ten & counting ...
Gregory Schmittgens vs Jeff Coyle
Jack Jung vs Greg Stiffler
Bryan Harker vs Pete Pollard
Thomas Lee vs Basem Chbalko
Attendance was down after our debut but remained strong with
45 games played. At the end of three rounds ten "honor prizes"
were awarded to the players who won their third match (regardless
of the outcome of their first two). Honor prizes (a Sekigahara
tradition) include sculptures and shrinkwrapped copies of GMT
games. Another sculpture was awarded for the most enemy leaders
killed, through three rounds. (That prize went to Scott Burns,
who eliminated 11 enemy daimyo in 13 weeks of play -- an astonishing
Our four semifinalists were returning champion Daniel Hoffman,
Scott Burns, Ewan McNay, and David Metzger. (Lyman Moquin also
had a perfect record.) In the first match, Daniel Hoffman defeated
David Metzger by doing what he does nearly every time he sits
down to play the game: eliminating the enemy leader. (The war
depicted in Sekigahara was a war about leaders, not causes, so
loss of your protagonist ends the game.) Daniel has become extremely
good at winning in this fashion, even in games where he suffers
a materiel disadvantage.
In the other semifinal, Ewan McNay triumphed over Scott Burns
by a single point. It was an impressive achievement, as Ewan
had learned the game only the previous day at the info session.
In the Final, Daniel bid one for Tokugawa and Ewan agreed,
taking Ishida. (Bids had been 0 and 1 for Tokugawa in the semifinals.)
In the first week, Daniel won a big battle in the north over
the Uesugi, playing every card in his hand to deliver 23 impact.
Ewan struck back in the south by taking two castles. Daniel countered
this by scoring a 21-impact victory with his Maeda troops out
of Kanazawa. (In both his battles, Daniel had the perfect cards.
Good players at Sekigahara often get 'lucky' with their cards
when in fact they are manipulating the board to suit their hand,
and grooming their hand to match the conflict they intend to
The game drifted Daniel's way, with a 13-6 advantage in casualties.
Then Ewan began a comeback, led by a fearless Ishida block taking
a series of perilous positions, which roughly evened the game
by the fifth week. Daniel bid high cards throughout the game
to control initiative, generally preferring to play last each
week. He did it again at the beginning of week 6, but this time
chose to move first. He declared an attack on Okazaki castle,
where he knew Ishida was hiding. Moving in a 4-block army he
preemptively laid down cards totaling 16 impact, plus others
to deflect any loyalty challenge. Forced to take three losses
from a 3-block army, Ishida was defeated.
Daniel Hoffman has won ten straight games of tournament Sekigahara,
sweeping both tournaments. Congratulation to Daniel and thanks
to our able assistant GMs Greg Schmittgens and Lyman Moquin.
See you next year.
The GM (and designer) supported the
event with unique prizes beyond wood.
Ewan McNay met the defending champ
in the Final but could not prevent Dan Hoffman's repeat.