War of the Worlds 21st Century
Rebecca Hebner, one of only
four ladies in the event, holds her own against Steve Cameron,
John Kilbride and Mark Mitchell in the Semi-Finals.
Attendance has declined for
Galaxy every year since its introduction seven years ago.
The Titan Arena sequel finally fell out of the Century
this year to be replaced by newer games.
This year's version of the Galaxy tournament provided
something that I had not seen before. Actually, there were TWO
outstanding events, that occurred in the same heat, and they
were both achieved by the same player. Rob Winslow managed to
keep the E-Cup world alive throughout the game even though he
was the only player with a base on it, and none of the others
had it as their secret base! For good measure, while doing that,
Rob managed to be the only player to eliminate ALL five worlds!
It is for that reason alone that I saved myself the trouble of
counting up all the results of how many worlds each player killed
in the tournament, and decided to give Rob the coveted Ender
Award for this year. Needless to say, that by accomplishing those
two tasks, Rob won his heat, and that skill was enough to carry
him on to the Final. As a side note to this, Joel Tamburo came
close by eliminating four worlds, but Jed Shambeda snagged the
last kill by eliminating the Divergence in the last round. Unfortunately,
for Joel, all those kills did not allow him to win his heat.
In another heat, the total number of points scored by the five
players was 55! That's an average of more than 10 points per
player. I don't know if that's a record, but I will keep an eye
on that in future WBC tournaments.
As for the choices this year for the most eliminated race,
there was really no standout with the proverbial bullseye. The
Myrmidon were eliminated 13 times, the Erithrizonian 12 and the
Imperial, Divergence and Felowi were all chosen for destruction
11 times each. The odd thing about the Erithrizonians dying so
often is that hey were chosen most often as a secret base.
The Final had to be a four player game, but proved to
be an exciting event that featured familiar faces that have been
a consistent part of past WBC tournaments. There was only one
past champion (Rob Winslow among the finalists. In the end, it
was a close finish, and all four had a chance to win until the
final round. But, it was Dan who came out on top. Dan is a very
skilled Galaxy player and has been in the running at several
past WBC tournaments, so it was only a matter of time before
he could take home his first wood in this event. Congratulations