Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending December 2012 Membership Trial Vote

Rod Spade, PA

2012 Champion

Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie     63
2005     Kevin Walsh     61
2006    Chris Trimmer     48
2007     Alex Bove     40
2008    Chris Moffa     30
2009    Alex Bove     38
2010    Alex Bove     33
2012    Rode Spade     34

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Arthur Field     30
2005     Christian Moffa     22
2006    Alex Bove     27
2007     Alex Bove     19
2008    Raphael Lehrer     16


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alex Bove          PA    12    151
  2.  Chris Moffa        NJ    12     86
  3.  Arthur Field       SC    06     84
  4.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08     79
  5.  Rod Spade          PA    12     69
  6.  Chris Trimmer      TX    12     55
  7.  John Kerr          VA    06     48
  8.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07     45
  9.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    10     30
 10.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
 11.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     24
 12.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     21
 13.  Bruce Reiff        OH    08     18
 14.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
 15.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     15
 16.  Tom Browne         PA    05     15
 17.  Mikko Raimi        fn    12     12
 18.  Jim McDanald       TN    07     12
 19.  Jason Levine       NY    06     12
 20.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
 21.  Jeff Meyer         MA    12     10
 22.  Rob Kircher        RI    08     10
 23.  Peter Staab        PA    05      9
 24.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 25.  David Norman       uk    05      8
 26.  Richard Meyer      MA    10      6
 27.  Aran Warszawski    is    09      6
 28.  Sean McCulloch     OH    08      6
 29.  Sam Atabaki        CA    07      6
 30.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      6
 31.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 32.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 33.  Matt Calkins       VA    08      3
 34.  Michael Fox        IL    06      3
 35.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 36.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3
 37.  Steve Shambeda     PA    09      2
 38.  Kenneth Horan      PA    08      2

2012 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists: 

Mikko Raimi, fn

Chris Trimmer, TX

Jeff Meyer, MA

Alex Bove, PA

Chris Moffa, NJ

Past Winners

Perrrianne Lurie, PA

Kevin Walsh, NY

Chris Trimmer, TX

Alex Bove, PA
2007, 2009-10

Chris Moffa, NJ

Chris Trimmer, Evan Cagwin, James Long and Anni Foasberg celebrate the return of the Goa event.

Titan: The Arena GM Greg Crowe and Barb Flaxington do some trading in Goa's return to WBC.

By Eight Ducats ...

Goa returned from hiatus after missing only one year since its 2004 WBC debut. The event got off to a solid start with a dozen in attendance for the demo and 34 entrants across 11 tables utilizing the first edition game. The plan was to incorporate the second edition, but its release fell behind schedule and never materialized until, ironically, later on during WBC week.

The two heats comprised almost entirely of 4-player games showcased relatively tight scoring (which would continue into the Final) including 32-31-30 and 41-41-40-35 finishes. The greatest margin of victory was eight by Jeff Meyer with 54 points. No one won twice. The expected trend of pushing expedition cards to the bottom of the track played out as roughly 2/3 of the tables won via this method. On a peculiar note, only one player that started the game with the flag won.

The field narrowed to 11 winners. Two winners could not return for the semi, including a potential father-son match up with Rich and Jeff Meyer. This opened the door for three alternates to round out three 4-player games advancing winners plus the top second. The semis advanced Finland's Mikko Raimi with nine points from expedition cards over Jeff Meyer's close second. So close that he too would advancel. Three-time champ Alex Bove lost to Rod Spade. Rod made the most out his alternate second life when Alex could not win a power struggle for most money at the end. 2006 champ Chris Trimmer grabbed the last Final slot by topping 2008 champ Chris Moffa with a whopping eight points from expedition cards and an incredible nine points from VP tiles. He was able to buy advancement down the tracks three times - 18 & 24 ducat moves on the bottom two expedition card tracks respectively, and 12 ducats for third level on ships totaling 54 ducats! The game was noted for an unprecedented number of auctions being bought out by the auctioneer. Between this and the aforementioned track upgrade purchases, money drained out of the game as both Trimmer and Lachla Salter were broke in the middle game whereas Moffa could only marginally capitalize. Chris T.'s historically aggressive money strategy paid off, as he coasted to an eight-point victory over Moffa.

The stage was thus set with prior champ Chris Trimmer, fifth ranked Rod Spade and new finalists Mikko Raimi and Jeff Meyer. Things got off to a rocky start as three players failed colony attempts in the first round and Jeff failed to colonize on all three of his colony attempts (by switching to Cochin on the latter two attempts) for a total of five failed attempts in the round. The second round's auction was more contested with Jeff winning back to back auctions at 7 & 13 ducats for double ginger and double actions respectively. Round 3 had Jeff's colonizing luck turn around and Mikko push down to level 4 on the ship track while using skillful play of multiple double expedition card draws. Round 4 had a 13 ducat flag and Mikko struggling a bit as he failed a colony attempt and was forced to discard two unusable expedition cards to make room to draw two cards.

The end game opened with flag purchases of $14 and $18, Trimmer getting his cash engine going and multiple players making it to the bottom of the tracks. In the latter rounds it looked like Mikko was pulling ahead with three card expedition draws that were lining up for him while Rod kept pace with steady and even track progression. The exhilarating end proved to be much closer than expected as everyone scored 6-8 points with expedition cards and it took most money for Rod to pull into a tie with Mikko. The title was resolved by tiebreaker where Rod edged Mikko by a mere eight ducats, 59-51! Final scores were 47 for Rod and Mikko, Chris 46, Jeff 41. Note: Next year, we will be using the second edition for improved balance.

Fifth-ranked Rod Spade eyes Pete Stein.

GM Christian Moffa oversees his finalists.

 GM      Chris Moffae [1st Year]   NA
   chrism77777@yahoo.com   NA

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