These playing pieces get more lifelike
Rebecca Hebner beats Dan Dolan Jr across
Grand Strategy Worthy of a Legacy
Get thee back to Advanced Civilization
says two-time champ Brandon Bernard.
James Carvin still can't get past
the Head Moose ... three-time champ Dan Dolan Sr.
56 Elk still in the Herd ...
Here we are, once again, looking across the smoking ruins
of the riverbank, surveying the horrid, wretched carnage that
we cannot turn away from. Here we are, once again, looking down
at the one moose that survives the annual crossing of the Mighty
The 2014 Elchfest championship saw 56 players come to
the playing stream, two less than last year. The drop could have
been much worse given King of Tokyo's debut event at WBC
only an hour away, so we can all thank the Great Antlered Gods
for our strong numbers.
Six rounds were played over the course of the night as the river
claimed its toll. As the first three rounds passed, new contenders
stated their claims opposite some very familiar faces. However,
experience won out and by Round 4 the contenders for the rank
of Lord or Lady of the Elks were made up of previous years' Laurelists
sporting scars of past battles. Round 4 resulted in a fury on
the banks of battle, filled with several pulse pounding moments
as meeses slipped, slid and headbutted their way past each other
on the rolling stones of the river. The fifth round separated
the contenders from the pretenders until at last only multiple
win champions remained: Brandon Bernard and David Meyaard.
The two Elchen Warriors stared each other down as they had in
previous years. It was "Experience vs. Youth," as the
Elkfather, Dan Dolan Sr., called it. The rumble in the tundra
started with an uneventful first game victory for David Meyaard.
The second round was where the real tension mounted. Brandon
Bernard brought forth the age old "Passing of the Stone"
tactic to try and tie the final but David Meyaard's advance across
the river, though slow, could not be denied. His moose almost
reached the river bank but was off by mere dust particles, giving
Brandon Bernard one last chance to hold off his opponent. However,
David Meyaard perfectly lined up his shot on his next turn and
got his elk to the river's edge. Going t2-0 in the Final, David
Meyaard took home the title of Elchfest Champion and Lord
of the Elks for the fifth time as Brandon slunk off to lick his
wounds and plot his revenge for the next crossing of the river.
Flickers with class use tablecloths.
Aidan is a rockstar among the junior
It was a good year for Elk. A veritable flood of 34 Elk calves
tried to cross the river under the harried watch of GM Laurie
Wojtaszczyk (pictured at right with the winning moose) who took
time off from her role as Junior Room Monitor to don her GM role.
The six fastest were:
~ 1st: Holly Saccenti, age 11
~ 2nd: Aidan McNay, age 11
~ 3rd: Tegan Powers, age 10
~ 4th: Linsey Sacceni, age 10 - who was also fourth last year
~ 5th: Nick Koehler, age 12
~ 6th: Ben Waterhouse, age 11