1812 Overture [PbF 5] (started)

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1812 Overture [PbF 5] (started)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 30 Dec 2019, 21:29

1812 Overture
A Variant for Six Players, Twelve Powers, and Two Continents

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Introduction
Starting in January 2020, I'm going to GM another game of 1812 Overture. This will be the fifth session of this variant played on the forum so far (see prior games in the archive). It will be the twelth session of this variant played overall.

The rules and fundamentals (v1.5) will be the same as those used for the last sessions of the game:
1812 Overture Rules
(You can ignore the tournament-specific stuff.)

However, I am going to try out a redesigned map for this game (seen above). The new design contains no actual game changes; it's purely an aesthetic update. I will provide black-and-white printable versions of the map for reference as well.

Scheduling & House Rules
The scheduling and house rules will be similar to those I've used in previous games, and they can be found here:

NoPunIn10Did's PbF / Discord House Rules

In short, orders will be due every Monday and Thursday at 7:00 PM New York Time (EST or EDT) in a three-season rotation: Spring, Autumn, & Winter. Two game-years will normally take three weeks.

Communication and orders will be handled via Discord. Please use the designated private channels that I will set up in the Discord server for your given country. I will also accept forum PMs for orders in a pinch.

Draws must include all survivors and are voted on secretly using standing draw votes.

In the event of a solo, there will be one winner and five losers. In the event of a double-win, there will be two winners and four losers.

In the event of a draw, I will rank all surviving and eliminated players by total SC count, year of elimination, and picking order (later is better, see below). The size of the draw will be irrelevant. As this isn't an a scored game in actuality, there are no points attached to that rank; it's listed instead for posterity and to discourage draw-whittling.

For the sake of my own mental health, if the game doesn't terminate after 10 game-years, I will forcibly end it in a draw. (The longest this variant has gone so far is 9 years.)

Assignments: The Paris Method
Country selection will be handled via an amended version of the Paris Method. Once signups complete, I will give each player a random "rank" as if you'd been playing in a tournament. This rank is not the same as your picking order; rather it is the order in which you set your picking order. I'll explain more fully in Discord; since there are no prizes or points, this is more of a function of playtesting than anything else.

Note that picking order will be used to tie-break the rankings in a draw, but it will have no effect on a Double Win. If a double win occurs, those two players share victory equally, and all other players share the loss equally. Likewise, rank won't matter in the event of a solo.

As was the case with the last forum game of 1812 Overture I ran, I'm going to override my own rules for this particular playtest when it comes to the assignment of the six "detached" powers. Normally these are paired up randomly or via auction/draft (one EU power & one NA power, check the rules for details). However, because I would like to see a particular combination of pairs that needs more playtesting, the detached power pairings will be predetermined.

Therefore, players will pick from the following six positions:
  1. France (dark blue) & Rhine Confederation (light blue)
  2. Britain (bright red) & Canada (pink)
  3. USA: Republicans (brown) & Federalists (tan)
  4. Austria (yellow) & Shawnee (charcoal)
  5. Denmark-Norway (dark red) & New Spain (green)
  6. Russia (purple) & Cherokee (orange)

Recruitment

I'm looking for a blend of players; some with experience playing this variant and some who are new to it. I will attempt to pick players with some known reliable track-record in forum games, site games, or email games. Newer players to the forum are welcome to join my reserves/observers list (such players are often needed as replacements).

    Potential Players
  1. ColonelApricot
  2. CommanderTomalak
  3. Strategus
  4. WakaKafkaFlame
  5. DipideeDawg
    Reserves & Observers
  • TTBen
  • nanooktheeskimo
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (0/6)

Postby Nanook » 30 Dec 2019, 22:02

Would love to play!

Also happy to give my seat to someone else as desired, since I’ve had the good fortune to play this a couple times already.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (0/6)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 30 Dec 2019, 22:04

nanooktheeskimo wrote:Would love to play!

Also happy to give my seat to someone else as desired, since I’ve had the good fortune to play this a couple times already.


We'll see how signups go, but I'd be happy for you to play again.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby DipideeDawg » 30 Dec 2019, 22:45

So, do you see this game ending early March?
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby Iamnobody » 30 Dec 2019, 22:54

Just so I'm clear on the rules. You play two countries/powers at the same time, correct? I might be interested and I haven't done a major/minor power game before.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 30 Dec 2019, 23:32

DipideeDawg wrote:So, do you see this game ending early March?


It could be that early, if the game starts almost immediately and ends fast. With the 10 year cap, I’d give the whole game about a 15 week estimate at max, which could put us into April.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 30 Dec 2019, 23:33

Iamnobody wrote:Just so I'm clear on the rules. You play two countries/powers at the same time, correct? I might be interested and I haven't done a major/minor power game before.


Yes, indeed. It’s similar to Versailles, one of the variants supported by the site.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby ColonelApricot » 31 Dec 2019, 00:19

I would like to play. It would be my first 1812 (my team skipped the 1812 in TTT).

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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby CommanderTomalak » 31 Dec 2019, 00:27

Put me down. I can't play behind mid April, so this will be the last game I join for a while I'd imagine - so I might as well join it.
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Re: 1812 Overture in 2020 (PbF/Discord) (1/6)

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 31 Dec 2019, 00:43

ColonelApricot wrote:I would like to play. It would be my first 1812 (my team skipped the 1812 in TTT).

.. CA


Excellent.
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