|Report Tric Trac Tourno 91|
I set this up as a 12 Player TTT. I can't say I'm sure, but I've a feeling that people find 12 Player TTTs more attractive as they nowadays (due to Players knowing the format and how to report etc.) take just less than 2 hours - a 16 Player can take 3 hours +. Kazzie was Player 13, but all registered Players were online by 20.00 GMT so Kazzie ran the Bar. This always adds a little something extra to a TTT and Kazzie is a dab hand at dishing out those something extras - drinks I mean of course.
Just before we started I had a message to pass onto the Players. Vic Figge used to be a regular Funcom and TTT Player in the days of Funcom but became a casualty of her own computer - an Apple-Mac - which cannot access Playmaker-world. She is still on the Online TTT Mailing List and she and I send each other emails every so often. She asked me to "Please say hello to all you remember that know me from
Funcom." So I did and the Lobby chat ran as fast as it used to in Funcom days. Hopefully there are now more emails flying between current TTT Players and Vic.
Lessye beat Mazda - this impartial T.D. was so pleased that he posted this straight win in the Lobby. Nothing against Maz, but he's won far to many TTTs now and my Postman has complained to me recently about going to Denmark - he wants a change of destination !
Hotstuff won her first 2 matches - one against Mazda - would this be Hot's day ? I've vowed that I'll cheer and jump with joy the day she does. Impartial T.D. ? Yes, I remain so, but there's nothing (in my rules) that says I can't wish a player well.
Mac_The_Dice is one of the most regular TTT Players and is usually the first to register. He's always in there with a shout at winning - but something usually stops him from doing so. His backgammoning skills are well proven and I pleased to notice that he is one of a number of TTT Players (Stan and Grant are others) that has been doing well in IBA Tournaments as well recently. Mac started off this campaign with a backgammon - a self confidence booster and all other opponent demoralizer. In his second match he won a gammon. Would this be a romping ?
Buggalugs, maybe smarting from being gammoned by Mac, decided no - he picked up a backgammon in his second match.
Don't ever discount Xantippe from doing well - she picked up her first gammon in match 10 of 66.
Grant was giving obviously feeling in a generous mood and was away points left, right and centre. I'm not sure what tactics you were employing here Grant, but they are not what a Bridesmaid should be giving away.
The Bar was doing good trade and I hope Kazzie was picking up some good tips for her work. But there were further demands from the Players. They wanted food tonight. Is there no limit to Players requirements I wondered ? Give 'em cake me thought ! But Kazzie rose to the occasion and food was duly served.
We had to wait until match 20 for our next gammon and this was won by Cetah.
In match 22 Buggalugs sounded a warning across Mac's bow and won a gammon.
Nicelydun though having, by her own admission, been at the real JohnnyWalker blue n' soda, joined in on the gammon game.
Meanwhile Hotstuff's results was no longer looking so promising.
Mazda was I was sure aiming for the Bag of Marbles (for a Player that looses all his/her games)
RocknRoll, having last week been a power house and nearly won it, was there or somewhere thereabouts, but not looking a likely contender this week.
By the way - Where is Watchmaker these days ? Think I'll have to run a Knockout Tourney soon to see if we can wake him up. I'm trying to run these once per month, so seeing as January is now getting a little long, it's about time I set my mind to setting it up.
And then the phone rang......