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18XX (8XX) WBC 2017 Report
Updated February 12, 2018 Icon Key
53 Players Bruce Beard 2017 Status 2018 Status History/Laurels
  2013-2017 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.

Tiebreaker #1: You must be present to participate

Our second year at Seven Springs saw a modest growth in the 18xx tournament with 53 players and 145 player starts. 1830 remained the most popular title with 11 plays but 1846 continues to gather steam with 8 plays. The rest of the titles included 1880 (4), 1822(3), 1856(2), 1862(2), 18NY (2), and 18Dix (1).

The preliminary rounds found the favorite Bruce Beard going 4-0, followed by Eric Brosius, Pierre LeBoeuf, and Rick Dutton with three wins each. We had a total of 17 unique winners (roughly 1/3 of the players) which was critical when it came to the semifinals. The semi-finals consisted of 4 four-player games if there are 16 or fewer winners present at the start of the semifinals. If there are more than 16 present, there is a hard limit of 4 five-player games with tiebreaks. As it turns out, all 17 winners appeared for the semifinals so I needed 3 players to round out the field. Which was not hard since only three people with second place finishes were present. So, Tiebreaker #1 took care of setting up the semifinals.

The semis had a diversity of games played (1830, 1846, 1880, 1856) with the winners Bruce Beard, Mark Geary, Anthony Lainesse, and Eric Brosius advancing to the finals. Francois de Bellefeuille, Melvin Casselberry, Barrington Beavis, and Rick Dutton were the second-place finishers in their games who advanced to the consolation game for 5th and 6th place.

When it came time to choose the game for the final, there was a surprise vote by Anthony for 1846 which Mark and Eric were happy to play. Fearing the stronger competition playing 1846, Bruce cast the overriding vote to play 1830. Bruce provided a short summary of the final game:

• Mark Geary got the D&H and the Schuylkill and opened the NYC low
• Bruce got the C&STL and the M&H and opened the C&0 at $67
• Eric got the PRR and the C&A
• Anthony had bid up the C&A but dropped out at $225 and ended up with the B&O at $90
• Everyone bought one 2 train. This was good for the C&O which was paying $70 a turn and bad for the PRR and NYC which were paying $30 a turn
• Mark broke the stall and bought the last two 2Ts and the first 3
• Bruce got 2 x 3T on the C&O and Eric got one on the PRR. B&O got a 3 and a 4
• Mark added the NYNH, Eric got the B&M, Bruce opened the Erie and Anthony got the Can Pac
• Anthony got the two cheap trains (a 5 and a 6), Bruce and Eric got a 5 and a D, and Mark had to buy a 6 and a D. Both Eric and Mark had to sell shares buying their D but Bruce did not
• That made it a two-horse race and when the dust cleared Bruce was about $500 ahead of Anthony. Eric was third and Mark fourth

We had a great time playing in the tournament and there was a decent amount of 18xx in the opening gaming and an epic 7-player 1822 on Tuesday. Hope all had a great time and look forward to seeing you back next year.

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2

Anthony Lainesse Mark Geary Eric Brosius Melvin Casselbury Rick Dutton
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Bruce Beard advancing again to the Final round

Eric Brosius also advanced to the Final round

Mark Geary had a good year by advancing to Final round

18xx Finalist with GM Tom McCorry
GM     Tom McCorry [4th Year]   NA
   tommccorry@gmail.com    NA