lord of the rings; the confrontation   

Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report  

  2012 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote
Nick Henning, CT
2011-12 Champion



Event History
2010    Nick Henning     44
2011    Nick Henning     36

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Nick Henning       CT    11     40
   2.  David Rennert      MD    11     24
   3.  Rob Flowers        MD    11      8
   4.  Matthew Beach      MD    10      8
   5.  Alexandra Henning  PA    11      6
   6.  Tom Parauda        NJ    10      6
   7.  Nick Page          on    11      4
   8.  Jack Doughan       PA    10      4
   9.  Derek Miller       VA    11      2
  10.  Jacob Hebner       CO    10      2

2011 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists 

David Rennert, MD

Rob Flowers, MD

Alexandra Henning, PA

Nick Page, on

Derek Miller, VA

Defending champ Nick Henning prevails again despite Derek Miller's best efforts.

Stratego in the land of the hobbits? Long a Juniors room event, the game graduated with many of its players to the older set.

Family Affair ...

Defending champion Nick Henning claimed to have only just learned to play "Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation" (LRC) the day before winning the first tournament. It would seem he is now a true and converted fan of this Reiner Knizia gem. This year Nick arrived with his sister Alex in tow. He also brought a custom made laser engraved wooden board complete with character pieces replaced by shot glasses. The game set came in a custom engraved box titled "Lord of the Rings: The SHOTfrontation." We'll leave it to the reader's imagination to resolve the intended use of this version.

As it turns out, Alex Henning is no slouch at the game either. She bested her brother in the Swiss rounds on her way to an unbeaten record and the top seed in the 8-player elimination round. It seems the Hennings play the game for more than fun ... rent money perhaps?

Family, it turns out, is a common theme in this tournament. The turnout this year included three Meltons, two Rennerts, two Beaches and the aforementioned Hennings. In the junior bracket, the Powers clan arrived with four (count em!) entrants, and I think there's two more waiting in the wings. The Metzger clan straddled the brackets with a junior as well as a senior entrant. Clearly LRC is excellent family fare, as well as a great tournament game.

Speaking of suitability to tournament play, your humble GM made a few changes to the structure of the tournament which speeded play and made for a better tournament for all. New this year was a Swiss Eimination structure. This ensured all players four rounds of play before elimination. In addition, the GM allowed himself the ability to place slower players on clocks at the halfway mark in the round. This ensured every round finished on or ahead of time, with very little player down time - a marked improvement over 2010. The GM also offered separate brackets during Swiss play for those players interested in playing the deluxe rules. But the biggest improvement was having the senior event relocated out of the junior room. Thanks to the Convention Director for securing us appropriate space.

What wasn't new this year was the tournament results. In the junior bracket, there was a repeat champion. Andrew Doughan bested friend and teammate Adam Wojtaszczyk in the fourth round of a SE tournament. Andrew dominated the field and remained unbeaten in eight games during the past two years.

In the senior bracket, it looked as though things might be different this year when Alex Henning schooled her brother in the Swiss rounds. However, last year's runner-up, David Rennert dispatched Alex +5, +4 in the semi-finals for a return trip to the Final. Interestingly, Rennert had a scare in the quarter-final round, besting Nick Page only by a coin flip after a tied round. Meanwhile, in the other bracket defending champ Nick Henning was also tested in the semi-finals, losing the first game to Rob Flowers, -4 only to rally for a convincing +6 win and a return match with Rennert. Unfortunately for David, the results were the same. Henning bested Rennert +4, -2 and retained his crown.

The coda to this tale is the annual grudge match between junior and senior bracket champs for all the marbles and all the bragging rights. With two repeat champs this was a rematch, pitting age and guile versus youth and enthusiasm. Nick was a sportsman, and agreed to play Andrew with the deluxe rules. Sadly for the GM and proud father, the results were again the same. Once again, age and guile had their way. Youth will have to wait another year. Oh, and if anyone wants to beat Nick Henning at this game, I suggest they ask his sister how it's done.

 Lord of the Rings; The Confrontation Junior

The juniors have been playing this game for years now at WBC and many of them look forward to the event as the highlight of their week in the junior room. This year was no exception with 16 hobbits from the 12 and under set trying their hand to win the coveted junior plaque. Andrew Doughan became a repeat Juniors champion with his second straight title over the citizens of the Shire. Adam Wojtaszczyk, another recipient of strong gaming genes, took second followed by Matthew Roizin-Prior, Mandy Mossman, Aiden Powers and Theo Crescenzi.

Where are the talking trees?

GM and proud papa with the champ.
 GM      Jim Doughan  [2nd Year]   NA
   jdoughan@gmail.com   NA

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