Century Bound ...
Although its growth is small, Santa
Fe Rails attendance is trending in the right direction with
its fourth straight increase - moving it into the Century for
the first time.
Andy: "Six years ago this seemed
so much better. Tell me again why I recommended GMT publish this
game." Rebecca: "Because you're so much fun to beat."
I would to thank everyone for playing this year and especially
those who brought their games. We broke our attendance record
again this year. We had five games in both the first and second
heats, and six in the third heat. We remain in search of
our first two-time champion.
In the Preliminaries, Jeff Senley set a record score of 280
in a 3-player game while collecting 88 in cash. Ken Rothstein
had the best score in a 4-player game with 249. In one of
the few short games this year Andrea Wicks won her game with
only 85 points. Most of the games went the distance. Steve
Scott took cash to a new level by collecting 84 and won with
a score of 119.
The Semis got off to a rocky start when an alternate was seated
only to discover that no alternate was needed when the 16th player
was located without a game assigment. Rather than dismiss the
alternate, it was decided to continue with an extra player. In
the first semi-final game, former champ Bob Wicks crushed the
table with four 7-pt city cards to score 77 points. Ken
Rothstein scored 89 points in 5 city cards in Semi #2 to earn
his way into the Final. Kevin Wojtaszczyk played eight of his
ten city cards in Semi #3 as 6 or 7 pt cities to slip by Laurel
Stokes. In Semi #4, Phil edged Steve with the strength
of 56 points in 7pt cities.
Bob Wicks 33 cash
+ 132 cities( 9) = 165
Rob Kircher 40 cash + 106 cities(
9) = 146
Rod Davidson 29 cash + 98 cities(
8) = 127
Chad Gormly 29 cash + 87
cities( 9) = 116
Ken Rothstein 38 cash + 105 cities( 8) =
Tom Demarco 32 cash + 96
cities( 8) = 128
Bruce Hodgins 26 cash + 91 cities(
9) = 117
Chris Lefevre 42 cash + 72 cities(
7) = 114
Andrea Wicks 20 cash + 81 cities(
8) = 101
Kevin Wojtaszcyk 38 cash + 117 cities(10) = 155
Laurel Stokes 37 cash + 115 cities(12) =
Rob Winslow 40 cash + 104 cities(10)
Andy Lewis 39 cash + 81
cities( 8) = 120
Phillip White 31 cash + 121 cities( )
Steven Cuyler 44 cash + 105 cities( )
Mike Backstrom 41 cash + 102 cities( ) = 143
Eve Secunda 27 cash + 109 cities( )
This year the Final was a far different expeience. The
game went the distance in using all the track and cards. In addition
to the highest scores in a Final, it also produced the closest
finish. There was no runaway cash grabbing. Bob had
the most with 46, followed by Kevin 45, Phil 39 and Ken 28. Phil
gained the most city points (187) while Kevin earned 182. Bob
made a strong effort to become our first two-time champ, but
Kevin edged out Phil by one point to become our sixth different
champion in as many years. When you analyze the game, the
difference was the average points per card played. Kevin
received 14 per card while Phil earned 13.4.
Kevin Wojtaszcyk 45 cash + 182 cities(13) = 227
Phillip White 39 cash + 187 cities(14) =
Bob Wicks 46 cash
+ 146 cities(12) = 192
Ken Rothstein 28 cash + 132 cities(11) =
In the four games I received full trackers, six different
cities hit the 20+ point mark with LA and Sacramento hitting
the mark three times. When we track cities scoring 15 or
more, we added six more cites to the list with Salt Lake City
scoring 15+ in all four games. Sacramento, LA, San Francisco,
Duluth and Phoenix all hit 12+ in every game.
GM Kircher enjoys a game too.
The finalists plot their rail lines.