the WBC Lottery ...
Anyone want to play some Can't
Stop! ... ???
Someone always doesn't get the "dress
Hey! Jack Doughan and Andrew Drummond
have a dice roller. Is serious dice rolling allowed?
The Weiss family obviously splurges
on their games and goes all out with the ultra deluxe versions.
After a while you can spot the GMs who put some effort
into the job and show up prepared. I guess I've got to give Rebecca
Can't Stop ... Looking Fabulous!
Thank you to the 229 entrants who joined us for the 9th annual
Can't Stop tournament, and special love to those players
who showed up looking extra fabulous. I've always thought Can't
Stop players were awesome, but it's hard to top gamers in
As always, the tournament was punctuated with special moments
of odds-defying dice and player shenanigans.
PJ Livingston's board was a first come, first served group,
as ALL the fabulous players at that table rolled snake eyes the
first round. But PJ was the first to cap 2's, win his board,
and subsequently have skittles thrown at him by his fellow players.
Slow and steady won the game for Andy Latto who closed one
column each turn to win his preliminary board.
James Kramer closed the 7's and 9's columns and was one away
from closing the 8's, but kindly stopped to allow his fellow
players an extra turn to try and beat him. Hubris? Perhaps. Regardless,
he proceeded to claim victory the following turn.
Philip Yaure taught his competitor Ian Streeb that stopping
= losing as he advanced to the next round, leaving less fabulously
dressed players in the dust.
Jack Doughan, props to you, won his board without any checkpoints.
Don't stop 'til you reach the top, Jack!
But, oh, Bonnie Bugovich, I know the game is called Can't
Stop, but still? Failing to stop after capping the 4's, TWICE,
is a little egregious. Hope you learned a valuable lesson.
Props to Carolyn Strock & Steven Smith for winning particularly
close boards - Steven's board had three players who had capped
two columns and all players on Carolyn's board had two columns
when they eeked out the third for the win.
Greg Zegalia advanced from his quarterfinal table where the
first player capped the 7's column their first turn and the second
player capped the 6's. Woe to those who stop when players have
that kind of dice-strategy!
Trella Bromley schooled her quarterfinal board, capping the
6's, 7's, AND 8's without another player's piece on the board.
Nicely done, Trella!
Good showing, everyone!
Roll call of those players who deserve extra kudos for exemplifying
the Can't Stop spirit of not-stopping-ness and general
good dice strategy:
Props to the Gutsy Kevin Wojtaszczyk (12's), the Daring Jim
Bell (10's), the Bold Christina Schoose (8's), and the Plucky
Phil White (3's) who each closed an entire column in a single
Mad respect to the Fearless Carmen Petruzzelli (8's &
9's), the Audacious Andy Latto (4's &10's), and the Undaunted
James Kramer (6's & 12's) who all closed two columns on their
last turn to win their table.
A special shout-out to the Stouthearted Brett Fox, who closed
THREE columns (5's, 6's, 7's) on the same turn. Fine rolling
The final table was a nail biter, with Chris Long, Andy Latto,
Tim Packwood, and Greg Zegalia vying to be Can't Stop champion
of the world. Chris, Andy, and Tim started strong by closing
a column each (11's, 6's, and 2's respectively). In response,
Greg, who had yet to join the capped-column-club, said, "You're
going to close out two, then you're going to close two, and then
I'm going to win."
Chris advanced his lead by closing the 8's, and Greg makes
his first appearance capping the 3's. With five columns closed,
it was a long struggle for these players to advance up the columns,
eventually Tim closed his second on the 5's, much to the chagrin
of Chris who, after coming from a semi table where he held out
for four or more turns to roll a single 11 to advance, had three
shots to roll a single 5 for the win, but couldn't close the
With two players a single column away from sweet victory,
Greg, in true Can't Stop fashion, methodically advanced
the 7's and 9's to cap both, sealing victory over his more cautious
and/or unlucky competitors. Self-fulfilling prophecy or just
good luck? Either way, congratulations to Greg Zegalia, Can't
Stop Champion 2014.
Can't Stop Junior
The Parauda brothers, James and Tom, are educators experienced
with working with children at the Blair Academy in Blairstown,
New Jersey. Every year they bring a contingent of their students
on a field trip to WBC. This year they even leant their considerable
talents to manning one of our juniors events - always a task
that earns lots of extra brownie points with Saint Peter I'm
This year they had their hands full with 31 junior Can't Stoppers.
My daughter, the elementary school teacher, says that is an apt
The best energizer bunny this year happened to be Lucas Holmquist,
age 11, shown getting his plaque at right. He was followed in
order by the following perpetual motion purveyors:
~ 2nd: George Parauda. age 9
~ 3rd: Charlotte Parauda, age 10
~ 4th: Carter Gambill, age 9
~ 5th: Tessa Lytle, age 12
~ 6th: Alex Freeman, age 10
Look out adults - another class of WBC Juniors graduates is
about to be unleashed.