Forty-five participants played in 65 games to crown Galen Loram PBeM champion for 2020.
Controversy erupted in the very last of the 65 games of Through The Ages that it took to crown this year's PBEM winner. Ricky Boyes found himself in the unenviable position of having two different wars pointed at him as the game wound down in Age IV, and he didn't have enough strength to defend himself. He knew he would be finishing last in the game (and thus 3rd in the overall event), but that did not mean he was out of moves. Ricky had an opinion about who he wanted to see win the game, and he decided that it was Allan Jiang's fault he got knocked down to last and so he would deny all the victory points he could to AJ. Ricky fired all his military workers, weakening himself so that when the first war resolved DJ Borton would clean him out of culture and there would be none left to give to AJ when the second war resolved. As a result, DJ won the game instead of Allan. And as a result of that, Allan came up just short of defending his PBEM title from last year, with Galen Randall Loram taking the crown instead.
Should there be a rule against deliberately losing a war by as much as possible? Maybe, but there isn't right now. It's rare that true "kingmaking" scenarios like this come up in Through The Ages (and there's some well-established etiquette around Honorable Withdrawals before Age IV which covers some of the ones that do), but that's just what happened here, and in Ricky's words "2 players attacked me, I chose to give the points to the player that did not set up my vulnerability. As kingmaking situations go it's pretty justified." The GM would be interested in hearing opinions about whether a rule should be added saying that this behavior should be considered unsportsmanlike and/or illegal.
Meanwhile, congratulations go out to a relative newcomer to the Through The Ages scene. Galen started playing AGE barely a year ago and I'm pretty sure this is his very first BPA event. First event, first laurels, and they are first place laurels. Looks like there is a new shark in town!
- Galen Loram 1st
- Allan Jiang 2nd
- Ricky Boyes 3rd
- Jason Leggett 4th>
- Michael Thiessen 5th
- Andrew Norgren 6th