die macher [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report     

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Lyman Moquin, DC

2003 Champion

2nd: Peter Staab, PA

3rd: Paul Skrabut, FL

4th: Steve Simmons, NJ

5th: Tom De Marco, NJ

6th: Thomas Browne, PA

Event History
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Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Lyman Moquin

DC

03
10
 2. Peter Staab

PA

03
  6
 3. Paul Skrabut

FL

03
  4
 4. Steve Simmons

NJ

03
  3
 5. Tom DeMarco

NJ

03
  2
 6. Thomas Browne

PA

03
  1

An oldie but goodie returns ...

Die Macher, a simulation of the German election process, was designed by Karl-Heinz Schmiel, who has also designed Tyranno Ex and Attila which are played at the WBC. Each of five (or four) players take the part of one of Germany's political parties who try to earn points from gaining votes in each of seven randomly-chosen regions, points from getting Media influence, points from gaining workers to help build the party, and points from aligning their party's stand on the issues with the slowly-revealed national consensus. It's been one of my favorite games for about ten years and I'd tried unsuccessfully to get it voted into the Century. So when Don and the Board offered the option of signing up to GM a tournament in advance of the membership survey to help that game get voted into the Century, I grabbed at the opportunity. And it helped because Die Macher came in seventh in the voting for the ten new Century games.

At first I was concerned that too few might show up for a tournament. Six, seven, or eleven players showing up would require either one or two people dropping out, recruiting one or two more on the spot, or playing at least one board with only three players. None of those options were very attractive. As the day of the event drew closer, however, I became more concerned about drawing more than twenty five, making it necessary to have a semifinal round and lose another five hour block that must be taken from other tournaments. Thankfully, neither of those worries came to pass as fourteen would-be power brokers showed up to play.

At the first table, Andy Lewis's PDS party gathered 197 out of a possible 288 Mandate points, reflecting region voting, beating out Steve Simmons' Green party who had 179 points. But Steve edged out Alan Witte's CDU party in points from media influence, ended up second to Thomas Browne's SPD party in points from party workers, and second to Thomas Vickery's FDP party in points from agreement between party and nation issues. Overall, Steve had the greatest total with 352 points, followed by Thomas V. with 323 points and Thomas B. with 318 points.

The second table held the only four player game. Peter Staab's PDS party worked hard in all seven regions, gathering a total of 169 Mandate points, while Peter Martin's CDU party followed with 131. Peter M. had the most media points and Tim Swartz's FDP party took second. Vince Frattali's SPD party got the most points from party workers and from agreement with nation opinion, but Peter S. ended up the overall winner with 331 points. Vince finished second with 290 points, and Tim took third with 269 points.

The third table saw a tight race for Mandate points, with Lyman Moquin's CDU party edging out Tom DeMarco's PDS party by 213 to 211 points. The same two parties tied for the most points from party workers. Paul Skrabut's Green party edged out John Emery's FDP party and John Weber's SPD party for the most media points, and also took a significant lead in agreement points. But Lyman's lead was too great to overcome, and his 344 points proved to be the largest margin of victory, beating out Paul's 296 points and Tom's 295 points.

All three winners, one second and two third-place finishers showed up for the final on Sunday morning. Tom D. beat Thomas B. on the first tiebreaker (% of the board's total points) to take the fifth and last slot in the final. Thomas B. finished sixth in the tournament. The first regional election was in Nordrhine-Westfaren, which is the largest region and can give a whopping 80 Mandate points to each party that can earn 50 votes there. Lyman's CDU party was able to max out on votes, and in coalition with Peter S.'s SPD party won the region. Region 2 was Berlin, an average sized region with a max Mandate of 40. Lyman also dominated here, winning handily.

Sachen-Anhalt was the third region, and was worth a maximum of 36 Mandate. Steve's FDP party formed a coalition with Tom's PDS party, pushing Peter to accept an offer from Lyman to form an opposing coalition. Steve and Tom each gained 50 votes, and since Paul had chosen that he be the starting player that turn (and Tom be the fifth player), it guaranteed that the FDP-PDS coalition would win.

Saarland, with a maximum Mandate of only 20, and larger only than Bremen (15 Mandate), was the next region. Lyman's blind bid of 18,000 just beat Peter's bid and allowed him to declare Peter as the starting player, making himself the fifth player (and tie-winner) for that round. He then gained the full 50 votes to win over Peter "by a nose".

The fifth region was Rhienland-Pfalz (Mandate 42). Steve won the bid to choose the starting player and chose Lyman to go first (and himself last). Again there were no coalitions, and Steve was able to get to 50 votes, winning over Paul's Green party "by a nose" (AKA a "short head" in German). Paul then won "by a nose" over Peter in region 6 (Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Mandate 24).

The all-important seventh and final region, where no coalitions are allowed, was Niedersachsen (Mandate 50). In spite of his tie-winning fifth place position, Steve was unable to equal Paul's 50 votes. So Paul got to add the last three People's Opinion cards to the Nation Opinion track (including one from the sixth region), creating complete agreement between his party's position and the national opinion, and earning himself the maximum possible of 82 points. But Lyman's domination of the Mandate totals (219 points), media (60 points), and the party workers (an incredible 89 points!), insured his final total of 420 points would take the crown. Peter finished second with 382 points, barely edging Paul, who took third. Steve finished in fourth, and Tom took fifth.

I plan to run this event again next year, hopefully as a Century tournament, but at least as a Trial. If you have any suggestions for next year (Run earlier during the week? Run later in the day? Die Macher as a Pre-Con?) or comments on this year, please drop me an email.

Finalists (from left to right): Lyman Moquin, Steve Simmons, Peter Staab, Tom DeMarco and Paul Skrabut.
 GM      Tom DeMarco [1st Year]   720 Wood Lane, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077-3976
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