No Experience Necessary ...
Kelly Czyryca, Cally Perry and Thomas
Canadian Glen Pearce, Nick Henning
and Kevin Breza.
The schedule change from Friday to Saturday apparently was
a mistake as attendance dropped 40%. Perhaps some other big event
or combination of events swept up a lot of the folks looking
for a quick and fairly easy Saturday night tournament. So next
year we will go back to Friday night. Saturday generated but
32 Adels, including four former champs and ten laurelists, for
the first round, necessitating three 4-player and four 5-player
games. Eric Wrobel and two-time former champ Mark Geary each
had the best wins at their respective boards at nine spaces past
the finish line (the first tiebreaker). Phillip Livingston was
only five spaces past the finish at his table, but 11 spaces
ahead of runner-up Anne Norton to get the leave-em-in-the dust
award. The other Round 1 winners were Glen Pearce, Rebecca Hebner,
Derek Landel, and Tom DeMarco.
Round 2 saw ten folks leave, while gaining only three reinforcements,
thus filling five boards. Phillip, Rebecca, and Tom each won
a second time, with Thomas Browne and Chris Trimmer gaining their
first win. Rebecca was now in the lead with ten points and 13
spaces past the finish (she also had the best win of the tournament
at 11 spaces past the finish out of a possible 13). Phillip and
Tom each had ten points and nine spaces, but Tom had the edge
with 18 cards in his final sets over Phillip with seven total
cards (the second tiebreaker). Thomas was next with nine points,
followed at eight points each by Eric (ten spaces), Mark (nine
spaces), Derek (six spaces, 13 cards), Robert Davidson (six spaces,
nine cards), and Anne (five spaces).
Six more players retired for Round 3, and one returned for four
complete boards. Rebecca closed out the swiss portion in fine
fashion with her third win giving her 15 points and the top spot
into the semi-final. Mark and Glen each got their second wins,
while the fourth game was won by Ashley Collinson. With only
20 players left, exactly half would advance. Phillip, with a
runner-up finish to Glen in the third game, took the second seat
with 14 points, followed by Mark (13), and Glen (12). Six others
finished at 11 points, led by Tom (nine spaces, 28 cards), Thomas
(nine spaces, 24 cards), Derek (eight spaces), Ashley (seven
spaces, 26 cards), Robert (seven spaces, 20 cards), and Kevin
Breza (three spaces). In the 2010 20-player semi-final, the average
semi-finalist score was 11.5; this year's average, with only
ten semi-finalists, was 12.
Rebecca picked a bad time to end her winning streak. Mark won
the first semi-final, followed by Thomas, Derek, Glen and Rebecca.
Phillip won the other game, vanquishing Kevin, Robert, Ashley
and Tom. Derek's third-place finish (two spaces) was better than
Robert's (-4 spaces) so Derek took the last Final seat while
Robert had to settle for sixth-place laurels.
Derek got off to a quick start in the Final, and led all the
way past the second corner space while Mark lagged far behind.
As they moved into the home stretch, Thomas was able to pass
a little ahead of Derek. Derek, however, was able to go to the
Auctionhouse alone and acquire the ultimate tiebreaker 1468 "A"
mask card while everyone else participated in a Detective convention
at the Castle. Finally, Derek resumed the lead on the final space
before the finish line. Everyone went to the Castle for the next
play, knowing it was probably the last turn (barring another
Detective convention). At this point, Thomas was two spaces behind
him, Kevin and Phillip were right behind Thomas, and Mark six
spaces further back. Kevin, Thomas and Derek all played Exhibit,
Mark played a Thief, and Phillip played a Detective (he had four
pieces of art, but no set). With a thief in the mix, the three
Exhibiters considered carefully before choosing their cards to
show. Kevin showed a best set with seven cards, getting +5 spaces
(now at two spaces past the finish). Derek showed a set of six
cards and moved +3 spaces (now at three spaces past the finish),
while Thomas showed less cards and did not move. After Mark's
Thief stole a card from the three exhibits (including the 1468
card from Derek), Phillip's Detective moved up four spaces for
catching Mark's Thief and being in fourth place (now at one space
past). Then it was time for the final exhibits and scoring. Due
to his Thief, Mark had gained three cards to finish with a ten-card
exhibit, so he moved up eight spaces (now at two spaces before
the finish line). Thomas had the second-best exhibit at eight
cards, so he moved up four spaces (now at two spaces past). At
three spaces past the finish line, Derek became the 2011 champion
for his first ADV title and sixth overall. Thomas & Kevin
were one space back, but Thomas had a better set to win the tie
for second place.
Two points to consider if you'd like to give Adel Verpflichtet
a try next year:
1. The Demo was run right before the main event, and was attended
by half a dozen players. There have been players who have learned
the game at the Demo, and then been able to advance all the way
to the Final. Some people have told me I am a good game explainer;
but Adel Verpflichtet is actually just a very easy game
2. The threshold for advancing to the semi-final was 11 points
this year and nine points the two years before that. Josh Githens
missed the first round last year, and was still able to advance
to the semi-final with a first and a second place finish. So
don't think if you don't win in Round 1 that you won't be able
Adel Verpflichtet Junior
Whose showing collections at the refrigerator?
Matthew gets his plaque from GM Ashley
In the Juniors event ten kids reported to Ashley Collinson's
artshow to swipe the best refrigerator crayon art. Matthew Roizin-Prior
proved to be the most promising young art collector and made
hay during his last year in Juniors competition with their championships.
He was followed in order by Dacey Collinson, Lucas Holmquist,
Jasmine Mann and Maia Parauda in the Final game.