princes of florence  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Lyman Moquin, DC

2014 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

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

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Robert Crnnshaw, RI
2nd

Keith Dent, KY
3rd

Eric Freeman, PA
4th

Edward Fear, OH
5th

Randy Buehler. WA
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
     

Legend Dan Hoffman, Barrett Straub, Dominic Blais and Craig Fox go shopping.

The big Kahuna, sporting his new Mafia shirt, plots how to ruin Scott Fenn's day.

Deniz Bucak studies his options.

GM Eric Brosius and his finalists

Switching to Plan B ...

In last year's report, I mentioned the emergence of the Builder strategy, which focuses on building buildings rather than putting on works. Players pursuing this strategy won the 2012 and 2013 tournaments, and we arrived this year wondering what the next step would be. But for some reason there was less of a focus on it in 2014, though it did raise Builder prices in most games.

In Heat 1 we had exactly 30 players not counting the GM, so we played six 5-player games (I believe 5-player is the best vesrion.) One game ended in a tie, as Alex Bove and Jean-Francois Gagne both had 58 PP, but Alex had a few florins left over to take first place. At the other end of the spectrum, Greg Thatcher scored 71 PP, a full 14 PP ahead of the runner-up.

Heat 2 featured close games and blowouts too. Bruce DuBoff scored 54, just one PP more than both Greg Crowe and Scott Fenn at 53. Pete Staab played five Bonus Cards in Round 7 of his game, including four on one work, but it wasn't enough to win. Barrett Straub saved a Recruiting Card for Round 7 in a 4-player game, and was last to play, but amazingly there wasn't one Profession Card on the table that did him any good, so he could not play it, and this cost him dearly. Long-time participant Lyman Moquin punched his ticket to the semis, outscoring the GM by six PP. This heat also saw Alan Elkner win by a margin of 11 PP and first-time entrant Keith Dent by a margin of 24 PP. In Keith's game, one player committed the faux pas of leaving abruptly in the middle of the game, and I was fortunate to recruit Doug Smith as a fill-in so the game could continue; Doug gave up a heat in another tournament to help me out when I desperately needed a replacement.

This year 27 players appeared for the semis, so we played five 5-player games. Thanks to the two alternates who followed through but could not play because 25 higher-ranked players elected to advance.

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 at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1220283. On average players bid 260 florins for Seat 2 and very little for the others.

Keith Dent continued his strong play, winning his semi by six PP from Seat 5 to advance. Eric Freeman bid 300 florins for Seat 2 and tied with both Randy Buehler and Greg Thatcher at 54 PP; Eric had 300 florins left to Randy's 100, while Greg was broke. This gave Randy 6th place in the event for being the closest semifinal runner-up. Edward Fear won a close game over Zachary Felix, Robert Cranshaw did likewise over Eric Brosius, and at the remaining table Lyman Moquin tied Kenneth Horan at 58 PP and won the tiebreaker, 500 florins to zero.

In the Final, Eric bid 300 florins for Seat 2 and Lyman bid 100 for Seat 1. Robert, Edward and Keith took Seats 3, 4 and 5, respectively, at no cost.

Bids were high in the Final. The first three Jesters went for $1,300, $1,400 and $1,000, the first three Recruiting Cards all went for $800, and the first three Builders went for $800, $600 and $600. Lyman bought both of those $600 Builders and gradually shifted to a Builder strategy. Unlike the players who pursued Builder strategies in 2012 and 2013, it didn't seem to me that Lyman was fully committed to his from the start; I perceived that he fell into it as items became available. It could just be that he was subtler about it so I didn't see it coming.

There was lots of competition for Best Work in this game, with Eric and Robert each scoring it three times and the others once each. But in the end, Lyman's "take what they give you" approach was a winner. The final scores were: Lyman 60, Robert 57, Keith 54, Eric 52, Edward 49.

A full detailed report of the game is posted at http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1220223

Congratulations to Lyman on his first WBC Princes of Florence title. 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  [11h Year]  NA 
    public.brosius@comcast.net   NA

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