Old MacDonald had a Farm ...
Josh Cooper doesn't let GM duties
deter him from playing.
Britain's Christopher Jones gets a
taste of American agriculture.
My first GM assignment became even more intimidating when
my assistant GM was unable to attend, leaving me to settle all
disputes alone. I had to resolve a few disputes about how cards
worked but nobody questioned my decisions. I appointed someone
to resolve any disputes in my games; but none arose. I have learned
from the experience however, that a laptop would be much better
for tracking data on all the players. Customized and enlarged
score sheets will also be needed next time, instead of using
those which come with the game. The semi-final did not go as
planned, as only 18 of 29 preliminary winners appeared for Round
2. The planned 25 player semi-final gave way to five 4-player
games with the aid of two alternates. Only the K Deck was used
with the Lover, Wet Nurse, and Reed Hut removed. Dan Eppolito
ended in a tie for first in his game but came out on the short
end of the tie breakers and was thereby awarded sixth place laurels.
Dan had been one of the alternates who advanced with two seconds,
so he claimed sixth without benefit of a win ahead of 24 players
who had a victory. Moral of the story, always follow up on qualifying
wins by playing in the advanced rounds.
is a 56 point farm that won me a preliminary 5-ER game:
In the Final, Chris Deotte was acting Assistant GM since I
had made the Final. In addition to this role, he recorded every
move by each player and wrote a report on play-agricola.com and
boardgamegeek.com which appears at http://play-agricola.com/forums/index.php?topic=2903.
Overall, the tournament went well and I look forward to running
it again at both EuroQuest and WBC.
Six regular players from Play-Agricola.com were among the
field, myself (Chris), Mike (Coyotek4), Cary (DagKees), Sceadeau
(Sceadeau), Ted (NiteArtist), and Jon (Senn). The preliminary
rounds consisted of everyone playing one to three draft 5-ERs
using only one deck at a time, E, I or K with no cards removed.
All six Play-Agricola.com players advanced including myself :-)
Three of the six Play-Agricola.com players advanced. After
two hours, the Play-Agricola.com players emerged victorious.
The final score was 55-38-37-37-25.
The following cards were played:
Mike: Educator, Clay Worker, Cooking Hearth, Fence Overseer,
Turner, Spit Roast, Pelts, Crooked Plow, Market Woman, Adoptive
Parents, Clay Worker
Cary: Perpetual Student, Brushwood Collector, Fireplace,
Seed Seller, Duck Pond, Lover, Sawhorse, Pieceworker, Stone Oven,
Cooking Hearth, Swing Plow, Flail
Tedd: Reed Hut, Storehouse Keeper, Manufacturer, Joinery,
Basketmaker's Workshop, Pottery, Ox Team, Milking Stool, Mansion,
Serf, Scholar, Bakehouse
Geoffrey: House Goat, Acrobat, Magician, Wood Deliveryman,
Bookshelf, Beehive, Pig Whisperer, Forest Pasture, Well, Acreage,
Brewery, House Steward
The finalists interrupt plowing season
View of the Championship game from
the Goodyear Blimp.
Euro Quest Laurelists
Ben Scholl, PA
Haim Hochboim, Israel
Jon Senn, PA
Aran Warszawski, Israel
Benjamin Rosset, DC