Viva la revolution ...
The Junta event surged this year to gather 25 players,
nearly double the 2000 field, arranged at four tables for the
first round. Aided by the a GM with a poor accent, a sombrero
and a foreign aid shipment of boxed cereals, the 25 participants
jumped into their games, quick to pull the trigger at the bank
and willing to let the tanks rumble on any coup excuse. Under
threat of "fast coup" rules, most of the tables moved
along quickly, despite launching the expected frequency of coups.
Only the GM's table dragged along, haggling over budgets and
safe passage deals, while rotating the presidency in a pseudo-democratic
process that averted the need for coups. This table witnessed
a highly successful Minister of Internal Security who soon felt
the glare of opposing gunsights. In a lucrative deal, Stuart
Tucker offered Minister Kevin Breza a bodyguard for a cut of
the loot and then brazenly walked to the bank himself (knowing
that his own Monarchist Assassin would watch his own back). The
move ensured that Tucker would win the table easily, leaving
the rest scrambling for a second place berth in the finals.
At another table, Charles Bramwell and Tom Phillips banked
32 and 30 millions of Pesos respectively to win, but neither
could attend the Sunday morning final, allowing Roger Santagato
a spot. At the third table, Christopher Bodkin waltzed to an
easy victory with 42 MPs, while Chris Bartiromo and Kevin Barry
banked in the 30s. At the final table, Ted Simmons and Paul
Risner were the only two who managed to bank more than 20 MPs
in a very close game.
The seven-player final consisted of the first and second place
players from the first round, with a couple of third-place alternates
for those who could not participate. The tone of the final was
set early when Presidente Kevin Barry announced that it was a
very poor year and then kept three of the bills for himself.
Tucker successfully sent his pyschotic assassin to "teach
ruling class a lesson" (and quickly banked the proceeds).
Successor Presidente Roger Santagato, however, continued the
trend of greedy presidents, setting up an intriguing series of
coup and counter-coup machinations in an attempt to execute either
the very rich Minister of Internal Security Ted Simmons or the
President, or perhaps the rich First Rebel. In the end, the rebel
alliance was bought off with some of Simmons' money, saving the
neck of the President. When Santagato was assassinated
later, the endgame target became Tom Dunning.
In the final turn of the game, Minister Tucker colluded with
the President to vote down the budget (and then enforce it) to
ensure that the bank would be closed for lunch (during the coup).
He then launched a bogus coup. Dunning skillfully evaded capture
during the bogus coup by fleeing into exile with his Marine battalion.
This foiled the efforts of Presidente Bodkin and chummy First
Rebel Tucker to execute him and split the money regardless of
which side actually "won" the coup. Alas for poor Tom,
Minister Simmons accepted a bribe but then murdered him at passport
Erstwhile, Paul Risner had been slowly reaping moderate amounts
from every budget (and a few secret donations), seemingly never
missing a share. This, combined with a timely assassination,
gave him 20 MPs and victory when time was called. Santagato earned
second with 15 MPs, while Simmons' border deception moved him
from sixth up to fourth place, and dropped Dunning from second
to sixth. Bodkin and Tucker's failed machinations left them in
third and fifth, Bodkin having nearly won the Wood during the
With a growth trend like this, don't forget to bring your
copy of the game next year when this event moves into the gringo's
Century group! However, due to the high casualty rate there is
now an opening to GM this event in 2002. Are you interested,
senor? Sombrero optional.