The Travails of a Rookie GM ...
Roger Taylor tres to find Dan Hoffman
An unusual map for an unusual war.
The Labyrinth WBC debut proved successful with a Mulligan
and five elimination rounds providing many hours of intriguing
play. I was pleasantly surprised as despite the superb quality
of the design, the subject matter left me wondering if the game
would draw sufficiently well to hold an audience.
The Tuesday night Mulligan featured 12 games of the default
"Let's Roll" scenario in a single deck configuration,
with seven USA victories, including one by the GM. This trend
favoring the US player would continue throughout the tournament,
countering internet speculation that this scenario favors the
Jihadists. Winners of the Mulligan received a first round bye
in the Single Elimination play that began Thursday.
Thursday brought not just elimination rounds but also the
arrival of designer Volkho Ruhnke and his son Andrew. Volkho
brought some extra special prizes, and served both as Assistant
GM and successful eliminator player whenever we had an odd number
of players in a round. In fact, he eliminated me in such a round.
The Final found a victorious Chris Yaure upsetting the reigning
Caesar and CDW master Stefan McCay to become our first Labyrinth
champion. In addition to the "wood" and a GMT merchandise
credit, Chris also received a framed proof print of the Labyrinth
box cover. Stefan McCay received a copy of Bernard Lewis book
"The Crisis of Islam".
Overall, a total of 44 games were played, all of the default
"Let's Roll" scenario in a single deck configuration.
Of those 44, the US player won 29 times for a 65.9% win ratio.
Based on this it is likely that next year will see the use of
some type of bidding system for side selection.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone who played and
made this event a success. Some names come to mind, such as Martin
Sample who on his own initiative taught the game to inexperienced
players, highlighting the volunteerism that is a key strength
of WBC. Also Volkho Ruhnke deserves special thanks for working
hard in support of his game.
GM Joel Tamburo enjoys a game
designer Volko Ruhnke and his son Andrew.
Caesar Stefan Mecay and major cardshark
is upset by Chris Yaure in the Final.