newly enlightened ...
Tom Cannon and Doug Galullo were newcomers
to the tournament.
Ted Mullally and Jason Levine were
In an effort to boost its sagging attendance, Age of Renaissance
was moved to a pre-con slot using the unique scoring system perfected
over ten years of Enlightenment mini-cons. This system allows
players to play in up to four rounds and drop their lowest score.
Ultimately, you score tournament points based on a % of the winner's
score, so staying close to the leader is more important than
relative position. However, Each round, the tables are seeded
based on the prior round's position; i.e., all winners at one
table, all runner-ups at another, etc. Seeking new blood, many
of the regulars got more than they bargained for.
The first round saw 20 entrants in four 5-player games. Eugene
Hourany edged out Jason Levine by 4 points to win as Paris. Eugene's
misery lead and cash overcame a 340-point advance deficit to
David Hood and Jeff Mullet both bought all the advances in
their game but David's Misery advantage and cash fueled an easy
Doug Gallulo, a relative newcomer to AOR, began his impressive
string of wins with most advances and low misery as Barcelona
overcame Winton Lemoine's imposing cash reserves - some $300
more than anyone else.
The last game saw the return of Bruce Reiff to AoR after a
LONG absence with a win as London. He defeated both Michael Rogozinski
and Kirk Harris who both had 99% of Bruce's score. Bruce was
able to buy all advances and hold off the late commodity payouts
of Michael and Kirk.
Round 2 dropped to 18 players so three 6-player games were
At the winner's table, Doug Gallulo became the target by gathering
his second win, this time as Genoa, with three players at 95%
of his score, Winton Lemoine, David Hood, and Jason Levine.
Jeff Mullet got into the win column as Venice in game #2 as
he bought all the advances and literally crushed the table. The
closest player had 49% of Jeff's score.
The third game, however, came down to the wire as Mark Smith,
with his favorite Venice, edged Ken Gutermuth for the win with
his advances wiping out Ken's cash and Misery lead.
Round 3 once again emplyed three 6-player games.
At the winner's table, Doug was shown how heavy lies the burden
of leadership as he was chaosed out of play. Mark Smith's Venice
was again able to gain the win over Ken Gutermuth as Mark led
in advances and tied for lowest misery.
Tedd Mullally entered the win column in game #3 as Genoa with
the lead in advances, Misery and cash over Doug Mercer .
Kurt Miller came in for the Sunday evening round and won handily
as London, crushing the field with the runner-up registering
only 63% of his score.
This set up the Final round with six people still having a
chance to claim victory. Doug and Mark led the contenders with
two wins apiece. With other events starting Monday morning, only
14 players remained for one 5- and two 4-player games.
Tedd Mullally gained his second win in the first game as he
led Paris to victory over Jeff Mullet's Barcelona.
David Hood also joined the winner's club a second time as
he narrowly topped Winton "second place" Lemoine who
had a solid tournament but couldn't quite get a win. Despite
that he still scored higher overall than double winner Mullally
to take fourth place laurels.
The last game saw Doug Gallulo crush the field by 36% over
the runnerup for his third win to handily claim his first AOR
title in a year when new blood claimed three of the top four
laurel positions. The tournament saw a resurgence of Venice as
which managed to win five of the 13 games with Barcelona, Genoa,
London, and Paris each winning two. Only poor Hamburg - odd man
out in the 6-player games, could not manage a win.
Peter Eldridge, David Hood, Craig
Reece and Jeff Mullet dodge chaos.
GM Ken Gutermuth had less success
than his recent Enlightenmnt exploits.
Age of Renaissance 2010 PBeM Tournament Results
Carl Damcke as Paris played a steady game and broke into a
big lead on Turn 7 with good leaders and many commodity payouts.
Genoa (Thomas Browne) made a strong push on Turn 8 collecting
over $250 in silk but it was not quite enough and too late. A
game long feud between London (Ewan McNay) and Barcelona (Mark
Smith) hurt both of their causes and benefited Paris. Venice
(Phil Watkins) came in last despite Crusading on Turn 3 and having
two turns as the sole owner of Holy Indulgence. Dan Leader won
sixth place laurels for being the highest non-qualifier in the
Final scores of Final game:
Paris 2200 (2100+160-60)
Genoa 2077 (1900+267-90)
Barcelona 1475 (1490+185-200)
London 1230 (1210+80-60)
Venice 1178 (1160+168-150)
For more details, see http://gregstripes.com/aor/2008_progress.html