princes of florence

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Doug Smith, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

2001 Arthur Field 65
2002 Arthur Field 94
2003 Eric Brosius 88
2004 Eugene Lin 77
2005 Ian MacInnes 82
2006 Eric Brosius 57
2007 Eric Freeman 72
2008 Alex Bove 67
2009 Thomas Browne 58
2010 Rob Flowers 47
2011 Randy Buehler 61
2012 Jason Levine 57
2013 David Platnick 59
2014 Lyman Moquin 50
2015 Doug Smith 44

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2003 John Kerr 31
2004 Brian Reynolds 24
2005 Rod Spade 25
2006 John Kerr 24
2007 Lyman Moquin 24
2008 Brian Reynolds 26
2009 Legend Dan Hoffman 35
2010 Edward Fear 31
2011 Aran Warszawski 34

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rod Spade          PA    12    130
  2.  Eric Brosius       MA    09    100
  3.  Eric Freeman       PA    15     84
  4.  David Platnick     VA    13     75
  5.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    09     72
  6.  Lyman Moquin       DC    14     66
  7.  Alex Bove          PA    13     60
  8.  Aran Warszawski    il    15     53
  9.  Doug Smith         PA    15     52
 10.  Brian Reynolds     MD    08     50
 11.  John Kerr          VA    06     50
 12.  Arthur Field       SC    02     50
 13.  Doug Kaufman       MD    06     49
 14.  Jason Levine       NY    12     48
 15.  Eugene Lin         WA    04     44
 16.  Tom Browne         PA    09     42
 17.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     41
 18.  Ian MacInnes       NY    05     40
 19.  Tom Johnston       IL    12     39
 20.  Davyd Field        SC    09     36
 21.  Randy Buehler      WA    14     35
 22.  Greg Thatcher      CA    11     33
 23.  Rob Flowers        MD    10     30
 24.  Edward Fear        NY    14     29
 25.  Chris Senhouse     MA    09     27
 26.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    14     24
 27.  Winton LeMoine     CA    08     22
 28.  Bruce DuBoff       NJ    12     18
 29.  Boaz Gura          NJ    07     18
 30.  James Carvin       PA    03     18
 31.  Donna Rogall       MD    04     17
 32.  Joe Nemet          PA    05     16
 33.  Clyde Kruskal      MD    03     16
 34.  Curt Collins II    PA    15     12
 35.  Jeremy Oppenheim   VA    15     12
 36.  Keith Dent         KY    14     12
 37.  Mike Kaltman       PA    13     12
 38.  John Corrado       VA    12     12
 39.  Eric Sokolowsky    MD    11     12
 40.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     12
 41.  Stuart Tucker      MD    03     12
 42.  John Weber         MD    03     12
 43.  Wade Campbell      on    15      9
 44.  Ken Horan          PA    13      9
 45.  Sam Atabaki        CA    06      9
 46.  Mike Turian        WA    10      8
 47.  Bill Zurn          CA    09      8
 48.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07      8
 49.  Richard Fox        IL    06      8
 50.  Andrew Greene      VA    05      8
 51.  Scott Nicholson    NY    05      8
 52.  Nathaniel Hoam     OH    04      8
 53.  John Lewis         RI    07      6
 54.  Brian L Jones      MD    04      6
 55.  Doug Galullo       MD    11      4
 56.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09      4
 57.  Greg Shirah        MD    09      4
 58.  Eyal Mozes         NY    07      4
 59.  Greg Crowe         VA    05      4
 60.  Anne Norton        NJ    02      4
 61.  Brian Jones        NC    01      4
 62.  Bruce Rae          bc    13      3
 63.  Peter Walsh        PA    12      3
 64.  Jason Long         PA    09      3
 65.  Yoel Weiss         NJ    07      3
 66.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03      3
 67.  Randy Cox          SC    01      3
 68.  Jeff Mullet        OH    10      2
 69.  Robert Kircher     RI    08      2
 70.  John Brier         NY    05      2
 71.  Marc Houde         DC    01      2
 72.  Justin Veazey      MD    01      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Eric Freeman, PA
2nd

Curt Collins II, PA
3rd

Wade Campbell, on
4th

Jeremy Oppenheim, VA
5th

Aran Warszawski, il
6th

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC
2001—2002


Eric Brosius, MA
2003, 2006


Eugene Lin, WA
2004


Ian MacInnes, NY
2005

Eric Freeman, PA
2007

Alex Bove, PA
2008

Thomas Browne, PA
2009

Rob Flowers, MD
2010

Randy Buehler, WA
2011

Jason Levine, NY
2012

David Platnick, VA
2013

Lyman Moquin, DC
2014

Doug Smith, PA
2015

Eric Freeman must defeat Chris Mattos
and Scott Fenn on his way to the Final.

Katherine McCorry and Greg Crowe,
the Titan:Arena GM, do a little shopping.

You Never Miss the Water
till the Well Runs Dry ...

In recent years, talk at the tournament has centered on the Builder strategy. One form or another won each year from 2012 through 2014. Builder prices have risen steadily in response, so it was less successful (and less common) in 2015.

Heat 1 featured exactly 30 players, so we played six 5-player games (I believe 5 is the best number.) First-timer Jeremy Oppenheim won the closest game by 57-55 over veteran Rod Spade. Next was Robert Cranshaw’s 63-60 margin over another newcomer, Wade Campbell. The most remarkable game saw one player buy a Lake for 1000 florins in Round 7 and Greg Crowe use five Bonus Cards to achieve a Work Value of 39. Neither gained victory, though; that went to Aran Warszawski. Thrills often cause spills in Princes of Florence.

Heat 2 featured two 5-player games and four 4-player games. Scores are higher in 4-player games, since there is less competition in the auctions. Doug Smith took full advantage, scoring a whopping 82 to win his board. Doug finished second in 2001, WBC’s first year, and followed that with a third in 2002, but he will always stand out to me for his generosity last year, when he stepped in to replace a player who left in the middle of a heat.

Only 19 players appeared for the semifinals, so we played three 5-player games and a 4-player game, with a 4-player Final. In the elimination rounds, we bid for seating order. Many people prefer the second seat in a 5-player game. You can view the data. In the 5-player games, players bid 200 or 300 florins for Seat 2, a bit for Seat 1, and nothing for the other seats.
In the first 5-player game, Curt Collins II came out on the good side of a 55-55 tie, ending with 500 florins to Jeremy Oppenheim’s 200. In this game, Legend Dan Hoffman and Jennifer Horan got into a bidding war over a Lake, ruining their chances (usually Forests cause trouble, but this year it was Lakes!) Wade Campbell won with 64 PP - an impressive total with 5 players -- and Eric Freeman won the third 5-player game. In the 4-player semifinal Doug Smith topped Aran Warszawski, 68-65. Kenneth Horan, who finished third, predicted that Doug’s extra experience in 4-player games would give him an edge in the next round.

In the Final, Wade bid 200 florins for Seat 2 and Curt bid 100 for Seat 3. Eric and Doug took Seats 1 and 4, respectively, at no cost. We played a 4-player Final for the first time since 2003, so players were a bit uncertain about how things would go. Jester prices were close to normal, but only two Builders were bought, and all four of the Prestige Cards went for 200.

In Round 3, Wade bought his first Jester at auction, leaving him with just 100 florins. When it was time for him to take his actions, he announced that he would give up two Prestige Points for 200 florins. But Wade had no Prestige Points, so he had none to give up! This was a shock to Wade. His group at home lets players go negative on the Prestige Point Track to get money. The rules aren’t completely clear, so I included a clarification in the tournament rules, but not surprisingly, Wade hadn’t seen it. At this point, Wade had a Freedom for 3 Work Value, a Jester for 2 Work Value, and six cream-colored cards for another 6 Work Value, giving a maximum Work Value of 11 -1 short of the minimum Work Value of 12 in Round 3.

Wade was unable to complete a Work, and with only 100 florins and no way to get more, he was unable to buy anything. He could do nothing but pass for the rest of the game. This was a most unfortunate situation, but I saw no way around it, given the rules. I told Wade that he was free to leave, since he had no more decisions to make, and I could pass for him. I want to commend Wade for taking this disappointment in a sportsmanlike way. I understand that he won two other tournaments, and I hope he can play again in the future.

In the meantime, the other three players had suddenly found themselves not in a 4-player game, but in what was effectively a 3-player game (though with the Profession Cards in Wade’s hand removed from the game.) At the end of Round 7, Eric was in the lead on the score track, but Curt and Doug each had two Prestige Cards. Doug scored both of his, but Curt could only score one, giving Doug the championship!

The final scores: Doug 67, Eric 62, Curt 57, Wade 0.

A full report of the game, including a more detailed discussion of the rules issue, can be found at https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1418429

Congratulations to Doug on his first WBC win in Princes of Florence. Thanks also to everyone who took part. If you’re interested in Princes of Florence, come to WBC next year and join us. I'll explain the game during the demo and you can join in the fun.

GM Eric Brosius (seated at right) with his four finalists.
GM Eric Brosius [12h Year] NA
public.brosius@comcast.net NA

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