Back to Back is Twice as Nice ...
Brad Raszewski loses to Dave Meyaard
99-66 in the semifinals ....
... while Tim Keating loses 187-138
to the defending champ.
2012 brought interesting new wrinkles to our event history,
such as a new location, a smaller but potent demo gathering,
a remarkable increase in attendance, and (spoiler alert) our
first successful title defense. We spent all of our time in the
Heritage room, having been vacated this year by the erstwhile
perennial tenants - the Juniors. Heard nothing but favorable
reviews for the new venue, even though the overflow crowd had
to forage for playing space elsewhere. Only two persons attended
the demo, but, with the addition of another family member, they
played nine games during the four heats and one of them, Thomas
Tu, advanced to the elimination rounds. Our attendance soared
beyond the former highwater mark, breaking through the 200 glass
ceiling. While your GM was basking in the light of this turnout,
someone introduced doubt by remarking about refugees from the
debacles in Lampeter and the open gaming areas, but our side
chooses to doubt this possibility ... or redoubt this? Anyhow,
here is the tale of the tape. The first heat drew a record 67
pairs, while the numbers recorded for the remaining three heats
were 59, 58 and 40 pairs, respectively. 31 attended all four
heats; 40 others participated in three heats. William Hoch had
the high score of 313 (and only score above 300) and joined David
Gagne, Isaac Clizbe, Shannon Keating and Thomas Tu as the only
players to score over 200 in two games. Mr. Tu also earned the
Monster Mash Award with a margin of victory in one game of 244.
Steve Lollis and Yoni Weiss won all four heats. 23 others won
three heats and 34 won at least two. Notable preliminary slugfests:
Natasha Metzger amassed 273 to best James Gilmore 268, yielding
the highest cumulative score of 541 and the only score over 500.
I would probably suffer permanent shock and awe if I ever scored
268 points and lost. Seven other pairs posted cumulative scores
above 400, but no individual player has yet to score 400 or more
points in a single game. The closest contests were 1-point wins
by Doug Gallulo's 118 topping Nels Thompson, Cathy Raymond's
99 edging Chris Lefevre, and Rod Davidson's 93 over Andrew Emerick.
Matthew Beach's 46 over Bryan Berkenstock's 35 was our showcase
defensive game. At 107 apiece, Rob Flowers and Gino Sinigaglio
obliged us with the only tie game, rectified by a fourth hand,
which generated a convincing 3-point shellacking. 2005 champion
Chris Entwistle managed to score 122 points for ONE expedition.
As you know, 156 is the most points that can be scored per expedition.
Which card was he missing?
Entering single elimination play, 24 of the 32 qualifiers
had three or more wins. The remaining eight qualifiers and six
alternates had at least two wins as well as a pool of 20 additional
players from which more alternates would have been taken as needed.
Three alternates were needed to fill the bracket. At this point,
a word of thanks to one of the qualifiers, Rob Brode, and one
of the high alternates, Nick Henning, for giving advance notice
that they would not be able to continue. This simple courtesy
adds immensely to the overall enjoyment of the event for all
concerned. Of our ten former champions, only the reigning champ,
Eric Hufford, qualified. After three rounds, Hufford, David Meyaard,
Brad Raszewski and Tim Keating advanced to the semis. Tim and
David had qualified as alternates. Lost Cities used to
be David's team game; would he rue the change this day? Eric
blew open a tight game with Tim, by scoring 106 for the third
hand and winning 187 to 138. Brad and David exchanged the lead
in the first two hands. Both of them started five expeditions
in the third hand. Three failed for David and two failed for
Brad, but David prevailed with better surviving expeditions,
99 to 66. Tim won his "Wood Consolation" game to earn
the bronze plaque, besting Brad in a close game, 109 to 101.
In the title game, Eric built an early lead of 39 points through
two hands, that David was unable to overcome. Eric won with a
score of 176 to 140, becoming the first Lost Cities champion
to successfully defend his title. I'm sure all who have run this
gauntlet will doubly congratulate him for the feat of winning
two years in a row. Eric has quickly joined Sean McCulloch and
Rebecca Hebner as the only two-time champions.
Thanks to all who played and enjoyed this tournament. Hope to
see you in 2013. Please remember to pack your copy of Lost
Cities next year, even if you only bring the cards, because
games are always needed. One final thought: With the additional
players this year, and the significant number (59) of multiple
game winners, it appears that the sun has finally set on the
advancement of a one-game winner into the playoffs, and that
a more efficient means of advancement as well as registration
is needed. Therefore, your GM will be making some changes for
2013, so please check the Event Preview when it is posted next
Brad Raszewski drops the consolation
match for third to Tim Keating. This ended a very successful
playoff run by the alternate - surpassed only by second alternate
David Meyaard drops the title match
to Eric Hufford as Eric accomplishes the unheard of back-to-back
title defense over 210 entrants.