Ex-champ Plays Spoiler ...
Deb Yaure takes on the Elchfest
king ... but this ain't Elchfest.
Ex-champ Carolyn Strock is back to
regain her glory.
Ex-champ Jenn Visocnik is also
back to regain her glory from 2005 when she outscored her entire
family in the Team Tournament.
Ex-champ Lisa Gutermuth is yet
another back to regain her glory. ... Say, I'm detecting a trend
here ... beware the ladies.
Our current format of a multiplayer mulligan round followed
by 2-player single elimination games may be the right compromise
as participation reached the highest levels since abandoning
the multi-heat formats. In the Mulligan Round we had 78 players.
High score (157) for the round went to two-time champion Robbie
Mitchell. The average score was 65 and the low score was 26.
Round 1 enjoyed an influx of additional players for the 2-player
elimination portion of the event filling 35 pairs. Most of the
mulligan winners chose to skip the round and return for Round
2. The high score went to Chris Korfmann (182). The average score
was 107 with a low of 60. Round 2 saw 46 players continuing with
the Round 1 winners being joined by the mulligan victors. The
stats remained similar with a low score of 63, average score
of 104 and a high score of 142 by Brandon Bernard.
The games got tighter in Round 3 with an average score of
95, a low score of 46, and a high score of 134 by John Mewshaw
among the 22 who played. Round 4 fielded ten players, led by
Cliff Ackman (123) and scores back up to an average of 103.
Due to a bye in the previous round, we had six players make
Round 5 that eventually became the semifinal round. Dusty Usner
(114), Eric Monte (106), and Cliff Ackman (125) prevailed over
Brandon Bernard (98), Dave Blisard (98), and Shane Yeager (100).
In Round 6 Eric Monte faced off with Dusty Usner while Cliff
Ackman was paired with Robbie Mitchell in a non-advancing eliminator
role. If Cliff won, there would be a Round 7 game against the
Monte/Usner winner. If not, he would claim third place.
Robbie (103) recovered his winning form in time to shorten
the tournament, besting Cliff (72) and transforming the other
half of the bracket into the Final. In a very close match, Eric
(106) defeated Dave (98) to claim the title.
An interesting statistical anomaly was noticed. The person
going second won 70% of the games! This is a pretty significant
variance despite the relatively small sample size. There are
a few ways we might address this: bid VPs for initial turn order,
leave the extra tile in the mix so the start player also gets
to make the last play, or determine a standard handicap for the
second player. For those of you who haven't seen the news, Hans
im Glück, who is the primary publisher of Carcassonne, has
switched its U.S. distributor from Rio Grande Games to Z-Man
games. Given its history, it will be interesting to see how Farmers
will score next year...
Stay tuned to the 2013 event preview for more info.
GM Tom McCorry doesn't skimp on the
fancy scoresheets ... nothing but the best for his players will
Uh-oh ... Kaarin is in trouble. Now
she's got to beat a woman. Marissa Bianco provides a sterner
test than all these guys.
Jeez ... James Kramer could
lose his honorary wargamer license if Docktor spots him playing
a Euroweenie game.
The three finalists pose with
"Eliminator" and two-time champ Robbie Mitchell who
turned the semi into a Final by beating Cliff.
In the Juniors event, GM Rich Shipley had his hands full with
31 pint-sized farmers. Elena Kelbley proved the most successful
followed by Sophia Holmquist, Sophie Bels, Tessa Lytle, Many
Mossman and Aiden Czyryca.