lost cities [Updated August 2000]

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Daniel Broh-Kahn, MD

2000 Champion

2nd: Laurel Stokes, NJ

3rd: Larry Kratz, ID

4th: Gordon Aickin, UK

5th: Fearghal O'Donnchu Ireland

6th: Anthony Rubbo, PA
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Lost Cities Debut

One of the most diverse groups I have ever seen at a gaming event descended on Hunt Valley to take place in the first Lost Cities tournament. The participants included young and old, husbands and wives (or pairs of significant others), and players from around the globe, all of whom built their expeditions in the hopes of becoming the WBC's first Lost Cities champion.

For those of you who have never picked up Lost Cities before, my 48 players and I have one question: Why not? This is a wonderful two-player game from RioGrande Games and Kosmos. Players build expeditions in suits of five different colored cards, constantly making difficult choices, the hardest of which is that their opponent may benefit from their discard. Reiner Knizia created this gem, and it is perfect for all ages, couples, and just about everyone else.

During the first round, I was able to divide the participants, and also offer the first of two prizes to the player who had the highest negative score (which is not a good thing in Lost Cities): GolfMania from Fantasy Flight Games. Matt Oliviere took the honors with ­38 for the round, and proudly left the tournament with a smile and the game in hand.

After the completion of three rounds we had a dilemma. Six finalists had emerged from the pack, but with no real good formula in this two-player single elimination event for a bye. So I had them do the sensible thing. They drew lots!

At this point my personal odds-on favorite was Anthony Rubbo, who is known in the German strategy game circles for his hard work interpreting rules, as well as his superior gaming abilities. It appeared that Anthony would beat eventual champion Daniel Broh-Kahn, but he lost his lead in the last game round (each individual game is composed of three rounds) and found himself back at RioGrande's demo table with the mighty Jay Tummelson.

I was very proud when we reached the finals, and found that I had a gender-balanced Championship round. Laurel Stokes had capitalized on new life in round 1, surviving when her opponent forfeited. She rode that luck all the way to the Championship (with significant skill I must add), and found herself in the finals with Daniel Broh-Kahn, who was the last person to show up at the tournament (not even having registered yet, which he took care of quickly).

Unfortunately for Laurel, Daniel played a masterful first round and took a 51-point lead. Despite her best efforts, the gap was closed only to 27 points. I crowned Daniel the champion, and handed him the championship prize I brought, Rosenkoenig from Kosmos, which (along with Lost Cities) is part of Kosmos' wonderful series of two player games. Congratulations to Daniel Broh-Kahn and all of the participants that made this event a success!

 GM      Jay Fox  [1st Year]   NA
    megliman@aol.com   NA

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