puerto rico  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

R. Philibert-Larivee, qc

2014 Champion

 

 

Event History
2002    Arthur Field    152
2003    Nicholas Anner    217
2004    Barbara Flaxington    176
2005     Bill Murdock    164
2006     Chris Moffa    136
2007    Raphael Lehrer    157
2008    Nick Page    164
2009     Steve Pleva    151
2010    Luke Koleszar    150
2011    David Platnick     140
2012    David Platnick    159
2013    Hnery Dove    133
2014    R. Philibert-Larivee    158

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2003    Lyman Moquin    57
2004    Arthur Field    44
2005    John Kerr    42
2006     Arthur Field    37
2007    Sam Atabaki    44
2008    Michael Brazinski    43
2009    Richard Shay    39
2010    Barbara Flaxington    44
2011    Ben Scholl    58
2012    Richard Shay    51

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Platnick     NY    14    240
  2.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    10    173
  3.  Christian Moffa    NJ    13    112
  4.  John Weber         MD    11    100
  5.  Arthur Field       SC    06     96
  6.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    12     70
  7.  Luke Koleszar      VA    10     66
  8.  Bill Murdock       VA    08     64
  9.  Malinda Kyrkos     NY    09     63
 10.  Richard Shay       MA    12     60
 11.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    11     60
 12.  Steve Pleva        CT    09     60
 13.  Nick Page          on    08     60
 14.  Nicholas Anner     NY    03     60
 15.  John Kerr          VA    07     54
 16.  Eric Freeman       PA    12     50
 17.  Lyman Moquin       DC    05     49
 18.  Keith Walsh        NY    11     48
 19.  Alex Bove          PA    11     48
 20.  Sam Atabaki        CA    08     48
 21.  RPhilibert-Larivee qc    14     40
 22.  Henry Dove         MD    13     40
 23.  Greg Thatcher      CA    10     36
 24.  Jeremy Osteen      MD    09     36
 25.  Matt Peterson      MN    08     36
 26.  Gary Carr          VA    03     36
 27.  Ben Scholl         PA    12     35
 28.  Edward Fear        NY    11     30
 29.  Aran Warszawski    is    10     30
 30.  Michael Brazinski  MD    08     30
 31.  Andrew Greene      VA    05     30
 32.  Lexi Shea          CT    10     27
 33.  Marcy Morelli      PA    14     26
 34.  Davyd Field        SC    07     26
 35.  MathieuLague-Gomez qc    14     24
 36.  Doug Galullo       MD    12     24
 37.  Rob Barnes         WV    10     24
 38.  Jonathan Tivel     VA    04     24
 39.  Phil Rennert       MD    03     24
 40.  James Robertson    MD    05     22
 41.  Kenneth Horan      PA    11     19
 42.  Geoffrey Pounder   on    09     18
 43.  Aaron Buchanan     VA    04     18
 44.  Lucimara Martins   br    03     18
 45.  Eric Monte         NY    13     16
 46.  Barry Barnes       WV    12     15
 47.  Jason Ley          WA    11     15
 48.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    07     15
 49.  Eric Kleist        MD    14     12
 50.  Paul Klayder       KS    13     12
 51.  Chris Terrell      VA    09     12
 52.  Haim Hochboim      is    09     12
 53.  Andrew Gerb        MD    06     12
 54.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03     12
 55.  Laura DeWalt       MD    12      9
 56.  Amy Rule           MD    11      9
 57.  Winton LeMoine     CA    06      8
 58.  Bill Salvatore     MD    03      8
 59.  Eyal Mozes         MD    12      6
 60.  Norman Rule        MD    07      6
 61.  Ted Mullally       NJ    02      6
 62.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    06      5
 63.  Etienne Evans      qc    14      4
 64.  Loc Nguyen         PA    13      4
 65.  John Adams         MD    03      4
 66.  Steve Simmons      NJ    02      4
 67.  Kyle Smith         PA    12      3
 68.  Rachel Cox         SC    02      3
 69.  John Downing       VA    07      2
 70.  Tom Browne         PA    02      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Mathieu Lague-Gomez, qc
2nd

Marcy Morelli, PA
3rd

Eric Kleist, MD
4th

Dave Platnick, VA
5th

Etienne Evans, qc
6th

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC
2002

Nicholas Anner, NY
2003

Barb Flaxington, NJ
2004

Bill Murdock, NY
2005

Chris Moffa, NJ
2006

Raphael Lehrer, MD
2007

Nick Page, on
2008

Steven Pleva, CT
2009

Luke Koleszar, VA
2010

David Platnick, VA
2011-12

Henry Dove, MD
2013

R. Philibert-Larivee, qc
2014
     

Eric Engelmann and Mathieu Lague-Gomez

June Pabst and Rob Murray

Beware the Northmen ...

Storming out of the Great White North came a posse of new players, not noob players by any means. A few folks from Canada had asked online about competitive play of Puerto Rico and I invited them to come on down to the WBC. They came and they brought their 'A' game. At least four advanced to the quarterfinal and two took the first two spots in the tournament. Not since the days when a Quebec contingent dominated the Age of Steam tournament year after year has one group made such a dominant impression. The question now is ... can they do it again?

We also saw "rule 8" used for the first time in memory. Players can abandon their new colonists, taking them out of play and perhaps speeding the end of the game by draining the colonist pool.

Rule 8: Use of all roles and privileges is always optional, with the exception of shipping during the Captain phase (which is mandatory unless using the Wharf). In the event a player declines colonists, during the Mayor Phase, such colonists are to be removed from the game and not placed back on the ship or distributed to other players.

I intend to do some research on this rule interpretation, so check the Preview rules for next year's tournament for any change.

The results below show that it was a bad year to be seat 2, even with bidding for seat position.

Finishes by seat in the heats:

 Finish

Seat 1

Seat 2

Seat 3

Seat 4

 First

13

6

18

12

Second

10

12

12

15

 Third

14

13

11

11

 Fourth

12

18

18

10

Finishes by seat in the elimination rounds:

 Finish

Seat 1

Seat 2

Seat 3

Seat 4

 First

6

0

2

2

Second

1

2

4

3

 Third

1

3

2

3

 Fourth

2

5

2

2

Game ended (if reported) because:
Colonists ran out: 20
Buildings completed: 25
Victory Points ran out: 2
Many games had both buildings complete and colonists run out by the end of the final round.

Looking at the way the winner's points were distributed, broad winning strategies were:
Shipping: 14 victories, only 1 of 10 in the elimination rounds
Building: 34 victories, including 7 in the elimination rounds
Mixed: 11 victories, including 2 in the semifinals. Mix is up to a 4 point difference between "red" number points and VP chips, not including bonus building points.

This year, building strategies dominated the games. In fact the Final game's building was powerful enough to overcome the runner-up's 28 VP for shipping.
Raphael Philbert-Larivee in Seat 1 during the Final played an austere building game with only Hacienda, Large Market and all the production buildings plus the other players couldn't stop him building both the Guild Hall on Turn 10 and the Residence on the 15th and last turn. With a chance to mayor the Residence and an early Hacienda to fill his plantations, the 17 bonus points assured the win. In Seat 3, Mathieu Lague-Gomez tried to craft (six times) and ship his way to victory (28 VP chips), but came up seven points short, plus 1.5 for his bid. Marcy Morelli was caught a few coins short for third. Eric Kleist was too far downstream of all the crafting to benefit from it and ended a distant fourth.

A transcript of the game, photos and more commentary can be found at http://www.playboardgamesbetter.com/2014/09/wbc-2014-puerto-rico-tournament/

Thanks to everyone for you support in returning Puerto Rico to the Century group.

John Pack and Eli Zlotowski

The finalists

 GM     Richard M. Shay  [2nd Year]  NA
   RShay@mac.com  NA 

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