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Labyrinth (LBY) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 25, 2016 Icon Key
8 Players Andy Latto, MA 2016 Status 2017 Status Event History
  2016 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.
 

Terrorism in Decline

The combination of missing some regular players, competing against Churchill, and content perhaps a bit too close to recent headlines drove Labyrinth attendance down to the bare minimum. Barring a membership vote or sponsorship reprieve, Labyrinth will not return to WBC in 2017. Nonetheless, eight intrepid competitors battled over the hearts and minds of the Middle East for what may be the last time.

The Final matched former laurelist Andy Latto as the US against Trevor Schoenen’s Jihadists. Trevor bid 2 for the Jihadists, giving Andy two Aid markers to place which would ultimately prove crucial.

In Turn 1, the Jihadists set out to recruit and spread as usual. Andy countered with an invasion of Afghanistan, only losing one prestige in the process. He followed that with a play of “Safer Now”, the resulting posture roll flipping the US to Soft. Trevor countered with a buildup of troops in Pakistan in preparation for a jihad to attempt to procure WMDs. Bhuto appeared, blocking jihad and moving Pakistan to Fair. Subsequently the cells moved on to Iraq. The US pulled most of its troops, leaving the region essentially barren. Wrapping up the turn, the US used “Covert Action” to move Iraq to Neutral, and the jihadists failed on a major jihad there.

Turn 2 saw multiple failed plots which slowed Trevor’s strategy of reducing governance through plots followed by major jihads. Italy, which had its posture set to Hard in Turn 1, resisted three posture rolls. However, Andy was able to use Tony Blair to change the UK and three other countries to Soft, gaining world alignment. Also during the turn, Trevor converted Saudi Arabia to Islamic rule, gaining three resources.

Most of Turn 3 was recruiting and plotting over Pakistan, which ultimately became a Fair ally. Also, Iraq moved to Good for a total of four resources.
On Turn 4, the US and Jihadists traded resource gains, with the Gulf States and Pakistan turning to Good for a 9-point resource total, while the Jihadists converted Syria to Islamic rule, giving them five points of resources. Attention then focused on Jordan, which could give the Jihadists two adjacent resources for the win, but contained one of the two Aid markers received from the opening bid. Meanwhile, the US election occurred and luckily for Andy, the US kept its Soft posture.

The game ended on Turn 5 when the US was able to win the battle for Jordan before six cells could travel there to jihad. Jordan’s good resources raised the US total to 11, and was followed by a play of “Oil Price Spike”, raising the US total to 12 for the win.

Continuing the recent trend, all bids made (four in seven games) were to play the Jihadists, with all but the Final bid being 1 Aid. Supporting that trend was the fact that five of the seven games were won by the Jihadists, Andy Latto’s two wins as the US being the lone exceptions.

 
2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Trevor Schoenen, PA Nick Benedict, CA Chris Yaure, PA NA NA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
 
GM Jeff Finkeldey had less warriors to herd in his war on terror, but Ernie Chambers and Chris Yaure are still game.
 
GM  Jeff Finkeldey [2nd Year]  NA
 JFinkeldey@aol.com  NA