merchant of venus [Updated October 2003]  

 2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Luke Koleszar, VA

2003 Champion

2nd: Steve Dickson, CA

3rd: Ed Wrobel, VA

4th: Chuck Foster, TX

5th: Tom DeMarco, NJ

6th: Eric Wrobel, VA

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


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Debbie Otto

MO

00
56
 2. Ed Wrobel

VA

03
52
 3. Bill Crenshaw

VA

01
48
 4. Lukw Koleszar

VA

03
44
 5. Charles Hickok

PA

02
40
 6. Steve Dickson

CA

02
40
 7. Jeff Bakalchuck

NY

02
40
 8. Steve Crenshaw

VA

99
40
 9. Greg Mayer

MO

99
36
10. Chuck Foster

TX

03
28
11. Lance Ribeiro

NH

01
24
12. Eyal Mozes

NY

02
12
13. Abby Cocke

MD

02
12
14. James Hopkin

CA

00
12
15. Tom DeMarco

NJ

03
  8
16. Eric Wrobel

VA

03
  8
17. Gary Dickson

CA

02
  8
18. Lauren Hickok

PA

00
  8
19. Lynn Ribeiro

NH

01
  4

Past Winners

Duane Wagner - NJ
1991

Kathy Stroh - PA
1992

Michael Anchors - MD
1993

David Thompson - NE
1994

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


Charlie Hickok - PA
2002
   
 


Lost in Space


2003's tournament used the same format as in previous years: Three preliminary heats with every player who wins at least one game qualifying for the SE semifinals on Saturday morning. There were a total of 64 different players who played 24 games in the preliminaries. The one who had to use a space ship to get there was Ahmet Ilpars all the way from Istanbul, Turkey.

This year I asked the players to record which players collected and bartered IOU's. In the 23 games where this was completed, I found winning players collected on average 4.04 IOU's, runner-ups 3.09, 3rd Place players 3.13, 4th place players 2.96. So collecting IOU's is helpful, but not necessarily a guaranteed ticket to victory:

- In all 23 games, a player with most (or tied for the most) finished first 13 times, second four times, third seven times and fourth six times.
- In games where one player collected more than anyone else, the top collector won nine of 16 games. The top collector finished last in two of these games (including the Final)
- On the other hand, the winner collected the fewest IOU's (including ties) five times and still won. Twice, the winner collected only two IOU's.

In the first heat, 34 players played a total of nine games. A couple were nail biters:
- In Game 3, Thomas Browne needed to a roll a 2 on any of the four dice to navigate the Cloud to win, but failed. Doug Galullo delivered two Melf Pelts and would finish $4 dollars short after delivering both-but he drew a demand for Pelts after his first sale to get the win. Laurel Stokes was also one sale away from winning.
- In Game 5, David Long finished a few pips short-too bad he wasted 20 pips when he rolled 5556 and was stuck against an unfriendly navigation circle. Alan Ernstein snuck in for the win. The next player, yours truly, would have won on the next turn.

The second heat featured 36 players and another nine games.:
- In Game 1, Joe Abrams finishes $17 short. Roy Pettis, on the next turn, visited Joe's port to win the game, which would have given Joe the necessary money.
- In Game 4, Bill Navolis need to roll 14 or more to win, unfortunately he still had his Scout ship, which only rolls three dice. The long shot did not come in and Chuck Foster won his second game.
- In Game 8, Ed Wrobel wins the "Wrong Way" Corrigan award for having a defective Jump Start sending him everywhere but where he wanted to go. Andrew Cummins raced away for the win.

The third heat featured, 24 in six games, unfortunately, there was no commentary by the players for any of the these games. (If you want to get mentioned in the final report, write some comments.)

There were 22 different winners in the Heats, but only 18 showed up bright and early on Saturday for the semi-finals. That meant five four-player games with two alternates being advanced. Games were to $3000, instead of the $2000 used in the heats. I was in another close loss as I finished one pip short! (Aaaarrrrrrrrgggghhh!) and Ed Wrobel sneaked in for the victory. The other semi-final winners were Luke Koleszar, Chuck Foster, Steve Dickson, and Tom DeMarco. Unfortunately, Tom had to leave to GM a final in his own event, leaving only four players in the championship game.

Just as well perhaps, since Luke Koleszar just ran away with the game with $3210. The real battle was for second. Steve Dickson won that at $2400. Ed Wrobel finished third at $2353 and Chuck Foster took 4th with $2256.

As always I hoped everyone followed Rule #1 of this tournament-Have Fun!

 GM      Richard Irving  [2nd Year]   NA
    rri1@aol.com   NA

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