dinosaurs of the lost world [Updated August 2001]

DLW  3 prizes Experienced Single Elim Continuous 
  10  Round 2  13  Round 3 16 Final


Lauren Vessey, VA

2001 Champion

2nd: Steve Dickson, CA

3rd: David Brooks, TN

4th: John Poniske, PA

5th: Robert Navolis, OH

6th: Katherine Hitchings, DE
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
2001    Lauren Vessey     17

AREA Ratings:

GM: Tim Hitchings

Lions, Tigers and Dinosaurs ... oh my

Seventeen explorers, some with more courage than wisdom, embarked onto the lost world plateau in search of adventure. Players were assembled into five groups to compete in a qualifying round, from which eight players advanced to two semifinal matches.

Justin Broessel earned the distinction of finding the most escape items (3) without enough victory points to win (only 14). Perhaps he should have auctioned off escape items to the highest bidder.

Returning champion Ken Whitestall and Lauren Vessey found no escape items despite amassing 27 and 28 victory points respectively (much more about Lauren later).

The five game winners, David Brooks, Abby Cocke, Rob Novolis, John Poniske, and Steve Dickson, were joined by runners up Katherine Hitchings, Tim Hitchings, and Lauren Vessey to qualify for the semifinals.

The semifinals saw the introduction of six new adventures, designed by the gamemaster: "Sticky Thicket", "Marsh", "Mountain", "Cavern", "Hidden River", and "Velociraptor Valley". The GM's lack of artistic talent was ably compensated for by the drawings of Abby Cocke, John Poniske and Lauren Vessey.

The velociraptor's ferociousness was obscured by the less than fearsome miniature hen, bunny, and penguin representing her on the boards. The popular favorite new adventure was the Sticky Thicket, if only because of its name. The only player to brave the Hidden River was promptly thrown out by a surprisingly hostile apatasaurus.

In her semifinal match, Lauren Vessey thrice failed to escape via the Pinnacle Adventure, allowing John Poniske the win.

Although he ultimately missed the finals, Rob Novolis amassed more victory points after losing more of his tools than he had when he was fully equipped. So much for strategy!

The final match was a marathon slugfest in which Lauren Vessey outlasted Steve Dickson, David Brooks, and John Poniske to escape the plateau with 33 victory points at the end of the Indian Caves Adventure.

The GM invites the player who left an adventure chart in the game room back next year to claim it.

DINOSAURS OF THE LOST WORLD JR. drew only nine pint size adventurers to the lost plateau but fun was had by all nonetheless. The survivors of the final board were:

1st. Erika Kirchner

2nd. Joseph Hein

3rd. Alex Henning

4th. Chrissy Frattali

 GM      Tim Hitchings  [1st Year]  NA
    NA   NA

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