The Tides of History ...
Matthew Jesser takes his move as Greg
Ty Hansen, Jamie Tang and Paul Bean
count their armies.
As it says repeatedly in the BPA literature, in order to guarantee
yourself a slot in any given tournament, you must bring a copy
of the game. The finalists this year managed to eliminate every
single player in the event who had brought a copy of the game,
leading to a scramble for a board Saturday afternoon, along with
(tongue in cheek) GM threats to evict the lowest ranked finalist
in favor of someone with a game. So, next year, please be kinder
to your neighbor who brought a game and pass them the British
instead of the Americans in Epoch 7.
As you can see, attendance was up, as we hit 50 players for
the first time in six years and revisited Sandman territory.
We had five games in each heat, advancing 18 and six to the elimination
The preliminary heats provided some highlights. Charles Stucker
won his game with 225 points, giving him both the highest score
in the tournament and the largest margin of victory, as he won
by 35. Craig Yope had the misfortune of rolling triple ones as
his first roll of the Huns, killing his leader immediately, to
loud cries of anguish. Steve Dickson dominated his game, gaining
the pre-eminence marker from every single epoch except the first.
Eric Kleist scored 55 points with France, giving him the largest
single empire score. The other games were won by Joe Collinson,
Ty Hansen, Joe Powell, Greg Romano, Jeff King, Scott Smith, and
Our closest game came in the semi-final round with Ty Hansen
victorious with 191, over Dominic Duchesne at 190, and Jeff King
at 189. The score was close enough that all three advanced to
the Final. Mark Smith moved on to the Final with a six-point
win and also won the impromptu "best legs" competition
held at his table. The less said about that, the better. Scott
Smith won the third semi in convincing fashion with a 25 point
victory in a game that ended defending champion Henry Dove and
2007 champion Greg Kulp's second attempts at a title. This game
also featured the Great Flood when a cup of water got spilled
on the board and causing a move to a dryer clime. No wonder there
were no boards to be had at the Final! Kudos to Hasbro on the
quality of their game parts, though, as there was no lingering
damage to either board or cards.
2008 champ Jeff King was the only finalist who had set foot
in the third round previously. Everyone else were scoring their
first HWD laurels. Mark started the game with a most unusual
hand as all three of his major events were minor empires. He
started with Allies and Hittites, scoring an impressive 13 points
in the first Epoch. Later rounds brought the Safarids and Japanese
to his banner. Fortune did not favor Ty that day. During Epoch
4, he played both Siegecraft and Weaponry with the Arabs giving
him a +2 on many of his die rolls. He still lost seven battles
as the dice turned cold, yielding only three rolls over 4 in
30 attempts. While choosing cards for Epoch 6, John handed the
very powerful Spain to Dominic who was holding onto a one-point
lead at the time. However, it was Jeff's day, as he took the
lead with the Ming Dynasty and held onto it throughout to becme
the first two-time HWD champ.
Many thanks to Asst. GM's Greg Kulp for running the demo,
and Craig Yope for administrating the first heat. And a big thank
you to everyone who played. We'll see you next year with a copy
of the game!
The finalists enjoy their history
Jennifer Drozd, Kevin Youells amd
Jeff King watch the epochs pass.