The Tides of History ...
This is standard History Of The World with the printed rules
for assigning each Epoch's Empires. It is scheduled for three
rounds; round 1 (Thursday night) is open to everyone (there were
72 last year), with the top 36 players advancing to round 2 on
Saturday night, and the six winners on Saturday play in Sunday
morning's final. All boards will have five or six players.
Advancing into round 2 will be based first on what place you
finished, and secondly, on how close you were to the player who
finished in front of you. For example, if there are ten boards
in round 1, the top three players from each board advance, as
well as six of the fourth-place finishers. Note that this assumes
all 36 qualifiers show up for round 2; absences will be filled
by "continuing down the list" of alternates until all
six boards are filled. So, if you want to advance, check with
the GM at the start of the second round to see if there are any
The field was down 33% year, mainly due to 50 of the 95 preregistered
players not posting. This may be due in part to an
earlier start, potentially preventing players from finishing
events which had stated earlier in the day. HWD has now returned
to its more popular 6 PM start.
There were 13 boards in the first round, with almost all of
the top three finishers from each board advancing to the field
of 36. Lauren Hickok led the way with a score of 231 VP in the
first round. Ten of the 13 first round boards saw the winners
compile over 200 VP. Todd Ornett was the last player to sneak
into the semifinals with a score of 164 VP.
The semifinals saw a wide range of winning scores, with Greg
Crowe leading the pack with 225 VP and Phillip Rodrigues winning
the lowest scoring game with a score of 178 VP. In this game,
the 5th place finisher came in only eight VP behind Phillip,
thus indicating the incredible closeness of this game.
The finals were another low scoring, tight battle. Greg Crowe
scored 48 VP with Russia (after having the Ottoman Turks in Epoch
VI) to post a score of 188 VP, which was enough to win the game.
Phil Rodrigues's Netherlands scored 50 VP following up on Epoch
VI's gains with the Spanish to challenge for the win, but ended
up just short with 185 VP. Craig Dudley also made a run with
the Manchu Dynasty and Japan in Epoch VII, combined with the
leftovers from the Mughals in Epoch VI, to score 58 VP and end
with a final score of 184 VP. Roderick Lee's Britain could not
overcome having the Incas & Aztecs in Epoch VI and finished
4th with 177 VP. Joe Collinson finished 5th with France and 171
VP, while John Sonderman suffered the "curse of the Romans,
never drawing another empire worth over ten SP and finishing
last with 164 VP.
Champion Greg Crowe's winning lineup hardly resembled a murderers
row of empires: Indus Valley, Carthaginia, Hsiung-nu, Arabs,
Franks, Ottoman Turks and Russia. However, the Arabs - Franks
combination and the Ottoman Turks - Russia tandem both scored
well for Greg. Second place Phil Rodrigues made the most efficient
use of his resources, having the least amount of strength of
the six players and yet finishing just three VP off the lead.