The Trade Not Made ...
Defying the WBC trend, attendance dipped slightly, perhaps
due to a combination of a return to Class A status, and the elimination
of the Tuesday night heat. Next year, we will return to Class
B with a Tuesday demo in a quest for new faces.
The nationality statistics for the six games played were:
The two preliminary heats mustered five games. The winners were
Zvi Mowshowitz (Iberia), Kevin Youells (two wins, Illyria and
Assyria), Sean Bryan (Assyria), and Nathan Barhorst (Egypt).
Jennifer Visocnik, Harald Henning, Christina Harley, and Jon
Anderson joined these victors in the Final. Positions were awarded
by random draw with trading allowed. Everybody seemed content
with their selection except Kevin who was anxiously trying to
pawn Illyria off on some other poor sucker ... err, contender,
but to no avail. The sides were thus established as: Africa/Zvi,
Iberia/Nathan, Illyria/Kevin, Thrace/Sean, Jon/Crete, Assyria/Jenn,
Babylon/Harald, and Egypt/Christina.
There was the usual discussion of borders at the outset, and
it soon became apparent that Assyria was going to be in trouble.
Her normal territory was coveted by both Babylon and Crete, and
they combined to limit her growth from the Stone Age on. Africa
and Egypt also disputed the territories near Cyrene. The rulers
of Illyria and Iberia probably didn't improve matters by encouraging
Africa's claims, but they sure had fun doing it.
As the game progressed, calamities became a major factor.
Africa was the primary victim of no less than 13 calamities,
including a nasty Civil War/Epidemic combination on Turn 9. Zvi
lost 20 units to Crete, and did not have Medicine at the time.
Insult was added to injury in the next turn when he caught another
round of the flu and was reduced to zero cities. To his credit,
he never gave up trying to win despite going backwards on the
AST. Three turns later, it was Crete's turn to lose all his cities
as he was stuck with both Famine and Iconoclasm & Heresy
in addition to being chosen for the full secondary effects of
Epidemic by Thrace.
Crete had chosen to play a highly aggressive game. He took full
advantage of any player having no units in stock and sacking
the undefended city. He did this to Egypt on Turn 13. Both Crete
and Illyria joined in on Turn 14, knowing that the Egyptian queen
was holding several Spice cards. Nathan then uttered the quote
of the tournament when he leaned back in his chair and announced
"I'm looking for Spice."
Turn 14 also proved brutal for Assyria as she was hit by both
Civil War and Barbarians. Jenn was only able to rebuild to four
cities the next turn as she had to clear her territory of both
Barbarians and Cretans.
By this time, Illyria had used Mining to catch the pack and
was becoming a force to be reckoned with. Crete and Thrace had
previously purchased Military, and Crete had launched multiple
attacks into Illyria. Kevin chose to respond by purchasing Monotheism
instead of Military for defense. The powerful effects of this
buy helped push the Illyrians to victory as he used Monotheism
as a diplomatic tool, and Babylon had to rearrange his entire
purchase for the turn to buy Theology to avoid becoming the target
for Monotheism. Babylon had been working his way to the Black
Sea to attack Thrace, but Sean chose to eliminate the Babylonian
coastal presence so Harald could not launch any attacks. This
had the unintended consequence of helping Kevin as he cut individual
deals to give immunity from Monotheism to any player who did
not attack him. In the end, Kevin was able to hold on for a slim
The final tally was: Kevin/Illyria 4406, Harald/Babylon 4313,
Sean/Thrace 4090, Christina/Egypt 4070, Nathan/Iberia 3800, Zvi/Africa
3328, Jon/Crete 3288, and Jenn/Assyria 3033.
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