$10.00
My Tenth WBC
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
18 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
My first WBC was nine years ago (2003), so officially next year will be my 10-year anniversary. But this was my tenth WBC, so I'm going to mark the occasion now.

In 2003, I went to Baltimore for one reason: to play Ra competitively. I did some open gaming, and I may have played in a heat or two of other games, but the only tournament that mattered to me was Ra. Starting in 2003, I would make three straight Ra finals, culminating in my win in 2005. That is still the shining moment in my gaming life (so far), and a bittersweet memory, as I defeated my rival and Ra champion Tom Dunning on the absolute closest possible tiebreaker (I held the 16 sun, and he held the 15).

Ra has continued to be a strong game for me (7 final tables and 4 wins in 10 years), but these days I play a little bit of everything, schedule permitting. This year I found myself focusing on fewer tournaments and playing more heats of each. This was not by design, as I prefer to shoehorn as many different games as possible into the only week all year I can devote completely to gaming. But that's how it worked out. So here I present my results and impressions of WBC 2012.
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: wbc [+] [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:173]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
In Greg Thatcher's absence, I agreed to take over as GM of Amun-Re this year, so my WBC started on Monday, with the first heat. Eric Freeman provided both material and moral support to me in this endeavor, so I'd like to start by acknowledging his help. As luck would have it, we had exactly 35 players for our first heat, so I was able to play and we had exactly seven 5-player tables.

Heat 1 (Monday)
Me - 38
Gregory Breza - 33
Steven Brooks - 32
Robert Cranshaw - 29
Ian Streeb - 22


I don't remember much of this game--I think I was a bit overwhelmed by GM duties to take notes--but I remember that Ian took an early lead but ran out of money. Remember that if you end the Old Kingdom with a big lead, you'd better have at least a moderate amount of money or else the cash-kings will leave you with no good provinces to buy in the New Kingdom.

Heat 2 (Tuesday)
Jefferson Meyer - 34
David Gagne - 31
Marilyn Flowers - 30 (3rd)
Steven Brooks - 30 (4th)
Me - 29


By chance, I sat with Steven Brooks again, and this time he had a modicum of revenge, but none of us could stop the Jefferson Meyer juggernaut. Jefferson was Amun-Re's only two-game winner in the heats, and he was the #1 seed going into the semifinals. I'm not sure how I fell behind in this one, but I recall not seeing many scoring cards all tournament long (foreshadowing).

Heat 3 (Thursday)
Kevin Youells - 30 (1st)
Me - 30 (2nd)
Patrick Shea - 28
Doug Faust - 27
Barb Flaxington - 23


This was one of several games that made me glad I'd been prepared with multiple, clear tiebreakers before the tournament started, and had posted them on every score sheet. More than half of our 15 games during the heats were decided by two or fewer points, and three ended in ties. Our game went to the third tiebreaker (farmers + temples), and Kevin won with one more temple than I had. What a close game!

Semifinals (Thursday)
Eric Freeman - 41
Me - 39
Andy Latto - 36
Matt Calkins - 31


I was determined to have a 5-player final table this year, so I was really hoping all 14 of our heat winners would show up for the semifinals. My plan was to fill the field to 20 with alternates (one alternate had finished 2nd twice, by a total of 2 points, which I think is strong enough for a semifinal berth), have four 5-player semifinal games, and advance the best 2nd place finisher to the finals. Unfortunately, we were only able to fill the field to 16, so I thought four 4-player semifinals with the closest 2nd advancing was a reasonable compromise.

My semifinal table featured former Amun-Re (and everything else) champion Eric Freeman, former Consul Andy Latto, and multi-event-winner Matt Calkins. As one might imagine, we all played strong games, but Eric's was the strongest. My two-point loss was the closest 2nd, so I gained a berth in the final as well.

Final (Friday)
Michael Shea - 33 (1st)
Eric Freeman - 33 (2nd)
Rob Flowers - 32
Cary Morris - 28
Me - 27


A full recap of the final table is posted as an Amun-Re session report here on BGG, so I'll spare you the details here. As you can see, though, it was a remarkably close game--unsurprising given that everyone at the table had won at least one WBC event before--with Michael's 9 pyramids trumping Eric's 6.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:255]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I was able to compete in all three heats of Thurn und Taxis this year, for which I was pleased since it's a game I'd been playing a lot in the past 18 months or so. I love that T&T rewards efficiency but that the deck (and other players) often conspire against this efficiency. So ultimately, it's a game about making the most of one's inefficiencies. There's something poetic in that.

Heat 1 (Monday)
Me - 19
Drew BuBoff - 15
Lou Traini - 13
Greg Crowe - 11


I knew Drew DuBoff from his excellent run at El Grande in 2011, and Greg and I tend to play the same games, so we see each other a lot at WBC. I'd never met Lou before. This was a relatively low-scoring game in which I was able to gain enough tempo on Drew to close out the win. I was happy to bank some early wins, since traditionally I don't start particularly fast at WBCs.

Heat 2 (Wednesday)
Me - 23
David Gagne - 18
Stephen Hunt - 16 (3rd)
Ben Carter - 16 (4th)


Other than David Gagne, I did not recognize the other players at this table, but it was a well-played game. I had the starting seat in all three of my T&T heats this year, and while I agree that it's an advantage when the opening cards are very good (you can be the first to get some really nice 5-city routes to get the first 2-point chit and lay down a bunch of houses), I prefer the later seats for their superior endgame position. In any case, things went my way in this game as I won comfortably.

Heat 3 (Wednesday)
Me - 22
Andrew Emerick - 10
David Gagne - 8
Jefferson Meyer - 6


I suppose this was my turn to get revenge on Jefferson for his Amun-Re win over me, and it was a rematch with David and another game with Andrew, last year's Navegador champion and an excellent all-around gamer. Andrew joked that I would double his score, and I thought he was crazy. But with the help of some good draws and a quick game end, I was able to do just that. The scores don't reflect the level of play here. I got excellent cards, and when you do that in T&T, it's hard to lose, even to strong players like my opponents here.

Semifinals (Thursday)
Andy Latto - 23
Jennifer Mongold - 16 (2nd)
Me - 16 (3rd)
Dave Rohde


If you're going to lose a game of Thurn und Taxis, I recommend you lose it to multiple champion Andy Latto. His knowledge of the game is truly remarkable, and when Jennifer (a protege of T&T shark Amy Rule) chose to slow down her quick cartwright strategy and allow Andy and me a couple of extra turns at the end of the game, I knew I was finished. I had an extremely strong start, being the first player to nab the chits for the green and red/orange regions. Then I took the 3-point purple chit while upgrading to my 6 cartwright. All I was missing was the all-colors chit, and I held Lodz in hand. Despite several uses of the administrator however, I couldn't fish a Pilsen until it was too late. Dave, a former Ivanhoe champion, went for long routes, which ordinarily is a viable strategy, but given Jennifer's cartwright rush, Dave just couldn't get his houses down in time.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I knew I might have a lot of conflicts with Stone Age this year, so I was hoping for an early win. I also knew that even one win was likely not enough to advance, so winning in one's first heat was critical.

Heat 1 (Monday)
Cliff Ackman - 175
Ian Streeb - 158
Me - 144
Gus Collars - 118


Cliff and I have crossed swords a few times over the years in Ra, Ticket to Ride, and other games, and I knew him to be a strong player. Ian is a friend outside of WBC and is known for his unorthodox strategies (though in this game he played the main line). I'd never met Gus before Monday. The main thing I remember about this game is that I never rolled a single 6 all game long. Despite my copious tool gathering, I just couldn't seem to muster EV on my dice rolls, and that slowed my progress. Meanwhile, Ian collected hoards of cards and pulled off the rare turn in which he was able to take a farm, a tool, and the love shack (the rest of us were fighting for cards and huts at that point). Gus prioritized resources over farms, tools, and cards, leaving Cliff in a dominating position as he gobbled up all the good spaces on both his and Gus' turns. Cliff also collected a complete set of green cards to cement his victory.

At this point, I essentially dropped out of the Stone Age tournament, as nothing short of three straight wins would advance me and I had conflicts with all the other heats. But these are the choices we make at WBC. Maybe next year...
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:94]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
As I said in my opening, Ra is probably my best game at WBC (though I've only made one Ra final at EuroQuest). Nonetheless, Ra is a lot like poker. If we played ten heats, I'd probably win enough to advance in most tournaments. But I can easily lose three or four heats in a row and not make the semis. So I'm always hopeful about my chances in Ra, but cautiously so.

Heat 1 (Monday)
Me - 36
Owen Kyrollos - 32
Rod Davidson - 31
Steve Shambeda - 30 (4th)
Marc Beauregard - 30 (5th)


A fairly narrow but solid win here. Steve and I have played several games over the years (mostly Ra if I recall correctly), but I was unfamiliar with many of the other players. That often happens in Ra, since it draws such huge numbers. My odds of seeing a familiar face are somewhat small in the Ra heats. Looking at the BPA web site informs me that Marc and Rod are WBC event winners, and so is Steve, which explains the close, well-fought game.

Heat 2 (Tuesday)
Me - 55
Owen Kyrollos - 45
Redie Smith - 37
Bruce Wigdor - 30


I led most of the way in this game, but Bruce, a former WBC Up Front tournament winner, had an amazing tableau at game's end (9 pharoahs and 11 flooded niles!). I don't think I'd ever won my first two heats of Ra at WBC, and doing so freed up a bit of space in my schedule later in the week, as I was essentially guaranteed to advance.

Heat 3 (Thursday)
Jason Levine - 41
Nick Henning - 37
Cally Perry - 32
Me - 29
Carmen Petruzzelli - 22


I played the third heat on a lark, and what a murderer's row of opponents I drew! Jason Levine was nearly unstoppable at WBC this year, winning several tournaments (last I checked), and I always enjoy gaming with him. We reminisced about Tom Dunning and discussed a bit of Princes of Florence strategy (Jason took down PoF later in the week). Nick Henning is nearly as decorated as his father (14 WBC wins between them), so I always assume I'll get a strong game from him. Cally and Carmen are also WBC tournament champions, so we had a semifinal-caliber table in the heats. But that's what I love about WBC. Where else can you play that level of competition consistently over the course of an entire week? Anyway, I never got any traction in this game and Jason's steady pharoah/suns strategy narrowly beat Nick's endgame monument push.

Semifinals (Friday)
Me - 51
Jefferson Meyer - 35
Janet Ottey - 26
Luke Koleszar - 25 (4th)
Thomas Morris - 25 (5th)


Friday was a very long day for me this year. I'd played in the Amun Re final, the T&T semis, a heat of Puerto Rico, and the final heat and semifinals of Princes. Steve's choice of an 11 p.m. start time for the Ra semifinals was not ideal for me, but I go where the games are.

I ran away with this one on the strength of 9 flooded niles in the 2nd epoch and 11 in the third. The pivotal moment was when Thomas (my RHO) drew a single flood onto an empty board while I was holding a god tile. I snagged the flood for the dozen points I needed to put Jefferson out of reach. This was a strong table--both Luke and Jefferson are multiple WBC tournament winners--but sometimes one player gets most of the luck in Ra, and usually that player wins.

Finals (Saturday)
Steve Scott - 41
Me - 38
Eric Freeman - 37
Jean-Francois Gagne - 28 (4th)
Mikko Raimi - 28 (5)


Another 11 p.m. start after another long day. I actually briefly napped on the floor of the room in which the finals were held. Luckily, I woke up once the tiles hit the table.

Our first epoch was one of the fastest I've ever seen, as only Eric got away with many tiles. He'd already collected five different monuments and managed to claim the pharoah bonus with a single tile. I ended the epoch with only a single pharoah to my name. But Eric's sun position for the 2nd epoch was not ideal, so he went out early, gathering his 6th different monument and three more pharoahs (4 total) but taking a negative score due to having no civilization tile. Meanwhile, I jumped into the pharoah lead, using god tiles and my bids to amass 5 pharoahs. But I didn't have much else and feared I was too far behind to catch the leaders. Steve built steadily and was in excellent sun position for the final epoch. Jean-Francois fell behind a bit, but Mikko carried a 6 point lead into the final epoch.

In the end, I secured my pharoah lead, a few miscellaneous points, and the bonus for most suns before going out with what I'd counted as 38 points. Eric used his last bid to get to what we both assumed would be 37 (he later lost 5 points for lowest suns), and I don't think he could have done better with that sun. Jean-Francois and Mikko had to take bigger risks as it was clear the rest of us had moved ahead of them. Steve managed to use his last bid to gain the 7 points he needed to overtake me for the win.

I was impressed with the way every player counted the others' scores, made deliberate calculations on his turn, and employed strategic principles in a game that sometimes is considered too luck based by "serious" gamers. Steve played wonderfully and probably couldn't have lost even if his last bid had been less valuable (or if he hadn't used it at all, in which case he would have gained 5 points for highest suns--I was wrong when I thought I'd secured the lead!--and he would have edged me 34-33). In its slightly more than a decade of WBC history, Ra has had three multiple winners. That doesn't sound to me like a game featuring too much luck.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:51]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Goa is another game at which I've excelled in tournament play. One of my greatest accomplishments is winning Goa in consecutive WBCs and at EuroQuest in between. I guess I know what Spain's soccer team must feel like. This year, we used the old edition of the game because the new one was not widely available. But next year, we're hoping to use the new edition, if we make it back into the century.

Heat 1 (Tuesday)
Me - 56
Ken Horan - 49
Chris Trimmer - 47
Rod Spade - 38


One of the nice things about playing in a small event is that your fellow competitors are usually strong players who really love the game. Ken is a member of my gaming club (EPGS) and a strong overall player (he won Le Havre at WBC this year, for starters). Chris Trimmer is a former Goa champion and multiple WBC event winner, and Rod Spade is a perennial finalist in Goa and other games. I think my 56 was the highest score of the tournament, and I'm especially proud to have scored it against this table. Of course, pulling four of a kind in expedition card symbols on my final action certainly helped. I probably should have scored in the low 50's.

Semifinals (Thursday)
Rod Spade - 46
Me - 43
Seth Kirchner - 42
Ken Horan - 41


A near rematch of our first heat game, but with a different result. Ken's money problems slowed him down for the entire game, and Rod pushed cards and spices for a big early advantage. I managed to scramble back on the strength of three scoring tiles (both missions and a duty) but fell short when Seth sold spices on his final action to claim the 3 VPs for most money I'd been counting on. My 2nd place finish was not good enough to advance me to the final, but Rod certainly deserved to go. He won it!

I really hope Goa is back next year. It seems likely that we'll fall out of the century events group, so if you love Goa and are a BPA member, please vote for us to return. Next year we'll be playing the new edition, and it fixes almost everything you may not have liked about the first edition. Trust me, I picked up a copy at WBC and managed to play a side game with Chris Trimmer, Chris Moffa, and Jefferson Meyer. Jefferson won on a tiebreaker over Chris T.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I had a spare hour in my schedule, so I decided to take a shot at Race. It's not a game I consider myself particularly strong in, but I like it and it's quick.

Heat 1 (Wednesday)
Rob Kircher - 33 (1st)
John Shaheen - 33 (2nd)
Richard Fetzer - 32
Me - 27


Rob Kircher is one of the strongest gamers I know, and he crushed me (twice) at Race at EuroQuest last year. In this game, he built an astounding card engine and rode it to victory. I tried to get a blue produce/consume engine going, and I even had the worlds in hand, but I had no cash to play them and no card flow at all. John and Richard put down a lot of worlds, but Rob's balanced board was best when the points were counted.

I was unable to play any more heats of Race, but Rob made the final. I think he finished 2nd or 3rd.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I sacrificed a few other events (mainly Egizia) in order to play Caylus this year, partly because my roommate (Mike Kaltman) runs the event and partly because I really love the game but never seem to have time to play it at WBC.

Heat 1 (Wednesday)
Me - 96
Jason Long - 93
Robert Voisin - 86


Jason pursued an early building (carpenter) strategy while Robert usurped my usual strategy by pumping out point and money favors. I decided to go for building track favors in the hopes of churning out a prestige building at game's end. Indeed, I managed to squeak past Jason with a big late game build, but I hadn't seen the last of Mr. Long.

Semifinals (Saturday)
Rich Meyer - 95
Jason Long - 73
Kevin Walsh - 68
Me - 66


Rich is a multiple WBC event winner who last year took down Ra, and Kevin is a long time nemesis of mine in Puerto Rico and Goa. Constant Reader, even inattentive C.R., will know Jason from the previous paragraph.

This game was never really close. Kevin became our carpenter in this game, and his early buildings and favors were his primary source of income. Jason went for the builder track but didn't build many batches in the castle. He took 2nd place on the strength of a late game Cathedral build. After being shut out of the Dungeon (something that had never happened me before), I went cubes/castle/favors and tried to pump the building track, but I couldn't catch Jason and Kevin. Kevin sealed my fate in the final two rounds, denying me a bank buy and then leaving too little room in the Tower for me to get the four batches I needed for one last favor. Rich won the final, so I guess my job this year was to lose in the semifinals to the eventual tournament winner.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:61]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I won Princes of Florence a couple of years ago, but historically I've been best at finishing 2nd in heats and semis. I consider myself a strong Princes player, but I'm not sure I am an elite player. I'm almost always in the running, but I don't win as many games of Princes as I seem to win of other games in which I consider myself to be strong.

Heat 1 - Wednesday
Jason Levine - 55
Me - 54
Doug Smith - 51
Alan Elkner - 48
Jeffrey Senley - 47


This game was a classic battle between the lots of works/jesters strategy and the builder strategy. From the 2nd seat, I chose the former, though Alan's aggressive bidding for recruiting cards (he bought three) made it hard to get the two I needed. Doug--a very strong gamer and 6 time Successors winner--went for maximum efficiency, only doing four works but getting the 3 point bonus on most of them. In the end, I fell just short of Jason, who rode the builder strategy all the way to victory in the overall event.

Heat 3 - Thursday
Jay Fox - 65
Me - 62
Kevin Breza - 57
Albert Schwartz - 50
Christopher Yaure - 38


It was Jay's turn to play 7 works (with lots of jesters) from the two seat. I tried something I'd never tried before: building all three big buildings and all three landscapes. I had the profession cards I needed but couldn't find the prestige cards to make up the points for not having enough jesters. Another 2nd place finish, but since Princes took 25 players into the semifinals, I was a high enough alternate to advance.

Semifinals - Thursday
Rod Spade - 61
Peter Walsh - 60
Me - 57
Alan Elkner - 55
Kathy McCorry - 52


Rod Spade would best me once again--just wait until EuroQuest, Rod--but Peter Walsh's prestige cards nearly got him past Rod, who had a great week at WBC. I was stuck between strategies and neither drew the bonus nor prestige cards I needed to close the gap. Oh well. I'm hoping to play more Princes this year. It's a game I like, and I'd like to improve in it.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:98]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Saturday afternoon was almost completely empty for me, and Navegador is a game I like, though I'd only played it two or three times. I figured the best that could happen was I'd win and advance, and the worst case scenario was that I'd learn more about the game.

Heat 1 - Saturday
Me - 95
Alyssa Poletti - 92
Romain Jacques - 91
Samantha Berk - 86


This was a close game. I went heavy on shipyards but had to fight with Alyssa over prime exploration real estate. The builders closed out the game before I could sail anywhere near Nagasaki, but luckily the scores were low enough that my 9x shipyard modifier held up.

Semifinals - Saturday
Randy Buehler - 105
Me - 102
Blair Morgan - 82
Emily Bacon - 71


Early sailing and colonization put reigning Caesar Randy and me ahead of the other two players, and they never caught up. Randy dominated in the market and went for churches/factories, while I grabbed every shipyard I could afford and sailed for my life. In the end, the game ended at a better time for Randy than for me and he pulled out the win. Randy did not win the overall event, though, so I guess the good luck of beating me in the semis did not rub off on him, as it did on so many others this year.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: 100 Other Games to Play on a Chessboard [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I've recorded here only those tournaments that I entered with the intention of playing multiple heats and (hopefully) advancing. I also played a game of Paydirt but had to resign because of a scheduling conflict, and on Sunday I played in the TransAmerica tournament, as everyone who doesn't want to go home and isn't in the Puerto Rico semifinals does.

I also had a wonderful time Tuesday afternoon open gaming with Chris Senhouse, Bronwen Heap, Peter Card (is there a better gaming name?), and Derek Glen. Derek and I became fast friends, and I hope to see him again next year.

So that was WBC 2012 for me. I had three top-5 finishes and was 2nd overall in Ra. I feel that my play this week was strong, and I reconnected with some old friends and made one or two new ones. Maybe next year I'll get that 12th shield. At this rate, I won't catch Bruce Reiff until Ray Kurzweil finally discovers a way to download our brains into computers and I send Bruce's computer brain into one of those classic sci-fi recursive logic loops. "How can I stop if the game is called Can't Stop?...If I can't stop, why do the rules say I can stop...maybe I can stop after not stopping...(boom!)"
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.