My thanks, too, to Mr Smith and his cool organisational skills and tremendous hospitality last night 😎👍
Just sitting down to my first beer of the evening in a very nice real ale pub in Kingston on Thames and reflecting on the day’s proceedings. When my dice blew hot, I won, and when they didn’t, I didn’t... such is the way with DBA 😱 I just need to package my lucky talisman, Rich Pulley, and take him around with me wherever I go. I’m sure Mark S would second that... hehehe...
20 players gathered for the Alton DBA Matched Pairs today. After six hard fought rounds, the top-of-table players were:-
1st- Martin Myers (Normans vs Anglo-Danes)....119 points
2nd- Tony Green (Seleucids vs Bactrians).....116 points
3rd- Richard Pulley (Susiana/Elamites vs Sumerians)....101 points
4th- Paul Clair (Fatimids vs Early Crusaders).....97 points
5th- Peter Ellis (Antigonas vs Eumenes).......92 points
Also playing (in no particular order) were:- Pete Duckworth (Hussites vs Medieval Germans) Neil Mason (Feudal English civil war) Paul Murgatroyd (Shilla Koreans vs Pre-Samurai Japanese) Peter Phipps (Andalusians bs Feudal Spanish) Paddy Green (Feudal English vs Scots Common) Craig Allen (Early Libyans vs Numidians) Chris Edmunds (Early Polish vs Teutonic Order) Colin O’Shea (Wends vs Early Polish) Mark Skelton (Demetrios vs Ptolemy I) Simon Wilson (Ottoman Turks vs Wallachians+ Hungarian ally) John Saunders (Thracians vs Illyrians) Bill MacGillivray (Chichimec vs Mound Builders) Lindon Paxton (HYW English vs Medieval French) Phil Steele (Gallic vs Marian Roman) Terry Ellis (French Ordonnance bs Medieval Germans)
Thanks to all who attended, especially those travelling long distances, and also thanks to those donating to the prize cache.
Very much enjoyed doing the admin....a grand crowd of affable and good natured gamers, who made the day easy to run.
Well done Martin for your superb organisation and welcome Excellent days gaming against opponents both old and new. Biggest lesson of the day 5 hours + driving and a day in the chair not so good, so an overnight stay next time me thinks! Thanks to all Craig
Post by colinthehittite on Apr 7, 2019 8:22:25 GMT
The Alton Matched Pairs continues to shine as one of the great UK DBA tournaments with yesterday’s gathering promoting our hobby in its best light. I sometimes read of DBA players shying away from tournament play, for obvious reasons; they don’t know what they are missing! Everyone I sat opposite (in the three games I won in the morning and the three I lost in the afternoon) played with determination to win and courtesy, often throwing in light hearted banter during what could be a stressful situation. It is clear how much work Martin puts into preparing and running this tournament and yesterday was his just reward.
Not my most successful gaming day, but for me it was a great day in playing several gamers for the first time and in handling other players’ superbly painted figures. And, even in my lowly finishing spot I came away with a prize – examples of some modelling work I have long admired.
However, I’m with Attilathenun on the talismanic effect of Mr Pulley – who worked his devilish magic on me every time he came over.
Thanks to Martin et al, for putting on the contest, to paddy for the loaned Poles and Teutonic Order, to Simon for the quick reference sheet, movement gauge and a dice that scored, (high averages for movement), and somehow low averages for combat!
As a total newbie I learned lots, mostly I learned 1) what a fun, stimulating and intricate game it can be. 2) that a well attended and well run contest is like. 3) what a diverse crowd, the game draws out. 4) that there are wrinkles on the wrinkles on the wrinkles. 5) the best laid plans of mice and men all fall apart at the cast of the die. 6) loose (did a lot of), win (just one winning draw), or draw (see previous comment), didn't make the slightest difference to the enjoyment of the day.
I'm really glad I made it to the contest, met some fine tacticians, met some terrain, armies, and situations, not covered in the videos, (that I had watched), and I'm sure that the burr of DBA, is firmly attached to my gamers horse.
In my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, "I'll be back"! :-)