Lions, Tigers and Dinosaurs ...
This year we had two new players, Bill Duke and Tom Vickery,
come to the demo, enter the tournament, and advance to the final
Table 1 Lauren Vessey was defeated in the Pinnacle Adventure
as she tried to earn victory points. On her first try she was
kicked out immediately. The next try saw her attacked by a phorusrhacos
and a stegosaurus, losing some tools in the process. She then
rolled the dice and lost half her victory points.
When Bill Duke had 27 victory points and a declared escape
card, Steve Dickson attacked him to steal the escape item. Bill
rolled a 7 using three dice to Steve's 6, allowing Bill to keep
his escape item and to eventually win the board.
On Table 2 Robert Navolis kept exiting adventures early. David
Brooks took a long time to get victory points but, at the end
of the game, had almost enough to win and was ready to try to
earn the remainder in his escape adventure. Abigail Cocke was
sent back to camp after an unsuccessful battle, but used an experience
card to avoid losing a turn. This placed her next door to the
Pinnacle Adventure and victory.
On Table 3 Thomas Vickery gave the appearance of taking an
early lead by discovering an escape item and two additional tools.
Mark Love and Ken Whitesell, fearing this threat, continually
sent the Tyrannosaurus after him. During this time Ken managed
to pick up the lost map and Mark, the tarpaulin. Ken managed
with three free moves to cross the plateau to the Indian Caves
Adventure. There, he hoped to pick up one last victory point
to win, but was twice forced out of the adventure. Meanwhile,
Mark had enough victory points but, with bad dice rolls, was
thrown out of the Geyser Adventure twice. Thomas Vickery had
the victory points and enough experience cards and completed
the Pinnacle Adventure to win the board.
On Table 4, Katherine Hitchings managed on turn 2 to draw
escape card # 23 and discover the rope. During most of the game,
the players remained grouped closely in points. When Katherine
was three points shy, she decided to take the Pinnacle Adventure,
hoping to gain the three points necessary to win and to successfully
complete the adventure. She acquired the three points, but then
lost them. She then had to take the Lava Pit Adventure to earn
the necessary points and rush back to the Pinnacle. During this
time, Seth Kirchner went to the Indian Caves to get the last
few victory points he needed for a win. Unfortunately, he did
not have any gifts or a flashlight to gain experience cards,
which caused him to rely on dice rolls. Seth acquired the victory
points he needed but, even with numerous tries, was unable to
complete the adventure to win. Ashley Dunn tried the Geyser Adventure,
hoping to gain the four victory points she needed, but earned
only three. She needed to take another adventure to gain the
final point and then return to the Geyser. Barry Shutt earned
23 victory points, but had no escape item. Fortunately for Katherine,
while Seth was struggling with the Indian Caves, she was able
to gain the needed victory points at the Lava Pit, return to
the Pinnacle, and escape the Lost Plateau.
The finals this saw saw Katherine, Bill, Abigail, and Tom
struggling again to get off the Lost Plateau. Shortly after the
game started, Tom discovered the rope and Bill, the lost map
and the tarpaulin. That left only the three event card escape
items. Katherine tried to draw them by landing on event spaces,
but drew only red cards. She then arranged with Bill to trade
five victory points for an undeclared event escape card 22. Abigail
was on her way to victory with declared escape card 23 when Bill
attacked her expedition and took away the card. Abigail then
made a rope at the Carnivorous Plant Patch to activate escape
card 21, but kept being sent back to camp and losing her turn.
Katherine had finally reached the necessary victory point total
and was on her way to the Indian Caves when Bill earned the last
victory points he needed and escaped the plateau for the win
and this year's wood.
There were 13 pint-sized explorers
on Professor Challenger's Lost World this year. Jacob Hebner
proved the most successful. He was followed in order by three
other winners of first round games:
Initially, we were in desperate straits as five minutes before
game time we had only my copy to play with (and its rules seem
to have disappeared!) But the word got out and the cavalry arrived
in the form of five additional games with no time to spare. A
pat on the back to Robert Navolis who offered us the use of two
copies and acted as Assistant GM in the bargain.
First round games were boisterous and fun to watch. Girl players
revealed their practical side in playing solely for points while
the boys tended to attack one another and take each other's "stuff."
Which strategy worked? In the end two girls and two boys were
represented among the finalists. The average scoring during the
tournament was in the high teens, although winning scores tended
to be 20+. Jacob Hebner took first place with 27. Second place
went to Jessica Finkeldey and third to Suzanne Welker. Congratulations
to you all!
Special recognition goes to Daniel Collinson and Jacob Hebner
for their excellent sportsmanship. Despite sustaining multiple
losses of equipment & victory points AND turns to fellow
players, these lads laughed it off and kept playing without rancor.
I commend these young men as amazing examples of how to play
the game ... any game!
See you next year, Dinosaur Hunters.
John Poniske JR GM