Five New Laurelists Again ...
This year, players had to survive
an opening round 5-player game to advance to the Single Elimination
Olin Hentz (right) gives the heave
ho to our beloved Chairman of the Board, Ken Gutermuth, in the
The 2008 Carcassonne event once again featured a single-elimination
tournament with a slight modification: the first round was composed
of 5-player games with winners advancing to 2-player single elimination
contests. Scoring used Rio Grande standard rules and only the
basic set with the single starting piece. The tournament started
a little late due to the GM being scheduled to run the Final
in one event back-to-back with the other tournament he was running.
Thanks to Dan Mathias for stepping in on his own initiative to
get people signed in so we could get started with a minimal delay.
Round 1 consisted of 17 5-player games. Kevin Wojtaszyk had
the highest score for the round with 79 points, 32 of them coming
from farmers at the end. Eric Hymowitz had the lowest winning
total at 48. Starting with Round 2, the GM played as an eliminator
(not eligible to win having lost in Round 1 but hoping to win
one game to restore balance to the bracket). The GM started 0-2
losing the first eliminator game to Lisa "I got all the
Monasteries" Gutermuth 90 to 100. One of the more exciting
and high scoring matches of the tournament came in this round
when Joe Chacon beat Alex Gesing 159 to 157.
Round 3 saw the GM finally win, eliminating poor Eric Monte
to balance the bracket. The Semi-finalists advancing to Round
4 were Ken Gutermuth, Kevin Wojtaszyk, Olin Hentz, and defending
champion Robbie Mitchell. A consolation bracket for the Round
3 losers was held to determine 5th and 6th place with Dan Mathias
and Marilyn Flowers emerging as the top contenders with Marilyn
claiming the victory 129 to 97 for 5th place laurels.
Olin was able to overcome Ken's superior farm scoring to advance
to the Final 117 to 99. Robbie extended his unbeaten streak to
10 games going back to last year's WBC with a convincing win
over Kevin 132 to 103. Ken came back in the 'Bronze Medal' game
to beat Kevin 132 to 106 to claim the 3rd place plaque. In a
very close Final, Robbie extended his unbeaten streak to win
129 to 126 to repeat as the WBC Carcassonne champion.
A repeat championship is nothing to sneeze at but it is doubly
unique in Carcassonne where it not only has never been
done before, even returning laurelists are as rare as hen's teeth
with but ten such achievements in BPA's 11 tournament history.
Looking forward, next year will incorporate two changes based
on 2008's feedback. The first is to remove one straight road
tile from the set in two-player games so that each player gets
an equal number of turns (35 each). The second is to stay with
4-player games in Round 1. This will likely cause the tournament
to go one more round (6 instead of 5) but is a worthwhile tradeoff
to keep a multi-player round while increasing the number of turns
each player can take (1).
Kevin Wojtaszcyk (left) meets his
match in the semis against defending champ Robbie Mitchell.
Olin Hentz's run ends in the Final
as Robbie Mitchell successfully defends his title and scores
beaucoup Team Tournament points too.