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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

   2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Robert Renaud, NY

2012 Champion

Event History
2008    Robert Renaud     103
2009    Robert Renaud     139
2010    Robert Renaud       99
2011    Aaron Fuegi       78
2012    Robert Renaud       91

Euro Quest Event History
2008     Mark Delano     36
2009      Doug Faust     44
2010     Andrew Yao     27


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Robert Renaud      NJ    12    139
  2.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    11     48
  3.  Rob Kircher        RI    12     45
  4.  Nick Kiswanto      VA    12     27
  5.  David Platnick     VA    11     27
  6.  Andrew Yao         VA    10     20
  7.  Doug Faust         NJ    09     20
  8.  Mark Delano        CT    08     20
  9.  Pei-Hsin Lin       NJ    11     18
 10.  Don Sutherland     CT    09     18
 11.  Mike Richey        VA    09     18
 12.  Peggy Pfeifer      FL    10     16
 13.  Curt Collins II    PA    12     12
 14.  Charles Hickok     PA    11     12
 15.  David Finberg      MA    09     12
 16.  Eric Brosius       MA    09     12
 17.  Nick Page          on    12     11
 18.  Alex Bove          PA    10     10
 19.  Scott Anthony      PA    09      9
 20.  Ben Stephenson     MD    08      9
 21.  Richard M. Shay    MA    10      8
 22.  Bob Wicks Jr       CT    09      8
 23.  Chris Kreuter      NY    12      6
 24.  John Riston        MD    10      6
 25.  J. R. Geronimo     NY    09      6
 26.  Susan Waterhouse   PA    08      6
 27.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    08      6
 28.  Chris Ellis        FL    10      4
 29.  Rebecca Hebner     DC    10      4
 30.  Jeffrey Thornsen   MD    09      4
 31.  Alex Wolford       VA    08      4
 32.  Lyman Moquin       MD    08      3
 33.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    09      2
 34.  Kathy Stroh        DE    08      2

2012 Laurelists                                            Repeating Laurelists:

Rob Kircher, RI

Curt Collins II, PA

Nick Kiswanto, VA

Chris Kreuter, NY

Nick Page, on

Past Winners

Rob Renaud, NY
2008-10, 2012

Aaron Fuegi, MA

Charley Hickok engages in some intergalactic pointing.

Rob Kircher practices reading upside down.

Four Out of Five ...

First, I want to apologize for the confusion I caused with regards to the format, especially in the first and second heat. This was the first tournament I've run at WBC, and I can assure you that next year will run more smoothly. The tournament consisted of four heats of primarily 4-player games. A win in any heat advanced players to the quarterfinals.

Approximately 50 arrived for the 9 am first heat. Players were randomly seated and usually played the base game. Players could opt to play with expansions if all agreed. Defending champ Aaron Fuegi won his first game while 2011 runner-up Nick Kiwsanto topped three-time champ Rob Renaud. Two games were decided on tiebreaker. Thomas Tu had the highest score with 54 points. Heat 2 followed immediately with most of the same players. A couple players left for greener pastures, while some late-rising stragglers arrived for the 10am heat. Thomas Tu, Nick Page, and Eric Brosius became the only players to win both their both heats. Michael Kaltman had the highest score with 64 points.

In Heat 3, players used The Gathering Storm, the first expansion. None of the double winners played. Michael Crescenzi had the highest score with 65. The last heat followed an hour later. Nick Page returned to win his third game. Eric Freeman's 66 points was the highest score.

11 players won multiple games. In all, 36 players qualified to advance by virtue of a preliminary win. 30 of those opted to do so, making eight quarterfinal games. The top two from each game advanced to a semifinal round of four 4-player games. Husband and wife pair Eric and Cathy Raymond both advanced to the semifinals, but no further.

Aaron Feugi's title defense was ended by Rob Renaud who won with Alpha Centauri and an early Terraforming Guild. Third-ranked Rob Kircher ended Nick Page's four-game winning streak to advance. #9 ranked Nick Kiwsanto and unranked Curt Collins also won to reach the Final.

The Gathering Storm was played in the Final. The big goals were 6+ military power and 4+ developments. The small goals were 3 aliens, first to 5 vp, powers in all phases, and the first to discard due to overflow. For homeworlds, Renaud opened with Damaged Alien Factory, Kircher with Alpha Centuari, Collins with Separatist Colony, and Kiswanto moaned about opening with Old Earth.

Alpha Centauri, with its 3 value brown good, almost always opens with a trade. This puts a lot of pressure on Old Earth, which like all homeworlds wants an early trade, but unlike all the other homeworlds, has a consume power that doesn't give him any cards. So if OE settles a windfall on Turn 1, the good will likely get consumed away, and he'll have to produce on Turn 2 and then trade on Turn 3 before getting any card flow from it. Kiswanto therefore chose trade on Turn 1, hoping that Collins would settle first turn, allowing Kiswanto to trade a windfall good immediately.

In this particular game however, Renaud was Damaged Alien Factory, who is likely to produce on Turn 1. This frees up the OE player to settle a production world on Turn 1 and then trade on Turn 2. So Renaud gambled and traded on Turn 1, hoping that Kiswanto would play his part and settle. Unfortunately for both of them, Collins explored rather than settled, and both were left looking a bit sad with their missed blind trades.

Turn 2 was less interesting. Kiswanto and Renaud licked their wounds and backed away from the blind trade: Kiswanto explored while Renaud did his expected but one-turn-late produce. Kircher (with Alpha Centauri) called develop and built Mining Robots, which leeched DAF's produce. Both Kiswanto and Collins built Interstellar Bank, important in a game with the 4+ develop goal. Renaud built Public Works, slightly worse than Bank for this purpose.

On Turn 3, both Robs traded their new goods for more cards, while Collins built New Economy. New Economy is, perhaps deceivingly, a very good card in the 4+ dev goal games, especially if a develop war occurs. It gives two points for every develop power with a consumption ability, and there are quite a few developments with consume powers. Kircher misses this second dev and falls behind in the development race.

Kircher came firing back on Turn 4, building both Alien Tech Institute and Alien Toy Shop, turning away from the brown strategy at which his homeworld excels. Collins built New Military Tactics, which needs to be thrown away to yield +3 military, and cashed it out to build New Sparta, signalling his end of the chase for the development goal, and his pursuit of the less contested 6+ military goal. Kiswanto remained in the dev race, building Mining Robots, but still hadn't made any trades, and was hurting for card flow. Renaud built Galactic Federation, which coupled with his Public Works and the 4+ dev goal, put him in a dominating position to take the goal, and with it, the game. With a bit of hubris, Renaud lets Kiswanto know who he thinks will get the most devs goal in some competitive but friendly banter.

In the next few turns, Renaud kept pounding develop, putting out Replicant Robots, Investment Credits, and Diversified Economy. Collins put down Space Marines and Improved Logistics, so his 5 military could possibly set up some very big, very fast scoring on double settle. Kircher built Expedition Forces and Space Mercenaries, putting him at 2 military but up to 4 with discards, and up to 6 including his Alien Tech specialized military bonus, hinting at contesting the military goal. Kiswanto finally bows out of the develop race, but does manage to get down Galactic Survey SETI. SETI is generally a solid if unremarkable 6 dev,
though it mostly rewards having worlds, a bit ill-suited for this develop-heavy game.

Turn 7 finally sees our second settle. Collins built Former Penal Colony, giving him the 6+ military world goal, as well as Rebel Colony for free. Kircher put down the 4 cost, +1 military Alien Robot Space Ship, and his military inches up to 3. Meanwhile, Renaud and Kiswanto get some produce/consume going.

On Turn 8, in an impressive burst of military might, Curt's Improved Logistics lets him settle both the Rebel 6 and 7, while Kircher creeps closer to the military goal with the Lost Alien Warship, putting his military at 5. Meanwhile, Renaud's Galactic Federation and combined development discount let him build a somewhat out of place Mining League and he continued to leech the produces from Nick's finally developed economy.

On the last turn, Kircher settles the Lost Alien Battle Fleet, bumping him to an impressive and game-leading 8 military, much to Curt's chagrin. But Renaud's Galactic Federation led the way with 51 points, giving him a comfortable win over Kircher's 42. Collins took third with 34, despite the nice Improved Logistics play, due to the lack of a synergising 6 dev and losing the military power goal to Kircher. Kiswanto, who never really got in stride with his unlucky Old Earth opening, finished with a respectable 32.

The early missed blind trade put Renaud and Kiswanto at a disadvantage, but it seemed to have the effect of dissuading early settles. This locked Collins and
Kiswanto out of the profitable produce/trade cycle, and meant both Robs had a big card flow advantage.Renaud was lucky enough to land Galactic Federation, which is really the trump card in a development heavy game.

Unlike many WBC attendees, I only specialize in a couple games and I just want to grind out many, many plays of my few specialities. If you are interested in playing lots of expert level RFG at the next WBC, and you probably might if you've managed to read this far, please send me an email.

GM Rob Renaud and Jack Howell

The finalists in their pre-battle glory.

 GM      Rob Renaud (1st Year)  NA  
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