The Tides of History ...
The time had come for History of
the World to move forward. 2004 brought only the Hasbro edition
to WBC competition. The game format returned to a preliminary
round, semi-final and final game.
The preliminary filled ten tables with
55 players. One table played with modifications (using the square
epoch pieces from the original version of the game, these have
symbols that are more easily distinguished from each other).
Scanning the tables, observant onlookers noticed that one board
was playing with orange, silver and white figures? Yes, enamel
spray paint works wonders on whichever green you would like to
replace! Extra sets of figures can also be ordered from Hasbro,
see info contained in your game box.
Hmmm? Seven empires in play for each
epoch, I've been told it's a real battle over territory! Considering
that almost one quarter of the players had never played the Hasbro
edition, all tables finished in good time. After a ten minute
grace period 18 players sat for the semifinal, the top two from
each of three boards advanced to the final, held on Friday morning.
Terry Coleman was the only player who made it back to the final
table from last year's final six.
left to right): Christana Hancock, Haim Hochboim, Keith Altizer,
Peter Busch, and Rachel Power.
Through the first four Epochs the scores
remained fairly close. Sumeria, the Vedic City States, the Hsiung-Nu
and the Huns did not come into play. In Epoch IV Pete picked
the Arabs for himself and also played the Kingdom Tiahuanaco
and the Anglo Saxons. Rachel tied him with 28 points. Pete was
heard saying as Rachel killed more and more Arab soldiers "What's
wrong with you?" the Byzantines replied, "We're not
In Epoch V, Terry kept the Vikings and
also played the Kingdom Mali and minor empire Fujiwara. It was
Haim however who racked up 37 points with the Sung Dynasty, not
enough to be awarded the chit which went to Terry.
Haim passed the Incas and Aztecs to
Rachel in Epoch VI. Keith passed Haim Portugal, to which he added
the Kingdom Thai and jumped 47 points to bring him to the lead
and acquire his second Pre-eminence chit.
In Epoch VII, Rachel presented Haim
with the United States. Haim chose Terry to receive Great Britain.
Christine, Keith and Pete each kept France, Netherlands and the
Manchu Dynasty respectively. Keith used Reallocation with Naval
Power but his efforts were fruitless. Rachel played Japan with
Russia which was given to her by Terry. Christine and Pete each
played Leader cards AND Treachery, while Terry played his Leader
with Elite Troops!
The final was well played with almost
an even number of Empires passed to opponents as the number of
Empires kept. We saw the most forts on the board, nine in Epoch
II. When the dust settled it was Haim Hochboim (first time attending
the WBC all the way from Israel) who triumphed over the world!
Thanks to all for making my first GM
experience a pleasure.