Welcome comrades to the 118th edition of the CC Dispatch!
The big story of the last two weeks has, of course, been the annual ritual of Whac-a-Mod
. I can only speak for myself, but this is the first year that I've actually enjoyed it. In the past, we only had a choice of team games (which I don't really like) and speed games (which I don't really like.) This year, for the first time, the field was wide open to choose from the full panoply of game types, including 1v1 casual games, polymorphs, standards, terminators, and assassins.
The last week, for me, has been absolutely wild, as I started more than 70 games, most of them polymorphs. When combined with other games in progress, my total game load went up over 100 games for the first time since the summer of 2011, when I was laid off and had all the time in the world to play. So it was both exhausting and exhilarating to play that incredible, almost never-ending stream of turns. I almost never had an empty board in front of me. Still don't of course, since most of those games have not ended.
All that is nothing compared to the amazing feats of players like Keefie
, who started 133 games, IcePack
who set himself a goal of 250 and inexorably worked towards it, finally hitting his mark on the last day, and the absolutely staggering achievement of chemefreak
who started an amazing 280 games!
Altogether 1766 Whac-a-Mod games were played, more than double the number that has been played in previous years (typically in the past there were between 600 and 800 games.) Half of those are still ongoing, so keep track of who is winning their games on the Whac-a-Mod scoreboard
. No more games can be created, but we have until June 30th to finish existing games.
Anyway, I'm absolutely exhausted, but also totally exhilarated, by the wild ride of the last few days!
Now, on to the newsletter.
We have fewer sections than usual, but what we do have is all top notch! I would like to give special thanks to DaveH
and his Tournament team: McShanester29
, and the newest addition to their team, jdean1
. This is the most reliable of our news teams, and once again they have put together an absolutely astounding War Games section!
In the Mess Hall, we have two articles: one is the 9th installment of iAmCaffeine
's Dispatch Trivia series, and the other is a special submission from Stealth99
. Stealth is not a member of the Dispatch staff, but he had something that he very much wanted to share with our readers.
Our Interrogation, as promised, features TeeGee. In keeping with the long-standing tradition of naming Dispatch issues after a pun on the name of the Interrogation victim, I have named this one Apogee, Perigee, and Whac-a-Gee. TeeGee played 28 games in this year's Whac-a-Mod, and seems to have gotten Whacked quite a bit. As for the Apogee and Perigee? No connection whatsoever, except that I love rhyming games.
The monthly Challenge for June is entitled Mandela, a Retrospective
and features games on the South Africa map with (as always) a tough combination of settings.
That's all until next time. Enjoy the fruits of our labour!
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