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tin goose (T_G) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 26, 2016 Icon Key
32 Players Rob Kircher, RI 2016 Status 2017 Status History/Laurels
  2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

The First Air Baron

Tin Goose debuted at WBC courtesy of Rio Grande Games. The event drew an interesting cross section of euro, economic, and war gamers. The event was run by the designer, Matt Calkins, who also designed Sekigahara. Some contestants, including most of the finalists, played in both events this year.

Tin Goose is named after the Ford Trimotor. Models of the Trimotor were awarded to the top winner in each heat. Other table winners got copies of the game or a book on early aviation.

The top seeds from the heats were Francois de Bellefeuille and James DuBose. James dominated his semifinal while Francois lost by $8 to Nick Henning. The third semifinal weathered six crashes before advancing Nicholas Pei. The fourth table was won by Rob Kircher, who went to the international track as much as his three rivals combined.

As was fitting for a new event, the Final was a clash of styles.

Nick Henning made conservative bids on every plane, hoping that other players would bid too much. His first auction win was the last auction of the game which he took for $7. He used extensions to reach new cities for free, but played most of the game with all five conditions and was able to grow only through short connections. Nick played two strikes and won both.

James DuBose optimized income. He ignored the international track, bid nothing for route selection, and spent his moves hitting new cities and advancing income. His goal was to hit 15 income by the end of the blue era. By then his income was 11, but he was first to reach 15 two turns later. James played three crashes and won two of them.

Rob Kircher stayed true to his roots and maximized international deployments. He matched cities on most of his seven turns. However, he did it by eschewing major cities (for example, he flew a medium plane to San Antonio to match cities, rather than to Houston for the major-city bonus). Also, he was able to get first choice of airmail routes for just $3 due to low competing bids. He hit the international track twice, enough to win 110 points.

All four players finished within $100 of each other, with Rob prevailing over James by $32.

Aircraft bids were all over the map in the early rounds. By the Final, bids had settled into a range. Small planes sold for 13-20 in the gold era, and 17-27 in the blue. Medium planes went for 23-32 in the blue era and 7-27 in the red. The one large plane auctioned went for 32.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: NA
James DuBose, NY Nick Henning, qc Nicholas Pei, CA Francois
deBellefeuille, qc
Craig Moffitt, NJ
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Stephane Dorais, Nick Henning, Romaine Jacques and Rob Kircher fly the Tin Goose.
GM Calkins backs both of his events with unique extra prizes. John Weber, Brian DuBose, Matt Calkins and Bruce Hodgins
Bill Burch, Tom Vickery, Craig Moffitt and Nick Pei GM and designer Matt Calkins oversees his four finalists.
GM  Matt Calkins [1st Year]  NA
 mwcalkins@Gmail.com  NA