The Gears of Beauty ...
Steven Smith and Christian Moffa eye
the possibilities as the gears are turning.
Blair Morgen and Ashley Kilroy show
them how its done
in Philly to much amusement it seems.
The 2012 award-winning game Tzolk'in made its first
tournament appearance at WBC as a Trial Event in 2014. Randy
Buehler won a clear victory in the Final to finish first among
61 competitors. In addition, Lynda Shea won the contest for the
best tricked-out set; hers had painted gears, custom pieces,
and a priest standing watch from the central gear. Andrew Emrick
served as AGM and helped get the rounds started without too much
32 players entered the mulligan round Tuesday night and 40
more joined the first round Wednesday night (11 played both rounds).
The tournament was scheduled as single elimination with a mulligan,
so if you won Tuesday night there was no need to play again Wednesday
night. Surprisingly, for a new game, we had no shortage of copies.
Mulligan round winners included two father-son pairs, Daniel
Farrow IV and Woolly Farrow V and Rich and Jeff Meyer (apparently
having good competition at home is good training). Other winners
were Malinda Kyrkos, Cary Morris (five points over Randy Buehler
and Dominic Blais), Redie Smith (the highest scorer with 105
points), and Henry Dove. First round winners were new entrants
Fletcher Chapin, Lewis Lin (3.75 points over Jon Senn), Sceadeau
D'Tela (by 26 points), Doug Galullo, Loc Nguyen (the lowest scoring
winner with 58 points, one more than Tim Carnahan), Nick Henning
(with 101.25 points over Eric Wrobel with 100 - of three scores
of 100 or more, two were in this game), and Scott Saccenti and
players returning from the mulligan Ed Gilliland, Randy Buehler,
and Michael Brazinski (by 29.25 points).
Had all 18 mulligan and Round 1 winners chosen to advanc,
we would have needed an extra round. Fortunately, exactly 16
showed up Thursday morning, giving us an ideal four 4-player
games. The closest games in Round 2 were Henry's 1-point victory
over Nick, Michael, and Woolly (93-92-49-46) and Sceadeau's 5-point
win over Doug, Lewis, and Fletcher (98-93-46-28). Loc and Randy
each won by 13, Loc beating Redie, Malinda and Cary (99-86-63-59)
and Randy ahead of Daniel, Jeff, and Ed (91-78-76-55).
Every one of the 23 games was a 4-player game. In the first
18 games, Seat 4 was most successful with seven wins, followed
by Seat 2 with six, Seat 1 with three, and Seat 3 with two. In
the semifinals, each seat won once.
The random seating for the Final was Henry, Randy, Loc, and
Sceadeau. The game was all about Tikal 5. The monuments were
Green Buildings, Brown Buildings, Rescore Temples, Number of
Monuments Built, Corn Tiles, and Tech Track Steps. Randy and
Sceadeau followed the Tikal 5 strategy, Henry Big Corn, and Loc
Resources. Sceadeau and Randy pushed at each other early. Then,
Loc and Henry cast leader aspersions and attacked each other,
starting with Henry taking Loc's monument. Sceadeau and Randy
sought the same monument. Sceadeau missed out when Henry selected
Starting Player. Randy got the Rescore Temple monument and won.
Final score: Randy 97 - Henry 79 - Sceadeau 76 - Loc 64.
Three sets were entered into the contest for best tricked-out
set. Lynda Shea's set came in first and Loc Nguyen's second.
Each received a set of enamel paints to encourage the creation
of more beauty.
Peter Staab, Rob Kilroy, Henry
Dove and Greg Thatcher moving gears.