longer enlightened ...
Kevin Wojtasczyck and Adam Sigal talk
Mark Smith plots aganst New
Zealand's Llew Bardecki.
This year's event was much more congenial than 2013. While
the same in game tragedies continued to occur, everyone took
their lumps with good grace and had a great time. There was a
'training' table thanks to the generosity of Winton Lemoine bringing
fresh new blood into the heats.
Paris was the big loser this year with no wins. Barcelona
and Venice tied for the Preliminary wins, but it was Hamburg
that won the day in the 6-player Final due to being part of the
five-event blitzlrieg of 30th ranked Nick Henning who rose ten
places in the AOR laurel standings with this win.
The most noteworthy Preliminary win was Jeff Mullet's with
only an 8 boat at the end! Who needs those overseas boxes! The
training table saw the power of unbridled Crusades when one player
owned half the map by Turn 3! And I am quite the trend setter!
When faced with my first two cards being Enlightened Ruler and
Mysticism, I decided to send everyone else plummeting in Turn
1 and not have to pay stabilization. The net effect, where I
never left the blue and everyone else was bordering or in the
red, was so impressive that the play was repeated in the Final
by Jeff Mullet, but with less dramatic effect.
Three players bid 5 for the privilege of picking their capital
first in the Final. Genoa had the misfortune of drawing War as
their start card, and even with the power of a military advantage
could not manage to win against Barcelona, so he took a beating
in the early game. Fortunately, his wise buy of patronage in
Round 2 left him in control of the pacing for the next few rounds
as everyone had to buy Holy Indulgences, Overland East, and Written
record in Round 3, and only Genoa and Barcelona bought Cathedral
in 5th and 6th seat in Round 5. Fortunately, Genoa was able to
barter a deal to get in a grain run and famine play to recover
from its earlier war.
Paris experimented by not buying Caravan until Turn 7! This
new venture did not go very well once Paris was blocked from
Seaworthy by the pope and did not have the necessary mobility
otherwise to recover. There was strong contention for the lead
between the wool nations and a cloth-wealthy Venice, but a late
timber run gave Hamburg enough cash to overtaket London for the
win by a mere 33 points!
Last year's After Action Report must have been widely studied,
as collaborative deals to keep players in the game were common
this year. Perhaps it was this new approach at detente that contributed
to everyone having a much better time this year.
I will be taking some time off for my dream vacation - cruising
the Mediterranean! We are looking for someone to keep AOR
running next year so if you are interested, I have all the materials
you will need! Shoot me an email at the address below.
GM Tedd Mullally and his five co-finalists
before the knives come out.