Laughing at the Cold War ...
Ahhh ... Host A ... what a fitting
location for the gulag.
Stein: "Back in '06 when I won
it all ..." Curtin: "Zzzzzzzz ....."
After his three-wave-and-out victory last year, Lee Rodrigues
had work commitments and was unable to defend his title (he and
the GM had a chat about priorities when he finally appeared on
Saturday), leaving the field clear for a new champion. As expected,
it wasn't the GM, who while winning the last two of his three
heats had to settle for second place when it counted.
This year we played only 10 games in the four heats, despite
a slightly larger turnout for the event. Just one of the games
had to be adjudicated due to time pressure. Six were won on waves,
including those qualifying three of the finalists. Two games
were won by attrition, including one game ending on a very early
Turn 6 due to hot purge and "health" dice. The remaining
slot was filled with the sole turn 10.5 win.
In the Final, Steve took an early lead with control of Nestor
and Badenuff (starting as Foreign Minister but quickly moved
into the Defense Minister slot). Nestor was able to last until
the 4th turn thanks to some luck with both die rolls and his
starting Intrigue cards (flu vaccine and one of the two release
from sanitarium cards). However, a failure on Turn 2 left Steve
with just two waves, and due to a heavy toll with the Turn 4
health dice the Party Chief position went to Goferbrok, who had
been lurking in the second level of the Politburo. He turned
out to belong to Ewan's faction, and Ewan proceeded to rearrange
the politburo more to his liking, moving Shootemdedsky to Foreign
Minister and having Protsky replace him as KGB head, as well
as replacing Badenuff (still at Defense) with Talksalott.
Goferbrok gave Ewan one (failed) attempt at waving before
his waning health put him in the Kremlin wall, after which Protzky
became Party Chief. To no one's surprise, Ewan remained in control,
naming Strychnin as KGB head and bringing Karrienko back to the
Politburo in his starting position as Defense Minister. Turn
5 yielded another failed wave attempt, and the Politburo remained
stable until the successful wave ending Turn 6. At this point,
Steve took control of Protzky by Adding Influence to get 10+,
but to no avail - Protzky didn't survive the health phase. His
replacement Strychnin survived health die rolls and card play
to wave twice in the next two turns, winning the game and the
title for Ewan on Turn 8.
Comrade Martin proclaims his innocence
but evokes no sympathy from KGB Head Mitchell.
The finalists gather ... and no finer
specimens for the gulag have ever been assembled.