Brad Johnson moves his robot
en route to his fourth Robo Rally championship as Tom
McCorry and Davyd Field observe.
A ten-player Final made for
a crowded board but it was faster than imposing a Semi-Final
round on the players
AFL-CIO it ain't ...
It only took eight years, but I finally got the timing right.
For the first time in WBC history, I did not have to adjudicate
a single game of Robo Rally. Perhaps it was my complete
lack of planning, or possibly the fact that I played only as
an eliminator (to make up for my lack of planning) that
made the difference. Naturally, since I was playing only as
an eliminator, that meant I would win my first heat game. Four-time
champion Brad Johnson also won his first heat, and his second,
reducing the field to ten finalists. Ten players in what was
designed as an eight player game called for some interesting
innovation on my part. Fortunately, I was up to the challenge.
Cards from one new and one old set were combined with initiative
ties decided in favor of the old set. We also used one set
of painted robots with two unpainted robots from my extra set
of robots. Ten players also meant more conflict in the early
stages of the game. Roderick Lee started off the fun with a
Turn 1 pit dive. Legend Dan Hoffman followed suit in Turn 2
after a push from Ken Samuels.
Most of the players reached the neighborhood of flag 1 at
the about the same time. Brad Johnson was the first to touch
it however, and was somehow able to make good an escape from
the ensuing battle around the flag which he parleyed into a significant
lead that would eventually prove to be unstoppable. Steve Cuccarro
touched second followed closely by Josh Githens who pushed Steve
into the pit next to the flag to get there. Nick Henning got
there fourth follwed by Ken Samuels, Roderick Lee, Legend Dan,
Cliff Ackman and Bill Navolis. Rich Shipley suffered a series
of unfortunate incidents, including one where Steve and Bill
sitting side by side on the board both moved three spaces forward
pushing Nick and Rich onto the fast conveyor off the board, and
was eliminated from the race before reaching the first flag.
Brad took a few hits on the way out of the battle zone resulting
in a shutdown that allowed Steve to gain a little lost ground
back, but he was still able to reach flag 2 first, with Steve
not far behind.
A combination of good cards and cagey play got Brad quickly
to flag 3, but not before Legend Dan managed to get eliminated
when he drew nothing but Move 2 cards with a pit directly ahead.
Steve was the only other player to make flag 2 giving him a
solid second place. Cliff Ackman and Bill Navolis in a remarkable
comback managed to get closest to the second flag to take
third and fourth with Josh, Ken, Nick and Roderick filling
out the top eight slots.
One item of note, this year we used the "old"
rules as I can think of no way to make the use of the
docking station fair for all players. I am however willing
to entertain any arguments and/or suggestions for the use of
rules. Please feel free to send comments/suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robo Rally Junior
Tamara Houde rides herd on her
young Robo Rally competitors.
The next generation of Robo
players: Be Afraid. Be very Afraid!
25 little robot engineers battled to secure the Robot Rally
award with Keith Boone emerging triumphant. He was followed in
2nd: Cameron Graf
3rd: Evan Boone
4th: Dan Lewis