------- THIS TOURNAMENT WILL GO TO THE SECOND PHASE-------
because i lost with worldsavior and now we are tied up at 4 points. in the final phase there will also be the winner between waylon and notabilis and sirver if he wins. I will announce the details once the number of players will be known.
I payed a hard price for not studying the map. most of the land is bad for trees, and getting wood is very hard there. atlanteans have a hard time. if you expand for a while, then you find fertile land, but i didn't knew that, so instead of making a beeline for the fertile ground, i spend all my precious wood to get small late-game advantages. then i slowed down soooo much. after that, it was too late. worldsavior capitalized on the advantage and all my delaying tactics proved futile. congratulations.
On one hand, I am glad I lost. I was worried I'd dominate the tournament and it would be boring for all, and instead i find worthy opponents. I am especially pleased with how many players have improved along the tournament. I think in particular of my opponent facing a similar defensive strategy at the third turn: then he got stuck, but this time he could pass. I like to think that you learned from my tactical insights and that I can take some credit for the increased general skill level.
On the other hand, my ego took a big beating. I hadn't lost a game in ages, and I don't recall ever losing with atlanteans before. I was used to be the king rooster, and now I will have to fight to keep at most a status of primus inter pares.
But I will fight for it. Without worrying that I may be too strong, this time.
EDIT: it gets even worse as I have calculated the bucholz projection and it turns out me and worldsavior will have the same bucholz; and since he defeated me in direct encounter, he goes first. damn you toptopple! not only did you sink my bucholz, but it actually mattered!
All the others who can reach 4 points will stop at most at 14. it doesn't matter for being admitted to the second phase and determining the winner, but it does matter for self-satisfaction.