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We are indebted to Steven May for his account of his championship
game with Wade Fowble.
On the first day I was able to take his base as the attacker.
It was a pretty quick win with les than half the deck turned.
On the second day I believe I was the defender and held my base
with some trouble. This one was hard fought and went through
all of my deck. My opponent was able to put pressure on my base,
but could not get the right cards to finish the deal. At one
looked bad for me as he had a bunch of orders to slam my base
with, but I played the Fortune card to set his orders back to
two and this turned the fight. On the third day I was the attacker
again and only needed eight victory points to win. With this
in mind I went on a strategic offensive to try and get the victory
points from his Formation rather than his base. He had a solid
defensive position at his base that I knew I could not crack.
I killed one unit early for six VP's and knew I only had to
get one other. However, this took forever. If his unit had three
hits, I would cause two and he would run away. If it took two
hits, I would cause one and it would run away. His deck was
already depleted from the first two missions and was burning
fast. He was down to just a few cards left in his deck, so on
my last turn I went for broke. If I could not kill one more
unit the game would have gone to a fourth day as the VP total
would be 98 for me and around 70 for him. Too close for comfort
with another mission. I moved my heavy artillery in for one
last attack and was able to cause enough hits on one of his units
with only one card remaining in his deck.
The final was very hard fought and well played. I commend
Wadefor his play (he had only learned the game recently) and
his sportsmanship (he was gracious in moving the final to Saturday
morning when I had a conflict on Friday night). In addition,
I would love to see his side of the events as I really enjoyed
playing against him.
I also would like to commend you for running this event. It
takes a lot of time and energy to prepare for a new event and
I thought it went very smoothly. The only change I would propose
would be to go with two rounds with four missions. That way
each player is on the offensive for two missions and on defense
for two. This way it is a bit more balanced. That being said,
if you run it the same way next year, I will still be there in
a heartbeat. I will mold my schedule around this event.