war of the ring [Updated October 2007]  

Middle Earth Pre-Con

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

2007 Champion

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Event History
2006    Phil Rennert     21
2007     Kevin Wojtaszczyk     26


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    07     40
  2.  Phil Rennert       MD    06     30
  3.  George Young       VT    07     24
  4.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06     18
  5.  Nick Anner         NY    07     17
  6.  Andy Latto         MA    07     16
  7.  Chris Yaure        PA    07     12
  8.  David Pack         CO    06     12
  9.  Dick Jarvinen      OR    06      6
 10.  Jim Doughan        PA    07      4
 11.  Mary Ellen Powers  VA    06      3

2007 Laurelists

George Young, VT

Andy Latto, MA

Chris Yaure, PA

Nick Anner, NY

Jim Doughan, PA

Past Winners

Phil Rennert, MD

Jason Levine and Andy Latto square off in the Middle Earth pre-con. A good pre-con event is one which will draw a good field without sacrificing too much of its normal WBC following so when War of the Ring actually grew during pre-con we knew we chose wisely.

Larry Lingle whose proclivity for plastic toys is well known (Queen's Gambit champ) was a natural for War of the Ring, but Pete Pollard? I guess even Squad Leaders like plastic soldiers. Us boys and our toys ... but how do you read that microscopic type on the cards?

A successful move to Middle Earth Pre-Con!

The move to Pre-Con status was very successful. Participation levels increased to 26 from the 2006 levels of 21 run during WBC proper. A strong field of players came back with some serious ideas for bidding using the previous years bidding rules. This led to quicker games in the heats and a general lack of adjudication requirements. The downside is many of the games became very one-dimensional as people found the Shadow player dominated with about half of the wins, mostly by military victory.

The field narrowed for the semi-finals to two strong shadow players, Kevin Wojtaszczyk and Andy Latto, both 3-0, and two strong all around players George Young 3-0 and Christopher Yaure 2-1. Kevin and George both advanced to a Tuesday Final that took about an hour and a half.
Kevin's strategy was to bid high (to 15) for the SP and try a military blitz.   The semi-final had an abundance of muster rolls to start the game which had Sauron's armies flooding all reaches of Middle Earth. FP raced as quickly as they could, but through some lucky die rolls, the sieges fell quick and there was no stopping the red hordes.   In the Final Kevin tried a similar approach but found probability can be tricky.  He had been playing without assigning any eyes in the hunt for the military blitz.  In all the other games, one or two eyes always showed up on the roll... but in the Final... 0 eyes.  Three turns straight!   This made for many more musters and army moves, pushing the blitz to speeds never seen, but the FP could have ran as fast as they wanted.   As luck would have it, the George did not benefit, rolling only 5 character/will of the wests in the first three turns.   So with their hampered movement and Sauron's quick mobilization, the FP didn't survive the onslaught for long, and Sauron was victorious in dominating Middle Earth.
 In 2008 we hope to run War of the Ring as the Middle Earth Pre-Con again.  The expansion version may be the default next year in the semi's and Final, with it optional in the opening rounds.   New bidding rules are also being considered so corruption wins can stay a viable victory path and the game doesn't reduce down to who can race the fastest based on their action die rolls.   We also hope to find a way to get four preliminary rounds in before selecting the final four, as we again had an abundance of 2-1 players, and no one who lost Round 1 advanced. More info on the details will follow in the pre-event write-ups in the spring. 

 GM     Nick Anner (2nd Year)  NA  
    Danish_Kings@Yahoo.com   NA

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