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My Week at WBC
Richard Irving
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Salinas
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As many others, I went to the WBC last week. Here were the games I played.
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1. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:557]
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Played a game of this the first Sunday night.
 
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Richard Irving
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Played several pickup games of this classic. I prefer it to San Juan--mainly because if you don;t draw a 6 pt. card in SJ, you will lose, but in Race there are far more possible winning strategies: fast building using military, produce/Consume x2, Large planets, and still finding a 6 pt. development you can use and take as much advantage of it as you can.
 
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:159]
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Played my first official event, this tournament on Monday--lost my last game to Dave Denton a single point which prevented advancement to the playoff rounds. Well played by Dave.
 
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4. Board Game: Quacksalbe [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:7148]
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I brought my homemade variant of this satirical card game (not endorsed by the AMA!) A good filler and was enjoyed by both groups I played with.
 
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5. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:413]
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Played this one as well--won my first 2, but needed the third and lot a close one again.
 
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6. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:285]
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Played a couple pickup games of this during the week.
 
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7. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1031]
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Dan Dolan brought out his GIANT Villa Paletti set. His carpentry skills were not up to Norm Abrams (but whose are?) which only increased the challenge!
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8. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:1863]
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My moose finger was not up to snuff this year as I got knocked out in the second round.
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9. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:63]
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Got a couple games of Tichu in--including one with ultimate Tichu Whore himself, Derk.
 
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10. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Richard Irving
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Ran the Merchant of Venus tournament.

I could not play the first two rounds--the first time because I missed a new player who was being taught, but I forgot to put his name in the mix. Oooops! I had a perfect 7 boards with 4 players each, so the best solution was to drop out of the heat and let him play. He played all three heats and enjoyed the game, which was mery gratifying.

The second game I'll get to in a bit.

Overall, the attendance was up by 10 this year to 57 and Ewan McNay won the championship in a tight final.
 
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11. Board Game: North American Rails [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3236]
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I played a round of the "Empire Builder" Tournament and had a great (though frustrating) time with this variant. It helps to have 4 players who keep the game moving.
 
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12. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:536]
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Played Titan the Arena--I had rare kill where I eliminated a bet from all 4 other players. Unfortunately, that meant I had no chance to play in the final round, losing my Hydra and the game.
 
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13. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:259]
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Got my traditional single heat of this game--had a very large score on the final round. But that was the only round I could make.
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14. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:476]
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I used my homemade Can't Stop board to prove I follow the instructions of the game's title perfectly.
 
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15. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:195]
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This was my best result in my favorite wargame. I finished 3rd.

I have to thank GM, Jim Burnett and 2nd place finisher Ralph Gleaton for their patience--I made it so far in the tournament (which started at 9:00 am) to have an conflict with the 2nd Round of Merchant of Venus (at 8:00 pm).

After getting the players seated for the heat, which was a challenge as there were no tables in Ballroom B when I got there--Puerto Rico started a heat an hour earlier. I had to grab tables as games finished.

After about an hour delay, Ralph & I played the semifinal. It was close game where I got the required 4 men to the Range 4, but Ralph killed one before I could get them into good defensive terrain. Well played game!
 
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16. Board Game: Pro Golf [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:9470]
Richard Irving
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Played the annual Pro Golf tournament--possibly the worst game at the WBC (C'mon you roll dice and read a chart.) But my foursome included the always fun Richard Meyer.

It just goes to show, the company is always as important as the game to see whether you have a good time.
 
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17. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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I played a round of this before the thirs heat of Merchant--got my hat handed to me as the Americans.
 
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18. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:58]
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Played one heat and the semifinal. The heat was a close game on the Germany map, I pulled out a one point win on a tight map, with very few early shipping opportunities.

In the semi I got squeezed in the middle and lost to two The Steam Brothers from Quebec, Martin & Mario. They are tough players to beat and I enjoyed the game!
 
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19. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:153]
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Played one heat of this and it was a good close game, but Edward beat me by grabbing 2 more nobles.
 
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20. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:407]
Richard Irving
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Salinas
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While waiting in line:
"Is this line for Liar's Dice?"
"No."
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21. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1022]
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My one regret this year was not getting enough flights this year to qualify for the finals--it was tough finding opponents! Alas my streak of making the final 6 was stopped this year.

Even though I missed the finals, I still was there due to a sudden illness of the GM (He was feeling better later in the day.) that I filled as the Assistant GM.
 
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22. Board Game: Slapshot [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2028]
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The traditional WBC closer--I had a good team but I knew I needed a bruiser and could never find one. Out I went in the first round of the playoffs.

I followed the "anti-whining" rule by using my opportunity while on losing Superstar to bruiser. And promptly got called by referee Mark Yoshikawa for "Bad Acting"!

Mark was very busy this year with the amount of whining this year.
 
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