Nostalgia for Four
Defending champ Jeff Cornett dropped
out of his title defense with a 4th place finish in this semi
featuring three past champs.
Harald Henning became the first two-time
Medici champ with his win over these finalists,
Medici has always been one of my favorite games. I
like the bidding mechanism and player interaction. I like the
fact that you, at least if you plan to win, need to pay attention
and bid defensively. The first year this was a WBC event I finished
second to Kevin Wotjazczyk. I hadn't seen the Final since despite
my best efforts. GMing the event certainly doesn't help your
chances. Special thanks to Beth Zhao for helping with the sign-in.
Beth's one of those special people you look forward to seeing
every year. She's been coming to the WBC since she's been 12
or so. You may recognize her as Beth Bernard Bruce Bernard's
daughter. She's an old married lady now! I still remember the
day she won Adel Verpflichtet ten years or so ago. She came
running up with this huge grin on her face and holds up one finger
and said "One". I was being plaque checked by a teenager!
It's still one of my favorite WBC (Avaloncon at the time) memories.
Back to Medici.
We had 20 winners show up for the semi-final with the following
In semi-final #1 Tom Stokes had 111 points to beat Ian Woll
(88), John Pack (82), Daniel Eppolito (78) and Keith Levy (68).
In semi-final #2 I scored 114 points to defeat former champ
Pete Staab (90), Teri Wicks (103), Jean-Francois Gagne (92) and
Rob Brode (70).
Harald Henning punched his ticket to the Final in semi #3
with 93 points in a defensive game over Mike Kaltman (84), Shannon
Beets (69), defending champ Jeff Cornett (63) and former champ
Kevin Wotjazczyk (52).
In the last semi-final Tom Dunning won an old style ABA Basketball
game with 122 points over Charlie Faette (117), Greg Crowe (115),
Nick Henning (111) and John Shaheen (93).
That set up a Final of old hands Harald Henning, Tom Stoke,
Tom Dunning and myself. The critical moment of which came with
the last card of the first round. Only Tom D. and I had room
and the 10 came up. It would get me the boat and only get Tom
a tie for second in the boat so I bid everything I had --18 and
got it. But it put me behind the 8-ball for the game.
It was a well played game. When the final scores were tallied
Harald Henning (who was in that first Final with me all those
years ago) had 105. I was second with 94. Tom Stokes was third
with 92 and Tom Dunning had 78. I had come up short again but
it was no shame losing at this board.
So next year stop by and play a round. It's a lot of fun.
Thanks to everyone who participated!!!!