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During the First Round, four heats were played using a Swiss
Elimination format. Participants could play one game per day,
however, additional wins after the first did not confer any special
benefit other than that of additional experience. A total of
46 games were played with Darth Maul winning 59%. Results were
Heat: Darth Maul, 10 wins - Naboo, 4 wins.
2nd Heat: Darth Maul, 4 wins - Naboo, 4 wins.
3rd Heat: Darth Maul, 5 wins - Naboo, 3 wins.
4th Heat: Darth Maul, 8 wins - Naboo, 8 wins.
Totals: Darth Maul, 27 wins - Naboo, 19 wins.
Single Elimination rounds. A total of 25 games were
played with Darth Maul winning 56%; however, as the competition
got stiffer, the percentage of Federation wins dropped. The elimination
rounds were played successively every two hours with no breaks
and no byes. Adjudication was not an issue, as most games finished
well before the two-hour time limit. When an odd number of participants
advanced to a following round, an eliminator was pressed into
service to preclude a bye.
During the 1st elimination round, 28 participants squared
off for battle. Darth Maul won nine of the 14 games. During succeeding
rounds, Darth Maul tallied only five wins, while the Naboo won
The final tally for the 71 games played favored Darth Maul,
41 to 30 wins. The first place finisher, Buddy Sinigaglio, was
4-0 with Darth Maul during the single elimination rounds, and
7-0 overall with Darth Maul throughout the tournament.
Synopsis of the last two rounds.
Bob Heinzmann (Naboo) defeated Ken Whitesell (Darth Maul).
The game was a seesaw battle that looked as though it would have
to be adjudicated. Bob then drew some Anakin cards, flew through
a maze of star-fighter cards and advanced past the last three
circles to end the stalemate and the game.
Evan Cagwin (Naboo) defeated Craig Moffitt (Darth Maul). Late
in the game, Craig's droids controlled the battlefield and the
upper two floors of Theed Palace. Evan dominated the first floor
of the palace with nine Palace Guards, Purple Queen, Obi wan
and Quigon. The game appeared even, but Evan was in a superior
position with the Jedi guarding the stairwells. With Darth Maul
dispatched and the Jedi protecting the Naboo from further losses,
all that was required was for Anakin to shut down the droids.
Evan played four Anakins in a row, slicing through three star-fighters
and the last two circles to end the game.
Buddy Sinigaglio (Darth Maul) defeated Dan Dolan Jr. (Naboo).
This was a high-action, fast-paced semi-final that lasted only
36 minutes. Darth Maul killed both Jedi with only three hits
against him, while Anakin blitzed over the first four zones.
Maul exited the generator core while Anakin dallied before the
droid control ship. Maul and the Trade Federation needed to kill
ten palace guards to win. Anakin had to get past two star-fighter
cards and the last space to shut down the droids, but then of
course, Darth Maul would still be available to wreak havoc. Dan
Jr. failed in two straight attempts to shut down the droids.
Darth Maul, on the other hand, killed all the remaining Palace
Guards and Queen Amidala to end the game.
Bruno Sinigaglio (Darth Maul, Eliminator) defeated Evan Cagwin
(Naboo). This semi-final game featured veteran wargame player
Bruno Sinigaglio versus the 14-year-old Phenom, Evan Cagwin.
The Naboo suffered horrible dice rolling in this contest, with
Anakin passing only one zone in 10 attempts. Bruno, who appeared
distracted during this game, made a number of odd moves, and
onlookers questioned the stupidity of them throughout the contest;
however, Bruno's spectacular dice-rolling made him look like
a genius. His battlefield droids completely wiped out the Gungan's
and the Kid-Riders, while Darth Maul and Quigon were getting
diced in the generator core. As the Gungans were being slaughtered,
Bruno shipped 12 droids and four droideka to the palace. Obi
wan emerged from the generator core to confront 16 droids and
four droideka on the first level, destroying them all. Unfortunately
for Evan, his poor dice rolls with Anakin allowed Bruno's droids
and droideka on the third level to kill the Decoy Queen, Captain
Panaka and nine Palace Guards. The game ended with Obi Wan and
Purple Queen in sole possession of the lower floor, but with
the droids in total control of the throne room.
Final - Buddy Sinigaglio (Darth Maul) defeated Bob Heinzman
(Naboo). Bob bid away zero battle droids from the first floor
of Theed palace to play Darth Maul, with Buddy bidding away two.
Thus Buddy played the federation, minus two droids. This was
one of the closest games of the tournament, as both players were
well experienced with the side in play. Whoever met his objective
first was probably going to take home the first place prize.
Buddy went all out to kill both Jedi in order to set Darth Maul
loose in the Palace, while Bob went for an early Anakin rush
to shut down the droids. Bob received a steady flow of Anakin
cards, but rolled badly on the second space, stalling, as the
Anakin cards then dried up. Bob then switched gears and began
to attack Darth Maul with the Jedi. Eventually, Darth Maul killed
both Jedi, but he survived with only one hit remaining before
death - not enough life left to run through the palace killing
all. Buddy then called on his destroyer droids to bring the Naboo
to their knees. The droideka killed nearly all of the Palace
Guards and Captain Panaka. Darth Maul did come out of the Generator
Core to deal the final blow to the last Palace Guard, leaving
both queens to ponder the loss. At the end, Bob Heinzman displayed
great sportsmanship by bestowing the second place plaque to the
young phenom, Evan Cagwin.