jambo [Updated October 2005]

2005 WBC Report     

 2006 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Eric Freeman, PA

2005 Champion

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2005    Eric Freeman     16


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Eric Freeman       PA    05     20
  2.  Andy Lewis         DE    05     12
  3.  Mark Fitzgerald    CT    05      8
  4.  Carrie Lewis       DE    05      6
  5.  Bruce Bernard      PA    05      4
  6.  Craig Moffitt      NJ    05      2

2005 Laurelists

Andy Lewis. DE

Mike Fitzgerald, CT

Carrie Lewis, DE

Bruce Bernard, PA

Craig Moffitt, NJ

Too Late to the Program

Poor Jambo deserved better ... a 2005 nominee for Europe's Game of the Year, it was only added to the WBC schedule late as a replacement for Gloria Mundi which ran into production problems and remained unpublished by the time WBC was in full force. Consequently, this event was too late to be listed in the program and doubtless suffered for it. Nevertheless, 16 people managed to get word of it and appear which was pretty good for a tournament that was a last-minute addition to the schedule and wasn't even listed in the convention booklet.

Since Jambo is a short, two-player game, we played a best-of-three format, all against the same person. Since each game typically lasts between 30 and 40 minutes this would make for a maximum 2-hour heat. There had been a teaching session earlier in the day, but since Jambo is so easy to learn we accepted people who had not attended the teaching session. The uninitiated were grouped together and the game was taught by the GM as they played. This seemed to work well and we probably converted a few more fans to the game.

Eight people advanced, although only six elected to continue and thereby became Laurelists. Among those six were a husband and wife, Andy and Carrie Lewis, who were not to be matched before the Final. However, only one of them kept that date with Carrie falling to Eric Freeman in the semi. It was up to husband Andy to exact revenge. The Final went three games and the deciding hand was very close, but, in the end it was Eric winning by a small margin.

Thanks to everyone who played. Jambo is a fun little game and one of the better quick playing two-player games around. It could easily be every bit as popular at WBC as Lost Cities or Battleline once people try it. We hope you'll vote to bring it back and join us next year so it will get another shot; this time with schedule coverage in the program.

 GM      Jim Vroom   NA 
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