wargaming Euro style
Karsten Engelmann was scheduled to run the Attila tournament,
but at the last minute his employer refused to let Karsten attend
WBC; thus, his better half stepped in to run it. Luckily, despite
the fact Kaarin had to review the rules just before the game,
the crowd was very friendly and willing to jump in and play in
order to begin the convention on the right foot. After the initial
sign-ups, there were 26 people who wanted to play (not including
the GM); not exactly optimal for a 5-player game. Raymond Stakenas
showed himself to be a GM's dream (and exceptionally unselfish)
by volunteering to drop out.
Everyone who played seemed to have a good time - though Attila
is such a cerebral game that things stayed pretty quiet. One
question that came up in the game was what to do about tied scores.
(It should probably be the person closest to the one who caused
the final conflict of the game-going in reverse turn order.)
Three of the five first-round games went through the 7th century;
the other two ended in the 6th. Also, in three of the five first-round
games, the person causing the final conflict of the game was
the person who actually ended up winning. (Of course, in Jason
Levine's game, he caused the final conflict in every century
AND held onto victory in the
end! Obviously a rather warlike fellow!) In Lauren Vessey's game,
she won without causing the final conflict in any century.
Winning scores in the first round ranged from Nicholas Benedict's
89 to Andy Lewis' 58; the mean winning score was 73. Both Andy
Lewis and John Emery beat out their second-place opponents by
just one point. In four of the five first-round games, the winner
beat the last place player by more than 25 points. Lauren beat
the last-place player by 51 points; all of the scores in Andy
Lewis' game fell within a 12-point range.
There was a mean of 10.5 pieces
for each tribe on the board in the first round. Of course, in
Lauren's game, the Teutons (Grey) had 20 pieces, followed by
the Huns with 15 (Black). The Vandals (Red) and the Franks (Blue)
each had only one piece on the board (which explains the wide
scores disparity in the game). Andy's close game had similar
numbers of tribe markers on the board (56 vs. 55), but were much
more evenly spread among the tribes. In Nicholas's and John's
games, there were a whopping 72 and 71 tribe markers, respectively,
on the board after the final conflict.
The five winners from the first round were able to immediately
move to the final. (What a bonus to be able to claim wood the
very first night!) Together they managed to place 62 pieces on
the board (which was exactly the mean number of pieces placed
in the first round) - a mean of 10.3 tribal markers for each
tribe. Although Jason continued with his penchant for causing
the final conflict (although this time he only did it in the
4th and 6th centuries), the strategy didn't fare as well, and
he finished fourth, with 50 points. Nicholas, the final victor,
caused the final conflict of the 7th century and scored 71 points.
John and Andy tied for second, with 63 points each, and Lauren,
who had swept her game so thoroughly in the first round, trailed
the pack with 44 points.