The Return of the King ...
14 years separated Rich Curtin's championships in 1991 and
2005, so perhaps we shall call this year the Return of the King.
Rising as if from the mists of Avalon, Rich's squirrelly tactics
brought him victory as he calmly paced himself in the Final while
the other players were distracted with infighting.
Rich has a reputation for always trying something new. In
one game, that meant his Brigantes weren't huddling to the north
when the Romans were on the march. Instead, they decided to
vacation all along the coast of England, spreading all the way
down to Avalon. Kudos to Rich for always making Britannia
an interesting game to play.
High score honors this year became a bit monotonous. Llew
Bardecki won the Purple high score (120.5), but then Ewan McNay
won Green (139), and Red (139.5), and Blue (112). At least
Blue was close! Ewan just scraped by Norm Newton who scored
111 with Blue in a fine showing. Hmm, I think we'll all be working
on making the high score plaques a little better distributed
Also distributed this year was the Ethelred the Unready plaque
for the lowest score in a game where the player was really trying
but things just didn't come together. Sometimes the dice don't
come together and a player gets caught between two folks just
going for their points, with the player in the middle. This
year there were many fine contenders for this dubious honor including
the excellent Mark Smith with 66 points and Llew Bardecki with
75, but three-time champion Scott Pfeiffer was crowned as Ethelred
with 51 points in a game that just didn't go right at any turn.
Next year, plaques will also be distributed each round to
the winner of the closest game of the round. I've always admired
the games that are incredibly tight and are just pulled out by
a point (or less in some cases.)
Anyway, it was a good year, although only 34 players joined,
there were many new faces and the demostration attracted a good
turnout. At least a couple of the folks showing up for the demonstration
also played in the tournament. As always happens, a number of
veteran players ended up distracted by other tournaments. They
vowed to be back next year.
Perhaps the new version of the game will bring new faces into
the tournament too. This may be the last year of the Britannia
version 1 tournament. Britannia 2 looks like it's on
track to come out for next year, as Lew Pulsipher has word that
Fantasy Flight Games has put it on a fast track. Apparently,
print versions of the cover for the game showed up at GenCon
So, perhaps a new game next year, and new prizes too. There's
a lovely computer version of the Bayeux Tapestry that shall go
to the winner. We can get Lew Pulsipher to award it, perhaps
along with a signed copy or two of Britannia 2.