Eric Brosius and Mike Fitzgerald check
out the newest German Game of the Year winner by Rio Grande Games.
It saw frequent play in the Cafe Jay demo tables.
A late entry to the WBC schedule,
T&T nonetheless drew well enough to make the 2007 Century
but was dropped to Trial status eligibility for GM failure to
submit an event report.
The inaugural Thurn & Taxis tournament drew an
impressive 37 unique entrants. Impressive because it was
a last-minute addition to the WBC tournament schedule to replace
the delayed Gloria Mundi and was not even listed in the
program. Of course, it didn't hurt that the game had recently
received the prestigeous Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)
in Germany, and, it's just a fun game to play.
The first heat had eight games, mostly 4-player, but one with
three players Winners advancing were: David Gagne, Tim
Hall, Jack Jaeger, Eric Brosius, Jarrett Weintraub, Charlie Kersten,
Robbie Mitchell and Nick Henning. The second heat had five
games, again mostly 4-player with one 3-player version.
Winners advancing from this heat were: Raphael Lehrer, Ray Pfeifer,
Thomas Browne, Anne Norton and Andy Lewis.
The semi-final was four 4-player games. Since some of
the heat winners did not appear for the semi's, a few alternates
were advanced in their place. The winners of the four games
were: Eric Brosius, Raphael Lehrer, Charlie Kersten and Anne
The Final saw Raphael begin with a 7-color route. Eric
followed soon after with the same route. Charlie fought
to keep the Mannheim card out of Anne's hand, taking it from
the display and flushing it when need be. The other players
stopped Charlie from shuffling the deck when he "accidentally"
dropped two Mannheim cards under the table. (This really was
an accident, no cheating occurred). Charlie also snatched
the Ingolstadt card out of Raphael's grasp, leaving him in dire
need of it while the other three had it in their routes.
Anne ended the game by playing a 5-route and using the Cartwright
to claim the 7 carriage. Eric was also able to get a 7
carraige on the last turn by using the Cartwright. Anne
& Eric had one house remaining in their supply, while Raphael
had none left. All players played close to optimally, but
Charlie was handicapped by a tough first route completion.
Finals scores were: Anne Norton: 28, Eric Brosius 26, Raphael
Lehrer 24 and Charlie Kersten 12 pts. Congratulations to
Anne for a well-played win.
Despite its scheduling handicap, the game has qualified for
the Century and will return as a tournament next year. I expect
attendance to skyrocket. So come join us!