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Friday was the first day that vendors set up, and I got to chat with Grant and Mike Wylie of Worthington Publishing (originally Worthington Games) about the future of Trains Planes and Automobiles. Based on the fact that it is no longer available on the Blue Square Boardgames website and not mentioned at all on the revamped Worthington Publishing site, I fully expected that they would say that they were no longer in the business of family and casual games but were focusing strictly on growing their core wargaming business. (Their other casual family games - Bloodlust, Arctic Survival, and Tech Bubble - have vanished from their catalog as well.) But Mike surprised me by saying that they still intend to develop a line of family games and are still interested in TPA. We'll see what the future holds.
In our heat, I actually got to execute a "Thach Weave" one time, and it really got me out of a jam. Nevertheless, it was a Japanese day at our table. When I played American, Gordon won 9 to 0 by damaging three of my four aircraft. We switched sides, and as the Japanese, I won 15 to 5 by shooting down three of his aircraft while losing one of my own. So I ended the heat with a net score of +1.
I managed to get in a game of Settlers of Catan (designer Klaus Teuber, publisher Mayfair) but finished third out of four at my table. Finishing third really was a consistent theme at PrezCon this year.
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The second heat of the Pillars of the Earth tournament saw Tom Snyder win a commanding 52-point victory over Peter and Angel Adams, while Jeff Thornsen took a respectable 48-point win against Alan Neidermayer and Dave Rohde. So after two heats, I had five winners for a four-seat final. Normally that would mean I'd have to run a semifinal round, but Tom S. (who won the 2013 PrezCon Pillars tournament) graciously offered to sit out the final if the other four winners showed up. So I recorded him as an "alternate" for the final.
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