Are you good enough at Twilight Struggle to enter a tournament?


(there’s a new one, I was just late on thanking them for organizing the last one!)


Yeah you didn’t miss anything. We are still collecting players for the second tournament.


BTW, my Playdek name is I_Borges.


We’ve got @DWAnderson, @Thraeg, @Borges, @rho21, @Grunden, and maybe @CraigM and @roguefrog since the last update, so we have 19 potential players? With 5 more, that’s six groups of four. Perfect!


I’ll throw my hat into the ring. The people I play will probably appreciate the free win. My Playdek name is SadleyBradley.


Add me …

dstone112 / dstone112



Sure, the mighty ocean will wave again!

greatatlantic here and on playdek.


I’m in! :)


We are up to 22 players now! (Not counting @CraigM and @roguefrog as I haven’t heard back from them definitively.)


I bought the game, and am learning it for the explicit and express purpose of joining the tournament @Syzygy

I’m in. Playdek name: millertime059


Great, adding you!


So I have come to a realization, one I had been curious of, but dismissed.

I am going to get killed.

I know @Brooski has said that to really play Twilight Struggle, you need to know what events are out there. I thought ‘sure, that makes sense’, not realizing how many ways you can use each card. So I will apologize now for any who do not have the fortune of facing me ;)

Now where was that 400 page guide, gotta download that to my phone for reading material when I… have my only uninterupted time during the day.


I think Brooski was referring to, which is a great learning resource.

I’d recommend trying a game or two where you reference your hand with so that you can look at various twilightstrategy blurbs on your cards and then plan your hand prior to your first card play.

In my experience, annotated games are also very helpful, but I also enjoy reading through that sort of thing.


So how much longer do I have to practice up (i.e. beat up the computer to learn card combos) before meeting my doom against @Brian_Reynolds or @Brooski?

Because, guys, I’m gonna tell you, my confidence levels are not super high on my odds here. If I can get out of this with more than a single win, I’ll consider it a success. ;)


I’ve been trying to round up a couple of other players to round out the 24. In a couple of posts I’ve told people they will have until Tuesday evening, so I’ll close participation on this Tuesday evening.

In the meantime, I’d love to have feedback on the detailed tournament rules which I’ll post below.


Twilight Tournament Second Round rules version 0.3

Game Setup

  1. Random sides
  2. +1 influence to US
  3. Optional cards included (thus +1 to US)
  4. Game time of 7 days per side.
  5. You can choose to use the Turn Zero expansion if both sides agree. In that case use no influence handicap to either side.
  6. You can choose NOT to use the optional cards if both sides agree. In that case give the US a +2 handicap.

Tournament format

  1. Five rounds of Swiss – each player plays five games
  2. Participants in the last tournament will be seeded by the round reached
  3. In case of an odd number of players, byes will be given in round 1 to the 1st seed, round 2 to the 2nd seed, and so on
  4. Additional championship rounds will be added if necessary

Result reporting
Winners report results and game scores

0.1: Initial version
0.2: Updated for five rounds of Swiss
0.3: Added option for no optional cards if both players agree


Calling @Dave_Perkins! I know you’ve run a lot of Ascension tournaments. Any feedback on the brackets and how to do the tiebreakers? Any good tools for seeding?


If we don’t end up with a nice number like 24, another option would be to use a guaranteed three game bracket like this one (specifically for 23).

This might also be more robust if we have someone drop out. Not sure how that would be handled.

I’m starting to think we should go in this direction. Thoughts?


Man, I’d enter, but I’ve only played it one and a half times this last Christmas, and I’d be little more than cannon fodder. Dug the game, but this is clearly a game with hidden depths. There’s a couple of old dudes on BGG who’ve played the game together like 150 times.


It’s a great opportunity to learn in a structured way.