Where's Nappy? ...
Developer Fred Schachter and
Melvin Casselberry enjoy a game on GM Mark McLaughlin's large
demo board with miniatures.
Pete Reese makes a move in the
Final as Rob Olsson and Ed Rothenheber observe. Pete has finished
second both years.
Ed Rothenberg's victory as Britain in the Wellington
Final could almost be as much the cause of his coming in second
in the Napoleonic Wars 5-Player Final later that day as
the great play of his foes. Twelve straight hours of gaming
can do that to a man. As well as he played in Napoleonic Wars,
Ed played that much better in Wellington. He and his
Spanish ally, Peter Reese, fought hard and long to defeat the
"Two Robs" (Mull and Olsen). The game went long and
hard and deep with battles fought from the Pillars of Hercules
to the Passes of the Pyrenees. Like almost all of the other eleven
games in the four-player tourney, this was a close one.
All told, of twelve games, the Allies won seven. Of the seven
Allied victories, four went to the Spanish. The Southern Army
took three of the five French vctories.. No Power seemed to have
much of an advantage, and there were no runaway victories.although
one game did end when the French conquered Portugal --a rare
occurrence in the game.
In addition to the tournament contests, several learning games
were played; with several of those who learned on the first night
jumping into the fray to try their hands in the second heat.
Of the 27 who played Wellington, a good number, like
the victorious Rothenberg, also soldiered on to play Napoleonic
Wars 5-player, and often on the same day.