Over the Alps for 15 restful years
in Italy ...
Hannibal tournament at WBC remained well attended in 2001,
despite a few headaches brought on by your humble GM (I chalk
it all up to a learning experience)!
Some interesting factoids:
* Rome won 54% of the games overall; however, among the top five
players, 12 wins came with Carthage, nine with Rome.
* This year's champion preferred to play as Carthage, as did
two of the others among the top 10 players; two did not seem
to care about the side played, while the other five (including
last year's champion) preferred Rome.
* When the bid went to 2 or higher, 14 of 24 bid winners chose
* The average winning bid to take Rome was 1.7. The average to
take Carthage was 1.2.
* Carthage was sacked twice in 50 games. Rome was never sacked.
* 60% of the games
were decided by PC advantage after nine turns (16 Roman wins,
14 Carthaginian, including six ties)
* Hannibal died in 85% of Roman wins. Hannibal died in 21% of
Carthaginian wins. Hannibal died on average in turn 6.
* Scipio Africanus died in only 14% of the games (though he was
pent up besieged in Gades in one game).
* Syracuse did not join Carthage in 50% of the games. When Syracuse
did not arrive, the chances of Roman victory increased by two-thirds.
* The alliance with Phillip occurred in 64% of the games, with
a strong correlation between the length of the alliance and Carthaginian
* Truce cards were dealt out 2.5 times per game, with the final
shuffle typically happening after turn 6 or turn 7.
Overall, players were sportsmanlike as well as forgiving of
a few glitches, the GM remained grateful for the constant dedication
of the excellent players as well as the assistant GMs who more
than once went to bat on my behalf.