Double Winners Only ...
Jenna Sunderlin and Brian Carr are
just two of 84 players in the Monday heat.
Another wargamer sells out to the
Euros ... Nicholson, turn in your helmet!
The tournament got off to a rousing start by attracting 84
players for the Monday heat. Three heats later, that number nearly
doubled in a grueling format that used two rounds in each heat
with a combination of early morning and late-night starts to
suit every taste. Special thanks to Kathy Stroh, the previous
GM, who helped at critical registration times.
13 players qualified automatically for the semi-finals with
consecutive wins in one heat - a new and unique form of advancement
qualification to be sure. One opted for other diversions, leaving
exactly 12 to advance, much to the dismay of the alternates on
hand who were hoping to fill a fourth table. Starvation was the
clear winning strategy in the preliminaries, but proved far less
successful when opposed by a table of double win qualifiers.
Two of the three semis were won via culture symbols (green background)
The Final matched four very strong players with 20 titles
between them for the one-of-a-kind World Champion leather cup.
Cary Morris, whose resume was the least cluttered with past titles,
was nonetheless the ranking laurelist in this game. While each
was tempted to use the starvation strategy, they knew this would
make them a target for the other players. After a few turns,
Nick nonetheless decided to starve. Eric settled for a balanced
strategy. Greg tried blitzing to stop the starver. Dice rolls
began improbably poorly around the table, until Nick started
a ritual of cup-contained roll, stroking his chin, and revealing
the dice. Cary elaborated the ritual to great effect.
Throughout, the game remained too close to call. The final
scores were extremely tight: 143, 135, 135, and 134. Cary won
with a very balanced strategy, generating 81 board points, six
culture cards for 36 points, five points for five tools, five
for five huts, 12 on six people, and four leftover resources.
It netted him his third WBC title.
Brian Mountford, Tom McCorry, Roni
Breza and Shira Levy.
The finalists attempt a luring pose
but fail badly.
Euro Quest Laurelists
Virginia Colin, VA
Raphael Lehrer, CA
Cliff Ackman, PA
Bill Zurn, CA
Rodney Bacigalupo, MD