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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Jeff Meyer, MA

2014 Champion

Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie    63
2005     Kevin Walsh    61
2006    Chris Trimmer    48
2007     Alex Bove    40
2008    Chris Moffa    30
2009    Alex Bove    38
2010    Alex Bove    33
2012    Rod Spade    34
2013    Rod Spade    45
2014    Jeff Meyer    26

Euro Quest
BPA Event History
2004    Arthur Field    30
2005     Christian Moffa    22
2006    Alex Bove    27
2007     Alex Bove    19
2008    Raphael Lehrer    16

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alex Bove          PA    13    154
  2.  Rod Spade          PA    14    105
  3.  Chris Moffa        NJ    14     88
  4.  Arthur Field       SC    06     84
  5.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08     79
  6.  Chris Trimmer      TX    13     64
  7.  Kevin Walsh        NY    13     63
  8.  John Kerr          VA    06     48
  9.  Jeff Meyer         MA    14     30
 10.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    10     30
 11.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
 12.  Andrew Gerb        MD    10     24
 13.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     21
 14.  Bruce Reiff        OH    08     18
 15.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
 16.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     15
 17.  Tom Browne         PA    05     15
 18.  Kyle Smith         PA    14     12
 19.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    13     12
 20.  Mikko Raimi        fi    12     12
 21.  Jim McDanald       TN    07     12
 22.  Jason Levine       NY    06     12
 23.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
 24.  Richard Meyer      MA    14     10
 25.  Rob Kircher        RI    08     10
 26.  Peter Staab        PA    05      9
 27.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 28.  David Platnick     VA    14      8
 29.  David Norman       uk    05      8
 30.  Randy Buehler      WA    13      6
 31.  Aran Warszawski    il    09      6
 32.  Sean McCulloch     OH    08      6
 33.  Sam Atabaki        CA    07      6
 34.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      6
 35.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 36.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 37.  Matt Calkins       VA    08      3
 38.  Michael Fox        IL    06      3
 39.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 40.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3
 41.  Steve Shambeda     PA    09      2
 42.  Kenneth Horan      PA    08      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Kyle Smith, PA
2nd

David Platnick, VA
3rd

Rode Spade, PA
4th

Richard Meyer, MA
5th

Christian Moffa, MA
6th

Past Winners

Perrrianne Lurie, PA
2004

Kevin Walsh, NY
2005

Chris Trimmer, TX
2006

Alex Bove, PA
2007, 2009-10

Chris Moffa, NJ
2008

Rod Spade, PA
2012-13

Jeff Meyer, MA
2014
     

Perrianne Lurie, Alex Bove, Chris Trimmer and Peter Stabb in Heat 1.

Navegador and Facts in Five GMs get to play too.

 Semifinal action with Rich Meyer, David Platnick,
Kyle Smith and Alex Bove.

GM Derek Glenn (standing, right)
with his four finalists before Round 3 commences. 

Less is More ...

Goa attendance fell to an alltime low this year, but despite that enough top players still played to make this a challenging event. The smaller field led to some great matchups even in the preliminary heats. There was one pairing between two former champions, and another threeway match of former champions in the second heat. Two-time defending champion Rod Spade scored 55 points in a big first heat win to secure his spot in the semifinal.

The semifinals consisted of eight table winners from the first two heats. The first table featured two-time champion Alex Bove against a threesome of WBC champs from other events: David Platnick, Rich Meyer, and Kyle Smith. When the dust settled Kyle won the game with 50 points despite probably having the least Goa experience at the table. David finished second with 48 which advanced him to the Final also. Rich and Alex were just behind him with 47 and 45 respectively, in a very close game that seemed to come down to expedition card draws in Round 8.

The other semifinal pit former champions Christian Moffa, and Rod Spade vs Jeff Meyer, and John Corrado. As close as most Goa games are, this one was a bit of a blowout - especially for a semifinal game. Jeff scored 52 points to win while Rod took second with only 46 points. Christian and John were just behind him with 45. Many may be surprised to know that Jeff drew less expedition cards than anyone at the table and proved that his strategy of not focusing on that track was just as good as the expedition strategy. But would it hold up in the next round when Rod would be shooting for his third straight Goa championship.

In the first auction a key moment happened when Jeff picked up the "3 ducats a turn" tile for 8 ducats. This would serve his Money needs well for the rest of the game despite David being on his right and bidding up almost every time to make Jeff pay a hefty price for what he wanted.

In the opening round of actions, all players managed to found the first colony but it took Rod two actions to do it, which put him a little behind the rest of the table. In the second round David started right in on actions using two of his three actions to draw a couple cards. Kyle advanced on the expedition track and spent a couple actions drawing two cards as well. Despite only being able to draw one card, Rod used the draw action twice as well. Meanwhile Jeff stuck to his strategy of not pushing the advancement of the expedition track. He founded the 8 cost colony, advanced his harvest track and harvested. In the third round Kyle whiffed two times on founding the 8 cost colony which stunted his game. Over the next couple rounds Jeff kept harvesting and advancing the harvest and ship building tracks while everyone else advanced some but also kept drawing cards. In Round 6 Jeff drew an expedition card which was huge because it was the Harvest action card and he had just advanced to the bottom of the harvest track. He exclaimed at this point that if he wins, this card would be a big reason why. The bids got bigger and bigger as the rounds advanced. The next round David exclaimed, "My plan to buy my own tile was thwarted by having spent all my money". In the end all players finished with 4 to 7 expedition card points but it was Jeff who led with 52 points. Kyle was just behind him with 51, David had 48 and Rod's reign ended with a whimper with just 45. Despite drawing less expedition cards than anyone he pieced his strategy together and even pushed the neglected tax track to the bottom towards the end of the game to snag a couple last cards for scoring. All in all it was a great match to watch and everyone played well.

Champs present (Spade), future (Meyer) and past (Moffa) with the trivia master John Corrado.

 GM     Derek Glenn [1st Year]  NA
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