We kicked off the tournament with 36 players. Each round every player was going to play in 4 simultaneous games, with the second round cut to 16 players and the third round to 7. We played with the Base Game and Same Starting Resources, using the Imperium map for the first round and the Italia map for the second and third rounds.
In the first round, Randy Buehler managed the highest single game score at 152, in which he bought eight cards and placed all fifteen of his houses. Stephen Aslett managed the lowest winning score with 95, only buying three cards and placing ten houses. Only one other game (in the third round) managed to have a winning score below 100 points. At the end of the first round, three players had won all their games (Allan Jiang, Andrew Emerick, and Dennis Mishler). The GM and assistant Robb Effinger managed three wins.
The second round games were on the tighter Italia map, and expansion was more expensive to come by. Robb Effinger and Andrew Emerick were at the top with three wins each. Steve LeWinter and Allan Jiang scored two wins, and there were several more with one win. As seems common in my tournaments, I was on the wrong end of a tiebreaker and got eliminated.
Scores in the third round games were in general much, much tighter than previous rounds. Steve LeWinter won a game where 8 points separated first and last (this win was also with 90 points, the other game below 100). Dennis Mishler won another game where the gap was only 10 points across the four players.
In the end, Andrew Emerick prevailed, with two wins, along with a second and third place finish. In one winning game, he had the Brick and Food Minerva cards and went heavy on expansion, triggering the end game with houses. In the other win, he had more of a mix and triggered the end game with cards. The second place finish was probably the key. In that game, Allan Jiang won the game by about twenty points, but the other three contenders were within 2 points of each other, with Andrew narrowly edging Steve LeWinter for second. One point the other way and the final ranking would have had Michael Swinson in first overall.
Top Six Finishes:
- 1) Andrew Emerick
- 2) Michael Swinson
- 3) Allan Jiang
- 4) Robb Effinger
- 5) Steve LeWinter
- 6) Dennis Mishler
Full results can be viewed at https://epworthian.wordpress.com/concordia/concordia-2020-2021-results/.