princes of florence   

Updated 11/17/2011

2011 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment

Randy Buehler, WA

2011 Champion



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
2011    Randy Buehler     61

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
2011    Aran Warszawski      34

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rod Spade          PA    11    112
  2.  Eric Brosius       MA    09    100
  3.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    09     72
  4.  Eric Freeman       PA    11     57
  5.  Aran Warszawski    is    11     50
  6.  Brian Reynolds     MD    08     50
  7.  John Kerr          VA    06     50
  8.  Arthur Field       SC    02     50
  9.  Doug Kaufman       MD    06     49
 10.  David Platnick     VA    11     45
 11.  Eugene Lin         WA    04     44
 12.  Tom Browne         PA    09     42
 13.  Alex Bove          PA    08     42
 14.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     41
 15.  Ian MacInnes       NY    05     40
 16.  Davyd Field        SC    09     36
 17.  Greg Thatcher      CA    11     33
 18.  Randy Buehler      WA    11     32
 19.  Rob Flowers        MD    10     30
 20.  Tom Johnston       IL    10     30
 21.  Lyman Moquin       DC    08     30
 22.  Chris Senhouse     MA    09     27
 23.  Edward Fear        NY    11     23
 24.  Winton LeMoine     CA    08     22
 25.  Doug Smith         PA    02     22
 26.  Jason Levine       NY    11     18
 27.  Boaz Gura          NJ    07     18
 28.  James Carvin       PA    03     18
 29.  Donna Rogall       MD    04     17
 30.  Joe Nemet          PA    05     16
 31.  Clyde Kruskal      MD    03     16
 32.  Eric Sokolowsky    MD    11     12
 33.  Bruce DuBoff       NJ    09     12
 34.  Holliday Jones     MD    04     12
 35.  Stuart Tucker      MD    03     12
 36.  John Weber         MD    03     12
 37.  Sam Atabaki        CA    06      9
 38.  Mike Turian        WA    10      8
 39.  Bill Zurn          CA    09      8
 40.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07      8
 41.  Richard Fox        IL    06      8
 42.  Andrew Greene      VA    05      8
 43.  Scott Nicholson    NY    05      8
 44.  Nathaniel Hoam     OH    04      8
 45.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    11      6
 46.  Jeremy Oppenheim   VA    10      6
 47.  John Lewis         RI    07      6
 48.  Brian L Jones      MD    04      6
 49.  Doug Galullo       MD    11      4
 50.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    09      4
 51.  Greg Shirah        MD    09      4
 52.  Eyal Mozes         NY    07      4
 53.  Greg Crowe         VA    05      4
 54.  Anne Norton        NJ    02      4
 55.  Brian Jones        NC    01      4
 56.  Jason Long         PA    09      3
 57.  Yoel Weiss         NJ    07      3
 58.  Bruce Reiff        OH    03      3
 59.  Randy Cox          SC    01      3
 60.  Jeff Mullet        OH    10      2
 61.  Robert Kircher     RI    08      2
 62.  John Brier         NY    05      2
 63.  Marc Houde         DC    01      2
 64.  Justin Veazey      MD    01      1

2011 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists:

Jason Levine, NY

Greg Thatcher, CA

Eric Freeman, PA

David Platnick, VA

Edward Fear, NY

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

Randy Buehler, WA

Nick Henning is unable to stop Randy Buehler from winning his third tournament of the week.

Alex Bove last scored laurels in this event three years ago. Back to the drawing board.

Prestige? or Wealth?

There's something special about Princes of Florence. It's not one of those bourgeois games in which the players scrounge for wealth. Such mean pursuits are beneath the dignity of the aristocrats who play Princes of Florence - they care only for prestige. Of course, if you run out of money, you can't afford the latest fashions, your palazzo starts to look down at the heels, and - most alarmingly - you can't attract top artists to work in your principality. It's hard to maintain a healthy bank account when you never check your balance (at least, not while anyone else is looking.)

Attendance was strong this year, up 30% over 2010's total. We had one player in a wheelchair, and our assigned room was atop a short flight of stairs, so we used space in a nearby room to provide accessibility. Such accommodations are usually possible if you notify the GM of the need.

Heat 1 yielded six 5-player and three 4-player games. At one table, Rod Spade and Daniel Eppolito finished in a tie at 56 VP each, but Daniel had 500 extra florins to Rod's 100 to win by tiebreaker. Jason Levine had the largest margin of victory; his 68 PP exceeded those of the runner-up by ten.

We played eight games in Heat 2, and many were close. Rich Meyer edged Rod Spade and Brian Jones in a 4-player, and Curt Collins squeaked past Greg Thatcher in a game that ended with a margin of only 7 PP from first to fifth. On the other hand, Jay Fox demolished the opposition in his game, winning by 16 PP.

19 qualifiers and three alternates appeared for the semis, but we needed only the top alternate, Randy Buehler, to fill five 4-player games. Jason Levine had the closest victory, by 1 PP over Edward Fear, leaving Edward with sixth place laurels. David Platnick won by a bigger margin using a Builder strategy, and putting on only three works but piling up 78 PP. Randy, our lone alternate, won as well, beating GM and two-time champ Eric Brosius, who finished second, by 4 PP.

In the elimination rounds, we bid for seating order. There's little agreement about which seat is best in the 4-player game, but most people prefer the second seat in a 5-player game. You can view the data at the following link:

Randy bid 400 florins for the second seat, with Greg Thatcher and 2007 champ Eric Freeman bidding 100 florins each for the first and third seat respectively and Jason Levine and David Platnick opting for the cheap seats (4th and 5th) for bids of zero.

It was an unusual game, with David buying four Forests during the course of the game and both Jason and Randy giving up PP for money to fund purchases after there was spirited bidding for a Lake and a Park in the Round 7 auction (so much for the effortless lifestyle.) After the final set of actions, Eric was in the lead, but each of the others had a Prestige Card yet to reveal, and the scores were close enough that these cards would determine the winner.

There were no Prestige Cards worth eight PP, but Greg's "Builder, Jester and two Landscapes" card was worth seven PP. Randy's "Most Lakes" card and Jason's "4 Buildings, 2 Freedoms and 4 Works" card were each worth six PP, and David's "2 Large Buildings" card was worth five PP. After we adjusted the players' scores by these amounts, Randy and Jason were tied with 56 PP each!

Fortunately, the rules provide a tiebreaker for such cases. The player with the most florins remaining is the winner. But neither Randy or Jason had money left (remember that both had given up PP for money.) Based on the rules as published, this game would have been a tie, but no WBC tournament can end in a tie, so I created a tiebreaker: the player with the lowest-numbered Profession card on the table at the game end is the winner. We checked and saw that Randy had the Mathematician (#1) in front of him, while Jason's lowest-numbered Profession card was the Pharmacist (#16). Randy won on the second tiebreaker in the closest POF Final game in WBC history!

It was an unusually close game from first to last. The final scores were:

Randy 56, Jason 56, Greg 55, Eric 53, David 51.

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

Congratulations to Randy, and thanks to everyone 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 display your hauteur to your neighbors.

Eddie Burmester and John Morris

Curt Collins, Bill Zurn, Deniz Bucak and Robert Kircher

2011 Euro Quest Laurelists

Aran Warszawski, Israel

Rod Spade, PA

Robert Cranshaw, RI

Doug Galullo, MD

Randy Buehler, WA

 GM      Eric Brosius  [8th Year]   NA   NA

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