merchant of venus  

Updated 11/23/2010

 2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Eric Wrobel, VA

2010 Champion

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Event History
1991    Duane Wagner      24
1992    Kathy Stroh      21
1993    Michael Anchors      41
1994    David Thompson      43
1995    Greg Mayer      56
1996    Tom Stokes      48
1997    Mark Hunter      78
1998    Greg Mayer      80
1999    Steve Crenshaw     67
2000    Debbie Otto     68
2001     Bill Crenshaw     72
2002     Charley Hickok      60
2003     Luke Koleszar      64
2004     Eric Wrobel      64
2005     John Koskl      50
2006     Eyal Mozes      39
2007     Kathy Stroh      47
2008     Ewan McNay      57
2009     Debbie Gutermuth      57
2010     Eric Wrobel      64
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Eric Wrobel        VA    10    100
  2.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    08     96
  3.  Joe Abrams         CT    09     66
  4.  Eyal Mozes         NY    10     58
  5.  Luke Koleszar      VA    09     58
  6.  Steve Dickson      CA    10     56
  7.  Debbie Otto        MO    00     56
  8.  Ed Wrobel          VA    03     52
  9.  Charles Hickok     PA    09     43
 10.  Chuck Foster       TX    06     42
 11.  Kathy Stroh        DE    07     40
 12.  John Koski         NC    05     40
 13.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    05     40
 14.  Jeff Bakalchuck    NY    02     40
 15.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    99     40
 16.  Greg Mayer         MO    99     36
 17.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    09     30
 18.  Debbie Gutermuth   NC    09     30
 19.  Ewan McNay         CT    08     30
 20.  Tom Stokes         NJ    10     24
 21.  Duane Wagner       NJ    07     24
 22.  Phillip Shea       VA    09     22
 23.  Richard Irving     CA    10     16
 24.  Peggy Pfeiffer     FL    07     16
 25.  Rich Meyer         MA    04     16
 26.  Patrick Shea       VA    10     12
 27.  Kevin Wojtasczyck  NY    07     12
 28.  Abby Cocke         MD    02     12
 29.  James Hopkin       CA    00     12
 30.  Frank McNally      MA    06      9
 31.  Tom DeMarco        NJ    03      8
 32.  Gary Dickson       CA    02      8
 33.  Lauren Hickok      PA    00      8
 34.  Ray Stakenas Sr    NC    05      4
 35.  Jim Fardette       ae    04      4
 36.  Lynn Ribeiro       NH    01      4
 37.  David Fritsch      VA    08      3
 38.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    06      3

2010 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

Tom Stokes, NJ
2nd

Richard Irving, CA
3rd

Patrick Shea, VA
4th

Steve Dickson, CA
5th

Eyal Mozes, NY
6th

Past Winners

Duane Wagner, NJ
1991

Kathy Stroh, PA
1992, 2007

Greg Mayer, MO
1995, 1998

Tom Stokes, NJ
1996

Mark Hunter, MO
1997

Steve Crenshaw, MD
1999

Deb Otto, MO
2000

Bill Crenshaw, MD
2001

Charlie Hickok, PA
2002

Luke Koleszar, VA
2003

Eric Wrobel, VA
2004, 2010

John Koski, NC
2005

Eyal Mozes, NY
2006

Ewan McNay, CT
2008

Debbie Gutermuth, NC
2009

Patrick Shea, Doug Faust, Anni Foasberg and Gary Dickson tour the galaxy together.

Charles Hickock and Paul Bolduc consider their telegate options for delivering a load of space dust.

The Return of the Machines

This year's tournament started on Wednesday with a crowd 41 cutthroat traders at Stitches Comedy Club (otherwise known as the Wheatland Room). The GM elected to sit out this game so there would be ten 4-player tables. Still the sharks were out in full force: , (No I was NOT avoiding them! Really!) Perennial semi-finalists Chuck Foster, Bill Crenshaw, Eric Wrobel, Steve Dickson, Debbie Gutermuth & Luke Koleszar qualified their way to the next round. Bernard Beckerman, Doug Faust, Roy Pettis, and vision-impaired Allen Stancius (who used his amazing psionic powers. Can anyone else play Merchant of Venus without seeing the galaxy?)

The best game was clearly Game #3: Ewan McNay actually had the highest score - needing only to deliver $40 of goods to win. He was paid off on a port, putting him over the winning amount needed, but you must declare victory on your own turn. In the interim Chuck Foster snuck in for the win. Tom Stokes was third in that game while amassing $1981, good enough for only third Alternate (Debbie Anderson finished with $1984 in Game #7) Wow, what a game!

Given this round was held in a comedy club, the funniest thing that happened (far funnier than many of the comedians that regularly appear there) was an unfortunate Philip "Mr. Freighter" Shea deciding to explore the Asteroid system using extra pips from having rolled 6-6-6. Of course, he was sent off course by finding a telegate which forcibly (the perils of Triple 6's) sent him to the Cloud. OUCH! For this Philip has won the fictional, annual "Wrong Way Corrigian" Award.

The second heat on Thursday evening , also in Stitches, drew 32 players, playing eight 4-player games. Philip "Mr. Freighter" Shea recovered from his misadventures in the first heat, to win his way into the semi-finals, using (what else!) a freighter and finding a Relic Yellow Drive and the Jump Start (which certainly helped.) Other winners were Richard Irving (yours truly), Eyal Mozes, Tom Stokes (who eliminated the need for a third Alternate spot), Rich Meyer, Ken Gutermuth, Luke Koleszar (the first repeat winner), and Robert Woodson.

The third heat on Friday afternoon was relocated to the Limerock Room which has exactly eight tables which was fortunate because exactly 32 wheeler dealers appeared - filling the tables exactly for the third straight time! What are the chances? This heat featured the true Return of the Machines: no less than five players scored their second win in the tournament: Eric Wrobel (who came in saying he wanted to play a light game where he didn't need to think.), Chuck Foster (who in a machine-like way found an Open Port and the next two systems would buy his goods in quick succession), Steve Dickson, Roy Pettis and Richard Irving (who played in a special game using his Green Tater variant who found a Red & Blue (yes, Blue) Drive for an easy win). Tom Browne, Patrick Shea and Gary Dickson also won the their first game - still good enough to advance.

With the rise of the Machines, only 20 players qualified for the semi-finals. A couple of players jokingly asked to be assigned to the "easy table"--unfortunately no such table existed. These games produced two "Water in Gas Tank" Award "winners". Bill Crenshaw needed to roll a total of 5 on three dice on his penultimate turn and got a 1-1-1. The turn's delay allowed Richard Irving to claim victory. Also Luke Koleszar loaded up with every Servo Mech in existence and merely needed to deliver them to advance, but his Freighter's normally slow engines almost completely stalled with a 1-1 roll, which allowed Patrick Shea to win. Eric Wrobel nipped Eyal Mozes as both were over the $3,000 victory condition, Steve Dickson starved Philip Shea of goods to win his ticket. Finally, Tom Stokes won comfortably to move on to the 5-player Final.

Tom Stokes got off to an early lead in the Final. By mid game there was a crowd showing up at the Interstellar Bioshpere. Tom, Richard and Eric had to worry about everyone else buying "their" goods first. This caused Eric to try another trade route where he found the Jump Start on the penultimate "?" marker. As usual, the Jump Start powers many a Merchant of Venus victory, as it did this one. Eric Wrobel was machine-like (and coincidentally playing the Eeep Eeeps) in victory for his second WBC Merchant of Venus title.

But all players played well and upheld the #1 rule of this tournament, Have Fun!

Results:

Top 5 determined by place in Final
1)Eric Wrobel, $3,034
2)Tom Stokes, $2,685
3)Richard Irving, $2,295
4)Patrick Shea, $2,268
5)Stephen Dickson, $1,640

Semi-finalists, determined by score in semi-final:
6)Eyal Mozes, $3,036
7)Bill Crenshaw, $2,923
8)Doug Faust, $2,851
9)Luke Koleszar, $2,699
10) Richard Meyer, $2,670
11) Gary Dickson, $2,586
12) Debbie Gutermuth, $2,538
13) Chuck Foster, $2,378
14) Bob Woodson, $2,318
15) Tom Browne, $2,097
16) Roy Pettis, $2,034
17) Philip Shea, $2,029
18) Bernard Beckerman, $1,650
19) Ken Gutermuth, $1,491
20) Allen Stancius, $1,144

Non-qualifiers, determined by best heat game:
21) Ewan McNay, $2,035
22) Christopher Ellis, $1,993
23) Debbie Anderson, $1,984
24) Alex Gesing, $1,930
25) Vassili Kyrkos, $1,920
26) Rod Davidson, $1,876
27) David Matheny, $1,874
28) Laurel Stokes, $1,828
29) Greg Romano, $1,819
30) Roderick Lee, $1,810
31) Jim Fardette, $1,672
32) Charles Hickok, $1,658
33) Joanna Chaplin, $1,623
34) Carl Armstrong, $1,620
35) Chris Gnech, $1,526
36) Barry Barnes, $1,525
37) Matt Calkins, $1,515
38) Harald Henning, $1,495
39) Kyle Geenwood, $1,425
40) Joe Abrams, $1,418
41) Stephane Dorais, $1,383
42) Paul Ganerson, $1,381
43) David Anderson, $1,340
44) Avi Appel, $1,328
45) Jessica Crandell, $1,322
46) Eric Brosius, $1,305
47) Mark Kennel, $1,301
48) Eric Monte, $1,263
49) David Fritsch, $1,262
50) Paul Bolduc, $1,166
51) Anni Foasburg, $1,130
52) Wade Fowble, $1,123
53) Kevin Sudy, $1,087
54) Jason Porta, $1,084
55) Aaron Fuegi, $1,084
56) Nikki Bradford, $782
57) Adam Meldron, $761
58) Mike Zorrer, $740
59) Craig Reece, $733
60) Pete Gathman, $692
61) Shantanu Saha, $682
62) Alex Henning, $680
63) Chris Erickson, $650
64) Eric Engelmann, $300

David Metheny watches as Kevin Sudy ventures far away.

The finalists, who this year included the GM.
 GM      Richard Irving  [9th Year]   1505 Caceras Circle, Salinas, CA 93906
    rri12@sbcglobal.net   831-443-0841

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