Confederates triumphant ...
saw the Saturday morning tournament draw 52 attendees. Considering
the addition of MEMOIR'44 to Saturday, the reduction in
numbers was not unexpected from last years' 64.
Gamers were randomly grouped in 13 pods of four. Each gamer
played one game versus each of the other opponents in their group.
The scenario played was GLORIETTA by Richard Borg, a scenario
not in the published game but readily available on line. It is
played until you destroy five of your opponent's flags versus
the normal six flag requirement. This makes GLORIETTA
the perfect tournament scenario; fast and furious and using all
three branches of BATTLE CRY's military. Play proceeded
very quickly. It got under way at about 9:15 a.m. and the last
dice roll was around 11:30 a.m. Time pressures have been added
to the tournament mix and have drawn favorable reviews. Grace
under pressure, and grace with bad die rolls is needed in BATTLE
The 12 winners of each group advanced to the quarter finals.
(One pod winner decided NOT to advance and as that left 12 gamers
we chose not to add the runner-up from that pod. Again, seeding
was random. Each winner again played their opponent in GLORIETTA.
The quarter final scenario is played to the standard five flag
The six survivors of Round 2 were again randomly paired against
one another. This time they played a pair of GLORIETTA
games against the same opponent; changing sides at intermission,
and winning by total flag count. Our three winners drew lots
as there were no former champs among ithem to qualify for event's
one and only bye to the finals. The two 'losers' again played
head to head games of GLORIETTA to determine who would
advance to the finals.
Lyman Moquin defeated Jeff Mullet, while Roy Gibson put away
Bruce Reiff. Barry Shoultz drew the short straw and a free pass
to the final. Roy's luck ran out as he fell to Lyman MoQuin 5
-3, but Lyman's joy was short-lived as Barry took the final session
and his first wood.
The Confederate side won 50 of 80 games in 2004 which was
a substantial gain over their 2003 52-51 performance.
Unless someone wants to take over this game (hint, hint) we
will again be using Glorietta and two new scenarios provided
by Richard Borg in the tournament. This event will be listed
as Open on the Orphan's List in hopes someone else will step
forward to GM in 2005.