I got into Lancaster on Friday and played a few card ganes and such. Saturday is the first day of the Precons.
I decided to play 18XX and didn't really care which gamne I was going to play. I ended up in a game of 1861 with Steve Koleszar, Rich Atwater, & Bill Braxton. Not having played this before, I have to play by tyhe seat of my pants and finishied 4th but only about R800 behind the winner. Which isn't all that bad.
The other Rich won the game and advanced to the SF's.
Another game I hadn't played yet. Thuis tine a 5 player game with asgrong international flavor Barrington Beavis (England), Herbert Gratz (Austria), Yossi Dvora (Israel), and Bob Mazzi.
I got three of the southeastern companies which didn't work well enough together and fell behind and could not get 2 companies under my control. Herbert who controlled two of the strongest companies cruised to an easy.
I was satisfied with 4th again, but able to keep myself solvent.
Played a quick heat of this classic card game. Unfortunately, in the last hand of a close game I get 2 green handshakes, 2 Yellow handshakes and high value cards in red, blue and white. What the heck do you play?
Second heat, 7 more games. I played another roiund of the Robo ship variant. This one was a close game--Doug Faust almost made it to the end with Sloop, but my Merchantman was ablke to deliver all 4 Servomechs to cross the line, just ahead of Doug.
To fill in some time, I played one of my favorite games. This time I tried a game with all of the bells and whistles, which I never gret to play at home as there is always a newbie who wants to learn the game.
At least according to the rulebook, I won because I finished with $8, that was far less than other players so I did not advance.
Time for my team event--Doug Porterfield asked to fill in for him since he is starting a new job. Sorry not to see him there.
I did about the same a s last year, start with 6 straight wins through the quarterfinals, and then klose to the Greenville Mafia, this time John Emery, 6 time champ in the event. This was one of the best games I have ever played, trying to advance against an Outpost Line and coming just short as my group ran into a stream and two wires running out of time in the third deck.
Games like this are the reason I enjoy the WBC so much!
Next was a late nite round of golf, Pro Golf. Possibly the silliest game at the WBC--roll dice read chart, repeat for 18 holes. My -3 at Pebble was not enough to make the final Skins Game with GIANT FOAM DICE.
The next day I started with a game I hadn't in many years. The GM's of thius event have made many modifications to this game over the years which liven up the game. They will be publishing it as Championship Formula Racing.