John Emery, SC
Bruce Young, SC
Scott Pfeiffer, SC
Pat Duffy, MD
Richard Beyma, MD
Forrest Speck, MD
David Gantt, SC
Ed Rothenheber, MD
Scott Fenn, MD
Its buckets of dice time as Bruce
Young and Edward Kendrick
refight Trafalgar in the preliminaries.
AJ Sudy, who will forever be known
in Nappy lore as the kid who took Gibraltar with four dice, has
designs on Hanover.
A Rousing Close to the First edition
was invaded many, many times in this year's tournament. Some
invasions, like the one led by Bruce Young in the semi, didn't
work out so well the first time. Undaunted, Bruce invaded again,
managing to get Napoleon and everyone who came with him killed
for a second time. Despite that dual disaster, Bruce actually
managed to pull out a victory on a peace die roll, edging out
Henry Russell's Russia (which managed to bring Denmark into its
pact) by a single point.
There were very few "runaway" games this year --
most came down to a difference of a point or three and a die
roll. There were two French automatic victories and the usual
assortment of strange and bizarre occurrences. As Kevin Klemme
summed up one such experience: "any game where Kutuzov takes
Lyon, Marseilles and Toulouse is a FUN game." (Any guesses
who played the Russians?)
Despite that romp over the Rhone, Kevin came in second --in
a game where Alan "Four dice, four sixes and Gibraltar is
mine" Sudy gained Austria's only win of the convention.
Of the other 18 games played, the French won nine, the English
and Russians three each and the Prussians two.
Although the tourney officially used first edition rules as
the default, any table where all players agreed to try the newly-released
second edition was allowed. On one such table, Chris Striker
wrote that "Version 2 is much better in my opinion. System
is faster, more aggressive play early is encouraged -- passing
with reserve options opens a whole new threat against both sides,
especially since most draw additional cards now. It is possible
that France can abuse the rout = resource mechanic for an easy
Turn 1 win, but this is not assured. Overall great play and much
faster!" Herein ends product endorsement and advertisement
for 2nd edition which rolls into default status in 2009.
Most of the 19 games, however, were first edition, as players
relied on tried and true strategies of the past five years.
In the Final game, Lane Hess pulled out a victory as England,
narrowly edging out his allies at a table manned by three members
of the Greenville Mafia to claim the honors for saving Europe
from Scott Pfeiffer's Napoleon.
Lane Hess and Pat Duffy have their
work cut out for them
while facing three Mafia members in the
The Bobbsey twins they ain't. Bruce
Young and Scott Pfeiffer are all business as 2/3 of the Greenville
Mafia representatives in the Final.