ROLL THE BONES... THEN... UP THE
Liar's Dice was even bigger in it's second year at
the WBC. 145 crazed liars came to the event with hopes of lying
their way to the championship. The festivities started with the
already established tradition of a synchronized 145-person cup
shake and smash to the tables. 21 liars advanced to the semi-final
round. This year, your happy GM was not fortunate enough to make
it to the semi-finals, but again took consolation in losing to
a finalist who came close to winning; this year Richard Curtain
iused me as a preliminary step to advance.
The finals cosisted of six new Laurelists: Richard, Daniel
Hoffman, Craig Reece, Jeff Mullet - a veteran liar with much
experience, Robert Drozd, and Lucimara Martins. The plot thickened
as both Jeff and Lucy had selected Liar's Dice as their
team game - suggesting that Jeff was not the only seasoned liar
in the group. Daniel started the bidding and the finalists' smiles
changed to bluff mode.
In the first round, the bid went to six-stars by Daniel befoere
a challenge found him lacking one star and a die. The next challenged
bid was 7-stars by Richard whose accurate forecast cost everyone
else a die. Next Craig bid nine 4's and got a second exactor
in a row costing everyone else a die. The next decision point
was Robert's bid of eight 5's with only seven showing to his
regret. Jeff (who is known to be quite the gambler) bid ten 5's
but Robert called his bluff. When there were only seven, Jeff
said goodbye to his last three dice and was escorted to the cheap
seats for the duration to the tune of the familiar "Kiss
Him Goodbye" song.
With five players left, Lucy bid four stars and hit the third
exactor of the game to gain a die on everyone. Her gain was shortlived,
however, as she called Richard's bid of four stars aonly to find
five and cost her a die. Thus emboldened, Richard again bid four
stars and hit the game's fourth exactor, causing both Lucy and
Craig to lose a die each. Daniel and Robert were excused from
the losses as they were already both down to one die and thus
exempt from Exactor losses.
On the next bid, Lucy bid two stars and was rewarded by three
of them. Daniel lost his last die for the faulty challenge and
joined Jeff in the cheap seats to another chorus of "Kiss
Him Goodbye". Next, Richard bid two stars but found only
and lost another die. Robert was the next bidder with three 5's
and took a double dose of "whup ass" when Richard called
him, found only one "5", and sent him to bed early.
At this point Craig and Richard each had two dice while Lucy
occupied the hot seat, clinging to life with but a single die.
Nevertheless, Lucy bid three 's and got even in a hurry by hitting
the fifth exactor of the evening. New game ... all three players
had but a single die left.
Craig was the first member of the triumvirate eliminated as
he bid one star with none on the table. Richard wasn't taking
that bid and Craig joined the chorus line. This left Richard
and Lucy in a fight to the finish ... albeit a short one. With
one die each, Lucy bid two-4's and as the cups were turned over
there were two showing and Lucy became the best liar of 2004
with her first plaque.
Lucy's victory netted her team the maximum 10 point score
in the Team Tournament and was thus largely responsible for GCOMedy
of Error's 4th place finish..
Josh Githens, the 2003 Champion, was not able to make the
event due to being in the Nappy Wars finals, but declared that
he will be back to reclaim his crown. Your GM congratulates Lucimara
Martins and would like to thank all of the 145 participants who
came to lie with us Friday night. Practise your poker faces and
we'll see you next year.
14 little liars ... er players,
participated in the Juniors version with Jacob Hebner being the
best liar ... I mean player, and taking home the wood. More importantly,
everyone had a great time shaking the dice cups and making noise.
Other finalists included:
2nd: Natalie Beach
3rd: Zack Dunn
4th: Katharine Dougherty
5th: Michael Wojtaszczyk
6th: David Pack