Pacific Northwest or Bust ...
Larry Loiacono and Alistair Thatch
plot routes in the second heat of the week.
Andrew Drummond, Lori Miskoff, Andy
Lewis and Rob Winslow push trains.
Stephen Cuyler tries to cut
off Vien Bounma.
GM Rob Kircher with three of
his four finalists.
I would to thank everyone for playing again and express special
appreciation to those bringing games. We had seven games in the
first heat, and five each in the second and third heats. During
the heats, in 4-player games Mike Shea took top score honors
with 211 and was the only player to top 200. Top cash went to
Andrew Drummond with 79. Proving that you don't need cash to
win, Vien Bounma only needed 17 cash. In the same game Vien
also took top score honors in the 3-player games with 261.
In the semifinals, the margins of victory shrank to an average
of 4.75. Curt Collins bested Grant LaDue with doubles of Spokane
and Seattle in the northwest. Rob Winslow downed the defending
champion with a double Tucson for 12 each. Bill Peeck outlasted
Sara VanderWal with a double San Diego with two trains. Pat Mirk
beat Vien Bounma with four trains into Portland and double Sacramento
with three trains.
Curt Collins 49 cash + 134 cities = 183
Grant LaDue 42 cash + 136 cities = 178
Andy Lewis 23 cash + 146 cities = 169
Mike Shea 33 cash + 126 cities = 159
Rob Winslow 33 cash + 126 cities = 159
Rob Kircher 49 cash + 107 cities = 156
Tom DeMarco 20 cash + 120 cities = 140
Paul Rubin 26 cash + 97 cities = 123
Bill Peeck 57 cash + 152 cities = 209
Sara Vanderwal 50 cash + 153 cities = 203
William Hoch 12 cash + 167 cities = 179
Frank Mestre 34 cash + 99 cities = 133
Pat Mirk 29 cash + 140 cities = 169
Vien Bounma 34 cash + 130 cities = 164
Andy Drummond 59 cash + 98 cities = 157
Stuart Tucker 32 cash + 122 cities = 154
The Final table composition this year had no repeating finalists
and but one previous champion. Bill was playing in his fourth
final; Pat his third, and Rob his second. Only Curt was making
his first appearance, but he was riding a four-year winning streak
in Union Pacific so he was no babe in the woods. Looking
at the turn log, each player used the 2X card three times and
no one used the 3X or 4in1 cards. Opening move was the Kansas
Pacific to run south. This allowed Curt to take advantage of
the third seat to play a 2x on Turn 3 to reach Denver for 12
cash. Rob didn't like his hand and flushed his hand twice on
Turns 2 and 3. By Turn 4 the Kanas Pacific was out of trains
reaching Tucson and Mexico. Union Pacific was dead in Duluth
after reaching Wichita before turning north. During the midgame,
the pocket trains started to arrive in Turn 8. The race was
on in the north with the Great Northern Railway first to reach
the Pacific. Bill went for the big money grab running GNR into
Seattle on a 2X. Pat often collected from Bill's moves, collecting
6 for Portland and another 12 on the following turn after Bill
ran the South Pacific Lines into Los Angeles then on to San Francisco.
By this time 3 trains had reached the Pacific coast. On Turn
13 the deck had run out with 4 trains reaching the West coast.
Curt opened with San Francisco but held on to his other three
7 cities till late in the game. By then it was too late. Both
Curt and Rob never played a city smaller than 5. Rob was lowest
in cash by a wide margin. Pat suffered from bad card draws with
more than half his cards being 5 or less. Bill only scored 35
off the 7pt cities in comparison to Curt's 56 as we crowned a
new champion for 2014.
Curt Collins 46 cash + 121 cities = 167
Bill Peeck 39 cash + 120 cities = 159
Rob Winslow 26 cash + 129 cities = 155
Pat Mirk 51 cash + 102 cities = 153
In the five games which turned in full trackers, we again had
five cities topping out over 20 points (Denver, Salt Lake City,
Portland, Sacramento and Minneapolis). When we track cities
scoring 15 or more, we add nine more cities to the list. Denver
hit the list four times and Sacramento appeared three times.
Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Casper, El Paso and Minneapolis appeared
twice in the 15+ column. Dallas, El Paso, Spokane, Canada, Portland
and Sacramento each appeared three times among the five winners.
Albuquerque was on four of the winners.