New to the Battle
not easy being the new guy in town but Worthington Games made
an impressive initial showing with their fast playing series
of block games and their newest release mustered enough of the
curious to put on a fine little tournament.
Mark McLaughlin would win a hard fought victory over Barry
Smith using the Americans in the Yorktown scenario to capture
redoubt #9 from the British. The tournament started with 14
players battling it out in Quebec. Barry Smith would battle
Gordon Stewart to the end at Quebec to advance while Mark McLaughlin,
Brian Smith, Joe Harrison, Mike Nagel, Ted Drozd and Matt Daly
would all make it to round 2 via Oriskany. At Oriskany McLaughlin
would eliminate Daily to advance. Barry would win the battle
of the "Smiths" at Oriskany by eliminating Brian to
move on to Round 3. Cowpens would be the scene for the next
round. Drozd had an opportunity to knock off Smith's British
dragoons at Cowpens but would miss on nine consecutive rolls.
This left Ted's militia vulnerable and Barry would swoop in
to finish off both the militia and Ted.
That brought us to the championship round, with Yorktown being
the scenario that would crown the winner. Mark took the role
of the Americans trying to capture redoubt #10 from Barry's Redcoats,
while Mark was the British in redoubt #9 trying to hold out against
Barry's French force. Both players would attempt to manuever
their light infantry around the forts. Barry made a dash into
the redoubt with his French light infantry, but being unsupported
they were quickly eliminated. Mark, showing a little more patience,
would advance steadily before finally overwhelming Barry's defenders
for a late game victory. The Napoleonic Wars designer
and GM who "never plays in tournaments" can no longer
hide behind that claim - he now has wood!
Congrats to Mark and Barry after fighting their way through
a tough field of competitors that included game co-designer Grant
Wylie, as well as Gordon Stewart, John Haba, Joe Harrison, Matt
Daly, Stan Hillinski, Kosta K., Sean Vessey, Ted Drozd, Brian
Smith, Mike Nagel, and Brian Bradley.
A big thank you to all for making our first tournament a memorable