2015 saw ManorCon host EDC for the first time. Games were played to 1909, using the traditional ManorCon scoring system. 38 players took part, playing 14 boards over three rounds.
After the first two rounds, Cyrille Sevin was leading the tournament. His Sunday game also went well. He had a brief scare on Sunday lunchtime when he saw Brian Dennehy was on 14 centres after 1904 and had a potential solo looming. But Brian's game ended in a draw soon after, and with the third highest score of the round, Cyrille was able to cement his win - his first at ManorCon.
|5||Emmanuel du Pontavic||35.99||20.07||14.34||63.23|
|6||Tom de Greef||31.80||27.96||5.82||62.67|
|29||Jean Louis Delatre||8.30||0.50||3.30||11.86|
There was widespread hope that the Saturday round could be 7 boards so that the traditional ManorCon Team tournament could be run. But with only five boards, the teams were quickly rejigged into 7 teams of 5. Each team then drew a card to tell them the five powers they were playing, and allocated their players to the powers.
|5 Dwarves||106.91||Brian Dennehy 31.10, Fearghal O'Donnchu 32.44, Sascha Hingst 0.30, Cyrille Sevin 19.21, Tom Haver 23.85|
|Team Orc||89.81||Dave Simpson 4.81, Giuseppe Salerno 0.40, Dan Lester 51.38, Owen Richards 4.34, Chris Martin 28.89|
|Dr Who||68.21||Andrew Havery 0.50, Guy Thomas 20.74, Mark Wightman 10.93, Conrad Woodring 35.74, Toby Harris 0.30|
|Something With Europe?||61.99||Bjorn Jenske 0.70, Tom de Greef 27.96, Tjalling Sybesma 0.60, Marvin Fried 32.23, Bernard Andrioli 0.50|
|Team Dalek||59.30||Jim Mills 0.40, Dave Wreathall 20.74, Emeric Miszti 3.21, Vick Hall 19.24, Shaun Derrick 15.70|
|In The Navy||48.76||Jean Louis Delatre 0.50, Philipp Weissert 14.22, Davide Cleopatre 12.60, Laurent Joly 20.74, Oliver Miszti 0.70|
|MI5 Service||37.38||Emmanuel du Pontavic 20.07, Millis Miller 12.60, Matteo Anfossi 0.50, Marco Noseda 3.61, Marco Ferrari 0.60|
There were also the traditional Best Country awards, and the best non-foreigner awards as decided by the people of that nationality.
|Best Austria||Cyrille Sevin||13 centres|
|Best England||Tom Haver||15 centres|
|Best France||Jim Mills||15 centres|
|Best Germany||Cyrille Sevin||16 centres|
|Best Italy||Tom de Greef||10 centres|
|Best Russia||Dan Lester||16 centres|
|Best Turkey||Brian Dennehy||16 centres|
|TD's Award||Brian Dennehy||For getting to 14 centres as Turkey in 1904, killing three players in the process.|
|Most French Player (who is not actually French)||Sascha Hingst||He likes Chateauneuf-Du-Pape!|
|Most Belgian Player (who is not actually Belgian)||Fearghal O'Donnchu||He drinks nice beverages, has fun with everyone whatever is happening, and keeps cool till the end. Life is to be enjoyed not stressed!|
|Most Dutch Player (who is not actually Dutch)||Toby Harris||We wouldn't have coffee shops without him!|
|Most German Player (who is not actually German)||David Norman||His organisational skills and commanding tone are worthy of a true Prussian!|
|Most Italian Player (who is not actually Italian)||Jean-Louis Delatre||He is as reliable as an Italian, and likes good food!|
|Most Irish Player (who is not actually Irish)||Oliver Miszti||For being thrown out of a bar for being underage!|
|Most American Player (who is not actually American)||Fearghal O'Donnchu||He's loud, drunk, obnoxious, you always know when he's in the room. But he's friendly, outgoing and loveable!|
The 18XX tournament had 15 players playing 14 games, a slight increase from last year. The games included two 1846, two 1867, two 18EA, two 18GB and one each of 1817, 18Ard, 1858, 1861, 1826 and 1761. There were really only two players in contention for the top trophy after Saturday's games but despite one bad result, Lyndon Gurr had two overwhelming wins and an excellent third win, as well as a solid second. Congratulations to Lyndon on winning the tournament. Ian D. Wilson was the bridesmaid with four wins out of six; hard luck, Ian.
|2||Ian D. Wilson||6||4||89.27|
Eleven people signed up in the end, so I randomly drew the match-ups with randomly selected folk getting byes in the first round. I had to chase up people when, by dinner time Saturday, no games had been played. Eventually, the games were played on Sunday, but I was disappointed at the no-shows for which I had to award walkovers. Congratulations to Marek for winning the first Challenge tournament at ManorCon. Unfortunately, he didn't find Mick Haytack cold in the shoot-out for the Croquet Champion, and Mick successfully retained his crown, winning 14-1; bad luck Marek. Next year, Mick will be automatically in the Final, and we will have a knock-out for the Challenge between every other player who enters to decide who faces Mick in the Final.
|Sue Phillips||?||Sue Phillips||6||Bekki Honeybone||3||Marek Siejka||14|
|Bekki Honeybone||Bekki Honeybone||14|
|Martin Burroughs||Martin Burroughs||4||Marek Siejka||14|
|Marek Siejka||w/o||Marek Siejka||14|
|Adam Siejka||Conrad Woodring||Conrad Woodring||Stuart Stafford||1|
|Stuart Stafford||14||Stuart Stafford||14|
The Tzolk'in tournament was run by Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules! and sponsored by Czech Games Edition. A copy of the expansion going to the winner, and promo tiles going to everyone who took part. We had 9 people registered, so round 1 was three 3-player games, with the winner of each and best 2nd place going through to a 4-player final. Congratulations to Tanya Fox for winning the tournament - despite her initial assertions that she's not very good at the game!
|Round 1, Game 1||Steve Barry||73||Gary Duke||64||Steve Bailey||36|
|Round 1, Game 2||Tanya Fox||143||Gary Bailey||48||Iain Dryle||34|
|Round 1, Game 3||Matt McIntyre||71||Graham Wilkes||67||Philip Honeybone||51|
|Final||Tanya Fox||96||Graham Wilkes||75||Steve Barry||56||Matt McIntyre||55|
The ZhanGuo tournament was also run by Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules! and this time sponsored by What's Your Game? We had 6 people registered, although one of them forgot, so we had two games in round 1, a 2-player and a 3-player. The winner of each game, and the best second place went through to a final. In the 3-player game in round 1, there was a tie for first place - so in fact, all 3 winners from round 1 went through to the final. Matt McIntyre won the tournament, winning a copy of the game and a Gaming Rules! T-shirt.
|Round 1, Game 1||Steve Bailey||197||Andy Pelton||194|
|Round 1, Game 2||Matt McIntyre||168||Gary Bailey||168||Dave Anderson||156|
|Final||Matt McIntyre||202||Gary Bailey||152||Steve Bailey||143|
3 games - at Midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
23 people in 4 teams in a Richard III themed treasure hunt, won by Jerry Elsmore, Mark Fox, Vick Hall, Simon Hornby, Jen Marshall, David Tittle
Eight teams took part in this year's Pop Quiz, this year run by Phil Hannay. Once again, Phil mixed audio and video to make a very professional-looking quiz.
|Team||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Picture||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Total|
|We Blame Gordon||18*||15||14||20||11||17||15||125|
|The Outstanding Managerial Record of Harry Redknapp||9||17||14*||20||18||14||13||119|
|The Mozartful Team||19*||15||9||20||10||13||11||116|
|The Bar Team||17||5||1||4||12||3||42|
|Any Name Will Do||4||6||6||16|
Congratulations to Mark Fox, Dan Lester, Mark Wightman, Phil Williams on their win.
The rounds were:
|1||Let it go already||Identify the Disney film from the song|
|2||The Era of the Disc||Name the artist and the studio album that these songs first appeared on.|
|3||The Era of the Disk||10 tracks played on floppy disk drive motors to identify|
|Pictures||20 pictorial representations of band names to identify|
|4||Slow, Slow, Quick Quick Quick||20 tracks "expertly" mixed together|
|5||These are not the songs you are looking for 3: The Phantom Menace||Identify the musical and the title of any other song from the musical.|
|6||The Easy Round||10 cover versions in an easy-listening style.|
|Joker||Each team could play their joker at the start of a round (marked with an asterisk), and scored double for that round.|