attila [Updated August 2001]

ATT   Trial Experienced Single Elim Continuous 
  20 Round 2 21:30 Final 23   

   Maryland 2   

Nicholas Benedict, ONT

2001 Champion

2nd: Andy Lewis, DE

3rd: John Emery. SC

4th: Jason Levine, NY

5th: Lauren Vessey, VA

6th: Ed Kendrick, UK
Event History
1999    None     -
2000    None     -
2001    Nicholas Benedict     25

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GM: Kaarin Engelmann

1 Top-Six GM Nomination

wargaming Euro style

Karsten Engelmann was scheduled to run the Attila tournament, but at the last minute his employer refused to let Karsten attend WBC; thus, his better half stepped in to run it. Luckily, despite the fact Kaarin had to review the rules just before the game, the crowd was very friendly and willing to jump in and play in order to begin the convention on the right foot. After the initial sign-ups, there were 26 people who wanted to play (not including the GM); not exactly optimal for a 5-player game. Raymond Stakenas showed himself to be a GM's dream (and exceptionally unselfish) by volunteering to drop out.

Everyone who played seemed to have a good time - though Attila is such a cerebral game that things stayed pretty quiet. One question that came up in the game was what to do about tied scores. (It should probably be the person closest to the one who caused the final conflict of the game-going in reverse turn order.)

Three of the five first-round games went through the 7th century; the other two ended in the 6th. Also, in three of the five first-round games, the person causing the final conflict of the game was the person who actually ended up winning. (Of course, in Jason Levine's game, he caused the final conflict in every century AND held onto victory in the
end! Obviously a rather warlike fellow!) In Lauren Vessey's game, she won without causing the final conflict in any century.

Winning scores in the first round ranged from Nicholas Benedict's 89 to Andy Lewis' 58; the mean winning score was 73. Both Andy Lewis and John Emery beat out their second-place opponents by just one point. In four of the five first-round games, the winner beat the last place player by more than 25 points. Lauren beat the last-place player by 51 points; all of the scores in Andy Lewis' game fell within a 12-point range.

There was a mean of 10.5 pieces for each tribe on the board in the first round. Of course, in Lauren's game, the Teutons (Grey) had 20 pieces, followed by the Huns with 15 (Black). The Vandals (Red) and the Franks (Blue) each had only one piece on the board (which explains the wide scores disparity in the game). Andy's close game had similar numbers of tribe markers on the board (56 vs. 55), but were much more evenly spread among the tribes. In Nicholas's and John's games, there were a whopping 72 and 71 tribe markers, respectively, on the board after the final conflict.

The five winners from the first round were able to immediately move to the final. (What a bonus to be able to claim wood the very first night!) Together they managed to place 62 pieces on the board (which was exactly the mean number of pieces placed in the first round) - a mean of 10.3 tribal markers for each tribe. Although Jason continued with his penchant for causing the final conflict (although this time he only did it in the 4th and 6th centuries), the strategy didn't fare as well, and he finished fourth, with 50 points. Nicholas, the final victor, caused the final conflict of the 7th century and scored 71 points. John and Andy tied for second, with 63 points each, and Lauren, who had swept her game so thoroughly in the first round, trailed the pack with 44 points.

 GM      Karsten Engelmann  [1st Year]   7284 New London Dr, Springfield, VA 22153   NA

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