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ThePope
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Twisted Evil

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The Consortium
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

ThePope wrote:
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! Twisted Evil



But come on down!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:19 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Time is drawing nigh.
Can TMM and TUM, and now HW, continue dominance?
Will Sandy be at her finest?
Will anyone be older than The Consortium?
Will another newbie slip through with a TC?
Will DC be worth the visit/tour?
Will Green Eyes wear shoes?
Ahhhhh. It's tournament time in the Capitol.


See you FRIDAY the 13th of July.

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Longshot
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I hope everyone has a great time. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Good luck to all, think I'm going to skip this one altogether.

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Grimwood
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

If someone wouldn't mind sharing or posting pictures of the F-2-F, I'm sure there are others besides myself who couldn't attend who would like to see them.

Good luck on the sands!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good luck to all. Wish I could be there!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:56 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Good luck to all, wish I could be there.

Hey Vladimer/Steve I finally heard from Ken/Purple Sage mother today. Ken is currently out of the country doing his Army thing. I am sure he would be there this weekend if he was home.

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One Armed Bandit
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Finals manager and style list:

Primus: TMM (AB) beat TMM (AB)

Contenders: TMM (AB) beat The Pope (LU)

Eligibles: TMM (AB) beat Khisanth (AB)

ADM: Floyd (AB) beat TMM (ST)

Freshmen: OAB (AB) beat Mannequin (BA)

Challengers: TMM (LU) beat HW (ST)

Champions: HW (AB) beat TUM (LU)

Adepts: Khisanth (AB) beat TMM (LU)

Inits: DMob (LU) beat Khisanth (ST)

Apprentices: Dr. F (PR) beat OAB (ST)

Rookies: TUM (LU) beat Dr. F (WS)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I hadn't attended a FtF in a while, so I ran everything that I had that was worth running. I ended up with 80 warriors (plus both Bloodgames), broken down as follows:

5 Primus, 2 Contenders, 3 Eligibles, 8 ADM, 1 Freshmen, 1 Challenger, 1 Champion, 9 Adepts, 4 Initiates, 20 Apprentices, and 26 Rookies

20 AB, 4 BA, 19 LU, 4 PL, 3 PR, 2 PS, 9 SL, 15 ST, 2 TP, and 2 WS

On the one hand, I was happy with the quality of some of my entrants. I was also happy that I wasn't rushing any bust-outs because I liked the prize and would be in attendance.

On the other hand, this meant that I had 0 bust-outs in Eligibles and ADM because none of my potential busts were ready. In those classes, I ran some warriors who were close to the line and working on minimum % trains with no expectations of success.

Luckily, I did have a bust-out in Freshmen and he had a big bust available to him. I tried to bust two others in the class, but they both missed their first trains post-freeze so they went back on the shelf for another day.

Primus

Primus is normally a complete disaster for my win/loss ratio, but things are starting to look up. I cut some of the chaff that has very little hope of winning stylemaster awards, and my remaining warriors are getting more developed and successful.

Goldenbeard, my LU, finally got a max bonus potion applied correctly from three years ago and started hitting the ABs. He managed to beat a perfect AB, Credit Line, in the first round with a well timed knockdown, and hit his other two perfect AB opponents 4-5 times. He suffered a quick exit at 2-2 due to a revenge killing by Drat, but I'll take that result. The ability to hit the ABs was very promising.

My completely maxed AB, Ham Burglar, went 6-3, beating a few good opponents along the way. Meanwhile, my AB Snake Oil Salesman who is still missing a handful of SP trains put up a 4-3 performance. My PS and PL did predictably poorly, but not a bad performance overall.

Contenders

Shewish Whaler, my SZ 19 LU, dropped back down into the class after TVing a year ago and he had some notable wins along his way to a 9-3 TV. In his final round, he lost to Terror, a LU managed by the Pope who was skill busting over the Contenders line. Terror then went on to runner-up to TMM's AB Vista Blows in the finals. It was a very nice performance for the Pope.

Success continues to elude my two-time TC AB, Cannibal Cook. He managed a 5-3. He frequently ends up with winning records, but has yet to TV the class. I think his lack of bonuses has finally caught up with him.

Freshmen

I had a lone entrant in Freshmen, Gamma Cephei, a warrior who began life as a 7-13-13-8-20-3-20 AB. He entered the freeze at 13(6)-18(5)-13-8-20-3-20 with 140 total skills. He is not Fist favorite, is not Defense learn, has a crummy VL/VL rhythm, but does have a nice weapon favorite (LO) and some decent bonuses. Because of his low skill base, he was able to learn 16 Defense skills before reaching the Freshmen line.

Gamma Cephei entered the tourney with 101 arena fights and 101 FE. He had never participated in a tourney prior to this one, but he looked good in the past year in the Home Guard arena. He fought well with the LO and his damage was on the weak side (Good), so I planned on using the LO throughout the tourney. Since his favorite rhythm was the worst possible, I was free to choose whatever I wanted. He fought so well in the arena on 7-10 that that is what I used for most minutes, with minor tweaks in later minutes and desperation.

Gamma Cephei's relatively low Defense was his weak point, so I concentrated my early training on picking up Defense skills. I had him train WL to 21, DF to 21, and DF to 22 in the three turns leading up to the tourney, putting him at 155 total skills on round 1. During the tourney, he trained DF to 23, WT to 9, WL to 22 and 23, WT to 10 and 11, and then went for non-easy trains, getting DF and WL to 24 each. That's a lot of skills. When the tourney was finally over, Gamma Cephei had 193 skills and was closing in on the top of Eligibles. He was basically a trip-21 bust-out masquerading as a warrior that a first time player designed!

Throughout the tourney, I only made minor tweaks to his strategy: randomizing attack and protect locations, switching from ASM/S to ARM/F vs Bashers, and lowering the helm to add back-ups vs parry types. He finished up at 15-1, beating Sandbox Fury, Mannequin's impressive BA bust-out, twice in the final two rounds.

Challengers

As awesome as a Freshmen TC was, Challengers was on the opposite end of he spectrum. I had one entrant in this class, a warrior named Orc Tenderloin. He was a 15(3)-12(3)-8-21-21(4)-10-9(2) SL with great damage and 169 total skills. He has a 10-3 Rookies TV, a 13-3 Initiates RU, a 10-3-1 Dead Champs TV, and an 11-3 Challengers TV on his resume already. At 85 FE, I figured this could be his last shot at Challengers so I decided to make the most of it.

I ran him in the arena on the turn before the tourney, where he picked up a DF train to 10 and triggered his graduation notice. I discovered that he had very usable favorites (SH, VH/MO) and adjusted his strategy with them in mind. He suffered an annoying early loss, but by round five he was 4-1 and had gotten his DF train to 11. I was feeling pretty good about his chances.

And then like that, he was out. He lost the next two fights, one to a FI AB named Plumbing Airstrip and another to a ST named Pam'ehla Anderson. 176 skills wasn't enough, I guess.

Adepts

By now, my lack of basic prowess is well known. Adepts is where I start to get a little game, however.

I ended up with two TVs in the class, both STs.

Beta Lyrae managed an 8-3 TV, to add to his 8-3 Initiates TV and 8-3 Apprentices TV. At least he is consistent.

Zeta Fornacis went significantly deeper with an 11-3, but fell short of his high water mark of 12-3 in Initiates. Still, that's not too shabby for a Parry favorite learn ST.

Apprentices

Its not often that I do well in this class, so I was excited to have a warrior make it to the finals. Tau Ceti is a ST who I created from a traditional AB set-up. He looked great up until he hit every STs worst nightmare: a good PR. Dr. F whooped him in the finals with his PR, Pheast.

Congrats to Dr. F on a very impressive tourney. In addition to his Apprentices TC, he managed a Rookies RU and two Bloodgames grads. Awesome job.

Bloodgames

I tinkered with my Bloodgames designs this time around, paying attention to the old-school luckfactor stats for each style and making sure I didn't have a 3 in them.

What this mean is that I designed my LU, PL, TP, and PS with 5 SP and I gave my BA a 9 SZ. The experiment was a success, I think, but more research is needed.

I've never had success with TPs in the Bloodgames because I just can't get them to swing and kill enough. This time, my two 17-16-3-11-21-5-11 TPs were my best performers. In the MI Bloodgames, Procyon came in 3rd place with a 7-3-4 record. So now I get to set up a shiny new TP for Freshmen.

And The Rest

You may have noticed that I omitted some classes. In some, like Eligibles and ADM, I was just running guys going for min % trains, so there was nothing to report. In others, like Rookies, I had high hopes, but there was STILL nothing to report. I went 0 for 26 in Rookies in terms of winning awards.

When the sand settled, my 80 entries had produced 5 awards and had managed a record of 272-235-7-5. Not the award or win percentage that I would necessarily shoot for, but I couldn't be happier with the results. 1 TC, 1 RU, and 1 Bloodgames graduate is all any manager could hope for.

I had a good time at the FtF, sitting at a table with The Pope and Talon Volksie. It was nice meeting The Pope and it was nice to see Talon again. I also got to meet a returning manager who was my ally in my first Hyborian War game nearly 25 years ago, who doesn't even have a manager name! What great games that keep people coming back after so many years...

I proxied some warriors for Assur and he managed 3 TVs, which is a much better awards percentage than I got! Unfortunately, his ADM bust-out proved to be a disappointment. Hopefully he has better luck in October and January.

Thanks to Vlad for picking such a nice location for the FtF. It was great to have easy access to public transportation and decent restaurants in walking distance.

Congrats to all the other winners, as well. I'm already looking forward to October and I may make an extra effort to try and get to Tempe for the KoP finals.
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