The number of people who Can't
Stop is growing each year. The event is now firmly entrenched
as a late night staple at WBC.
Andy and Danny Lewis go at it in Round
1 much to dad's dismay. Apparently, Andy wasn't alone in falling
victim to youth's impulses.
Every night at WBC has a late night slot at 11 PM filled with
quick, light fare that draws big crowds and Wednesday now appears
to belong to Can't Stop which posted its third attendance
increase in a row - each year's increase greater than the one
before. We kept the same loose organization, where players sat
"Slapshot style" -- which means everyone can
sit with their friends or join any group fewer than four players
in the first round.
This year an amazing 184 people competed in the Can't Stop
nightcap. Participants played four fast-paced, raucously loud
rounds before the field was narrowed down to the four finalists.
The survivors were Evan Cagwin, Brian Hanechak, Danny Lewis,
and Anna Marion. It took three rounds of play before each player
held a position on the board. These players truly took the definition
of Can't Stop to a new level -- they busted (gained no
movement on their current position) 66% of the time to the delight
of a small crowd of onlookers. This bust rate was overtly encouraged
by a shouting crowd of 25 people urging the continual pressing
of their luck. Despite their cheers and questionable advice,
Anna was the first one to close out a column (number 8). Following
a complete round of busts, Evan finally joined her in closing
out a column (number 4). This was followed by more busts, until
Brian joined the scorers by closing out the number 7 column.
There were several more busts until Danny made a run for the
win. Wth no columns closed out at the start of his turn, he was
able to gain enough momentum to close out the five, six, and
nine columns in a single turn. From rags to riches, young Lewis
again showed his dad how easy it is to win wood.
Once again thanks to all of the assistant GM's ... your help
is very much appreciated, it always makes the event run smoother.
Also, another special shout out to all of you who brought copies
of the game!
There appear to be many published
version of Can't Stop around beside the more popular plastic
Rob Winslow and Scott Pfeiffer seem
to have discovered one of the more esoteric versions.