Riding High ...
It takes considerable organization,
advanced preparation, and extra hands to keep a major event moving
smoothly, especially with a Sunday heat when time is of the essence.
So how many ladies actually brave
the male world of WBC beyond lolling at poolside and shopping
at the outlets? 70 played in this event ... 35% of the field.
Ticket to Ride continues to be one of the largest tournaments
at WBC. 201 gamers manned 71 games to decide the victor. The
original game continues to be a favorite with Europe and
the 1910 variant coming in second. At least one game of
Marklin was played at each heat.
Scores fluctuated wildly from 2-165 points. Norm Herrick gets
the "courage" award for taking ten tickets in his game.
Four other folks took nine with two of them making eight of their
destinations. Risky stuff that, and it didn't pay off in a first
for anyone! Defending champ Brittany Bernard gave it her best
but her quest to repeat ended in the semis. No other laurelist
The five finalists were Eyal Mozes, Nico Paradua, John Faella,
Jon Izer and Jamie Tang. Nico built the critical Houston-New
Orleans route and Jamie Tang took Nashville-Atlanta. Only Nico,
John and Jamie built six train sections, leaving the two 6-train
sections in the south open. Jamie took nine tickets and completed
seven for a score of 123. That total would have won many games,
but in the Final it was only good for third. Eyal made two of
five tickets for 5th place laurels with a score of 25. Jon took
4th with a 63 tally on four of five tickets. Nico was the close-but-no-cigar
runner-up making all six of his tickets for a score of 129. However,
John Faella also made all six tickets for a winning score of
132 and the title.
As a first-time GM I was questioning my sanity during the
first heat when a deluge of 133 players appeared. My husband,
Eric Brosius, was in a semi-final and couldn't help, so Glen
Pearce volunteered and help me log in everyone. Another lady
helped as well and I am sorry I didn't get your name, but thank
you both very much.
For Heat 2, much thanks goes to Virginia Colin, who graciously
helped when I "drafted" her. Due to lack of space in
Ballroom B we had six or so games in Terrace and Anne Norton
and Tom DeMarco watched over those games for me.
By Heat 3, my reinforcements arrived. Eric and Cally Perry
were available to help, as was Tom McCorry, the past GM. Armed
with Eric's wondrous spreadsheet that he uses to manage the Princes
of Florence tournament, we were all set for the Sunday heat,
semi-finals and Final. What a day! Thank you everyone!
In all, I had a "crazy good" experience with Ticket
to Ride and I hope everyone had a good time with the last
tournament of the Con.
Ticket to Ride is among the most accessible and inviting of games
-- leading the WBC heat games in attendance again in 2008.
GM Claire Brosius (right) keeps
watch over her finalists as Sunday draws to a close.
GM Matt Beach helps a table
of young travellers.
A smile makes it all worthwhile ...
Ticket To Ride Junior
17 pint-sized travellers contested the Juniors tournament.
Top honors went to:
1st: Rebecca Melton
2nd: Alyssa Mills
3rd: Ashley Kilroy
4th: Andrew Doughan
5th: Alyssa Morgan
6th: Jaclyn Sands