I had an odd idea for a tournament format last week and it’s been poking me in the back of the head ever since. Typically, 40k game tournaments are a set number of rounds between a set number of players. What if rounds didn't matter and there were any number of players?
At its core, my idea is based on player/army efficiency. A winning player gets rewarded not only with the points for the win but also with the opportunity to play another game with any available player, thus racking up more points. The more games you play, the more chances to win, and the more points you score.
The main goal here is to get all the players playing as much as possible.
As a starting point, these are the parameters I imagine for a tournament like this:
- Army point limit is 750, must have one HQ and at least one Troop choice.
- Allies and 40k Approved Forgeworld models are allowed.
- Table terrain is fixed.
- Fortifications may be used. Bastions and Skyshields are swapped in place of one piece of fixed terrain in the owning players deployment zone. Fortresses of Redemption are not allowed.
- The overall time for the tourney is 5 hours.
- Winning Primary Objectives is worth 3 points, Secondary objectives are 1 each, and Kill points 1/unit.
- Ties and loses with respect to Primary and Secondary Objectives add no points. Kill points always add points.
- Whenever a game is completed, each player is matched with any available player no matter how many games they have completed (i.e. rounds are irrelevant).
- TO’s will attempt to match winners with winners and losers with losers, where possible.
- Players may never play the same opponent more than once per day, provided there are enough players to achieve this.
- Each player has a game log where game outcome (win/loss/draw), Objectives scoring, and Kill Points is recorded. The opponent and the player verify and sign each other’s log at the end of each game.
- The player with the most verified points at the end of the time allotment, wins the tourney.
- If there are an odd number of players, the available player is matched with the winner of any completed game.
This is very much an Honor System… er, system. With the lower point value armies and the continuous and limitless scoring system, it could be pretty fun.
What do you think?