Yeah, Arkanton, 9 is definitely possible. I played that single-player template a second time with some foresight and finished in 10 turns. I had some useless extras floating around and missed a few running AIs that ended up costing me an extra turn.
I highly doubt 8 turns is possible.
TeamGuns/Zero/Arankton, I invited you to two tournaments: https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer/Tournament?ID=19239 https://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer/Tournament?ID=19241
I think the autodistribution 1v1 on the default distribution (1 start) will be interesting:
With normal fog, you can't really determine where the enemy is (1 of 3 locations) until he basically pops up. And since there are a number of viable approaches to start the game, the enemy could pop up in a number of different places. So, basically, you have to hedge your bets when expanding and defending and take multiple different possibilities into account.
The example games above are the same as the tournaments' settings.
Edited 6/3/2016 15:26:11