Patrick Duffy, defending champ
John Emery and Ed Rothenheber
directly to St Helena, do not pass Elba, do not collect 100 days
Henry Russell, Joe Burch and Jim Savarick
Calling out the Guard against the
It was not a good year to be French. Even when uttered by
an Englishman that seemed to be true.
Monday night certainly belonged to the Tsar, with his men
picking up four victories, Justin Morgan leading the way with
eight VP. No would be Emperor finished better than fourth with
defending champion John Emery coming in dead last among the 30
players on hand with his -7 night.
Tuesday night attendance picked up, with the the British logging
three victories, the French two and Austria and Prussia splitting
the last two. Lane Hess scored best with a reported +8 whilst
John Emery bounced back with a decidedly better night for the
French win in the sole 4-player game. Four others tied for the
wooden spoon with -2 nights. Three new players participated in
the demo, in which the Hapsburg-Romanov Axis of Autocracy claimed
a narrow win.
Thursday continued a strong recovery on last year's numbers
which were depressed by the great AC Failure/Ice Cream conspiracy
of 2012. There was no thunderstorm. Rather, it was Fouche behind
the curtain rattling a sheet of aluminium. Anyway, the Prussian's
had their day and scored three victories while the British and
French managed one each. Chris Greenfield, Melvin Casselberry
and Wade Hyatt all scored eight VP for the evening's top honors.
Al Hurda's French brought up the rear with a -7 long night.
20 players appeared for the semifinals and the consensus was
overwhelming for four 5-player games rather than five 4's. While
2012 saw most people fond of Britain as first choice and witnessed
a France win, this year proved different. Again, Britain was
the popular pick, but it was Prussia that would prevail. True
to their form so far, France was everyone's third pick.
winners and two runners-up would advance. Daniel Blumentritt
scored a win as Prussia with the fifth pick but was unable to
continue. The reigning champion had first draft rights and again
chose France, no doubt envisioning another one-turn blitz such
as brought him the crown in 2012. Frank Morehouse then selected
Britain and Lane Hess opted for Russia. Of the qualifying runners-up,
Francis Czawlytko chose Austria, leaving Prussia to Chris Greenfield.
Unlike last year's drought stricken Final, this one went four
rounds, and at the end of it France lay broken. Austria just
pipped Britain to the victory, enabling Francis to claim the
both the win and the vial of earth from Waterloo. This makes
Nappy the one game where you get sand for coming first.
Stats (5-player games only)
Wins: Prussia 7, Britain 6, Russia 4, France 3, Austria
Best Winning Score/Worst Results:
France: John Emery +10 / John Emery "Lots"
Britain: Chris Greenfield +8 (Semi) / Phil Rodrigues
(Semi) & Justin Morgan -1
Austria: Francis Czawlytko +11 (Final) / Noah Engelmann
Russia: Justin Morgan +8 / Rob Olsson -2
Prussia: Wade Hyatt +8 / Dale Long -1
Bill Banks, Llew Bardecki, Nick Benedict
and Mark Hodgkinson march to the guns.
Al Hurda, Francis Czawlytko, Bruce
Young, Scott Pfeiffer and Kevin Emery
Poor Daniel Blumentritt is outnumbered
by Mafia 3-1.
The finalists before the blood
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A rather ambitious hybrid format consisting of three 3-player
games with each player playing a different side once followed
by the top six engaging in 2-player elimination rounds has ended
with Rob Mull triumphant over Lance Roberts with a French +10
VP win following a Turn 3 Peace die roll. The field of 34 also
provided laurels for Rich Shipley, Michael Day, Rachael Day and
Scott Fenn respectively finishing third through sixth.