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Evolution (EVL) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated October 31, 2018
66 Players Kaitlyn Ballard 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
2018 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Evolution Produces a First Time Champion

All our scheduled demo events for games in the Evolution line were well attended throughout the week/weekend. Many new players and many already acquainted players filled our seats at both the demo times and for the official heats.

One of our most fun demos was a group of retiree couples new to the game. There were some great interactions and some great banter about husbands and wives and ‘eating each other’. That particular demo was certainly one of the highlights of my weekend. They were a great group and tons of fun.

As I organized the data from the heats and posted the qualifiers for the semifinals, I was delighted to discover that the top 4 qualifiers were women. We had a goodly mix of men and women in the demos and in the heats all weekend. But having been around the gaming community for a couple decades now, I’ve gotten to see the presence of women grow over time. At this high level at WBC it’s great to see more women there, too, and performing well.

We had one very unusual rule situation that happened to occur during the semifinals. It allowed us to deeply consider both the letter and the spirit of the law and was very gratifying for all of us. We also were able to accommodate one of our alternates in the semifinals, wherein she performed particularly well and enjoyed herself, just missing the finals.

Using the Climate version of the game for the finals allowed the players to spread their wings further and at the highest level but still keeping things fresh.

As can be seen from the data, many people played in multiple heats but there was a great mix of brand new players sprinkled throughout all 3 heats as well.

Furthermore, I feel conflicted regarding Sportsmanship Nominees for the event. I had multiple players who I felt fit the bill well. So, I had to make a choice, but it is an outstanding group who repeatedly show up for this game in their cheerful willingness to help other players and to help me as the GM. (Kevin Hammond & Tim Flynn)

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Lauren Vessey Erin Griffin Marc Nelson Jr Nathan Heiss Lawrence Solomon
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Marcy Morrelli in opening round action. Caitlyn Painter deciding her next move.
Contemplating the next move. Posing with AGM and her dinosaur.
GM  Nicole Marino [1st Year]  NA
 nicole@northstargames.com  NA