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Subject: Julius Caesar WBC Tournament after action Report! rss

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Justin Thompson
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After having 30+ excited gamers show up for the first demo of this new game we expected a good crowd at the tournament. We weren’t disappointed as 30 players showed up to test their skills in this new trial event. Because Julius Caesar is so new we had to open 7 new games just to have enough games to let all the players play. The first round began with 30 players. The first round saw (10) Pompey wins vs. (5) Caesar wins. New players, unfamiliar with the urgency Caesar faces in the first year, accounted for the Pompey edge. The second round saw (5) Caesar wins to (4) Pompey wins. The 3rd round saw (4) Caesar wins vs. (4) Pompey wins. I had to play Grant Dalgliesh my co-designer of Julius Caesar. It was a hard fought game but in the end Caesar ruled the day and sent me to the semi-finals. The final score was 9-5. Grant thought he had the game won but it dramatically came unglued for him in the final few card plays.

The Semi finals began the single elimination portion of the tournament, where 4 excellent players competed for the championship. Tom Drueding was playing Micah Henglick and I was playing Fred Bauer. In the 2 round Tom Drueding tried a new strategy of playing first with a 4 card (only one in the deck) and massing his troops in Rome and attempting to hold it for a 1st turn win. Micah was unable to knock him out of there in time to avoid defeat. In the second game, Fred was playing Pompey and I cautioned him before we dealt the cards that if tried a forward defense he would be smashed. I played a 3 card and he played the 4 card! He tried to hold me off but was crushed in the second play of the cards in year one. He was forced to retreat and in the end fell to the might of Caesar! The final score was 8-5.

We took a day to rest before we got together to play the final. We randomly picked sides and he pulled Caesar and I had Pompey. Tom is a very aggressive player and he attempted to attack in Hispania while sending Caesar and 2 other units east to face Scipio. His Hispania campaign hit a brick wall and was forced to retreat and reinforce his army. I decide a few card plays later to attack myself and lost all but 2 blocks in Hispania. I was able to get the two units out across the strait into Africa. After a few more card plays Scipio was able to attack 3 of his units but not Caesar. Caesar was forced to redeploy is units and almost was killed in Asia Minor. Tom used the map and his knowledge of block games to get Caesar away and rebuilt him so he could take Athens. In the last year I was dealt a Jupiter card that allowed me to take away one of his blocks that was with Caesar. Tom had to delay his planned attack on Athens for a turn but was still able to take it. The delay allowed time for Pompey and Scipio to assemble an army near Bzyantium which was able to take back Athens. This trapped Caesar in Pylos. Pompey was able to get 5 navis together in the Mare Internum and was putting pressure on Caesar so Tom had no choice but to attack Pompey in Athens. He had a unit in Thessalonika as a reserve hoping to open a retreat lane for Caesar. I was ready for this and move one of my 5 ships into Thessalonika after him. I also moved a ship into Pylos and Ambracia to make sure he could not get away. Caesar was forced to fight to the death. He lost and I scored the 1 VP to turn the tide to Pompey's side. Tom still had 1 block left in the east and got into Ephesus but he was faced with the burden of attack in the final turn. His attack failed and Caesar was defeated by a score of 8-6. If I hadn’t killed Caesar the final score would have been 7-6.

Thanks to all of you who played in the first annual World Boardgaming Championship of Julius Caesar!

Justin Thompson
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