And Other Equally Unpronounceable
Adel was one of the first "Euros"
to appear at Avaloncon and may be showing its age. It fell fromthe
Century for the first time with its lowest attendance in 15 years.
Semi-Finalists Tom DeMarco,
Shea Lawson, Ray Pfeiffer, Mark Geary, and Erica Kirchner pause
for a photo op. Three would advance to the Final.
The format is the time honored original, still unchanged since
its inception. In the first round, every entrant plays four games,
scoring points based on finishing position (1st=5 points, 2nd=4,
3rd=3, 4th=2, 5th=1). The ten players with the highest total
points advance to the semi-final. Each semi-finalist plays two
games, with the four winners and the best second place finisher
advancing to a single winner-take-all Final.
Among this year's contestants were nine former champions,
four spouses of former champions, 15 who played last year, and
seven of last year's ten semi-finalists. For the first time this
century, there were more four-player (4P) games (16 ea) played
than five-player games (12 ea), which affected players' strategies,
making using a Detective less profitable and making it easier
to be alone at the Auction House or the Castle. Two of the three
longest sets at the finish were held by Alex Bove, holding 14(4P)
and 13 cards, and with Shea Lawson also finishing a game with
After the first set of games there were seven players tied
at five points. The first tiebreaker is the number of spaces
past the finish line and the second tiebreaker is the longest
set. This put 1998 champion Mark Geary in the lead with his finish
of nine spaces past the finish line, followed by 2003 Junior
champion Tim DeMarco, who finished seven spaces past in his win
over former champions John Pack and Richard Irving. The other
winners (in order) were Shea Lawson, Erica Kirchner, defending
and four-ime champion Ray Pfeifer, 2004 champion Marc Houde (who
finish his game without a valid set), and Anne Norton (who had
already won two championships in earlier tournaments.
Six games were played in the second set of games, with none
of the Round 1 winners repeating. The new leader was Tamara Houde,
with nine points and 11 total spaces past the finish, followed
by Mark G., Shea, and Karl Henning. 1993 champion Tom DeMarco,
John, Alex, and Ray, followed with eight points. In the third
set of games, Mark used the 8-space bonus in his game for the
longest set at game end to tie Sharee Pack at four spaces past
the finish, then to win on the tiebreaker, staying in the lead
to qualify for the semi-final with 14 points. Next was Alex,
John, Ray, and Shea at 13 points, followed by Erica and Karl
at 11 points, and Tom, Sharee and James Jordan at 10 points.
In Alex's win, four of the five players crossed the finish line
on the last turn.
There were five games played in the last set. Mark got the
four-space bonus at his game end for the second longest set and
for the second time in a row pulled up to tie the apparent leader
Erica and then win on a tiebreaker to be the highest qualifier
at 19 points. Alex also got his third win and became the second
qualifier with 18 points. Alex's game had the tightest bunching
at the finish, with the fourth place finisher only five spaces
behind Alex. They were followed by Ray at 17 points, John and
Karl at 16, Erica and Shea at 15, Tom at 14, and Ashley and James
at 12 points. Ashley's game had the tightest bunching in a five-player
game with Laurel Stokes finishing only seven spaces behind her.
James couldn't stay for the semi-finals, so the best tiebreaker
among the five players finishing with 11 points would take the
final qualifying spot. Greg Crowe finished in his fourth game
at 13 spaces past the finish (the maximum possible) was enough
to give him the best tiebreaker, allowing him to beat out Sharee,
2000 champion Richard, 1997 champion Thomas Stokes, and Derek
Landel to advance to the semi-final.
In the first two semi-final games, Karl bested Alex, Ashley,
Greg and John, while Ray beat Mark, Tom, Shea and Erica. In the
last two semis Alex topped Mark, Erica and Ashley, while Shea
vanquished Tom, John and Greg. Mark had the best second-place
finish in the semi-finals, making him the last to advance. Tom
finished with sixth place laurels and was the only player to
ever finish past the finish line in all games played in any single
year without winning a single game, finishing second fpur times
and third twice. The Final proved anticlimactic, as Mark, with
the longest set anchored by the oldest card in the deck (the
1468 "A" card), zoomed ahead to a win at 12 spaces
past the finish line, and 16 spaces in front of Karl, who finished
second at five spaces short of the finish, followed by Ray (-7
spaces and 10 card set), Alex (-7 spaces and 8 card set) and
Shea (-9 spaces).
Mark Geary, the 1998 and 2006 Adel Verpflichtet champion,
has played in the tournament every year at least since 1998,
except for last year, when he attended the World SF convention
in Glascow,Scotlandi nstead. Over the past seven years (those
I have the records for) he has played 32 games, playing the red
position the most (nine times), and Black the fewest (four times).
He has won ten times, finished second 11 times, and only finished
last twice.. He has finished past the finish line 16 times, has
an average of 9.47 cards in his finishing set, and possessed
the ultimate tiebreaker card (the 1468 "A" card) eight
times. He has gotten the eight-space bonus for the longest set
at game end 15 times (47%), the four-space bonus for the second
longest set 11 times (34%), and not gotten any bonus only six
times (19%). He has made it to the Final in three of the last
six times he has entered, twice by having the best second place
finish in the semi-final and therefore being the last to advance.
Of the 82 different opponents he has faced in the last seven
years, he has played Ray Pfeifer the most (seven times), with
each winning twice.
He has played each of Carolyn, Wendy and Tom DeMarco, and
Erica Kirchner four times. Mark's favored strategy is to collect
as many cards as possible, in the hope of taking the longest-set
bonus to move up for a first or second place finish.
Adel Verpflichtet Junior
14 little art collectors, aged 12 or under, played in the
2006 junior tournament, but the best were:
1st: Willow Barbero-Menzel
2nd: Emma Russell
3rd: Kaleigh Jaeger
Adel Verpflichtet, By Hook or Crook, Hoity Toity, regardless
which edition you prefer, the juniors tournament produced a champion
for the 2006 World Boardgaming Championships. Collecting, or
acquiring, "art" the players from the Junior tournament
proved that they too can race through British manors and display
The games had a slow start. We didn't have anyone to sign
up until 5 minutes after the game was scheduled to begin. We
ended up having 14 children play the game. Three games ran and
the winners of each game went on to the final round. The entrants
were: Emma Russell, Joshua Weintraub, Mirth Pack, and Kate Lee
at the first table; Willow Barbero-Menzel, Sara Powers, Aurora
Pack, Annie Frattali, and Morgan Christie at the second table;
Kaleigh Jaeger, Rebecca Melton, Caitlin Jaeger, Virginia Melton,
and April Gardner at the third table.
Kaleigh Jaeger, Willow Barbero-Menzel and Emma Russell all
won their first games and vied for the title of winner of the
2006 Adel Verpflichtet Jr. game.
Throughout the entire final all three girls were close together
in moving along the board. Each one was in the "lead"
at one time or other. Throughout the game we had only one thief
go to jail. There ended up being quite a few multiple collections
shown while they were at the 'Schloss'.
The final turn had all three in the red section: Kaleigh was
three spaces past the end, Emma seven spaces past, and Willow
was nine spaces past, giving Willow the win. Both Kaleigh (BBCCDDEE)
and Willow (AABBCDEF) ended with a collection of eight cards
and Emma (ABCDEEFFF) ended with a collection of nine cards. Willow
had the oldest card in the collections at 1468, followed by Kaleigh
with a 1616 and Emma with a 1650.