WBC 2014 Puerto Rico Tournament

132 different people played 59 games of Puerto Rico to determine that Raphael Philbert-Larivee is the champion.

Here I am with the finalists:

PRO14finalistsBelow are the final player boards at the end of the game:

EricFinal MarcyFinal MatthieuFInal RaphaelFinal

The tournament has 3 preliminary rounds. Winners and a few of the best non-winners advance to a quarterfinal round that multi-game winners get a bye to pass. The multigame winners and best quarterfinalists form 4 tables for the semifinal round. The 4 winners are matched in the final round.

Seating is random in the qualifying rounds. Seat order is bid on in half point increments for the elimination rounds.

Puerto Rico Final WBC 2014 Transcript

Players, in seat order:

Raphael Philbert-Larivee, Eric Kleist, Mathieu LagueGomez & Marcy Morelli

Roles: S-settler B-builder M-mayor Cp-captain Cr-craftsman P-prospector T-trader

Plantations: corn indigo sugar tobacco koffee quarry

Turn Player Role Seat 1 Raphael Seat 2 Eric Seat 3 Mathieu Seat 4 Marcy Comments
1 Seat 1 S q c c i iiicc, isctk
Seat 2 B Small indigo plant Small market Construction hut Small market
Seat 3 M q c cc c
Seat 4 P 1
2 Seat 2 T 1
Seat 3 Cr c ccc c
Seat 4 Cp 1vp 3vp 1, 2vp 6ship 5 on 6ship
Seat 1 M all c & market all c & market 4 on boat
3 Seat 3 B hacienda Small indigo plant 1, small warehouse Construction hut
Seat 4 S s c c 1, t cccst
Seat 1 Cr ii cc c
Seat 2 Cp ii, 7 boat, 2vp c, 2vp fills boat Lose c 6 boat clears
4 Seat 4 T 1, c for 3
Seat 1 P 3
Seat 2 M hc Indigo up 3 corn Ch up 4 on boat
Seat 3 Cr i ic cccc plus c from before c
5 Seat 1 S 1,iq t q q
Seat 2 Cp i 1vp, 7 ship 1, c 2vp 5 ship, i 1vp 4c 4vp c left c left 5 boat clears
Seat 3 Cr i ic cccc + c before c + c before
Seat 4 B Small Sugar (4) Tobacco Storage (0) Pass (1) 1, Tobacco Storage(4)
6 Seat 2 Cp I 1vp C 2vp 5ship, I 1vp 4c 4vp, c left Lose c, c left Clear 5
Seat 3 Cr i ic cccc + c before c + c before
Seat 4 M S + I up, q cct, SmMk 3c, q SmMk 1, t up, q 7 on boat
Seat 1 P 2
7 Seat 3 Cp i, 1vp Lose c, keep i 5c 6vp Lose c, c left Clear 5,7
Seat 4 B Lg Market Pass Hacienda 1, Sm Warehouse
Seat 1 T 1, no trades i for 2
Seat 2 S k, hacienda empty 1, q q q
8 Seat 4 M 1, 3c 7 on boat
Seat 1 P 2
Seat 2 B Coffee Roaster Lg Market Sm Indigo Sm Indigo
Seat 3 S t k qs k
9 Seat 1 M 3 2 2 1 7 on boat
Seat 2 T 1, no trades
Seat 3 P 1
Seat 4 Cp 1, c 2vp 7 boat
10 Seat 2 S ss 1, s tk s
Seat 3 Cr isk ccti 3, ccc+c ict
Seat 4 T k for 6 t for 5 TH clears
Seat 1 B 1, Guild Hall Sm Sugar Coffee Roaster Fortress
11 Seat 3 Cp is 2vp i 5boat, s6bt ci 2vp dump corn 1, 4c 5vp ci 2vp 7 bt clears
Seat 4 M 2col 2col 1col 1, 3col 9 on boat
Seat 1 B Tobacco Storage Skip Lg Sugar Coffee Roaster
Seat 2 T t, 7
12 Seat 4 M 2 2 2 4 11 on boat
Seat 1 P 3
Seat 2 B Lg Sugar Customs House Skip Sm Sugar
Seat 3 S ks s 1, c k
13 Seat 1 B Lg indigo Lg Indigo
Seat 2 S i now full c s i
Seat 3 Cp 2 No ship
Seat 4 T 1 No trade
14 Seat 2 P 2
Seat 3 Cr isk ccist 3, cccsk citk
Seat 4 M 3 3 2 4 12 on boat0 left!
Seat 1 T k, 7 s, 5 1, 2
15 Seat 3 Cp is, 2vp is, 2vp 1, ccc, 4vp c, 1vp 5 bt clear-i
Seat 4 B Residence Factory University 1, Factory 1 full
Seat 1 M 4 3 3 3 Out
Seat 2 T t, 7 k, 4
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WBC 2013 Puerto Rico Tournament

Results from the WBC 2013 Puerto Rico Tournament will appear here. Starting with a transcript of the final game and pictures of the players’ final boards, followed by the long version of the event report written by your humble host who served as GM for the tournament this year.
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Recon #7: Trajan Part 2

Welcome to another episode of Play Boardgames Better Recon.
In this episode, I’ll continue the examination of Trajan, Stefan Feld’s 6 ring circus of a Euro with more direct competition than many games.

This is part 2 of a 2-part Recon. We’ll go over the mancala (and I was surprised at what I found when I tinkered with the bits) and each of the 6 rings of the circus in more depth. I hope it gives you something to think about on repeated plays of this great game.

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Recon #6: Trajan

Welcome to another episode of Play Boardgames Better Recon.
In this episode, I’ll examine Trajan, Stefan Feld’s 6 ring circus of a Euro with more direct competition than many games.

This is part 1 of a 2-part Recon. Trajan has a lot going on and much important information is better understood if you go through game play once, then circle around for a deeper look. Aliens take over the volume for a brief time about 4 minutes in. I’ll fight them off better next time.

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Recon #5: Le Havre: The Inland Port

Welcome to another episode of Play Boardgames Better Recon.
In this episode, I’ll examine Le Havre: The Inland Port.
Its Uwe Rosenberg’s 2-player, fast game based on Le Havre for theme and Ora & Labora for mechanisms.

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Recon #4: Village

Welcome to another episode of Recon. This time we are going to explore Village.  It was designed by Inka and Markus Brand. Originally published by Eggertspiele, an American edition has been produced by Tasty Minstrel Games and is now widely available.
Because it is fairly new, I’ll go through play of the game, but it won’t substitute for learning the rules. In fact I’ll end up covering play fairly deeply.

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WBC 2011 Yspahan Final Game

In the “better late than never” category, I have finally finished and published the write up of the 2011 WBC Yspahan Tournament Final Game.
I think it is a good example of how the game is played by great players, since three of the most competitive gamers I know duke it out for the title. Unfortunately, describing play of a single game in detail doesn’t make for an entertaining podcast. So I have built a web page with graphics for each of the 3 weeks of 7 turns that makes a game. I hope you will follow along and either learn or be amused.
The Yspahan tournament has a mulligan round and a regular round. Winning a game in either round advances a player to the semifinal. The best second place finishers (based on the ratio of their score to the winner’s) are added to make at least 3 tables of 4 player games. The winners of the semifinal games play in the final game.
Follow along on the following pages:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Recon #3: Eminent Domain

This is a podcast about Tasty Minstrel’s game Eminent Domain by Seth Jaffee.
It has more introductory information than previous Recon episodes because the game isn’t as widely know.
I’m a big fan of the game and my favorable opinion shows through.
As usual, I will try to give you enough information to play competently and make reasonable decisions starting with your first game.
Enjoy.


I hope to be posting more regularly starting now, so stay tuned.
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Episode 4 – Puerto Rico the Beginning

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I’ll present what I think every Puerto Rico player should understand right after they learn the rules. This episode is a strategic overview. I’m sure plenty of folks will have dissenting views and I hope they will present them in future episodes.

I apologize for the long interval between episodes. They will come out quicker, at least over the winter. I was having too much fun this summer. Some of it wasn’t even gaming, but a lot was.


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Episode 3 – Just Enough Math & Meet the Other Sheas!

In this episode I attempt to cover enough probability to help you make better decisions in games, without giving you so much that you fall asleep behind the wheel and drive into a ditch.
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