Twilight Struggle League & Fundraiser 2016/17

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Twilight Struggle League & Fundraiser 2016/17
« on: July 28, 2016, 10:33:29 AM »
Twilight Struggle League & Fundraiser
2016/17 - Season 2

"Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle..."
– John F. Kennedy

The Game

In 1945, unlikely allies toppled Hitler's war machine, while humanity's most devastating weapons forced the Japanese Empire to its knees in a storm of fire. Where once there stood many great powers, there then stood only two. The world had scant months to sigh its collective relief before a new conflict threatened. Unlike the titanic struggles of the preceding decades, this conflict would be waged not primarily by soldiers and tanks, but by spies and politicians, scientists and intellectuals, artists and traitors. Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The entire world is the stage on which these two titans fight to make the world safe for their own ideologies and ways of life. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new "superpowers" scramble over the wreckage of the Second World War, and ends in 1989, when only the United States remained standing.

Twilight Struggle inherits its fundamental systems from the card-driven classics We the People and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. It is a quick-playing, low-complexity game in that tradition. The game map is a world map of the period, whereon players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT's other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one's cards and units given consistently limited resources?

Twilight Struggle's Event cards add detail and flavor to the game. They cover a vast array of historical happenings, from the Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1948 and 1967, to Vietnam and the U.S. peace movement, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and other such incidents that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. Subsystems capture the prestige-laden Space Race as well as nuclear tensions, with the possibility of game-ending nuclear war.

Board Game Geek Entry
Twilight Struggle


Twilight Struggle Living Rules


In the preliminary round, each player will be matched up with another league member once every 6 weeks over a period that will be determined after the league begins. When the preliminary round is completed the four players (up to 8 depending on sign up) with the most points will move on to the semi-finals. Those players will be matched up based on league ranking. The winners will move forward until the league champion is determined.

League Entry Fee
There will be a $20 entry fee. All monies will be donated to the Play With Your Food event to support Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. The entry must be paid before a player`s first game. Please make your donation here:

Prize Structure
The league winner will be receive a custom beer mug designed specifically for this league (courtesy of ComicReaders).

League Points System
Win: 5 points
Early-War Loss: 1 point
Mid-War Loss: 2 points
Late-War Loss: 3 points
Tie: 2 points
Bonus: 1 point for playing at a ComicReaders sponsored event (ChewsDay Challenge, PGX, Games on Tap, or Play with Your Food) to a maximum of 2 points.

Report your game results publicly through the Twilight Struggle League thread found HERE. Report the date of the game, who won against who, and the stage the game ended in. No verbal reporting or private emails will be accepted.

What are the League Rules In Play
The Twilight Struggle Living Rules published HERE are the official rules used by the league. In addition, the following house rules are in play:

SALT Negotiations
When possible, the Deluxe Twilight Struggle edition should be used. There are variations on the cards. All games should be played with the same edition. We will be playing with the Optional Cards. Your opponent must agree to playing on the 1st Edition or Collector's Edition, when the Deluxe version is not available.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying...
During league play, the bottom of all cards held at the end of the round should be revealed to your opponent. This prevents accidental or deliberate holding of scoring cards.  Any player found holding a scoring card during the Reveal Held Card phase is said to have started an accidental nuclear war, and loses immediately.

U.N. Intervention
To ensure play balance during league play, randomly choose a starting player. Each player rolls a 6-sided dice; the highest roll will play the Soviet Union. Re-roll ties.

The Truman Doctrine
The US player receive +2 Influence Points at the beginning of the game. The extra IPs can be placed anywhere the US already has influence; over control of an area is allowed.


Where are League Events Played
You may play your league games anywhere you like. Though to encourage public play (and to help increase interest in TS) please note that any games played at any ComicReaders sponsored event, ChewsDay Challenge, Prairie Game eXpo, Games on Tap and Play with Your Food, will be rewarded extra points in the standing. The bonus point will only be rewarded twice.

When are League Events

This league is in place for 2016/17. Each player will play approximately five to six games (based on sign up), and the game frequency will be one game every 6 weeks. Each 6 weeks I will post a list of who plays who. It will be up to players to contact each other and organize their monthly game.

2016/17 League Participants
1. Dana T.
2. Ryan N.
3. Brent S.
4. Derek C
5. Eric
6. Darrin *paid*

Brent 11 points (5+1/5)
Dana 11 points (5+1/5+1)
Ryan 7 points (5/2)
Darrin 7 points (3+1/2+1)
Derek 4 points (3+1)
Eric 2 points (2)

Please note: This topic is locked to keep it focused on league structure and reporting. This thread will be used by the League Manager to update league structure, standings, and other league information. Feel feel to participate in the league discussion located HERE

The donation page is:

Please donate $20. Please write your name and "Twilight Struggle" in the Personal Message field.

To anyone who paid me cash: If you would like a tax receipt please make a payment online and I will give you $20 cash back. Thanks!
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