shogun/samurai swords [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Tom Agostino, CA

2003 Champion

2nd: Frank McNally, MA

3rd: Charles Hickok, PA

4th: Justin Thompson, VA

5th: Rob Buccheri, MD

6th Alan Sudy, VA

Event History
1999    Jack Jaeger     20
2000    Justin Thompson     20
2001    Charles Hickok     26
2002    Charles Hickok     27
2003    Tom Agostino     28


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Charles Hickok

PA

03
76
 2. Justin Thompson

VA

03
60
 3. Tom Agostino

CA

03
40
 4. David Huss

NY

99
30
 5. Frank McNally

MA

03
24
 6. David Hood

NC

01
18
 7. Dan Mathias

MD

00
18
 8. Jack Jaeger

VA

99
18
 9. John Koskl

MD

02
18
10. Larry Luongo

NJ

02
12
11. Ed Rothenheber

MD

01
12
12. Bill Beckman

SC

00
12
13. Robert Sacks

NY

99
12
14. Stephen Munchak

VA

01
  9
15. Richard Beyma

MD

00
  9
16. Rob Buccheri

MD

03
  8
17. Mark Franceshini

MD

02
  6
18. Eric Kleist

GA

01
  6
19. James Gundy

FL

00
  6
20. Tom Bivens

MD

99
  6
21. Alan Sudy

VA

03
  4
22. Jonathan Tivel

VA

02
  3
23. Gary Andrews

NY

01
  3
24. Dewayne Curry

WV

00
  3
25. Chris Storzillo

NJ

99
  3

Past Winners

Jack Jaeger - VA
1999

Justin Thompson - VA
2000

Charley Hickok - PA
2001 - 2002
     
 


Shogun &/or Samurai Swords

The Shogun Final was held Sunday morning, at 9 AM and was the last event running at WBC, lasting 7.5 hours, as two past champs battled it out only to lose the crown to a newcomer.

The early game developed with each player trying to carve out boundaries. Purple started in the top right and had to slightly disentangle from Red and Blue. Blue set up in the top center of the board while Red pushed into the bottom center. Orange consolidated in the left peninsula of the mainland, while Green quickly took over the two large islands on the left. Very early Green and Red were in conflict over the bottom center peninsula (adjacent to the smaller of the large islands).

Orange and Green quickly agreed to"Give peace a chance". Blue, Purple, and Red developed no alliances, with Red and Blue fighting for control of the mainland center. Red came out ahead, taking most of the center and killing one of Blue's Armies. Purple, relatively unmolested, quietly spread his armies, taking over the entire right side.

Red and Green provided the bulk of the entertainment in the early portion of the game. Green provocatively set up a Castle at the strategic sea crossing province of Kii. Red, consolidating his center bottom position, almost immediately began pressing him to withdraw. Green was not impressed, instead reinforcing with a Fortress and leaving one light Green Army to hold his right flank. The situation escalated as Red purchased masses of Ronin, preparing to push Green into the sea. Green responded by purchasing Ronin and rapidly bolstering his Army with four Bowmen and five Gunners. Many threats followed from Red while Green repeated his mantra, advising him "Don't play emotionally". Red finally saw the risk of attacking a well entrenched force early and shifted his Ronin bolstered Army up, squeezing Blue and eliminating one of his weaker Armies. Meanwhile, Blue becoming fearful of the growing Purple, used the Ninja to assassinate a Purple Daimyo, knocking that Army's experience back to 1.

The mid game set the stage for the finale. Purple silently massed, moving his Armies into position to strike a death blow to Blue while Green and Orange continued their alliance. Red maintained control of the initiative, continuing to attack everyone. Going early in the turn, he massed two Red Armies plus a bunch of Ronin and launched his long desired attack on Greení's Kii Fortress. Red's first attack went badly with low die rolls, but he was prepared for that. He paused and shifted to attack with the second army. Blue, watching from the north, and recognizing the value of Red and Green bloodying each other, intervened in the second round of combat with his Ninja, killing Red's second Army's Daimyo. The attack ended and literally saved Green from being weakened and probably eliminated by Orange. Blue's Ninja intervention represented a major sacrifice to save Green, as the remaining Blue armies were facing imminent attack. Purple followed, crushing one of Blue's Armies and securing a Castle. Orange finished Blue off by eliminating Blue's last Daimyo, but only gained two provinces and a Spearman for his trouble.

The end game saw rapid shifts following the demise of Blue. Orange, watching the entire board like the former champion he was and in a strong position, identified the growing risk from Purple rolling in from the right. He attempted to forge peace between Green and Red. Specifically, he pointed out to Green his vulnerable position and Orange's ability to easily wipe out at least two of the Green Armies. He also advised Red, although at less risk, of the amount of pain he could inflict on Red. Green readily agreed to Orange's conditions, moving his only strong Army across the bottom sea route and started taking provinces off of Purple on the bottom right. Red, unwilling to commit to an alliance with Orange, remained fixated on the Fortress in Kii (his lower flank) and his desire to teach Green a lesson. Red attacked Green early in the next turn with two strong Armies. This time, without Blue's Ninja and dice to save him, Green lost the Fortress and his first Army. In the process, Green bloodied Red badly, leaving Red with two very decimated Armies and Green's former Fortress. Orange, honoring the long alliance with Green, struck out at the closest and strongest Red Army, weakening it considerably before withdrawing. Green immediately counterattacked against Red with the two remaining Green Armies. Green's first light Army struck out across the center bottom, knocking out Red's first Army, a single Daimyo, and then fighting it's way through Red's second weakened Army. Finally, Green withdrew his powerful Army from the right and staged an amphibious assault against Red's third and last remaining Army/Fortress in Kii. Purple, attempting to disrupt the assault, deployed his Ninja, which missed this time. Green sent the Ninja back, winning the die roll and immobilizing Purple's strongest and closest Army. Red's final Army fell and Green advanced to 27 provinces at turn end. Purchasing the First Sword on the next round, Green attacked with all Armies and Provincial Forces, destroying one Purple Army and securing the 35th province with his last movable Provincial Spearman for the win.

For info on the game of Shogun / Samurai Swords, review the clarifications on the BPA Preview website and the following websites: http://www.gamereport.com/tgr16/samuraiswords.html (review with some errors) and http://www.gracefulboot.com/board_games/iShogun.html (rules).

 GM      Dan Mathias [3rdYear]  NA 
   dcmathias@erols.com  NA

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