Ho-Hum, Pei Again ...
Due to the overlapping schedule with the Empire of the
Sun tournament. the field for the For The People tournament
was down from last year, but the level of competition was the
highest yet seen. The final saw the fifth finals confrontation
between James Pei, our perennial champio,n and David Dockter,
his perennial challenger. However, before this classic rematch
could occur, 24 veterens fought five rounds using the campaign
scenario with side determined by random die roll.
Once again, the overall results saw a near perfect 50-50 Union-Confederate
split of the victories, but many new strategies continue to emerge
in this contest of skill. One of the most spectacular combinations
during the tournament was Jame's invasion of Mobile with the
'Farragut' card that captured not only the city but its fort,
leaving two Union SPs seemingly stranded without a leader in
Mobile. However, an out of position Confederate defense allowed
this situation to persist until a subsequent use of 'Belmont'
saw these two SPs transformed into a deep raid that took Columbus
and closed the East Gulf Blockade zone devastating the CSA strategic
will over time.
The big game of the tournament was the Pei (Union)- Dockter (Confederate)
semifinal match. But you ask how could James play Dockter in
the Fnal if they met in the semifinal. The answer is this is
Nick Pei, Jame's brother doing battle with his brothers nemesis.
In one of the most chaotic and tense games of the tournament
Dockter clutched victory from the jaws of defeat when he made
a late game comeback with the Confederates with a series of Eastern
theater offensives that saw the destruction of three armies and
the eventual loss of DC.
Dockter in a For The People version of déjà
vu then faced older brother James in the finals. In another tough
battle Dockter once again fell to Jame's aggressive eastern theater
Confederate tactics. Once again Dockter vowed vengeance in the
future and it should be fun to see how things turn out at this
year's WAM when these two titans of the FTP scene cross swords
2002 PBeM Tournament
Stefan Mecay of Texas proved the best of a field of 46 in
winning the second BPA PBeM tournament of For The People.
Other laurelists were:
2nd: Baron August, PA
3rd: James Pei, VA
4th: Mark Giddings, NY
5th: Tim Hughes, UK
6th: Paul Risner, FL