Looking the Devil in the Eye ...
GM and designer Mark Herman coaches
a game Louise Strickland - a rare female entry into the world
Paul Gaberson points out a critical
location to Basem Chabaklo who returned from Qatar for his second
We had another great tournament with 24 players despite some
inclement South Pacific weather, with about half of them new
entrants who participated in the earlier training demo. I want
to thank all of the veterans for taking our new friends under
their wing during Round 1.
The real fireworks began in Round 2. Notable performances
were turned in by Paul Gaberson, Craig Yope, three-time champ
Dennis Culhane, defending champ Antero Kuusi and newcomer Mark
Hodgkinson. Mark ultimately prevailed in a late Friday evening
Final ('43 scenario) where he won by one VP as the Japanese,
although post analysis suggested there may have been some opportunities
for the Allies to have addressed this deficit with their last
card. This was another example of a well-played game coming down
to a 1-point difference. It was a great game but what else would
you expect when the titans of Bahrain and Finland meet? Our new
champion described it thusly:
"Antero's allies attacked me out of CBI early while I
set up island defenses. This was hard as I had six blue cards
(reaction cards) and picked up one more blue (reaction) and two
yellows (political). My hand was weak. It looked grim but Antero
got a bad roll and my counterattack in the next turn took a lot
of India back. I am still not sure if attacking out of CBI is
safe. I had no chance for a CBI offensive on Turn 1.
Anterio's normal move on card 1 play went into the Marshall's
and then deep Island hopping, something I have seen before by
David Knole in FtF play. I did manage to cut his fighter support
by counter invading places like Nauru (at a cost!). Still, he
kept coming and although I barely made POW (progress of war).
Anterio is a master player and a gentleman.
The thing I really liked in this game was how we both kept
trying to keep momentum and switching attack points by sneaky
PBM's (post battle moves).
I was lucky to go into the Final 4-0 and had to forego a place
in the HIS and NAPPY semifinals to play. I am glad I did and
would have been happy with a place.
I agree about the point on FtF made by Mark Herman. We played
real fast. I mean real fast, and it makes a difference."
One lesson that I continue to see reinforced is ftf play is
different than Internet plays. Most complicated moves would be
hard, but certainly not impossible, to construct over the board
with an opponent staring you in the face.
Join me in congratulating Mark as our new WBC champion and
to Antero for his continuing high level of play. Both are to
be applauded not only for their skill but their dedication in
travelling so far to take part in our championships.
Finland's defending champ Antero Kuusi
takes it to the Puffing Billy's Bart Pisarik at his first WBC.
Craig Yope continues his campaign
to master EOS. Three years has got him to 6th ... next
year - serious laurels?