Viva la Revolution
This year saw only a slight player increase in participants.
Seventeen "wanna-be" dictators battled it out for a
third world Republica and the right to be called El Presidente
for Life, no matter how short. It was an even split this year
with the rebels and government each taking two games of the two-deck
preliminary games. The top player from each of the four-player
first round games advanced into a final four-player game. No
VP spread in any of the four games was greater than 47 points.
The final round of four players was played with two each of
the faction chits. The government ended by losing the war even
though they led the game in 22 of 33 scoring opportunities. The
average VP spread was a mere 6.5 points. Each player was high
scorer for at least four turns. First deck action started with
Peter Stein drawing first blood with a TV Station attack vs.
Gordon Rodgers lone 1-strength rebel unit. Gordon returned the
favor by attacking, capturing the TV Station, then using its
special ability to score three additional VPs. This would be
the last time GR held the lead until a series of high scoring
opportunities late in the second deck allowed him to outscored
the other players by 43 VPs.
First round play was not a place for small groups or single
units to deploy. Many units, and even whole groups, died ugly
"automatic" deaths to cries "Let 'em die!".
It was only in strength did players try to deploy units, but
even large groups were not immune as a number fell to ambushes.
Rich Shipley spent most of the first deck trying to build his
army. All the while scoring with small three to six point victories
over his opponents. Installations were lost and recaptured numerous
times. Rarely did any player maintain control for more than two
turns. Chaka drew the first Revolution and exchanged chits with
Peter. It did not help either of them other than the fact they
knew each other's faction was government.
Second deck action remained ugly. Many small groups died and
installations changed hands faster thana pig takes to mud. The
true highlight of second deck play was when Chaka played a supply
cut card on Rich. Rich's group tried desperately to break out,
but failed each and every time. After several turns, Rich's group
was one point away from surrendering when he drew a traitor card
and played it on Chaka's supply cutting group. Chaka hoped his
leader would die, but it was not to be. The group switched alliances,
the supply cut card was discarded and Rich's group was reprieved.
Gordon drew the second Revolution card and decided not to
exchange any chits. Hindsight would prove the merit of this action
as the placement had already been decided. Late in the game the
government faction led by 25 points, but hope rapidly faded as
a flurry of rebel scoring opportunities presented themselves.
Even with government control of most of the installations they
could not erase the rebel lead and in the end the margin of the
rebel victory was a paltry two victory points. Who says the TV
Station is not worth its weight. Peter Stein was leading with
128 points, including 24 points worth of installations, but alas
he backed the wrong side, got halved and managed a third place
finish. Gordon was left in sole control of first place, his comrade
in arms, Rich Shipley, 26 points behind.