Truly Brother vs Brother ...
In this tournament, I have chosen to handle the balance problem
by having each person play the same side throughout. So except
for the final, you are competing against the other players of
your side, not really your opponent. After the three preliminary
games, the top four players from each side advance to the elimination
round where you still compete against the other players on your
side. This type of competition is for balance purposes since
the Union has only won one game of Bentonville in the elimination
round in the last three years.
One of the amazing things about this tournament is while each
game can play very differently because of the chit pull order
and combat die rolls, a lot of the same players manage to advance
to the elimination round year after year. These are players from
both sides, so although the Union tends to lose more, some players
can play them well enough to advance in multiple years. Since
its inception, the Union is 65-31-1 in Bull Run, 25-53-37 in
Bentonville, and 47-56 in Pea Ridge. However, despite the balanced
numbers for Pea Ridge which has been the final game for the last
four years, the Confederates have won the tournament five out
of six years.
I continue to run this tournament for the players. A high
percentage participate in this tournament every year even though
it is the only time they play this game. It's one of those tournaments
where you get to see and play against old friends and foes that
you don't see the rest of the year. Everyone who knows the game
is welcome to come and join the fun. This includes kids (I've
enjoyed watching them grow from year to year) and women (yes
we have had one - too bad she wasn't been able to get back to
the convention). Who wants to show the other Union players how
to win this tournament?