Carcassonne Adventures ...
tournament this year had 130 different players and 254 total
. I am happy to report that as in past years, many beginners
who just learned how to play the game at WBC this year were able
to win at least one of the four heats. In the end, eight participants
won twice and were automatically qualified to enter the semi-finals.
With all the single-game winners, I thought I had enough to fill
the 25 slots for the semi-final, but several people bowed out
to play in other events. As it turned out, we didn't have enough
alternates appear at the semi-final round to fill five tables
of 5, so I ended up having five tables of 4 and the winner of
each of those tables went to the final round.
The five finalists pulling out their games in the semi-final
round were Lee Sensabaugh, Jennifer Drozd, GCOM's own Legend
Dan Hoffman, Thomas McCorry, and Doug Williamson. Jennifer was
a relatively new player who had learned her lessons well. It
was a great game to watch -- Dan and Tom were 'duking it out'
until the end. The end game was very long and drawn out, and
the farms were one of the major factors in determined the winner.
I know that everyone involved had a fun time playing the final
I will be unable to GM this event next year so it will be
listed as Open on the Orphan Page.
I handed out a survey to all the participants inquiring about
the format with the following results:
Most people liked playing with all expansions together. Individually,
most people liked the builder/trader expansion.
Would you rather have a basic tournament where beginners can
participate or a more advanced event where some or all of the
expansions are used? Most people thought that the basic tournament
made more sense because that way you could teach someone how
to play and they could still enter the tournament on the same
Any suggestions for changing the format of the tournament?
For example having different versions during each heat? Most
people said that this would be more fun, but they felt that it
worked well as a beginner's tourament so that even the younger
children could participate in the event.
Jaeger outdid 11 other little Carcassonne players in the
Juniors event. The other finalists were:
2nd: David Pack of CO
3rd: Kaleis Jagger of VA