Adel Verpflichtet (ADV) PBeM Reports Updated August 20, 2018

2015 PBeM Tournament
  Chris Trimmer saved his best for last. He secured the fifth seat in the Final by being the lone non-winner in the semifinals to advance with a five spaces-over second place. That bested the next closest runnerup, Bob Hamel, whose two spaces over earned sixth place laurels. Chris had qualified for the semifinals on the strength of four runnerup finishes in the preliminaries.

The 40th and final game of the tournament began as Israeli Aran Warszawski sprinted out to a huge early lead, But in the last 4/2, 2/1 and 5/3 spaces, he paused just long enough to cycle thieves through the jail. That allowed Chris to catch him and finish two spaces beyond him for the title. Trailing just behind were Norwegian Haakon Monsen, Greg Thatcher and Greg Landel for third thru fifth laurels.

Check out all the details of the tournament at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm.


2014 PBeM Tournament
  Christopher Yaure proved that close enough isn't just for horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear war - it counts in Adel Verpflichtet too. Chris qualified for the semifinals on tie-breakers (the highest of those with 17 points including two wins). He then moved into the Final as the only finalist without a win - using the second tie-break as the best second-place finisher with three spaces (having a set of ten cards). In a fitting finish, he then prevailed in a tie for first place with Tom DeMarco with the largest set (a one-card margin [12] over Suzanne Tuch's 11 card set). Congratulations to Chris for winning by the narrowest possible margin!

The game started off with cautious players - lots of detectives and very few thieves in the castle. Meanwhile, in the Auctionhouse, thieves were plentiful as were small checks. The first Auctionhouse pile emptied before players reached the first corner. Sharee Pack reached the first 2/1 space first through heavy attrition of her set. Then the game paused while players again returned to detective conventions with a rare thief as a guest speaker. Meanwhile, the Auctionhouse drained to a total of four cards while the checks switched hands (though, in the end, four players each had just one check remaining once the 2/1 roadblock was breached). As a result, the contest took many turns more than a typical game.

At that point, Sharee was still in the lead, but the entire field was within three spaces. She paused to use a detective to finally fill all five jail cells. Then Sharee, Bob Hamel, and Tom sprinted for the finish while Suzanne and Chris (with the largest two sets respectively) used detectives to make up the distance. Bob and Tom with the larger sets in the second-tier crowd moved ahead reaching the second 2/1 space. As they did so, Sharee turned bandit to pick up two items, gave Suzanne and Chris the detective-earned spaces they were seeking, and brought her set into a close third place.

Chris took that opportunity to hit the Auctionhouse one more time where he picked up the card that put his set ahead of Suzanne. Bob pushed forward into the 5/3 endgame space while Tom followed to the final space of the 2/1 zone. That set up the last turn. Tom continued his sprint, sending him five spaces forward and ending the game. Bob, inexplicably, selected a detective -- worth 2-3 spaces at most (and likely to give the players with bigger sets much greater advancement). Chris, Suzanne, and Sharee each played a thief -- which added to their sets but kept them in the same relative order. With the dining-table line crossed, the last exhibits come out -- giving Chris eight spaces (just enough to catch Tom and win by tie-breakers) and Suzanne four spaces.

It's interesting to note here how that crucial last turn might have fared with some different moves:

  • Bob Exhibits: He earns the five spaces while Tom gets three. Bob finishes one space ahead of Chris and his massive tie-breaker.
  • Chris Exhibits: Chris earns five to finish one space shy of the line. Tom gets three to finish one over. Chris' set is hammered by thieves. Suzanne and Sharee get the first and second place exhibits. Suzanne finishes two over the line and wins.
  • Chris plays Detective: Tom gets five. Suzanne and Sharee get the first and second place exhibits. Tom wins.
  • Chris and Suzanne Exhibit: The game doesn't end; Sharee has the biggest set; Bob is just one space short of the line.
  • Tom Thieves or plays Detective: Game lasts another turn. Of course, Tom knew he didn't want another turn to allow the players with biggest sets more time to recover.

As you can see, most of the players still had a chance on the last move. But Chris navigated the puzzle to score the win! His only one of the event. Timing is everything.

The tournament will begin on January 3rd this coming year with the hope that we can finish before the World Boardgaming Championships! Check out all the details of the tournament at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm.


2013 PBeM Tournament
  GM John Pack won his own tournament over a field of 25 as the 4th BPA Adel Verpflichtet tournament concluded after 30 games of swiss elimination play.

The Final opening saw all five players at the Auction House for three of four consecutive turns (bringing up comments about Groundhog Day arriving early) -- with many high and second-high checks spent in the early going (and not too many thieves being able to actually get away with a stolen check). The funniest moment came when four thieves reached for and, ineptly, shredded the check. Discussion turned to who had the "right" piece. Initial movement came via detectives putting three thieves in jail on two different turns. All four of the oldest cards put in an appearance during the game. John Pack reached the first corner after the jail had filled to capacity while Tom DeMarco and Kevin Wojtaszczyk were left without thieves. Missing options can be decisive in this game. Two thief-less players opened the way for John to sprint toward the finish (since exhibits are much safer). Mike Kaltman fell behind while building a huge set but made up ground by the time John reached the second corner. Then came the massive crime wave - with Laurie Wojtaszczyk, then Mike, and finally John scoring two, three, and three collectibles with a single thief. Tom had gallantly kept pace just a space or two behind the leader but lost items to every thief during the crime wave. That left him exhibiting but unable to advance in the last stages of the game. Kevin built a huge set before moving and rode detectives past the second corner, but didn't move much after detectives brought the criminal element under control. The last move came with John on the final space, his thief having reconnected his full set, and Mike having moved within striking distance. The last move saw John exhibit for five spaces and cross the line while Mike banked on another turn with a fruitless detective. Mike's better set (by virtue of the D-1616) wasn't enough to make up the distance though he also crossed the line for second place. The rest of the Top Six were Kevin, Laurie, Tom, and George Seary. The Final took just 15 days to complete -- with some turns taking less than five minutes for all players to log on and complete their selection. It was a breathtaking race all the way to the finish line! The next tournament will begin October 1st! See all of the details at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm.


2010 PBeM Tournament
  After 40 games involving 33 participants over five preliminary rounds, two semi-final rounds, and the Final, Tom DeMarco, without a set to his name, emerged victorious by a single space over Greg Thatcher. It started with Bob Hamel racing to an impressive lead only to see thieves whittle away his collection. After piling up a decent set, Tom DeMarco challenged Bob's exhibits until he himself was the leader and near victory. Then he was robbed, burglarized, and purloined to a dangerously low level. Greg, the new set leader, moved up and looked to be impossible to stop. But with a final gasp (and the loss of what remained of his set), Tom moved across the line. Greg also exhibited -- but held back when three thieves showed up to enjoy the sites and help themselves. That proved the difference as Greg's set was so hammered that he only collected four bonus spaces -- coming up one short. After Tom and Greg, Raphael Lehrer finished third with the best set of 11 cards (one space short of the finish line), Bob Hamel was fourth, and Steve Cameron finished fifth. Sixth place laurels went to Marc Houde as the next best semi-finalist. See all the details at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm.


2009 PBeM Tournament
  Our new champion is Curt Collins. He can bask in the glow of success until the next tournament gets underway on October 1st. But Curt will always remember the way he won. Alex Bove, our second place finisher, jumped out to an early lead that he retained all the way to the final move. In fact, at one point Alex held a 14 space lead over Curt (more than half of the entire distance to the table)! Curt came from last place to finish in a tie with Alex -- which Curt won due to his superior set (a mere 12 cards compared to the next player, John Pack in third place, with eight cards). Both Alex and Curt finished four spaces past the line with John Pack on the third space. Tom DeMarco and Keith Layton were the remaining finalists and finished 4th and 5th respectively. Tom retained the A-1468 Mask of Shame by special request. Anthony Daw was the sixth place laurelist by virtue of a second-place finish in the semi-finals.

As Alex rounded the second corner -- a full edge ahead of the next player -- he was robbed multiple times on multiple turns. That put him in a cautious mode that allowed a smart combination of one exhibit, lots of detectives, and a few well-timed thieves to move Curt into a close contest with a large set. A final thief scored three items to make Curt untouchable. John, Tom, and Keith almost caught up too -- but didn't have the sets needed to finish their runs. You can see all the details at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm including a link to a full series replay write-up on the final with comments from all of the finalists.


2008 PBeM Tournament
  "No one here for to see my pretty things." - Bob Hamel [all alone at the castle]

At the end of five preliminary rounds where 34 players each played five games against 18-20 different opponents, Thomas Browne emerged as the leader with 23 of 25 possible points. Each game was worth a maximum of 5 points. Alex Bove and Sharee Pack each finished with 21. The final five was rounded out with two of the players who scored 20 points, Greg Thatcher and Ken Gutermuth. Naturally, one of them would "steal" the tournament in the all important Final round. The sixth place player, GM John Pack, also had 20 points but only finished with a total of 9 spaces across the finish lines (vs. 25 and 19 for Greg and Ken respectively).

The tournament was lively -- with many players in three or four games simultaneously. I've interspersed some of the lively dialogue throughout this report. Needless to say, the players had a lot of fun!

"Oh, that was a great round. Bunch of thievin' varmints around this place." - Anthony Daw
"That may be the first time I've seen a double thief-convention..." - John Pack
"Looks like I have to play something other than a thief now." - Greg Thatcher
"Come on folks, I need my thieves back!" - Greg Thatcher
"Thanks for that file in the cake guys!...I'm free!!" - Bob Hamel

The Final played so quickly, taking just two weeks, that the champion is already determined! Congratulations to Ken Gutermuth who prevailed by a single space over Sharee Pack. Four of the five players still had a chance to win on the last move. Sharee was just two spaces from the finish and although she had five cards, her set was the bare minimum of three. She elected to exhibit and charge across. Darn the thieves, full speed ahead! If no one beat her exhibit, she'd have a lock on victory. Alex Bove and Ken Gutermuth played thieves to maximize their sets for final advancement. Ken would have the biggest set (ten cards). Eight spaces would put him ahead of Sharee if she got three or fewer spaces for exhibiting. Ken needed someone else to beat her exhibit. Greg Thatcher played a detective - sending the thieves to jail and moving forward five spaces (a move which brought him into the pack and which would have made him a contender if the game had lasted another turn). Greg needed two people to beat Sharee's exhibit and keep the game going. Unfortunately for Greg and Thomas, only Thomas Browne exhibited against Sharee - taking the five space reward. However, the thieves took his set down from 7 to a mere three of his five remaining cards, guaranteeing that Thomas would not advance again. Sharee finished with no set whatsoever. Ken got the 8 space final reward to finish three spaces across the line. Sharee finished two spaces across. Thomas finished one space short. Alex, who got the four space reward, finished three spaces shy, and Greg finished 5 spaces out for a very tight finish. Congratulations to Ken Gutermuth for besting a fine field! Also taking laurels were Sharee Pack, Tom Browne, Alex Bove, Greg Thatcher, and John Pack for finishing 2nd thru 6th respectively.

"It's the Secret Policeman's Ball!" - Rob Seulowitz
"Guess it was time for the annual detective's convention. I went to the panel on proper use of the magnifying glass. It was very educational!" - Greg Crowe
"Wow, THREE detectives...Guess I'm going to prison for a LONG time...." - Bob Hamel

The next BPA Adel Verpflichtet PBeM competition on SpielByWeb will get underway this October 1st. Check http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm for details of all the tournament games and scoring!

"How much will you give me to Exhibit???? I take PayPal. :-)
"JUST KIDDING...of course...we're in it 'TO THE DEATH.'" - Bob Hamel