Dirty Tricks & other Politics
the backdrop of our nation's neck-and-neck Presidential campaign,
18 political strategists vied for the right to occupy the highest
office in the land vicariously.
Using the 1967 3M edition with updated Electoral Vote numbers
and choosing their two candidates' home states, players then
balanced Campaign Ability, Advertising Monies and Debating Skills
using a zero sum budget.
Each campaign decided what position to take on each of five
issues (Taxes, Social Policy, Military, Government Activism and
the Environment), being either right-wing, left-wing or middle-of-the-road.
Action in the first heat saw semi-finalists Ted Drozd and
Richard Moyer advancing, while tournament winner Karsten Engelmann
unveiled an advertising-heavy Republican strategy that succumbed
to GM J. Scarborough's die-roll lucky Democrats.
In the second heat semi-finalists Marshall Collins, Marvin
Pinkert, K. Engelmann and Bob Jamelli advanced.
After Dan Henry in the third and Marvin Birnbaum in the fourth
heats advanced, the Democrat and Republican sides each boasted
The single elimination semi-final rounds reduced the field
to only two players while leaving the Republicans with 11 wins
to the Democrats 7.
Unfortunately, the final round was forfeit due to the GM grabbing
lunch while the eventual winner, Mr. Engelmann, waited 15 minutes
for his opponent, Mr. Birnbaum, to show. The latter felt his
tardiness was relatively minor and was willing to play. The winner,
however, was moving on to something else and was not willing
to reschedule. So, lessons learned: GMs should be present at
critical times and players should be punctual.
Average scores for the two parties were 267 for the Democrats
and 271 for the Republicans, out of 538 possible--the official
result of the 2000 election!
Candidate home states were chosen for their electoral vote
numbers, despite the risk of Opposition Research, one of several
Event Chart outcomes. Choices were as follows, with the most
popular listed first: CA, FL, TX, OH, MI, NY, PA, IL, MA, NC,
IA, CT, LA.
Hand size averaged nearly eight cards, with only five '6's
and six '10's. Likewise, there were only seven high Advertising
plays of '4' or '5' and the same number of Debate-heavy plays.
However, many of these odd-ball candidacies won.
Positions on the issues trended to the Left, with the following
averages on a scale of 1 to 3, with '1' being right-wing and
'3' being left-wing):
Taxes: 1.84 ('Fewer Taxes' or 'Progressive Taxes')
Social Policy: 2.37 ('Stricter' or 'Hands Off')
Military: 2.18 ('More' or 'Less')
Gov. Activism: 2.18 ('Bad' or 'Good)
The Environment: 2.53 ('Cash In' or 'Conserve It')