Harald Henning, CT
Alan Sudy, VA
Bill Crenshaw, VA
Jeff Mullet, OH
Arthur Field, SC
Second Wind? ...
Doug Galullo, Jason Levine and Mark
AJ Sudy, David Hood and Jon Anderson
The 2012 tournament nearly doubled attendance after a dismal
2011 due to an added heat during the pre-con. Wins were evenly
distributed with Pennsylvania and Louisiana winning twice and
Quebec, Mexico and Virginia once.
In the early heat, Jeff Mullet won by three VPs while Doug Gallulo
and AJ Sudy each managed 1-VP wins. In the second heat, Bill
Crenshaw peaked late for a 9-VP win while Ed Kendrick and Ewan
McNay each won by a single VP. Kevin Sudy won the only game in
the third heat by 6.
Bill, Kevin, Jeff, Doug, and AJ qualified for the Final. Kevin
opted for Nappy Wars instead, leaving Ed the last spot and Ewan
on the sidelines along with Kevin, whose Nappy Final ended a
minute too late to reclaim his seat.
Jeff (holding timber) paid $10 for Quebec, Bill (holding tobacco)
choose Virginia second for $5, Ed (holding gold) took Mexico
for $5, Doug (with both La. Purchase and Hudson's Bay) got La.
for free and AJ was left with Pennsylvania.
and PA got off to good starts, with VA using Ben Franklin to
get Patriotism early and PA hitting his Mech roll before LA and
Quebec and then playing Fulton for early Steamships. Mexico used
Homestead Act to get to Northern California, used his priority
chit and cash $100 in Gold. Virginia cashed Native Sovereignty
for $60 in tobacco but opted not to place natives in Hawaii,
then took it uncontested. Louisiana took Missouri, enabling him
to gobble up territories in the northwest and was in solid shape
after hitting his Motion Pictures roll. Quebec combined bad research
rolls with bad attack rolls to fall behind.
In the middle of Era 2, Virginia and Pennsylvania agreed to wait
a turn to collaborate on Think Tank rather than risk missing
rolls. Both had rolls on Storytelling instead with Virginia missing
and Pennsylvania hitting (which later proved to be the 1 VP difference).
The Era 2-3 transition turn saw Pennsylvania negotiate an Ore
card out of Mexico before hitting Louisiana with Civil War, leading
to a scramble for Ore, while Virginia amassed 5 Oil. Sensing
the last expansion coming early, Virginia used his priority chit
to expand last rather than more first and cash 2 Oil cards. Louisiana
opted for 1st and played Riots and Immigrants, opting to riot
Virginia's Oil city in Texas, Pennsylvania, and take over Quebec's
Ore city in Manitoba.
Virginia rolled well in final expansion, taking six territories,
but was left playing cards fourth in final card play. PA wisely
used his priority chit to move first and wreak havoc on Virginia's
well laid plans, first stealing VA's last Oil card with Spy,
then playing Product Recall on Oil -- a $200 swing! Virginia
got a little revenge on PA with IRS, but PA then proceeded to
hit his e-commerce roll to edge out a 1-point win. Quebec was
able to cash $150 in Tourists after bribing Virginia with Textiles
to sneak into third, just ahead of Mexico (whose overseas territories
had been nullified by PA's Cold War) and Louisiana.
1. AJ Sudy (Pa) 31 VPs/$35/55 Profit
2. Bill Crenshaw (Va) 30 VPs/$50/100 Profit
3. Jeff Mullet (Que) 28 VPs/$25/90 Profit
4. Ed Kendrick (Mex) 27 VPs/$0/55 Profit
5. Doug Gallulo (La) 26 VPs/$20/60 Profit
Kevin Sudy and the Chairman of the
GM Bill Crenshaw is denied Coussis
by his finalists.
Play By Email 2012
Congratulations to Stefan Mecay for winning the 2010-12 Manifest
Destiny PBeM tournament. Stefan cruised to victory in the
first three rounds and despite finishing last in the final round,
sealed the deal by taking out the only two-game winner after
three rounds (Bill Crenshaw, who finished fourth in the final
round but second in the tournament). Carl Damcke won the #1
table in the last round to grab third place overall, edging out
Greg Stripes on the cash tiebreaker (who with his strong performance
in the last two rounds finished fourth overall). Pete Pollard
came in third on the #1 table in the last round and sixth overall.
Jeff Mullet's win in Round 2 and close seconds in the last two
rounds earned him fifth overall.
The other third round winners were Arthur Field (with help from
Bill Crenshaw finishing the game), Pete Staab, Rob Kircher, and
Thanks to Stefan Mecay and Mike Brophy for GM'ing. Please let
me know if you have any suggestions for future tournaments.
We will not use the Enlightenment format again but if there is
sufficient interest will try a three-round elimination tournament,
hopefully starting in January 2013. Please let me know if you
would be interested in playing and/or GM'ing.
Don't forget to vote to include Manifest Destiny at WBC!