Harken oh heroes to the days of
Too shortly after dawn on Thursday 28 Jun 01, twelve bold
warlords and two audacious warladies gathered in the Belmont
Room to challenge each other for the throne of the Island of
Marnon, wresting it from the absent King Navolis, the 2000 Champion.
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 final showdown.
Round 1 had two five-player boards and one four-player board.
Board 1 had Lord Paul Bolduc, 1999 champion ex-King Brooks Beyma,
Lord Chris Le Fevre, Lord Brad Jones, and Lord Victor Hogen.
Board 2 had Lord William Duke, Lord
Steve Scott, Lord Dan Farrow, Lady Verity Hitchings, and Lord
Larry Lingle. Board 3 had Lady Katherine Hitchings, Lord Paul
Saunders, Lord David Metzger Jr, and Lord Robert Eastman.
One innovation this year was the awarding of "Orcbait"
and "Dragonfood" certificates to the players in each
game that were munched most by frenzying orcs and the dragon,
respectively. A second innovation was to allow the inclusion
of the blank petition card in the deck and then to roll a random
event when it was drawn. Three of the four games employed this
BOARD 1 (playing with the Blank Rule). Ex-King Beyma captured
the first treasure, his ring, as the fourth player in Turn 2,
Lord Hogen responded in kind to capture his chest despite the
Wizard denying him one man. Lord Bolduc recovered his crown on
Turn 3. Lord LeFevre recovered his chest on Turn 4 and Lord Bolduc
was the first to score two when he captured his ring; Lord Hogen
again displeased the Wizard to the tune of one man. On Turn 5,
Lord Bolduc suffered the Wizard's displeasure to the the tune
of two men. On Turn 6 did Lord Jones capture his crown and ex-King
Beyma his chest; both
Lords LeFevre and Hogen did suffer the Wizard's total displeasure
and Lord LeFevre did move the last of Lord Bolduc's treasures.
On Turn 7, Lord Hogen captured his second treasure, his ring;
the Blank card appeared this turn and resulted in a "Move
Dragon to the territory of your choice," and Lord Bolduc
moved Lord Beyma's treasure. Turn 8 saw three treasures captured,
Lord Jones taking his chest, Lord LeFevre his crown, and ex-King
Beyma his crown to win; meanwhile Lord Hogen again moved Lord
Bolduc's last treasure and Lord Bolduc experienced the Wizard's
minor displeasure, losing a man. The
fighting continued since a second challenger was needed. On Turn
9, Lord Bolduc reluctantly eliminated Lord Hogen (,"He put
his only army in the direct line between me and my treasure.
I hated to do it to a rookie -- he may not be back next year,
because of this -- but mistakes must be punished!)." Lord
Jones suffered the Wizard's displeasure for two men. On Turn
10, Lord LeFevre finished the struggle by taking his ring as
the first player in the turn. Thus ex-King Beyma and Lord Jones
advanced to the Final. Lord LeFevre won the Dragonfood award
with 13 men lost and Lord Jones took the Orcbait
prize with 19 losses. The Wizard most detested Lord Hogen's protestations,
fining him all once and one man once.
BOARD 2: On Turn 1, did the Wizard first display his annoyance
at the petty petitions of the players by denying Lady Verity
a man and Lord Lingle two men (continuing his loathing from last
year's Tourney, it seems). On Turn 2, Lady Verity captured her
chest, but Lord Farrow also gained his ring. On Turn 3, Lord
Farrow captured his chest (his second), Lord Duke captured his
crown, Lady Verity captured her crown (her second), and Lord
Lingle captured his ring. On Turn 4, Lord Duke captured his
crown. Turn 5 saw Lord Scott capture his ring. Turn 6 had Lord
Scott pick up his ring (his second). Turn 7 brought closure to
the situation as Lady Verity won by capturing her ring and Lord
Scott earned second by capturing his chest. Lord Scott was awarded
the Dragonfood title with ten men lost and Lord Farrow the Orcbait
with 14, since Lord Lingle uncharacteristically left the field
early. The Wizard was displeased most with, if the scribe can
be believed, Lord Lingle, with two lost on Turn 1 and no one
losing any thereafter. This was the sole game not to use the
"Blank card" option.
BOARD 3: This turned out to be the most vexious board of
all, although it did play the "Blank option". On Turn
1, did Lord Metzger claim his crown, despite the Wizard denying
him one troop and Lady Kathrine all. On Turn 2, Peacemaker denied
Lord Metzger two more extra men. On Turn 4 did Lady Katherine
snag her ring, but also did Lord Saunders lose two troops at
the Wizard's whim, still, did Lord Metzger move the Wizard and
Lord Eastman move the Dragon. On Turn 5 Lord Metzger captured
his second treasure, ring, and Lord Eastman his chest with Lord
Eastman again moving the loathesome Wyrm. On Turn 6 Lady Katherine
captured her second treasure, her crown. Turn 7 saw Lord Eastman
capture his second treasure and two more were moved. On Turn
8, Lord Eastman was eliminated, having been attacked by both
dragon and orcs. Turn 10 ended the pain of the treasureless Lord
Saunders who was eliminated by the Wyrm while Lady Katherine
did suffer the Wizard's total displeasure. Finally, on Turn 12,
after the Dragon ate 27 orcs and three of her men, Lady Katherine
eked out the victory with the orcs controlling 32 of the 36 territories.
Lord Metzger earned his entry to the finals by merely surviving.
Saunders was awarded the Dragonfood certificate with 13 eaten
and Lady Katherine & Lord Metzger both were named Orcbait
with 17 losses each. The Blank card did not appear. The Dragon
ate an incredible 99 orcs!
The final thus featured ex-King Beyma, Ladies Katherine and
Verity Hitchings, and Lords Jones, Metzger, and Scott. It too
employed the "Blank Card" Option.
FINAL: On Turn 1, ex-King Beyma lost two men to the Wizard's
displeasure. On Turn 2 lord Metzger captured his chest, Lady
Verity her ring, and Lady Katherine came one man short of capturing
one of her treasures while Lord Jones suffered the Wizard,'s
total displeasure. The Blank card also appeared, yielding a "no
effect" result. On Turn 3, Lord Jones and ex-King Beyma
captured their crowns while Lord Scott lost two men and Lord
Metzger all for haranguing the Wizard. On Turn 4, Lord Scott
again lost one man to the Wizard's whim. On Turn 5, many mighty
deeds were performed as Lord Metzger captured his crown, Lord
Scott secured his chest, Lord Jones, having held off a determined
assault on Castle 2 by Lady Verity, recoverd his ring by storming
Lady Verity's Castle 4, and Lady Katherine captured her chest.
Two treasures were also moved out of harm's immediate way. Turn
6 saw ex-King Beyma and Lord Scott join Lord Meztger as leaders
by capturing their chest and crown respectively. Turn 7 saw no
captures but much repositioning of pieces as two treasures, the
Dragon, and the Wizard were moved, while Lord Metzger did again
suffer the Wizard's total displeasure and Lord Scott lost two
more men also. On Turn 8 Lady Verity captured her chest, Lord
Metzger did again lose one man to the Wizard's whim, and ex-King
Beyma slew Lady
Katherine's hero who was guarding the passage to his third treasure.
On Turn 9 the question was decided as ex-King Beyma recovered
his ring and his throne to earn the right to rule Marnon.
The struggle continued to determine the new Royal pecking
order with Lord Metzger again forfeiting all his men to the Wizard
on Turn 10, Lords Jones and Scott losing one and two respectively
on Turn 11, and Lady Katherine all on Turn 12. Lady Verity captured
her final Treasure as the first player on Turn 12, followed shortly
by Lords Metzger and Scott in the same turn. Fifth and sixth
places were adjudicated to Lord Jones and Lady Katherine respectively.
Lady Katherine was dubbed "Dragonfood" for her 16 losses
and Lord Scott earned the "Orcbait" title for 22 losses.
The Blank card came up twice, once moving the dragon (Turn 10)
and once for a "no effect". Twas certain that Peacemaker
did detest Lord Metzger the most,
perhaps because his scraggly beard was in so stark a contrast
to the Wizard's own white, flowing one.
Thanks to all the players, and especial thanks to Paul Saunders
and Dan Farrow, the Assistant Tournament Directors. Bob Eastman
was nominated for the sportsmanship award for hanging in there
after he was eliminated to maintain superb game notes.