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Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Max DuBoff, NJ

2015 Champion

Event History

2004 Alan Kaiser 151
2005 Blair Morgen 160
2006 Eric Monte 157
2007 Brittany Bernard 191
2008 John Faella 201
2009 Kyle Greenwood 220
2010 Anni Foasberg 206
2011 Patrick Monte 207
2012 Henry Allen 203
2013 Hilary Haagen 247
2014 Alan Elkner 303
2015 Max DuBoff 302

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2004 Daniel Karp 45
2005 Tom Dunning 39
2006 Virginia Colin 49
2007 Virginia Colin 51
2008 Donna Davis 48
2009 Josh Githens 68
2010 Eric Monte 66
2011 Sceadeau D'Tela 78
2012 Liz Anderson 57

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alan Elkner        NJ    15    102
  2.  Jay Fox            NJ    13     84
  3.  Virginia Colin     VA    11     70
  4.  Eric Monte         NY    10     70
  5.  Steve Shambeda     PA    12     69
  6.  Henry Allen        FL    13     68
  7.  Max DuBoff         NJ    15     60
  8.  Hilary Haagen      VA    13     60
  9.  Anni Foasberg      NJ    10     60
 10.  Kyle Greenwood     HI    09     60
 11.  John Faella        RI    08     60
 12.  Patrick Monte      NY    11     50
 13.  Lori Miskoff       NJ    11     48
 14.  Daniel Karp        MD    04     48
 15.  Tom Dunning        NY    09     44
 16.  Brittany Bernard   PA    07     40
 17.  Blair Morgen       NJ    05     40
 18.  Adina Weiss        NJ    14     36
 19.  Richard Irving     CA    13     36
 20.  Donna Davis        PA    08     36
 21.  Nico Parauda       NJ    08     36
 22.  Robert Cranshaw    RI    05     36
 23.  Larry Loicano      PA    07     32
 24.  Liz Anderson       NY    12     30
 25.  Rich Meyer         MA    12     30
 26.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    11     30
 27.  Josh Githens       SC    09     30
 28.  Alan Kaiser        OH    04     30
 29.  Vien Bounma        NJ    12     29
 30.  Curt Collins II    PA    11     27
 31.  Eric Raymond       PA    15     27
 32.  Yoni Weiss         NJ    14     24
 33.  Trella Bromley     FL    13     24
 34.  Grant LaDue        NY    10     24
 35.  Jamie Tang         MD    08     24
 36.  Andrew Metrick     PA    06     24
 37.  Norman Rule        MD    11     21
 38.  Amy Rule           MD    14     20
 39.  Thomas Idzikowski  MI    11     20
 40.  Philip Shea        VA    09     20
 41.  Michael Richey     VA    06     20
 42.  Steven Alfieri     PA    15     18
 43.  Hank Griffin       PA    14     18
 44.  Eugene Yee         MD    12     18
 45.  Peter Eirich       MD    10     18
 46.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    10     18
 47.  Kathy Kilroy       PA    09     18
 48.  Jonathan Izer      MD    08     18
 49.  Tom McCorry        VA    04     18
 50.  Lee Mewshaw        MD    11     16
 51.  Arthur Wines       PA    07     16
 52.  Mike Backstrom     MN    06     16
 53.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     16
 54.  Ben Carter         FL    15     12
 55.  Henry Dove         MD    12     12
 56.  Mark McCandless    LA    10     12
 57.  Tom Stokes         NJ    08     12
 58.  Anne Norton        NJ    08     12
 59.  Eyal Mozes         NY    08     12
 60.  Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
 61.  Jean Francis Gagne qc    05     12
 62.  Arthur Field       SC    04     12
 63.  Tamara Houde       VA    04     12
 64.  Sarah Beach        MD    12     10
 65.  Mark Geary         OH    11     10
 66.  Haim Hochboim      il    11      9
 67.  James Freeman      VA    09      9
 68.  Bill Zurn          CA    08      9
 69.  Cathy Kratz        ID    04      9
 70.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    06      8
 71.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    05      8
 72.  Antony Saccenti    MD    15      6
 73.  Chris Shabsin      MA    14      6
 74.  Joe Millovich      PA    13      6
 75.  Andrew Emerick     CT    12      6
 76.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    10      6
 77.  Randy Buehler      WA    10      6
 78.  Shivendra Chopra   MD    09      6
 79.  Chris Goff         MD    08      6
 80.  Eric Haas          MD    04      6
 81.  Kathleen McCorry   NJ    04      6
 82.  Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    12      5
 83.  Max DuBoff         NJ    11      5
 84.  Winton LeMoine     CA    07      4
 85.  Amy O'Neal         VA    06      4
 86.  Bill Duke          MD    06      4
 87.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    05      4
 88.  Marsha Hamel       NJ    05      4
 89.  Todd Raethka       NY    12      3
 90.  Rodney Davidson    AZ    11      3
 91.  Sam Atabaki        CA    09      3
 92.  Philip Taylor      NJ    08      3
 93.  Mark Guttag        VA    04      3
 94.  Davyd Field        SC    04      3
 95.  Michael Thompson   PA    07      2
 96.  Bill Salvatore     MD    06      2
 97.  Chris Entwistle    MD    05      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Alan Elkner, NJ
2nd

Eric Raymond, PA
3rd

Steven Alfieri, PA
4th

Ben Carter, FL
5th

Antony Saccenti, MD
6th

Past Winners

Alan Kaiser, OH
2004

Blair Morgen, NJ
2005

Eric Monte, NY
2006

Brittany Bernard, PA
2007

John Faella, RI
2008

Kyle Greenwood, HI
2009

Anni Foasberg, NJ
2010

Patrick Monte, NY
2011

Henry Allen, FL
2012

Hilary Haagen, VA
2013

Alan Elkner, NJ
2014

Max Duboff, NJ
2015

The caboose (drafted hubbie Eric) guides late entries to the end of the line.

A bigger ballroom awaits TTR in 2016. No more table shortages for the mega events.

Steve Boone and Gus Collars enjoy their ride. The back-to-back 300-entrant field was a first for WBC events.

Cliff Ackman and Yoel Weiss amongst the crowd. Yoel's club, Jay's Basement. has done especially well in this event over the years.

And the Train Just Keeps on Rolling!!

The naysayers said that topping 300 players was just an anomaly caused by being part of the Days of Wonder 2014 TTR World Championships. Attendance would surely erode thereafter. I guess they were right. The erosion has begun … the 2015 dropped … by one. Ticket to Ride again exceeded 300 participants. A record-setting heat of 208 in the first heat topped any of 2014’s heats during the year of the TTR World Championships.

After the long lines of last year, my husband, Eric came up with a superb idea to manage the check-in line. He wore a black hat with a caboose on it, labeled “Ticket to Ride: End of the Line”. It helped folks know where the line was and as the caboose got closer, it helped us manage the set up of games. It felt like the end-game time management you do in Lost Cities.

Eric couldn’t be the “Caboose” every heat so I had some wonderful substitutes who stepped in. Bradford McCandless did a great job doing caboose duty for the second heat. For the third heat, Bonnie Neubauer, volunteered for caboose duty even though she hadn’t played in the tournament this year.

One of the strategies for TTR consists of taking cards for many rounds before laying down trains. In my second heat, my husband was in an unusual game of “card hoarding”.

All through the first deck they mostly drew tickets. Three of the players built a handful of trains and only Eric remained pure. When they used up the deck, there were only about seven trains on the board, and so they shuffled the tiny discard pile. Pretty soon, there was no deck left and no discard pile. Eric still had no trains on the board, so he took tickets! He had a quarter of the deck in his hand and took tickets before he played a single route! With the deck and discard pile both empty, someone played a route using green cards, and they immediately shuffled those cards (!) and made a deck out of them. This allowed the next player to say "I'll take two green off the top of the deck," something you don't usually here unless there's cheating going on.

In the end Eric scored all his tickets once again and earned the Globetrotter bonus for the win.

The Jay’s Basement gaming group had a strong showing in the playoffs with Brett Fox the top seed with three wins. The other triple heat winners were Erin Griffin and Todd Trahan. All three got byes into the semifinals to help keep the quarterfinals to 4-player games.

The Final was a 30-minute intense game with defending champ Alan Elkner trying to keep his title. There was a massive traffic jam in the Northeast as the players fought to get into NY and Boston. (This is nothing new in real life!) Many flushes of the cards put lots of wilds in the discard pile for later in the game. So few tickets were taken that all four players got the Globetrotter bonus for finishing three tickets. Max Duboff pulled out the win with the largest route score and Longest Train.

A special congratulations is in order for Antony Saccenti who won his first plaque in an adult tournament. Best of all it was the much coveted 6th place Sand Plaque!  A new qualifier for the first Sandman Parade at Seven Springs!

With so many people in the tournament, I want to thank all my helpers, especially my assistant GMs, Sarah Beach and Nikki Bradford. I also want to thank Perrianne Lurie, who came early for every heat to help us with set-up.

GM Beach oversees some of his younger charges.

The train depot was packed this year.

Ticket To Ride Junior

The Beach family turns out en masse to help in the Juniors room and it is a good thing since a veritable floof of 46 pint-sized travellers contested GM Matthew Beach's Juniors tournament on Saturday afternoon with six new top passengers emerging. Top honors went to:

~1st: Tegan Powers, age 11

~ 2nd: Angelina Gonzalez, age 12

~ 3rd: Benjamin Waterhouse, age 12

~ 4th: Brandon Wines, age 9

~ 5th: Preston Saccenti, age 6

~ 6th: Alex McNally, age 10

GM Claire Brosius [7th Year] NA
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