A Shortage of Camel Games
Quick and simple Euros continue to
draw the largest fields.
GM Jeff Mullet oversees his finalists.
Yspahan avoided the sophomore slump and actually had
a small increase in attendence although with the record attendence
level at WBC itself this year, I would have liked the field to
be a bit larger.
This year, by the time the first 20+ players entered, only one
other player had brought a game! Your GM brought two games
and borrowed two more from the BPA game library (thank goodness
for the decision to have that available). I had already
started to tell people that I was going to have to turn them
away for lack of games. Finally a couple of players with
games trickled in and a couple more volunteered to go back to
their hotel rooms to retrieve a game.
And so the first heat got underway with exactly 40 players and
ten games. Exactly enough. Whew! On a side note,
I noticed this year, moreso than any other, that there were never
enough games in most tournaments. Many tourneys started
late as GMs scrambled for copies of their game. In the
future, everyone who even thinks they may play in a given tournament,
please bring a copy.
Winning their heats and making the semi-finals were Rich Meyer,
Rob Flowers, Dave Rohde, Chris Moffa, Rob Kircher, Daniel Eppolito,
Marty Hoff, Eric Brosius, Laurie Wojtaszczyk, Davyd Field,
Bill Herbst, Steve Cameron, Eugene Hourany, Chris Trimmer and Cally
Perry. When two semi-finalists decided not to play
further, Laurie graciously volunteered to step down since she
wouldn't have been able to make the Final as she had Junior's
Room monitor duty. Thanks, Laurie! That gave us an
even twelve semi-finalists for three 4-player games which would
lead to a 3-player Final.
Daniel Eppolito, Rob Flowers and Cally Perry were the last three
On the first day, Rob went first and took three camels and built
the Paddock. Daniel went second and took four sacks.
Cally took a card and didn't play it.
On day 2, Daniel drew a card and played it, getting three camels.
He built the Paddock. Cally drew another card and played
neither. Rob drew a card and didn't play it.
On day 3, Cally took two camels and built the Paddock.
Rob took three gold and Daniel took two barrels.
On day 4, Rob took five camels and built the shop. Daniel
chose the 3 die and moved the Supervisor to get two points and
place a cube from a building to the Caravan. Cally took
a card and played "build with no camels" in combination
with the "build with no gold" card to build the Hoist.
On day 5, Daniel moved the Supervisor five spots and placed a
cube from a building to get two points from the caravan.
Cally took two camels and built the Shop. Rob took four
gold and built the Caravanserai.
On day 6, Cally took three camels, played the "3 gold"
card and built the Caravanserai. Rob took one urn and Daniel
took a card.
On day 7, Rob took two camels and discarded a card to make it
three camels. He then built the Hammam. Daniel moved
the Supervisor to place another cube on the Caravan, while Cally
took two urns.
After one week, the scores were Daniel 18, Cally 16 and Rob 14
Week 2, Day 1 had Daniel take four camels. Cally took
two barrels and Rob took two sacks.
Day 2, Cally took four camels, Rob took six gold and Daniel took
a card and built the Shop.
Day 3, Rob took three camels and built the Hoist. Daniel
took four gold and built the Caravanserai. Cally took four
Day 4, Daniel took two chests. Cally moved the Supervisor
one space and caused Rob to place a cube on the Caravan which
allowed him to draw a card from the Caravanserai's power.
Cally also got to place a cube and draw a card. She then
played the "3 camel" card. Rob took four sacks
and played the "place a cube on the caravan" card.
Day 5, Cally took three camels. Rob moved the Supervisor
four spaces and placed a cube on the caravan and drew a card
from the action. Daniel drew a card as his action.
Day 6, Rob again moved the Supervisor four spaces, plced a cube
and drew a card. Daniel moved the Supervisor six places
and placed a cube and drew a card. cally moved the Supervisor
five spaces, discarded a camel to place a cube from stock and
drew a card.
Day 7, Daniel moved the supervisor three spots, placed a cube
and drew a card. Cally took four barrels. Rob moved
the Supervisor one spot, placing a cube on the caravan and drew
a card. The placement also landed on Cally, but she defended
by discarding a camel and placing a camel from stock.
After week 2, the scores were: Cally 45, Daniel 40 and Rob 38.
Week 3 Day 1, Cally took two barrels. Rob took five sacks
and Daniel took four gold. Daniel played the "change
gold to camels" card and the "3 gold" card and
built the Hoist.
Day 2, Rob took two urns, discarded a card giving him three urns.
He also played the "place a cube on any shop" card
and filled the 4 point urn shop. He also played a card
to change three gold to three camels. Daniel took five
chests and tossed a card to make it six chests. He also
played a card to give himself three camels. Both players
were afraid someone would try and mess with their high scoring
shops. Finally, Cally moved the supervisor two places,
placed a cube on the Caravan and drew a card. She cashed
it in for three gold and built the Hammam.
Day 3, Daniel moved the Supervisor three places, placed a cube
on the Caravan and drew a card. The Caravan scored and
all three players got nine points. Cally then took five
sacks. Rob took three camels.
Day 4, Cally took three chests, Rob took two urns and Daniel
moved the Supervisor two spots and started filling the caravan
all over again and also got a card.
Day 5, Rob took three gold and built the Bazaar. Daniel
took four camels and tossed a card to make it five camels.
Cally took four barrels.
Day 6, Daniel took four gold and built the Bazaar. Cally
took five barrels. Rob took three sacks.
Day 7, Cally took three gold and built the Bazaar. Rob
moved the Supervisor two, defended with a camel and drew a card
he couldn't use. Daniel moved the Supervisor five, defended
with a camel and drew a card. he played the "3 gold'
card and built the Hammam.
After the third and final week the scores were: Cally 108, Rob
99 and Daniel 85. Congratulations to Cally for clever use
of her cards and resources to get the win. Thanks to everyone
who played and I hope to see even more of you next year.
And don't forget to bring those games!