Tournament of Tournaments ...
King Mongold and Lady Jennifer were
your GM hosts. Who knew the King was a Ravens fan?
Forest Speck, Ed Beach and Dale Long,
wargamers all, take time out from heavier pursuits.
Frank Mestre and Alexis Reece
engage in a bit of chivalry.
Lady Yaure and squire Rinko
enjoy the tournament.
A Lytle Knight Gaming......
Ivanhoe has always been a family favorite for a late
night, pre-werewolf activity and this year proved no exception
as we obliterated our attendance record that had been set only
last year with a rousing 136 players thanks to an astounding
first heat field of 104 players at 26 tables. This allowed Ivanhoe
to continue its unmatched record of greater attendance every
single year. That's ten straight years of ever larger fields.
No other WBC event can come close to matching that. Enough newcomers
were included in the 89 attendees of Heat 3 to send us well past
our goal of 128 players.
This year we rolled out a new point based scoring system which
seems to have been well received and help limit confusion determining
2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishes. We will be continuing this
next year as well as the three-heat format. Changes on the table
for 2014 include a larger semifinal round. Due to the overwhelming
number of players, the number of multiple game winners increased
despite the drop in game opportunities from four to three. There
were 16 double winners and one triple winner making it necessary
to advance more than 16 to the semifinals. Next year's format
will advance 25 to five 5-player semis, the winner of each to
play in a 5-player Final.
Our 2013 semifinalists did not include our last three champions
but there were plenty (three) of Lytle's. Dagny (14), advanced
with two wins to her second semi. After an awe inspiring purple
tournament bomb (27 on her first play) she lost a chance at the
Final table to Lexi Shea. Tessa (11) paved a clear path to the
semifinals while being ranked second overall after three heats,
but she too failed to progress further, losing the Final ticket
to Natalie Beach. In the end, it was dad (Joel Lytle) who carried
the family colors into the Final. Joel (our only triple winner)
entered the semi's as the #1 seed and was the only Lytle to find
a seat at the Final table.
The Final began with a Yellow tournament started by Lexi Shea
only to have Alexander Lange change it to green and draw first
blood (chip). The 5th, 6th and 7th rounds were won in succession
by Jeff Senley leaving him one chip from the victory. Round 8
was a masterful keep away game with Alexander finally winning
the Blue chip and forcing Jeff to wait again for another chance
at victory. Round 9 finally brought an appearance by Ivanhoe
but it took another five rounds before Jeff was able to finally
secure his final chip and his first WBC shield.
Once again we enjoyed your company during our tournament.
You make all the work worthwhile. We are currently plotting new
surprises for next year. From our family to yours...Thank you!
Uhh, Alyssa - wrong hat for this event.
Now Keith doesn't take any chances.
Even his hat wears a hat.
GM Kirk Harris instructs eager
squires in the manly art of swordmanship.
GM Harris knights Sir Saccenti
with WBC honors. May there be many more in the offing ...
Kirk Harris again ran a Junior version of Ivanhoe for
23 little knights. The most noble were:
1st - Donte Saccenti upstaged his brother Antony who won last
2nd - Tessa Lytle who got to the semifinals in the adult version
3rd - Ben Waterhouse
4th - Adam Wojtaszczyk
5th - Mandy Mossman who finished third last year
6th - Ginger Thompson