Still the Champ ...
The second presentation of Medieval at WBC drew 24
players who competed in ten exciting games over two qualifying
heats and a Final. This is down from 29 the previous year, which
I attribute to a combination of some having to bow out this year
(like the designer) as well as my decision to reduce the number
of qualifying heats from three to two.
The Living Rules
from GMT Games (http://www.gmtgames.com) were used, and were
well received, as were the several examples of "enhanced"
game sets brought by players. For those unfamiliar with the game,
it is a euro/light wargame covering Europe in the 13th Century.
The playing board is composed of map cards which are assembled
during play, and which are also removed by the Mongols.
After exciting competition in the qualifying heats, Jim Jordan
(defending champion), Steve Cameron, Ahmet Ilpars and Jim Dougherty
advanced to a 4-player Final.
Following a trend seen in the preliminary games, the possession
of Hungary turned out not to be nearly as important as commonly
believed heretofore. Also noteworthy was an increased emphasis
on naval affairs, as more opposed naval operations were attempted
this year. For most of the Final the scores remained close, with
the four players being separated by less than five points. Then,
however, came the Mongols, and the key Mongol attack was the
last one, which succeeded in destroying Asia Minor. Jim Jordan
was able to ride this to victory as repeat champion, with Ahmet
Ilpars coming in second, Jim Dougherty third and Steve Cameron
This year, my nomination for the Sportsmanship award goes
to Jim Jordan. Not only did Jim act as a mentor, he pointed out
plays to others that would hurt his chances (even in the Final).
This is what sportsmanship is all about.
Before presenting the statistical information from the event,
I would like to express my gratitude to this year's players for
making this event the fun time that it was. I as the GM can try
my best to do my part, but it is the players themselves, through
their attitude and approach to the game, that truly define this
or any tournament. I look forward to seeing all of you, and more
new players, next year.
The games showed some interesting trends. First, here is the
distribution of powers that were selected for each game:
Holy Roman Empire 85.71%
Second, here is the distribution of powers chosen at start
by the player who won the game:
Holy Roman Empire 57.14%