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So why is everybody standing? This
game must be pretty exciting. Keith Corbino and Brian Sutton
seem to think so.
Bill Morse and David Platnik take
turns doing their Jar Jar Binks imitations between dice rolls
to qualify for the 16-player play-off.
In the eighth year of Queen's Gambit play, the
field dropped to its lowest level ever, but remained viable despite
the game being long out of print. As usual, players who can't
handle the time-pressure of Doncon fell by the wayside as they
crapped out with the Naboo and whimpered about the unfair nature
of the format and how "it sucks to be the Naboo!" This
year's overall outcome was again close to 50-50. In the preliminary
heats the Naboo won 22 to Darth Maul's 19. There is no time limit
in the prelims and this slants things towards the Naboo. In the
time-limited playoffs, the Trade Federation wins if it is still
standing after two hours - this reflects the time-limited aspect
of the battle in the theatre. In 2009, the Trade Federation won
nine of the 15 playoff games, so the final tally was Naboo 28,
Darth Maul 28. Thanks to Bill "Battle Droid" Morse
for his Assistant GM duties and clerical support.
16 players advanced to the playoffs, including past champs Brian
Sutton, Karl Henning, William Sparks and the only two-time champ,
Larry Lingle. Two previous champs, Buddy Sinigaglio and Nick
Page, did not get past the preliminaries.
An interesting development in both the preliminary and single
elimination rounds occurred this year: game shortages were not
experienced as they have in the past. This can be attributed
both to the reduced field and the selfless acts of three guardian
angels. "Jabba the Hutt" Gubbay, Brian "Bossk"
Sutton and Buddy "Boba Fett" Sinigaglio each brought
multiple copies of the game and deserve honorable mention for
the Sportsmanship Award. However, there was no nomination for
sportsmanship this year, because a player must do a great deal
to earn a sportsmanship nomination for Queen's Gambit at
Doncon, which has shown to be a very cut-throat game. In fact,
there has been only one player ever nominated for the Sportsmanship
Award, David "The Hutt" Gubbay.
Those who made it into the playoff rounds, but not to the championship
game included Sean "Jar Jar Binks" McCulloch, Greg
"Zuckuss" Zegalia, William "Wampa" Sparks,
Red Queen Larry Lingle, Carolyn "Lady Lumiya" Strock,
David "Tion Medon" Meyaard, Alex "Jedi Padawan"
Bell, Daniel "Djas Puhr" Long, Karl "Sith Witch"
Henning, Rob "Purple Queen" Flowers, Aaron "Mustafarian
Flea Rider" Fuegi, Gino "Vornskr" Sinigaglio,
Andrew "Krayt Dragon" Sinigaglio and Tony "Tamteel
In order to reach the Championship game, Brian "Bossk"
Sutton eliminated veterans Tony Musella and Rob Flowers as well
as past champion "Sith Witch" Henning. On his way to
the Championship game, Andrew "Wat Tambor" Wilson had
to defeat Zuckuss Zegalia, Padawan Bell and past champion "Wampa"
Sparks. In the championship game, Sutton bested
Wilson in a hard fought contest that could have gone either way.
Congratulations to Brian "Bossk" Sutton for joining
Queen Lingle as the only two-time champs of Queen's Gambit.
This gives "stacking" a
whole new meaning.
Hex wargames will never be the same.
Why didn't they have games like this
when I was a kid?
Oh wait, I am. Lucky stiff!