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This year's tournament had its ups and downs. We talked our clerk from the last few years into competing to even out the rotation, but then one player arrived late due to a misprinted schedule. We almost had one or two extra judges to cover all the tables, but then two couldn't make it to Origins. A few new players showed up to play, but a few previous competitors dropped out.
Andrew "Zarf" Plotkin and reigning champion Eric Zuckerman were our referees. John Cooper couldn't make it to Origins this year, but these two are probably the next most experienced referees we could have, so I knew we were going to be in good hands. Thanks to Zarf and Eric!
As I mentioned earlier, our erstwhile clerk Craig Forbes jumped into the tournament this year, so Emily Frawley stepped up to do data entry on the tournament spreadsheet and other record keeping stuff. This made the tournament run much faster and more smoothly than it would have otherwise. Thanks Emily!
Craig jumped in because we were trying to even out the schedule to 12 players, which would have meant four rounds in the Ice-Offs. This was a good plan, but a misprinted schedule caused one player to show up an hour late. It was simple to switch to the 13 player schedule, but it meant an extra round, and a bunch of dropped scores from the first round.
Of the 13 players, four were competing for the first time. Craig and Josh Drobina have been around the lab for some time, but this was their first time competing for the scepter. Orbis and Mike Kreuter had shown up for the Icehouse demo earlier in the day. Both had some previous experience with the rules and game, so were not strictly newbies, but neither had any idea how brutal the tournament can be.
Another note concerning Orbis is that he made the IIT actually International this year, as he is Canadian. Yay! Before that, we had to count the People's Republic of Berkeley.
Another demographic note is that this is the first time since 2001 that we didn't have any female competitors. I'm hoping that there's no connection between that fact and the fact that 2001 was also the last time I made it into the finals.
I feel so totally great to have made it into the finals. I don't usually get to go home from Origins with any medallions at all, so this was a big deal for me. Jake won the tournament, but that's not news. =^> Josh played pretty hard, and I hope he's proud of his performance. Chris Cieslik, however, I hope you're ashamed! You! Ashamed!
For those who were not there, we only played two games in the finals. This is because Jake won the first two games with good scores, so there was no way anybody could catch up just winning the last game. The second game ended with one of my 3-pointers on Chris' stash pad as a prisoner. I all but begged Chris to play it in some way, but he let the timer expire with it unplayed. If Chris had played that 3-pointer icing one of Jake's pyramids, I would have won, and Chris could maybe have won the third game and the tournament.
I wish I'd thought of that during the game instead of five days
later, because he maybe would have
fallengone for it.
I'm not really angry, since it meant the end of the tournament for
Chris also. You can spend years "what if"ing the IIT and it
doesn't do any real good.
Anyway, everybody in the tournament was raving about how much fun all of the games were, so hats off to Jacob for trouncing us all with such Úlan and style that we keep coming back for more! This was Jacob's fourth tournament win, making him the winningest ever. He's won one quarter of the tournaments!