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of GMT Games
While not strictly a wargame in the truest sense, I enjoy the dogfight card game Zero! (designer Dan Verssen; artists Mike Lemick, Rodger B. MacGowan, and Mark Simonitch; publisher GMT) from the Down in Flames series for its atmosphere as well as its quick play. My friend Keith F. and I played a heat with only the occasional stumble over the rules, which were a bit rusty in my recollection but which the game master Richard Phares was happy to straighten out for us. Each of us took a turn as an element of two Zeros against two F4F Wildcats, and each came away with one shoot-down apiece for a dead heat draw between us. I didn't compete in any subsequent heats in the DiF tournament because I had too many conflicts with other events, but I was glad to have this old favorite make an appearance in my PrezCon experience this year.
Settlers of Catan
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In the quarter final, my opponents were two very experienced players - Mark B. and Martin H. - and one novice, young Niccolo S., who had played and won his very first game of SoC earlier that morning. What ensued was the wildest game of SoC I had ever played in my life. Martin ran out to an early commanding lead by building five settlements, the Largest Army, and the Longest Road to gain a quick nine points. Mark and I each had five or six points, and Niccolo four. Young Niccolo was in the best position to steal Longest Road from Martin and knock his lead down, so we took every opportunity to trade brick and wood to Niccolo. Longest Road went back and forth a few times before Niccolo locked it down for good. Mark and I had each worked our way up to seven points, so the game was even and the competition got fierce.
|Actual die roll during PrezCon 2012 |
Settlers of Catan quarter final