advanced civilization [Updated August 2001]

ACV  5 prizes Novice Experienced Mult Ent Sing Elim Scheduled 
  Rnd1 Heat1  Novice   Rnd1 Heat2  9   
  Round 2 Final      

   Rnd1 Heat1 Garden Rnd1 Heat2 Round 2 Valley

Doug Galullo, FL

2001 Champion

2nd: Rodd Polsky, PA

3rd: Kevin Youells. FL

4th: Eric Gunderson, NJ

5th: Francis Spencer, CT

6th: Joe Gunderson, IN
Event History
1991    Alan Behrens      24
1992    Dan Vice      48
1993    Dan Vice      37
1994    Ken Rothstein      35
1995    Michael Neal      40
1996    Joe Gundersen      28
1997    Todd Vander Pluym      23
1998    Eric Gundersen      34
1999   Doug Galullo      38
2000   Eric Gundersen    27
2001   Doug Galullo    19

AREA Ratings

GM: Kevin Youells

archaeologists dig up eight extra pieces ...

The 2001 tournament consisted of a total of five lonnnng games. The preliminary heats had three six-player games and one seven-player table culminating in an eight-player final.

The heats were dominated by Joe Gunderson, who won half of the four games. The other winners were Greg Palmer with a 16-point Assyrian victory, and Eric Gunderson who earned a 172-point Egyptian win. Africa seemed to be the most successful position this year with two firsts and two seconds. Meanwhile, Iberia was the touch of death with a sixth place finish in every game.

The final round started off in typical fashion. There were the usual arguments over territory, and eventual agreements. All went well...for about three hours until a player (who will remain nameless) discovered that he was playing with 55 tokens instead of the required 47. After much discussion, the game had to be completely restarted.

The second version of the final was one of the most competitive and lowest scoring games that I have ever seen. Despite being attacked by four other nations in an attempt to prevent his advancing on the AST, Doug Galullo's Assyria held on for the win and his second ACV title in three years with a final score of 4271. Rodd Polsky's Africa placed a strong second, only 196 points behind. The rest of the pack was very close with a mere 172 points seperating third through seventh place.

Doug's purchase of Military and Monotheism proved to be the keys to success. When he was attacked, the Military allowed him to move last and thwart an attack on his cities. The Monotheism was the game winner, though, when he was able to convert a Cretian city to allow him to advance the last space on the AST yo claim the victory. Special mention must go to Greg Palmer. He was a solid second before the restart and then became the "calamity magnet" afterwards. He continued to play without complaint despite having his position ravaged by every possible calamity.

This tournament was one of three to offer the new Novice Division. Unfortunately, it did not work as only one person wanted to play so we'll go without it next year. Look for a new format with smaller boards and shorter games in the qualifying round. We may introduce some variants to reduce the game to five or six hours at five player boards in hopes of attracting those players who don't want to spend a full day (or two) qualifying for the finals. The smallest field in the history of the event, seems to suggest we need to make some changes.

 GM      Kevin Youells  [1st Year]    227 Aladdin St NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907     NA

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