Oh the joy! I had a great time at Historicon, and I really have to say that the fun was 90% meeting many of the Fanatici in person, and 10% gaming. In this case, the people really made the games enjoyable.
I walked away from the con winning the first qualifer of the year for the 2008 NICT, a 9-3-1 record for 1-on-1 DBA games, and I got to school Phil Barker in Sunday Themes (I won 5G-1). To top it off, Phil told me it was the best game he played all week. No matter what you think of Phil, I was flattered.
Here’s my record for the 1 on 1 tourneys I entered:
Wimpy Wars: 3-0 1st Place (Thracian)
Midnight Madness: 2-1 (Early Crusaders)
Not-the-NICT: 2-1-1 (Pyrric)
Sunday Themes: 2-1 (Early Asian Successor: Eumenes)
BBDBA Doubles was miserable: 0-3 (Antigonos Gonatas w/Hellenistic Spartan Ally)
Although I am proud of how well I did (not many can claim a winning average in every tourney they entered), I need to adjust my playing style to suit the scoring system used at sanctioned tournaments. Simply getting the win isn’t enough, I need to make sure that I can kill more than just 4 elements, and taking my opponent’s camp should also be a priority. I only managed to kill one general too. I also had two games that were not resolved, one of which I won and the other was a draw. Both of those games really hurt my scores. So in preparation for the 2008 NICT 🙂 I will be scrutinizing the scoring method and attempting to maximize points. I plan on using the scoring for all of my casual games this year. On to event coverage.
Saturday was the NICT and Not the Nict, which I played in. As I mentioned before, I pulled a draw and a tough loss to Rob Torres. Below is a shot of one that I won. I forgot to take a picture from my other match, where I shamelessly garrisoned my camp with my elephant when I had to fight an all Aux and Ps army.
Later Pre-Islamic Arab vs my Pyrric-it was a blood bath.
Next shot is from the game that I had a draw. My opponent laid the terrain and it was simply too constricting for me to move, and presented him with command issues, which slowed him down too much. I can’t remeber his specific army, but it was primarily composed of knight and blade. We played for close to an hour and our lines never made contact.
I have to say that my battle line looks pretty cool.
The next shot is of the final match of the NICT between David and Mark.
Notice the score on David’s dice to the left. He rolled another one of those when Mark’s Lh charged David’s Kn general. Had to have been a heart breaker. As David noted later, this match proved that you can do well with many of the armies in the list, instead of just trying to take a “killer” army.
Next up was the “Gothic Wars” campaign battle run by Chris Brantley and Jeff Caruso. Lots and lots of fun! The political rounds were great fun with much backstabbing. The black hearted Emperor Theodosius ( David Schlanger) even attempted to assasinate me! Better luck next time novice-don’t mess with the maestro!
My army is in the foreground to the left, assaulting the BUA. I eventually razed it to the ground. Emperor Gratian tried to send an army (lined up on the hill to the right) to re-take the citadel, but after I destroyed it I turned around and sent him packing.
You can see the armies aligned to fight post BUA razing in the next picture.
My biggest heart breaker of the weekend. More about that later. I chose to play in the Greek Classical theme and took Early Asiatic Successor-Eumenes. My first pairing was against Phil Barker, who was using Later Hoplite Athenians.
Phil knew from the start I was going to butcher his army. He was right-I won 5G-1. It was cool to play Phil, and he was a great sport.
My second match against some Arab army I can’t remember. Beginners, notice the use of terrain on my part. I drove him to his camp. Unfortunately, we did not get a decision-but i won on points.
I went on to play Bill Fischer’s Lydians for the trophy. I was too thunderstruck at Bill’s systematic annihilation of my army to take a picture. It was a great game that was quite a chess match, with huge redeployments on both sides. Dice rolling was good too. But Bill smelled weakness on my left flank and manged to kill off my light troops and rolled up my flank. I manged to take out a Sp and Ps, but it was too late. Bill caught my last psiloi in the open against his mounted general. I lost 4-2. It was a bummer, but Bill’s a great guy who deserved the trophy. What follows are some more photos from the last day. I hope everyone enjoyed my reports and pictures!
Phil and Sue.
Larry Chaban and David Kuijt.
David presenting the trophies.
Themes winners, left to right: Alex Halkiadakis, Alex Bostwick, David Kuijt, Doug Mudd, Bill Fischer, and Mark Pozniak.