Qualifying for bigger and better
Anyone want to play Ticket to Ride?
220 players filled the ballroom.
So Josh winning the Euro Quest qualifier
was no accident, eh?
Ticket to Ride was the second largest tournament
at WBC, after Dominion, with 220 gamers. It
took a total of 103 games to decide the victor. We
added a Quarter-Final so more people could be in the playoffs. All
the gamers who won at least one game got to play and many others
who were "on the bubble".
Scores fluctuated wildly from the teens to a whopping 205
in a 1910 game. Henry Dove had the 205, making eight
of nine tickets, getting most tickets bonus and longest train.
Our four finalists were Kathy Kilroy, Kyle Greenwood, Jay
Fox, and Steve Shambeda. Kyle was originally "on
the bubble" at number 100. But he showed for
the Quarter-finals, won that and his semi to get into the Final. Going
forward, the Quarter Finals will be limited strictly to winners
of Preliminary games with only enough alternates to fill out
a complete table once all winners have been seated.
In the Final, the Northeast was locked up very quickly blocking
Kathy from making any of her tickets and giving her a frustrating
fourth. Steve made four of six tickets and was third with
74. Jay came in second with 112 making three
of four tickets and getting longest route. Kyle Greenwood
is our champion with a score of 154 and made all of his five
tickets and getting the most tickets bonus. Kyle and
runner-up Jay Fox hit paydirt after the fact when Days of Wonder
extended them a qualifying invitation to the American championships
which, if successful, will earn them a trip to Paris to play
in their World Championship.
I need to give special appreciation to a friend from Boston. Brian
Hanechek, was a huge help the first day of the tournament. I
had made the semi-final of Empire Builder, which started
at the same time as my demo and then my first heat. Brian
did my demo for me and got the first heat started. I
made a fatal error in my Empire Builder game and so had
to forfeit. When I got to Ballroom B fifteen minutes
after Heat 1 was supposed to start, Brian had all the people
seated and playing already! He had started checking
people in at 10:30 AM. This was his first WBC and
he had a great time. Brian, you're my hero!
Finalists Jay Fox and Steve Shambeda
study their half of the board ...
... while Kathy Kilroy and Kyle Greenwood
Ed and Matthew Beach provide the GM
chores as a family project.
Sara Beach completes the family obligation
Ticket To Ride Junior
20 pint-sized travellers contested the Juniors tournament.
Top honors went to:
1st: Yoni Weiss
2nd: Thomas Milton
3rd: Katie Breza
4th: Matthew Roizin-Prior
5th: Kyle Galulo
6th: Ian McGraw
Euro Quest Laurelists
Josh Githens, SC
Steve Shambeda, PA
Tom Dunning, NY
James Freeman, VA
Sam Atabaki, CA