dinosaurs of the lost world [Updated August 2000]

   9-12    12-15         

     Club      Valley

Ken Whitesell, PA

2000 Champion

2nd: Steve Dickson, CA

3rd: John Poniske, CA

4th: James Cleland, PA

5th: Abby Cocke, MD

6th: Seth Kirchner, KY
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    None      -
1994    None      -
1995    None      -
1996    Christina Hancock      22
1997    John Poniske Jr      20
1998    John Poniske Jr      16
1999    Steve Dickson     20
2000    Ken Whitesell     27
AREA Ratings
 1    John Poniske      1535
 2    Micah Rabin      1495
 3    Bradley Garman      1495
 4    Scott Garman      1495
 5    Michael Pantaleano      1495
 6    Steve Dickson      1495
 7    Evan Hitchings      1495
 8    Robert Navolis      1495
 9    None      -
10    None      -

View from the Top of the Plateau

Ken Whitesell subbed for GM Carl Olson who had to leave early and took his pay in wood.

After getting bounced out of the Football Strategy tournament Thursday evening, I decided to hop into the Dinosaurs of the Lost World tournament starting next door. I was pleased to see that there would be 16 people playing in that heat - four full tables. It had been a while since I've played this, so I was relearning the game as I went along. I got the necessary 25 VPs,
but couldn't find an escape item and could only watch as James Cleland won our game. The other winners in the first heat were Seth Kirchner, Scott Cornett and Abby Cocke.

Saturday morning at 9:00 AM saw another 13 people entering the plateau giving us three 3-player games and a 4-player game. The 3-player games finished relatively quickly, with defending champion Steve Dickson, two-time champion John Poniske, and Robert Navolis all earning their way into the semi-finals. Meanwhile, at the 4-player game table, we had reached a virtual impasse. Two of us were racking up the victory points, but were unable to find escape items. The other two players lacked the VPs but had found what they needed to escape. Finally, after over two and a half hours of play, the game was adjudicated and I was declared the winner, having gathered 32 VPs during play.

We had a short break, and then started the semi-finals. Seth, Scott, John and Steve were at the first table; James, Abby, Robert and I were at the other. The top two from each table were going to advance to the finals, second place being strictly determined by victory points.

Looking around at the competition, there was one obvious difference between the others and myself. The other seven semi-finalists were 'graduates' of the Jr version of this tournament. It appeared to me that I was older than any other two semi-finalists combined. A quick survey of ages revealed that to be true. It didn't take long for someone to dub me the 'old-fogey'. I had to quickly try to convince myself that "age and experience will win out over youth and exuberance". That belief was quickly put to the test as I found myself in the most vicious game I've ever played. Everyone was fair game, and after multiple dinosaur attacks all around the table, Rob was down six items (porters), getting absolutely creamed in chases. However, Abby was the first to run out of ammo, having had to fight just about everything on the board. I tried to keep a low profile, and relied upon my ability to roll 6s on demand to skate through to a win. James had to settle for second with an impressive 38 VPs but no escape items.

About an hour into the game, someone at our table asked John (at the other table) how he was doing. His reply of "I'll win in two or three more turns" turned out to be overly optimistic as they played significantly longer than that. He still eventually won his game, with Steve also collecting 38 VPs to finish second - and earning a spot in the finals.

The finals started much the same way as the semi-finals. Instead of searching for dinosaurs on a plateau, I felt like I was swimming though the Great Barrier Reef fending off sharks. John, Steve and I were quickly collecting VPs, while James couldn't seem to complete an adventure. I was the first to make an escape attempt. I needed to complete the Pinnacle
Adventure, gathering all possible VPs to reach 25 and a victory. My attempt fell two VPs short. John, who couldn't find an escape item, finally got one from event card #21. There he made his only mistake. On his way to the Pinnacle, I ambushed him and took the event card away from him. But rather than risking the Pinnacle Adventure again, where VPs can be lost, I made my way over to the Indian Caves to try to escape there. A couple of good cards and one extremely crucial die roll later and I had won!

Finally, after ten years and participation in probably 35 - 40 tournaments, I have wood!

As an addendum, those semi-final and finals were about the two most enjoyable games I played all weekend. The competition was fierce and there was no mercy given to the 'old-fogey'. But more importantly, excellent sportsmanship was displayed by all. These regulars in the DLW crowd is a group I would game with anytime, anyplace. They play hard, they play fair, and they have fun! If they represent the future of our hobby, it is in good hands. Now, where did I put that Geritol?

 GM      Carl Olson  [1st Year]  NA
    NA   NA

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