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An official BPA PBEM tournament for 1776 is now forming. This is an AREA-rated, single elimination tournament beginning
May 3rd, 2004 and lasting
18 months. The tournament features new scenarios and leader units found in The Boardgamer's Unofficial Guide to 1776.
Doug Pratto has produced a cyberboard for 1776 which is available at http://zappa.brainiac.com/yankeeap/pbem.htm. You are welcome to use the cyberboard but it is NOT required.
The main requirements are:
1. Membership of at least Associate level ($10) in the BPA
2. At least 16 players
3. The rules and units found in the Boardgamer's Unofficial Guide to 1776 in addition to the 2nd edition of 1776.
If you have 1st Edition Rules, click here for the 2nd Edition upgrade kit.
4. Access to the internet for updates, clarifications, and tournament notices on this web page.
The GM is Jim Lawler with Matt Burkins as the assistant GM.
Round 1 - Tory and Indian Scenario, 10 turns, beginning May 3,
2004 and running 20 weeks
Round 2 - Montcalm and Wolfe, 1759, 7 turns, beginning Sep 27,
2004 and running 14 weeks
Round 3 and Semi-Finals - British Receding, 9 turns, beginning Jan
10, 2005 and running 18 weeks
Final - First 9 Months of the Campaign Game, 9 turns, beginning May
23, 2005 and running 18 weeks with a winner declared on Oct 3, 2005.
Mechanics of the Tournament
The two fundamental principles for the tournament are:
1. Have fun
2. Keep the GM informed by e-mail about any rule changes, agreements, and delays in your game (both voluntary and involuntary),
along with a carbon copy to your opponent. Everybody will be less cranky if they are kept informed.
A. General Rules
The following apply: all Advanced Game rules; bateau and forced march rules from the Advanced Game Optional Rules; Variable
Transport Capacities from pg 22.
From the Boardgamer's Unofficial Guide to 1776 (called the Guide from here on), the following apply: clarifications on
pgs 25-30, leader rules on pgs 12-16 (using the standard way of figuring leader casualties, not the alternate method); partisan
leader rules pgs 17-18; the Indians as Partisans rule on pg 19; and the elite unit rules from page 20 and the top left column
of pg 21.
For the final (Campaign Game), all optional rules except inverted and decoy counters will be used.
Each scenario may have special rules and errata, which will be listed below under the specific scenario.
B. General Errata, Clarifications, and House Rules
1. The Guide, pg 17, partisan leaders can lead a maximum of three total strength points, of which no more than two
may be dragoons.
2. Red and blue elite units moving without a leader have their movement costs doubled. Orange and green elite units moving
without a leader have normal movement costs.
3. Delete Basic Game Rule VI.E. on page 6 of the 2nd Edition rules. There is no movement point cost to place units on the
4. For all Southern colonies, class 2 rivers can only be crossed at a ford during the Winter months of January, February,
5. Burgoyne is a two star General. The original Leader Counter Sheet showed him as a one star General.
C. Dice Rolling
If two players cannot agree on a dice rolling method, the shadow island games dice roller is to be used. The order of the
rolls, whether for forced march or combat, should be unambiguous. If too many die rolls were called, apply them in the order
provided and discard the excess. If not enough die rolls, apply them in the order specified and send for the rest. When multiple
die roll results are received for the same set of forced marches or combats, use the die rolls the receiver got first.
D. Tactical Cards
Three methods are available for handling tactical cards:
1. Above the fields - An entire PBeM system that includes tactical card play.
2. Sealed Virtual Envelopes - The virtual envelopes are just entries in a very simple database held on this webserver,
accessed by perl scripts written by Peter Furniss. When a new envelope is created, the database stores two pieces of information
- both free text - a "label" which identifies the envelope and the "contents". It also stores who created the envelope and
when. Initially only the creator of the envelope can see the contents - someone else looking at the list of envelopes will
see the label but instead of the contents, there is a checkbox marked "open". Clicking on the box and then on the "make changes"
button on the page will redisplay the list of envelopes, but now showing the contents of that envelope. It will also show
who opened the envelope and when - this is shown to the owner or anyone else when they look at the envelopes in future.
3. The honor system - The attacker states that his tactical card choice is listed below, leaves a lot of space at the bottom
of his message (like 15 or more carriage returns), and then lists his tactical card choice. The defending player gets the
message, stops at the first space, sends his tactical card choice to the attacker, then pages down to see what the attacker
If two players cannot agree, then the Sealed Virtual Envelopes is the standard.
E. Error Handling
Once a player has moved his units, it is too late to correct an error from the previous player segment. If the odds or
modifiers were determined to be calculated incorrectly after the die has been rolled, then odds and modifiers are recalculated
and applied to the original roll. Unless the scenario rules explicitly say otherwise, reinforcements not taken are lost. At
the conclusion of your turn, consider sending your opponent a list of the forces as shown your board. This can catch errors
early and avoid some disputes.
Players may agree to handle disputes in any mutually agreeable manner. When resolution is needed, submit disputes to the
GM, or to his assistant in the case of a game the GM is playing. Please explain the issue as clearly as possible and remember
to include a carbon copy to the other party of the dispute.
In all but the Campaign Game, players may choose sides using any mutually agreeable method; however, bidding strength points
(SPs) is the default method when both players can't agree. Each player submits to the GM the number of SPs to obtain a particular
side, i.e. British - 1SP. If both players bid for different sides, then the sides are awarded without removing the SPs. If
both players bid for the same side, then player with the high bid takes command of those units and removes that number of
SPs from anywhere on the board. There are no restrictions on the type, location, or distribution (all from one hex or one
from many hexes) of SPs removed. An initial bid of zero SPs is permissible. If the bids are tied, then the GM will
inform both players that they have to submit new bids until one player is the high bidder. A bid may not be used twice.
The final round is the first 9 months of the Campaign Game. The players will bid for the British side. Both players will
submit a bid to the GM for number of strategic towns the British side will contol to obtain victory. If the bids are tied,
then the GM will inform both players that they have to submit new bids until one player is the high bidder. A bid may not
be used twice. The player with the high bid then takes command of the British units. The British player wins by controling
the number of strategic towns bid at the end of the September 1776 American turn; the American player wins if the British
player controls fewer towns than the bid. For victory conditions only, Montreal and Quebec both count as strategic towns for
a total of 24 possible strategic towns in the game.
H. Scenario Special Rules and Errata
1. Tory and Indian
a. Important change to Victory Conditions: The American wins if his VP total exceeds that of the British. Any other result
is a British victory.
b. American leader C begins at Albany. Ldr A comes as a reinforcement in the Sep turn.
c. Special Rule 4 on pg 75 of the Guide: Delete the sentence "In 1779 they may move on a DR of 6 in May, a DR of 5 or 6
in June or they may move freely in July."
d. Suggested Optional Rules on pg 75 of the Guide: All five rules are mandatory, not optional. Indians may not force march
without a leader.
e. Any reinforcements scheduled to appear in a hex that has been captured or destroyed by the enemy arrives at the nearest
friendly town. The exception to this is the RM that shows up at XX 34 after it has been destroyed.
f. Butlers Rangers and Morgans Rifless are Elite units and do not receive the -1 DRM in combat for militia.
g. Brandt is an Indian Leader, he only gets his +1 DRM if an Indian unit is present at the start of a combat. He keeps
the +1 DRM for the entire combat phase, even if the Indian unit is a casualty.
h. You cannot get an artillery unit for dismantling a fort in this scenario. These forts are actually stockades with little
or no artillery.
i. Forts and Commerce counters can only be destroyed during the Winter turn if enemy forces stay in them throughout the
entire Winter turn.
j. The note on play balance and adding Leader E to the Americans does not apply in this tournament.
k. In Suggested Optional Rules #1, there is a typo. The word is "may", not "mat".
l. When bidding for sides, the British player is not allowed to remove any of the neutral Indian counters as part of his
m. Forts may be considered destroyed if they are occupied by enemy forces at the end of the November 1778 or September
n. Forts in this scenario are really stockades and are considered destroyed if they are occupied solely by an enemy force
until the start of the next enemy turn.
o. Units may not leave, nor may they be moved into, a besieged fort during the Winter turn.
2. Montcalm and Wolfe - 1759
a. Important change to Victory Conditions: The British player wins if his VP total exceeds that of the French. Any other
result is a French victory.
b. The British start and receive reinforcements at the island at AAAA45, not AAAA46.
c. The French player should add Leader C and a Fort counter to the starting forces at Quebec.
d. The British player should add leader C to the starting forces at AAAA45.
e. Fort Edward is hex HHH38.
f. Replace 1BC at Albany with the Rodger's Rangers elite unit.
g. Amhearst was a very cautious general; consequently, he can only travel 5MPs in a turn.
h. The optional rules regarding the Abenahi village of St. Francis are in effect. Note that the location of the village
is RRR40 and not VVV45.
i. The British cannot attack or besiege Ft. Ticonderoga until Ft. William Henry is built. If Ft. William Henry is subsequently
destroyed, the British can still attack Ft. Ticonderoga.
j. The movement rate for artillery is 7 MPs for this scenario.
3. British Receding 1781
a. Important change to Victory Conditions: The British player wins if he controls at least 13 VPs at the end of the scenario.
Any other result at the end of the scenario is an American victory. The automatic victory conditions for both sides remain
b. In victory conditions and special rules, "Ft Wilson" should be changed to "Ft Watson".
c. The British player should place a fort counter at Savannah, Charleston, and 96 at start.
d. Place British Leader E at 96 at start.
e. For hexes on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, they belong to the state which forms the majority of the hex.
O14 (Charlotte) and O23 are part of North Carolina. Hexes N12 and O15 are evenly divided and count toward both states.
4. 9 Month Campaign Game 1776 - Final
a. The ports of Quebec, Philadelphia, and Wilmington (Delaware) are considered frozen during Winter months.
b. The Continental Navy cannot act as a ferry.