By September 7, 2005

Java Settlers of Catan Tournament

Distance, schedules, bad breath, and other factors can break up gaming groups, as I’m sure most of you have experienced first hand. As such, we were very happy to find Java Settlers of Catan. Jsettlers is open source and was originally a project on artificial intelligence.

As a project on non-artificial intelligence, we’d like to host a somewhat open JSOC tournament.

My good friend Stilts will host the tournament on his Jsettlers server. We recommend the Sun Java 1.4.2 JRE.

Participation is free, the winner will get bragging rights and probably some hate mail.

Here are the tournament rules/details, as well as some quirks in the JSOC game play you should be aware of:

Tournament rules

  • The tournament will start on September 24th, 2005 and will end on October 8th, 2005. If all players have finished their 8 games, then the tournament may end early.
  • Each contestant must finish at least 5 games in order to qualify for scoring. You can finish no more than 8 games.
  • The tournament will be won by whomever has the highest number of victory points at the end of the regulation period.
  • You can receive no more than 11 victory points per game, except in the case of an all-human game, wherein you can receive a maximum of 12 points.
  • At least two human players must start and finish a game in order for it to count.
  • You will earn one additional victory point if your game consists of four human players (no robot players at any time).

JSOC quirks

  • You can trade and build in any order and in any combination. Meaning, you can trade, build, trade, build, etc. during the same turn.
  • The robber may be returned to the desert. Although we normally make chicken sounds if you do so.
  • You may initiate trade with whomever holds the dice unsolicited. If it is player A’s turn, you may offer player A a trade.

Tournament mechanics

  • Please sign up at the tournament registration page.
  • Sign ups will close on September 21st.
  • You may play valid (at least 2 human) tournament games at any time. However, we would like to propose that people be available for 8PM – 11PM EST (5PM – 8PM PST) for tournament games. Meaning, if you want to play with other people, we suggest you sign on at those hours. We’re not asking you to be online for three hours a day from 9/24 – 10/08 🙂

Good luck — please email me if you have any questions!

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  1. roclar says:

    losing quite a few times in interesting and creative way. 😀

    Still should be a lot of fun.