lost cities [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

  2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Sean McCulloch, OH

2006 Champion

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Event History
2000    Daniel Broh-Kahn       48
2001    Jared Scarborough       84
2002    Daniel Karp       66
2003    Charles Blahouse       60
2004    Rebecca Hebner       60
2005    Chris Entwistle     130
2006    Sean McCulloch     125

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Jeff Mullet     21


Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Jared Scarborough   IL    04     48
  2.  Daniel Karp         MD    03     32
  3.  Chris Entwistle     MD    05     30
  4.  Daniel Broh-Kahn    MD    00     30
  5.  Sean McCulloch      OH    06     34
  6.  Laurel Stokes       NJ    04     26
  7.  Rebecca Hebner      CO    04     20
  8.  Charles Blahouse    VA    03     20
  9.  Jeff Mullet         OH    03     20
 10.  Wayne Schmittberger PA    06     18
 11.  Bert Schoose        IL    05     18
 12.  Jeff Bakulchuk      NY    02     18
 13.  Rob Kilroy          PA    02     13
 14.  David Meyaard       CT    06     12
 15.  Rick Dutton         MD    05     12
 16.  Nate Hoam           OH    04     12
 17.  Doug Galullo        FL    03     12
 18.  Laurie Wojtaszczyk  NY    03     12
 19.  Richard Sciacca     FL    02     12
 20.  Larry Kratz         ID    00     12
 21.  Paul Weintraub      MD    06      9
 22.  Brian Addison       VA    05      9
 23.  Gordon Aickin       UK    00      9
 24.  Carol Caler         PA    03      8
 25.  Joshua Cooper       MD    03      8
 26.  Joshua Garton       VA    01      8
 27.  Ivan Lawson         MD    06      6
 28.  Eric Brosius        MA    05      6
 29.  Jeff Gardner        MD    03      6
 30.  Debbie Gutermuth    TX    03      6
 31.  Jordan Ludwick      NJ    01      6
 32.  Fearghal Donnau  Ireland  00      6
 33.  Kathy Stroh         PA    03      4
 34.  Claire Brosius      CT    06      3
 35.  Jeff Power          MI    05      3
 36.  Rob Flowers         MD    02      3
 37.  Anthony Rubbo       PA    00      3
 38.  Peter Reese         VA    04      2
 39.  Paul Gaberson       PA    03      2
 40.  Eric Hymowitz       MD    01      2

2006 Laurelists

Wayne Schmittberger, PA

David Meyaard, CT

Paul Weintraub, MD

Ivan Lawson, MD

Claire Brosius, MA

Past Winners

Daniel Broh-Kahn, MD

Jared Scarborough, IL

Daniel Karp, MD

Charles Blahouse, VA

Rebecca Hebner, CO

Chris Entwistle, MD

 Wayne Schmittberger (left) of GAMES magazine shows his expertise in games goes beyond publishing by advancing to the Final of the Lost Cities tournament.

 Paul Weintraub (left) opposes Sean McCulloch in the semi-finals. Paul would lose this match and have to settle for fourth place laurels.

 Sean McCulloch (left) was the only laurelist to repeat and his experience won out over Wayne Schmittberger in the sixth and final elimination round.

expedition to wood ...

Lost Cities 2K6 generally followed the format of last year with two significant differences: Friday's heat was moved from the afternoon to the late evening against Liar's Dice, and a new MESE tiebreaker rule was in effect. You may judge if either made a difference in your tournament. The handful of attendees at the demo exploded two hours later into a 68 player jail break at the first heat—a record for a heat in the Modern Era (that would be my era). In the second heat, 25 reinforcements arrived to join 29 players returnees. The third heat on Friday night had a much lower number of new players (18) in relation to the invasion of weekend players that occurred during the afternoon heat last year. Despite the lure of Liar's Dice, 28 players did return on Friday night, of which only eight had played in both of the previous Heats. On Saturday afternoon, the last heat brought in 14 new players and a robust 34 returning players. Three of whom—Jeri Freedman, Robbie Mitchell and Kelsey Lee, played in every Heat. Wayne Schmittberger of GAMES magazine, Sam Atabaki and Rebecca Hebner won all three Heats in which they played. Of 108 games played during the Heats, the field produced one tie game, resolved by a fourth hand—same as last year. Regarding the 2006 MESE tiebreaker, three players with a loss in their first Heat, but two wins in subsequent Heats were denied a qualified advance over the eight players with one win who completed the bracket of 32, because their win had occurred in their first Heat played.

Rounds 2 through 6 commenced Sunday morning. Of the 32 qualifiers, nine answered the siren's song of the advanced rounds of other tournaments, allowing slots for four of the high alternates, four other Lost Cities entrants who had braved the dawn to be counted, and—what do you know—the GM, to fill out the bracket. (Yesss, I had a 1st Heat that I played in, win, so back off!!) Beginning the semi-finals, the final four—David Meyaard, Wayne Schmittberger, Sean McCulloch and Paul Weintraub, voted unanimously to have a Consolation Round to determine the third place finisher, because, this year, Lost Cities awarded three plaques. Wayne and Sean played in the Final, while Paul and David vied for third. The two games were noteworthy for striking similarities beyond being simultaneous. No expeditions scored the bonus. The individual hand scores were: David 17-46-78 vs. Paul 63-12-9, and Sean 19-40-54 vs. Wayne 56-12-(-15). In the second hand of both games, EACH player successfully completed a Red expedition with investment cards!! The eventual winners, Sean and David, trailed as they began the third hand by -9 and -12 respectively. In the last hand of the Final, both players started Green expeditions with Wayne garnering a straight score of 10 points while Sean played all three handshakes and earned only six more points for his effort. Wayne's Waterloo was his three handshake commitment to Red. He had started the last hand with three Red cards, received a fourth early on from Sean, but did not draw another Red for the remainder of the hand, while Sean proceeded to score in Red as well as Yellow, Blue and White. David prevailed over Paul for third place.

Once again, my thanks to all who played, and who expressed their enjoyment of the experience, win or lose. I am grateful to Kaarin Englemann and Keith Levy, who regularly loaned extra copies of the game from the WBC Youth Division, as we had more players than games in several heats. Other players also helped in this endeavor with their games. Remember, next year, replace one pair of socks in the suitcase with the game cards in a Ziploc bag—you don't have to bring the box. Results have been sent to AREA. Farewell until WBC 2007.

 The always jovial and helpful Keith Levy instructs some new Explorers.

 GM Levy stands out in a crowd with his festive purple hat as the pied piper of WBC.

 Lost Cities Junior

12 little explorers contested the Juniors version led by Ben gardner who made off with the wood. He was followed closely by his sister April whom he beat in the Final - thus earning him sibling bragging rights for a whole year. Apparently they play a little Lost Cities in the Gardner household.

 GM      Ivan Lawson [2nd Year]   NA
    NA   NA

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