settlers of catan [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report     

 2006 Status: pending 2006 GM commitment

Rob Effinger, ON

2005 Champion

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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

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Brian Reynolds       29
2004    William Duke       30


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Effinger       ON    05     60
  2.  Aram Warszawski  Israel  04     60
  3.  Charlie Faella     RI    03     60
  4.  David Buchholz     MI    02     60
  5.  Craig O'Brien      VA    01     60
  6.  David Platnick     VA    00     60
  7.  Christian Moffa    NJ    03     54
  8.  Kathy Stroh        PA    01     54
  9.  Rob Davidson       MD    04     42
 10.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     36
 11.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    04     36
 12.  William Duke       MD    04     36
 13.  George Brach       MA    03     36
 14.  Brian Conlon       OK    00     36
 15.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03     30
 16.  Joe Jaskiewicz     MD    01     30
 17.  Brad Johnson       IL    99     30
 18.  Cheryl Merica      MD    05     27
 19.  Jeff Bowers        UT    05     24
 20.  Tom Saal           MI    03     24
 21.  Alan Sudy          VA    02     24
 22.  Kim Foster         TX    00     24
 23.  Haim Hochboim    Israel  04     18
 24.  Mike Musko         FL    03     18
 25.  Marvin Pinkert     MD    02     18
 26.  Chuck Krueger      MA    01     18
 27.  Ike Porter         MD    99     18
 28.  Mike Richey        VA    05     12
 29.  Thomas Browne      PA    04     12
 30.  David Burkey       PA    04     12
 31.  Charie Hickok      PA    03     12
 32.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     12
 33.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     12
 34.  Jenn Thomas        NY    02     12
 35.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    01     12
 36.  Josh Githens       SC    00     12
 37.  Chuck Smith        PA    99     12
 38.  Tom McCorry        VA    03      9
 39.  Carl Damcke        IL    99      9
 40.  Virginia Colin     VA    05      6
 41.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 42.  Pierre LeBoeuf     MD    04      6
 43.  Katherine McCorry  VA    03      6
 44.  Roy Gibson         MD    99      6
 45.  Tom Dunning        NY    04      3
 46.  Joshua Cooper      MD    03      3
 47.  Jamie Tang         MD    99      3

2005 Laurelists

Jim Fishkin, FL

Jeff Bowers, UT

Cheryl Merica, MD

Mike Richey, VA

Virginia Colin, VA

Past Winners

Brad Johnson, IL

David Platnick, VA

Craig O'Brien, VA

David Buchholz, MI

Charlie Faella, RI

Aram Warszawski, Israel

Spiel das Jahre 1995 ...

The fourth anniversary of the current Siedler von Catan format saw 100 settlers join us for the annual fest. Once again, we had quite a number of day badges arrive to specifically attend our event. Despite the new location and number of entrants, we got down to building layouts and shaking dice by 9.15 am.

The ongoing format, borrowed from Kosmos, has players settling for a minimum of three games. Tournament points are earned based on placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. The 16 highest scoring settlers advance to the semifinals. Our three-year streak of not adjudicating ended this year with a game called due to time. With 90 minutes allotted to each game, time does not appear to be an issue with nearly 400 games completed successfully. For those unable to commit the time to play three qualifying games, we continue to accept drop-ins and drop-outs. My thanks to those who notified me prior to dropping. It makes the subsequent tables much easier to sit.

Normally, it is relatively easy to determine the "Sweet 16" advancers. This year, we had to resort to the third level of tie-breaking procedures.

A husband and wife were among the "day trippers" this year. I'm sure it was a worthwhile trip as Mike Richey and Virginia Colin placed 5th and 6th respectively. Honorable mention goes to Rich Meyer for just missing out on the rare 6th place wood by a scant 0.07%.

An additional award of "wood" was given this year. A pair of boxes from Catan Box was provided by your friendly GM staff, in case wood from plaques wasn't enough. A game box for the board game (designed to hold the basic game, Sea Farer's and Cities & Knights) was awarded to 1st place. Placing second got you a box to hold the two-player card game as well as all six expansions. See for further info on these items.

In a game full of dice rolls, the Final match went a full five times around the table before the first 7 was rolled. Plenty of resources and trading occurred in the critical early stages of play. Cheryl Merica was involved in very little of the initial trading as she seemed to obtain exactly what she needed from the dice. A very good strategy! Another, equally "good" strategy was Jim Fishkin relying on his "boxcars" strategy. The 12 spot paid off well for Jim. Right up until the first "7" was rolled and took away the fruits of that labor.

Despite this being the Final, the game was a very friendly one. Lots of banter and laughing, mostly about who was or wasn't in the lead. Rob Effinger spent much of the game seemingly in last place, but in a powerful pair of turns jumped ahead with the largest Knight card and a hidden point card to take the game with 10 points. Congratulations to Rob for a hard fought victory and to Jim Fishkin, Jeff Bowers and Cheryl Merica for a well contested Final.

 22 little Settlers contested the WBC Settlers of Catan Juniors title. The best of these proved to be:

1st: Nathanael Coffey

2nd: Thomas Coffey

3rd: Megan McCorry

4th: Phillip Entwistle

5th: Carolyn Strock

6th: Joshua Weintraub

 GM      Jeff Paull  [4th Year]   NA    NA

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