Harken oh heroes to the days of
We had 17 entrants this year. "Orcbait" and "Dragonfood"
certificates were offered to the players in each game most beset
by the orcs and dragon respectively. An "Orcbait"
and a "Dragonfood" plaque were awarded to the player
most beset in the tourney. The "Blank Card" option
was available to the players.
Some Tourney Stats:
Number of returning players from 2004: 6
Number of other repeat players: 2
Number of Ladies playing: 5
Number of rookies: 9
Initial Castle success rate since 1999: #3 (6); #2 & #4 (5);
#1 & #5 (3); #6 & #8 (2); #7 (1).
All too early on the morning of 4 Aug 05 five audacious warladies
and twelve bold warlords assembled to vie for the Throne of Marnon.
Tourney Director Lord Bolduc, with the mighty Ms Nar assisting,
divided the field, which included Queen Kirchner and ex-Kings
Crowe and Runnicles, onto three boards to establish which six
would advance to the final contest.
On BOARD 1 did ex-King Crowe, Lords Bolduc, Fisher, and Metzger,
and Ladies Hood and Powers contend. Although both Lord Metzger
and ex-King Crowe captured a treasure on the first turn, 'twas
Lady Powers that emerged victorious on Turn 9. Lord Bolduc soon
scored his third treasure to qualify for the final. Lord Fisher
was Dragonfood with five men lost to the dragon and ex-King Crowe
was Orcbait with eight men lost to frenzying orcs. Lord Bolduc
did displease the Wizard four times in the first five turns.
On BOARD 2 Queen Kirchner, Lords Duke, Hogen, Humbert, and
Koski, and Lady Verity Hitchings met to decide which two would
advance. The first treasures were claimed on Turn 2 by Lords
Duke and Hogen and by Lady V. Hitchings. Lady V. Hitchings again
proved her mettle by winning the round on Turn 6 and advancing
again to the Final. Lord Hogen captured his third treasure on
Turn 7 to also qualify. Lord Duke was both Orcbait and Dragonfood
with seven and nine men lost respectively.
On BOARD 3 ex-King Runnicles, Lady Katherine Hitchings, and
Lords Haba, Hood, and Leader met to eliminate three. Lord Hood
scored first, capturing his Ring on Turn 2, but ex-King Runnicles
claimed the victory on Turn 7 and Lord Hood qualified on Turn
8. Ex-King Runnicles was Orcbait with 17 men lost to the slavering
beasts. Lady K Hitchings was Dragonfood, having lost 11 men
to that rapacious maw.
So it was that ex-King Runnicles, Ladies Powers and V. Hitchings,
and Lords Bolduc, Hogen, and Hood were left to qualify for the
Crown. Turn 1 saw ex-King Runnicles lead off by capturing his
Ring from Lord Hood's minimally defended Castle. Lord Bolduc
and Lady Hitchings also captured their Rings. On Turn 2 Lord
Hood captured his Crown and ex-King Runnicles his Chest. Turn
3 gave Lady Hitchings her Chest. Turn 4 witnessed Lord Hogan
capture his Crown, Lady Powers capture her Ring, and then Lord
Hood capture both his Ring and Chest using an extra attack campaign
and boat privileges to cross the Sea of Marnon. Ex-king Runnicles
scored his Crown immediately afterwards to show that but for
the lack of a tempo, he would have recovered the throne. Further
squabbling established the Royal pecking order for the year.
And so Lord Hood becomes the new King of Marnon, ex-King Runnicles
placed second, Lady Powers third, Lord Hogen fourth, Lord Bolduc
fifth, and Lady V. Hitchings sixth. Ex-king Runnicles won the
Orcbait plaque, Lady Katherine Hitchings won both the Dragonfood
and Orcslayer (28 orcs slain) plaques.
But plans are afoot to constitutionally unseat King Hood early
in August 2006....
Be there. Marnon needs you.
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