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Subject: 2006 World Boardgaming Championship Summary rss

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Thomas McCorry
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Life is a Journey, Not a Destination
The third running of the Ticket to Ride tournament at the WBC saw the addition of Ticket to Ride: Marklin to the TTR versions eligible to be played during the tournament. While each round saw only one or two tables of TTR:M, Ticket to Ride: Europe saw an increase in popularity from last year with 4-5 tables in each round. The original version however was still the most popular version played in each round. The Tuesday round was the biggest with 21 tables and 88 people playing. Dave Platnick takes the honors for the highest score in any game with 172 points in TTR:M while Bill Salvatore took the honors for high score in the original game with 158 points. The lowest winning score goes to Rick Dutton with 79 points.

After 3 rounds there were 36 players who won their first round game. Three people from this group had multiple wins: Valerie Hall, Kathy Kilroy, and Katherine McCorry. In the end we had exactly 25 people arrive for the semi-final, avoiding the need for a die-roll to determine advancement. It came down to five finalists: Andrew Metrick, Mike Backstrom, Jeff Meyer, Gordon Rodgers, and Eric Monte. Eric made it to the final table by virtue of the completed tickets tie-breaker in a TTR:E semi-final over Bill Duke earning Bill 6th place in the tournament.

The final game featured lots of mid-game builds and several ticket draws. Andrew started out with Helena/Los Angeles and the Los Angeles/New York City tickets. Mike held the Montreal/Atlanta and the Kansas City/Houston tickets. Eric started with Los Angeles/Miami and Portland/Nashville. Jeff held Denver/Pittsburgh and Chicago/New Orleans at the start. Finally Gordon started with Toronto/Miami and Duluth/El Paso tickets. In the end, Eric rode his original two tickets plus Seattle/Los Angeles and the longest route to a win with 124 points. Andrew came in 2nd (113, 2 made tickets), followed by Mike in 3rd (94, 5 made tickets), Jeff in 4th (86, 3 made tickets) and Gordon in 5th (68, 2 made, 1 missed).

Next year will feature the addition of the new TTR: USA 1910 expansion to the tournament which provides new tickets and the addition of a “most tickets completed” bonus to better balance the original game. Thanks again to all the players for making this one of the biggest and friendliest tournaments each year.
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