Euros & Dice ... who sez they
Rod Davidson, Richard Shay and David
Rohde roll Floods.
GM Scott Buckwalter oversees his finalists.
This year Ra: The Dice Game debuted at WBC to considerable
success as a trial event to 74 players in only two heats. A third
heat would probably have generated enough additional entrants
to qualify for the Century under the Top 25 entrants clause.
The tournament was played by the published rules without variants.
Since the published rules do not include tie breakers, none were
used in the preliminary rounds. The 22 games played generated
three tie games allowing both tied players to advance.
The semis generated some very close games. Curt Cullins II advanced
with 48 points, only three more than Scott Sunderlin's 45. Likewise,
Rod Davidson advanced with 41 points, only two greater than Chris
Gnech's 39. This game proved to be one of the most intriguing
games played. Rob began the game by rolling five of a kind in
Pharaohs. Later, Chis would match him with five of a kind in
Niles. But in the end, Rod Davidson's flood strategy proved too
much for both Chris and Dan Eppolito. Rod succeeded in maxing
out his Niles to 12 and flooding them in the second Epic. Then
began the third Epic by flooding them again in the first roll.
The Final was also ruled by the flood strategy. Rod Davidson
once again maxed out and flooded for 12 points in the second
Epic. Curt Cullins II also scored 10 for his flooded Niles in
the second Epic and maxed them out for the third. But Rod's luck
appeared to be headed south as he was unable to flood his Niles
throughout the third Epic. Then on the last throw of the dice
he succeeded in flooding 12 points of Niles with double Suns
to trigger final scoring, denying Curt another throw of the dice
and securing his championship.