WBC Coverage: Race for the Galaxy Preliminary Round

Robert Renaud works for Google. In his twenty percent time he created RFTG stats.com, a site that data mines games of Race for the Galaxy. Prior to the site he used to keep track of powerful cards from playing with his friends. Did he spend his time well? Yes. This year marks the fourth year the World Boardgaming Championship will run a Race for the Galaxy tournament. So far Robert remains undefeated. Going for the four-pete, Brian Durkin sits down with Robert after his preliminary rounds. They talk about his games and how Robert approaches the game. Check out the video below to hear the interview and see clips of Robert’s matches.

Did you learn anything? Do you agree or disagree with Robert’s analysis of the game and playing in tournaments?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Race for the Galaxy check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of Race for the Galaxy? Try the following links.

If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Preliminary Round Continued

By Brian Durkin

Lori Miskoff plays several board games. Last Thursday she decided to try her luck in the 7 Wonders tournament at the World Boardgaming Championship. Hope you bet the pass line with Lori as a shooter. She made it to the quarterfinals, beating out 128 other participants. In game one she won the table playing Olympia. Game two she needed to keep her lead with Ephesus. Check out how she did in the video below as Brian reviews her picks and interviews Lori about her play style.

Would you draft Ephesus the same way Lori did? What key picks do you agree or disagree with that Brian points out? Prepare yourself to argue. Lori still placed third  in the game covered, and won overall with a combined score against six other players. Do you think her conservative and diversified strategy will usually win games?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link below.
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Preliminary Round

by Brian Durkin

The Boardgaming Players Association (BPA) runs the World Boardgaming Championship (WBC) every year in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster Host Hotel. Thousands of people come from all over the world to play games against new groups of people, purchase games from vendors, and of course compete for title of world champion in their favorite game. This year the WBC added 7 Wonders to its schedule and 170 attended the event.

The game masters (GM) assigned players to random tables of at least six players. Each table plays two games; the first game players use side “A” and the second game players use side “B.” Between games every player changes seats  to sit next to new people and everyone plays a new wonder. Players combine their scores from each game to determine first and second from each table. The highest scores from these first and second place table finishes move on to the top 42 quarterfinal playoffs. In the first game using side “A” of Lighthouse of Alexandria, Next Level Card Games follows Fred Chang as he navigates his way through the packs. Enjoy.

Do you agree with Fred’s decisions? Do you think Fred did make a mistake in pick three and four of Age III? Would you play his seat a different way?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link below.
 
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.