A Whole New Class of Jihadists
Michael Confoy tries to find Bin Laden.
Steve Huskey and Phil Rennert try
out the terrorist CDW.
The 2012 tournament drew 34 players to a Friday Mulligan and
Saturday elimination rounds for a total of 43 exciting games.
As in 2011, the scenario used was "Let's Roll" in a
single deck configuration. Among the unusual occurrences was
a US victory that eliminated every Jihadist cell -- an unheard
of accomplishment. We also saw an entirely new class of laurelists
as Jessa Burdett made her debut by downing last year's champion
Christopher Yaure. Jessa's husband, Jeff, finished third so it's
obvious the two have been practicing, but not so obvious who
talked who into playing.
Play balance changed markedly from the 2011 debut. Last year,
the US won 29 of 44 games for a win rate of 65.9%. This year
the results were decidedly more even; the US won 22 of 43 for
a win rate of 51.1%. I attribute this to evolving Jihadist play
featuring a more patient approach. It is the US player who has
the burden to change the board by making countries advance to
Good governance before game end.
As always, events like this do not work without players who
go above and beyond. This year we had quite the honor roll. Roger
Taylor not only taught other players, but even sacrificed his
own advancement by giving his opponent a takeback and pointing
out a game winning play. All of the players deserve kudos for
playing under less than ideal conditions in an AC-less Lampeter
Hall. This year truly proved the adage that the players more
than anything else make the tournament. And last but by no means
least, credit must go to Labyrinth designer Volko Ruhnke
who again appeared and acted as a sort of "Yoda" for
rules inquiries while showing off some intriguing new projects.
Having him there is a real treat. Planning for the 2013 event
will as always start soon and will be open to discussion and
debate in the ConSimWorld Labyrinth discussion board.
Tom Vickery and GM Joel Tamburo on
Dan Hoffman checks out the action
as Michael Confoy moves.