the Rails ...
Jenn Heron, Yoni Weiss, Henry Allen
and Eric Raymond
Perrianne Lurie, Jamie Tang and Kyle
So many tickets, so little time!
Ticket to Ride carried over 200 passengers for the
fifth straight year, with a whopping 128 in the first heat. The
crowds dropped to 103 for the second heat and a mere 76 passengers
rode the smaller train in the Heritage room for the third heat.
The amazing Bryan Berkenstock was our only triple winner. Bryan
has had multiple wins for a number of years and is a "regular
passenger" on the WBC Ticket to Ride train. Six double
winners also enjoyed the preliminaries. The highest single game
score was Jennifer Horan's massive 190. She made nine tickets
and got the most tickets bonus in 1910. Her whole table
got high scores: Judy Wobbeking - 135, Cliff Ackman -130, and
127 for Jim Fry.
Entering more than 100 people for a heat has always been an
organizational challenge. We want to give people the choice to
play various versions and still get as many tables as possible
quickly seated and playing. After the first heat I discussed
the process with my husband, Eric, and we decided on a way to
group the players based on the version they preferred to play,
simplifying the seat assignment process and eliminating confusion.
One of my two regular assistant conductors, Nikki Bradford, was
unable to attend due to a family emergency, but Sarah Beach was
a rock steady Conductor. We also had a lot of help from regular
players, Curt Collins, Jennifer Horan, Deb Yaure and others.
During the semifinals we had two winners complete the most
tickets the tournament has seen to date, Steve Shambeda with
13 and Vien Bounma with 11.
The four players in the Final were all new to this exciting
situation. Rich Meyer, Vien Bounma, Steve Shambeda and Henry
Allen all had different strategies. The northeast got built up
amazingly fast, but the main standout was the fistful of cards
that Henry took. At one point almost half the deck was in his
hand. Henry made his three initial tickets and then promptly
built four six-train sections to take the win at 144 points.
Even with the biggest heat ever, the Ticket to Ride
train ran smoothly and on schedule. Get on board in 2013!
Henry Allen flexes his kingsize hand.
GM Claire Brosius and her finalists.
Ticket To Ride Junior
40 pint-sized travellers contested GM Matthew Beach's Juniors
tournament with six new little laurelists emerging. Top honors
1st: Donte Saccenti (11)
2nd: Brett Fox (12)
3rd: Mandy Mossman (11)
4th: Aidan Powers (9)
5th: Caitlyn Rau (12)
6th: Adam Wojtaszczyk (11)