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Kremlin (KRM) WBC 2017 Report
Updated March 3, 2018 Icon Key
37 Players Lee Rodrigues 2017 Status 2018 Status History/Laurels
2017 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Check the Sanitorium, the Finalists are Missing

The 2017 Kremlin tournament again held surprises for the GM. Numbers were slightly down from last year but we were able to field ten games with five or six players, and nine people qualified for the Final by winning a heat. Lee Rodrigues was a two-heat winner this year.

Unfortunately, due to a perfect storm of players leaving WBC early, last-minute emergencies, and two players choosing to play in a different Final, one table over no less, only three people were available for the Final game. The 2015 Final also suffered from a lack of players and the GM has resigned himself to changing the rules for qualifying to avoid this problem in future years.

Even though he had not won a heat, the GM agreed to play because all present agreed that three-player Kremlin is horrible. However, he specified beforehand that he was disqualifying himself from placing in the top six out of fairness. He also warned the others that he was going to play to win.

Marc got an early attempt at the October Parade with points on Nestor but Nestor was too sick to make it through. Nestor gave up the ghost on turn 2 but not before KGB head Strychnin was tried and condemned to Siberia. The newly elected Party Chief, Talksalott, was a very popular dude with both Ewan and the GM with ten points of Influence on him and Lee nine. In the competition over who could give Lee the best bribe, the GM won with a very nice Intrigue card, the one that forces everyone out of the Sanitarium. He then used the next phase to rearrange the Politburo to his liking.

Talksalott was young and healthy and waved without any trouble on turn 2. Turn 3 saw a successful purge phase run by Purgemoff, followed by a Health phase which left Talksalott unscathed. Knowing the Add Influence phase was immanent, the GM had a change of heart and brought back all the Siberian traitors, aging Talksalott into his late 80s. After the GM's second wave, the seating order gave Lee the chance to go to 10+ on him.

Turn 4 saw the recently rehabilitated Strychnin returned to Siberia followed by the demotion of Purgemoff to the second tier and some other minor shuffling of the Politburo. Talksalott waved one final time before retiring to the Kremlin wall, so turn 5 began with the Party Chief position empty. In the heat of the moment, the GM stopped taking good notes on the game and lacking evidence to the contrary he is going to claim that not much happened that turn until the Funeral Commission, which put his healthy 9-point Politician, Bungaloff, into the high chair and gave him his third wave.

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Marc Houde Ewan McNay Llew Bardecki Tom McCorry Nicholas Benedict
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Tom DeMarco waiting for a wave Bob Wicks trying to make another run at Kremlin laurels
Michael McKibbin getting into the Russian spirit Sean McCulloch and Bob Jamelli looking over the Politburo
GM  Steve Cuccaro [12th Year]  NA
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