Overall WBC attendance dropped by a fifth with its move westward and that reduction was reflected by a similar drop in Advanced Civilization turnout. However, plenty of sharks remained in the pool as three past champions took stock of the mix of new and experienced players on hand. The newest player was Caitlyn Painter who learned the game at Monday’s demo—enhanced by Jennifer Visocnik’s power point presentation. Competitors came from far and wide to join us with Kasper Munck arriving from Denmark and Romain Jacques from Canada to provide our international flair.
The format was a pair of heats with winners and runners-up qualifying a field of eight to the Final. We had 28 on Sunday for four 7-player games, and 16 on Wednesday to contest a pair of 8-player games. Nine hardy souls played in both heats. Of those nine, four advanced to the Final, devoting a full 24 hours to Advanced Civilization. That is commitment!
Nathan Barhorst won the closest preliminary game as his Illyria took an 84-point win over Jon Anderson’s Iberia. Dennis Mishler’s trading skills propelled him to the week’s largest margin of victory as his Africa scored a 542-point victory over 2014 champ Trella Bromley’s Iberia. His 4921 tally was also the highest score seen in the event. The other games were won by Dennis Mishler (Africa), Paul Sampson (Assyria), Jon Anderson (Assyria), Kevin Youells (with both Africa and Illyria), and Nathan Barhorst (Illyria). Both Dennis and Paul chose not to advance, giving us three winners; Jon, Nathan, and Kevin. Some of the usual suspects were represented as both our prior champions, Christina Harley and Trella advanced. The remaining three spots were taken by first time finalists Eric Monte, Richard Curtin, and Mitchell Ledford.
The Final took an unusual turn early. Instead of following the conventional wisdom for Egypt and taking the AST bump going into the Early Bronze Age, Christina chose to build her two cities, saying that she did not want to take a bump. The risky strategy did not pay off as Babylon started to fill the lands she had left vacant and she stalled going into the Early Iron Age anyway.
Peace generally prevailed with a few notable exceptions. Kevin’s Assyria (may have) encroached upon the traditional Thracian city sites of Troy and Sardes. Trella took it upon herself to “help” the Thracians by attacking Sardes. Many brave Assyrians died that day, attempting to defend their homelands against this unwarranted aggression and trying in vain to preserve their way of life. But the Cretans were too many and too strong. The invaders plundered the city and made off with the finest Resin that Assyria possessed. Kevin promised retaliation and sacked Miletus the following turn. This ended the Crete/Assyria war. Other notable displays of military strength were coordinated attacks by Babylon and Egypt against Africa, and later, Illyria attacking Iberia.
As we all know, Advanced Civilization is a trading game at its heart, and you need to do well at the trade portion to prosper in the end. Unfortunately, drawing calamities makes that more challenging. Just ask Mitchell, who built to seven cities, then proceeded to draw Treachery, Famine, Epidemic, Civil War, and Barbarian Hordes at the same time. Needless to say, he was unable to build any sets that round, and ended with Famine and Civil War after the random draw. While this isn’t the worst possible outcome, it nevertheless left him playing catch-up for the duration.
Calamities again played a major role in the outcome. At various times Barbarians, Floods, and Slave Revolts tore Babylon apart. A mining-fueled Slave Revolt cost Assyria an AST space near the end. Egypt was also visited by the Barbarians and their Pirate friends. Iberia, while avoiding being the primary victim of many calamities, was a popular choice for secondary effects.
The endgame was triggered by calamities as well. When Africa was the victim of Civil War and Iconoclasm, Eric had the choice of prolonging the game by targeting Iberia or ending it by choosing other victims. He (probably correctly) calculated that his best placement would be achieved by allowing Nathan to end the game. This led to Iberia’s triumph and Nathan Barhorst being awarded his first Advanced Civilization championship. His 4210 points was followed by Kevin’s Assyria 4040, Eric’s Africa 3704, Christina’s Egypt 3698, Richard’s Thrace 3687, Mitchell’s Illyria 3630, Trella’s Crete 3514, and Jon’s Babylon 3230.
It has been a fun five-year run for this GM and I am very pleased with the way the event has grown. As announced at WBC, Nathan Barhorst will be taking over as GM for both the WBC and email tournaments next year. I would like to extend many thanks to Jennifer Visocnik for her efforts as assistant GM and developing the powerpoint presentation for the demo, and to Shantanu Saha for all of his help running this competition.
|Jon Anderson, Nathan Barhorst,
Michael Lloyd and Romain Jacques
|Jon tells Romain:
I got a deal for you".
|Steve Cameron populates his
empire as Marc Visocnik
eyes the approaching hordes move into
| Laura Harper, Jay Spencer, Greg
Crowe, Jennifer Visocnik,
Christina Harley, Paul Sampson and
Malinda Kyrkos vie in the first heat.
|The 2016 finalists in their marathon
bout for glory.
|Monday at Seven Springs brought 18 players to the board for Mega Civilization.
Despite having what should have been a huge target on his back, Mads Lunau has succeeded in defending his
Advanced Civilization PBeM title against a field of 37 international players
to take his third consecutive win. This marks the fourth PBeM tournament win for the Danish Destroyer
in the five years of the series, and places him third on the ACV Laurels list despite never having
attended WBC. The United States didn’t fare so well, managing only a 6th place finish by Dan Morris
in the Laurels haul as the three Americans qualifying for the 8-player Final brought up the rear.
This time, Mads selected Babylon as his nation, and played the entire game near, but not quite in, the lead.
This caused other players to be targeted more frequently with secondary effects of calamities. When combined with
a hard position to attack, he was able to build and protect his cities wile cultivating a terrific hand of trade cards.
On the final turn, he was able to collect full sets of Resin and Gold, turning in 410 points of cards to purchase
Philosophy, Democracy, Monotheism, and Road Building (800 points for those of you scoring at home). Rumor has it
that he may appear in person in 2017 to collect his prize, so those who think they are good at the live tournament
should consider themselves forewarned.
The final scores were:
- Mads Lunau, Babylon 4514
- Jonas Lundquist, Egypt 4246
- Nils Brobakk, Africa 4209
- Haakon Monsen, Illyria 4066
- Ed Coderre, Thrace 3741
- Dan Morris, Iberia, 3647
- Shantanu Saha, Assyria 3167
- Pete Staab, Crete 2398