Amy Rule and John Wobbeking are part
of the 100-player field.
Still drawing with three heats
BPA's #2 and #17 ranked gamers try
their hands at Ingenius.
The GM and his shrinking inventory
Darth Meghan takes her throne!
I'll start with the mantra I have every year. BRING A COPY
OF THE GAME TO THE TOURNAMENT. As usual I had to shoo away late
arrivals from the Friday night heat. There's only so much I can
do if I am short games. I can often sneak in a few last minute
players, but if you don't bring a game and you get there right
before the cutoff time, you're taking a chance. Even if you come
in formal prom wear.
Once again, a nice mix of old fogeys and young 'uns shared
a table to prove how ingenius they were. If you're looking for
a game the whole family can play, go no further. The rulebook
is a two-sided sheet with lots of pictures and the game takes
under an hour.
This year the event dropped a heat but still managed triple
digit attendance for the 7th straight year. Three heats meant
fewer players which meant fewer games which meant fewer winners
which means I have to do a rethink on the advancement rules.
In a perfect world I'd love to have one win and you're in, but
that would probably require a quarterfinal and permission for
those are hard to come by. Timewise it wouldn't be too bad as
it would still be done before noon on Sunday. I'm not sure the
numbers would work though. That's something for me to work on
over the summer.
This year's semifinals were manned by the usual suspects with
one refreshing change: no CABS members! The survivors who reached
the Final included 2012 champion Joe Yaure, two frequent laurelists
in Meghan Friedmann and Rebecca Hebner, and Luke Koleszar representing
the old guard. Or at least as old guard as it gets in Ingenious.
As usual, the Final was a defensive struggle with relatively
low scores. Just like last year, yellow was the battleground
and provided the low score for all four players. Rebecca was
the first player to fall off the pace and, in the time honored
tradition of Ingenious and most other multiplayer games,
immediately blamed her failures on the person sitting to her
right. That was Meghan and it was Rebecca who gave her the "Darth
Meghan" title for repeatedly blocking Rebecca's potential
plays. This of course is perfectly normal and expected play between
experienced players and got zero sympathy from the GM or the
In the end, both Joe and Luke had their chance to win but
didn't have quite the right tile when they needed it. Meghan
did and won her first Ingenious championship. Final scores
were: Meghan 11, Luke 10/12, Joe 10/11, Rebecca 9.
Alyssa Mills is a victim of Jedi mindtracks
from Darth Meghan.
GM Pete Stein and his real smart finalists.
Budding geniuses ... look out Ivy
League - here they come.
When you're smart you don't need a
Chris Yaure runs two events at WBC and still finds time to
help out in the Juniors room. Or rather, gets his family to do
so. Son Joe was tasked with much of this year's effort. As if
that wasn't enough the GM provided extra non-plaque prizes for
the young 'uns as well.
There were 26 potential Rhodes scholars in attendance on Wednesday
morning vying to see who was the most ingenious. The top six
~ 1st: Aidan McNay, age 11
~ 2nd: Tessa Lytle, age 12, who won this event last year
~ 3rd: Luke Morris, age 11
~ 4th: Sarah Morgen, age 11
~ 5th: Zachary Morris, age 9
~ 6th: David DeAcereto, age 10