Before each Malifaux encounter the player can choose one of their Masters' territories as their "stake" for that game. They can then use the buff given by that territory during the encounter.
Whichever Master wins the encounter takes control of the loser's stake. If the encounter is a draw, then both Masters' territories becomae "salted". This means that no buff is given by that territory and the territory does not count towards how much of Malifaux a Master controls.
A player may choose to use a salted territory as their stake. If they win then the territory is no longer salted. If they lose, the (still salted) territory falls under the control of the winning Master. A Master could, therefore, both gain an opponent's territory and render one of their own territories unsalted in a game. In theory, at least.
If a Master controls no territories then only one territory is at stake in an encounter (and the territory-less Master has no buffs for that game). Two Masters without territories cannot play each other.
The campaign continues until one Master controls 100% of Malifaux (i.e. it's effectively never ending).
Any new Masters will start with no territories - they're new, after all, and will have to fight for a foothold in Malifaux.
When an encounter is played, Emrys needs to know:
- the game size (in soul stones)
- which Masters were involved
- who was controlling each Master
- which territories were at stake - please use the Territory ID number
- the final Victory Point totals
He will then update these pages to show who now controls which territories.
For example: Ramos (Jon M, #35) 3-1 von Schill (Emrys, #9), 25ss
Translation: Jon M beat Emrys by 3 victory points to 1 in a 25 soul stone encounter. Jon was using Ramos and put up Broken Crypt (territory 35) as his stake while Emrys used von Schill and had staked the M&SU Ridley Office (territory 9). As a result of this encounter, Dr Victor Ramos has taken control of the M&SU Ridley Office and, if it was salted at the start of play, Broken Crypt is no longer salted.