In Space, No One Can Hear You Whine
Kathy dispatched former champ Bill
Crenshaw in the semis. In all, seven former champs were on hand
trying to win again.
The ladies were well represented in
the Final with two of six making it to the big game.
In the deepest, darkest expanses of.the Paradise Terrace,
the 2007 tournament kicked off with the Demo -- which was quite
successful this year - a recurring theme in 2007 -- as three
of the players at the demo (including a finalist -- but I think
she knew the game already) played in every heat.
In the first heat, Kathy Stroh, Daniel Hoffman, Peggy Pfeifer,
Philip Shea, Keith Corbino, Bill Crenshaw and Gary Dickson won
their opening games, all but ensuring their entry into the semi-finals.
Philip's win was most unusual -- he purchased the $300 Freighter
at Dell Port, where it is also cheap to load up on Finest Dust,
and blasted away with the victory. This is a rarely chosen tactic
in a $2000 game that worked to perfection here.
In the second heat, Steve Dickson, defending champ Eyal Mozes,
Tom Browne, Debbie Gutermuth, Vasily Kyrkos, Duane Wagner, and
Claire Brosius raced to $2000 first, making it extremely likely
tthey would secure their spot in the playoffs. The most notable
game was Debbie's as she came from behind when Gary finished
ONE PIP SHORT of making the sales he needed to win. Probably
for the best as Gary already had his ticket punched anyway.
In the third and last heat, Joe Abrams, Richard Irving, and
Kevin Wojtaszczyk (hereafter Kevin W) won their games to qualify.
(Both Steve and Gary also won a second game for good measure.
John Kilbride wins the mythical "Wrong Way Corrigan"
Award for getting stuck in the cloud and needing a "1"
or a "5" on three dice to make Shuttlestop and victory.
But a freak magnetic storm fouled his navicomputer at just the
wrong time, giving him 2-2-2 as his roll -- sending him off to
the Interstellar Biosphere. Kevin W. sneaked in for the win.
Bob Hahn is awarded the fictional "Water in Gas Tank"
prize for rolling 1-1-2 TWICE in the same game. Rough way to
go! Also in this game, three IOU's were left undiscovered --
the lure of free money not enough to lure traders from the puertos
There were 17 game winners so three alternates were added
to have 20 players in the semi-finals: Ken Gutermuth, Patrick
Maloney and Luke Koleszar. Stephen Westerholm just missed out
as the fourth alternate. Stephen is the most helpful and cheerful
player each year. He always gets there early, helps the GM set
up and run the event. and for that he is my sportsmanship nominee.
In the five semi-final games (this time to $3000), there were
several close games. Kevin W. sold $720 worth of stuff off his
Transport to steal a game from Dan Hoffman who seemed to be cruising
easily to victory (and indeed on his next sale would have had
$3000.) In another game, Phillip Shea missed winning by forgetting
to trade in his Freighter-OUCH! Peggy Pfeifer got the win instead.
This is the first time I had seen large ship strategies work
this well this often.
The Final featured Kevin, Peggy, Duane Wagner, Kathy Stroh
and Steve Dickson. Kathy took her relatively tough 4th starting
position and rocketed away to a
relatively easy win. The second MoV champ finally gets a second
win -- 16 years later! -- and in the same game with the first
champ -- Duane Wagner.. She based her trade empire on the fashionable
Eastern spiral arm of the galaxy. In addition to the normal plaques,
classic SF movies were awarded by the GM to each of the finalists.
Congratulations to Kathy and thanks to all of the players
who make it easy to enforce Rule #1 of this tournament: Have
2007 Final Results:
Placement determined by position in Final:
1) Kathy Stroh $ 3,134
2) Duane Wagner $ 2,798
3) Peggy Pfeifer $ 2,724
4) Kevin Wojtaszczyk $ 2,292
5) Steve Dickson $ 1,997
Place 6-20 determine by result of semi-final game:
6) Philip Shea $ 3,009
7) Tom Browne $ 2,982
8) Dan Hoffman $ 2,875
9) Keith Corbino $ 2,717
10) Debbie Gutermuth $ 2,631
11) Richard Irving $ 2,352
12) Joe Abrams $ 2,271
13) Eyal Mozes $ 2,200
14) Luke Koleszar $ 2,131
15) Gary Dickson $ 1,920
16) Vasily Kyrkos $ 1,763
17) Claire Brosius $ 1,628
18) Patrick Maloney $ 1,610
19) Ken Gutermuth $ 1,420
20) Bill Crenshaw $ 1,018
Remianing places all were decided on the basis of best
score in any heat game:
21) S. Westerholm $ 1,726
22) Roderick Lee $ 1,713
23) Johnathan Squibb $ 1,710
24) Andrew Cummins $ 1,704
25) John Kilbride $ 1,697
26) Charles Hickok $ 1,681
27) Richard Meyer $ 1,611
28) Roy Pettis $ 1,584
29) Ed Kendrick $ 1,577
30) Jason Wagner $ 1,511
31) Thomas Stokes $ 1,481
32) Lin Sun $ 1,463
33) David Matheny $ 1,440
34) Laurel Stokes $ 1,436
35) Tom DeMarco $ 1,180
36) Christopher Ellis $ 1.073
37) John Keating $ 940
38) David Weinstein $ 883
39) Stephane Dorais $ 860
40) Nancy Westerholm $ 620
41) Paul Bolduc $ 605
42) Patrick Shea $ 552
43) William Kendrick $ 550
44) Robert Hahn $ 460
45) Alexanadra Henning $ 450
46) Nick Palmer $ 250
47) Marc Beuregard $ 220