One and Out ...
This year's participation fell to 20 participants, as many
of the usual suspects were not able to attend, including designer
and three-time defending champ Mark Miklos. So, this was
an opportunity to crown a new champion. About half of the
participants were newbies to the system and had attended the
Demo preceding the 1st round. It was very pleasing to see
all of our veterans being patient and helpful to the new players
and demonstrating the true meaning of good sportsmanship.
Due to having so many new players, we had to dispense with
playing Savannah for the first round and went to Eutaw
Springs instead. Seven of the games were Eutaw Springs
and three were Saratoga. The pairings were random as the
AREA website was unavailable and had not been updated in over
a year. Most of the veteran players drew the new, less
experienced players anyway. Of the seven Eutaw games, there
were only two American victors, Paul Stoecker and Ric Manns.
Bruno Sinigaglio and Andrew Maly were Decisive victors.
The three Saratoga games were all American wins.
John Vasilakos went down once again at the hands of Eutaw Springs.
I think John is going to be defaulting to Saratoga from
now on ;-)
Only four players opted to continue into Round 2 (six no shows)
declined to play further, which promptly became the semi-final.
Guilford Courthouse was chosen as the scenario, with Andy
Maly opposing Paul Stoecker and Ric Manns facing Dan Long.
Paul's N.C. militia did what they were supposed to do and fought
to the last man giving of themselves for the sake of liberty.
Alas, victory and freedom were fleeting for the Americans losing
on the tie breaker for Army Morale. Dan Long's Americans
suffered a similar fate, also being bested by the Army Morale
difference tie breaker.
Round 3 saw the Final of Andrew Maly and Ric Manns, along
with a consolation game between Dan Long and Paul Stoecker.
Both games were Saratoga. The consolation game rewarded
Dan Long with third place, as he beat the snot out of Paul's
Americans who fell back to Bemis Heights and crumbled under the
weight of the British attack.
Ric Mann's Americans fared no better, as many American units
were captured. At the outset the two sides swapped rifle
fire gunning for Burgoyne and Arnold respectively, the game following
history as Morgan tried the ungentlemanly, and some consider
cowardly, sniper attempt on Gentleman Johnny. However,
this time the British gave as good as they got, with both leaders
narrowly missing attempts on their lives.
Andy's British stretched the American lines to the West, until
they were able to turn the left flank of the line. Then,
with momentum and high morale the British charged - taking the
lives of Morgan's men and capturing three American units on the
last turn. Gates' only alternative was to lay down arms
and concede defeat. Huzzah!! Huzzah!!
We look forward to seeing everyone in 2007, especially all
of the new players. A fun time was had by all.