This is Saturday, the biggest day at the Origins Gaming Convention. The dealer show should be elbow to elbow, with no room to move and little room to turn around. As you can see, that's not the case.
The big news for the entire convention (for us, anyway) is the Nuclear War tournament, as hosted by game designer Rick Loomis from Flying Buffalo.
|Rick Loomis, Our Noble Host|
We played six games of Nuclear War for the tournament. In two games, no players survived, which is the best possible outcome if the chosen player (me, for instance) can't win. I, by the way, contributed significantly to the extermination of life as we know it on earth. The tournament came down to three finalists; the nameless man on my left, Mike, and myself. In the final game I started the war right away, launching at the player next to me. Mike landed a few missiles in my backyard, and I responded in kind. Then Mike dropped a big one on my neighbor and wiped him out. He went out with a bang, but not a loud bang. Mike and I continued to exchange whiz-bangs until my country was bereft of human beings, and that was that.
Mike won the tournament.
Mike's prize is the much-coveted, not for sale at any price, super-germ alarm clock, as shown below.
|First Prize - The Super Germ Alarm Clock|