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Post 20 Jun 2015, 10:58 am

mike, tell the mrs that w.b.c. is on your bucket list, though that may not work because i think you are a lot younger than me, so bucket list does not carry an weight if you are not older.
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Post 20 Jun 2015, 6:20 pm

Oh no, not bucket list - that would mean only going once. I have to sell this thing long term. Here's what I've got in the arsenal so far:

1) The nine-year old likes to play games.
2) We can make a camping trip out of it (we just purchased a new pop-up).

I'm working on it, John.
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Post 20 Jun 2015, 7:53 pm

Find things that your wife would like in the area. Works for me!
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Post 11 Aug 2015, 11:48 am

While we patiently wait for the results, recaps, and laurels from the WBC's, I'll put this on your horizon:

Per an email from Doug (which many of you probably got), he will be running a live race in Rockville, MD at the Congress of Gamers on September 26 & 27. He said he's slotted for Sunday @ 3.

Here's the webpage: http://emsps.com/cog/

There's a decent chance I can be there with the girls. Lot's of great games being played.
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Post 12 Aug 2015, 1:31 pm

Rando's picture blog of the final race at the WBC's. Thanks, Randy!

http://20150809wbcfinalsspeedcircuit.blogspot.com/2015/08/starting-grid-wbc-finals-sunday-2015.html
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Post 19 Sep 2015, 6:54 pm

Reminder: Doug will be demoing CFR at Congress of Gamers next weekend in Rockville, MD.

The demo/game will be run on Sunday @ 1 p.m. (the con runs Saturday & Sunday).

http://emsps.com/cog/

I expect to be in attendance - hope to see you there!
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Post 30 Sep 2015, 4:39 pm

The COG game was lightly attended :frown: .

Drivers included Doug Schulz, Will Kennard, Tim Mossman, my daughter Rita, and myself.

Congrats to Will on winning the race at Silverstone! I burned out my engine in the 2nd lap and Tim crashed his car. Rita & Doug were conserving wear in the back but Doug damaged his engine along the way. Rita tried to catch Will but just didn't have enough left in the tank as they crossed the finish line in the same turn.

This race was included in Doug's updated CFR rankings along with our C1 & C2 Istanbul races, the last set of Bahrain races in Doug's series, and the WBC's.

http://lucidphoenix.com/sc/rank/driverRank20150928.pdf

Speaking of Doug's series, he's recruiting drivers for an upcoming race. If you want to play, drop him a note. You can send an email via his Redscape account (lucidphoenix) or go here: http://lucidphoenix.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2969397de2f12cceb13dacc77&id=fbd80b06aa&e=92a37a39d6
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Post 08 Dec 2015, 6:23 pm

The WBC after action reports have been published. Here's Chris' recap from the big event - I've copied the text here plus you'll find a few pictures at the link as well.

http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook15/sctpge.htm

Steady & Patient Wins the Day ...

Over three days at WBC, 33 drivers competed to qualify for the Final on day 4. Qualifying heats were split into two (or three) different tracks, with the top qualifiers from each advancing. There were a lot of familiar faces as well as a mix of welcome new drivers. In the end, Mike Aubuchon took home the title, winning his first WBC Shield to become our 19th champion in 25 years.

The first heat’s tracks, Hockenheim and Monza, were long and fast. The second day’s tracks were Melbourne, Monaco, and Valencia, where a wide range of strategies were possible. The third qualifying heat tracks were COTA and India, where racing slow and saving wear seemed to be the best strategy.

Mike, Chris Long, and Randy Needham all managed to double-qualify with first and second place finishes. This meant that the last qualifier was one of the third place finishers, who turned out to be another one of our new players: Jonathan Winicki. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be present on Sunday, and neither did our alternates, so only 11 qualifiers made the Final track this year.

The Final was a familiar track: Singapore. We’ve seen this track in the past both online and in the qualifying heats, but this was the first time it was a WBC Final. As we discovered through the course of the race, there was a reason for that. It was a tight and unforgiving track, and it led to some very risky play, as each racer went all out to take home the title.

There was heavy bidding for the front with five cars that built 100 start speed. As the cars negotiated the first corner, the lead pack solidified into Don Tatum, Dennis Nicholson, Seth Kirchner, and Jim Fleckenstein. Doug Galullo, defending champ Kevin Keller, Rob Kircher, and Randy Needham became the chase pack, with Chris Long, Mike, and Tim Mossman rounding out the back.

The first lap saw Tatum and Nicholson spend a lot of wear to maintain their lead, but it was all for naught. Galullo caught up to them, and then Kirchner passed them both early in the second lap. At that point in the second lap, Fleckenstein broke his brakes for a second time (at the very same spot) and was forced to retire. Tatum also broke his car’s accel, which signaled the beginning of the end for him.

Meanwhile, at the back of the race, Mike spent only two wear in the first lap and realistically lost no position doing it. This was an early signal that things likely weren’t going to go well for the current leaders. The chase pack had also rearranged itself a bit, but the defending champ was still at the head and had managed to spend his least wear doing so. By the start of the third lap, Kirchner had gained a significant lead but had spent all of his wear doing so. The chase pack began to gain, and then the chaos started. Within three turns, over a third of the field was lost. Tatum tried to push accel again and his engine finally broke, forcing him out of the race. Galullo crashed in the fourth corner while rolling chance and took Nicholson out along with him. Then Kircher broke his engine as well trying to push a second time and failing.

Suddenly, Keller and Mike were less than a turn behind Kirchner with a lot fewer racers left to pass. They proceeded to pass him and set themselves up for the win. However, Mossman and Long were gaining quickly and were looking to pass Keller. Lining up behind Keller in the second to last corner left Long with few options, however. He was forced to roll a forced pass just to have a chance at clearing the corner, and wound up spinning when the dice came up boxcars.

Mike spent the last of his wear to win the race easily, a full turn and a half ahead of the rest of the field. He built a solid car and then spent little to no wear until the later stages of the race, at which point he could glide by everyone else like they were standing still.

That meant Keller and Mossman were now lining up to finish second and third, but Needham still had wear to spend. He rolled chance into the penultimate corner and spent his last two wear going full out through the last corner to line up next to Keller and Mossman. Kevin, who played his usual conservative and opportunistic race, came very close to winning for the second year in a row, but couldn’t compete with Mike’s wear and fell back to second place. With some final die rolls to break ties, Needham managed to push ahead of Mossman, as they finished third and fourth respectively. Finally, Long and Kirchner limped across the finish to take the remaining laurels as Lampeter emptied out for the last time.
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Post 15 Jan 2016, 9:05 pm

Doug will break out the big track on Sunday, January 31st in Rockville, MD!

Event: Games Club of Maryland's Winter Game Fest
Where: Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, January 31st @ 1 p.m.
Website: http://emsps.com/wgf/scheduledgames/index.htm

FYI - Diplomacy is being demoed and played on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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Post 26 Jan 2016, 3:22 pm

Speed Circuit at Prezcon (damn, I wish this con would fit in my schedule)...

Where: Charlottesville, VA
When: Feb. 22nd to 28th
Website: http://www.prezcon.com/

Speed Circuit schedule
Demo: Wed. 4 p.m.
Heat 1: Wed. 5 p.m.
Heat 2: Thu. 1 p.m.
Heat 3: Fri. 1 p.m.
Heat 4: Sat. 9 a.m.
Final: Sat. 4 p.m.
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Post 31 Jan 2016, 7:54 pm

We played with six at Winter Gamefest in Rockville, MD today.

1st: Don Tatum (black)
2nd: Doug Schulz (blue)
3rd: Mike Polcen (red Porsche)
4th: Chris Gnech (red)
5th: Jim Fleckenstein (yellow)
Retired: Will Kennard (green)

We raced Valencia, a new one for me: http://lucidphoenix.com/sc/tracks/Valencia.pdf.

Here's T9 where I made my (first) fatal error. I gave up the lead for good shortly after. I thought bringing my own car would help but to no avail.

Just more ftf experience I can bring to the World Boardgame Championships this summer :cool: .

A special thanks to Doug for making this possible!
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Post 03 Mar 2016, 6:45 pm

Here are some IndyCar tracks created & posted at Boardgamegeek by Robert Merino. You can find them here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/128779/indycar-tracks-vol-1

They're too late to be considered for season 3 but might be interesting for an exhibition or trial if anyone wants to take a crack at playing marshall. I don't think you'd have any problems finding drivers.
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Post 03 Mar 2016, 7:06 pm

Kyalami, South Africa, also by Robert:

https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/127757/kyalami-1967-1985

Is that a 30 space straight?!
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Post 16 May 2016, 6:05 pm

The WBC schedule has been released:

Demo: Thursday (7/28) @ 1 p.m.
Heat 1: Thursday (7/28) @ 3 p.m.
Heat 2: Friday (7/29) @ 3 p.m.
Heat 3: Saturday (7/30) @ 3 p.m.
Final: Sunday (7/31) @ 9 a.m.

WBC: http://www.boardgamers.org/index.html

Thanks to Chris Long for returning as GM. Looking forward to meeting some of you there!
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Post 27 May 2016, 5:08 am

Speed Circuit is at Prezcon: Summer Nationals! I assume Chris Brandt, a new Redscape driver for season 3, is running that show. Unfortunately, I'll be in Chicago then :broken: .

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Dates: June 27 - July 2
Website: http://www.prezcon.com/prezcon/general_convention_info-summer.aspx

Speed Circuit schedule
Heat 1 - Wed. @ 5 p.m.
Heat 2 - Thur. @ 1 p.m.
Heat 3 - Fri. @ 1 p.m.
Heat 4 - Sat. @ 9 a.m.
Final - Sat. @ 4 p.m.