Lodging and Travel Information
WBC Event Previews
Results of WBC
Open Gaming
WBC Juniors Program
WBC Auction and Auction Store
Volunteer at WBC
Volunteer at WBC





Lost Cities (LST)

You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demonstration. The GM will be available for one hour in Exhibit Annex to teach the game. Be on time. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.

Demonstration: Wednesday 17 @ Exhibit Annex Table 6

Heat 1: Tuesday @ 23 - Seasons 2-5
Heat 2: Wednesday @ 20 - Seasons 2-5
Heat 3: Saturday @ 9 - Seasons 2-5
Heat 4: Saturday @ 18 - Seasons 1-4
Round 2/7: Saturday @ 20 - Seasons 1


Ivan Lawson : GM (12th Year)

2007 GM of the Year

Email GM






BGG Link AREALaurels



Lost Cities is an easy-to-learn two-player card game, and an excellent test for all gamers, age and gender neutral. The tournament will consist of four heats that will determine qualifying players to advance to the Single Elimination (SE) Rounds concluding with the Championship (see Heats). Players with copies of the game should bring them! Extra copies will be needed. This event has turned away players in the past and will doubtless do so again this year for lack of games. Bring a copy of the game, if you expect to play.

Heats: The event uses four heats which comprise Round 1, and will be followed by 30-minute SE Rounds on Saturday evening. Players may play in as many of the four heats as they wish. Each Heat is one game of three hands per two players registered. Games will be played according to the box rules with one modification: Before play, opponents will shuffle and cut the cards to determine who plays first; higher numbered card plays first for the first hand only. Also, before play, opponents will count the cards to verify that the deck is complete with sixty (60) cards. Each game will be three hands with the best cumulative score of the three hands declared the winner. During Round 1 only, the scores after three hands will be resolved by a 4th, 5th, etc hand until the tie is broken.

Only players with two or more wins in the Heats will qualify to advance to the SE Rounds. There will be no list of alternates this year. Note: If he does play, the GM will be acting only in the role of an eliminator, and will not be eligible to advance.

Advancement Tiebreakers: No tiebreakers are required as only winners of two or more Heats will be eligible to advance to the SE Rounds.

Single Elimination Rounds: Single Elimination rounds (SE) will begin Saturday evening with Round 2, and run continuously through the Championship Round. Once it begins, the SE Rounds will feature 30-minute games with warnings at 15 minutes and five minutes, after which games will be adjudicated. Games tied after three hands will be allowed an additional ten minutes for a fourth hand. If still tied after the fourth hand, then each opponent will subtract the highest and lowest scores of their four hands from their total in order to determine the winner. If still tied, then the higher roll of a ten-sided die will prevail.

If the field of players for the early SE Rounds is an odd number, then the GM will play as an eliminator. Beginning with the Quarterfinal Round, the replacement to fill out the odd pairing will be drawn from the losers of the immediately preceding Round, using the following tiebreakers: 1) Higher score in immediately preceding Round, 2) Most successful expeditions with investors in immediately preceding Round (Score 0 or positive number), 3) Most successful expeditions in immediately preceding Round (Score 0 or positive number), or 4) Higher roll of a ten-sided die.

Places 1 through 4 will be determined by game results in head-to-head competition. Places 5 through 10 will be determined by using the approved WBC rules.

Discover something new.

View Icon Key