Its a Felowi Universe
GM Mark Mitchell still finds an audience
to learn Galaxy in his demo 11 years after its release.
Bob Wicks does his Mark Mitchell imitation
and harasses Stein with a gallblader attack card.
All told, there were 22 games played this year and, as usual,
the competition level was high but, at the same time, balanced
among all of the participants. In fact, it was so even that,
once again, there was a player that made it to the Final who
had just learned how to play the game at the demo four days earlier.
Every year there is an average of about ten people that learn
the game on the spot and this year was no exception. Misha Lavrov,
a fellow dookey Blue Devil, brought along by Lisa Gutermuth picked
the game up quickly during the instruction and proceeded to come
in third in his first two attempts to get a heat win. Undaunted,
he arrived at the third heat where he managed to pull off an
exciting one-point win in a high scoring game and what's more,
he did it without eliminating a single world. It is encouraging
to see that there is still a lot of interest in this game and
that it is possible to become competitive in it with only a few
plays. Misha and another Blue Devil newcomer, Michael Wei, both
made it to the semi-finals after learning the game in the demo.
Even more amazing was the play of the young Max Duboff. Not far
removed from playing in the Juniors events, he pulled off a win
in the third heat against some pretty tough competition. His
opponents were 2007 champ John Keating, Dave Buchholz and Andres
Dunn - perennial semi-finalists every year so for a youngster
like Max, that's quite an achievement.
The Final generated our second two-time champion in John Keating
with Rebecca Hebner coming in a close second. So close, that
for the THIRD year in a row, the title was decided on a tie breaker!
On the last play of the game, Rebecca took a shot and eliminated
the Felowi in the hopes that it was John's secret base. However,
he had chosen the Kha'Farjimmn which survived the game and gave
John his second shield in the WBC Galaxy. Both finished with
nine points but John had 76 tie breaker points to Rebecca's 63.
At least this year she made it to the Final. In two previous
years she finished sixth in the tournament which is the highest
finisher to not get to play in the Final - and sadly, doesn't
earn an honorary fez cap. So, once again, she had to settle for
the position of "always a bridesmaid and never a bride".
Maybe next year Rebecca.
This year the Felowi was the world that survived the most
games by a wide margin. It survived 15 times while no other world
even made it to double figures. As for the world that surrendered
the most, seven of the eight worlds were within a radius of four
eliminations with the E-Cups edging out the Cylor 17 to 16. The
world that was chosen the most for a secret base was the Felowi.
There were two worlds chosen the least as secret bases. The E-Cup,
which was eliminated the most, and the Divergence, which had
three other worlds surrender more than it, but there were also
three others that tied with the same number of eliminations.
So overall, unless you chose the Felowi as a secret base, chances
are you were not happy about the ending to your game.
So is Jason Fisher a sandman or does
he just like to wear a fez?
GM Mitchell rides herd on his finalists.