Brad gets Orange ...
Antero Kuusi Meghan Friedmann, Lawrence
Drew and Arland Kane
Tim Packwood, Ryan Friedmann, Roderick
Lee and Lissa Rennert
This was a banner year for Roborally as we introduced
the all new Kaarin Englemann Memorial Crash & Burn award.
This award is presented to the player who is eliminated first
in each round of the tournament by having all of their robots
destroyed. The award comes complete with a player aid based on
a design by Kaarin where the palms of the hands have a large
L and R on them. As it is important to have these letters on
the correct hand, the player aid allows the player to place their
hand upon the award and shows them whether it is the left or
The very first ever winner of this prestigious award was the
WBC's own legal counsel, Scott Pfiefer, and everyone knows how
good lawyers are with spatial relationships. I suspect the player
aid to be useful to Scott in other aspects of his life as well,
like driving, and waving.
Our Round 2 recipient Evan Cogwin, sat at the GM's table,
and acquired this distinct honor through the ingenious use of
patented random method of card play. The committee is reviewing
the future validity of this method of play as a means to obtain
this distinguished award, though they will probably hold off
on making a decision until more data is obtained.
Only nine of the 14 players who qualified for the semi-finals
appeared to battle for a place in the 6-player Final. Ryan Friedmann
managed to be the first and only player eliminated completely.
Though both Henry Pfiefer (like father like son, maybe Henry
can borrow Dad's award), and Mark McCandless managed to snatch
defeat from the jaws of a third place finish.
Sadly, one of our finalists then misread the schedule, and
failed to arrive on time for the last round early Sunday morning.
Personally, I could have used that extra hour of sleep myself,
but for me it was not to be. With only five players, and four
plaques to hand out it was questionable whether anyone would
have the temerity to earn the final Crash & Burn award, but
veteran player Bill Navolis did not let us down, losing his last
robot on the final leg of a tight race for third place, thus
ensuring that all of the finalists received something to take
Our luckiest win of the tournament was achieved by Josh Githens
(who qualifies and doesn't attend the semi-finals nearly every
year) during the first round when he was pushed onto the last
flag by another robot, just before another player would have
won the game. Some people just live under a lucky star. Oh, and
Brad Johnson won his seventh Robo Rally title to move
up to orange on the Masters board.
Brad Johnson pursues his orange belt
7th title with Bill Navolis and Jeff Finkeldey in hot pursuit.
Finalists Bill Navolis, Jeff Finkeldey,
Brad Johnson, Chris Gnech, Charles Squibb and Tom McCorry.