Well, I guess the saying “it was the best of times; it was the worst of times” is true after all.
After drawing well in 2017 attendance this year was 10. And to be honest the main share of responsibility for that goes on my shoulders. I did not specify times and dates for my heats on the form and consequently both were scheduled on the first Saturday, which was before the usual Falling Sky and COIN crowd arrives at the convention.
However, what we lacked in numbers we made up for in enthusiasm and good games. Those ten players played a total of five tense games between qualifying heats and the final. All told we had two Roman wins, one Arverni win and two Aedui wins including the final. Noteworthy is the absence of Belgae wins after they dominated the event last year. I suspect that now players are on guard against them.
The Final was a well-played game that seesawed back and forth, and in fact when the Arverni played Optimates it looked like they had the inside straight to victory. But Todd Carter’s Aedui did their thing with dispatch and won at the end with a score of zero. John Emery’s Arverni finished second at -3 with Bjorn Van Knorring taking third with the Belgae at -4 and Kevin Emery’s Romans fourth at -6.
Assuming we either get voted back in or have a sponsor, next year will be very interesting. I propose to do the following things:
- First, the Ariovistus expansion will have been released and will be in use.
- Second, we will use the 45 card version of the Tournament Scenario to allow for more variety.
- Third, I will be developing a preset deck list to be used in all games to ensure action balance. This was done with great success in Fire in the Lake and will be repeated in Falling Sky if we return.
- Fourth, I will be sure to specify times for the heats to be sure our regulars are on site when they occur.
I want to thank everyone who showed up and played. You are the reason this event exists and indeed why WBC exists. I also want to give a special shout out to John Keating who rearranged his schedule to play and also to Bjorn Van Knorring who did the same. It is the little special things like this that make WBC a special convention. Thank you.
| Joel Tamburo [2nd Year]