the WBC Lottery ...
Ewww! Doo-keys! But it's not the Final
Four for you this year! Go Terps!
I see Ralph and Bryan got the memo
... the Mafia is wearing Burgundy today.
I see Wes and Adam have a bootlegged
... as does Richard of another
You Can Never Stop! Well ... Maybe You Can ...
Numerous chants and shouts of success and failure filled Ballroom
B as players reveled in victory or mourned their lousy luck,
egged on by roving gangs of onlookers who encouraged the bold
to embrace the #1 rule: You Can't Stop; and cried out in disappointment
when their player busted or, worse yet, had the bad form to actually
stop. The Wednesday night edition of the late-night game circuit
was again so popular that despite numerous games brought by CABS,
we were again short on copies. Kudos are due those folks who
brought games, taught new players, or toughed it out on the GM's
less glamorous homemade versions.
We must tip our hat to Laurie Wojtaszczyk who most of all,
above the rest of the multitude, truly epitomized the spirit
of the night and our favorite chant "You can never stop"
with her daring win by topping not three, not four, but five
columns (2's, 5's, 7's, 8's, 12's) to secure her advancement.
That's the kind of chutzpah we like to see! Also noteworthy was
the performance of Jay Fox who seems to have a penchant for placing
second in high volume tournaments. By doing so this year he became
the first player to ever laurel in the event twice!
With the quarter and semifinal rounds, the field was narrowed
down to those graced by luck for their boldness and those cautious
few who doggedly trudge up the number track. Many thanks to winners
who were patient with your humble GM as she sorted out the numbers
game to determine tables! Two rounds and much shouting later,
Sceadeau, Dave, Mark, and Jay were the lucky gents to grace the
Final table. Using the oh-so-classy Mountaineers version of the
game and a dice tower, it was obvious that these men took their
Flagrant disregard for kibitzing continued, as the finalists
generated their own chants: "6's and 4's and 8's oh my!"
- as Jay made a run to the top of the tracks ... "Stopping
is wrong - I'll stop." - a ubiquitous chant as the competitors
hedged their bets ... "He wussed out"- dismay from
the onlookers as the cautious progress continued... "Sceadeau
wants to win." - especially for our most frequent stopper,
Sceadeau, whose slow progress advanced his markers steadily ever
closer to the top until finally, after a uniquely long run, Mr.
Slow-and-Steady dropped the dice, turned his back on the results,
and let the cheers of the onlookers reveal the numbers necessary
to close out the third track for a win. Additional rolls by the
also-rans established that Jay was the second luckiest man of
the night, followed by Dave, and finally Mark. Better luck next
Lynda Shea laughs at the prospect
of Bruce Beard continuing his winning streak if skill wasn't
enough to save a 7-year run in 18XX. She was right. Lynda
won this round.
I see the roving band of cheerleaders
(consisting of already beaten losers) are out and about now with
their fearsome war cry: "You Can't Stop!" for the unwary.
In the Juniors event, GM Jason Levine's 23 kids showed very
little procliviy to stop at anything until Aaron Correira had
won it all. Nipping at his heels were Luke Morris, John Wobbeking,
Wes Lewis, Donte Saccenti and Lucas Holmquist.