merchant of venus  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

 2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Eric Wrobel, MD

2012-14 Champion


Event History
1991    Duane Wagner    24
1992    Kathy Stroh    21
1993    Michael Anchors    41
1994    David Thompson    43
1995    Greg Mayer    56
1996    Tom Stokes    48
1997    Mark Hunter    78
1998    Greg Mayer    80
1999    Steve Crenshaw    67
2000    Debbie Otto    68
2001    Bill Crenshaw    72
2002    Charley Hickok    60
2003    Luke Koleszar    64
2004    Eric Wrobel    64
2005     John Koskl    50
2006    Eyal Mozes    39
2007     Kathy Stroh    47
2008    Ewan McNay    57
2009     Debbie Gutermuth    57
2010    Eric Wrobel    64
2011    Bill Crenshaw    48
2012    Eric Wrobel    59
2013    Eric Wrobel    66
2014    Eric Wrobel    68

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Eric Wrobel        VA    14    228
  2.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    13    138
  3.  Luke Koleszar      VA    14     82
  3.  Joe Abrams         CT    12     72
  5.  Eyal Mozes         MD    11     61
  6.  Kathy Stroh        DE    13     56
  7.  Steve Dickson      CA    10     56
  8.  Debbie Otto        MO    00     56
  9.  Charles Hickok     PA    11     55
 10.  Ed Wrobel          VA    03     52
 11.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    14     48
 12.  Chuck Foster       TX    06     42
 13.  Richard Irving     CA    13     40
 14.  John Koski         NC    05     40
 15.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    05     40
 16.  Jeff Bakalchuck    NY    02     40
 17.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    99     40
 18.  Greg Mayer         MO    99     36
 19.  Ewan McNay         CT    13     34
 20.  Chris Gnech        PA    14     33
 21.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    09     30
 22.  Tom Stokes         NJ    10     24
 23.  Duane Wagner       NJ    07     24
 24.  Phillip Shea       VA    09     22
 25.  Doug Faust         NY    12     18
 26.  Peggy Pfeiffer     FL    07     16
 27.  Rich Meyer         MA    04     16
 28.  Eric Monte         NY    14     16
 29.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    11     12
 30.  Patrick Shea       VA    10     12
 31.  Kevin Wojtasczyck  NY    07     12
 32.  Abby Cocke         MD    02     12
 33.  James Hopkin       CA    00     12
 34.  Frank McNally      MA    06      9
 35.  Winton Lemoine     NV    14      8
 36.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    03      8
 37.  Gary Dickson       CA    02      8
 38.  Lauren Hickok      PA    00      8
 39.  Ray Stakenas Sr    NC    05      4
 40.  Jim Fardette       ae    04      4
 41.  Lynn Ribeiro       NH    01      4
 42.  Tom Browne         PA    12      3
 43.  David Fritsch      VA    08      3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Chris Gnech, PA
2nd

Luke Koleszar, VA
3rd

Vassili Kyrkos, NY
4th

Winton Lemoine, NV
5th

Eric Monte, NY
6th

Past Winners

Duane Wagner, NJ
1991

Kathy Stroh, PA
1992, 2007

Greg Mayer, MO
1995, 1998

Tom Stokes, NJ
1996

Mark Hunter, MO
1997

Steve Crenshaw, MD
1999

Deb Otto, MO
2000

Bill Crenshaw, MD
2001, 2011

Charlie Hickok, PA
2002

Luke Koleszar, VA
2003

Eric Wrobel, VA
2004, 2010, 2012-14

John Koski, NC
2005

Eyal Mozes, NY
2006

Ewan McNay, CT
2008

Debbie Gutermuth, NC
2009

Malinda Kyrkos and Philip Shea wander the galaxy.

GM Richard Irving and his five finalists.

Déjà vu All Over Again!


It's a ThreepeatTM or Oops I Owe Pat Riley a Royalty Check.

The 2014 tournament started with a well-attended demo session where eight new players came by to learn the game just before the start of the first heat.

That first heat was located appropriately in the near absolute zero temperatures (maybe not that cold) in the vast, empty spaces of Ballroom B. 48 players, the best attended heat I had ever run, played 12 games for the first round. One of the games featured a variant that I had given out as one of the mini prizes for winning a heat game, but I had never actually played it, the Robo Ships. These alternate ships were designed by Roberto Ullfig and posted online. They provide four new ship types:
- Needle: $80, 1 hold + Fare/Equipment minihold, Roll 2 dice and use any 1x3. Starting ship.
- Sloop: $100, 1 hold + Fare/Equipment minihold, Roll 5 dice and use any 4.
- Scow: $260, 3 holds + Equipment, Roll 4 dice and use 2.
- Merchantman: $280, 4 holds, Roll 3 dice and use 2.

We played with only these ships - they could be used in addition to regular ships. With only these ships, it is necessary to upgrade out of the Needle ASAP. Then a Sloop, which is a superfast/maneuverable ship and is quite useful in mid game, but can only hold one good and probably won't win against a larger ship over the long haul. This makes the variant ships quite interesting to play. A nice change of pace.

The other games used the AH rules. There were quite a few interesting games: Henry Dove won with Transport -the Clipper seems to rule the $2000 game. Bill Crenshaw opened his game with a roll of 2-2-2, but fortunately for him, he did not declare he was going to the Cloud. And "Mr. Freighter" Philip Shea won with a humble Clipper in this game. And Bob Woodson managed to acquire $2050, more than necessary to win, but could not declare victory as it was not his turn. And for new blood entering the WBC, 9 year-old Bailey Burdett played in all three heats. The winners in Heat 1 were: Craig Reece, Vassili Kyrkos, Steve Koleszar, Chris and Phillip Entwistle, Henry Dove, Rich Meyer, Bill Crenshaw, Kathy Stroh, Chris Gnech, Philip Shea and Debbie Gutermuth.

Heat 2 was also held in the spacious and still frigid Ballroom B (I am maxing out Roget's Thesaurus!). Seven games were played by 25 players. Another game was played with the Roboship variant: This time with Richard Irving's Merchantman edging Doug Faust's Sloop when Richard delivered all of the Servomechs in the universe on one trip. In another game, someone whose name was not reported rolled 1-1-1, 1-1-4, 1-1-6, & 2-2-2. (Bad as that may be, there was one player who rolled worse than that - on consecutive rolls (!) a few years ago.) Bob Woodson played himself off the Altnernate list by winning and put Roy Pettis on it with a score of $2013. And two-time defending champ, Eric Wrobel made his first appearance with a predictable outcome. The other winners in this session were: Jeff Kahan, Eyal Mozes, Wade Fowble, and, not surprisingly, the second ranked Bill Crenshaw.

Heat 3 was played in Marietta, generating seven more games with 27 players. Unfortunately, nothing interesting happened in any of the games, since no one wrote any comments on the games. Please add comments on the score sheet - it helps me write a more interesting report. The winners were: Gary Dickson, Ken Gutermuth, Luke Koleszar, Eric Monte, Wade Fowble, Winton Lemoine, and Chris Entwistle (again).

With 23 different players winning at least one game (and showing up for the semifinals), that meant five 5-player games to $3000 were used in the semis. Game 1 was a tight, long drawn out affair with Winton Lemoine topping Debbie Gutermuth. In Game 2, Luke Koleszar edged Eric Monte to return to the Final in consecutive years. Vassili Kyrkos had a comfortable win in Game 3,, but not as comfortable as Chris Gnech's blowout in Game 4 aided by finding an early Jump Start. And in Game 5, defending champ Eric Wrobel easly maintained his title defense as he won by over $1200.

That determined our finalists and if you read the title of this piece, you already know who won. Eric opened the game by flying into the Cloud, finding an Open Port that sold Red Ships, acquiring a Clipper on the first turn and racing out to an early lead. He was never seriously challenged and won again by over $1200. ThreepeatTM Will anyone stop him next year?

Threepeat is a registered trademark of Pat Riley. All rights reserved. (Former LA Laker coach, Pat Riley, trademarked the term in 1988 when the Lakers were trying to win their third consecutive NBA championship. Smart guy!)

Final Results:

Finalists (Ranked by result in Final)
1) Eric Wrobel, $3,135
2) Chris Gnech, $1,947
3) Luke Koleszar, $1,570
4) Vassili Kyrkos, $1,531
5) Winton Lemoine, $1,435

Semifinalists (Ranked by result of SF game)
6) Eric Monte, $2,922
7) Debbie Gutermuth, $2,832
8) Eyal Mozes, $2,687
9) Bob Woodson, $2,571
10) Roy Pettis, $2,497
11) Philip Shea, $2,466
12) Henry Dove, $2,414
13) Gary Dickson, $2,224
14) Craig Reece, $2,102
15) Wade Fowble, $2,021
16) Andrew Cummins, $1,995
17) Steve Koleszar, $1,782
18) Rich Meyer, $1,699
19) Chris Entwistle, $1,658
20) Phillip Entwistle, $1,634
21) Ken Gutermuth, $1,431
22) Jeff Kahan, $1,399
23) Bill Crenshaw, $1,370
24) Kathy Stroh, $1,250
25) Richard Irving, $950

Others (Ranked by score in best game)
26) Alistair Thach, $1,963
27) Doug Faust, $1,956
28) Kevin Wojtaszczyk, $1,947
29) Frank McNally, $1,915
30) Larry Loiacanu, $1,882
31) John Henry, $1,871
32) John Sizemore, $1,871
33) Michael Holmquist, $1,792
34) Stephane Dorais, $1,751
35) Zachary Felix, $1,740
36) David Finberg, $1,678
37) Jason Wagner, $1,635
38) Patrick Shea, $1,622
39) Roderick Shea, $1,596
40) Kevin Sudy, $1,513
41) Geoffrey Entwistle, $1,489
42) John Corrado, $1,477
43) Norm Newton, $1,386
44) York Dobyns, $1,343
45) John Van de Graaf, $1,314
46) Malinda Kyrkos, $1,308
47) Chris Long, $1,303
48) Charles Hickok, $1,289
49) Elissa Hoeger, $1,197
50) Paul Gaberson, $1,175
51) Jessica Shea, $1,167
52) Bob Mazzi, $1,096
53) Bailey Burdett, $1,095
54) Ewan McNay, $1,075
55) Jordan Kehrer, $1,036
56) Tom McCorry, $1,021
57) Trella Bromley, $990
58) Michael Lind, $889
59) Steve Boone, $820
60) Gary Libby, $798
61) Rod Coffey, $768
62) James Alexander, $762
63) Daniel Farrow IV, $720
64) S. Deniz Bucak, $720
65) Joseph Powell, $680
66) Tony Newton $670
67) Guy Ferraiolo, $450
68) Robert Powers, $440

 GM     Richard Irving  [13th Year]  1505 Caceras Circle, Salinas, CA 93906
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