Tournament Complete!

The 2015-2016 PBEM Tzolkin tournament has concluded with 32 players harvesting corn, collecting wood, and offering skulls to their gods.   Over six rounds, we had two players (Jon Senn and Keith Dent) with perfect records.  After the semifinal round, Jon advanced to the final game, along with Andrew Emerick, Eric Freeman, and Jeff Meyer.


Andrew started things off, and soon advanced down the Theology track, eventually placing 7 skulls on Chichen Itza.  Eric went with a traditional Resources/Architecture strategy, while Jeff stuck with just Resources, while also managing to snag the 40 point monument before the first Food Day.  Jon declined to invest in technology, but did run up on the temples, getting all three first place bonuses at the halfway point, along with the 13 point/13 corn monument.


Andrew managed to push quite high on the temples, getting the Brown and Yellow bonuses at the end, but didn’t get any monuments.   Jon maintained the lead in the Green temple.   Jeff built one more monument, but only managed 4 buildings.   Eric got his engine going, eventually ending up with 2 monuments and 13 buildings, passing Andrew by 11 points.


Final Standings

1)  Eric Freeman

2)  Andrew Emerick

3)  Jon Senn

4)  Jeff Meyer

5)  Keith Dent

6)  Robb Effinger



Some comments about games:


1)  Uxmal Start – again, was common, used in 47 of the 53 games, but only 18 of those people won their game.   The start was used in all games of the semi-finals and final, but only resulted in a win for one of those players!    I suspect this is strong, but not overly so with evenly matched players.


2)  Technology Strategies: how well each rough strategy fared:


Agriculture: 3 levels in Agriculture with little else

Resources:  3 levels in Resources with little else

Theology:  3 levels in Theology with little else

(there were not many who tried just building, I lumped them in with Other)

Resources/Building:  3 levels in Resources and Buildings

No Tech:  no technologies at all

Low Tech: 1-3 technologies, usually all level 1

Other: did not fit neatly in any of the other categories

(I allowed for some slight variations here and there)


Here’s a list of # of times a strategy was used, and the number of times that strategy won a game


(24 /  4) Agriculture

(23 /  3) Resources

(20 /  5) Theology

(73 / 28) Resources/Building

(13 /  5) No Tech

(19 /  2) Low Tech

(38 /  3) Other


3)  Game statistics:

Highest winning scores:  Robb Effinger with 157 points in game 2-7.  Eric Freeman with 159 points in game 3-4.

Lowest winning score:   Sceadeau D’Tela with 69 points in game 1-5.


Closest games:

Game 1-2a, Jeff Meyer over Andrew Emerick by 2 points

Game 1-12, Randy Buehler over Ben Scholl by 0.5 points!

Game 1-18, Ryan Kruger over Rich Meyer by 0.75 points

Game 2-19, Dominic Blais over Ryan Kruger by 2 points


Some unusual games:

Game 1-1, Jeff Meyer built five (!) monuments in addition to 3 other buildings.

Game 1-15, Robb Effinger won a game in which the bulk of his points came from level 2 of the Architecture track, as he built 15 buildings, but no monuments.





Final Game Started

The semi-final games are completed and the final is underway.   Eric Freeman, Jon Senn, Jeff Meyer, and Andrew Emerick are in contention for the top spots.

Keith Dent and Robb Effinger claimed the 5th and 6th place spots, respectively.   See the Current Standings page for how the semi-finals shook out.

Standings Updated

Eleven of the 24 second round games are completed, and standings are updated on the Current Standings page.

Yours truly current holds the top spot, but all my games are done.  Several people near the top still have 1 or 2 games to complete.   Jon Senn is on an undefeated streak – will he sweep all 6 games?

The top eight spots will play in the semi-finals.



Round 2 Begins

Tables are posted for Round 2.   Same general rules for starting games as before.   If you are listed in the first column of the grid, please start that game.   Please name it something like “BPA 2015 Game 2-1”.  (the BPA 2015 is most important)

Most people should have 1 game to start.   A couple of people should have no games, and Kurt will start all three of his (due to a glitch we discovered last time.  It might be resolved by now, but let’s play it safe).

We had one person drop out, so there will be three 3-player games.

Good luck!

Round 1 Starts

We are ready to go.    Please see the Round 1 Table Matchups tab at the top.

  1.   The First Username listed should start each game.   (This is to avoid some of the duplicate games we ran into last time.)
  2.   Game names should be of the format “BPA 2015 1-1”.   This makes it much easier for me to find the games.
  3.   All games should be the BASIC game.  (No Tribes and Prophecies)
  4.   All games will be 4 player games.
  5.   You MUST put the usernames for the other three players in the Guests fields.   Case matters for usernames.    If you put in an invalid name, it should let you know.  (Then let me know and we’ll figure out what the problem is.)

Everyone should be playing in three games.

I have tried to avoid having people playing the same person twice.   I’ve also tried to split up family members as much as possible.   But, alas, I am not a computer programmer and don’t have endless hours to tweak, so a few people will end up playing the same person twice or with a family member, but it shouldn’t happen more than once.   (in other words, please don’t ask me to switch you, that’s part of the reason why we’re playing a swiss format.)

Thanks, and good luck!