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Updated 11/26/2008

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 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Matt Tolman, UT

2008 Champion

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Event History
1999    Brad Johnson       94
2000    David Platnick     175
2001    Craig O'Brien       93
2002    David Buchholz     102
2003    Charlie Faella     131
2004    Aran Warszawski     110
2005     Rob Effinger     100
2006    Roy Gibson     102
2007    Tom Stokes     132
2008     Matt Tolman     113

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Brian Reynolds     29
2004    William Duke     30
2005     Legend Dan Hoffman     37
2006     Donna Dearborn     54
2007     Brian Reynolds     45
2008     Tom Dunning     56

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom Dunning        NY    08     81
  2.  Roy Gibson         MD    06     66
  3.  Matt Tolman        UT    08     60
  4.  Tom Stokes         NJ    07     60
  5.  Rob Effinger       ON    05     60
  6.  Aram Warszawski  Israel  04     60
  7.  Charlie Faella     RI    03     60
  8.  David Buchholz     MI    02     60
  9.  Craig O'Brien      VA    01     60
 10.  David Platnick     VA    00     60
 11.  Rick Dutton        MD    07     54
 12.  Christian Moffa    NJ    03     54
 13.  Kathy Stroh        PA    01     54
 14.  Brian Reynolds     MD    07     53
 15.  Joe Jaskiewicz     MD    06     51
 16.  Rob Davidson       MD    04     42
 17.  Cheryl Meek        MD    07     37
 18.  Ken Nied           KS    06     36
 19.  Jim Fishkin        FL    05     36
 20.  Michelle Hymowitz  MD    04     36
 21.  William Duke       MD    04     36
 22.  George Brach       MA    03     36
 23.  Brian Conlon       OK    00     36
 24.  Donna Dearborn     MD    06     30
 25.  Brad Johnson       IL    99     30
 26.  Harald Henning     CT    08     24
 27.  Jon Izer           MD    07     24
 28.  Jed Shambeda       PA    06     24
 29.  Virginia Colin     VA    06     24
 30.  Jeff Bowers        UT    05     24
 31.  Tom Saal           MI    03     24
 32.  Alan Sudy          VA    02     24
 33.  Kim Foster         TX    00     24
 34.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    05     20
 35.  Bob Wicks, Jr      CT    08     18
 36.  Mikkel Christensen Denmar08     18
 37.  Josh Githens       SC    07     18
 38.  Pierre LeBoeuf     MD    07     18
 39.  Haim Hochboim    Israel  04     18
 40.  Mike Musko         FL    03     18
 41.  Marvin Pinkert     MD    02     18
 42.  Chuck Krueger      MA    01     18
 43.  Ike Porter         MD    99     18
 44.  Mike Brazinski     MD    08     12
 45.  Sue Lanham         MD    08     12
 46.  Rob Kircher        RI    07     12
 47.  Bob Runnicles      FL    06     12
 48.  Mike Richey        VA    05     12
 49.  Thomas Browne      PA    04     12
 50.  David Burkey       PA    04     12
 51.  Charie Hickok      PA    03     12
 52.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     12
 53.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     12
 54.  Jenn Thomas        NY    02     12
 55.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    01     12
 56.  Josh Githens       SC    00     12
 57.  Chuck Smith        PA    99     12
 58.  Bill Murdock       NY    08      9
 59.  Tom McCorry        VA    03      9
 60.  Carl Damcke        IL    99      9
 61.  Eric Freeman       PA    07      8
 62.  Peter Eirich       MD    08      6
 63.  Nick Henning       CT    08      6
 64.  Jonathan Yonce     VA    07      6
 65.  Michael Shea       CT    07      6
 66.  Andrew Arconti     MD    06      6
 67.  William Lawhorn    VA    05      6
 68.  Phil Rennert       MD    06      6
 69.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 70.  Katherine McCorry  VA    03      6
 71.  Larry Loiacano     PA    07      4
 72.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05      4
 73.  Sandy Scanlon      MD    08      3
 74.  Joshua Cooper      MD    03      3
 75.  Jamie Tang         MD    99      3
 76.  Laurel Stokes      NJ    05      2

2008 Laurelists                                                     Repeating Laurelists: 0

Tom Dunning, NY

Harald Henning, CT

Mikkel Christensen, Denmark

Sue Lanham, MD

Nick Henning, CT

Past Winners

Brad Johnson, IL

David Platnick, VA

Craig O'Brien, VA

David Buchholz, MI

Charlie Faella, RI

Aram Warszawski, Israel

Rob Effinger, ON

Roy Gibson, MD

Tom Stokes, NJ

Matt Tolman, UT

Settlers drew triple digitse for the 7th straight year and, unlike other big events, does so without heats or late night "party" slots.

You know a game has achieved classic status when you start seeing deluxe accessories like this wooden layout board.

Spiel das Jahre 1995 ...

For 2008, we used the same format that KOSMOS uses for their tournaments in Europe. This has each player placing a Settlement/Road, a City/Road, followed by another Road. This gets the game off to a quicker start. It also helps keep the games moving along with 90 minute rounds (including set up and initial placements). This format worked well as we did not have any games called due to time.

The tournament format has players "settling" in three preliminary games. Each of these games earns the players Tournament points. Points are awarded based on placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (5, 3, 2, and 1 points, respectively). The 16 highest scoring settlers at the end of the three rounds advance to the semi-finals.

We continue to accept drop-ins and drop-outs for those unable to commit the time to play three qualifying games. My thanks to those who notified me prior to leaving. A note to those who dropped out without saying anything: it would be a great boon for those playing in subsequent heats (as well as for your friendly neighborhood GM) to notify me or an Assistant before leaving as it makes the subsequent tables easier to seat.

There were 28 games played in the first round, 25 in the second round although there were three 3-player games here, and 20 games played in the third round. After the preliminaries, the number crunching for the top 16 began. In past years, a total of at least 11.X tournament points were needed to advance. This year, in order to advance to the semi-finals, you needed at least 12.0 tournament points; that means you needed to win two out of the three preliminary games, and finish above last place in the third game.

The semi-finalists were seated randomly: Tom Dunning, Nick Henning, Allyson Field, and Ashley Collinson at Table 1; Michelle Hymowitz, Harald Henning, Michael Shea and Brian Conlon at Table 2; Matt Tolman, Rod Davidson, Andrew Roosen and Rich Curtin at Table 3; and Sue Lanham, Michael Mullins, Marybeth Mitchell and Mikkel Christensen at the last. Seven (Tom Dunning, Matt Tolman, Harald Henning, Sue Lanham, Nick Henning, Andrew Roosen, and Michael Mullins) had won all three of their preliminary games. None of these semi-finalists had won this event in the past, guaranteeing a new champion. In fact, in 14 prior tournaments, only one of them, Tom Dunning, had ever laureled.

The finalists and their semi-final game scores were: Tom Dunning 10-9-9-7; Harald Henning 10-7-6-6; Matt Tolman 11-8-7-6; and Mikkel Christensen 10-9-9-9.

In the Final, Mikkel set up first: he placed his settlement on Grain, Brick and Wool.. Next, Matt chose the Lumber and Ore intersection on the Ore port. Then Harald chose Lumber and double Grain. Finally, Tom also chose Lumber and double Grain for his settlement, then Brick, Lumber and Ore for his City. Harald placed his City on Brick and double Wool, Matt placed his on Grain and Wool, and Mikkel chose Wool and double Lumber. Finally, they each placed a third Road, and were ready to play.

Turn 1: Harald built a Settlement on Wool and double Brick, and Tom built a Settlement on Lumber and Ore, at the Wool port. Score: Mikkel-3, Matt-3, Harald-4, Tom-4.

Turn 2: Mikkel and Matt bought a card each.

Turn 3: Mikkel built two Roads by playing Roadbuilding, and Matt played his first Soldier.

Turn 4: Matt and Harald each purchased a card.

Turn 5: Mikkel built a settlement on Wool and Lumber. Matt played a second Soldier and built a settlement on Ore and Grain. Harald played a Solder and built two Roads. Current score: Mikkel-4, Matt-4, Harald-4, Tom-4.

Turn 6: Mikkel bought a card and a Road and claimed the Longest Road. Harald built a settlement on double-Wool at a 3:1 port. Tom upgraded his initial settlement at the Lumber, double Grain intersection to a City. Current score: Mikkel-6, Matt-4, Harald-5, Tom-5.

Turn 7: Matt bought four cards, and Tom bought a card and a Road.

Turn 8: Mikkel bought a card. Matt played his third Soldier (thus claiming the Largest Army) and bought a card. Harald built two Roads and claimed the Longest Road from Mikkel. Current score: Mikkel-4, Matt-6, Harald-7, Tom-5.

Turn 9: Mikkel built a Road, Matt played a Soldier and built a Road. Harald built a Road. Then Tom claimed a Monopoly on Ore, and built a Road and a settlement on Grain at a 3:1 port. Current score: Mikkel-4, Matt-6, Harald-7, Tom-6.

Turn 10: Matt played a Year of Plenty for two Ore and purchased three cards. Harald bought a card. Tom upgraded his settlement at the Lumber-Ore intersection to a City. Current score: Mikkel-4, Matt-6, Harald-7, Tom-7.

Turn 11: Mikkel bought a card. Matt played the second Year of Plenty for two Ore (again), bought two cards, and upgraded his initial settlement, on the Lumber-Brick intersection, to a City. Harald played a Soldier, and then built a settlement on a Wool corner. Tom upgraded his settlement on the 3:1 Grain port to a City. Current score: Mikkel-4, Matt-7, Harald-8, Tom-8.

Turn 12: Mikkel played a Soldier and bought a card. Matt also played a Soldier. Harald built a Road.

Turn 13: Mikkel built a Road and a settlement on Brick corner, at the Lumber port. Matt played a soldier. Tom built a Road and a settlement on a Grain corner, at the Brick port. Current score: Mikkel-5, Matt-7, Harald-8, Tom-8.

Turn 14: Matt played a Soldier and bought a card; he also upgraded his settlement at the Ore-Grain intersection to a City. Tom bought a card. Current score: Mikkel-5, Matt-:8, Harald-8, Tom-9.

Turn 15: Mikkel built a Road. Matt played a Soldier. Harald bought the last two cards in the deck, which included the last VP card. Tom played his Soldier and built two Roads. By this time, it was pretty clear that Mikkel had three VP cards, Matt one, and Harald one. Penultimate score, counting VP's from Development cards: Mikkel-8, Matt-9, Harald-9, Tom-9.

Turn 16: Mikkel built a Settlement on an Ore corner, at a 3:1 port. Matt built two Roads and a settlement on Grain to win the game. Final scores: Mikkel-9, Matt-10, Harald-9, Tom-9.

All of the Development cards were purchased: Mikkel purchased only five development cards, of which three were Victory Point cards. Matt drew 13 cards before he found his only VP card. Harald drew four cards (including one VP card), and Tom drew the other two cards.

Settlers will be in need of a new GM next year.


Three swiss and two elimination rounds allow you to play 15 people in one day.

After four gruelling rounds, Mikkel, Matt and Harald vie for wood in the Final.

2008 Euro Quest Laurelists

Tom Dunning, NY

Bob Wicks Jr, CT

Michael Brazinski, MD

Bill Murdock, NY

Peter Eirich, PA

 GM      Kathy Stroh  [1st Year]   NA    NA

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