The First Annual Rincon World Cup features 4-8 players competing for the 2016 Championship playing the The World Cup Board Game.
The World Cup game is an ambitious attempt to recreate the tension and drama of soccer's World Cup tournament in a board game. The game comes with two large playing boards and beautiful bits used to mark teams and play down "chits" which reflect goals, defense, and the like. The components include chits for every team in the 2002 and 1930 World Cup, playing cards (with goals, attack, defense, and penalties) of a good stock and in nice colors. The two boards are used to play out the tournament.
Game play is NOT a simulation of a soccer game. Instead it is a recreation of early rounds and then, later, the elimination rounds. The object is for each player to get her or his teams through to the finals by playing good cards on his own teams and bad card (penalties, etc.) on the opponents' teams. Of course a clever player may help another team beat a third team if it means knocking out a key opponent (like, say, Brazil in 2002). There is a lot of tension and "screw your neighbor" elements, but play never gets too serious.
Soccer expertise is NOT needed. The "playoff" atmosphere is why non-soccer fans enjoy the game as much as serious football fanatics. It is simply a fun game. I happen to be a huge soccer fan, and I really enjoyed the game.
There is a player elimination element as many teams will not make the elimination rounds (playoffs), but it is fun to watch and see how things work out. The biggest luck factor occurs at the beginning of the game when players draw for their teams. As a result, to make things fair for the Rincon Cup, I will link "bad teams" with "good teams" so that everyone gets a decent chance to win.
We will need 4-8 players who will run 3-4 teams each (depending on how many sign up).