Beware the Pharoah-Maker ...
Over 50 players participated in the Amun-Re tournament this
year, down a bit from last year. Most of this can be attributed
to the fact that the second heat conflicted with the third Puerto
Rico heat. Next year, the GM hopes to do a better job scheduling.
Four-player games were played with the same three provinces
removed before the game (Abydos, Amarna, and Kharga). Due to
the removal of the 4-power-card province from the game, the requirement
for the Power Card bonus card was reduced from 7 to 5 in those
The two heats saw 13 tables in play, with three second-place
players advancing as alternates. (With the exception of one four-player
contest, all preliminary games were five-player.) Of note was
a Heat 2 game with Chris Johnson, Belinda Quimby, Rob Flowers,
Daniel Eppolito and Gary Noe, where at one point all five players
played their -3 cards on the sacrifice. Amun-Re was understandably
The 16 semi-finalists each played a four-player match, with
the four winners advancing. The lead table featured both former
champions Arthur Field and Evan Tannheimer, who watched Shannon
Beets play a Harvest Increase power card in all six Rounds, as
well as an 8 Gold card in three of them. To no avail, however;
while Daniel Hoffman had the lead at the flood, Evan edged Shannon
at the finish 51-48.
The final was a hard fought affair, with the recap posted
at http://www.radix.net/~billones/amun_re_recap.html. (Any recapping
errors are mine.) While Davyd Field grabbed the Pharaoh each
of the first five turns, and dropped $28 to buy Memphis in Round
6, Nick Anner bought six stones and played a Builder card in
his final round, and outproduced him on the last harvest to eke
out a 41-38 victory.
While going first didn't seem to be an advantage in the Heats
(2-2-4-3-2 winner distribution), it did in the later rounds (2-3-0-0).
That might be a function of the switch from 5- to 4-player tables,
as the 4-player heat was also won by the first player, or it
might just be random, since second place was even (1-2-1-1).
Only half the games were won by the player with the most total
pyramids (9-9), and less than half by the one with the most cash
at the end (6-12). However, a lead at the flood proved a good
omen of things to come (12-6).
The high table score was a 51, posted by both Evan and Nick
in the semi-finals. Low score was a 12 during the heats. Table
averages in the heats ranged from 30.8 to 39.6, while the semis
went 46.8/41.8/36/36 with the final at 35.8.