GM Greg Crowe (left) records the Final
struggle between (clockwise) Olin Hentz, Jordan Flawd, Nick Henning,
Bruce Monnin and Greg Thatcher.
Always a titanic struggle ...
We had five fewer participants than last year, but it was
still a good showing nonetheless. There were 22 preliminary games
this year, down one from last year's 23. While the Thursday heat
had an impressive ten games, Tuesday and Saturday each had but
The heats produced 21 separate winners, with Joanne Melton
winning twice. 17 of those appeared on Sunday to play in the
semi-finals along with three alternates for five 4-player games.
Among the players were three past champions, none of whom returned
to the Final, although defending champ Rob Kircher came close
- finishing sixth. The games were pretty close, with some ending
with a tied score or a 1 point difference. The Dragon managed
to survive through one game with no bets, secret or otherwise,
because no player liked the position of the bets on the other
creatures should the Dragon die.
As the finalists (Jordan Flawd, Nick Henning, Olin Hentz,
Bruce Monnin, and Greg Thatcher) sat down for the final showdown,
I noted that a different Flawd has graced the Final each of the
past three years, and wondered if they had another one in training
for next year.
The first round was friendly, with no tears shed as the betless
and therefore friendless Hydra became the first casualty. The
second round was less cordial, as all the remaining creatures
had been the recipients of wagers. The one that eventually succumbed
was the only one without a first-round bet - the Titan - and
cost Greg the first chip of the game. As Nick was the only player
with two first-round bets, it didn't take the others long to
decide that one of them must go, and so the Unicorn bit the dust
next, also costing Bruce and Greg a chip. Possibly in retribution,
Greg killed the Cyclops whose bets each belonged to one of the
In the last round a timely play of the Head Referee by Olin
revealed secret bets of Jordan and Greg on the Warlock. On his
next turn he used his bet to reveal that he had bet on the dead
Cyclops in order to convince the others that he hadn't bet on
any of the other surviving creatures, which gave him leverage
to aid the Warlock's demise a few plays later. Amazingly, Bruce
and Nick had also secretly bet on the Cyclops, meaning Olin's
nine points still on the table took the match.
For the second year in a row, an alternate managed to become
champion, proving yet again it pays to check for openings. Congratulations
to our 2006 Champ, Olin Hentz, and thank you all for playing.
I hope to see you next year!
The Arena Junior
In the Juniors event I was ecstatic to have no less than 18
players competing for glory. They played two 5-player and two
4-player games, and the winners would each gain a seat in the
Final. Caitlin Jaeger, as the highest-scoring runner-up, also
earned a shot to advance, but declined to play further.
The four finalists were: Kaleigh Jaeger, Rebecca Melton, Aurora
Pack, and Joshua Weintraub. The competition was steep as all
of them played very well. In the end Joshua was the only one
whose secret bet (the Cyclops) had survived, but he was still
unable to top Rebecca's 11-point spread despite having had her
secret bet (the Dragon) die in the final round. Congratulations
to Rebecca Melton, our 2006 Juniors Champ!
1st: Rebecca Melton
2nd: Aurora Pack
3rd: Joshua Weintraub
4th: Kaleigh Jaeger
5th: Erin Treadway
6th: Caitlin Jaeger