Tombstone League Results
We sparred for four weeks hosting a league while players got used to using the proxy versions of There Comes a Reckoning, anticipating the arrival of new players but none came. Undeterred, we proceeded with a 3-player Round-Robin Tournament to culminate the affair, promising the handsome I'm Your Huckleberry playmat as a payment for the winner. Naturally, we settled 1-1-1, and were thereby unable to resolve a clear advantage so as to merit the prize. The tournament organizer (yours truly) stepped down and called a "cut": the remaining players standing would have to rematch at a later and decided-upon date for a stake at the claim.
Weeks passed as we were unable to all sit together in the same game room. In the interim, the gamestore held the mat, and on a next night Tom came and claimed the mat by default, and declared a new turf upon which to host the final challenge: At his house upon his new gaming table! I recoiled. Stefan dusted his collar. Challenge issued, Stefan got to work building a new deck - this time not simply a deck reciprocated from the database - but a true original deck.
We met up the following Monday, and got in a single game's practice. Tom arrived late, and twisting his brow as he threw his curveball, announced that if someone wanted a piece of him outright, he wouldn't hole up in his house like some frightened sod: He slammed the mat on the table and called Stefan out right on the spot! Stefan accepted. The score would be settled this night.
Tom brandished his tricksy Roses are Black (https://dtdb.co/en/decklist/2629/roses-are-black) to Stefan's newly incepted No Skin, No Shoes, No Service (https://dtdb.co/en/decklist/2730/no-skin-no-shoes-no-service-) and they got to shooting. After double-grifting and picking out Comin' Up Roses, Tom rushed the townsquare with Signin' Over the Stores. Stefan gave one look at his discard pile (an impressive 10 cards thick) and declared Hell No: Both players were all-in with a nary a noon action hatched. For two rounds Tom struggled to put together a Straight-flush but always fell one card short while Stefan steeled with a reliable Full-house. Tom retreated to lick his wounds, and no sooner had he done that played Angelica Espinosa who returned to the townsquare for a Recruitment Drive while Hidin' in the Shadows. Stefan meanwhile picked Smiling Tom out of his own discard with a Soul Cage and running six dudes deep across his Oddities of Nature, braced to receive the second full-force of the Den of Thieves. Lady luck frowned on Tom again as he revealed a Pair which he turned into a hand rank 7 cheatin' Flush using his tricks, only to be shot down to Stefan's legal Four-of-a-kind.
As Tom tried to rebuild, Stefan pressed the advantage, and put The Whateley Estate into play, recycled his Joker, and held off a third job which Tom tried to rush past him. Glimpsing his moment, Stefan responded with his own job, Election Day Slaughter, going all in. Tom, knowing he needed a hail mary, opposed him with two of his remaining three dudes. Tom won a single round by sheer luck, and knowing this, backed off completely, offering his last grifter Genesee "Gina" Tailfeathers as tribute, and stormed the townsquare one last time with Makaio Kaleo, Esq. soloing a final attempt at a Recruitment Drive, opposed by a lone Jake Smiley. The insurance salesman bested the lawyer Two-Pairs to One Pair, sealing the Den's fate.
Tom surrendered the I'm your Huckleberry playmet to Stefan with gentlemenly sport and the Berkeley Doomtown Playgroup headed off together to the local pub...