princes of florence  

Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Rob Flowers, MD

2010 Champion

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Event History
2001    Arthur Field     65
2002    Arthur Field     94
2003    Eric Brosius     88
2004    Eugene Lin     77
2005    Ian MacInnes     82
2006    Eric Brosius     57
2007    Eric Freeman     72
2008    Alex Bove     67
2009    Thomas Browne     58
2010    Rob Flowers     47

Euro Quest Event History
2003    John Kerr     31
2004    Brian Reynolds     24
2005     Rod Spade     25
2006    John Kerr     24
2007    Lyman Moquin     24
2008    Brian Reynolds     26
2009    Legend Dan Hoffman     35
2010    Edward Fear     31

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rod Spade          PA    10    104
  2.  Eric Brosius       MA    09    100
  3.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    09     72
  4.  Brian Reynolds     MD    08     50
  5.  John Kerr          VA    06     50
  6.  Arthur Field       SC    02     50
  7.  Doug Kaufman       MD    06     49
  8.  Eric Freeman       PA    10     48
  9.  Eugene Lin         WA    04     44
 10.  Tom Browne         PA    09     42
 11.  Alex Bove          PA    08     42
 12.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     41
 13.  Ian MacInnes       NY    05     40
 14.  David Platnick     VA    08     39
 15.  Davyd Field        SC    09     36
 16.  Rob Flowers        MD    10     30
 17.  Aran Warszawski    is    10     30
 18.  Tom Johnston       IL    10     30
 19.  Lyman Moquin       DC    08     30
 20.  Chris Senhouse     MA    09     27
 21.  Winton LeMoine     CA    08     22
 22.  Doug Smith         PA    02     22
 23.  Greg Thatcher      FL    07     21
 24.  Edward Fear        NY    10     20
 25.  Boaz Gura          NJ    07     18
 26.  James Carvin       PA    03     18
 27.  Donna Rogall       MD    04     17
 28.  Joe Nemet          PA    05     16
 29.  Clyde Kruskal      MD    03     16
 30.  Bruce DuBoff       NJ    09     12
 31.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     12
 32.  Stuart Tucker      MD    03     12
 33.  John Weber         MD    03     12
 34.  Sam Atabaki        CA    06      9
 35.  Mike Turian        WA    10      8
 36.  Bill Zurn          CA    09      8
 37.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07      8
 38.  Richard Fox        IL    06      8
 39.  Andrew Greene      VA    05      8
 40.  Scott Nicholson    NY    05      8
 41.  Nathaniel Hoam     OH    04      8
 42.  Jeremy Oppenheim   VA    10      6
 43.  John Lewis         RI    07      6
 44.  Brian L Jones      MD    04      6
 45.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09      4
 46.  Greg Shirah        MD    09      4
 47.  Eyal Mozes         NY    07      4
 48.  Greg Crowe         VA    05      4
 49.  Anne Norton        NJ    02      4
 50.  Brian Jones        NC    01      4
 51.  Jason Long         PA    09      3
 52.  Yoel Weiss         NJ    07      3
 53.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03      3
 54.  Randy Cox          SC    01      3
 55.  Jeff Mullet        OH    10      2
 56.  Robert Kircher     RI    08      2
 57.  John Brier         NY    05      2
 58.  Marc Houde         DC    01      2
 59.  Justin Veazey      MD    01      1

2010 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists:

Aran Warszawski, is

Eric Freeman, PA

Rod Spade, PA

Andrew Gerb, MD

Tom Johnston, IL

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC
2001 - 2002

Eric Brosius, MA
2003, 2006

Eugene Lin, WA

Ian MacInnes, NY

Eric Freeman, PA

Alex Bove, PA

 Thomas Browne, PA

Rob Flowers, MD

Lyman Moquin, Marc Berenbach, Chris Senhouse,
Katherine McCorry, and Andrew Gerb
play in a qualifying Heat.

GM Eric Brosius plays in a game with 2008 champ Alex Bove, soon-to-be champ Rob Flowers, 2008 laurelist Dave Platnick, and 2009 champ Thomas Browne.

Maybe its your Year

Many games cast you as a merchant, with victory going to the richest player, but in Princes of Florence, wealth is not the object. Aristocrats care only for prestige. Of course, it takes money to maintain the illusion, and the small inheritance you start with runs out quickly. Often you must sell off the master works of the artists you attract to raise the cash you need to keep pretences up.

Princes of Florence is a "gamer's game" that beginners learn quickly because it has a clear structure and a familiar theme---shopping. There are seven rounds, and in each round you buy one item at auction and carry out two actions---thus, you have 21 opportunities to maximize your winning chances. The game has been out of print, but I understand that a new printing is due from Rio Grande Games soon.

Five newcomers appeared for the demo, and after a rules explanation we played part of a practice game, giving them a feel for play before the real action began.

We had 33 players for Heat 1, so we played five 5-player games and two 4-player games. At one table, Rod Spade and Raphael Lehrer finished in a tie at 53 VP each, but Rod had 100 florins left over to win on the tiebreaker. Another table featured three former champions---Eric Brosius, Alex Bove and Thomas Browne---together with David Platnick, who leads the AREA ratings and is the Guild Master for the game on Brettspielwelt. Of course, the fifth player, Rob Flowers, won the game, buying items at relatively cheap prices and staying out of trouble, even though he drew the supposedly weak 5th seat.

We had exactly 30 people for Heat 2, so I was able to form six 5-player games (I think the game is best with five players.) In another close game, Stu Hendrickson defeated Chris Senhouse by 200 florins on the tiebreaker. Rob Flowers won a second heat to become the only player to do so this year. Rob was vacillating about playing in the semis, since the Final conflicted with the semis for another game he thought he had a better chance to win, but I told him "when you're on a streak, you should keep playing," and he decided to stick with it.

Only 19 people came for the semis, so in accordance with the rules published on the website, I took the top 16 and formed four 4-player semi-final games that would determine the contestants for a 4-player final. Although I prefer 5-player games, several alternates (including me) had done no better than 4th place in either heat, and that doesn't seem like a record that justifies participation in the semis.

In the semis and Final players bid for player order, paying florins to get their choice of seats. This year, the average bids were as follows:

1st: 40 florins

2nd: 60 florins

3rd: 100 florins

4th: 20 florins

Oddly enough, each of the four seats was bid on by someone. Of course, we don't have a lot of experience bidding for player order in 4-player games, so disagreement was not unexpected.

The players in general are less experienced in 4-player games, leading to some groans as people realized they had overbid for an item here or played the wrong action there. In one game, Rod Spade and Andy Gerb were tied with 69 PP, but Rod had an extra 300 florins, enough to propel him to the Final as Andy settled for fifth place laurels. In another, former champion Eric Freeman beat Tom Johnston by two PP, leaving Tom in sixth. Aran Warszawski won his semi by a comfortable margin, and Rob Flowers won his third game in a row.

I wrote a detailed play-by-play account of the Final; you can read all about it at

The final scores were close, just as they were last year:

Rob 65, Aran 64, Eric 63, Rod 60.

Congratulations to Rob, who won his first Princes of Florence title while winning four straight games. Rob was the only player among the top six to never have earned laurels in this event before. And thanks to all who took part in this year's tournament. If you're interested in Princes of Florence, come to WBC next year and join us. I'll explain the game during the demo and you can try to outshine your neighbors.

2010 Euro Quest Laurelists

Edward Fear, NY

Andy Gerb, MD

Mike Turian, WA

Jeremy Oppenheim, VA

Rod Spade, PA

 GM      Eric Brosius  [7th Year]   NA   NA

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