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Falling Sky (F_S) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated November 7, 2019
16 Players Bjorn von Knorring 2019 Status 2020 Status Event History
2019 Champion & Laurels
 

What A Difference A Year Makes!

The 2019 running of Falling Sky featured a number of changes including two demo sessions and heats specifically scheduled in response to a player survey of when they would be at the convention and any conflicting events. As a result attendance jumped to 16 from 10 the previous year. Based on this, these changes will be continued in future events.

The games this year featured a lot of tense play and indeed they also were ending barely on time for the four hour heats; perhaps a slight time increase is in order. Among the tense play moments were two different instances and a potential third that was called off where the Romans had to make a large number of saving die rolls for Caesar and legions. In one case despite the large number of rolls only one legion was lost but in the other all were lost.

Play balance was interesting. The Romans won in half of the games played including the Final. Of the rest, the Belgae won all but one where the Aedui won. Sadly the Arverni won none and based on tournament data over three years may get a little balance tweak next year.

In the Final, the game was a seesaw affair between Bjorn Van Knorring’s Romans, the Aedui run by yours truly as a fill in for the bot (one finalist failed to report), Evan Harris Belgae and Jonathan Squibb’s Arverni. There was a lot of fighting and indeed for a while it looked like this might be the game the Arverni broke through. But Bjorn’s Romans got their proverbial mojo back and stabilized things leading to an end game victory for them. Jonathan Squibb’s Arverni finished second and Evan Harris Belgae took third with yours truly bringing up the rear.

I would like to thank everyone who helped make this event happen. The players were fantastic, Ken and company were also great. Special thanks to Bjorn Van Knorring who in addition to winning the event contributed to its success by running a teaching table in the first heat and even showing the other players how to beat him. Bjorn actually drew the Romans in every game (and sides were determined randomly). Even more impressive he won games, advanced and ultimately took the crown despite a lack of experience in playing the Romans.

I look forward to next year and more thrilling competition!

 
2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2
Jonathan Squibb Evan Harris Norman Stewart Brian Conlon Chris Byrd
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
He thinks he can help you. Chris Byrd earning laurels at the event.
GM  Joel Tamburo [3rd Year]  NA
 joel@jciml.com  NA