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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report    

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Eric Freeman, PA
2010-11 Champion

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Event History
1999    John Kilbride     77
2000    Chetan Radia     49
2001    Aaron Fuegi     66
2002    Jeff Cornett     66
2003    Lance Ribeiro     47
2004    Aran Warszawski     44
2005    Matt Calkins     53
2006    Jeff Cornett     38
2007    Aaron Fuegi     41
2008    Alfred Smith     43
2009    Marc Berenbach     36
2010    Eric Freeman     37
2011    Eric Freeman     36

Euro Quest Event History
2003    Joe Bellizzi     22
2004     Scott Buckwalter     21
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    10    114
  2.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    08     70
  3.  Eric Freeman       PA    11     60
  4.  Craig Moffit       NJ    08     54
  5.  John Kilbride      PA    03     42
  6.  Ananda Gupta       MD    00     42
  7.  Chetan Radia       uk    00     40
  8.  Rob Kilroy         PA    08     36
  9.  Matt Calkins       VA    08     32
 10.  Aran Warszawski    is    04     30
 11.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    03     30
 12.  Joe Bellizzi       NJ    03     24
 13.  Frank Hamrick      NC    01     24
 14.  Mark Guttag        VA    09     22
 15.  Marc Berenbach     MA    09     20
 16.  Alfred Smith       NC    08     20
 17.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    04     20
 18.  Patrick Shea       VA    11     18
 19.  Ann Cornett        FL    04     18
 20.  Jeff Evich         MD    04     18
 21.  Brian Stone        NY    09     16
 22.  Pat Beaudoin       PA    01     16
 23.  Ken Shoda          DC    11     12
 24.  Haim Hochboim      is    10     12
 25.  Nick Page          on    10     12
 26.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    07     12
 27.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     12
 28.  Mario Lanza        PA    04     12
 29.  Will Wible         VA    02     12
 30.  Luke Moffit        NJ    01     12
 31.  Stu Hendrickson    VA    00     12
 32.  Bruce Glassco      VA    99     12
 33.  Thomas Wojke       PA    05      9
 34.  James Hopkin       CA    99      9
 35.  Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    11      8
 36.  Deniz Bucak        PA    07      8
 37.  Jack Jaeger        VA    04      8
 38.  Steve Brooks       FL    00      8
 39.  Brad Sherwood      PA    07      6
 40.  Jeff Pounder       on    05      6
 41.  Marty Hoff         TX    04      6
 42.  John Kerr          VA    03      6
 43.  Brian Reynolds     MD    03      6
 44.  Doug Smith         PA    02      6
 45.  Dan Cetorelli      PA    11      4
 46.  Bill Zurn          CA    10      4
 47.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      4
 48.  Ivan Lawson        MD    03      4
 49.  Geoff Engelstein   NJ    04      3
 50.  Mark Neale         RI    03      3
 51.  Jason Levine       NY    02      3
 52.  Kevin Wojtasczcyk  NY    99      3
 53.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    11      2
 54.  Bob Basa           on    10      2
 55.  Jeff Arnold        MD    09      2
 56.  Joshua Ostrander   NY    07      2
 57.  Jarett Weintraub   NY    06      2
 58.  Marshall Phillips  VA    04      2
 59.  Doug Hoylman       MD    03      2

2011 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists 

Ken Shoda, DC
2nd

Bryan Berkenstock, NJ
3rd

Patrick Shea, VA
4th

Dan Cetorelli, PA
5th

Dave Bohnenberger, PA
6th

Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1999

Chetan Radia, UK
2000

Aaron Fuegi, MA
2001, 2007

Jeff Cornett, FL
2002, 2006

Lance Ribeiro, NH
2003

Aran Warszawski, Israel
2004

Matt Calkins. VA
2005

Alfred Smith, NC
2008

Marc Berenbach, MA
2009

Eric Freeman, PA
2010-2011

Dan Cetorelli ponders his move in the second heat as Keith Ferguson watches. Dan would finish fifth.

GM Craig Moffitt oversees his four finalists: Patrick Shea, Ken Shoda, Eric Freeman and Bryan Berkenstock.

Acquiring Civilization ...

Attendance remained steady at approximately the same levels this event has drawn since gaining Legacy status. The tournament again used a rules variant to balance the advantage of the first two players. Instead of their normal two actions, the initial pair received only one action for the first turn only. The distribution of wins for 4-player games was 4 (29%), 4, 4 and 2 (14%) for players moving first through fourth, respectively.

Dynasty \ Finish

 Win
 2nd
 3rd
 4th
Avg Finish

 Archer 1st (1 action)

 4

2

4

2

2.57

 Bull 2nd (1 action)

4

4

3

3

2.35

 Lion 3rd

4

5

2

3

2.29

 Potter 4th

2

3

5

4

2.78

Eight winners plus the best four runners-up from the preliminary heats filled three semi-final tables. In the first, 2009 runner-up Patrick Shea advanced (6-7-12-12) by a margin of seven hypothetical treasures over Dan Cetorelli (4-5-5-7). In the second, Craig Moffitt initiated a critical farmer battle with defending champion Eric Freeman. Eric had just drawn a fresh hand that fortunately included the three farms he needed to win the conflict. This proved pivotal, and he advanced by a healthy margin. In the last semi-final, Bryan Berkenstock (8-10-12-13) scored a rare victory from the fourth seat, but Ken Shoda's (6-7-9-11) was only five hypothetical treasures behind, earning them both a seat at the Final.

Eric had the first choice and selected third (Lion) player in the Final. Bryan (fourth, Potter), Patrick (first, Archer), and Ken (second, Goat) completed the table. Patrick opened in the southwest with his King, later expanded with his Trader and settlements to claim the corner treasure. Ken started out nearby in the southeast with his Trader and expanded in the other direction with markets. Bryan started in the northeast corner treasure with two disjointed kingdoms. Lastly, Eric got out of the gates fast with a round 4 black/green monument in the northwest that soon drew hostilities.

Patrick used the first catastrophe on the farm that connected Eric's leaders to the monument and dropped in his leader. Immediately after, Ken dislodged Patrick with an internal conflict. However, Eric got the last laugh, as his catastrophe onto the corner temple removed all the usurpers' support and he reconnected and held the monument for several turns.

Eric's ability to build, hold, and reclaim monuments proved decisive as he finished with the winning score of 14-14-14-16 (lowest in red) to retain his title. Ken was second at 19-10-12-14 (lowest in green). Bryan 7-7-9-10 (lowest in black/red) and Patrick 6-7-7-9 (lowest in red) rounded out the table. Next year, the 1/1/2/2 action rules variant and hypothetic treasure margin-of-victory tiebreaker will be kept. The GM would like to thank everyone for their participation and is looking forward to another great event next year.

Bryan started the first external conflict when the northern kingdoms joined. His king beat Eric's, leaving a huge 4-temple support hole. Eric then exploited the opportunity to win a Farmer conflict and build a red/blue monument. In the meantime, Ken and Patrick's traders fought an external conflict in hopes of scoring green cubes and claiming more treasures. Bryan's farmer and Eric's regrouped king shared the next monument built on the river delta. However, the massive northern Kingdom soon bumped the leaders from the northeast to the benefit of Ken (red) and Eric (blue and green). With the tilebag nearly exhausted, Patrick built the final monument (red/black) of the game in the southwest.
 GM      Craig Moffit [7th Year]  NA
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