mystery of the abbey [Updated October 2007]  

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Jordan Halberstadt, IN

2007 Champion

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Event History
2003    David Wenstrup     98
2004    David Burkey     31
2005    Lisa Gutermuth     27
2006     Chuck Halberstadt     31
2007    Jordan Halberstadt     42


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Wenstrup     SC    03     30
  2.  Jordan Halberstadt IN    07     22
  3.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    04     22
  4.  Chuck Halberstadt  IN    06     20
  5.  Alexandra Henning  CT    06     20
  6.  David Burkey       PA    04     20
  7.  Brandon Bernard    PA    06     18
  8.  Eyal Mozes         NY    03     18
  9.  Karl Henning       CT    07     12
 10.  Natalie Beach      MD    06     12
 11.  James Allaire      CT    05     12
 12.  Ted Drozd          IL    03     12
 13.  Brian Schott       MD    03      9
 14.  Angela Collinson   MD    07      8
 15.  Ellen Hoam         OH    06      8
 16.  James Kendrick     UK    04      8
 17.  Scott Petersen     MN    07      6
 18.  John Kratz         ID    04      6
 19.  Gadoon Kyrollus    NJ    07      4
 20.  Verity Hitchings   DE    06      4
 21.  Kathy Hitchings    DE    05      4
 22.  Andrew Bremer      NE    04      4
 23.  Gary Noe           FL    03      3
 24.  Marcy Morelli      PA    07      2
 25.  Lauren Vessey      VA    05      2

2007 Laurelists

Karl Henning, CT

Angela Collinson, MD

Scott Petersen, MN

Gadoon Kyrollus, NJ

Marcy Morelli, PA

Past Winners

David Wenstrup, SC

David Burkey, PA

Lisa Gutermuth, TX

Chuck Halberstadt, IN


 There's no truth to the rumor that GM Hoam is being investigated by the Ohio Child Labor Commission but her brood sure was effective in advertising her event. Getting in character is a great way to keep them quiet, mom!

 The chances of being outnumbered 5:1 by the fair sex at a gaming convention are slim, but that fate befell this fellow in the first round. Exactly half of the players in the event were ladies.

a better whodunit ...

This year's convocation of monks was anything but solemn and silent. Perhaps it was the sight of the pint-sized Franciscans earlier in the week, or the ubiquitous warnings of "Never trust a fat Franciscan!" Whatever the draw, there was a rowdy bunch of mystery-minded monks on the prowl in the Lancaster room. There were, of course, many tenured residents of the abbey, but novices were aplenty. Although Abbot Ken placed a moratorium on the singing at last year's investigations, Abbess Ellen declared "Sing your hearts out" and the chase was afoot.

Novice Marcy deserves the notice of the Abbess for the swiftest victory. After only two revelations had been made, Marcy made her accusation in the third Mass! With that gutsy and intuitive move, she was on her way to the final round (with a LONG period of silent meditation while she waited for the rest of the monks).

Sister Verity was a trooper in fact-finding. She honored her table with three revelations -- the most revelations made by one person. Otherwise, this convocation was fairly wary of revealing too much information. Several games had revelations only when forced by a card! All of this secret-keeping led many monks to make accusations on intuition. a move that, unfortunately, sent them on their way to penance.

One group of investigators discovered such gruesome things as a second body under the bridge, and (gasp!) a repopulated Parlatorium. Though this unfortunate oversight by the Abbess led to a more lengthy investigation, the monks soldiered on with good humor. Indeed, they were rather willing to share information, with five revelations in all. Once all had seen the body under the bridge and re-questioned the witnesses in the Parlatorium, a solid accusation was made and the monks were free to take their well-deserved rest.

Last year's winner, Brother Chuck, deserves the special recognition of the Abbess for his assistance in the longest running investigation. Brother Chuck led a pack of novices through the mechanics of the investigation with patience and humility. The investigation itself ran far longer than any other, with the greatest stinginess of information. Brother Chuck himself said that he never makes revelations, and true to their mentor, neither did the novices. The forced revelations at the end of the investigation came as both a disappointment and a relief (since an end was now in sight). The accusation followed swiftly and Novice Owen proved out the teaching of his mentor.

At last the final investigation was underway. From novice to father, Benedictine to Templar -- everyone was suspect. Visits to the crypt occurred early in the investigation to assure each monk an extra move. The investigating monks were fairly tight-lipped about their discoveries. Many of the monks felt that Brother Jordan had more than his fair share of information -- the poor monk's room was ransacked an uncommon number of times! Nevertheless, only Brother Karl was kind enough to make a revelation to his colleagues.

Things really started to move in Prime, when five Benedictines were able to prove their innocence. Soon after, Novice Owen entered the Scriptorium, where he made some startling discoveries. There he caused such an uproar that everyone was scattered throughout the abbey on a wild goose chase, only to be called immediately to mass where they sang a rousing round of Are You Sleeping (in such harmonious tones as to garner great applause). Apparently, the Abbess felt that the investigations were getting a little out of hand and called in the Inquisition. The heretofor secretive monks were finally forced to give up their precious bits of information to the prying eyes of the Inquisitors, resulting in five accurate revelations. This certainly sobered the investigators into serious action. Brother Jordan made the final accusation: Novice Phillipe. Yes, he is fat. but he's not a Franciscan. So I guess you can trust 'em for one more year.

Thanks to all the monks who answered the call for investigators. Let's hope Brother Adelmo dies again next year!

 GM      Ellen Hoam  [1st Year]   NA   NA

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