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BGC Power Grid M’sia 2011 Qualifier #1 @ Boardgame Depot 13/3/2011 (Round 1)

BGC POWER GRID M’SIA 2011 QUALIFIER #1 (Round 1)
By jack208
 
EXCERPT
The 1st POWER GRID Tournament in M’sia kicked off last Sunday with the 1st Qualifier held at the newly opened Boardgame Depot, the latest boardgame café in Bangsar! Find out who’s our first two Finishers for the FINAL Day.
 
Participants Qualifier #1
1. Kevin Tan
2. Peter Gonci
3. Alvin Chan
4. Chen Fawn Meng
5. Heng Aik Yong
6. Wong Siew Kee
7. William Low
8. Aaron Tiw
9. Sunny Guan
10. Ang Xian Jun
11. Rainny Chu
12. Adrian Foo
 
Game Masters (GM): jack208 (Game #1), aanemesis (Game #2)

Location: Boardgame Depot, Bangsar (link)
Date/Time: 13 March 2011 2.00 PM – 6:00 pm (Sun)
 
 
THE POWER IN THE GRID
The local boardgaming community has always been craving for more organized tournaments and competitive play, and while our Boardgamecafe Retreat last July 2010 went to some extent in satisfying those competitive urges, we at Boardgamecafe.net have wanted to do something on a wider scale and with BGC POWER GRID M’SIA 2011, we hope to have kickstarted the first of many more local tournaments to come from us.
 
The buzz in the local boardgaming community is all about POWER GRID now and our upcoming six-legged BGC POWER GRID M’SIA 2011 tournament will take you from Bangsar to Subang, Setapak, PJ then to Damansara before heading back to Cheras. With such a variety of locations, there’ll always be a qualifier close to you! 🙂
 
powergrid2011Msia
 
In The Star’s article "Are you the Power Grid Champion?", Yih Yang (follow him on twitter) talked about the appeal of a full-on competitive matches which can be a rarity for boardgamers in M’sia. I couldn’t agree with him more. You may have played many Power Grid sessions among your gaming buddies but you can’t compare that with the experience of sitting in a full-tilt tournament game where every move matters!
 
Win or lose, you have to be playing in this tournament to enjoy the adrenalin rush that only comes when playing in a game where the stakes matter. I would even go so far as to say you have already won just by entering the competition (regardless of how you performed)!
 
Plus you get the chance to win boardgame vouchers, the latest Power Grid expansion maps (Russia/Japan), and more importantly the bragging rights to be known as the Power Grid Champion until the next tournament! Hahaha.
 
Note: If this is the first time you are reading about BGC POWER GRID M’SIA 2011, you may want to check out our past blog entries on this event to get the full details
 
 
QUALIFIER #1 @ BOARDGAME DEPOT (BANGSAR)
Our first qualifier kicked off last Sunday (Mar 13) at the latest boardgame café in Malaysia – BOARDGAME DEPOT. Boardgame Depot just had their soft launch in early March and as one of our retailer partners, Boardgamecafe.net works closely with them in running events and organizing meetups.
 
A total of 12 participants signed up for this qualifier, and they were randomly grouped into two groups of six. The first round featured two boards of 6 players, playing on the Germany map with the top three finishers from each group advancing to the 2nd round where these six shall compete on the China map to be the top two finishers from this qualifier to make it to FINAL Day.
 
Here’s our report on the 1st round of the Boardgame Depot Qualifier.
 
QUALIFIER #1 – GAME 1

Players (initial turn order): Ang XJ (black), Rainny Chu (red), Alvin Chan (green), Adrian Foo (purple), Kevin Tan (blue), William Low (yellow)
Map: Germany, with lowest area (south) not in play
GM: jack208
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Standing (L-R): William Low, Kevin Tan, Alvin Chan
Sitting (L-R): Rainny Chu, Adrian Foo, Ang XJ
 
The game started with Kevin-blue and Adrian-purple taking the two lowest power plant #3 and #4 respectively while the eco-plant #13 went to Willian-yellow. Most of the plants went at cost (hmmmm) except for the #10 which had a small tussle between Alvin-green and William-yellow but still, it was just $2 extra.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
In their first build, Kevin-blue and Adrian-purple were immediately locked into a squabble on west Germany while Ang-black and Alvin-green were jostling for space in the north. Rainny-red and William-yellow had a relatively quiet time in the middle & south. It was also interesting to note ALL except Ang-black built 2 cities in the first round.
 
This is probably the cause for two players (Rainny, Adrian) to skip purchasing a new power plant, and three players (Kevin, Rainny, Alvin) not adding to their city-network in turn #2.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Turn #3 saw some good power plants being snapped up. #20 went to Adrian-purple at cost (!) while Ang-black got #29 for  $35. No one were hoarding resources as I suspect they were trying to balance their cashflow for power plant purchases and city-network building.
 
Even though only two players are maxxed to 3 power plants (Ang-black and William-yellow), next turn saw just two players – Kevin-blue and Rainny-red – getting new power plants. The high city connection costs must be setting them back. 😛
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Those who are wondering if calculators are permitted in this tournament, the answer is a Yes. 😛
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
When the #25 came out, it was Ang-black who managed to snag it but William-yellow didn’t do too badly by taking the #26 that came after it and I thought this was better coz the price of oil was so much lower than coal then.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Ang-black (right) contemplating his next move after taking a good #25 while Alvin-green, with his wide grin was probably plotting Ang’s downfall.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Kevin-blue and Rainny-red eyeing each other’s power grid territories!
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
And it’s Calculator-time for Adrian-purple!
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Jack208 the GM in action with the six players. Only three of these players will make it to the next round. Which three?
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
The fierce competition to close out the game came as they entered Step 3 in turn 8. I was expecting the game to come to an end in this round as two players were within shout of triggering the 14-cities end-game. However William-yellow stopped at 12 and Ang-black couldn’t find a few more dollars to get his 14th.
 
Position of players at end of turn #8: Ang-black (13), William-yellow (12), Alvin-green & Kevin-blue (11) with Adrian-purple & Rainny-red at (10).
 
The last turn (9) saw the front contenders – Ang-black, William-yellow and Alvin-green – buying one more power plant to boost their supply capacity for the final shot at finishing tops. It was no surprise when Ang-black maintained his top position (with 15 cities) but Kevin-blue did well to jump himself to 15-cities though but lost to Ang-black on the money tie-break.
 
Alvin-green was a surprise as he pipped both William-yellow (who was already one city ahead of him the earlier turn) and Adrian-purple at the finishing line. All of them can powered 14 cities and Alvin-green rising to the top of this group by virtual of his cash difference.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Ang-black with his victory mug-shot after winning this round.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Final position of Game #1 – Ang-black (1st), Kevin-blue (2nd) and Alvin-green (3rd). Congrats!
 
Position
Player’s Name
Color
Cities
Supplied
Cash
1st
Ang Xian Jun
Black
15
15
$4
2nd
Kevin Tan
Blue
15
15
$0
3rd
Alvin Chan
Green
14
14
$20
4th
Adrian Foo
Purple
14
14
$12
5th
William Low
Yellow
14
14
$0
6th
Rainny Chu
Red
12
12
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
GM for this session: jack208
 
 
QUALIFIER #1 – GAME 2

Players (initial turn order): Sunny Guan (green), Peter Gonci (blue), Aaron Tiw (yellow), SK Wong (black), Chen (red) and Heng AY (purple)
Map: Germany, with lowest area (south) not in play
GM: aanemesis
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
(L-R): SK Wong, Chen, Aaron, Heng, Sunny and Peter – all smiles before they start hammering each other! 😛
 
The first power plant auction saw the #4 and #5 going to Peter-blue and Heng-purple. Eh? No one took the #3 ah? The eco green plant #13 went to Sunny-green (matching color?)
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Chen (middle) a combatitive Memoir 44 player switching gears in Power Grid.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Early board position; you can see them pretty well spread out. J
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Peter (middle) who hails from Hungary in his first Power Grid tournament! He just learned the game at OTK Cheras a couple of weeks back and he’s already in a competitive match. I like his gaming spirit!
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Early step 2 and resources were already going scarce in this board.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Heng-purple in number-crunching mode while Chen-red claimed more red cities onto the board.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
While 12 players were battling and agonizing over their Power Grid positions, these two find the serenity to enjoy a game or two of Lost Cities. Bliss. J
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Chen-red thinking hard about his next move, while Heng-purple trying to hide his cash under the transparent box! Haha.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
GM aanemesis in action…
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Aaron-yellow (L) and Wong-black wondering how they were going to pay for their next city
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
Intense. Focus. Determined.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
The final position for Game 2 with Aaron-yellow powering to a strong finish with 14-cities, Heng-purple at 13-cities and Sunny-green grabbing the last finisher position with 12-cities to join the other three (Ang, Kevin and Alvin) in Round 2 which features the China map.
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
(L) Aaron, Heng and Sunny
 
Congrats to these 3 finishers from Game 2 and also to MMU GDC for getting two players (Aaron & Sunny) into the 2nd Round!
 
Position
Player’s Name
Color
Cities
Supplied
Cash
1st
Aaron Tiw
Yellow
14
14
2nd
Heng Aik Yong
Purple
13
13
3rd
Sunny Guan
Green
12
12
4th
Peter Gonci
Blue
11
11
5th
Chen Fawn Meng
Red
11
11
6th
Wong Siew Kee
Black
10
8
 
BGC Power Grid Msia 2011 @ Boardgame Depot
 
GM for this session: aanemesis
 
 
QUALIFIER #1 ROUND 2
Click here for the event report on Round 2.
 
SESSION REPORTS
 
RELATED LINKS
Learn more about POWER GRID board game at Boardgamegeek (link)
Buy POWER GRID from our webstore (link) and its expansion maps
– France & Italy maps (link)
– Benelux & Central Europe maps (link)
– China & Korea maps (link)
– Brazil & Iberia maps (link)
– Russia & Japan maps (latest) (link)
– Power Plant Deck 2 (link)
 

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For more boardgaming reports, visit our Boardgamecafe.net Blog.
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To view a listing of POWER GRID game and all its expansion maps, click here.
 
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