strategy on a titanic scale ...
So many gamers, so few copies. Of course we're referring to
Elchfest. The game everyone loves to play, but nobody has a copy.
Well, just a few exist. And if you don't have a copy, maybe you
can ask Dan Dolan to make you a jumbo set.
If you didn't have the pleasure, Dan created a jumbo set that
he pulled out prior to the main event for play at the bottom
of the escalators. It definitely drew a crowd and many willing
participants. One wound up pulling a hamstring (hmmm.. I wonder
who), so don't say playing Elchfest isn't dangerous.
For the uninitiated, Elchfest is the dexterity game
of WBC, and a great evening ender in the same vein as Pro
Golf and Slapshot. Some might argue stacking "
counters in a hex based wargame is a dexterity event, but no.
The goal of Elchfest is to cross your elk (or moose if
you prefer) from your starting island to your opponent's island
by flicking round disks that
represent the stones your animal can use to move. If you need
more information, you're taking the game too seriously (direct
quote from the manufacturer) and that's not the intent in this
Elch were collocated with the Breakout: Normandy tournament.
A natural and logical union if you ask me. Prior to the start
of the event, we were able to thank James Doughan for sponsoring
Elchfest, and he was given a set of Sugar Daddy shirts that he
wore proudly. Or for another perspective, return to 11 PM
Tuesday night as Dolan is administering another shellacking in
the first round of his Breakout Normandy tournament, when his
concentration is broken by the sudden guffaws of the moose crowd
and its mating call summoning players into his room. "What
idiot let them in"?, or words to that effect. Doughan is
then presented with his sugar daddy shirt and realizes that he
is the idiot that sponsored their event in the first place. And
another chapter in WBC lore is born.
Even though attendance was up 70% and copy availability was
down, the crowd was enthusiastic and patient for their turn at
the stones. The ear piercing elk call was not needed, except
to ceremonially start the tournament.
Players scattered to available surfaces to play. Countertops,
tables with and without tablecloths, and different salons were
all venues for games. Those who brought copies were most sporting
in allowing them to be used after they had been sent packing.
After four rounds, we were reduced to three contestants. Defending
champion Jeff Paull dropped at that point to let Dan Dolan and
Bob Runnicles battle it out in a best 2 of 3. A tight fought
match was had, but the expression of disbelief on Dan's face
revealed that his ultimate goal, wood in Elchfest, had
eluded him for another year. Dan was so distraught at losing
he began to spread vicious rumors about the GM and assistant
GM, but everyone realized its all part of playing Illum,
Congratulations are well deserved to Bob for winning, and
thanks to all the contestants who participated with the greatest
of patience. Pictures of the Elchfest event are available
(for a while) at: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/anomaly99/elchfest.htm
moose were hurt in the making of this event ... which is more
than can be said for the participants.
Dan Dolan and one of his linebacker sons are seen at right
engaging in a little manly Elchfest with proper sized
components. Dan's quest to win the moose antlers failed again
this year despite months of training with the over-sized meese.
So close and yet so far.