mystery of the abbey [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report     

  2005 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

David Burkey, PA

2004 Champion

2nd: Brandon Bernard, PA

3rd: James Kendrick, UK

4th: John Kratz, ID

5th: Andrew Bremer, NE

6th: Lisa Gutermuth, TX

Event History
2003    David Wenstrup     98
2004    David Burkey     31


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. David Wenstrup

SC

03
30
 2. David Burkey

PA

04
20
 3. Eyal Mozes

NY

03
18
 4. Brandon Bernard

PA

04
12
 5. Ted Drozd

IL

03
12
 6. Brian Schott

MD

03
  9
 7. James Kendrick

UK

04
  8
 8. John Kratz

ID

04
  6
 9. Alex Henning

CT

03
  6
10. Andrew Bremer

NE

04
  4
11. Gary Noe

FL

03
  3
12. Lisa Gutermuth

TX

04
  2

Past Winners

David Wenstrup - SC
2003
 


a better whodunit ...

31 Novice monks joined the Monastery this year ­ all attempting to discover "Who Killed Brother Adelmo" and be named the Abbey's Chief Investigator. After two qualifying rounds, eight monks were elevated to the status of Brother and matched wits in the semi-final round.

The two semi-final matches were hard fought, but John Kratz and David Burkey from table 1 along with James Kendrick and Brandon Bernard from table 2 moved into the final round.

Unlike 1993, when the final match took over two hours to complete, this year's final was surprisingly quick. There were no revelations made before the first Mass, but just before the Mass bell rang, Brother David used a Prophecy Scriptorium card to sort the top four event cards in the order of his choosing. The other three monks implored him not to put the Gregorian Fervor card on top in hopes that they would not have to chant soon.

Soon after the second Mass, Brother Brandon visited the library where he gained access to the "Secret Journal of the Abbot", allowing him to look at one suspect card from each other player and then randomly send them back to different players. As events would soon make clear, the knowledge he acquired would not prove very useful.

Shortly thereafter, Father John, thinking he had gained some insight, visited the Chapter Hall to make a revelation that the murderer was a Father.

However, it wasn't to be. Brother David overheard Father John tell James that he had not seen Templar Brothers. This knowledge made Brother David certain ­ because he knew that all players had already accounted for all the brothers - except for one. Brother David immediately used a special "Map of the Abbey" card to go directly to the Chapter Hall and make the accusation that the murderer was Brother Harold!

The new Chief Investigator of the Abbey is David Burkey.

 GM      Mark Kaufmann  [1st Year]   NA
   mark@daysofwonder.com   NA

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