THE BRAWLING BATTLESHIPS STEEL
Last year I ran this event, which then included the original
BRAWLING BATTLESHIPS game and its Expansion Deck, all on one
busy Saturday, an ordeal that included three hours of marathon
demonstrations, a three-hour elimination round and a three-hour
championship round that was a true bloodletting. This year, with
the new and improved BRAWLING BATTLESHIPS STEEL version of the
game, I was determined to spread the pain over more days and
ran a three-hour heat on Wednesday, a one-hour demonstration
and a three-hour heat on Thursday and a three-hour heat on Friday.
34 individuals participated in the heats, a number of them multiple
times, so that 44 positions were filled. None of the players
from last year's championship round participated, so we were
certain to have an all-new crew in the finals. All this mayhem
on the high seas was followed by an elimination round followed
by a championship round on Saturday.
The Saturday elimination round was to be two four-player tables
consisting of the eight winners from tables in the earlier heats
but one of the heat winners didn't show. We continued with yours
truly filling in as a fourth at one of the tables, with the understanding
that I would be automatically eliminated and the other three
would automatically advance to the championship round. At the
other table, Jeff Spaner was the one eliminated but one of the
winners, Matt Evinger, had to leave to participate in another
event, so Jeff was allowed to remain and occupy the sixth slot
in the final table. As it turned out, this very same Jeff Spaner
was in the lead and had 39 victory points at the end of the second
sortie of the championship round. He had to fight off attempts
at annihilation by his opponents during the third sortie and
survived but scored no victory points while Steve Raszewski (or
Mr. Persistence as I called him - played in all three heats before
winning a spot in the finals in the third heat) increased his
total to an identical 39 victory points. By the game's rules,
a tie for the lead requires another sortie to be played by all
players but most of the group had to be elsewhere, so the championship
had to be settled by a dice roll. Jeff Spaner won the roll and
is the 2005 champion. Fourth and fifth place was also a tie and
required a dice roll to position the players. Such is life! They
were a good group and I hope to see many of them again next year.
The final round, a low-scoring affair, was exciting and unusual
and the official results are as follows:
FIRST PLACE (WINNER): Jeff Spaner - 39 victory points.
SECOND PLACE: Steve Raszewski - 39 victory points.
THIRD PLACE: Andy Fedin - 32 victory points.
FOURTH PLACE: Bruce Young - 24 victory points.
FIFTH PLACE: Jim Dougherty - 24 victory points.
SIXTH PLACE: Brad Raszewski (Steve's son) - 23 victory points.