less is more ...
year's Advanced Civilization event used a new format designed
to shorten the event time for the first round. The second qualifying
heat was eliminated and the preliminary round used a shortened
variant where the game would be timed to seven hours or end when
the first player reached the 1300 point space on the AST. As
a result, we increased to 20 players, and all games were finished
There were three games played in the first round, two with
seven players and one with six. Joe Gundersen won the six-player
game while playing Assyria, defeating Jamie Tang's Babylon by
a mere 20 points. The highlight was a trade embargo established
against Joe which lasted a full trade round without anyone breaking
it. Fortunately for him, it was not enough to prevent him from
winning. James Gundy took third with Crete to advance also.
Defending champion Doug Galullo won his first round game as
Thrace, defeating Ted Mulally's Africa by 35 points. This game
also sent third place Ann Cornett (Iberia) and Shantanu Saha
(Assyria) to the final. Ted was unable to play in the final,
so top alternate Craig Moffitt took his position.
Our final seven-player game saw the largest winning margin
of the tournament as Eric Gundersen's Iberia cruised to a 282
point win over Kevin Youells' Assyria. The system for choosing
finalists favored the closer games, and as a result Eric was
the only player from this game to compete in the final round.
The final was an epic struggle to the finish. With all eight
positions in play, city sites were hard to come by and nobody
was able to build their full nine cities until one turn from
the finish. Crete and Thrace got into a long war over city building
which hurt them both and most other countries averaged only seven
cities per turn.
Illyria and Thrace were also ravaged by calamities. After dropping
to one city near the end, James was heard to sum up his day with
the quote of the tournament: "If I only have one city left
at the end of the game, I only need two people to support it."
Babylon jumped out to an early lead, and despite spending all
day trying to convince everyone else that he wasn't winning,
Doug Galullo won by 181 points to become the first repeat ACV
champion in nearly ten years. Babylon was followed by Africa,
Egypt, Iberia, Crete, Illyria, Assyria and Thrace.
Congratulations to everyone who played, and until next year
remember one thing: Doug is winning!!