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OFCC 2019 - Friday Aug. 16th - Terraforming Mars Showdown!

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So You Think You Can Terraform Mars – an OFCC event

 

When: OFCC 2019, August 16

Intended Schedule for event is as follows-

 Please note amended schedule is listed in the followup post below.

 Where: The Hilton in Downtown Vancouver

 Why: Because we love playing Terraforming Mars!

 Number of players: 4 players minimum, 10 players max

 Event Style: Depending on the number of players, I will run the event with either one or two editions of the TM game (each copy has a five player max). Each copy will be placed on a separate table. Table 1 will feature the higher ranked players and Table 2 will feature everyone else. At the beginning of the event, players will be assigned to a random table (1 or 2). After the first and second rounds, each player's score will be tallied, recorded, and then he or she will be assigned to a table. If there is an even number of players, each table will have the same number of players (6 players = 3 per table, 8 = 4 per, etc.) If there is an odd number of players, Table 1 will have an extra player assigned, as Table 1 features more competitive play.

 Cost: $10 per player.

 Missions and Scenarios:

Please note, during the course of the event, players are limited to playing a specific corporation only once. What this means, for example, is that if you draw a corporation like Tharsis or Ecoline on the first round and then play that corp for that round, you will not be able to play that corp again during Rounds 2 or 3.

 The first round of this event will feature standard gameplay on the basic TM map. Two corporations will be dealt randomly to each player, with the player choosing a corp, then discarding the other. List of 1st round corporations: Credicor, Ecoline, Helion, Interplanetary Cinematics, Inventrix, Mining Guild, Phobolog, Saturn Systems, Teractor, Tharsis Republic, Thorgate, and UNMI (United Nations Mars Initiative)

 The second round of this event will feature standard gameplay on the Hellas Map. Three corporations will be dealt randomly to each player, with the player choosing a corp, then discarding the other two. List of 2nd round corporations: Arcadian Communities, Credicor, Ecoline, Helion, Interplanetary Cinematics, Inventrix, Mining Guild, Phobolog, Recyclon, Saturn Systems, Splice:Tactical Genomics, Teractor, Tharsis Republic, Thorgate, and UNMI.

 The third round of this event will feature standard gameplay on the Elysium Map + the mini-board and cards from the Terraforming Venus expansion. Three corporations will be dealt randomly to each player, with the player choosing a corp, then discarding the other two. List of 3rd round corporations: Aphrodite, Arcadian Communities, Celestic, Credicor, Ecoline, Helion, Interplanetary Cinematics, Inventrix, Manutech, Mining Guild, MSI (Morning Star Inc.), Phobolog, Recyclon, Saturn Systems, Splice:Tactical Genomics, Teractor, Tharsis Republic, Thorgate UNMI, and Viron

 Aside from the cards, maps and Venus board listed above, no other expansions or TM variant rules will be used (no prelude bonuses, no World Govt. etc.)

 Scoring: When the last round is complete, the individual scores for each of the three rounds for each player will be tallied. Favorite Opponent pins will also be distributed at this time. Bonus points will then be awarded based on completion of Achievements and number of Favorite Opponent pins.

 Achievements: The list of Achievements is currently TBD, but it will contain 15 different achievements, with each one worth between 1 and 3 points. Here are three possible (not definite) examples.

Marineris Mariner: Place the last ocean on Mars during a round. Score 1 extra point

Bombastic Beltalowda: Play at least 5 Asteroid or Comet event cards in a round. Score 2 extra points. Score an extra point if Deimos Down was also played this round

Martian Megalopolis: Score 7+ city tiles at the end of a round. Score 3 extra points.

Once a player has completed an Achievement and verified by TO, it cannot be completed again.

 Awards & Prizes: Each participant will receive a TM promo card (TBD) during Round 2. Individual prizes (Gift Cards or Certs) will also be given for:

Highest total score

Highest single round score (only if 6+ players)

Favorite opponent

Achievement scorer

Lowest score (aka Murphy’s Luck) (only if 6+ players)

 The Highest total score winner will also receive a trophy

 

Please post any questions about the event here.

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Quick update here. Due to popular demand, the schedule for this event has been tweaked slightly. The following is the new revised schedule:

10:40am = Registration opens

11 – 1:30 Round 1

1:30 – 1:45 = Submit scores, reshuffle cards and prepare tables for next round

1:45 – 4:15 = Round 2

4:15- 4:30 = Submit scores, reshuffle cards and prepare tables for next round

4:30 – 7pm = Round 3 (players on Table 2 have the option of withdrawing if they wish)

7:15 = Prize Ceremony

Regarding the comment for Round 3, if you (a player) are placed on Table 2 during Round 3, you have the option of withdrawing from the event, if you wish. This is to accommodate players who are not in the running for any event prizes/trophies and may wish to attend another Friday evening OFCC (like say a Speed Painting or BB event). Be aware, if a player drops from the event in this manner, he or she will not receive a Favorite Opponent to give out and likewise, is not eligible to receive a FO pin during Round 3. 

Also, the list of Achievements is complete. The list is divided into 3 groups of 5 achievements apiece (15 total), with Group 1 achievements typically worth 1 extra point, Group 2 worth 2 points, etc. I will be revealing individual achievements on the list in the upcoming weeks. 

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The following is a list of achievements for this event, grouped into three categories based on the number of bonus points earned by completing the achievement. Reminder, once a player has completed an Achievement and verified by TO, it cannot be completed again.

List of Achievements (separated by level)

Level One Achievements

1. Feast or Famine - Receive or lose 8+ tokens of any one resource during a single generation. Score 1 point.

2. Level the Playing Field - Play 3+ event attack cards on opponents in a round. Score 1 point

3.

4.

5.

 

Level Two Achievements

1. Bombastic Beltalowda - Play 5+ Asteroid or Comet event cards in a round. Score 2 points. Score an extra point if you also played Deimos Down.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

Level Three Achievements

1. Green Mars - Score 15+ greenery tiles at the end of round. Score 3 points

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

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Quick announcement this morning, the first two revealed achievements for the OFCC TM event are:

Level 1 Achievement Feast or Famine: Receive or lose 8+ tokens of any one resource during a single generation. Score 1 point.

Level 2 Achievement Bombastic Beltalowda: Play 5+ Asteroid or Comet event cards in a round. Score 2 points. Score an extra point if you also played Deimos Down.

Feast or Famine is pretty straight forward. Getting this achievement will require some extensive (and fortunate) card play, but don't forget that you can also receive resources from the map!

I think it's pretty clear that Bombastic Beltalowda is a reference to "The Expanse" where a lot of Belters  toil daily to obtain ice asteroids and comets for the solar system. Getting this achievement will also require some lucky draws. Fortunately, there is a promo card -Small Asteroid- that a couple players "may" have access to in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, thereby giving them a small advantage in completing this achievement.

 

More achievements to come in the following weeks!

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On 6/9/2019 at 9:00 AM, Blustorm said:

Quick update here. Due to popular demand, the schedule for this event has been tweaked slightly. The following is the new revised schedule:

10:40am = Registration opens

11 – 1:30 Round 1

1:30 – 1:45 = Submit scores, reshuffle cards and prepare tables for next round

1:45 – 4:15 = Round 2

4:15- 4:30 = Submit scores, reshuffle cards and prepare tables for next round

4:30 – 7pm = Round 3 (players on Table 2 have the option of withdrawing if they wish)

7:15 = Prize Ceremony

Regarding the comment for Round 3, if you (a player) are placed on Table 2 during Round 3, you have the option of withdrawing from the event, if you wish. This is to accommodate players who are not in the running for any event prizes/trophies and may wish to attend another Friday evening OFCC (like say a Speed Painting or BB event). Be aware, if a player drops from the event in this manner, he or she will not receive a Favorite Opponent to give out and likewise, is not eligible to receive a FO pin during Round 3. 

Also, the list of Achievements is complete. The list is divided into 3 groups of 5 achievements apiece (15 total), with Group 1 achievements typically worth 1 extra point, Group 2 worth 2 points, etc. I will be revealing individual achievements on the list in the upcoming weeks. 

 Consider updating the original post to match the new schedule? And yes, all PAID up for this 😎

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Time for two more Achievements!

Level 3 Achievement Green Mars - Score 15+ greenery tiles at the end of round. Score 3 points

If you have read Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy series, then you should know this achievement refers the 2nd book of that series. Unless you have Ecoline, Aphrodite, or possibly Recylon as your corporation, you will need to heavily invest in plant cards to get the achievement. 

Level 1 Achievement Level the Playing Field - Play 3+ event attack cards on opponents in a round. Score 1 point

One of the things I've noticed after having played MANY games of TM, is that the attack cards generally don't see much play. I'm hoping to change that for this event and so I have made an achievement specifically to encourage players to go after their opponents. 

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