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Carcassonne (BWD) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Oct. 25, 2016 Icon Key
148 Players Denise McKibbin, NC 2016 Status 2017 Status Event History
2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Sharing the Wealth

We had 148 individual competitors participate 289 times across four heats. This was an increase in the number of games played despite a lower player base from recent years. Heat #2 (Wednesday at 2 pm) was the most well attended session again with 107 players present.

The four preliminary heats yielded 71 games with two players winning three times, and 11 players winning twice. That left 43 single-game winners. With the continuing popularity of the event, the GM team would like to offer a Quarterfinal and eliminate the fourth heat. There would still be incentive to play multiple heats, though, because the top performers in the preliminaries will advance directly to the semifinal.

The highest score in the preliminaries was 130 posted by Rich Atwater. The lowest winning score belonged to Zarabeth Goddard, who won with a score of 50 in a 4-player game.

If there was a theme for the Final, it would be “Sharing is Caring.” Early on, three finalists shared a city scoring 20 points each (Dusty Usner was the odd man out in this bonanza). The next large city was again split between three players with everyone except David Meyaard scoring 16 points. Although a third contested city emerged, it was shared by all players, and left unfinished. Denise McKibbin, tried unsuccessfully for many turns to connect a second meeple to this last shared city, but in the end, she didn’t need sole possession of the last large city to secure her victory - having already shared in the bounty of the first two!

Looking forward to 2017…..

The Final continued to use a giant Carcassonne set, and we look forward to its continued use. The GM will also provide fun character meeples for the four finalists to use. Carcassonne has three plaques available for four finalists, so next year, our 4th-place finisher will not go home empty-handed—being awarded the character meeples they use in the Final.

Lastly, in recent years, a bonus point has been awarded to all players whose game was used in a heat as an incentive for players to bring their games so we could have mostly 4-player games - reducing the need for 5-player games.  The avoidance of 5-player games should be its own reward, so the bonus point will not be awarded in 2017. The extra tournament point bonus had no effect on Final standings as all finalists in recent years would have made the semifinals without this incentive. 5th and 6th place laurels have always been determined without regard to such bonus points.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
David Meyaard, ID Nicholas Metzger, VA Dusty Usner, PA Michael Huggins, PA Bob Wicks Jr, CT
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Did the navy get lost? ... Apparently, the ballad of Big Jim Kramer has a decidedly different second verse ...

9-year old Sam Wolff found humbling adults
much more fun than the Junior's room.
GM Jennifer Visocnik, shown here with her finalists,
is planning changes for 2017.
Teacher, judge, clerk, shepherd and adviser ...
a Junior GM's job is never done.
Deja Vu ... GM Shipley awards Andrew Freeman
his plaque again ... obviously a meeple person.

Carcassonne Junior 2016

Running a major event like Settlers of Catan with five rounds for 100 adults is a lot of effort, but it pales in comparison to keeping tabs on three dozen little people so when a GM of such a gateway event also steps forward to pull duty in the "rugrat" room on Friday evening it is going above and beyond the norm. Rich Shipley pulled that double duty again this year to the delight of 21 little Carcassonneans. The best little people peeple mover was Andrew Freeman, age 9, who successfully defended his 2015 title and now has a set of matched plaques. He was followed in order by:

2nd: Ethan Shipley-Tang

3rd: Aubrey Powers

4th: Andrew Martin

5th: Alex Freeman

6th: Elizabeth Shea

GM  Jennifer Visocnik [4th Year]  NA
 FluteKitty@Gmail.com  NA