The Night Chicago Died ...
The 2000 battle for control of the streets of Chicago involved
a record 38 skirmishes as 63 godfather-wannabes (40 in the first
heat alone) collided in the only four-round Gangsters
When the last bit of extortion was done and the last bullet
had been fired, Godfather Pitt "Sluggo" Crandlemire
emerged to claim sole control of the Chicago underworld for the
second year in a row despite wearing a name tag declaring who
he was during the whole melee! "Two-timin' Sluggo"
is the second champion, after Jason "Sticky Fingers"
Wagner, to claim back-to-back titles. Sluggo is the first player
to make it to three finals in a row (taking 2nd place in 1998).
Will he be the first to take three titles in 2001?
Starting the tournament off with
a bang, Tim "Bite the Bullet" Evinger won the "Roadkill"
Award when his gang suffered twelve casualties in shootouts in
the very first heat! That didn't stop him from coming back and
taking nine more casualties in his next game! Last year's winner,
DeeAnn "Roadkill" Gehring, maxed out at just seven
Not to be outdone, Kevin "Ice Pick" LeRow won the
"I think She likes me!" Award in the first quarter-final
game ever finished when opposing vamps coaxed, seduced, and otherwise
persuaded ten members of his gang to switch sides! If that weren't
enough, he lost six more as casualties in shootouts when he ran
into Jeff "Stonewall" Finkeldey! As a warm up, "Ice
Pick" (or should that be "Hot Stuff?") lost nine
more gang members to enemy ladies in earlier matches. He's definitely
a ladies' man!
There's no doubt this was the bloodiest, most lawless tournament
ever. And with the introduction of the Thursday night Official
Squirt Gun Heat, it was also the wettest! Many players had never
braved the squirt gun before (including the GM), but found themselves
enjoying it enough to want it in every heat (especially with
the temperature in that little room)!
Adding a bit of sanity to the bloodbath, "Two-timin'
Sluggo,", Anthony Daw, Matt Evinger, Doug Galullo, Fred
"The Saint" Gosnell, Bob "Strings" Hamel,
Gordon Rodgers, and Nick Smith were each nominated for the sportsmanship
award. Fred "The Saint" Gosnell, who also received
nominations in 1999, won the award for his patient guidance of
novice players, pointing out moves that worked against him when
they were in the best interest of the other player, and an overriding
desire to make the game enjoyable for everyone all the time!
What did he get for his efforts? A pair of "Cement Overshoes"
and a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan, of course!
In the 1:50 am final, Roger "The Banker" Taylor
bought the Ambassador's Club, the Pussycat Club, and the Palace
Chophouse along with five Racketeers, two Thugs, and the Vamp
to start. "Two-timin' Sluggo" went with his patented
sneak-up-the-cash opening: Greenwood Park (immediately upgraded),
Franklin Hostel, Lou's Diner and a 6/1/1 gang. Alfred "Flash
Flood" Wong went with Brizelli's Riverside, the Downtown
Bus Station, Taylor's Machine Shop and a 5/2/1 gang. Nick "Slumlord"
Smith opened with Brzkowski's Imports, Brandon's Bikeshop, Westgate
Hotel and a 5/2/1 gang.
Slumlord dropped to a single move (thwarting his joint buying
strategy) before his first turn as Sluggo, Flash Flood, and The
Banker vamped to increase their own flexibility. With eight Racks,
Sluggo jumped to an early lead -- keeping the public orbiting
around and in the Park (which thwarted Flash Flood's one jump
joint strategy). The Banker was largely unable to
get them into the nearby Clubs and kicking himself for not getting
two blue joints so that he could upgrade; though he was able
to extort from local businesses.
With Vamps going nuts, Sluggo needed to move out of Greenwood
Park to protect his Racketeer. He declined to go to SMC Cartage
Co. because of a nearby Vamp at Brandon's Bikeshop. After his
turn, he realized that it was his Vamp! In fact, worry about
vamps was a big factor throughout the game. Slumlord commented,
when his Vamp was unable to take advantage of a good roll, "She's
such a good girl."
Slumlord took Flash Flood down a notch by using a tactic Jim
"Mr. Nice Guy" Rochford (one of Flash Flood's own teammates)
- buying a joint where a criminal thug is extorting in order
to wipe that piece out in successive shootouts. The cops did
Flash Flood in by wiping out his vamp ("Welcome to my world!").
Without the squirt gun, he resorted to knocking over a glass
of water to soak himself. The game was quickly relocated to another
When all was dried and done at 4 am, Two-timin' Sluggo was
champion once again with 10 G's. In second place, winning the
"Junior Godfather" Award was Roger "The Banker"
Taylor. In third place, and gaining honorable mention was another
first-timer, Nick "Slumlord" Smith. Al "Flash
Flood" Wong took 4th. Come join us next year to see if anyone