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May 31st, 2003
The first Master of All Games tournament was held on Saturday, May 31, 2003 after months of planning. For years, people have been suggesting that I have some sort of tournament. The inaugural tournament had 14 participants and a handful of volunteers. We are hoping to hold the next one in October!

More information about the games tournament

Games (2 photos)
May 31st, 2003
The day started with a briefing of the tournament rules and the selection of games. The ordering of the six genres in the qualifying rounds were selected at random. Then games were randomly assigned to the four tables. Finally, opponents for each round were selected. At this point, the tournament was jokingly renamed to "Master of All Games You Hate." Almost everyone was unhappy with one of their round selections, but sometimes that was due to dislike of the entire genre. In the future, we may choose to eliminate the least popular games before the table selections are made.

Complete list of possible tournament games.

Games
Trophy (2 photos)
May 31st, 2003
As if the title of "Master of All Games" wasn't enough, an excellent trophy was also at stake. This trophy was created by Greg Myer and will reside at the current Master's dwelling. Each tournament the winner will add their name to the base. The entry fees were used to buy pizza. The final four received their entry fee as their reward. Free pizza and all day gaming - not a bad deal! The first and second place winners split the rest of the pool (which wasn't much!). It's not really about the money. It's all about bragging rights and the sweet trophy!
Trophy
Spectators (10 photos)
May 31st, 2003
Rob Gottlieb, Melissa Hastings, Scott Lassiter, Gina Page, Matthew Ford, and Philip Rash attended the tournament but did not compete. Everyone watched the tournament games and helped out in some way by taking photos, collecting and compiling scores, fetching snacks, setting up tables and games, and much more! The volunteers were much appreciated and a very important part of the day. They helped everything operate smoothly.
Spectators
Round 1 (4 albums)
May 31st, 2003
The first round was Word games. After the first round, the players were ranked as follows:

1. Andrew Myer (13)
1. Bert Dreifuss (13)
1. Kerry Lassiter (13)
1. Steve Ellis (13)
5. Alan Hensel (9)
5. Mike Fitch (9)
7. Brian Eggert (7)
7. Gee Barger (7)
9. Brad Lagle (5)
9. Greg Myer (5)
10. Ashley Avery (1)
10. LuAnn Hensel (1)
10. Paul McRae (1)
10. Todd Duncan (1)

Round 1
Round 2 (4 albums)
May 31st, 2003
Round Two was the ever popular Auction / Bidding / Negotiation / Bluffing / Robot Category. After the second round, the rankings were as follows:

1. Andrew Myer (26)
1. Kerry Lassiter (26)
1. Steve Ellis (26)
4. Bert Dreifuss (22)
5. Mike Fitch (18)
6. Gee Barger (14)
6. LuAnn Hensel (14)
8. Brad Lagle (12)
9. Alan Hensel (10)
10. Brian Eggert (8)
11. Ashley Avery (6)
11. Greg Myer (6)
11. Todd Duncan (6)
14. Paul McRae (2)

Round 2
Round 3 (4 albums)
May 31st, 2003
Round Three was the Trivia Category. This was probably the least popular round. After the third round, the rankings were as follows:

1. Andrew Myer (39)
1. Steve Ellis (39)
3. Mike Fitch (31)
4. Bert Dreifuss (27)
4. Gee Barger (27)
4. Kerry Lassiter (27)
7. LuAnn Hensel (21)
8. Alan Hensel (17)
9. Ashley Avery (15)
9. Greg Myer (15)
11. Brad Lagle (13)
12. Todd Duncan (11)
13. Brian Eggert (9)
14. Paul McRae (3)

Round 3
Round 4 (2 albums)
May 31st, 2003
Round Four was the Team Category (also known as the party game category). Only two games were selected for this round, Catch Phrase and Pictionary. After the fourth round, the rankings were as follows:

1. Andrew Myer (45.5)
2. Mike Fitch (42)
3. Steve Ellis (41)
4. Gee Barger (38.5)
5. Bert Dreifuss (36)
6. Kerry Lassiter (29)
7. Greg Myer (28)
8. LuAnn Hensel (25)
9. Alan Hensel (23.5)
10. Todd Duncan (18)
11. Ashley Avery (16)
12. Brad Lagle (15)
12. Brian Eggert (15)
14. Paul McRae (14.5)

Round 4
Round 5 (4 albums)
May 31st, 2003
Round Five was the Strategy / War / Expansion / Civilization Building Category. This was one of the favorite rounds of the day for many people. After the fifth round, the rankings were as follows:

1. Andrew Myer (58.5)
2. Mike Fitch (55)
3. Gee Barger (43.5)
4. Bert Dreifuss (43)
5. Steve Ellis (42)
6. LuAnn Hensel (38)
7. Greg Myer (37)
8. Kerry Lassiter (30)
9. Brad Lagle (28)
10. Todd Duncan (27)
11. Alan Hensel (24.5)
12. Ashley Avery (23)
13. Brian Eggert (20)
14. Paul McRae (15.5)

Round 5
Round 6 (3 albums)
May 31st, 2003
Round Six was the Cards Category and the final qualifying round. Paul and Todd had to leave before this round. This left 3 tables of 4 and a new selection of games.

The Final Rankings
1. Andrew Myer (69.5)
2. Mike Fitch (60)
3. Bert Dreifuss (56)
4. Gee Barger (52.5)
5. Greg Myer (48)
6. Steve Ellis (43)
7. Brad Lagle (41)
8. Kerry Lassiter (39)
8. LuAnn Hensel (39)
10. Ashley Avery (28)
**11. Todd Duncan (27)**
12. Alan Hensel (25.5)
13. Brian Eggert (25)
**14. Paul McRae (15.5)**

Round 6
Final Four (4 albums)
May 31st, 2003
The top four competitors from the first six rounds compete in a bracketed Final Four to determine the Master of All Games. Andrew Myer and Gee Barger played one game while Bert Dreifuss and Mike Fitch played another. Everyone in the final four ranked their top 6 choices out of the list of two-player abstract strategy games. Andrew and Gee selected Dvonn. Bert and Mike also wanted to play Dvonn, but they had to play their second best choice which was Zertz.
Final Four
Championship (2 albums)
May 31st, 2003
It all comes down to this final round. Gee Barger and Bert Dreifuss compete for the Master of All Games title with a game of Gipf (obviously part of the Gipf project). Gee won the practice game, but Bert won the real game. Bert is the MASTER OF ALL GAMES!
Championship
Winner (16 photos)
May 31st, 2003
Bert Dreifuss is officially the Master of All Games until the next tournament! Congratulations, Bert!!!
Winner