rail baron [Updated April 2005]

RBN  5 prizes Experienced Mult Ent Sing Elim Scheduled 
  Rnd1 Heat1  17
  Rnd1 Heat2 18  Rnd1 Heat3     Round 2  16 Semi
  Round 3 16 Final    


Doug Galullo, FL

2004 Champion

2nd: Brian Conlon, OK

3rd: Larry Kratz, ID

4th: Phil White, MD

5th: Mike Brophy, NC

6th: Ron Secunda, MD
Event History
1991    Chuck Foster        28
1992    Kevin Quirk        29
1993    Kevin Quirk        38
1994    Bill Fellin        37
1995    Heikki Thoen        63
1996    Heikki Thoen        46
1997    Kim Lemmons        94
1998    Eyal Mozes      100
1999    Heikki Thoen       58
2000    Steve Okonski       69
2001    Steve Okonski       56
2002    Ed Wrobel       75
2003    Mike Zorrer       59
2004    Doug Galullo       66

AREA Ratings

GM: Ron Secunda


Rail Baron continues to draw significant attendance. You don't have to be an expert player; if you know how to play, you can join in the fun. Or, perhaps, you are more competitive, and would like to be crowned Rail Baron Champion of the World.?

As in recent years, there are three first-round heats; you can play in as many as you like. The top 20 to 30 first-round winners (typically, that's everyone who wins at least one game in the first round, plus a few alternates) advance to the semi-finals. The top six semi-finalists advance to the final. The ideal number of players at each table will vary with the round. For the first-round heats, our target is four players, for the semis - five, and for the final - six players. Alternates for the semi-finals will be selected from the highest (most net worth) runner-ups from the Preliminary matches. Check the Alternate list on the event kiosk to determine your chances of advancing as an Alternate. Alternates for the Final game will be chosen similarly from the semi-finals.

We will continue to employ five rule variants, as follows: #1) ride your own RRs for free. Do NOT pay the customary $1,000 if you use your own RRs but not the bank's. Riding the bank's RRs for any portion of a trip costs the usual $1,000. The remaining rule variants are basically unchanged from the past few years: #2) SuperChief upgrades from an Express are free (first-round heats only). #3) Roll three dice all at once when you have a SuperChief. #4) The "Roll-and-move-immediately" courtesy rule will not be enforced. #5) Home Swapping is allowed. If you dislike your first destination, before moving you can opt to exchange it with your home city.

The BPA is allowing us to employ laptop computers to assist with the game's destination and payoff chart lookups. Such computer use is optional, and MUST be agreed to by all players at that table. To do the chart lookups by computer, you must use the latest Boardgame Conductor in the RB Player computer program, which you can download and use for free. You may not use any other portion of the program or any other Rail Baron related program during the tournament match. So, bring your Windows laptop computer to the tournament! In advance of the tournament, please download, install, and try a shareware copy of the RB Player computer program from http://www.insystem.com/rbp. There are more details about the rule variants we'll be using as well as information about prior years' tournaments at http://www.insystem.com/rbp/wbcrbn.htm.

 GM      Ron Secunda  [2nd Year]   NA
    secundstar@erols.com   410-721-1225 

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