tyranno ex [Updated October 2002]

TYX  4 prizes Beginners Mult Ent Sing Elim Scheduled 
  18   Rnd1 Heat1  10
  Rnd1 Heat2  14     Rnd1 Heat3  19 
  Round 2  9  Round 3 12 Final   

  Rnd1 Heat1  Derby   Rnd1 Heat2 Belmont   Rnd1 Heat3 Club  Round 2  Round 3 Polo   

Mark Love, MD

2002 Champion

2nd: Jeff Finkeldey, OH

3rd: Charles Davis, WV

4th: Tom DeMarco, NJ

5th: Francis Spencer, MD

6th: Katherine Hitchings, DE

Event History
1992    William Patrick      16
1993    William Patrick      16
1994    Tom De Marco      21
1995    Carolyn De Marco      18
1996    Tom De Marco      25
1997    Carolyn De Marco      36
1998    Tom De Marco      39
1999    Mike Lescault     23
2000    Verity Hitchings     23
2001    Verity Hitchings     30
2002    Mark Love     26

AREA Ratings

GM: Tom DeMarco

Past Winners

William Patrick - MI

Tom DeMarco - NJ
1994, 1996, 1998

Carolyn DeMarco - NJ
1995, 1997

Mike Lescault - MA

Verity Hitchings - DE

Evolution of the German Imports

There were nine former finalists and six newcomers among the 26 entrants in this year's tournament. Even though thirty different tournaments started at the same time, nine people attended the first heat - a good turnout. At the first board, Peter Staab outlasted Matt Evinger and Michael Mahady in a close game where the last place score was only seven points short of the first place score. At the second board, Katherine Hitchings trailed for the first two turns before powering up and outscoring Brian Kirchner and David Platnick on turns 3 through 5. That enabled her to win after all of the remaining creatures died out on turn 6 to end the game. At the third board, Tom DeMarco was able to win in his match against Edward Kendrick and Victor F. Hogan.

Fifteen people attended the H14 second heat. Robert Eastman piled up an incredible 140 points in his victory over Rebecca Hebner and Wendy DeMarco. Charles Davis kept a small lead for most of the game in his win over Duane Wagner, Victor, and Ben Knight. Tom got his second win in his match against Skip Maloney, Ted Simmons, and Roy Gibson. And Thomas Stokes, Francis Spencer, and Jeff Finkeldey were able to engineer a three-way tie to deny two-time returning champ Verity Hitchings her first try towards a three-peat.

Four entrants from previous heats and four new players signed up at the F19 third heat. Edward's Dodo (Raphus Cucullatus) was able to emerge victorious in two battles against stronger opposing creatures to help him triumph over Kaarin Englemann, Thomas Saal, and Katherine in a short, four-turn game. At the other table, Mark Love faced down former champs Tom and Verity, along with Bruce Allen. Trailing Verity coming into the last turn, Mark was able to keep anyone else from spending their '5' marker to cause an extra battle to eliminate one of his high-scoring creatures by claiming the privilege first and then declining to make that extra battle, thereby securing the win for himself and denying Verity advancement to the next round.

After a fifteen minute delay waiting for the hotel to recover from a power outage, nine of the eleven heat winners set up three tables for the S9 semifinal. Jeff was able to do it alone this time as he beat Katherine and Robert in a very low-scoring game. Charles was able to pull to a 33 point lead on turn 3, and then hold off a late surge by Francis and Peter to win at his table. Mark was able to to recover from a slow start and outscore Tom and Edward on turns 3 through 6 to win in spite of each of them having a creature with a strength of '6' (who get a hit with every die they roll). Tom had the best second-place finish (percentage of table's points), and became the fourth finalist.

In the final, once again Mark started out slow to lull his opponents. Then he unleashed his power scoring on turns 3 and 4 to push to a 7-point lead over Charles. Tom used his '5' marker on the last turn to change the environment and weaken Mark's and Charles's creatures so that they failed to survive the turn (and score). But though Jeff scored 18 and Tom 21 points on the last turn, it wasn't enough. With the +5 points from not using his '5' marker, Mark's final total was 60 points, giving him the championship. Jeff was able to get within 4 points to finish second with 56. Charles was able to hold onto third place with 52, and Tom finished fourth with 50 points.

Mark has been a strong contender in this tournament, finishing fourth in 1999 and sixth in 2000 in his only two previous tournament appearances. This is Jeff's eighth time in the tournament; he made the semifinals in '97 and '98, and finished second in '99. Charles made it to the finals for the first time this year, in his third try. Tom has won the championship three times, and competed in the finals six times.

For next year, I am thinking about a couple of changes. There will be tie-breaker rules. First, a tied player who has their '5' marker will beat one without. Second, the tied player who scores the most points on the last turn will win the tie. Third, the tied player with the single creature that scores the most points will win. Finally, tied players will sit the dice on the chairs and roll themselves on the floor. Whoever performs the best rolls, wins. Or maybe something else. I am also thinking about the possibilities of changing the tournament to an 'A' or 'C' classification. If you have any ideas, let me know. I look forward to seeing all of you again next year. Thanks for making this the best boardgaming convention around!

 GM      Tom De Marco [9th year]   NA
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