run silent, run deep ... well,
Sunday morning in Lancaster dawned overcast with rain, perfect
Attack Sub weather. 30 intrepid skippers braved the water
for the traditional end-of-con quest for wood. When the initial
turbulence subsided, three players still survived double elimination,
former champions Bill Edwards and Brian Conlon plus GM Rob Mull,
all with 5-1 records. As the most recent champ, Bill got to sit
out while Brian and Rob played a semi-final of scenario D, Breakout.
Brian's Soviet subs managed to bring on a reinforcement and gain
sufficient contact on the NATO subs to entitle them to disengage,
but the NATO sonar was too strong to let them get away. They
fought bravely, but were picked off one by one.
The Final was a
rematch of sorts, as Rob had given Bill his one loss in the quarter-finals.
Now in scenario G, Renegade, Rob's Soviet surface force had early
success by bringing on his reinforcement with the first card
played, but went downhill from there as he could not seem to
draw any sensor cards until most of the first deck was gone.
Meanwhile Bill's renegade Typhoon easily detected the surface
force as he patiently waited for deck 2 and the launch position
to arrive. He fired on the Udaloy for a hit, but only damaged
it. With time running out, the surface force closed range continuously,
finally reaching contact level 3 on the boomer, but whereas before
he had no sensor cards, now Rob had no torpedoes. Bill tried
his first launch but failed, tried again and the missiles soared
into the sky, winning the scenario and the tourney while starting
World War III. Congratulations to Bill who becomes only the second
two-time Attack Sub champion; he finished with a 7-1 record,
defeating three prior champions in the process.
Besides the three semi-finalists, other notable performances
included John Emery, the only other two-time champion, who finished
4-2, and the best new player, Nathan Trent, who also finished
4-2. In what is becoming a tradition, defending champion Dan
Hoffman was sunk in the first two rounds.
The earlier start time of 9 AM appeared to work well and will
be continued next year. Double-elimination will be dropped in
favor of a swiss-elim format.