Little White Fibs!
GM Jason does his Reiff imitation
for the masses ... at last he is easier on the chairs.
The Jay's Basement table is appropriately
dressed for the evening festivities.
Andy Latto, Nick Page, Robb Effinger
and Sceadeau D'Tela with a bluffer who will have trouble lying
since he can't talk yet.
This is what happens when you ignore
our request to bring a game. You get to play with the deluxe
Liar's Dice remained a big draw in its 12th year at
WBC, although increased late night competition dropped it below
the 200 player threshold for only the second time in the past
seven years. Nevertheless, 199 crazed liars still appeared for
the traditional massed cup shake and simultaneous roll of nearly
2,000 dice. 34 of those prevaricators presevered to the semifinal
round. Your happy GM was again dispensed with in the opening
round and spent his seventh year on the sidelines watching his
Final contingent of liars was composed of Dominic Blais, George
Talbot, Josh Githens, John Pack, Jeff Meyer, and Max DuBoff.
Josh was the original champion of this event and has now returned
to the Final five times. That's saying a lot when you consider
that in 12 years, there have been only 11 subsequent appearances
by former finalists and Josh has four of them. Among this crop,
only Jeff had also reached Round 3 previously - back in 2008.
The first round of bids was started by Dominic and to his
despair, the bid made the circuit of the table, climbing as it
went, and returned to him. H15-3's were called by George and
found to be lacking two, so Dominic was in an early two-dice
hole. He would soon have company and be looking down on the new
occupant of the hole as Max's bid of12-5's was three too many
so Dominic had the pleasure of climbing out of last place with
his successful challenge.
Max was in danger of an earlt exit when his 10-2's bid was called
by George but it resulted in the first Exactor of the game and
cost everyone else a die. That was bad news for Dominic who was
once again on the bottom rung of the dice ladder. His bid of
5-stars didn't get by George and cost him his fourth die, making
him the first player down to his final die in rapid fashion.
The chorus began to warm up in the background but did not have
long to wait. Max's bid of 5-stars drew a premature challenge
by Dominic with 7 showing so Dominic claimed 6th place to the
enchanting lyrics of "Kiss 'em goodbye".
He would soon have company. John lost a die on a bid of 8-5's
and a successful Jeff challenge. Only his second loss so no big
deal, except that he then challenged Josh's bid of 7-3's only
to find ten showing. He took his last three dice and joined Dominic
on the sidelines in the LID equivalent of a thermo-nuclear blast.
That was the end of Max's reprieve as the bidding returned
to his side of the table. His bid of 6-3's could not pass George's
muster and with only four of them rolled, he became the third
casualty with the loss of his last two dice. With the havenots
vanquished, the three remaining liars each had four dice left
and would now have to pick on equally armed adversaries.
Josh had been a relative bystander up till now which is a
good thing in LID. Being the center of attention does
not often yield a long life expectancy. But he would take the
first loss in this showdown of the Have's when his bid of 5-3's
cost him a die to a Jeff challenge. In the very next round he
got even with a bid of 3-3's resulting in the second Exactor
of the game. .That tied it up again at three dice each. Josh's
next bid of 5-5's drew Jeff third straight challenge - and again
Jeff lost a die - making him +1/0/-1 on his three challenges
but still the low man on the totem pole with just two dice left..
Jefferson's next bid was a desperate 6-1's and George ushered
him out of contetnion with the loss of his last two dice and
into third place.
Now it was down to two very different players. Josh, the former
champion and five-time finalist vs George, the rookie finalist.
Piece of cake, right? Three dice each for all the marbles head
George opened with 4-3's. Josh called only to discover the
third Exactor. Advantage, George. George bid again with 3-2's
and Josh's call revealed only two. All tied up at two dice each.
With the pressure on, Josh bid 2-4's and George's callrevealed
only one. Josh was down to his last die and not looking forward
to his second straight bridesmaid showing. Unfortunately, Josh's
bid of 2-2's held no magic elixir and he was runner-up again.
George thus became our 12th straight new champion with tan extra
This table is obviously going for
the "best dressed" award - except for Nick - he was
too busy winning tournaments to change his lucky t-shirt.
So how did Justin Rice get invited
to play at the Greenwille Mafia Table on hawaiian shirt night?
Well, of course, he lied. Ralph again didn't get the dress code
What will the "Guns, Dice &
Butter" audience think of this, herr Dockter? What's next
- euroweenie games?
Sean McCulloch is in beaucoup trouble
between those two. I wouldn't trust either of them.