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This year's tourney grew to 19, the highest since 20 in its
sophomore year in 1998. The increased attendance by families
at this year's WBC is probably the major factor in the upsurge
since at least two families, the Duke/Merica and Collinson groups
swelled the ranks by five between them. Add in the perennial
K & V Hitchings, and 37% of the
players had a family member in the tourney. None played another
in the intial round, but the final...
We again offered ,"Orcbait" and "Dragonfood"
certificates to the players in each game most beset by the orcs
and dragon respectively; some declined the honor. The "Blank
Card" option was available to the players and the "Dummy
Treasure" option was used in the first round to provided
a tie-break to determine which two of the four runners-up would
advance to the
finals. We introduced two innovations this year: "Orcbait"
and "Dragonfood" plaques were awarded to the players
most beset in a single game, and a consolation round was offered
using the "Final Orc War" variant from THE GENERAL,
Vol 19, #4, p 31 with the winner earning a "King's Orcslayer"
Number of returning players from 2001: 5
Number of other repeat players: 2
Number of Ladies playing: 8, a record high
Number of rookies: 12
Initial Castle success rate since 1999: #1 & #4 (3), #3
& #5 (2), #6 & #7 (1), #2 & #8 (0)
NOTE: One report didn't list initial Castles.
All too early on Thursday morning 19 orc-bashers assembled to
vie for the Throne of Marnon. The Tourney Director, Lord Bolduc,
organized three 5-player games and one 4-player game so that
the the orc-bashing and treasure seeking could begin. The four
winners and two runners-up would advance to the final round.
"Orcbait" and "Dragonfood" certificates
were offered to the players in each game most beset by the orcs
and dragon respectively. An "Orcbait? and a "Dragonfood"
plaque were awarded to the player most beset in the tourney.
On Board 1, Lord Bolduc defeated Ladies Merica, Goldstein
and Verity Hitchings and Lord Gundersen as the first player of
Turn 5. Lady Merica was both Dragonfood with ten losses and
Orcbait with nine losses .
On Board 2, Lord Tivel defeated Ladies Katherine Hitchings,
Rolinda Collinson, and Duke and Lord Lange as the last player
of Turn 7. Lady R Collinson was Dragonfood with nine losses,
and Lord Tivel was Orcbait with 13 casualties.
On Board 3, Lord Runnicles defeated King Beyma, and Lords
Bell and Lenoir on Turn 8. Lord Runnicles was Dragonfood with
nine losses and Lords Bell and Lenoir shared Orcbait with 15
On Board 4, Lord Duke defeated Lord Saunders & Samuel,
and Ladies Ashley Collinson, & Kirchner, on the 3rd player
phase of Turn 6. Lady Kirchner was Orcbait with 13 losses and
Lord Duke was Dragonfood in the low rent district with four losses.
Lord Lenoir qualified for the finals on the first tie break
by having recovered two treasures and the blank, while Lady Duke
qualified on the second tie break by having the largest kingdom.
The final saw Lord Runnicles defeat Lords Bolduc, Duke, Lenoir,
and Tivel and the Lady Duke on Turn 8. Lord Duke was eliminated
in Turn 9 while the rest tried to earn high court positions.
Lady Duke established her portfolio with a second place. Lord
Lenoir his with a third. Lords Bolduc and Tivel agreed to 4th
and 5th respectively rather than to doom more good men. Lord
Duke, while obviously proud of his daughter's rise to power,
Lady Merica (26 orcs slain), eked out a win against Lady Goldstein
(25 orcs), and Lord Lange (23 orcs) as King's Orcslayer in the
consolation game. The game ended with an orc free board (16
yet to be born).
So, King Runnicles got the WBC wood and the crown, Lady Mercia
got both the DRAGONFOOD and KING'S ORCSLAYER plaques, and Lord
Tivel was awarded the ORCBAIT plaque. But plans are afoot to
constitutionally unseat King Runnicles late in July 2003....
Be there. Marnon needs you.