Norman Rules ...
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 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.
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
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
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