Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Brighton Bash Tournament Pack

 Brighton Bash Tournament Pack
10th/11th January 2013

Welcome to the tournament pack for the 2015 Brighton Bash, hosted by the “Brighton Warlords”.
The Brighton Bash is a 1500pt, Mid War (North Africa), Axis vs Allies Tournament. 
This tournament pack will detail the rules and restrictions for the competition and provide some helpful tips on getting to Brighton.
We've got a small pool (three regular players + one non-FoW player helping with logistics) of organizers who will stay on the sidelines and act as judges and score keepers. If we have an odd number of players then one of them will give up their judging duties to even the numbers out.

First up, an important message.  We get the use of the pub's function room for free, but its under the condition that we don't bring food and drink from outside.  If you could abide by that then it would be appreciated as the last thing we want to do is lose such an excellent venue for the club and future tournaments.

The tournament has 24 places (split evenly between axis and allies).
Each player will nominate which side they wish to be on in the sign-ups.  Players who are prepared to bring both sides to help balance up in the case of drop outs would be appreciated!

  1. Armies can only be selected from the list in Appendix A. 
    Forces are restricted to match the available forces in November 1942.
  2. Warriors and other special characters (loosely defined as the guys in the bit before the army lists start proper) are NOT permitted.  Neither are Mid War Monsters
  3. Each player will use one of three army lists all generated from the same company org chart (but varying in its contents) :
A.    A 1500pt main force.
B.    A 1200pt “garrison” force for defending in a raid (derived from the same org chart as used for the main force)
C.    If using a “Raiding Force”, a 600pt “raid” force for attacking in a raid (derived from the same org chart as used for the main force).
  1. Army lists will need submitting by 24th December. Can you please make sure that each list has the player's name, army type and what book/PDF it is from. Makes life easier for the checkers.  Easy Army is appreciated but not essential.
  2. Lists should be sent to  I’m happy to check armies at any time (even pre-sign ups) in acknowledgement of the added complexity.
The Missions and Schedule
The tournament will use the following schedule.  Missions will be any in the main rule book, randomly selected.

Raiding Forces will be given two “Raid” cards (one “The Raid” and one “The Convoy”).  These can be used once in the tournament. 
The raiding player must declare that he is using the card, and which of the two cards is being used, as soon as he meets his opponent.  The players then play the mission on the card (“The Raid” or “The Convoy”)
In the event of two Raiding forces playing each other and wanting to use their cards, the players will roll-off.  The highest player uses their card, the other player keeps their own card for future use.

0900 to 0930 - Registration and House Keeping
0930 to 1200 - Game 1
1200 to 1300 - Lunch
1300 to 1530 Game 2
1600 to 1830 Game 3
1900 - Day 1 close

1000 to 1230 - Game 4
1230-1330 Lunch
1330 to 1600 Game 5
1630-1700 Prize Giving
1700 Tournament Close

One game in the tournament will be played in a sand storm.  This will be randomly selected over the course of the event.

The schedule above may be tweaked if weather requires it.

The Draw
  1. The first game draw will aim to pair up players with opponents from different clubs.
  2. There after, opponents will be selected using a modified swiss system. Highest Axis vs Highest Allied, then next vs next, and so on. There may be a small amount of shuffling to avoid rematches.
  3. The tournament will stay axis vs allies for the full duration.
The Games
  1. All missions will be played axis vs allies and have a 2.5hr duration.
  2. Once time is called, players should complete their current turn so both players have an equal number of turns.  Some extra time may be available if it would get a definitive result but this is at judge’s discretion and subject to the schedule being met.
  3. Any mission that does not reach turn 6 for both opponents will be scored as a fair fight draw, no matter the victory conditions.  Fighting Withdrawal has to be completed to get anything other than a draw. 
  4. If a player is noted as consistently failing to achieve six turns then we may look to award their opponents retrospective victories.  Blitz play (where each player has a controlled amount of time to complete a turn) may also be considered after the 2.5hr mark.
Scoring is currently being reviewed.  We are looking at a new system that would still reward the player who meets his objectives but make some acknowledgement to the opponent who makes it a costly victory (even if platoons don’t break).

The following prizes are up for grabs:
  • The “Panzer IVF2 Special prize” for best axis player
  • The “Sherman II prize” for best allied player
  • The “Carri prize” for the players' choice “most sporting player” – because you don’t use Italians if you plan to walk away with 1st general.
  • The “Honey Stuart” for the player's choice “best presented force” –because Stuarts in Caunter scheme are dead sexy.
Getting to the Venue and Hotels
The King and Queen pub is in the center of Brighton.  For those with GPS/Google maps, the post code is BN1 1UB. 
Parking in Brighton is a bit of a nightmare.  There is an all day car park in the New England quarter, about 20 minutes walk from the pub that is approx £6-7 for 12hrs parking and probably the best value but doesn't appear to exist on any map.  On the Sunday, there is some free parking across from the pub.  There is no parking at the venue itself.

The pub is also a short walk from both Brighton Coach Station and Brighton Train Station.

There are numerous budget hotels nearby.  Premier Inn is the closest but there is also a Travel Lodge in the town centre.

TBC - it'd be good to organize something for the Saturday evening. Let me know if your interested.

I've set up an e-mail address for the event -
Drop me a line here if you have any questions on the above, getting a hotel, etc or want to submit interest without being a forum member.

Appendix A – Allowed Forces

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