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Age of Renaissance (AOR) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated October 7, 2019
21 Players Harald Henning 2019 Status 2020 Status History/Laurels
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GM Takes The Title

The Age of Renaissance final was contested by six seasoned leaders poised to guide their city-states out of the Middle Ages. A bid of 5 was enough to secure Barcelona for Winton Lemoine, followed by 4 for Venice under Harald Henning. A three-way tie bid of 2 resulted in picks of Genoa by Rob Kircher, Paris by Matt Lahut, and London by John Spencer. The brave bid of 0 predictably earned Jay Spencer the difficult position of Hamburg.

The game started with fairly standard opening moves, excepting an incursion by Hamburg into Cologne that raised some eyebrows in Paris and cost vital money from Cloth payouts later. Venice took an early Crusades jump in the second turn, allowing control of the valuable eastern Mediterranean provinces that would persist for most of the game. The threat of that presence earned Venice an early Alchemist’s Gold from London, despite an offer by Venice to pay out on Wool. The rejection of the Wool payout proved a costly choice for London, as that lack of income persisted through the epochs. Venice was strongly impacted by the loss of cash from the Alchemists, causing it to fall behind in the Area V race as well as, critically, Holy Indulgence. These religious politics were reinforced a turn later by a Papal Decree from Hamburg, netting tokens for a couple of turns from Barcelona and Venice.

The loss of tokens had a particularly harsh impact on Barcelona, who could not recover despite a victorious War with Hamburg. The War losses slowed Hamburg, although a double payout of Timber netted him 150 cash. During this time, Paris bet on Ivory, chasing those volatile provinces. Unwilling to settle with two, it took several turns to successfully take and keep a third province, likely fatally slowing the Parisian progress. Meanwhile, Venice was able to benefit from Cloth and Spice payouts, enabling it to survive the religious conflicts while racing forward in Exploration.

Genoa doubled down on Religion, purchasing a relatively early Cathedral. Venice and Hamburg were able to follow soon after, but Barcelona, London, and Paris suffered for several critical turns. Not only did they lose valuable provinces to the “haves”, they were effectively forced to contest only with each other. As a result, the three “have-nots” ended up with very little presence on the eastern side of the board and in the precious oversea provinces. The last turns saw increasing wealth flow to Genoa and Venice, which even a Black Death in the eastern Mediterranean could not slow effectively. A huge payout of Gold to Hamburg in exchange for a good Spice payout to Venice aided both of these powers, erasing Genoa’s lead.

Unlike some of the heats, the game was low misery, providing little differentiation between any of the players at the end of game. In the final turn, both Genoa and Venice were able to purchase all Advances, and only the payouts would determine the winner. Aided by a late move sequence, Venice was able to secure a good Silk payout – the final card played in the game. The cash from this sealed Venice’s win, with Genoa in second, and Hamburg third.

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Rob Kircher Jay Spencer Matt Lahut Winton Lemoine John Stevens
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Jay Spencer working his way to the finals. Ewan McNay enjoying preliminary game.
Harald Henning working his way to the Championship . Age of Renaissance finalists including GM Harald Henning
 
GM  Harald Henning [1st Year]  NA
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