The Tides of History ...
History of the World remained in the
same format as in 2004. Eight tables played the preliminary
round. Scores were high, with many over 200. The top 15 and
/or alternates present at the starting time played in the semifinal.
First and second place from each of the three tables advanced
to the Final table. None of the 2004 Laurelists managed a return
trip to the Final.
FINAL HIGHLIGHTS: The Babylonians did not show in Epoch I. Also
no pre-eminence chit was pulled because of a tie between Bill
of Sumaria and Rolinda with the Aryans. In Epoch II, the Scythians
were left out and Mark received the chit. Bill lost eight Romans
in Epoch III with a leader and pestilence. He had no previous
presence on the board. Evan temporarily sprang into the lead
with 32, having Macedonia and playing a disaster and civil service.
Mark regained the lead in Epoch IV,
collecting his second chit. He played the Arabs well. Scott kept
the Huns using a leader card with population explosion. He lost
eight of his 14 Huns, as Mark sang a song of Attila the Hun to
the tune of Teddy Bears Picnic.
Scott again took a beating, this time
it was his Seljuk Turks, losing eight of his 12 troops on the
march. In Epoch VI it was Bill's turn to take casualties, eight
of 14 Ottomans died valiantly to no avail.
In the final Epoch, Scott chose to keep
Great Britain and played it with a reallocation card. Rolinda
kept the Netherlands, scoring 49 points. Mark played Germany
with his allies and weaponry. Joe had the US, a minor empire
and weaponry. He had to give Evan Russia which he played well
with reallocation and a leader. Bill played the Manchu Dynasty