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Puerto Rico (PRO) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 16, 2018
118 Players Wade Campbell 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
  2018 Champion   & Laurels

A Very Shipping Victory

Wade Campbell shipped his way to victory in the final with 49 shipping points. He had only 6 points of buildings with no bonus points. His bid of 3 points for third seat gave him a final score of 52. Sam Wolff, in fourth seat, finished second with 47.5 points. With 34 points in buildings and bonuses, Sam had played the building strategy. His 15 points in shipping would have been augmented if the game continued as he had both a wharf and a harbor at the end. Sam is probably the youngest player to make the final.

Alex Bove and Greg Thatcher made up the rest of the final, finishing in third and fourth.

A transcript of the game (and some pictures) are available at: http://www.playboardgamesbetter.com/2018/08/wbc-2018-puerto-rico-final/

A video of the final game has been posted at: https://youtu.be/tQzIgGClcFM

The pre-game bidding for seat position is at: https://youtu.be/Gm3F_7SjrN8

For the first time in many years, no quarterfinals were held. The semifinals followed the 3 heats with all 16 qualifiers participating (a little sad, as the GM was #17). Not suprisingly, although the number of players was up 7%, fewer games were played, -11%. There were still plenty of excited participants. The teaching session continues to draw folks who want to learn a “classic” game.

Bidding for seat position is required in the semifinal and final games and is encouraged in the heats because seat position gives some advantage, borne out by statistics on many matches over time.

The three 3-player games were each won by a different seat.

The 4-player games without bidding went:

Seat Victories Avg. Points Avg. Lead
1 8 42 5
2 6 45 4
3 20 42 5*
4 12 44 6

*The largest leads by winners were held in a few of these games.

Games with bidding broke:

Seat Victories Avg. Points Avg. Lead Avg. Bid
1 3 45.5 7 0
2 0 -- -- --
3 3 43 4.5 2
4 2 47 5.5 1


Seat 3 continues to be the leader, with seat 2 being not the place to be. Someone needs to throw seat 2 a lifeline. Bidding makes seat 1 more viable, but it remains to be seen if seat 2 gets relief.

I have also sorted the outcomes based loosely on the strategy used to win: mostly through buildings or mostly through shipping or attempting to balance the points both ways. Sorting is a little arbitrary, but the split is:

  • Building: 36 wins
  • Mixed: 13 wins
  • Shipping: 8 wins

A heavy building strategy is very popular. More so than in the previous few years. This is probably because it is more straightforward to do.

Thanks especially to my assistant Gms, Marcy Morelli and Rob Kircher. Thanks to Andy Latto for his great support spreadsheet.

This tournament is also an event in the Meeple League live tournaments. Players are rated across several participating live events during each year and an annual champion is named. Visit meepleleague.com for more information.

Thank all of you for your support and I look forward to seeing you next year!

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Sam Wolff Alex Bove Greg Thatcher Kevin Walsh Sky Roy
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Finalists with GM Richard Shay
GM  Richard M. Shay [6th Year]  NA
 RShay@mac.com  781-769-4233