Youth Shall be Served ...
Let the power flow ...
Philip Shea, Alyssa Mills and Kathy
Mark McCandless, Nessa Savarick
and Jason Ley
Jake Jacoby takes a break from
the Colosseum to turn on the lights.
Youth triumphs. Even though our champion is still under night
driving restrictions, it didn't prevent Justus Hibshman from
making it to the 10pm Final and showing the other finalists how
to play the game. Just imagine what he would have done to this
shark tank in the daylight.
Power continues to flow around the world. Boards were played
on four continents, with a very heavy emphasis on Europe. So
go the choices of the GM. We had 75 entrants for the opening
heat on Monday night. With the help of the able assistant GM's,
the heat was up and going in record time. The chaos of the start
is overwhelming at times, but soon all is sorted out and the
games are started.
USA and Central Europe were first up, with 15 boards being
played, seven Central Europe and eight USA. Two games ended before
step 3. Chris Grech had to go to 17 cities to claim victory over
three opponents deadlocked at 16, and Kathy Stroh eked out a
win on a four-way tie at 15 by 14 E's (25, 11, 9, 0). John Corrado
miscalculated on his bid to win and ended up losing the tie-break
to Bertha Torres-Harris, as he used his money to get to 15 while
only powering 11. It's a risky strategy that can backfire.
Heat 2 witnessed 71 more energy brokers vying in China and
Spain/Portugal. We had seven S/P and eight China. Another miscalculation
cost Craig Trader a win versus Lexi Shea. Michael Shea earned
his win with two coal plants and buying out the coal market,
his #20 plant cost him 49 E's. John Karr had to go to 17 cities
over two others at 16. Your's truly had to go to 18 in a 4-player
game and wait for the tie break to claim a victory over two others.
Keith Levy on China was able to sneak in his victory by not needing
a new power plant at the last auction. Kurt Kramer and Antero
Kuusi did and the money that Keith saved allowed him to buy that
17th city and take the game. Dan Farrow had to go to 17 cities
and still had to wait on the tie break over Paul Sampson. Jarett
Weintraub's 17th city was enough to top Catherine Raymond's 16.
Eric Sokolosky had the lofty sum of 18 cities to claim his victory
over two others at 17. Nessa Savarick's victory in China came
on a three-way tie and was won on just 4 E's (every penny counts)
over Jason Ley. Step 2 saw the #25 go for 62, the #32 for 80
and the #35 for 110. Mark McCandless purchased the #25 and #35
and that drained his money.
Heat 3 filled ten 5-player boards. France and Brazil were
on tap for this night. Vien Bounma played on the doughnut of
France; the Paris area wasn't chosen. In vigorous bidding the
#11 went 24, #26 for 51, and #32 for 71. High bidding can really
hurt as Daniel Hibshman spent 116 E's for the #32 and trailed
the field, Loc Nguyen claimed the victory over two others. Eric
Brosius ended his game early in step 2 by buying seven cities
in the last round to end the game, powering only 14 cities with
the next competitor back at 12. Being aware of how many cities
people can power is important.
We ended the preliminaries with 37 different winners, including
three double winners; Eric Brosius, Nessa Savarick and Dan Farrow.
Although we had a shortage of the published semifinal board,
UK/Ireland, two semi-finalists stepped forward and visited the
Dealers to purchase a board. Note to self; don't use the newest
boards for the semis (or contact Rio Grande Games for a kickback).
After sufficient time had elapsed and the no-shows were accounted
for (or not), we arrived at five boards for 25 semifinalists.
Scotland and Wales were the areas omitted as all boards wanted
to visit the Emerald Isle.
Vien Bounma earned his way into the Final with a win over Bill
Burch by 23 E's. Burch tossed two oil cans as he upgraded his
#5 plant to the #29, but that only got him to second place. Even
with Vien spending 45 for #25, Scott Fenn getting the #31 for
cost was only good enough for third.
· Justus Hibshman had to go to 16 cities and win the
tie break by 16 E's over Chris Kalmbacher. Eric Brosius' 149
E's was only good enough for a third over the others at 15 cities.
· Jim Savarick leaped past the logjam at 14 to go to
16 and victory over Thomas Lind at 15. Kevin Broh-Kahn spent
big bucks to get the #20 for 39 and the #25 for 50. Unfortunately,
it left him short at 12 cities and in third place.
· Dave Rohde built to 15 to end the game and lost by
13 E's to Michael Shea, both tied at 13 cities powered. Sam Packwood's
bid for glory came to naught as his 13 powered cities wasn't
· Eyal Moses powered his 14 cities, and Chris Senhouse
claimed second by 22 E's over Sam at 13 cities.
Chris Kalmbacher's close finish in Semi #2 earned him the
sand plaque, but not a seat at the Final. The Final was played
on the Quebec board. Needing only one board, it wasn't hard to
come up with it. The Gaspe peninsula was left out of play. I
at least know how to pick Assistant GM's (if not how to play
extremely well) as all three of my assistants survived the gauntlet;
Vien Bounma, Eyal Moses, and Jim Savarick, joined by Justus Hibshman
and Michael Shea.
Justus took the #3 for 6 to ensure going last (or first for
the coming round). The others took their plants at cost, Jim
#4, Michael #5, Vien #9 and Moses #10. Both Vien and Eyal expanded
to two cities with Eyal the only one to power both. In Round
2, Vien took #6, Eyal #13, Justus #12 for 13, Michael #18 for
23 and Jim #22 for 22. Justus and Michael both expanded by two
cities, Justus in Montreal and Michael in Quebec. Vien took the
#7 at cost in the third round as no one else bought a plant.
Vien expanded by two cities and Jim by one, putting Vien in the
lead at 4 cities and the others at 3.
Round 4 saw multiple plants bought at or near cost; Vien #15,
Eyal #29, Justus #21 and Michael #23, with Jim not getting into
the act. Justus used his new found power to grow three cities
to 6. Eyal and Michael grew two and Vien only one. Jim saved
his money, as he was ahead on coal and had wind to power the
other two cities. Round 5 saw the dam bust on plant spending.
Justus spent 58 for the #26 and Michael was right behind spending
57 for #30, little did he know that this would be his last power
plant. The others must have felt fortunate to get theirs at cost,
Vien #33, Eyal #27, and Jim #11. It was Jim's third plant so
he expanded two to 5 and Eyal expanded one to 6. Round 6 saw
vigorous bidding on #36 with Jim getting it for 66. Vien got
#35 and Justus #34, both being their last plants. No builds were
made so step 2 was another round away. Only Jim purchased a plant
in Round 7, #20 for 20. He was the only one to expand, two cities
to set off step 2 in the next round.
As all were geared for step 2 expansion, only Jim bought a
plant, #24 for 26. Justus expanded four to 10 and Michael ballooned
by six to 12. Vien outdid him and expanded seven to 12, too.
Eyal and Jim held back at two new cities apiece. As the last
round started, the plant pool was atrocious and Eyal bought the
#16 at cost, but was well behind in powering cities at 10, for
fifth place. Michael was stuck at 11 and Vien was powering 12.
All 3 had bundles of cash, but without the needed power plants,
it didn't help. Jim expanded to his 14 cities capacity with 0
E's, which left it up to Justus to build to 15 to end the game
and claim his victory at 14 cities and 50 E's.
A special thanks to my assistant GM's, Eyal, Vien, and Jim.
Your help made it so much easier and I look forward to gaming
across the table in the future.
The accessory that all the coolest
Power Gridders have to have.
GM Anthony Daw oversees his finalists.