|Report Tric Trac Tourno 58|
This was the first online TTT since TTT's previous home (Funcom) closed down for good. Also being on a Friday evening I was expecting a good turnout. There was. We had a full 12 players signed up and a reserve player as well.
2 Playmaker players signed up shortly before we started and we had another arrive at start time. Brewmaster and Daylight were given the usual instructions and seemed to find their way round the TTT website without any real problems. A thank you to BurningHeart for helping Daylight settle in.
We started pretty well on time though we were missing 1 player. Kiwineil was looking to play so I held the missing players place until all other players has finished their first game. Then Kiwineil became Player 01. A quick explanation was given and Neil was up and running.
Am I sad that the Funcom Free Games takeover bid didn't materialize ? Of course I am - I made many friends there who I hope will remain friends for a good number of years yet. I was also able to build TTTs up from an original idea to a popular backgammon tournament format. But as TTTs have become better run so my needs for the server on which they are played to be better have increased too. TTTs are far far easier to run in PM. The TTT website is on hand in the PM site, it is easier to give players instructions as to the tournament format and procedure and, the real bonus, I can check on all match results via players history. Also PM is a backgammon site designed by and for backgammoners. The set up mimics live play. Seeing as TTTs are designed to bring new backgammon players into backgammon tournaments this should help players know what to do when they do play in their first live tournament. So yes, I'm sad Funcom has closed their free games but it was pretty well time for TTTs to move along anyway.
Mazda set out his stall in game 01 with a gammon. BurningHeart followed a few minutes later with a gammon in his first game. Cugy was next, then in game 10 Netmusen scored a gammon. Where we on for another high scoring TTT ?
Stallion was the next to win by a gammon then Grant turned on the heat by winning two in a row. Daylight was the next then Cugy won his second.
Winning gammons is not the be all and end all to winning a TTT but it is a good guide as to who is a leading contender. Kazzie had a good win rate but no gammons and Himbo was having a quiet TTT. Cugy put himself in pole position with his third gammon. Daylight started a late chase for the line with a second and Gipsen then Kiwineil then Brewmaster (who's straight win rate was good) all got their first gammons. It was all over by the time the last 3 or 4 games were played out with first time TTT player Brewmaster finishing 3rd on 10.5 points, Daylight finishing second on 11.0 points and Cugy finishing 1st on 12.0 points. This was Cugy's second TTT win - I expect another photo of Cugy with a big cigar to arrive any day now ! Just in case it doesn't, here's what we can expect ! He says he's giving up cigars - will he ?