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Monday, May 20, 2013

Its time for the annual WBC Speed Circuit update. First tracks, rules at the end.

Remember that I will deploy the tracks in order. If we only need 1 track we will only use track 1. If we only need 2 tracks (which is what we usually end up needing) we will not use track 3. People will be more or less randomly assigned to tracks. Note that I have not finished cleaning up the Bahrain track yet. The link next to that track is to a blog post describing the last steps in designing the track and includes a messy map of the track. I'll update when I have a clean copy.

Thursday Q1:
Track 1: Hungaroring, Budapest
Track 2: Marina Bay, Singapore
Track 3: Monaco, Monte Carlo

Friday Q2:
Track 1: Shanghai, China
Track 2: Suzuka, Japan
Track 3: Suzuka, Japan (I have 2 copies)

Saturday Q3:
Track 1: Bahrain
Track 2: Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi)
Track 3: Valencia, Spain

Sunday Finals: Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The complete rules set can be found here.

The change notes are copied below:

Forced Passing: Forced passing has been redesigned with a goal to make it easier to pass, bring back direct interaction with the defender, and improve the logic behind possible collisions. 2-8 is now a success (most recently it was 2-5). A single car is chosen to pass and that car can decide to block. Blocking adds 2 to the die-roll (bad for the passer) but it also means that either car might lose wear in a collision: For every "3" rolled on the dice for the test the defender loses 1 wear... for every "4" the attacker loses a wear. Not blocking means that there will not be a collision no matter what is rolled on the dice.

Qualifying: As warned in January, there will be a change to the qualifying bonuses given out for the final race at WBC 2013. Instead of handing out a pole bid bonus, drivers will be given skill before the start of the race that they may either use for pole bidding or keep to use during the race. All first place finishers will receive 1 3-skill chip and 3 1-skill chips, second place finishers will receive 3 1-skill chips, third place finishers will receive 1 1-skill chip, and anyone who manages to get to the finals race with a lower finish gets nothing.

The old system more or less forced first place finishers to play either from the front or middle of the qualifying pack or essentially ignore their bonus for qualifying first. It also essentially forced second place finishers into race from the back or middle strategies. This new system will hopefully give drivers more strategy options but still provide them with an advantage for top qualifying finishes.

Late Braking in a Corner: "If a car late brakes after entering a corner they may lose some or all of the advantage they may have "bought" with wear or skill earlier in the corner. For the purpose of determining how fast this car can go in the corner next turn, pretend that the car entered the corner at its new speed." -- because otherwise, its just weird.

Skill: Some of you may have heard that a new skill system might make it to WBC this year. I'm still testing options so there will be no change to how skill works at WBC 2013.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

As many of you know, our fearless leader Doug will not be able to join us this year at WBC and so GM duties have fallen to me this year. I just want to let everyone know that both Doug and I intend to make this transition as seamless as possible for everyone. I intend to run the event in much the same manner as Doug has in the past, and Doug has graciously agreed to provide us with all of his supplies and equipment.

There is a small change to the build table this year, based on our experiences from last year, and the testing we did through the play-by-email league this year. However, there are no other rule changes beyond that.

2012 Tracks:
Day 1: Spa / Yeongam
Day 2: Sao Paolo / Monaco
Day 3: Valencia / Istanbul
Finals: Yas Marina
The one other thing you will notice is that for each heat, there will now be two possible tracks. This is largely because of the efforts involved in making the tracks each year, and Doug's desire to make them reusable. This had actually been in the planning since last year, and will likely be the standard for the next few years at least. We've tried to make similar tracks for similar days, and we've definitely tried to make enough different tracks throughout the heats that all racing styles will be accommodated. Lastly, Doug will still be making the new tracks for us this year, even though he's not going, so I think he deserves a big round of applause for helping us out there.

At this point I'm planning to assign tracks randomly, much like Doug would assign us to tables. However, I am considering a sign-up sheet for preferences if there's enough interest. But you still might get bumped, so in either event, I would make sure you prepare for both tracks.

Anyway, that's all the news for now, and I look forward to seeing everybody out at Lancaster again this year. See you soon!

posted by Chris Long, 2012 Speed Circuit WBC GM

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yes, so I don't really update this particular page much. But I do still update tracks as I add new ones and the WBC rules pages.

Rules updates have been pretty minor for years now and is true again this year.

Tracks for WBC in 2010 will be, in this order:

Qualifying

Finals

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Thanks for the feedback I got to my rule proposals from earlier this month. Based on some feedback I received that resonated with concerns of my own I've back-tracked a little on toughening the passing table. (Its still tougher then it was last year.) I've also vastly simplified the semi-finals, finals qualifying rules based on further conversations with Don.

I now consider these rules set for this year's WBC. No more changes unless something comes to my attention that is too broken to not fix.

Friday, March 17, 2006

I've posted some rules revisions for the WBC this year. The big items are the addition of a semi-final round, some skill chip modifications, and a toughening of the passing table.

I've marked this set of rules as proposed. Please e-mail me know if you think there is something broken or bad in here.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Speed circuit is scheduled for 2006. Due to an apparent effort by the WBC to standardize our kind of tournaments, there will now be a semi-finals race. The way I'll work this is to pass more people through to the semi-final then have qualified for the finals in previous years and run two tracks at the semis to get down to the top 12 drivers for the finals. I'll update the WBC rules with details at some point soonish.

The tentative schedule of races: qualifying heats -- We18, Th18, Fr10; semi-finals -- Sa10; finals -- Su9.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Race report from WBC 2005 is posted with a couple pictures! Thanks to everyone for making this the best Speed Circuit running ever.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Rule mods for the 2005 WBC are posted. Check out the summary of changes first if you are familiar with how WBC has been run the last couple of years.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Welcome to the new home of the WBC page. Much more to come on these pages.

Everything has been scheduled and booked for the WBC. If you haven't already made plans to attend. Do so.

I have a couple odd tweaks to the house rules for this year. (You didn't think I could go two years without a tweak, did you?) Keep your eyes peeled to this page or sign-up for the e-mail list under the community link above.

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