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Many asked the GM this year if the Naboo have an advantage.
Still others who overheard these questions were quick to offer
up their own opinion -most of them agreeing that the Naboo have
the edge. This year's overall outcome: in the preliminary heats
Darth Maul won 23 to the Naboo's 19; while in the later elimination
rounds Maul took nine victories and the Jedi five. This may be
partially due to the new adjudication rules in the later rounds,
"If the trade federation is still standing after 1:45 of
game time, they win." This new rule ended most of the stall
tactics seen over the past few years. If you don't want to lose
to adjudication, then bid away three or four battle droids and
Another new element
this year was the 16 player limit in the playoff rounds. One
player won in each of his three preliminary games, earning a
playoff spot. Nine others scored two wins. This left only six
more spots. There were exactly six players who brought their
own copy of the game and who won in his/her first qualifiying
attempt. Fifteen of these 16 appeared on time and the 17th seed,
Aurora Pack, slid into the 16th slot to round out the field.
There were 31 total qualifiers.
Highlights from the prelims. Buddy Sinigaglio (Naboo) defeated
Dan Strock on the third turn after playing only five Anakin cards.
Vincent Sinigaglio's Anakin shut down the droids early and won
the game soon thereafter when Obi-Wan finished off Maul. John
Schoose's Maul sliced both of Lingle's Jedi by Turn 4, taking
only eight damage, then proceeded to kill all the remaining palace
guards without any misses. John Pack's droids left Andrew Sinigaglio's
Qui-Gon as the only survivor in the palace for a Trade Federation
victory. Alex Bell's Maul riposted Ilan Woll's Qui-Gon to the
next life. Bill Morse's Maul, with eight damage, had 4 Maul cards
in the hole. He expects to Kill Obi-Wan on that turn because
the young Jedi has nine damage. Obi-Wan opens the turn with Obi-Wan's
Fury and rolls three hits on the first half--no blocks. On the
second half he rolls another five hits and Maul blanks again.
Bill still hung on to win.
In the second round, David Pack's Qui-Gon retreats with eight
hits. Obi-Wan steps in front and takes six himself. Maul is at
10. Naboo has Obi's Fury and heals 3 cards. Decides to play Fury
first. Fails to kill Maul, but puts him up to 15 hits. Maul rolls
five hits and Obi-Wan blocks none, dying. Next card play is Obi
heals 3, which is wasted. The resting Qui-Gon is down to five
hits now as Maul comes after him again. Maul dishes out five
more, putting Qui-Gon on 10 hits. They are both 1 hit from death
waiting to see who gets the next play. Qui-Gon prevails and finishes
Maul, but is crippled and unable to help in the palace. The droids
get the Naboo down to Qui-Gon and the Purple Queen, ending the
Chris Moffa's Jedi were the only two left as Lingle's droids
wiped out all the rest of the palace for the win. Maul was still
Bud Sinigaglio drew his Cousin Andrew in the round of 16 and
killed both Andrew's Jedi by Turn 3. Maul then raged into the
palace and five guards. Maul later killed two more guards for
Evan Cagwin's Anakin blitzed through all five zones and ended
Aurora Pack's hopes even before the generator core battle was
In the round of eight, Alex Bell's 10 Naboo characters blocked
Buddy Sinigaglio's reinforcement hexes on the bottom floor. Buddy's
droids were able to coax Obi-Wan up to the second floor and transfer
numerous destroyer droids into the palace, but to no avail. The
first eight shots at the destroyer droids in this game scored
seven hits and only one was blocked. Nevertheless, Buddy's battle
droids put Obi up to ten hits. Three cards into the second palace
deck Obi-Wan recovered 3 and ended all hope for the droids. The
Naboo were down to six characters, but Anakin finally did his
part, shutting down the rest (after passing through all eight
Lingle's Maul took nine quick hits in his semi-final game
then eliminated both Jedi. Maul recovered 2 twice then took out
the palace guards on the bottom floor for the win.
Bill Morse's Maul did not survive and Alex Bell's Obi-Wan
sprinted into the bottom floor to help out. Obi killed nearly
20 battle droids as they came over from the battlefield, but
it wasn't enough as they kept coming. The battle droids eventually
finished the palace guards off. All the while Anakin was stalled
on the last space.
Lingle's Jedi faced off with Bill Morse's Maul in the Final.
Maul and Obi cancelled and Qui-Gon left the core to assist the
queens. He killed numerous droids and marched up to the higher
levels to finish off all the droids. The remaining 10 Naboo characters
blocked the reinforcement hexes but Anakin had stalled and couldn't
finish out. The droids in the palace plucked off a couple palace
guards, opening up the reinforcement hexes and giving Bill a
glimmer of hope. The game dragged for another 40 minutes while
Anakin continued to fail on the last space. After 10 tries on
the last spot with all starfighter cards gone, Lingle finally
rolled box-cars to end the game four minutes before the mandatory