Elim halves Field
On the island of Puerto Rico there is a small town by the
name of San Juan. In this town workers gather to find work for
the day. Some are engineers, some specialists and others laborers.
Each day the Governor of San Juan sends out a call for people
to handle the work needed to keep his island thriving. To attain
his goal, he hires five masters of craft to Build, Trade, Produce
goods, Prospect the mines and Council him. Though only four of
these masters are needed at any one time, the laborers are always
in constant need. In the public square, on this fine Saturday
morning, 48 laborers were found waiting to be the hopeful hires
of the day. All were fine and acceptable to carry out the work
load. Broken down into groups of three and four, they were sent
to the fields, smithy and other destinations.
While some achieved their goals, many others were not so fortunate.
No despair fell upon any of the workers, however, as they knew
they had more opportunities to elevate themselves to new and
better position. Many laborers gave fine showings, building their
section of the island with a great flourish. Most notable was
Phil Rennert. Mr. Rennert had a perfect score of 12 points going
into the semifinal round only to fall to a powerful Bill Murdock
fresh from his victory in Puerto Rico in the semifinals.
My congratulations nonetheless for being the only player with
a perfect preliminary score.
When the semifinals ended, four finalists were placed head
to head for the honor of being named the new Governor. Our finalists
were Eric Brosius, Bill Murdock, Bill Salvatore and Eric Lenhart.
Using the sparse raw materials given to them at the start of
the day, our four intrepid laborers set out to the task of building
the village in San Juan. The smell of coffee was in the air early,
while a vein of silver was found on the outer reaches of the
island. Indigo crops were abundant and the faithful built chapels.
The councillor's helper, the Prefecture, was an early arrival
while the guilds-men worked their magic in the later part of
the day. By mid-day the tobacconist was drying his wares for
market and the traders were out getting the best deal. A gold
mine was found and the vein was large.
In the end, Bill Salvatore created the finest city on San
Juan. His palace the largest, his guild hall filled with admirers.
Water was brought to his city by the grand aqueduct. In a tie
for second, won by tie breaker of more cards in hand, was Bill
Mudock, a fine smith hall and many happy workers, Bill showed
a fine display. In third was Eric Brosius, Eric had a fine dwelling
as well including towers and monuments to show for a hard days
work. In a very close fourth, only four points behind the tie,
was Eric Lenhart. Eric showed grace under fire, while his opponents
found the resources needed at every turn, Eric persevered with
the cards he was dealt.
Thanks to all who played, I hope you enjoyed your time in