Despite my table-top fight-for-survival, I managed to take a few pictures outside my arena during this year's SAGA Tournament. The Tournament was hosted by Sven Lugar and a dozen players took part in it. The grand prize, shown above, was a drinking horn hand-crafted by Sven himself.
While everyone who participated in the tournament received a runestone also crafted by Sven.
The tournament was held during the first two Saturday periods of this year's Enfilade! convention (Game Periods C and D). Each player was encouraged to bring his, or her, own warband, but Sven brought all the terrain.
The games were based on various scenarios found in the SAGA rulebook:
Round 1: The Escort (Scenario 6, page 67 of the SAGA core rulebook).
Round 2: Homeland (Scenario 5, page 66 of the SAGA core rulebook).
Round 3: "Escalade" (attack/defend an incomplete fort)
Each round was about an hour long, which gave everyone time to help Sven set up terrain for the next bout.
Everybody played the same scenario during each round, but often with different armies.
Sven has a firm grasp of the SAGA rules, was always on-hand to answer questions from pesky players, and kept things moving at a good clip.
Points were awarded for inflicting casualties upon your opponent and achieving certain objectives within each scenario.
And this year's tournament/drinking horn winner was: Stephen Radny-McFarland 59 points (pts), with his Anglo-Saxons
2) Daryl Nichols, 52 pts, Anglo-Saxons
3) Tom Wanerstrand, 51 pts, Viking
4) Marky, 49 pts, Viking
4) Gary Greiss, 49 pts, Welsh
5) Darcy Town, 45 pts, Vikings
5) Denise Mauldin, 45 pts, Vikings
6) Scott Abbot, 39 pts, Norman
7) Ted Henkle, 21 pts, Welsh
7) Ambrelle Coy, 21 pts, Anglo-Saxons
Plus two additional players that didn't, or forgot to, turn in their tournament tally sheets.