Fifteen people took part in the 2015 WABA Catan Tournament on Saturday, 10 October 2015 during the October WABA Mt Claremont meet.
People were randomly allocated to one of four tables (three tables of 4 players and one table of 3 players) for one preliminary round, the winner of each playing in a 4 player grand final. There were tiebreak rules in case games went for too long, but fortunately all games ended in the standard first to 10 points.
All games has a random setup. In the preliminary round, players randomly sat at the table and the highest dice roller placed first, going clockwise thereafter. In the grand final, the highest dice roller chose first what in what placement position to go (1/8, 2/7, 3/6 or 4/5) with the players continuing to choose based on next highest dice roller.
On Table 1, Luke Phillips won on 10 points over Nick Measday and Jon Stoate (both on about 6) and Matter Salardi on 2 [I didn’t ask players to record/remember positions after 1st, so these are as the players best remembered]. On Table 2, Jack Zhu won on 10 over Blake Mathieson on about 8, Simon Thomas on about 6 and Rudolf Furchtenichy somewhere between 4 to 6. On Table 3, Victor Thomas won on 10 over me (Ernest Chua) on 9, Godlief Wesley on 6 and Sharon King on 5. On Table 4, Claire Delides won on 10 over Elaine Walker second (points unremembered) and Gary Crier third (points unremembered).
The grand final game was played immediately after the preliminary round between Victor, Jack, Luke and Claire (pictured from left to right). This was a hard fought game, with the typical resource gathering, road building and the atypical all development cards being bought. The players commenting that it was one of the longer games of Catan they had played, befitting the skill of the players to get to the grand final. In the end, it was Claire who emerge victorious on 10 points, over Jack on 9 points, Victor on 7 points and Luke on 6 points.
Congratulations to Claire on her victory. As part of her win, she won a $20 gift voucher to Tactics and the title of champion of the 2015 WABA Catan Tournament!