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
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 www.catanbox.com for further info on these
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
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