BLUD Bowl 2054

Duel Report submitted by Michael Miller

Competitors

Jim Watson, Jim Beecher, Don Wiencek, Justin Broadhurst, Tim Gould, Greg Baker, Bob Zajeski, Tom Rumery, Brad Wilkenson, Tim Zajeski, Tom Jerrell, Michael Miller, Eric "Odie" O'Denius, Brian Strassman

Rules

Standard Tournament Dueling Rules with minor additions from the standard SPARK dueling rules.

Report

Qualifier 1

Setup went well; we got two tables next to each other and the large-scale Killebrew Memorials were pretty easy to set up. Eleven people turned out to try to win their way into the final round. Only one person (Tim Gould) was there early enough with his own car to run it.

After a quick overview of the rules (during which the last few players trickled in) and a warning that the game would end before 4 PM so I had time to clean up, we split up into a table of six and a table of five.

Table 1 Highlights

Competitors: Jim Watson, Tim Zajeski, Justin Broadhurst, Don Wiencek, Tom Rumery, Bob Zajeski

This is the table I primarily ran; it went until 4 PM and only completed 15 turns. It started off with Jim almost completely destroying Bob's right armor with two shots from his turreted HMG, leaving 1 point of metal remaining!

The two Sloped Light Trikes proved frustrating for everyone: they were almost impossible to hit while moving, but their twin Machine Guns couldn't make a dent in everyone else's Metal armor.

Jim scored first blood in Turn 9: after Don blew through Tim's armor, Jim's turreted HMG finished Tim off.

Jim also got the only Tie-Breaker Point on this table in turn 13.

Tom, in the only Ramcar in the field, was probably the most 'in-character' player. Unfortunately, he was unable to line up a ram until late, and it was against the heavily-armored side of a wall-crawler design driven by Don. Afterwards, they were both pointing into the wall and came to a stop there, spending turns backing up and pivoting to get pointed in a useful direction again.

Justin, having looped around the arena at speeds upwards of 90, decided to T-Bone Don as he was finally getting up to speed. ~48 points of damage was way above the Sloped Light Trike confetti threshold, but even with the 1/3 damage modifier was enough to finish off Don's driver. Justin was awarded the most spectacular death award: a CW5 Arena Book donated by the MIBs.

We called it just before 4; Jim Watson won the duel with one kill and a TBP.

Table 2 Highlights

Competitors: Jim Beecher, Tim Gould, Tom Jerrell, Brad Wilkenson, Greg Baker

Tim brought his own car, with a ton of armor and hidden FCGS shots for a weapon.

(Did you notice both tables had a Jim, Tim, and Tom?)

In turn 7, Tim got first blood when his Flame Clouds ate away Tom's second wheel for a Mobility Kill.

Jim blew off Tim's second wheel in Turn 10 for a Mob Kill and the lead.

Brad rammed Jim in turn 16, but because he rammed Jim's heavily armored weapon side (same wall-crawler design as mentioned above) Jim survived and Brad's engine was destroyed.

With a number of mobility killed vehicles unlikely to be able to affect the outcome of the duel, the duel was called. Jim Beecher wins the duel with two kills!

Advancing: Jim Watson, Jim Beecher

Qualifier 2

...was a real bummer, as we had no players whatsoever. This also meant that the people who might have shown up to see if they advanced from Qualifier 1 couldn't talk to me and I didn't see a place for Independents to post tournament scoring. I am working with the company that runs the SJG booth at GenCon to see if I can post scores there next year.

Finals

Sunday only the two Jims came to play in the final round, so Brian Strassman, Eric "Odie" O'Denius, and I hopped in to put some more cars in the field. Brian and Odie were on one long side of Killebrew Memorial, Jim Beecher and Jim Watson on the other long side, and I was on the short side in the gate next to Odie.

Brian and Odie turned towards each other right away, while the Jims were coming across to join in the fray and I turned to follow Odie around the pillar. Odie's twin HDFTs with High-Temp set Brian on fire and ate away at his front armor, while Brian's BC took huge holes out of the firemobile. Odie turned to enter the middle with Brian nearby, and I took a shot at Odie with a Laser and two guided AP RL rockets. The damage was enough to kill Odie and make him roll into Brian's breached front, taking them both out.

Jim W. turned to go across the middle while Jim B. took shots at me with his HVMG, beating up my armor and sending me into negative handling on the center area. That's when Jim W. tagged us both with his rear FCGS. Lucky for us, Jim B. and I made the control rolls. (Also score one tie breaker point for Jim W. for crossing the arena.)

We circled around recovering handling until both Jims were chasing me in a corner trying to finish me off. Jim Watson and I both took shots at Jim B.; he failed a control roll and rolled. Since he would have wound up sideways in the wall, there was no way he could have won the duel.

Congratulations to Jim Watson for winning BLUD Bowl 2054!

Qualifier Scoring

PlacePointsName
1 (tie)4900Don Wiencek
1 (tie)4900Justin Broadhurst
34200Tim Gould
43000Greg Baker
5 (tie)2500Tom Rumery
5 (tie)2500Bob Zajeski
72100Brad Wilkenson
8 (tie)1000Tom Jerrell
8 (tie)1000Tim Zajeski

Finals Scoring

PlacePointsNameScoring
10, 1 TBPJim Watson 
2-1, 0 TBPJim BeecherSelf-Inflicted Mobility Kill.
34, 1 TBPMike MillerComplete Killed Odie, Complete Killed Brian
4 (tie)-2Brian StrassmanKilled by Mike.
4 (tie)-2Eric "Odie" O'DeniusKilled by Mike.

Pics

Table 1 gets going!
Table 1 gets going!
Table 2's duel is on!
Table 2's duel is on!
Table 2 Ram
Table 2 Ram
Can the Light Trike survive?
Can the Light Trike survive?
Table 1 Action
Table 1 Action
More Table 1 Action
More Table 1 Action
Finally, a Ram!
Finally, a Ram!
Keer-unch!
Keer-unch!
Not quite average...
Not quite average...
Don't forget to conform!
Don't forget to conform!
More ramming!
More ramming!
I think you can see why
I think you can see why
The Final Table
The Final Table
Odie's Predicament
Odie's Predicament
Goodbye, guys.
Goodbye, guys.
Kay-runch!
Kay-runch!
The End
The End
The Victors!
The Victors!

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