Frank Morehouse, Robb Olsson,
Pat Duffy and Larry Burman
Resumes be damned! ...
Melvin Casselberry and Francis Czawlytko
Brian Mountford, John Sutcliffe, Scott
Salvatore and Jesse Boomer
The Green French - Always the Bridesmaid?
23 players appeared to play Wellington this year, including
seven new players - one of whom hailed from Wellington, New Zealand.
For the uninitiated, Wellington is a streamlined version
of its predecessor, The Napoleonic Wars. Indeed, it has
the rare distinction of being a sequel game that has a shorter
rulebook than its predecessor. What isn't pared back, however,
is the fun. Players get more cards per turn than they do in The
Napoleonic Wars, allowing them a greater ability to play
events and influence battles. Strategy options are endless.
Wellington is a 4-player game: the British and Spanish
players are allied against two French players who play Armée
du Nord and the Armée du Sud. The French sides are usually
referred to as the "blue" and "green" French,
the preliminary heats and semifinals, the distribution of wins
was as follows:
Blue French: 6
Green French: 0
Wow! I was astounded when I noticed the breakdown of victories
afterwards. Britain, with Wellington, has the most powerful force
on the board and is almost always in the best position to retake
Madrid and its two Victory Points. The greens are a little more
predictable. With four of their starting victory point spaces
in southwestern Spain, the greens' chances grow longer as the
game progresses inevitably toward the northeast and France. The
long odds against winning, however, are compensated for in sheer
fun. The greens, with Marshal Soult, can go tearing around Spain
and wreak havoc without worrying about defending key points on
The Final teamed the impressive four championships resumes of
Peter Reese (2009, 2010, 2012) and Henry Russell (2008) as Britain
and Spain, respectively, against Jim McCarthy as the blue French
and Frank Morehouse as the greens. McCarthy (pictured at right)
was able to win three straight games as the blues to advance
to the Final. On Turn 1 Reese and Russell made a determined attack
on the greens' Marshal Soult and were able to destroy him and
his army. They were also able to take Madrid. Game over? Not
Fortunes can change quickly in Wellington. In a game in
which battle rolls of 20+ dice are common, crazy things can happen.
In one of our semifinals, Melvin Casselberry managed to roll
57 dice without rolling the needed 6 to gain a hit on a besieged
fort. In the Final, fortune seemed to shift to the French on
Turn 2. By winning a series of victories in and around Madrid,
the green French were able to retake Madrid. With the pressure
on for the third and last turn, the Brits and Spanish were unable
to muster enough troops and the cards to move them necessary
to turn the game around in an assault on France. The game ended
in a French victory.
But which French side was the winner? Both players were able
to secure victory point spaces in Spain to add to their totals.
In the end, Frank Morehouse, who had husbanded his cards, on
his last play was able to convert several game spaces to the
green side and bring victory to the greens. Thus, the greens
were finally vindicated in the tournament's clinching game. Per
chance it may be the Brits turn next year?