Pharoahs love Mondays ...
David Platnick, Andy Latto, Todd Treadway,
Anni Foasberg and John Dextraze in the land of the pharoahs.
Finalist Alex Bove discusses the cost
of papyrus with 2007 Caesar and soon-to-be Amun Re champ
With the addition of a well-attended Monday heat, the number
of players swelled to the highest level since its WBC debut.
A number of familiar faces played alongside several new ones
wishing to sacrifice their way into Amun Re's favor. 33 preliminary
games allowed 25 hopefuls to find their way into the five semi-final
matches where a mere combined 10 points separated advancers from
also-rans. Matt Calkins, coming out on the short end of a tiebreaker,
had to settle for sixth place laurels. The final five included
defending champion Alex Bove, 2007 Caesar Raphael Lehrer, Bill
Zurn, Doug Smith and Andrew Emerick.
The Final opened slowly as Raphael won the first sacrifice
with 3 taking a lead in power cards and money. The following
round also found Raphael in Amun Re's favor after sacrificing
an additional 3. The final scoring of the Old Kingdom however
set the tone for the game. Doug, having a set of pyramids already
with several farmers and the Damanhur province, sacrificed 14.
Raphael and Bill having Edfu and Amarna, respectfully, pushed
the sacrifice to a total of 23 with their donations of 7 and
2. After movement cards, the total sacrifice was at 17, causing
Alex and Andrew's camel provinces to be defeated. Doug, having
placed his rewards in Baharya, took most on the west of the Nile
and scored a whopping 23 points for the Old Kingdom. Raphael,
not to be outdone, scored 16 and had a huge money advantage over
Doug that would benefit him in the later rounds. Old Kingdom
scoring had Doug in first with 23 followed by Raphael at 16,
Alex 11, Bill 10 and Andrew 9.
To open the 4th round of bidding, Andrew went big (28) on
Baharya, the only province on the west side of the Nile. No one
challenged Andrew while Doug made an errant bid of one for Berenike,
the only province not containing a pyramid. This deficit in pyramids
led to his sacrificing money in an attempt to catch the others.
Unfortunately, that sacrifice pushed the total to 13 causing
everyone to gain more money in farmers than his total of 8 in
Berenike. This money advantage created his inability to sustain
a lead, opening the door for Raphael who already had six farmers
and two pyramids in Mendes after the fourth round.
Raphael's money lead proved too much to overcome as the others
were unable to build enough to stop him from having the most
pyramids on the east side of the Nile. Raphael's final total
of 69 money proved the difference - giving him six points for
a total of 45. Andrew, playing an excellent second round recovery
from last place, scored 42 on the day to earn second place. Alex
finished third, while Doug's early New Kingdom mistake cost him
dearly, relegating him to fourth. Bill's significant money issues
left him in fifth.
Barb Flaxington, Chris Trimmer, Dominic
Duchesne and Patrick Gorman view the pyramids.
New GM Greg Thatcher, Phil Rennert,
Kevin Breza and Andrew Gerb park their camels.