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Robo Rally (RRY) WBC 2017 Report
Updated March 18, 2018 Icon Key
82 Players Rich Shipley 2017 Status 2018 Status History/Laurels
2017 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Shipley Finally Reaches the Pinnacle of the Rally!

In 1999, he was disappointed to learn that someone else had preempted his application to run the Robo Rally tournament. Since then, he has made at least one heat every year, made several trips to the semifinals, and more than a few trips to the final table. He has also served many years as an impromptu assistant GM so yours truly could participate in the tournament of the game I have loved enough to run for so long. Finally, in 2017 after 19 years of effort, Rich Shipley has achieved the pinnacle of WBC Robo Rally achievement and won his first ever Championship plague, facing down several past champions along the way. I can think of only one other player who has attended as consistently and still not ever won, that of course is yours truly. This year I managed my usual stellar performance, failing to make even the semifinals despite participation in three heats. Perhaps if I could find some people willing to play the game more than once a year!

As it turns out this is also the first year that the Kaarin Englemann Memorial Crash & Burn Award and Player Aid was not awarded during the semifinals or final. Perhaps I am getting soft and the maps were too easy, or possibly the caliber of players making it to this level has improved. Awards were given out in the first and third heats to Guro Faller and Sam Burdett respectively.

During the course of the week, I had many discussion with players about the format of our tournament. Some people, such as myself, like both the regular heats and the death match heat, while others prefer only the regular heats and will avoid death match. Still others only come to the death match heat. I am toying with the concept of submitting death match as a separate alternative for the masses to vote upon and seeing if there is enough support to make its own event. The continuous format I am considering for it would make it take about 3 hours for the whole thing. While I think this would be quite a fun diversion, my concern is that it would take people away from the regular version of the game. Really there is only one way to find out though.

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Devin Smith Alex Henning James Kendrick Mark Geary David Meyaard
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Laurelists Alex Hanning and Mark Geary Smiling at that move!
Really! You did that to me... Robo Rally Finalists
GM  Marc F. Houde [19th Year]  113 Lee Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 
 houdem@gmail.com  NA