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Stone Age (STA) PBeM Event Reports Updated October 29, 2023

2022 PBeM Tournament

During the 2021 Stone Age PBEM tournament, 49 participants played a total of 73 games over three rounds. In each round, players completed four simultaneous games. This year we switched to using a 1000-100-10-1 scoring system to rank players to favor winning games more heavily.

In the first round Rob Kircher and 2020 PBEM Champion Andrew Emerick led the way with 3 wins each. Eleven other players managed two wins in the round. Seventeen players advanced to the Semifinal and a point total of at least 1210 (one 1st, two 2nds, and one 3rd place finish) was required to advance.

DJ Borton finished atop the standings in the Semifinal round with three wins. Four other players earned two wins each: Dominic Blais, Steve LeWinter, Eugene Yee, and Ray Wolff. They were joined in the final round by repeat finalist Haakon Monsen. Andrew Emerick narrowly edged out Marcy Morelli for the last place in the Final by .04 on tiebreakers. A point total of 1120 (one 1st, one 2nd, and two 3rd place finishes) was needed to make the Final.

After narrowly securing his place in the final, Andrew repeated his performance in the 2020 final round with three wins and one second-place finish to claim the championship for the second year in a row. Eugene finished in a close 2nd with two wins and two second-place finishes, his 2-point loss to Andrew in game six proving decisive. The top 6 finishers were:

  1. Andrew Emerick
  2. Eugene Yee
  3. Dominic Blais
  4. Steve LeWinter
  5. Ray Wolff
  6. DJ Borton

Eric Freeman, as he did in 2020, had the highest winning score with 228 while James Thompson had the lowest winning score at 79. Jon Senn had the highest non-winning score at 210. The average winning score was ~167.

As in 2020, statistics were gathered related to the turn order at the start of the game. The numbers for this year closely mirror those from 2020, with Seat 1 earning the most wins (21), followed by Seats 2 & 3 (18 each), and Seat 4 producing the fewest wins (16). Again, this year, Seats 1-3 each had an average finish of 2.4, while Seat 4 had an average finish of 2.8. Lastly Seat 4 also produced a lower mean score than Seats 1-3, averaging 139 points vs 147 points for the others. This would again seem to indicate that Seat 4 is at a disadvantage.

Once again congratulations to Andrew and to all of the laurelists and thank you to everyone who participated in the event.

2021 PBeM Tournament

The 2020 Stone Age PBEM tournament saw 65 participants play a total of 96 games. Likely fueled by COVID-19 induced lockdowns, this event had the highest turnout of any recent eurogame PBEM. Thank you to all who participated.

In the first round, all players completed four simultaneous games, with 24 players advancing to the semifinal. Three players earned a perfect record with four wins: Haakon Monsen, Eric Freeman, and Scott Saccenti. An additional four players each earned three wins: Sam Wolff, Antony Saccenti, Andrew Martin, and Andrew Emerick.

During the semifinal, 24 games were played to determine the seven finalists. DJ Borton and Chad Martin led the field with three wins apiece, while Dominic Blais, Andrew Emerick, and Antony Saccenti each earned two wins. They were joined in the final by Andrew Martin and Haakon Monsen, with Eric Freeman just missing out on a very close tiebreaker margin.

In the final round, the finalists played seven games to determine a champion. Andrew Emerick completed a nearly perfect final round with three wins and one second-place finish to earn the top spot in convincing fashion. The top 6 finishers were:

  1. Andrew Emerick
  2. Chad Martin
  3. Dominic Blais
  4. Haakon Monsen
  5. Andrew Martin
  6. Antony Saccenti

Over all three rounds of the tournament, Eric Freeman had the highest winning score with 239 while Chris Wildes had the lowest winning score at 95. Goran Kero had the highest non-winning score at 205. In the closest game of the tournament, Grant LaDue defeated Michael Swinson on the 2nd tiebreaker (most leftover food).

Throughout the tournament statistics were kept related to turn order at the start of the game. Seat 1 resulted in the most wins (26) followed by Seats 2 & 3 (24 each), while Seat 4 produced the fewest wins (22). Seats 1-3 each had an average finish of ~2.4, while Seat 4 had an average finish of 2.7. Lastly Seat 4 also produced a lower mean score than Seats 1-3, averaging 142 points vs 146-148 points for the others. While these are not large margins, they would seem to corroborate the idea that Seat 4 is a more difficult starting position.

Once again congratulations to Andrew Emerick and to all of the laurelists, and thank you to everyone who participated in the event.

Full results can be seen at https://bgtournament.wordpress.com/stone-age-2020-results/

2015 PBeM Tournament

31 Gamers took to Yucata for the Third BPA Stone Age PBeM tournament. Unlike it's WBC event, the online version features a different style of play—the two player game. Three gamers, including Stefan Mecay, Rob Kircher, and Tim Mossman went unbeaten to win their pools with identical 6-0 records. Nick Henning earned the high score of the event with a score of 328 against GM Max Jamelli.

Pool play sent 15 of the 31 players into the Round Robin playoff. Seeding was interesting, as 4 "lower" seeds upset their opponents including 15th seed Pete Staab downing 2nd seed Stefan Mecay. Keith Dent and Andrew Emerick outlasted the round robin field to meet in the best 2 out of 3 Final. Emerick won Game 1 and Dent came back to tie the series in Game 2. The deciding game was then won by Dent 264-213. Dent used a strong building strategy while Emerick focused on cards throughout the series. Dent's early success in buildings allowed him to win Game 3 and the championship.

The other laurelists were Curt Collins II, Tim Mossman, Pete Staab and the defending champion, Eric freeman who finished third through sixth respectively.

2012 PBeM Tournament

28 Players took to Yucata for the annual online Stone Age tournament. This year's round robin was seeded differently from that of 2010. Instead of pool records, overall points were used to build the 12-person playoff field after 84 pool games. Stefan Mecay's scoring average of 248 was not the highest, but he was the lone player who won all six pool play games. The highest average score for six pool play games belonged to Scott Fenn. His 264.8 gave him the second seed in the round robin. Eric Freeman and Greg Thatcher earned first round byes based on average score as well. The round robin seeding system worked to a T as there were no seed upsets until the semi-finals when #3 seed Freeman knocked off #2 seed Fenn by a 259 to 252 score. That set up a Final rematch of the 2010-11 event between Freeman and the reigning Caesar, Mecay.

Mecay took game 1 by 14 points. Freeman could have made it a little closer if he were able to complete a building in the last turn, but rolled a Brick/Tool and needed a wood. Freeman fired back in game 2 winning the most lopsided game of the match 253-194. He was able to score early and often in forcing another deciding game 3. The 2010 Final went to three games as well. Game 3 was close throughout, but Freeman drew both double Shaman cards while Mecay had no resources and cruised to a 27-point victory to defend his Stone Age Tournament Championship.

Game 1 Mecay 166 Freeman 152
Game 2 Freeman 253 Mecay 194
Game 3 Freeman 227 Mecay 200

Completing the laurel gathering were Scott Fenn, Greg Thatcher, Chris Yaure and Robert Kircher who finished third through sixth respectively.

2010 PBeM Tournament

The first online Stone Age event featured 23 players broken down into five groups for two-player pool play. Each player had a minimum of three games logged to create a 12-player round robin tournament. Players were seeded based on pool records. There were five players who had perfect pool records. Eric Freeman led with a 4-0 slate, followed by Raphael Lehhrer, Kevin Wojtaszczyk, Greg Thatcher, and Max Jamelli each at 3-0. Tied records were seeded based on the average points scored. Eric's 4-0 record earned him the #1 seed even though Lehrer had the highest points average of 285.

The tournament was not decided by chalk though - only one higher seeded player won an opening round game, and only two of those with first round byes won their way into the semis. The best two-of-three Final match came down to top seed Eric Freeman and sixth seeded Stefan Mecay. Freeman suffered his first loss of the event as Mecay was able to secure cards and buildings late to turn a two-point advantage late into a convincing 253-195 win. Freeman bounced back in Game 2 with a 234-215 victory to force a decisive Game 3. There, Freeman was able to secure several multi-resource huts including a very fortuitous 1-7 hut to outscore Mecay late and earn a hard fought 214-201 victory to claim the title.