Spiel das Jahre 1995 ...
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.
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
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
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.
Settlers of Catan Junior
GM Brian Sutton oversees a group
of little settlers.
These pint-sized settlers have their
own gallery of fans.
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
Euro Quest Laurelists
Brian Reynolds, MD
Rob Kircher, RI
Eric Freeman, PA
Jonathan Yonce, VA
Larry Loiacono, PA