Flood Calamity Proves too Realistic
The Sunday heat drew a field of 32 to compete for advancement—yielding four 8-player games, which is one of the things I love about WBC. Where else are you going to get four full tables for Advanced Civilization at one time?
Skilled newcomer Wade Campbell won his ticket with Babylon by 138 over the Egyptians of Roberto Fournier. Ron Clement's Assyria topped Matt Calkins and his Egyptians by 139 points. This game was unusual, as the Gunderson Rule made its first appearance since the Hunt Valley days when Nathan Barhorst was discovered accidentally using 49 tokens in a 47-token game. If only there was a website to track these things for you*. Kevin Youells as Assyria survived a 23-unit Civil War to escape with a 53-point win over Eric Monte's Africa. The difference turned on Kevin’s use of Monotheism to steal a city from Eric on the last turn. The fourth game was won by Jon Anderson as Thrace who breezed to a 276-point win over Warren Whitsitt as Illyria.
Day 2 attracted 28 players with 13 returnees among them. This brought the tournament field to 47, just one shy of the record achieved way back in Avaloncon days in 1992.
Game 5 produced the largest preliminary win and the only double winner as Jon Anderson took Illyria to a 560-point victory over David Rynkowski's Egypt. This created an opening for the top runner-up as there were now only seven qualifying winners. Last year's 5th place laurelist Roberto Fournier punched his Final ticket as Africa, squeaking past 1994 champion Ken Rothstein's Egypt by 39 points. Ken’s score was close enough to displace Eric Monte and take the 8th and last Final seat. Shantanu Saha returned to his usual place at the Final table by guiding the Babylonians to a 300-point win over 2014 runner-up Nathan Barhorst's Assyrians. Steve Spisak qualified for his second Final by taking Babylon to a 93-point win over Mindy Kyrkos as Illyria in Game 8.
For those keeping track of win stats, the nine gamesyielded four Babylonian wins, two for Assyria, and one each for Africa, Thrace, and Illyria.
The Host then got into the act and passed us a Flood calamity, forcing us to relocate the Final from Kinderhook to Wheatland. Per tradition, the random draw for positions and resulting trade offers yielded the following starting positions: Africa—Roberto, Iberia—Ken, Illyria—Kevin, Thrace—Jon, Crete—Steve, Assyria—Ron, Babylon—Wade, and Egypt—Shantanu.
The lead changed hands several times early on. Kevin had the top spot after the first round of purchases, but got stuck with Famine and Barbarian Hordes—dropping him to eight units and four cities. He was never really a threat after that. Ron held a brief lead the next turn, followed by two turns of Jon in the forefront. However, it was really Wade's game most of the way as he led for six of the last seven turns. Between his naturally isolated position, Assyria pursuing a "good neighbor" policy until the last turn, and Crete's relentless attacks on Egypt (and anybody else he could reach) nobody was able to inflict much damage on Babylon. The Cretan play style also caused him to be targeted for extra helpings of secondary effects that would have normally been thrown at the leaders. It's a great style of play if you want somebody else to win, not so great if you are trying to advance your own position.
When we got to the last turn, Assyria and Babylon did fight, and Wade hit Ron with I&H secondary effects, which made the difference. While Ron was able to out-trade and out-purchase Wade, the difference in city counts was enough to propel Wade to a razor-thin ten-point victory.
As an interesting historical note, despite its reputation as a powerhouse, this is the first Babylon WBC win since 2002. In fact, since the beginning of recorded history (aka 2000), WBC and PBeM finals have combined for six Thrace wins, three each for Egypt and Illyria, two each for Babylon, Iberia, and Crete, and one for Assyria. Africa has never won.
*There actually IS a site that will handle this for you. Nathan has designed rol-play.com for the online play of Advanced Civilization. This site is home of the annual BPA Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament where you can match up against some of the top players in the world. Signups for the next tournament will be taken in February. Watch the BPA newsletter or http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com for details.
There seems to be a consensus among
the finalists that Shantanu is the leader. What happened?
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Lunau Reigns Supreme .. Again!
The 2015 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament has
drawn to its conclusion, and Mads Lunau has again risen to the
top—, defeating 39 other combatants to claim his third title
in the four years that we have run this event.
Leading Babylon, he defeated Ed Coderre of Canada by 121 points—a
close game by ACV standards Other laurelists were Jonas
Lundquist of Sweden, Jose Ignacio de la Fuente of Spain, and
Kevin Youells and Joe Lux of the US. Steve Cameron and Jose de
la Fuente completed the 8-player Final.