Snake Eyes for Tirpitz ...
year saw 122 brave men and women make the perilous vicarious
journey into the North Atlantic. As in years past, there were
the usual allotment of bizarre occurrences, unexplained phenomenon,
and unlucky dice rolls.
The biggest news to come out of the early rounds of the event
was the discovery that the Tirpitz is almost certainly a cursed
ship. It was bitten by the dreaded snake eyes no less than five
(5!) times during various heat games. Although, as you'll see,
she did redeem herself slightly during the final.
Our six finalists were Marty Sample, Rob Winslow, Roy Gibson,
Scott Fenn, Ross Jones, and Kevin Brownell. Unfortunately, Kevin
chose to play in another event instead of the final and thus
was automatically relegated to 6th place.
The final started cautiously as no one really made any mad
breaks for the lead. Marty scored points on two of the first
three hands to put a nose out in front. Hand 4 saw our first
real excitement as Scott started the battle for SC44 by calling
sub and playing three German points. After discards from Roy
and Marty, Rob dropped a hammer by playing Admiral Tovey (changing
the suit to combined) and the King George V (for 8 allied points).
Scott's German card was now worth 4 points, so it was up to Ross
to decide which way to go. He smoothly dropped the Scharnhorst
down on the table adding her 7 points the Scott's 4 and giving
the Germans a big win. Ross kept the convoy, giving the might
KGV to Scott.
Hand 6 was a wild air battle over convoy HX228. Every player
but Rob (who played 3 German points) put down a ?-valued card.
In the end, Scott got the better of the dice fest and took the
convoy sharing the one spoil with Roy.
Hand 8 proved to be one of the decisive moments of the game.
Ross played for convoy HG76 and called surface, leading out with
the Rodney (6 allied points). Scott followed with a little 1-point
allied ship. After a discard from Roy and a "Stein-Flush"
from Marty, Rob decided it was time to take a chance and played
the Bismarck, along with the Belchen. Rob had 2-dice to roll,
and needed an 8 to tie the hand and a 9 to win. Well, fortune
smiled on the German gunners as Rob rolled a 9 and took everything
for himself (an 11-point haul in one hand).
Hand 11 saw the Tirptiz try to dispel any rumors that she
is a cursed ship as Ross rolled an 11 with her to take out the
Duke of York along with another spoil.
Rob continued his hot die rolling with the Bismarck in hand
13 as he rolled a 10 to take convoy ONS 154 for himself.
Unfortunately for the other players no one was able to get
on a serious roll and catch up to Rob. The last hand of the game
saw Roy call an air battle for convoy SC94. He played Admiral
Tovey and 5 allied points. Scott tried to take someone out with
the Atlantic Storm, but it was not to be.
The final scores were: Rob 28, Marty 22, Roy 22 (Marty took
2nd with more convoy points), Scott 21, and Ross 18.
Congratulations to Rob Winslow for finally breaking his personal
curse and winning the Atlantic Storm tournament and his third
wood over all. Thanks to all who played, and I hope to see everyone
back again (and maybe even a few more) next year in our bigger
ocean in Lancaster.