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Both tactile and visual
sensations make Queen's Gambit a favorite.
The appeal of miniatures in a boardgame
format is a strong draw.
A few players complained this year that the Naboo don't have
a fair chance during the play-off rounds due to the mandatory
time limit of two hours, which reflects the situation in Star
Wars the Phantom Menace. Many disagree, believing that the
Naboo have the edge. This year's overall outcome was again close
to 50-50. In the preliminaries Darth Maul won 23 to the Naboo's
20. There is no time limit in the prelims and this slants things
towards the Naboo. Therefore, in the playoffs, when the time
pressure is in effect the Naboo should fare worse. "If the
trade federation is still standing after two hours, they win."
Oh Well, the Naboo, won eight of the 15 playoff games including
the Championship. So the final tally was Darth Maul 30, Naboo
16 players advanced to the Single Elimination playoffs. One
of those was a newcomer, William Sparks, who agreed to play during
a heat, so an odd player could have an opponent for that heat.
The results for the round of 16 were as follows - eight games:
#1. Battle Droid Bill Morse won when consecutive battle droid
shots killed Keith Corbino Kenobi in the Throne Room.
#2. William Sparks Quigon killed Devon Miller Maul and Obiwon
killed all the droids in the palace. Anakin passed through the
Federation Starfighters to give Sparks the win.
#3. Dave Platnick Maul won the admiration of all the children
that Queen Larry Lingle has destroyed in Queen's Gambit. Platnick
Maul wiped out Quigon and Obiwon and took only three hits himself.
It was a slaughter after that as two-time champ Lingle goes down
#4. Alex Bell Maul thrashed Queen Carolyn Strock.
#5. Destroyer Droid Dustin Gervais hammered Patrick Havert
Panaka into oblivion.
#6. Rob Battle Droid Flowers defeated Jacob Quigon Hebner
even though Quigon lived through the generator core battle with
Maul. A weak Quigon left the generator core with two hits and
was promptly killed by battle droids in the palace.
#7. Jar Jar Binks McCulloch (Sean) defeated Nute Gunray Sutton
(Brian). Sean wiped out the Separatists on the battlefield leading
to a well fought win.
#8. Anakin Cagwin defeated Geonosian Overseer Nick Page.
#1. William Anakin Sparks Hosed Bill Morse Maul in 15 minutes.
Anakin blew through San Hill Bill's Federation Starfighters with
only eight cards.
#2. Alex Obiwon Bell sliced and diced Dave Dark Side Platnick
into residue. Maul killed Quigon, but Obiwon killed Maul. Then
Obiwon left the generator core and obliterated the droids in
#3. Rob Purple Flowers upset Darth Dustin Gervais. Dustin's
Maul killed Quigon and Obiwon and left the generator core with
five hits. Unbelievable - Maul killed by Palace Guards and the
#4. Dwarf Spider Droid McCulloch squeezed by Jedi Padawan
Cagwin. Sean's Darth Maul killed Quigon and Obiwon and left the
generator core to raise havoc; however, Maul went down to one
hit and skulked back into the generator core. Eventually the
Dark Siders prevailed.
#1. William Window Ledge Sparks jumped over Rob Dead Droid
Flowers. Sparks window ledge movement resulted in a throne room
filled with Naboo. The droids offered little resistance and the
Naboo won easily.
#2. Sean Super Battle Droid McCulloch thumped Alex Jedi Guardian
Bell.. Sean's Darth Maul killed both Jedi. It was all bad news
for the Naboo after that.
William Sparks vs Sean McCulloch. It was over almost before
it started. Anakin Sparks shut down the droids with the play
of only five cards. The game lasted eight minutes. Sean Maul
McCulloch was demoted to Geonosian Drone status by Palpatine
Congratulations to William Sparks whose act of kindness snowballed
into a championship.