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Robo Rally (RRY) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 19, 2018
72 Players Keith Boone 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
2018 Champion & Laurels
 

The Year Of The Death Ride

Our first heat this year used two of my favorite boards, the Cross, and Island. Rather than the usual configuration I use for The Exchange, I rotated the board 90 degrees, but used similar flag placements to previous years this board setup turned out to make the game very competitive through all three flags for most tables. Combined with a relatively high death rate (most players lost one robot and one table racked up an impressive 15 dead robots out of a possible 24. Veteran player Carl Sykes of the Greenville Mafia earned the Kaarin Engelmann Memorial Crash and Burn Award and Player Aid (New and Improved) in the first round by being the first player completely eliminated.

Heat two was our Wacky Wednesday DeathMatch. I had a couple issues with the new info sheet for deathmatch since there are really a limited number of boards that work for it, a couple of the boards I had listed as options were not very good. I really liked the 3rd Edition Chess board for this, but I am seriously considering creating my own version of a deathmatch board. There has also been some interest in the Deathmatch as it's own tournament. Since the matches tend to be pretty short, I am also considering doing a tournament within the tournament. The winners of the heat games would advance immediately to the Deathmatch final. Prizes to be afforded by me.

The third heat was less contentious overall, I reused the Cross in the same configuration as for the first heat, and paired it with Maelstrom. Maelstrom tends to be a favorite of certain players that are good at conveyors, and a problem for the rest of us. As such most of the games had one or two runaway players. Despite this, Chris Gnech managed to earn himself the Crash & Burn award for this heat.

The semifinal was a good board mix, the Cross worked so well in the first two regular heats I paired it up with the Cannery for the semi. Death totals were a little lower than the earlier heats, but then these are theoretically the best players of the year. My very own stepson Iain McGraw managed to earn himself the Crash and Burn award for the semifinal.

The final turned out to be reasonably contentious battle of families, The Boone Brothers and The McNays made up 4 of our 6. While Keith managed to stay out in front for the entire game and get bragging rights for the Boone household (as well as his second tournament win), the other positions varied wildly throughout the game. Devin Smith managed to come back from two trips down what he lovingly dubbed "The Death Ride" to climb from 4th to second place and Haakon Monsen turned a first turn mistake into a third place finish. Bringing up the rear after dropping from 2nd and third place, Aiden McNay managed to get bragging rights over Dad, and nobody managed to earn the Crash & Burn for the final.

 
2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Devin Smith Haakon Monsen Evan Boone Aidan McNay Ewan McNay
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
 
Chris Gnech surprised by the photographer. Defending Champ Rich Shipley attempting
to defend his title.
Laurelists with GM Marc Houde
 
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