a pox on multi-player ...
"We drove 600 miles to play each
other?" An old joke often repeated in the Up Front Final
year after year as John Emery and Bruce Young draw each other
in Semi-final action.
John Emery's French gets a rare pasting
at the hands of Richard Beyma in the Final. Around Turn 3 he
was regretting ending Bruce's title defense.
15 familiar faces gathered at 6pm for the fifth NW2 tournament.
Given the ideal of a 2-player Final and completing the event
in three rounds required six first round games split into three
3-player games and three 2-player games. This would give us two
3-player semi-finals assuming everyone soldiered on. While not
everyone is happy to be playing in a 3 player game it does allow
your GM flexibility in coping with the number of entrants and
accommodating late arrivals or no shows.
So on to the games. In the first round matchups between members
of the same team, relatives etc. are avoided and after a bit
of juggling everyone settles down to play. NW2 is a joy to GM
with the players being very agreeable and knowledgeable about
the game allowing yours truly to play in the event. The first
round 2-player games split the honors with two going to the French
and one to the Coalition. The 3-player games were evenly split
with a win for each of the three sides. This seems to confirm
the impression from previous years that no single nation dominates
After the first round we had two of the Greenville Mafia,
John Emery and defending champ Bruce Young, still standing along
with the father/son duo of Richard and Rob Beyma, previous champion
Scott Moll and the always dangerous Ed Rothenheber. Round 2 began
Thursday morning and with the dropping out of Rob Beyma saw the
Mafia drawn against each other in a 2-player game with the other
three dueling it out in a 3-player semi-final for the honor of
taking on the Mafia representative.
Iohn took the Coalition and proceeded to grind Bruce's French
to defeat by combining the famous "good cards AND good dice
rolls" strategy favored by all NW2 players. The second game
showed that although Richard has been away from the game for
a while he hasn't forgotten the skills which got him to the Final
in previous years.
The Final was a chance for John who has more or less owned
the Waterloo mini-con 2-player honors to extend his hedgemony
of Napoleonic Wars NW2 events to WBC and for Richard to
finally win after coming close several times. Richard took the
Allies and quickly dominated the game by taking control of the
Prussians and pressuring the French at every turn. When I asked
John what were the high spots of the game for him he replied
in a good natured tone that he couldn't think of any. With the
Prussians taking Paris and only thrown out with great difficulty
it's easy to see why John might feel that way. In the end, John
conceded at the beginning of Turn 4 after seeing his cards. After
being on the dealing side of that hand many times, John knew
when to fold 'em and call it a day.
2005 PBeM Tournament
After 34 games and
64 players, the ACTS tourney of 3-player Nappy is now complete.
In the last game the France of Steve Pleva continued her sweep
of all the semifinal games into the Final by beating the Coalition
(Pete Reese as Britain and Tasos Tsoufis as Austria/Russia. The
final score after Turn 4 was: France +6 = Dublin + Lisbon + Naples
+ Salzburg + Venice + SPAIN + TURKEY - Budapest; Britain -2 =
SWEDEN - Dublin - Lisbon - Naples; Austria/Russia 0 = +KEY +
Budapest - Salzburg - Venice".