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The 2003 Circus Minimus event had an attendance drop
again this year, going from 21 to 14. As such it is unlikely
to remain in the Century for 2004, and will have to continue
as a Trial event to try to work its way back into the Century.
Despite the lower attendance, a good time was had by all.
Heat 1 featured one four-player game. This race was very non-violent,
and no charioteers died, which is amazing in Circus Minimus
where it is commonplace for only one charioteer to survive the
race. The race was won by Don Tatum, who ultimately went on to
win the event.
Heat 2 featured
two four-player games. However, as this time your humble GM was
playing, things were more violent. As one might expect, the GM
was the first player killed. This was an interesting race, featuring
Paul Bolduc's strategy (which he tried last
year) of circling the track at an easy pace and letting the other
players kill each other. Unfortunately for Paul, Jed Shambeda
(this year's Doctor Death) killed his charioteer in the last
corner of the race, and Jed then raced to victory. In the other
race, John Keating prevailed in a hard fought race over a tightly
Heat 3 also had two four-player games. As in the previous heat,
the GM was killed almost right out of the gate, this time by
Steve Shambeda (Jon's father). Steve went on to win the race
and earn a spot in the Final.
The Final featured five players, and was a race marked by unusual
happenings and rules questions. The five chariots remained intact
until the last two corners, each of which claimed a chariot.
Don Tatum won the final in dramatic fashion. First, Steve Shambeda
leaped into his chariot from the median (as Steve's chariot had
crashed). Then Don raced across the finish line with Steve in
it. As the owner of the chariot, Don took first place. Steve
took second as the interloper. John Keating initially had a high
enough speed roll to win, but Don used his reroll power to make
John reroll. The resulting reroll left John just short, so he
took third. James Kendrick came in fourth, and Jed Shambeda took
I want to thank Steve Shambeda for his excellent work as Assistant
GM, and for his sportsmanlike attitude in play. Finally, at this
time I am not planning to return as the GM, so any interested
party should contact me about a transfer of power. However, I
will be working with Steve Shambeda and with the publisher to
get the rules questions ironed out, as well as to make additional
play aids for this game.