sword of rome [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

2007 Status: pending December Membership Vote

Bill Dyer, IL

2006 Champion

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Event History
2005    John Wetherell     36
2006     Bill Dyer     16


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  John Wetherell     PA    05     40
  2.  Bill Dyer          IL    06     30
  3.  Nick Anner         NY    05     24
  4.  Mark Hinkle        NH    06     24
  5.  Frank McNally      MA    06     18
  6.  Bob Woodson        NV    05     16
  7.  Brian Mountford    CA    06      9
  8.  Mike Hennessy      NY    05      8
  9.  Melvin Casselberry PA    06      6
 10.  Derek Miller       VA    05      4
 11.  Marty Sample       NH    06      3

2006 Laurelists

Frank McNally, MA

Mark Hinkle, NH

Brian Mountford, CA

Melvin Casselberry, PA

Marty Sample, NH

Past Champions

John Wetherell, PA

 Mark Hinkle (left) and Charkie Hickok watch as the Etruscans make their move.

 In a crowded field for CDWs, Sword of Rome attendance dropped 56% in its sophomore year.

From Feast to Famine ...

This year's tournament only had 16 people playing five games over a space of two days. I tracked down some folks who played last year and learned they played in the Command and Colors: Ancient tournament which, unfortunately, was scheduled at the same time as our first round. Hopefully the release of the fifth player expansion and avoiding C&C Ancients will persuade the wayward wargamers to return Sword of Rome to the century.

Once again I was impressed with the players in my tournament; they made my job very easy. The one table that ran out of time adjudicated themselves and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Perhaps I internalized all the statements about how everyone at WBC is a vicious, backstabbing jerk who wants nothing more than to get that plaque and expected the worse, but I have really enjoyed my two years of GMing Sword of Rome.

Players again bid support to determine the order in which players picked the power they would play. The average bid dropped from 0.88 last year to 0.55 this year, with a high bid of four. The Romans were the most popular choice, followed by the Greeks, Gauls and Etruscan/Samnites which was unchanged from last year. Of the five games played, the Romans won twice, and the Greeks, Gauls, and Etruscan/Samnites once each. None of the optional rules were used from the 1.3 version of the living rules and the average length of a game stayed steady at around five hours. I would like all players that participated in the tournament, either this year or last year, to give me feedback on the format. Would a change to a two-heat format with the four best players advancing to the Final and the elimination of bidding for powers increase your chances of entering the tournament next year?

The first round was pretty ordinary with the usual swings of fate, but nothing that made me stop and double check the board. That all changed with the Final - Brian "McClellan" Mountford's Gauls were eliminated from the game at the end of Turn 2. The rule that Brad made me put in about what to do if after the reinforcement phase a player has no CU on the board was used and I owe Brad $10. And what military machine wiped the Gauls off the board, you ask? The T-Gauls. It was not the Roman dictator, the wily Etruscans, or a Greek naval invasion, but the T-Gauls in a series of lopsided battles that erased Brennus and his merry band of warriors from the pages of history. So the Final entered uncharted territory at the beginning of Turn 3 as a three-player game with the vast Gallic homeland empty.

Immediately the Romans, Bill "WormTongue" Dyer, and the Greeks, Mark "D-Day" Hinkle, entered into an alliance to prevent the Etruscan, Frank "Why is everyone looking at me?" McNally, from sweeping north and taking all of the Gallic victory point spaces. The Greeks launched a naval invasion and the Romans marched north to prevent the Etruscan automatic victory. Turn 3 ended with the Etruscan unable to garner enough victory points from their Gallic holdings to offset the spaces taken by the Romans. At the start of Turn 4, the Romans could not help but notice that the vast majority of the Greek CUs were in the Gallic homeland so he broke the alliance with the Greeks and was able to secure an automatic victory at the end of the turn with 12 victory points. Mark is the only player to have earned laurels in both years of the tournament, fourth place last year and third this year. Hopefully the tournament will continue on for another two years so Mark can continue his progress to the first place plaque in 2008.

 GM      Wray Ferrell [2nd year]   112 Carrousel Lane, Cary, NC 27513
   wferrell1@nc.rr.com   NA

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