Reading the small print ...
"No ... No ... I'm not the leader
... honest, I'm not."
Mines off the port bow, methinks.
The championship game saw Jeff Spaner and Ronald Fisher come
down to a tie breaker finish. Patrick Mirk, the defending champion
and infamous victim of Mata Hari's Curse cruised into the Final
again, along with Jason Fisher, Jarret Weintraub and Tom Holiday.
The finalists this year were all Brawling Battleships
veterans - each one playing at top form, with Jason and Tom grabbing
a slim lead in the first round.
In the second round everyone had sized up the field and the
grand old ladies of the sea began to sink in greater numbers.
Jason decided to play a defensive smoke card hoping to avoid
the carnage - six dreadnoughts went into the smoke and only two
came out. Two were sunk by submarines and two by mines before
his next turn. Jarret launched the air fleet of doom, having
two Zeppelins and a sea plane squadron assisting his battleship
gunnery at one point. Tom played a 'Silhouetted by the Sun' on
Jason, allowing Jarret to score five hits on each shot against
Jason. Jason was about to be banished from the sea when he played
the best reinforcement card in the game which allows a 90% chance
for two additional dreadnoughts and promptly missed the die roll
- rolling a 13 on a 16+ die roll. Pat and Jeff led after two
Ron began the final round in last place, only sinking one
dreadnought in each round for a total of eight points. But, in
the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it is never over until it's
over. Ron rallied the table against the leaders and began sinking
ships. As the deck wore thin, Jeff, who was still hanging on,
made a final destroyer attack that would assure him victory.
Two torpedoes were fired but only one dreadnought went down as
the deck was drawn out to the last four cards. The 'Internal
Explosion' card was the next card drawn and bad rolls by Jeff
could have sunk his final dreadnoughts but this time the dice
were with him and he survived the event. No one knew that Ron
had pulled close enough to win - except Jeff who said so as the
deck was drawn out. Both players counted victory points - 35
to 35 - it was down to tie breakers. Ron had sunk two more ships
than Jeff and won the championship by the small print. All six
players were within striking distance of victory right down to
The finalists avoid eye contact as
Jarret Weintraub lofts the dice and decides on a target.
Designer Craig Taylor watches 2005
champ Jeff Spaner and Jason Fisher.