Harald Henning, CT
Alan Sudy, VA
Bill Crenshaw, VA
Jeff Mullet, OH
Arthur Field, SC
From Son to Father ...
Bill Crenshaw, John Coussis, Kevin
Sudy and Mike Horn
GM Bll Crenshaw and his fellow finalists.
The 2013 tournament had the closest Final ever as three players
tied with 29 points. Kevin Sudy (Louisiana) won the cash tiebreaker
with $105 to Pete Pollard's (Mexico) $75 and Bill Crenshaw's
(Quebec) $50. Jeff Mullet (Virginia) finished fourth with 27
points. Overall, Louisiana won three of the five games, with
Mexico and Pennsylvania each winning once.
playing Louisiana, advanced to the Final with a solid win over
Bill, Mike Horn and John Coussis in Heat 1. Jeff won the other
early preliminary game, beating Eric Monte, Pete Pollard, AJ
Sudy and Pat Mirk. In Heat 2, Bill cruised to an 8 VP win over
Robb Effinger, David Stoy and Pat Mirk and Ewan McNay bested
Pete, Mike and Eric Wrobel. Ewan bowed out with a schedule conflict,
allowing Pete to advance.
In the Final, Louisiana and Mexico got off to fast starts as
they divided the west and Mexico got its $70 gold payout from
the California Gold Rush, but fell behind in the breakthrough
race as they failed to get a Level 1 breakthrough. Virginia cashed
Native Sovereignty early and completed Mechanization but struggled
with board position as it quibbled with its northern neighbor.
Pennsylvania got Storytelling but was hemmed in early. It had
to use Oregon Trail to get to the west rather than cashing the
Ore which helped with territories but hurt cash flow. Quebec
got off to a solid start cashing Revolutionary War as Fur for
$60, but Pennsylvania ended up discarding Hudson Bay Company.
Quebec missed its early research rolls but went last when Era
2 breakthroughs opened and was able to get the jump on Think
Tank, finished it and then circled back for Turnpike as Mexico
and Louisiana collaborated on Electricity and Pennsylvania grabbed
At the end of Era 2, Quebec, going last, decided to hold Civil
War rather than playing it on Louisiana in exchange for immunity
from Immigrants (Mexico being protected by Lincoln). Quebec made
a good run that turn and cashed some commodity cards but was
abruptly brought back to earth by Virginia's World War (which
Quebec had decided to play in Era 1 rather than keep) costing
Quebec $60. Quebec was able to get Rock 'n Roll early, which
helped on his last turn attacks. Virginia finished e-Commerce
while Louisiana and Mexico collaborated on Urban Renaissance.
Louisiana and Mexico carved up the Oil as players competed for
other valuable commodities. On the last expansion turn, Quebec
made a decent run, getting good positions in Gold and Technology
and secondary positions in Tourists and Ore. Quebec went first
in final card play and cashed Prohibition and played Riots for
the event to take most cities. It looked like Quebec was making
his traditional late run, but Louisiana was sitting on a fistful
of cash and cards, including IRS which he used to thwart Quebec's
run and President which he used to fend off Virginia's Spy. When
the dust had settled the MFD plaque in the Sudy household got
some company as dad took over for son with WBC bragging rights.