circus minimus [Updated October 2002]

CMN   3 prizes Swiss Elim Scheduled 
  Rnd1 Heat1 19  
  Rnd1 Heat2 19      Rnd1 Heat3 19 
   Round 2 Final 12

  Round 2 MD 4  Rnd1 Heat2 Salon B  Rnd1 Heat1 MD 3  Rnd1 Heat3 Valley

Greg Berry, VA

2002 Champion

2nd: Steve Shambeda, PA

3rd: Paul Bolduc, FL

4th: Joe Sposito, NJ

5th: Tom Meier, VA

6th: Robert Myers, MD

Event History
2001    Steve Shambeda     38
2002    Greg Berry     22

AREA Ratings

GM: Joel Tamburo

Past Winners

Steve Shambeda - PA

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The 2002 Circus Minimus event was a blast, drawing 21 competitors to three heats of exciting play. The 21 is down from last
year's 38, but I attribute that to a foolish scheduling experiment of mine where all the heats were at 7pm, and one was on
Tuesday to boot. This was my fault, and will not be repeated in the future.

All in all, seven games were played over the three qualifying heats, plus the final. Players advanced to the final based upon the highest score they achieved in any one race in the heats. This system worked well, and will be retained for the future.

Heat 1 was on Tuesday night, and six players (including the GM) played. After a hard fought race in which two charioteers died (both by being run over by their fellow racers), the GM (me) squeaked out a win by rolling a 6 for Hard Whipping my very fatigued horses to finish one space ahead of Bob Myers.

Heat two featured three five-player games. In one of them, Tom Meier edged out last year's champ Steve Shambeda in a very rare race. The rarity was that no charioteer was killed and all Chariots survived the race as well. The other race was more along normal lines, as two charioteers were killed. This race was also unique in that Kaarin Engelmann won the race riding in her THIRD chariot of the race. She started in her own, then jumped into an unmanned chariot (the driver had been killed previously) after her initial one became damaged. After again being without chariot, she then jumped from the median into yet
another chariot, which she rode to victory. In the third race, Jon Shambeda bested Paul Bolduc with a close win at the end.

Heat three featured two five-player games. The first one was one of the bloodiest Circus Minimus games ever played at WBC. Only two charioteers survived the race, and only one chariot. The winner was Greg Berry, who earned the nickname "Doctor
Death" by killing three charioteers. Steve Shambeda tried to board Greg's chariot but missed, and ran across the line on foot to claim second. In the second game, Joe Sposito won a very tight race in a game that featured a three-way fight for a single chariot (three charioteers fighting in one chariot).

The Final was a seven player race that featured a lot of mayhem. Only three of the seven charioteers survived the race as both Greg "Doctor Death" Berry and Steve Shambeda each killed two of their fellow racers. Ultimately it came down to a race between Greg and Steve, where Greg prevailed by the smallest of margins. Paul Bolduc finished third.

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who played this year, both for contributing to the success of this event and for putting up with me (the GM). This was harder than it may seem, as I was suffering from what was diagnosed after the convention as a severe sinus infection (am still on medication for it) and was effectively deaf during both heat 3 and the finals. Special thanks go to Steve Shambeda, Bob Myers and Bill Navolis. These experienced players were at tables with novices, and went out of their way to help with the play of the game, sometimes to their own detriment. Finally, my nomination for the Sportmanship award went to Steve Shambeda (although any of the above individuals are deserving). Steve probably cost himself the wood by pointing out a rule to the other players that specifically disadvantaged him (he was at the time not on a chariot).

 GM      Joel Tamburo  [2nd Year]   8814 W. 85th St, Apt 1W, Jusrtice, IL 60458   NA

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