It's that time of year again - time for the New England Team Tournament. Because we only have space for 16 teams and the only way to make sure that registration is both fair and doesn't cost me my sanity is first-come-first-served, so I want to make sure everyone has some advance notice to get their teams together. You will need to pre-pay for the whole team at registration and list the team members. This doesn't prevent last-minute substitutions if someone can't make it or something, just prevents people "holding a spot" on speculation. Anyway, here are the details:
Players must register and pre-pay as full teams of three through the NEPRIVATEERS.COM site. Registration goes live Friday, May 4th at 8am.
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Time: 10am check in, 11am dice roll
Location: Comfort Inn; 2 George Street; Pawtucket, RI 02860; 401-723-6700
take RT 95 to exit 27 in Pawtucket, RI and you can't miss it
Cost: $60 per team - that's only $20 per person
Hotel Room Deal: for those staying overnight, we have a room block at the hotel - $89/night plus tax for two beds for the night, free wireless internet, free parking, and free hot breakfast. Call them at 401-723-6700 and use the group code "New England Team Tournament" before June 22 to get the rate.
Format: 35pt Steamroller, 2 lists required, character restricted, divide and conquer, death clock
Players must register and play as complete teams of three players each. If you don't have three players when you show up to check in, you need to get replacements or you can't play. Each team will identify a captain, first lieutenant, and second lieutenant. Teams will be paired against one another with the captains of each team playing against one another, the first lieutenants squaring off, etc. Each player wins or loses his game on his own, with the result recorded on the team score sheet. The team that wins two or more of the three games each round wins the round while the other loses the round. Pairing is by teams in the Swiss format of Steamroller.
Once during the tournament, a team captain may use a team feat. At the start of each match up, before players deploy to tables against one another but after the teams have each had a chance to see what the other is playing, the captains of each team rolls a die. The captain who rolls lowest must decide and declare first if he is going to use the team feat that round. After he has decided, the captain who rolled higher decides. When a captain uses his team feat, he may assign the members of his team to play the members of the opposite team as he sees fit, regardless of rank. Obviously, the captain rolling higher can use his team feat to undo or alter the pairings made by a captain who used his first.
Prizes: The undefeated team at the end of the day will be awarded the New England Team Tournament trophy to take home and display in their local game store or club meeting place until the next Team Tournament when they must return it and try to defend it. We will also have prizes for the individual members of the first and second place teams as well as a painting prize drawn randomly from among the players who had all fully painted models in both armies. We may add additional door prizes as well. These will be posted on neprivateers.com as we lock them down.
Teams are encouraged to theme their team (all same faction, dress the same, all run a tier force, etc.) and we will have a prize for best team theme.
That's it for now. We look forward to seeing you at the game tables.