wargaming Euro style
Attila has one of the most misleading titles of all
of the European designs. At first glance, you think that you
are in for a pillaging romp as Attila's hordes sweep across Europe.
The truth is that the game's theme is about the barbarian tribes
that are fleeing from Attila, and the man himself never appears.
Attila is always encamped just over the next hill, and that is
exactly where he stays for the game's duration. Once you get
past this expectation however, you find a quick-playing and interesting
game. This year's Attila finals did not disappoint anyone
as the victory was determined by the second tiebreaker.
There were two heats this year with seven tables of four-
and five-player games. The five best winners advanced to the
finals. Bill Beckman was an alternate, and he almost skipped
showing up at the finals, but he changed his mind at the last
minute. It was a good thing for him because he became the fifth
and last player. And the last shall be first ...
Dinah Marcinik triggered the end of the first century, but
it was Tim Swartz who benefited most. Tim took an early lead
by controlling the dominant green tribe (14 points), and Dinah
followed with 10. Bill Beckman, Susan Dyer, and Frank Schmitt
followed in order.
In the second century, the
green and black tribes were the biggest, and blue was the poorest.
Dinah and Susan caused tribal conflicts. This century ended with
Tim still leading at 26, thanks to his continuing
control of green. Susan and Bill were now second at 21, thanks
to an emerging black tribe, and Dinah and Frank trailed in order.
The third century would be the last. Black would overtake
green as the dominant tribe, and Tim's fortunes followed those
of the green tribe. He lost control of green and made no mark
in black. The game would end when Frank's double-move play caused
the black markers to run out. The final
scoring had Tim dropping back to third with 44, but both Susan
and Bill were tied at 50. The first tiebreaker went to the player
who caused the game to end. Frank did that, so we went to the
second tiebreaker. Who had the most firsts of all the tribes?
It was there that Bill edged out Susan, two to one. So Bill Beckman,
the man who almost wandered off to do something else, became
this year's winner of the Attila crown.