Puerto Rico at WBC 2022

84 different people played Puerto Rico this year and supported using a new format and testing some new software. Thanks everyone for your support!

This year there were format changes in the play of the game and the GM tested new software to aid in running the tournament. After our machine overlords tried to sit everyone at 3 player tables, things settled down and the new software worked.

The rules changes discarded bidding for seats, exchanged the costs for the factory and university (to 8 & 7, respectively), and had the corn seat players start with one fewer doubloon. This has become the preferred format for playing Puerto Rico online at Board Game Arena. And significantly levels the seats’ win probablilities.

Eric Freeman won the Final Game with Guild Hall and Fortress giving him 49 points. David Platnik(43) and DJ Borton(41) had their shipping up and running, but the colonists ran out, too soon. Scott Saccenti(31) was fourth, enduring a very unkind set of plantation draws that hindered him early in the game. Although building seemed to be the dominant strategy this year, the Final winner is often the best at shipping, but not this year. The corn seats bought both small markets, but there was so little trading done that they only netted 2 doubloons each.Four of the eight times Trader was selected, no goods were traded. Only coins on the role changed hands.

Without the rules changes seat 3 has consistently had significantly more wins than the other seats. For example, in 2014 seat 2 won 6 games and seat 3 won 18. This was typical. Bidding did not seem to help as much as hoped.

This year, the distribution of wins for each seat was:

1st2nd3rd4th
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Final Table WBC Puerto Rico 2022

left-to-right: Eric Freeman(1), Scott Saccenti(4), Rich Shay(GM), DJ Borton(3), David Platnik(2).

TurnSeatRoleSeat 1: DJ BortonSeat 2: David PlatnmikSeat 3: Eric FreemanSeat 4: Scott SaccentiPlantations/Boats
11SettlerQuarrySugarSugarSugar3S, 2I: IS3Cf
2Prospector$1
3BuilderSm Mkt-$0Sm Mkt-$1
4MayorQCCC, Mkt4 to boat
22SettlerSQCfCfC2I2S
3Trader$1
4BuilderSm Indigo-$0passpassSm Sugar-$1
1MayorQ,I,SmIQ,CC, SmMktSmMkt,S,SmS4 to boat
33CraftsmanIC$2, C,CS
4TraderC for $1S for $4
1Captain$2, I-2vp-7btc-vp-6btc-vp-6bt
2Prospector$2
44BuilderSmSug-$1SmInd-$0Coffee-$6$1, Coffee-$5
1Mayor$1,2c+S,SmS-C, +I, SmI-SmMkt, +T, TobS-SmMkt, +Cf,Coffee4 to boat
2SettlerI$1, QCI2C,T,2Cf
3CraftsmanSIICT, TS,Cf
51Captain$1, i-2vpi-1vpc-1vp, 2t-2vpcf-1vp (5boat)
2Prospector$2
3SettlerCCQT3C,2T
4Mayor+C+Q+Q+C,SmMkt4 to boat
62Builder$1, Harbor-$5SmInd - $0
3Trader$2
4Prospector$1
1SettlerQCCCI,2S,2T
73Mayor+C+C$1, +C,SmMkt+C4 to boat
4Craftsmancisci2c,cf$2, 2c,s,cf, cf
1Captain$1, c-2vpc-2vp, i-2vpc-1vp2cf-2vp, -2c,s5,6 bt clear
2SettlerIQCfCfIS2TCf
84BuilderHarbor-$6SmSug-$1SmWhs-$2$1, Tobac-$4
1SettlerQSIT2I,2S,T
2Prospector$2
3Trader$1, cf-$6
91Mayor$1, +Q,Har+C-SmMkt +I,SmI-C +T,Tstr6 to boat
2Prospector$1
3BuilderLgInd-$1SmWhr-$2Guild Hall-$8
4Captains-2vp$1, s-2vp
102Mayornot 2Iall but 3Q-GH, xtra CSCfnot ITCf7 to boat
3SettlerII$1, QTCIS2T
4BuilderSmSug-$1SmInd-$0
1Trader$1, no trades
113Prospector$2
4Craftsmanc2is3ciscit$3,2cstcf,s
1Captain$1,2i-4vp,s-2vp3c-4vp(5bt),s-2vp2c-2vp2s-2vp(t left)all boats clear
2Mayorall but 2Iall but 1Iall but 2C,Cf,GHall but 2T, 1Cf8 tol boat late
124Trader$1, t-$5Clear TH
1Builder$1, Tobacco-$1Tobacco-$2Lg. Indigo-$1Factor-$8
2SettlerT$1, TCII2STCf
3Prospector$1
131Captain$1,c(5ship)-3vpi(7ship)-2vpi-1vp,cf-1vp
2Craftsmanc2is$1, 3cis3cscf2csitcf
3Traders-$2cf-$6t-$4
4Mayorall but 2Iall but 1Iall but LI,T,GH$1,all but 2T,TS space11 to boar
142BuilderWharf-$6$1, Res-$6Fortress-$8
3Captain2i-3vpi-2vp$1, 3c-4vpc-1vp, i-1vp,cf-1vp,-c5 bt clear
4Prospector$2
1Mayor-Q-I-LI, bigs-TI8 to boat
153SettlerCfS$1, IT2ISTCf
4BuilderLI-$2CH-$9
1Prospector$1
2Captainc-2vp3c-5vp
164Trader$2
1Craftsman$1,c4ist,t23cit2cscfS2t2cf,$2
2Captain4i-5vp(wharf)i-3vpc-1vp, 2cf-2vp2cf-2vpall boats clear
3Mayorall large buildings manned, not enough colonists to fill boat
VP29vp, not 2824vp16vp12vp
Building13131916
Bonus06143
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