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2020 Championship results
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Thanks to all those who played in the 2020 Championship.  Congratulations to the 7 who survived until the end and special congrats to Rellgar and and Dwellomir who finished 2nd and 3rd for podium placement.

             Victory By Lion's Share Is The Sorcerer Kingdom!
                           Game End Status Points

        Place Kingdom    Player                Results-40  Grand Total

          1     SO     Wookie Panz               50,307      70,568
          2     DU     Rellgar                   43,960      67,492
          3     AN     Dwellomir                 42,346      66,815
          4     WA     HabeusCorpus              36,385      60,118
          5     DE     Agent Orange              22,584      39,976
          6     HA     Senior Tactician          22,984      39,681
          7     NE     The Painted Man           16,667      30,591

This one placed me in Darkover with the Sorcerer kingdom.  Without a hidden capital or water town to hide in this could be quite a challenge.  To my west in Crown Islands was the always clever Rellgar with the Druids.  At least it would take him time to develop his magic kingdom and like my SO, he was no early threat.  South in Triumvia was RD being run by P.T. , a huge threat for sure.  What could be worse than 1 dragon?  Two dragons, of course, and DuPont had the Black Dragons in Nyvaria.  As if that was not enough Pine Needle had taken Nyvaria with the lady Amazons!  Oh My!

Going way back in the brain banks I recall Uncle Mike having SO in a game and just about taunting anyone to attack him early as he had a plan to use all of his resources to quickly build some small groups who could cast multiple summon death spells and take out all comers.  I decided to try to get a couple of wizards leveled up quickly.  I had a p4 on turn 1 and had to skip one or two turns before making him a p5.
I was pretty certain one of these brutish neighbors would hit me early and I had little confidence that I could hold the region.  I made a decision I have rarely done.  In fact,  I can't recall ever doing it.  I opted for the minor E.S.O.  going for substantial in a region, 2 artifacts, and 3 x p4 wizards.

I've not saved all of the turns but I'll try to hit some key points from the turns I have and fill in from my fog of war brain.
My capital was in the plains south west of Ram Horn.  My 2nd town was in AM country and Ms. Pine Needle cut me no slack and grabbed it quickly.  In fact, I could smell her coming my way. 
On turn 6 I decided my capital in the plains was Amazon bait and moved it to Ramhorn which took me out of AM's preferred terrain and gave me 31k defense.  It was not a stopper but maybe a speed bump.  Checking reactions AM was at tolerant and everyone else was suspicious so guess which lady is coming for lunch?  We were going into late winter and I cast the first bounty in the game thinking I might as well let the world know I had at least 1 p5 to deal with.  About this time I am thinking of a plan B as  big Red has a couple of sea towns in Triumvia that I have spotted and I could move the capital there quietly and those dragons couldn't touch me.  RD was also busy fighting either NE or GN or both.  I enamor Triumvia.

Sure enough on turn 7 here comes Ms. Pine in her bestestess outfit trying to have me for lunch.  One army group went straight for my now empty former capital while an army went for a village and several other p.c. reported unwanted lady politicians.  I know this gal really loves me as she declared me enemy on the first turn of attack!

I'm missing the turns until turn 14 but I recall playing cat and mouse with Ms. Needle doing everything I could to avoid combat with her groups.  I was throwing regional spells pretty much every turn, sleeping with the lady pols and concealing my own and concealing my groups to get under her knickers.  If she took a place with groups my pols would take it back and be either concealed or warded most of the time.  My capital now has  a lovely water view in Triumvia's Tempest Sea with 9 cheap ships giving me some extra income.
On other fronts RD was fighting NE and or GN down south and DuPonts Black dragons were in Untamed fighting UN so I could give Ms. Pine my undivided love.  I'd never crossed swords with Pine before but his record showed obvious experience and this was a tough fight.
Turn 14 is a turn where lots of stuff happens.  I had just done my 2nd encounter, still trying to satisfy the minor e.s.o.  I'd been so busy trying to stay alive that e.s.o. had to be on the back burner but that last encounter did the job on turn 13 and dammed if it was not the PLOW!  I know a certain sea capital where it would be handy.  Oddly enough I never did lose control of the region and could have gotten the major e.s.o.  Go figure.

Well the ladies have come to dinner in force and here is the 5th AM army group with 17 brigades, a warlord, a lord commander and a p5 at Ramhorn, my old capital.  Between the demonic visions and the domes I had been serving up Ms. Needle was fit to be tied and wanted me for supper.  Ramhorn was still at 31K but more importantly I had 3 weak groups there.  The best had 5 brigades including 3 paladins and a p6.  There was another group with a p6 and 1 brigade and the last had a p5 and 1 brigade.  I had several other minor wizards but my missing group with a p4 was at my sea capital in Triumvia getting replacements and now had another division but could not make this party.  I'm thinking this is NOT looking too good.  I have 3 shots at summon death and I've been working on her moral for some time now but 17 brigades with lots of real quality troops against my weak offerings?

I'm waiting for the turn to run like a patient in the dentist chair waiting for the drill.  The turn comes and the first thing I see is the AM has a new warlord.  Not good.  Down the page reports that all three of my groups were defeated by the 5th AM.  Holy crap!  At least my emissaries did well.
Now the combat:
She was down to 8 brigades having lost 9 to summon death spells and she had very low moral.  Have you ever noticed that summon death has a way of finding the best troops?  Of the 9 killed 5 were elite and 2 were vets.  I think that was all of the AM lady's elite.
My first group had the p 6 and 2 brigades and lost 45.80 %
My second group had just 1 brigade and the p6 and lost 49.49%
the last group with 5 brigades lost 28.68%
Wow talk about close!  And it broke the siege Ms. Needle had planed especially for this party.
Now for desert.  Remember the army that was at my village?  Well it was an ape army and......:

All the monkeys weren't in the zoo.
Ms. Pine had hired a few (6).
To try to plunder a village or two.
But she should have picked the forest!

Apes rock at forest parties but this plunder attempt failed with 64% losses.  What was she thinking?  Maybe this was an attempt at getting brigade promotions but it only got a captain up to captain major.   This turn , 15, was the one that caused broke back AM and my wizards were riding horses from here on.  I'll post this portion now and finish up sometime over the next couple of days.

Stay turned for the end of AM, the conquest of BL, and many adventures with DE.  WA and DU even make appearances for the finale as our journey takes us south to Nyvaria, the Untamed Lands, Pelinor, and ends in Triumvia.
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Messages In This Thread
2020 Championship results - by Wookie Panz - 05-22-2021, 06:45 AM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Pine Needle - 05-23-2021, 09:02 AM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by RELLGAR - 05-23-2021, 04:28 PM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Wookie Panz - 05-26-2021, 10:44 AM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Pine Needle - 05-29-2021, 04:28 PM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Wookie Panz - 05-29-2021, 06:00 PM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by PTRILEY - 05-29-2021, 09:03 PM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Wookie Panz - 05-30-2021, 06:20 AM
RE: 2020 Championship results - by Pine Needle - 05-31-2021, 09:27 PM

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