20 teams participated in the Doubles and 38 individuals played in the two day Single events. To a person, everyone I played was a great sport and passionate about the game. My only regret is how quickly the weekend flew by. Next year, I think I'll take up SAGA after dark.
Doubles was fun tune up for the Singles event. After a big opening win, Brent and I faced the UK SAGA Grand Melee 1st and 3rd place champs running Irish. My Rus Princes were blockers while Brent's Irish rushed the hoard. On the last play of the last turn and the last throw of the dice, they knocked us off the hoard. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat is what champions do. So close, we could've earned bragging rights for at least a week. A wonderful couple and how lucky are they, traveling and playing SAGA together? I really have to have a talk with my wife.
I had to leave right after the game to start a 6 hour drive back to the Cities. Thoroughly exhausted, I wanted as much daylight driving as I could get. Shortly after I left, I got a text saying I won Best Sportsman. I earned the moniker "Mr. 11 Minutes" because that's how much I missed the closing ceremonies by. D'Oh! My helpful friends Photoshop-ed me back into the event. Lesson learned, I'll better sort this out next year.
I'll finish with my photos of the warbands. The Norse-Gaels and their massive diorama/display board won Player's Choice and the Anglo-Danes shown right after won Master of Ruins. I was going to rave on about the painting and display board talent but the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!