The Midwest Leg of the 2019 Good, Bad, and Ugly HOTT International Tournament was held on November, 9 in Dexter, Michigan, at the home of Eric Babe. The report is below, on my new blog. I just took a class on how to make these so comments welcome. A good time was had by all.
Thanks Martin. Everything seem to go quite as smoothly. I have always wanted to try a blind set up and this worked fine. The players got to study the standard layout before the tournament started. Then they took their places, put up their screens and set up. All quite quickly so there was plenty of time for the actual playing of the game. For a number of years I’ve been using the non-quick game end by not letting generals and strongholds be determining factors. It’s always sad for a person to win A game with the early destruction of a general, and then pick up fewer points than somebody who plays to full-term. It’s also nice for players to get an hours worth of play in, even if they make a mistake early on. Since were playing for points and not pure won loss records This is more satisfying. The preset Terrain also cuts down on start up time. I think of it as like a duplicate bridge tournament.
The one difficulty that I have with the good versus bad is that it’s possible for the better players to end up all on one side, as happened here. three of the best players were on the bad side. I like to have a logical distinction between the good and bad But not always possible, so you must make subjective decision as I did with the Scots. To get the sides to come out. I could’ve called King Arthur, Mordred Instead and made him bad. But then all the better players would’ve been on one side.
Anyway that’s a tournament to tournament issue, I will keep my formatting the same I think. Nobody complained.