Liberty blocks ...
The 2005 version of Liberty saw a pronounced drop in
attendance to 25 players as the novelty of the new release wore
off. This remains a good turnout for a wargame on the American
Revolution, though it is a large drop from the 43 in its second
year. We played 30 games in a Swiss-elimination style tourney
that would qualify four for single elimination play. Three players
qualified with a 3-0 record and one player advanced with a 2-1
record on a tiebreaker with five others.
We bid Victory Points to play the Americans. 18 games had
a bid with six players bidding 2 to play the US. Of the six
games that had a bid of 2, the US won only one. The Americans
won 16 of the 30 games with 11 wins featuring an early French
entry in the first two years. The Americans were able to win
one game with a late French entry. The Americans won 53% of
the games, which was lower than their winning percentage at the
BPA Block Party.
The British won five games even with a first year French entry
and one second year French entry. Seven of the British victories
did not allow a French entry at all. Five of the British wins
took place after 1780. The high score of the tourney was an
amazing 37 by Bill Beswick.
Players were asked to track the control of the West Indies
at the end of the game. The American player needed the West
Indies less than the British to win the game. The US only controlled
the West Indies in four games that they won, in contrast with
the British who controlled the islands in seven of their 14 wins.
Bruce Reiff, David Metzger, Barry Smith and Ric Manns advanced
to the Single Elimination rounds where the British won two of
three. Bruce swept this portion as the British against Metzger
and Smith. Barry advanced to the Final by besting Ric Manns
as the US. Bruce concluded the successful defense of his chamipionship
in 1776 as he dominated the Mid-Atlantic region by invading and
destroying Washington's army in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Bruce
has won the last three tourneys of Liberty; two WBC's
and the last BPA Block Party.