A Civil but Merciless Tournament
For The People
is a two player, strategic level, event card driven wargame of
the American Civil War using the mechanics found in WTP, POG,
and HRC. After developing a coherent overall strategy, successful
players must adapt it to fate, fortune and opportunity during
play. They must maintain popular support for the war from their
constituencies while dealing with the vagaries of poor generals
and insufficient resources. As was the case historically, battles,
in terms of losses, are likely to be tactical draws, occasionally
significant operationally, and on a rare exception of overwhelming
FTP was officially sponsored by GMT Games who, in conjunction
with original designer Mark Herman, released an improved second
edition at the WBC. They strategically placed the giant demonstration
version of the game right next to the chow line! Judging from
the number of 2nd Edition FTP games being carried about,
it would not be a surprise to learn that it led the convention
in sales. GMT Games provided $10.00 gift certificates both our
champion and our nominee for the Sportsman Award as well as $2.00
gift certificates for each participant. We thank GMT Games, and
Bill Alderman in particular, for their support!
There was near unanimous approval for both the tournament's
new Swiss Duplicate format and the four qualifying scenarios.
Check the Official FTP web page (http://members.tripod.com/~MarkHerman/index.html)
for copies of the scenarios and the Columbus Area Boardgaming
Society (CABS) web site (http://home.earthlink.net/~cratex/)
for an explanation of the format.
I salute Messrs. Sohn, Miller, Boomer, N. Firer, Schmittgens,
Mitchell, Mason, and Ellsworth who played all four qualifying
rounds even after it was clear that it would take a melt-down
by the leaders for them to advance. They played for camaraderie
and love of the game. The final qualification round opened with
Doug Whatley being stalked by both John Firer and Mark Giddings
in the USA pool. In the CSA pool Trevor Bender and defending
champion James Pei shared a commanding lead, but due to the keen
USA competition Paul Risner still had a chance to make the finals.
When the dust settled after "Hours of Desperation",
Whatley had defeated Bender cleanly which gave Pei his chance.
However, it is Giddings that deserves the "Sherman Award".
After a slow start in the initial round (ranked third from last),
he bounced back to make a strong bid for the Union lead. Though
he fell short of overtaking Whatley, he denied defending champion
Pei his crack at repeating by a mere five SW points! The championship
round rematched Whatley and Bender. Trevor Bender's CSA raiding
strategy again proved ultra effective and he won at 2:20 AM,
Turn 6 with the SW score CSA 131, USA 48.