Grinch doesn't steal Xmas after all ...
This year we had 34 participants and game designer Richard
Borg brought along five new scenarios for us to choose from.
Your GM saw them at the same time the rest of the players did
and we added three - Rich Mountain, Camp Cole and Boonville
- to the 4-round Swiss portion of our event along with old standby
Glorietta. The other two scenarios - Phillippi Bridge
and Big Bethel were available for the semis and Final.
I have copies of these scenarios available for anyone who would
like scanned copies compliments of Richard!
The four rounds proved to be a meat grinder, taking out both
ttop-ranked Jeff Cornett and your GM in the preliminaries. Ed
Kendrick went 3-0 but declined to advance. That left us with
three undefeated players after three rounds - Mike Wallschlaeger,
Pat Mirk and Jack Morrell. They got to have lunch while the remaining
2-1 players vied for that elusive third win. One of those 2-1
players was our Grinch, Peter Stein, who earlier had lost to
last year's hero Aiden Powers' brother Robert - a little payback
for the Powers clan, none of whom made the elimination portion
of the event this year. The 3-1 players advancing were the Grinch,
Lyman Moquin, Ted Lange, Alex Lange, David Gubbay and Ty Hansen.
The quarterfinals thinned the herd and advanced Pete Stein
vs Pat Mirk and Ty Hansen vs Mike Wallschlazger in the semis.
Both battles used First Bull Run and the Grinch took out
Pat Mirk while Mike slipped past Ty in a closely fought battle.
That left a Final of defending champ Peter Stein (boo! hiss!)
vs Mike Wallschlaeger. Could good triumph over evil?
Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for the Grinch, Mike
is a full grown adult male and was able to counter Pete at every
turn. Mr. Grinch, without his Forced March card,
was just a toothless puppy and Mike won the title (albeit in
a squeaker) and the world was not forced to endure another year
of the reign of Stein.
For next year, I'll post all the scenarios that we will use
in advance and I'll be mxing in some of Richard's new ones with
the older ones. I'm also considering changing the bidding for
sides from discards to individual pieces from the board. If you
have any thoughts please forward them to me to kick around. Also
we may add some basic scorekeeping to check out balances of the
various scenarios for posterity.