow along at http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/
News and Notes for 2014
· Deadlines for all games will remain at 36 hours
· Just to clarify the policy on replacement players: Any replacements added prior to the end of round six will be eligible for advancement to the final. While the help of replacement players is greatly appreciated, once round seven begins, their scores will not count towards advancement.
· As long as there are eight games or less total in the first round, it will be “win and you're in”. If there are more than eight games in the first round, the scores from the second game* will be used to determine advancement.
· Finalists will be seeded #1 through #8 based on the scores of both games combined, these seedings will determine the order for nation selection. This way there is a reward for doing well in multiple games.
· Players who chronically miss turn deadlines will be subject to replacement at the discretion of the GM team.
*Each player will have their score converted to a percentage of the winning players score in that game. The eight players who win a game and have the highest percentage from their second game will advance.
2012 PBEM Tournament Final – Results
Nation Player Score
1. Thrace Kevin Youells 4583
2. Egypt Mads Lunau 4360
3. Iberia Kevin Worth 4192
4. Africa James Gundy 3935
5. Illyria Romain Jacques 3681
6. Babylon Greg Kulp 3653
7. Asia Jon Anderson 3502
8. Assyria Shantanu Saha 2125
The 2013 pbem tournament rages on. Our eight finalists have advanced, and are now selection their nations for the final game.
Game A: Game B:
Alligators All Around Bursting Balloons
1. Marc Visocnik Africa 4306 1. Nathan Barhorst Africa 5222
2. Jonas Grenna Thrace 4290 2. James Gundy Egypt 5121
3. Robert Kircher Egypt 4032 3. Jose Ignacio Babylon 4850
4. Greg Stripes Assyria 3894 4. Romain Jacques Assyria 4689
5. Kevin Worth Babylon 3608 5. Nick Anner Crete 4608
6. Ray Regular Crete 2632 6. Pete Staab Iberia 4580
7. Thomas Browne Iberia 2137 7. Mike Lembke Illyria 2399
8. Mark Sciera Illyria 1546
Game C: Game D:
Catching Colds Doing Dishes
1. Kevin Youells Babylon 5005 1. Dan Morris Babylon 4577
2. Jeff Cornett Iberia 4335 2. Joe Lux Iberia 4040
3. Jenn Visocnik Assyria 3812 3. Haakon Monson Africa 3973
4. Joe Maiz Illyria 3702 4. Neil McIver Egypt 3775
5. Greg Crowe Thrace 3471 5. Ken Gutermuth Illyria 2499
6. Dan Farrow Crete 2772 6. Jeff Miller Crete 2213
7. Aaron Gundy Africa 2695 7. Mike Pacheco Assyria 1632
8. Scott Spenser Egypt 2646 8. Greg Wardle Asia 0611
Game E: Game F:
Entertaining Elephants Forever Fooling
1. Jon Anderson Africa 4916 1. Javier de la Fuente Africa 4570
2. Javier de la Fuente Egypt 4847 2. Nick Anner Babylon 4098
3. Mads Lunau Illyria 4825 3. Steve Cameron Thrace 4088
4. Shantanu Saha Assyria 4659 4. Frank Forgoine Iberia 4053
5. Guy Glirbas Iberia 4232 5. Greg Crowe Illyria 3175
6. Frank Forgoine Babylon 4119 6. Marc Visocnik Crete 3134
7. Steve Cameron Thrace 3615 7. Ray Regular Assyria 2872
8. Guy Glirbas Egypt 2783
Game G: Game H:
Getting Giggles Having Headaches
1. Mads Lunau Illyria 4577 1.Robert Kircher Babylon 5032
2. Jeff Cornett Thrace 4051 2. Neil McIver Thrace 4832
3. Jose Ignacio Babylon 3962 3. Jon Anderson Illyria 4748
4. Shantanu Saha Assyria 3956 4. Kevin Youells Africa 4741
5. Pete Staab Egypt 3428 5. Dan Morris Egypt 4739
6. Nathan Barhorst Crete 3250 6. Joe Maiz Assyria 4384
7. Jenn Visocnik Africa 3142 7. Dan Farrow Iberia 2602
8. Mike Lembke Iberia 1161
Game I: Game J:
Imitating Indians Juggling Jellybeans
1. Kevin Worth Thrace 3181 1. Jonas Lundgvist Babylon 5560
2. Romain Jacques Africa 3013 2. Greg Stripes Iberia 4609
3. James Gundy Illyria 3010 3. Joe Lux Crete 4328
4. Haakon Monson Egypt 2645 4. Ken Gutermuth Thrace 4301
5. Mike Pacheco Assyria 2630 5. Aaron Gundy Assyria 3564
6. Mark Sciera Babylon 2220 6. Scott Spenser Africa 3215
7. Jeff Miller Iberia 1831 7. Thomas Browne Egypt 2636
8. Greg Wardle Crete 1768
The eight finalists are Kevin Worth, Mads Lunau, Jonas Lundgvist, Javier de la Fuente, Kevin Youells, Rob Kircher, Jon Anderson, and Dan Morris. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us have such a great event this year. We will begin signups for 2014 in February. Watch your email for details.
The GMs for this tournament are the same team that is used at WBC.
GM - Kevin Youells
Assistant GM - Gregory Kulp
Assistant GM - Jennifer Visocnik
Webmaster - Marc Visocnik
The home of online Advanced Civilization http://civ.rol-play.com/
Boardgame Players Association http://www.boardgamers.org
Advanced Civ at the geek http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/177/advanced-civilization
Advanced Civilization Rules http://civ.rol-play.com/services/help/?module=ahciv
Advanced Civilization Rules (Printable PDF) http://static.rol-play.com/ahciv/files/advcivrules.pdf
2012 WBC Preview Page http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex/acvpge.htm
2011 WBC Results Page http://boardgamers.org/yearbook11/acvpge.htm
Many, many thanks go to Nathan Barhorst, without whom this email tournament would not exist. His countless hours of hard work have made this possible, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude. Of course, in Advanced Civ, it is most fun to repay debts with secondary effects of Famine, Epidemic, and Piracy, so fire away :)