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settlers of catan

Updated Dec. 1, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Ryan Romanik, MI

2015 Champion

Event History

1999 Brad Johnson 94
2000 David Platnick 175
2001 Craig O'Brien 93
2002 David Buchholz 102
2003 Charlie Faella 131
2004 Aran Warszawski 110
2005 Rob Effinger 100
2006 Roy Gibson 102
2007 Tom Stokes 132
2008 Matt Tolman 113
2009 Rick Dutton 113
2010 Robert Kircher 112
2011 Andrew Arconti 138
2012 Jeremy Osteen 116
2013 Julie Ehlers 123
2014 Joe Burch 124
2015 Ryan Romanik 94

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2003 Brian Reynolds 29
2004 William Duke 30
2005 Legend Dan Hoffman 37
2006 Donna Dearborn 54
2007 Brian Reynolds 45
2008 Tom Dunning 56
2009 Brian Reynolds 55
2010 Rebecca Hebner 43
2011 Brian Reynolds 55
2012 Robert Kircher 43

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Kircher        RI    12    126
  2.  Brian Reynolds     MD    12    125
  3.  Rick Dutton        MD    09    114
  4.  John Min           NJ    14    108
  5.  Charlie Faella     RI    09     96
  6.  Tom Dunning        NY    09     87
  7.  Jeremy Osteen      MD    12     84
  8.  Matt Tolman        UT    09     84
  9.  Natasha Metzger    NY    13     72
 10.  Andrew Arconti     MD    11     66
 11.  Roy Gibson         MD    06     66
 12.  Joe Burch          MD    14     60
 13.  Julie Ehlers       NJ    13     60
 14.  Tom Stokes         NJ    07     60
 15.  Rob Effinger       on    05     60
 16.  Aran Warszawski    il    04     60
 17.  David Buchholz     MI    02     60
 18.  Craig O'Brien      VA    01     60
 19.  David Platnick     VA    00     60
 20.  Christian Moffa    NJ    03     54
 21.  Kathy Stroh        PA    01     54
 22.  Joe Jaskiewicz     MD    06     51
 23.  Ryan Romanik       MI    15     50
 24.  Virginia Colin     VA    12     42
 25.  Tom Saal           MI    10     42
 26.  Rodney Davidson    AZ    04     42
 27.  William Duke       MD    12     39
 28.  Cheryl Mallon      MD    07     37
 29.  Chad Martin        PA    12     36
 30.  Ron Secunda        MD    10     36
 31.  Ken Nied           KS    06     36
 32.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     36
 33.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    04     36
 34.  George Brace       MA    03     36
 35.  Brian Conlon       OK    00     36
 36.  Rebecca Hebner     DC    11     36
 37.  Haim Hochboim      il    15     33
 38.  Robert St. Pierre  PA    15     30
 39.  Josh Githens       SC    07     30
 40.  Donna Dearborn     MD    06     30
 41.  Brad Johnson       IL    99     30
 42.  Carolyn Strock     PA    15     26
 43.  Phil Reese         MD    14     24
 44.  Kolbe DiGiulio     PA    12     24
 45.  Harald Henning     CT    08     24
 46.  Jon Izer           MD    07     24
 47.  Jeff Bowers        UT    05     24
 48.  Alan Sudy          VA    02     24
 49.  Kim Foster         TX    00     24
 50.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    05     20
 51.  Eli Zlotowski      CA    14     18
 52.  Doug Faust         NY    13     18
 53.  Tom Strock         PA    13     18
 54.  Cary Morris        NC    12     18
 55.  Helen Powell       MD    11     18
 56.  Allyson Field      SC    11     18
 57.  Randy Buehler      WA    10     18
 58.  Bill Zurn          CA    10     18
 59.  Daniel Ottey       PA    09     18
 60.  Shivendra Chopra   MD    09     18
 61.  William Lawhorn    VA    09     18
 62.  Bob Wicks, Jr      CT    08     18
 63.  Mikkel Christensen dk    08     18
 64.  Pierre LeBoeuf     MD    07     18
 65.  Jed Shambeda       PA    06     18
 66.  Mike Musko         FL    03     18
 67.  Marvin Pinkert     MD    02     18
 68.  Chuck Krueger      MA    01     18
 69.  Ike Porter         MD    99     18
 70.  William Austin     VA    14     12
 71.  Leigh Eirich       MD    10     12
 72.  Doug Galullo       MD    10     12
 73.  Peter Eirich       MD    10     12
 74.  Andrew Roosen      MD    09     12
 75.  Mike Brazinski     MD    08     12
 76.  Sue Lanham         MD    08     12
 77.  Bob Runnicles      FL    06     12
 78.  Mike Richey        VA    05     12
 79.  Thomas Browne      PA    04     12
 80.  David Burkey       PA    04     12
 81.  Charlie Hickok     PA    03     12
 82.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     12
 83.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     12
 84.  Jenn Thomas        NY    02     12
 85.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    01     12
 86.  Chuck Smith        PA    99     12
 87.  Mark Kennel        DE    15     10
 88.  Henry Dove         MD    12      9
 89.  Donna Davis        PA    12      9
 90.  Bill Murdock       NY    08      9
 91.  Tom McCorry        VA    03      9
 92.  Carl Damcke        IL    99      9
 93.  Eric Freeman       PA    07      8
 94.  John Gitzen II     NY    14      6
 95.  Matt Reese         MD    12      6
 96.  Jeff Adams         NJ    11      6
 97.  John Weber         MD    09      6
 98.  Nick Henning       CT    08      6
 99.  Jonathan Yonce     VA    07      6
100.  Michael Shea       CT    07      6
101.  Phil Rennert       MD    06      6
102.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
103.  Katherine McCorry  VA    03      6
104.  Steve Maurer       PA    15      5
105.  Larry Loiacano     PA    07      4
106.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05      4
107.  Steve Shambeda     PA    09      3
108.  Sandy Scanlon      MD    08      3
109.  Joshua Cooper      MD    03      3
110.  Jamie Tang         MD    99      3
111.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 0

Robert St. Pierre, PA
2nd

Carolyn Strock, PA
3rd

Haim Hochboim, il
4th

Mark Kennel, DE
5th

Steve Maurer, PA
6th

Past Winners

Brad Johnson, IL
1999

David Platnick, VA
2000

Craig O'Brien, VA
2001

David Buchholz, MI
2002

Charlie Faella, RI
2003

Aram Warszawski, Israel
2004

Rob Effinger, on
2005

Roy Gibson, MD
2006

Tom Stokes, NJ
2007

Matt Tolman, UT
2008

Rick Dutton, MD
2009

Robert Kircher, RI
2010

Andrew Arconti, MD
2011

Jeremy Osteen, MD
2012

Julie Ehlers, NJ
2013

Joe Burch, MD
2014

Ryan Romanik. MI
2015

Israeli Haim Hochboim and Pierre LeBoeuf play on a deluxe inlaid board.

Natasha Metzger, twice a runnerup in this event, Winton LeMoine and Eric Wrobel

Don Tatum and Norwegian Haakom Monsen

The finalists reach the fifth round.

Four out of Five Wins the Day ...

The tournament got off to a fast start as the first game finished just a half hour past the opening bell. I want to thank everyone for their quick pace of play as I did not have to adjudicate any games due to time and only a couple came close. Putting the time limit warning on the scoresheet this time may have helped.

Robert St. Pierre entered the semifinals on a winning streak, having won all three of his preliminary games. Everyone with two wins also advanced along with one person with a win and two runner-up finishes to complete Round of 16. Robert won his semifinal game 10-7-6-6 to advance to the Final unbeaten in four games. Joining him was Haim Hochboim (10-7-5-5), Ryan Romanik (10-8-6-5), and Carolyn Strock in the closest semi at 10-8-7-6.

The Final presented a board with ore on 6 and 8, wheat on 6 and sheep on 8. The players were very careful in placing their initial settlements, taking about 20 minutes to do so. Haim placed first and had a good selection for roads and settlements. Robert placed second and concentrated on sheep and ports.  Carolyn got both good ore hexes and Ryan used the double placement to place on ore and wheat. Two turns later, three settlements and a development card had been purchased. Wheat was plentiful early, but became a favorite target of the robber thereafter.

Ryan and Carolyn were the first to upgrade to cities, but Haim built his fourth and fifth settlements soon after. Robert built his first new settlement while Carolyn was collecting development cards and Ryan built a couple more settlements to reveal six points. Robert upgraded to a city and built a settlement to reach five points. Carolyn’s card purchases paid off by gaining the largest army and had seven points revealed while Haim gained the longest road as expected.

Haim bought cards looking for the victory points to win. Robert upgraded to a city and built a settlement to reach seven points, while Ryan upgraded to reach seven as well. Carolyn played enough knights to keep largest army and builds again to stay ahead of them. All 25 development cards were bought.

Ryan rolled a 6 to gain four wheat and along with his monopoly on ore is able to upgrade to a city and reveal two victory point cards for the win. Robert and Carolyn have nine points and Haim eight at the end in a very competitive title game.

It took three rounds
to determine this year's title.

The four finalists battle for the win.

 

Settlers Junior

Tim Mossman repeated his customary role as the Pied Piper of Catan, once again luring 39 little settlers to that magical island. This year’s event was the first Settlers Junior tournament to span three rounds, featuring ten opening round games, four semifinal games, and a Final. Once there, defending champ Holiday Saccenti survived an opening round scare to fend off 38 other aspiring civilization developers and repeat as the WBC Settlers of Catan Junior champion.  The victory keeps the tournament title in the Saccenti family for the fourth year in a row (Antony ‘12, Donte ‘13), which has enabled the GM to spell ‘Saccenti’ without looking it up anymore.  [The last non-Saccenti champion at the event was Adina Weiss in 2011.]

The four-player Final featured Sarah Morgan, Sabine Buccheri, Casey Moquin, and Holiday Saccenti. Saccenti was the only returning finalist from the 2014, six-player Final.

The board setup generally offered good numbers for each resource type, with the exception of wood. The wood hexes had some less probable numbers, which made it an exceptionally desirable commodity in the early game.

Morgan, Moquin and Saccenti made the first big moves at the quick-paced, eerily quiet table. Morgan purchased the first development card and was the first player to lay claim to the longest road card.  Moquin pushed hard to build to the board—constructing the first new settlement and being the first player to upgrade a settlement to a city. Saccenti placed some roads early, rapidly put up a new settlement, and claimed the largest army.  Buccheri’s resources were coming out slowly early in the game, resulting in her being the last player to put a new settlement on the board.

At mid-game, Morgan’s resource supply lines began to run dry, while Buccheri’s started to pick up steam, which enabled her to rally and build another settlement and upgrade a settlement to a city.  Moquin kept pressure on the other players with a lot of points on the board, including a couple of cities and three settlements.  However, with Morgan’s resource constraints stalling her efforts to build more roads, Saccenti was able to overtake her in road construction and earn the longest road card.  Buccheri made a late run for longest road, but got cut off before she could surpass Saccenti’s length.

In the end, it was Holiday Saccenti who reached 10 points first (longest road - nine segments, largest army—three soldiers, and six points of buildings—all cities).  Casey Moquin’s strong board position placed her in second with seven points.  Sabine Buccheri (6) rallied from a slow start to finish third.  Sarah Morgan (5) finished fourth after losing the longest road.  Both Buccheri and Morgan finished with eight consecutive road segments, just short of Saccenti’s nine.

1st: Holiday Saccenti, age 12
2nd: Casey Moquin, age 10
3rd: Sabine Buccheri, age 10
4th: Sarah Morgen, age 12
5th: Luke Morris, age 12
6th: David Spencer, age 9

GM Rich Shipley [2nd Year] NA
Rich@RTGames.com NA

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