settlers of catan [Updated November 2007]  

2007 WBC Report     

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Tom Stokes, NJ

2007 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
2006    Roy Gibson     102
2007    Tom Stokes     132

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Brian Reynolds     29
2004    William Duke     30
2005     Legend Dan Hoffman     37
2006     Donna Dearborn     54
2007     Brian Reynolds     45

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Roy Gibson         MD    06     66
  2.  Tom Stokes         NJ    07     60
  3.  Rob Effinger       ON    05     60
  4.  Aram Warszawski  Israel  04     60
  5.  Charlie Faella     RI    03     60
  6.  David Buchholz     MI    02     60
  7.  Craig O'Brien      VA    01     60
  8.  David Platnick     VA    00     60
  9.  Rick Dutton        MD    07     54
 10.  Christian Moffa    NJ    03     54
 11.  Kathy Stroh        PA    01     54
 12.  Brian Reynolds     MD    07     53
 13.  Joe Jaskiewicz     MD    06     51
 14.  Rob Davidson       MD    04     42
 15.  Cheryl Meek        MD    07     37
 16.  Ken Nied           KS    06     36
 17.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     36
 18.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    04     36
 19.  William Duke       MD    04     36
 20.  George Brach       MA    03     36
 21.  Brian Conlon       OK    00     36
 22.  Donna Dearborn     MD    06     30
 23.  Brad Johnson       IL    99     30
 24.  Jon Izer           MD    07     24
 25.  Jed Shambeda       PA    06     24
 26.  Virginia Colin     VA    06     24
 27.  Jeff Bowers        UT    05     24
 28.  Tom Saal           MI    03     24
 29.  Alan Sudy          VA    02     24
 30.  Kim Foster         TX    00     24
 31.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    05     20
 32.  Josh Githens       SC    07     18
 33.  Pierre LeBoeuf     MD    07     18
 34.  Haim Hochboim    Israel  04     18
 35.  Mike Musko         FL    03     18
 36.  Marvin Pinkert     MD    02     18
 37.  Chuck Krueger      MA    01     18
 38.  Ike Porter         MD    99     18
 39.  Tom Dunning        NY    06     15
 40.  Rob Kircher        RI    07     12
 41.  Bob Runnicles      FL    06     12
 42.  Mike Richey        VA    05     12
 43.  Thomas Browne      PA    04     12
 44.  David Burkey       PA    04     12
 45.  Charie Hickok      PA    03     12
 46.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     12
 47.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     12
 48.  Jenn Thomas        NY    02     12
 49.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    01     12
 50.  Josh Githens       SC    00     12
 51.  Chuck Smith        PA    99     12
 52.  Tom McCorry        VA    03      9
 53.  Carl Damcke        IL    99      9
 54.  Eric Freeman       PA    07      8
 55.  Jonathan Yonce     VA    07      6
 56.  Michael Shea       CT    07      6
 57.  Andrew Arconti     MD    06      6
 58.  William Lawhorn    VA    05      6
 59.  Phil Rennert       MD    06      6
 60.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 61.  Katherine McCorry  VA    03      6
 62.  Larry Loiacano     PA    07      4
 63.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05      4
 64.  Joshua Cooper      MD    03      3
 65.  Jamie Tang         MD    99      3
 66.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05      2

2007 Laurelists

Rick Dutton, MD

Jon Izer, MD

Josh Githens, SC

Pierre LeBouuf, MD

Michael Shea, CT

Past Winners

Brad Johnson, IL

David Platnick, VA

Craig O'Brien, VA

David Buchholz, MI

Charlie Faella, RI

Aram Warszawski, Israel

Rob Effinger, ON

Roy Gibson, MD

Josh Githens seems pleased with his position in this semi-final game.

The survivors yuk it up in a now empty ballroom as the Final gets underway.

Spiel das Jahre 1995 ...

For 2007, we used the same format that KOSMOS uses for their tournaments in Europe. This has each player placing a settle/road, a city/road, followed by another road. This gets the game off to a quicker start. It also helps keep the games moving along with 90 minute rounds (including set up and initial placements). The format continues to work well as we had only two games 'called' due to time. When that happens, the current player finishes their turn and points are then totaled. The only change from previous years was that the Robber IS allowed to be re-placed by playing a Knight card before your die roll. This is a normal rule for the game and is back in the tournament via KOSMOS.

The tournament format has players settling during three preliminary games. Each of those games earns Tournament points. Points are awarded based on placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. The 16 highest scoring settlers, at the end of three rounds, advance to the semi-finals.

For those unable to commit the time to play three qualifying games, we continue to accept drop-ins and drop-outs. My thanks go out to those who notified me prior to dropping. To those who dropped without saying anything, it would be a great boon for those playing in subsequent heats (as well as for your friendly neighborhood GM) to notify me or either Assistant before leaving. It makes the subsequent tables easier to seat.

We set a record for the most players in the tournament since going to this format. Either people like it or there is nothing else to do on Saturday! Our players played in nearly 100 games of Catan.

After the three preliminary rounds, the number crunching for the top 16 began. For the past years, a total of at least 11.X tournament points were needed to advance. This year was no exception. After posting our 16 semi-finalists and three alternates, we ended up needing the first alternate. This was a first, but serves as a reminder to check in if you're an alternate!

Our 16 semi-finalists saw a few familiar faces with former laurelists Pierre LeBouef and Rick Dutton plus ex-Caesar James Pei, in the penultimate round. After the sheep were traded and Knights played, the four Finalists were determined. No tie breakers were needed for 5th and 6th place this year. Interestingly enough, Rick Dutton was undefeated while returning to the Final for the second straight year and our alternate, Tom Stokes, was still in the running.

The Final match of the day began on time after a short break. Pretty good starting positions for all were obtained. Of the first three Development cards played, two were Monopolies! Big exchanges of cards occurred when that happened. Rick Dutton was off to an early start with seven points, pursuing both the Largest Knight Force as well as Longest Road. Josh Githens was at six pts with the Longest Road and recovering from being assaulted by Robbers and the Monopoly cards. Jon was holding his own at seven, Tom was sitting with six points and a pile of Development cards. The race to 10 continued. The 'trade boycott' was instituted. All eyes were on Jon and Rick with nine points each with Josh and Tom trailing with six points. Everyone was watching to see whether Jon or Rick would make the next build. Tom rolled his dice, built his city, bringing him to seven points and then turned over three Development cards worth a point each. A surprise victory by our alternate who snuck across the finish line in unexpected fashion much the same as he entered the semi-finals! Beware those with a second chance!

Congrats to all and I hope you?ll join us next year.

 GM Brian Sutton oversees a group of little settlers.

These pint-sized settlers have their own gallery of fans.  
 Settlers of Catan Junior

19 little Settlers contested the WBC Settlers of Catan Juniors title. The best of these proved to be Jennifer Sutton again who repeated as Junior champion followed by Ben Gardner, Nathan Taylor, Andrew Doughan, Virginia Melton and Mary Beth Mitchell.

2007 Euro Quest Laurelists

Brian Reynolds, MD

Rob Kircher, RI

Eric Freeman, PA

Jonathan Yonce, VA

Larry Loiacono, PA

 GM      Jeff Paull  [5th Year]   3523 Eagle Trace, Richmond, IN 47374    NA

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