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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

 2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Norman Rule, MD

2014 Champion

 

Event History
2002    Debbie Gutermuth

  
150
2003    Richard Jones    132
2004    Dan Hoffman    130
2005    Jennifer Drozd    123
2006    Katie McCorry    149
2007    Robbie Mitchell      77
2008    Robbie Mitchell      84 
2009    Lisa Gutermith     59
2010    Carolyn Strock     93
2011    Arthur Wines     85
2012    Eric Monte     115
2013    Joe Millovich    155
2014    Norman Rule     166

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2003    Scott Buckwalter    37
2004    Ted Mullally    22
2005    Steve Boone    20
2006    Steve Crenshaw    19

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    07     69
  2.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    10     59
  3.  Joe Millovich      PA    14     48
  4.  Arthur Wines       PA    11     48
  5.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     42
  6.  Olin Hentz         CT    08     36
  7.  Eric Monte         NY    12     33
  8.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    03     33
  9.  Norman Rule        MD    14     30
 10.  Carolyn Strock     PA    10     30
 11.  Katie McCorry      VA    06     30
 12.  Jennifer Visocnik  IL    05     30
 13.  Richard Jones      uk    03     30
 14.  Rob Kircher        RI    10     29
 15.  Meredith Mattingly PA    09     26
 16.  Chris Kreuter      NY    14     24
 17.  Jeff Mullet        OH    11     24
 18.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    09     23
 19.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05     21
 20.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    06     20
 21.  Steve Boone        MD    05     20
 22.  Ted Mullally       NJ    04     20
 23.  Dusty Usner        PA    12     18
 24.  Ryan Houman        NJ    11     18
 25.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    04     18
 26.  Jay Fox            NJ    03     18
 27.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    03     18
 28.  Bob Stribula       PA    02     18
 29.  Jonathan Gemmel    MD    14     13
 30.  Chad Martin        PA    14     12
 31.  Michael Crescenzi  NC    13     12
 32.  Dave Blisard       PA    13     12
 33.  Cliff Ackman       PA    12     12
 34.  Dan Strock         PA    10     12
 35.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    08     12
 36.  Steve Oksienik     NJ    07     12
 37.  JP Roberts         MD    07     12
 38.  Karl Henning       CT    06     12
 39.  Sean Vessey        VA    05     12
 40.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     12
 41.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    03     12
 42.  Eric Hymowitz      MD    03     12
 43.  Ken Dunn           MD    02     12
 44.  Ed Beach           MD    13      9
 45.  Barrett Straub     MD    11      9
 46.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    08      9
 47.  Dan Henry          IL    07      9
 48.  Jonathan Fox       IL    06      9
 49.  Andres Dunn        MD    05      9
 50.  Doug Williamson    VA    04      9
 51.  Matt Miller        NJ    02      9
 52.  Thomas Stokes      NJ    06      8
 53.  Ilan Tadmor        NY    04      8
 54.  Sean McCulloch     OH    13      6
 55.  Brandon Bernard    PA    12      6
 56.  Patrick Monte      NY    11      6
 57.  David Mattingly    PA    10      6
 58.  Marilyn Flowers    VA    08      6
 59.  Robb Effinger      on    07      6
 60.  Mike Fox           IL    06      6
 61.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      6
 62.  Tim Packwood       MN    05      6
 63.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04      6
 64.  Tom Rhoads         MD    04      6
 65.  Gwen Alvian        MD    03      6
 66.  Verity Hitchings   DE    03      6
 67.  Thomas Robinson    NC    02      6
 68.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    06      4
 69.  Hal Haag           MD    04      4
 70.  Thomas Strock      PA    14      3
 71.  Shane Yeager       MD    12      3
 72.  Dan Mathias        MD    08      3
 73.  Mike Wojtaszczyk   NY    07      3
 74.  Charlie Hickok     PA    06      3
 75.  Derek Landel       NJ    05      3
 76.  Luke Kratz         ID    04      3
 77.  Ewan McNay         CT    02      3
 78.  Keith Levy         MD    05      2
 79.  Mark Guttag        VA    02      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Joe Millovich, PA
2nd

Chad Martin, PA
3rd

Jon Gemmel, MD
4th

Chris Kreuter, NY
5th

Thomas Strock, PA
6th

Past Winners

Debbie Gutermuth, TX
2002

Richard Jones, uk
2003

Legend Dan Hoffman, MD
2004

Jennifer Visocnik, IL
2005

Katie McCorry, VA
2006


Robbie Mitchell, VA
2007-08


Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2009


Carolyn Strock, PA
2010


Arthur Wines, PA
2011


Eric Monte, NY
2012


Joe Millovich, PA
2013


Norman Rule, MD
2014
     

Attendance has returned to triple digit fields since abandoning the 2-player format used in 2007-2011.

Uh oh ... Jim Kramer could lose his wargamer badge if Dockter spots him playing euroweenie games.

Norman Rules ...

Norman Rule was the top qualifier with three wins and a second place finish in the preliminary heats. He went on to win his semifinal by an impressive margin of 17 points and took command of the Final with a 22-point spread. He was a man among boys in the Carcassonne world. Also posting three wins in the qualifying heats were Jon Gemmel, Chris Kreuter, and Thomas Strock. Each of these triple winners went on to earn laurels in the event. Of the six players with more than one win last year, Chris Kreuter and Joe Millovich were the only ones to repeat that feat in 2014 and laurel again.

Several changes were made this year, not the least of which was the addition of a fourth qualifying heat. In combination with the 7% increase in the number of Carcassonne players, the number of games played in the qualifying heats increased by 40.4%. 13 players entered all four heats and ten of these played in the semifinal round.

Another important change was the awarding of "tournament points" to players. The calculation of tournament points will not change in 2015. In a 4-player game, first place earns 9 points, second place earns 5 points, third place earns 2 points, and fourth place earns 1 point. In a 5-player game, 1st place earns 10 points, second place earns 6 points, third place earns 3 points, fourth place earns 2 points, and fifth place earns 1 point. At each table, the game owner earns an additional tournament point. It is important to note that this point is not an in-game point and has no effect on the scoring of the game itself.

The sole purpose of tournament points is to be the first tiebreaker after most wins in determining eligibility for the semifinal round. This new tiebreaker worked very well in achieving its dual purpose of reducing ties and determining semifinalists. Only a few ties remained after Heat 4 and no die rolls were needed to determine eligibility for the semifinal round. By contrast, in 2013, 24 players tied for the last 19 qualifying positions of the semifinal by playing only one game and winning. Fortunately, there were enough no-shows that we did not require a die roll tiebreaker. Also, we noted that last year's tiebreakers qualified each of the 24 one-game players ahead of anyone who won their first game and played another finishing second. With tournament points as the first tiebreaker, a player with one win who plays in multiple heats will qualify ahead of a player with one win who played in just one heat.

The purpose of awarding the bonus tournament point to the game owner at each table was an attempt to eliminate any unnecessary 5-player games this year. The 2013 qualifying heats included eight more 5-player games than necessary due to a lack of games brought to the heats. We note that there were no unnecessary 5-player games this year and, while this bonus point shifted the ranking of players to a small extent, the field of 16 in the semifinal would have been exactly the same.

Which brings us to another change. Due to an overwhelming preference to 4-player games over 5-player games, the semifinal & Final were changed to 4-player boards. Further, more time was allotted between the last qualifying heat and the semifinal round to allow the qualifiers and alternates to be determined and posted on the kiosk. The number of no-shows was reduced to just two. The last alternate to make the semifinal had one win and 21 tournament points.

Since only three of the 16 semifinalists had less than two wins, players who wish to qualify for the semifinals had best have at least two wins. If there is room in the semifinal for players with only one win, they will probably have to participate in multiple heats to increase their number of tournament points to qualify for the semifinals.

As a point of clarification, the WBC Carcassonne tournament uses the 3rd edition rules. This means that all cities are scored two points/tile (even the small "football" 2-tile cities). Also, farmers only earn three points per completed city. Farmers are scored by field, not by city.

Please see the GM or Assistant GMs for any game or tournament rules clarifications.

Defending champ Joe Millovich overcame 2004 champ Dan Hoffman and Thomas Strock at this semifinal table to reach the Final for the second year in a row.

GM Jennifer Visocnik with her four male finalists. After a run of female champs that she started in 2005, the men have held the throne since 2011.

Watch out Norman - they're going to be gunning for you soon.

Racing between tables at this age level is a job for the Flash.

 Carcassonne Junior 2014

Running a major event like Settlers of Catan with five rounds for over 100 adults is a lot of effort, but it pales in comparison to keeping tabs on two dozen little people so when a GM of such a gateway event also steps forward to pull duty in the "rugrat" room on Friday evening it is going above and beyond the norm.

Rich Shipley pulled that double duty this year to the delight of 27 little Carcassonneans. The best little people peeple mover was Caiden Baralo, age 11. He was followed in order by:

~ 2nd: Bailey Bardett, age 9

~ 3rd: Andrew Freeman, age 7

~ 4th: Alex Freeman, age 10

~ 5th: Charlotte Parauda, age 10

~ 6th: Adrianne Navolis, age 11

 GM     Jennifer Visocnik  [2nd Year]  NA 
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