Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

  2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Rod Spade, PA

2012-13 Champion

Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie     63
2005     Kevin Walsh     61
2006    Chris Trimmer     48
2007     Alex Bove     40
2008    Chris Moffa     30
2009    Alex Bove     38
2010    Alex Bove     33
2012    Rod Spade     34
2013    Rod Spade     45

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2004    Arthur Field     30
2005     Christian Moffa     22
2006    Alex Bove     27
2007     Alex Bove     19
2008    Raphael Lehrer     16


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alex Bove          PA    13    154
  2.  Rod Spade          PA    13     99
  3.  Chris Moffa        NJ    12     86
  4.  Arthur Field       SC    06     84
  5.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08     79
  6.  Chris Trimmer      TX    13     64
  7.  Kevin Walsh        NY    13     63
  8.  John Kerr          VA    06     48
  9.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    10     30
 10.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
 11.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     24
 12.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     21
 13.  Bruce Reiff        OH    08     18
 14.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
 15.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     15
 16.  Tom Browne         PA    05     15
 17.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    13     12
 18.  Mikko Raimi        fi    12     12
 19.  Jim McDanald       TN    07     12
 20.  Jason Levine       NY    06     12
 21.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
 22.  Jeff Meyer         MA    12     10
 23.  Rob Kircher        RI    08     10
 24.  Peter Staab        PA    05      9
 25.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 26.  David Norman       uk    05      8
 27.  Randy Buehler      WA    13      6
 28.  Richard Meyer      MA    10      6
 29.  Aran Warszawski    il    09      6
 30.  Sean McCulloch     OH    08      6
 31.  Sam Atabaki        CA    07      6
 32.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      6
 33.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 34.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 35.  Matt Calkins       VA    08      3
 36.  Michael Fox        IL    06      3
 37.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 38.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3
 39.  Steve Shambeda     PA    09      2
 40.  Kenneth Horan      PA    08      2

2013 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists: 

Kevin Walsh, NY

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC

Chris Trimmer, TX

Randy Buehler, WA

Alex Bove, PA

Past Winners

Perrrianne Lurie, PA

Kevin Walsh, NY

Chris Trimmer, TX

Alex Bove, PA
2007, 2009-10

Chris Moffa, NJ

Steve Shambeda, Keith Layton and Chris Senhouse

Lola Reynolds and Kyle Smith

Old Game, New Tricks, Same Result ...

The 2013 field was the largest of the past six tournaments. Most of the 16 preliminary games used the recently released second edition. The new version features streamlined play that includes more balanced development tracks, an emphasis on the importance of Ducats as a viable strategy, diminished expedition card track strategy, and an additional symbol added to the expedition card mix that better contains scoring thus making it more difficult to get triples and quadruples. In addition, tweaks and additions to both tiles and expedition cards help make the game more exciting, varied and balanced.

14 of the 16 tables during the two heats were 4-player and of those, a massive nine victories were posted coming from those who held the first seat (flag + 5 ducats) at the start of the game. Over both heats, three players managed to achieve double victories (all former champions), and four more were able to secure a first and second place finish. I was a bit concerned over how Goa v2.0 would fare under tournament strain, but judging by the point spreads of the winners, there was an interesting mixture of close games, blowouts, and everything in-between. Victories of 1-3 point margins occurred six times, two blow outs in the double-digits range, and the rest falling in-between.

Twelve players advanced to three semifinal games with the three winners and the best runner-up going on to the Final. The field included five former champions, and many high laurelists. Former champ Chris Trimmer prevailed over reigning Caesar Randy Buehler, 53-46 with Andrew Emerick and David Platnick close behind. Sceadeau D'Tela's newfound interest in Goa lifted him to a close victory over defending champ Rod Spade, both of whom advanced over Bob Woodson and Steve Shambeda. And what was predicted to be a hotly contested match between three former champs (Alex Bove, Kevin Walsh, Chris Moffa), didn't turn out that way at all. Kevin piled on the points, tying a tournament high 58 with a victory of 18 points in strong card play, solid auctions and cash flow that stymied the rest of the table.

The Final stage was set between prior champs Kevin Walsh, Rod Spade, Chris Trimmer, and first time finalist Sceadeau D'Tela. Kevin lead off with the flag and salmon tiles of 1 Ship per turn and 3 ducats per turn were won by Sceadeau and Kevin respectively. Rod picked up Crop Rotation (1 wild spice per turn) while Chris gained both the Flag and a 4 ships tile in a high powered opening auction phase. Kevin struggled in the actions phase with back to back colony failures. The second auction round settled down as only spice tiles were up for auction and Sceadeau won the flag for 10, giving him some leverage. Round 3 auction brought two more spice tiles and a salmon spice tile which drove the price of the Flag to 13 (Chris). Chris made use of the extra action to found Madras (2 spice) and made it all the way to level 4 of the development card track. Round 4 had Sceadeau amassing four extra actions. Combined with the regular actions, he card cycled colonists (to help find Cochin), picked up spice, advanced on card, colonist and ship (x2) tracks, and dumped excess spice for money, setting him up for B phase. Chris managed to settle all of his colonies.

The second half of the game opened with Kevin winning both flag and three ships for 25 total, while Rod took advantage of a diverted cash flow that went from the others to him, picking up Vice King for only 8. Round 6 saw Kevin winning the race to the bottom of the coveted expedition card track. Round 7 had Chris winning three auctions -- Harvest 3 tiles, Swap and 4 colonists. The latter to deny someone else from getting them, since he already had a full colony board. Sceadeau won the other two auctions of Flag and Swap for 24 total. The last round had Rod winning salmon expedition card for 19 (+1 card/turn). He had been amassing cards and was making a push to tack on more later in the round with the salmon tile to dodge the hand check limit. Kevin paid the max, 24, to go down to the bottom of the spice track. Rod continued to discard/draw cards to optimize his hand.

The end was a very close affair with Rod pulling ahead by scoring 12 points from expedition cards. While Kevin's most money wasn't quite enough to match Rod's total tally. The final scores were: Rod 46, Kevin 45, Sceadeau and Chris 42. Congratulations to Rod who wins back-to-back tournaments, last year on the old version, and this year on the new.

Chris Trimmer and Jeff Meyer

GM Christian Moffa oversees his finalists.
 GM      Chris Moffa [2nd Year]   NA
    chrism77777@yahoo.com    NA 

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