War of the Horticulturalists crowns
a new King
Six great noblemen met on the field (ok board) at Lancaster
to determine who would be the Kingmaker! They were a mix of
veterans like Dan Long, Bill Powers, Justin Thompson (in his
tenth consecutive final!), and newcomers Rod Coffey, Brian L
Jones, and Jordan Halberstadt.
The initial deal was fairly even. No one was particularly
strong or weak. Jordan revealedthe Constable of the Tower of
London, Bishop of Norwich, and Archbishop of York giving him
free access to threetop Royals! On Turn 1 he picksed up two
of them, including King Henry. An early target has been declared.
Turn 4 brings the
Plague to Lincoln and Newark killing Margaret and Brian Jones'
entire faction! He would be back.
Parliament is called on Turn 6. Jordan still has the two
top royals and strengthens his position.
Turn 10 sees Jordan making his move, attacking Justin in Wales
at 3-2 odds. The attack is unsuccessful, Jordan loses Stafford
and a third of his army! Justin drools in anticipation of the
Turn 11 is a big one. Bill, wallowing with only an untitled
Stanley for most of the game, has marched north with Stanley
and Pole. Brian has rebuilt in the north, taken Edward of the
March in Bambaugh and is sitting in the royal city waiting for
more strength. Bill plays the Earl of Wiltshire and Warden of
the Northern Marshes on Stanley, and the Marshall of England
on Pole giving him a total strength of 450! He besieges Bambaugh,
and poor Brian is wiped out again. Bill takes Edward. The salivating
Justin makes his counterattack on Jordan but he draws a 4-1 card
on his 3-2 attack! Justin's Neville dies costing Justin much
strength and many towns. Jordan's luck is beginning to show.
The last play of turn 11 has Jordan attempting an assassination
of Bill's newly captured Edward. He is successful and Bill is
royalless again! More good luck for Jordan, and this becomes
a theme for the rest of the game
Turn 12 brings another Parliament. Not much in the Chancery,
but Brian gets his first office of the game! Jordan, ruling
parliament, becomes stronger as the Admiral of England.
Turn 15 brings catastrophe! Jordan's large force is not so
large any more. Bill's chance for revenge arrives and he attacks!
Jordan's luck holds, the attack fails and Bill loses Stanley
who accounted for half of Bill's strength! Bill loses about
12 towns and three bishoprics (or about 50 points!) Can anyone
knock that angel off Jordan's shoulder?
Turn 16 sees another session of Parliament. Nothing in the
chancery, but it does bring Dan Long's Beaufort close enough
for Bill (with his last remaining archbishop) to crown Beaufort
king preventing a sole king victory for Jordan.
Turn 18 brings another catastrophe and time is running out.
Justin makes a brilliant move. He gets a force against Jordan
at 2-1 odds. Jordan's angel seems to be napping but Justin pulls
GAME OVER and Jordan is named KINGMAKER!
It was an excellent Final with good play by all participants.
Everyone in the game had chances to make a move against Jordan,
but he took on all comers and prevailed. Hope to see you all
next year for a rematch!