Harken oh heroes to the days of
Too shortly after dawn on Thursday 3 Aug 00, eleven ambitious
warlords and an audacious warlady gathered in the Belmont Room
to challenge King Brooks Beyma, the 1999 Champion, for the throne
of the island of Marnon. In accordance with the Rules of Challenge,
the claimants were divided among three boards by Master of the
Tourney Lord Bolduc, with two from each board to advance to the
On Board 1, the King faced Lords Paul Bolduc, Harry Flawd
III, Larry Lingle, and Chris Lefevre. Lord Bolduc quickly took
the lead, capturing treasures on Turns 1 and 3. Lord Flawd captured
his first on Turn 3. Turn 4 saw Lord Lingle capture his first
treasure and destroy the King's final army, sending the monarch
into hiding. Lord Lingle captured his second treasure in Turn
5 only to have his third transported across the board. Lord Flawd
captured his second treasure on Turn 6 and his third on Turn
9. Turn 10 saw Lord Lingle capture his third then Lord Bolduc
his third. So Lords Flawd and Lingle advanced to the finals.
Peacemaker did equally prosper the orcs and Lord Flawd (thrice),
but did dislike Lord Lingle's constant petitioning, denying him
six men. The King's men were the Dragon's preferred food, devouring
nine as well as 23 orcs.
On Board 2, Lords Paul Saunders, Russell Chilcote, Ken Samuel
and Lady Kathy Hitchings did contend. Lord Chilcote did score
first, capturing a treasure on Turn 1. The loathesome orcs captured
Lord Samuel's castle and slew six of Lady Hitchings finest in
thwarting her attack on their castle and her treasure. Lord Chilcote
captured his second treasure on Turn 4, ensuring the emnity of
the others. To no avail though, as Lord Chilcote captured his
third treasure on Turn 7. Lady Hitchings was eliminated in Turn
9, but the struggle for second place raged until Turn 11, when
Lord Saunders forced Lord Samuel to concede. Lords Chilcote and
Saunders advanced. Lady Hitchings troops were the ravenous Worm's
favorite feast, devouring nine men and 11 orcs.
On Board 3, Lords Joe Abrams, Bill Navolis, Mike Chilcote,
and Steve Cuccaro did square off. Both Lords Navolis and Cuccaro
captured their crowns on Turn 2. Lord Abrams captured his chest
on Turn 3. Lord Navolis answered by capturing his ring and Lord
Abrams his crown on Turn 4. Lord Cuccaro moved the final Yellow
treasure on Turns 5 & 6, but Lord Abrams prevailed and captured
his final treasure on Turn 6. Lord Navolis captured his chest
for second place on Turn 7. Lord Chilcote, captured his chest
on Turn 8, but Lord Cuccaro clinched third place by capturing
his final treasure on Turn 9. Lords Abrams and Navolis advanced.
Peacemaker prospered Lord Chilcote's troops thrice and the Dragon
munched eight of his men, as well as 21 orcs.
So it was that Lords Abrams, R. Chilcote, Flawd, Lingle, Navolis,
and Saunders were to meet to determine who would occupy the Throne
of Marnon for 2000/2001. But lo! Lord Flawd preferred the sweet,
cerebral competition of Superstar Baseball to the dusty
hurly-burly of orc-bashing. Thus the other five Lords did do
battle without him. Turn 1 saw both Lords Abrams and Chilcote
capture a treasure and Peacemaker deny Lord Lingle all his reinforcements.
Lord Navolis captured his first treasure on Turn 2, while Peacemaker
again denied Lord Lingle two men. On Turn 3 Lord Chilcote captured
his second treasure. Turn 4 Lord Saunders fled the northeast
corner of the board, uttering the quote of the Tourney "There
are just too many treasures in the area for me to care."
Lord Lingle captured his first treasure on Turn 5, and was again
denied all his reinforcements on Turn 6. On Turn 7, Lords Saunders
and Navolis captured treasures. Lord Navolis settled the question
of the Succession by capturing his third and final treasure on
Turn 9, a turn when Lords Lingle and Chilcote both received Peacemaker's
total displeasure. Some fighting continued for four turns until
it was clear what the new royal pecking order would be. Lord
Chilcote lost seven men to the Dragon's maw, joining 40 orcs.
Peacemaker prospered the orcs seven times.
The Finalists: From left to right,
Lords Saunders, R. Chilcote, Navolis, Abrams, and Lingle
And so it was decided, according to the Rules of Challenge, that
Bill Navolis would succeed Brooks Beyma as King of Marnon. Paul
Saunders placed second, Joe Abrams 3rd, Larry Lingle 4th, Russell
Chilcote 5th, and Harry Flawd III 6th.
Master of the Tourney, Lord Bolduc, thanks all the participants
for attending and for their good sportsmanship. Lord Lingle was
the Sportsmanship Award nominee as his quips did greatly lighten
the grim task of orc-slaying. Especial thanks go to Lords Abrams
and Saunders for acting as Assistant Masters of the Tourney.
See y'all in 2001, and bring some friends.