The Brawling Battleships Steel
set for three hour rounds, GM Taylor found his crews a studious
lot who steadfastly went over the time limit.
Matt Evinger suppresses a mischievous
chuckle as he readies a broadside for the unfortunate fellow
on his right.
In 2005 I ran this event, three heats followed by a semi-final
and Final rounds, and every session finished pretty much on time.
Three hours for three sorties or plays through the deck is considered
a fairly tame pace for this game but this year, when I turned
into a pumpkin and had to be someplace else at the exact end
time for the BRAWLING BATTLESHIPS STEEL game, every heat and
round ran over. Maybe people are just being more serious in their
play but next year I am going to ask for three and a half hours
per heat/round, just to be safe. The number of competitors was
down a bit this year but there seemed to be equal numbers of
new players (at least to me - some apparently learned the game
when I demonstrated it before the first heat) and seasoned old
salts from the previous two years competitions.
The three heats of mayhem on the high seas were followed by
a semi-final round followed immediately by a championship round
on Saturday. The Saturday semi-final round was to be two six-player
tables consisting of the twelve winners from tables in the earlier
heats but four of the heat winners didn't show, including the
defending champion, Jeff Spaner, who had to go home on Friday.
As an interesting aside, a participant in the semi-final round
was Pat Mirk, who used to playtest for me back at Battleline
Games and who I haven't seen since 1977 - gaming is a great way
to keep tripping over old friends. I set up two four-player tables
for the semi-finals and, because our assigned room was overbooked
with the Final for another tournament, I sped things up by only
having only two sorties in the semi-final and Final rounds. The
winner and second-highest point total at each table advanced
to the final round. The final four were all excellent players
and there were some clever defensive plays that kept the scores
low. I hope to see many of them again next year.
The official results were as follows:
FIRST PLACE (WINNER): David Huss - 38 victory points.
SECOND PLACE: Chris Greenfield - 29 victory points.
THIRD PLACE: Matt Bacho - 22 victory points.
FOURTH PLACE: Dan Pasaric - 16 victory points.