Alrite, just like the World Cup 2006, the Settlers of Catan Qualifiers for Malaysia got off to a great start with 16 eager challengers vying for the 4 qualifier places up for grab at Games Circle! Richard Nga hosted the event (and a great job he did!)
RESULTSQualifiers (to Finals): Ainul Azman, Ryan Hui, Casteo Teo and Saleh
Contenders: Lim Soo Jin, Rob Street, Foo Tun Ching, Ng Kok Keong, Richard Nga, Foo Tun Ziet, Wong Yew Kai, Thien Tiong Kong, Loo Jian Fei, Hang Cheng Sing, Chen Fawn Meng and Wong Qi Shaun.
Ok, so much for the quick report. A longer report will be blogged here later. Meantime here are the photos from the 1st Qualifier round at GC. ENJOY!http://boardgamecafe.net/community/photos/settlers_of_catan_msia_qualifiers_2006/category1104.aspx
Dun forget, those who did not qualify can still take part in the next qualifying round which shall be two weeks away from today at Toybox in Paramount Garden. Info below from KL Boardgames Meetup (see link below)
See you at Toybox in 2 weeks time.. ciao!
EDITED: Event reports just posted herehttp://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/tournaments__competitions/archive/2006/06/11/2189.aspx
I heard that a number of gamers were not allowed to enter the Qualifiers?
What are the reasons for this?
Is it because of limited positions? If this is the case then it should have been stated before the event, plus details about pre-booking places should have been announced if there was any.
Is it because of other reasons?????
Scott, I've absolutely no idea that this happened. I do not think there is any "barring of gamers. Perhaps there is some misunderstanding.
Each venue is allowed to decide on their format for eg Games Circle went for 16 pax modified-Swiss format meaning all 16 players will get to play 4 rounds each and total score wins.
Toybox is going for 32 pax knock-out ie. only the 1st/2nd from each game (of 4p) will go to the next round until we've a final table of 4. The 1st/2nd from this table are the qualifiers.
Min participants is 8.
As for format like Games Circle, if they get more than 16 ppl what Richard planned to do is to have a one round play-off to decide the 16 to go into the Swiss round. So there's no limit to the registrations so to speak.
At the GC qualifer, I think there were one or two gamers who registered but from what I know, they were not present at the venue when Richard was making the draw at 2.45pm. Perhaps they came late and found the qualifiers had started. Well, can't be helped, can it? In any case, they can always join the other rounds. There are 5 more qualifiers to go.
If you are aware of incidents where Richard or anyone else bluntly rejected the registration, then do let us know - or post it here. That shouldn't have happened.
One staff from Settler's Cafe attended (and in fact he qualified!!) I've also posted a few times at the Wolf's forum asking trionaleo (she proclaimed herself Queen of Catan hahaha) to attend but have not actually got any response there.
Perhaps you can tell me more? 
I don't know the specifics, just that I'm hearing that certain gamers were turned away when they tried to enter.
I'm hoping that the reasons are not the ones that people are saying, because things have happened before, rumors and things have been said, accusations made regarding other events.
I'm not trying to point fingers, just trying to find out why, at these events, things like this apparently happen and ends up leaving accusations and comments with the gaming community.
But, like I said, I don't have all the details, hence the previous post, trying to find out why.......
Dunno if I have explained that well enough, but I hope you get the idea???
I don't think this happened, in fact I would be very surprised if this was the case. But something has upset these people.
Yes I do get the idea mate. But rumours and accusations helped no one.
The best way is to air them out and hopefully get some clarifications. Otherwise hearsay can be a dangerous thing
So I do hope those gamers "affected" can come out and say a few words.
btw I'll be at Toybox this Sat for the 2nd Qualifers. If any of those gamers (who were supposedly turned away at GC) wishes to go, give me a call.
If they are indeed turned away, I would certainly want to find out why. But let us work on facts, and not hearsay if we are interested to find out the truth.
But one more point. Entrance to the qualifiers are by pre-registration and not adhoc walk-in. Registration closes 9pm on the eve of the qualifer. That is stated clearly in the invite sent out.
So if someone walks up to Toybox at 2pm this Sat w/o pre-registering and Nicholas (Toybox) refused to let him take part, he's merely playing by the book. This is not considered "refusing entry" to any gamer.
The 2nd Qualifier for Settlers of Catan Malaysia was another resounding success last Sat at Toybox! Even more participants (24) came to fight for the 2 seats.
RESULTSQualifiers (to Msia Finals): Foo Tun Ziet, Andyputra
Contenders: Adrian Foo, Azlan, Azmin, Benjamin Lam, Chew Foon Ming, Chong Hsu-Yeung, Dawn Chin, Edwin Wong, Fahimi, Foo Tun Ching, Hafyzan, Jared, Jason Chew, Jeffrey Au, Loco, Nicholas Booi, Ng Kok Keong, Ng Seow Teng, Pan Kok Sheng, Soon Keat, Vincent Chan, Wong Qi Shaun
Event Report: http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/tournaments__competitions/archive/2006/06/27/2459.aspx
Event Photos: http://boardgamecafe.net/community/photos/settlers_of_catan_msia_qualifiers_2006/category1105.aspx
Dun forget, those who did not qualify can still take part in the next qualifying round which is in a week's time (this Sat) at Boardgamecafe.net in Cheras (Tmn Yulek). Info below from KL Boardgames Meetup (see link below)
See you at Boardgamecafe.net in a week's time.. ciao!
Read the report on the tourney in boardgamecafe.net. Pity I couldn't be there, this Saturday need to open shop somemore. Hopefully I can make it for the next one
Btw, Jeff, still haven't won yourself a seat? Hehe..home ground advantage didn't help you?
I give chance mar... hehe
But the reality is I suck at SOC. LOL. At the qualifier in Toybox, I was 4th with only 5 VPs in the 1st round 
Since this is where Catan lovers meet, check out my blog on the special Settlers of Catan travel cases made by an entreprising chap in US! Not cheap though at US$30/bag
But if you are a real Catan fan.... well
I just found out that Starbucks are accepting only 8 pax per round.. duh.. that's like not many ler. And in fact, both Starbucks Qualifiers are full. I would think they can easily take in 16 or even more. I think some ppl who are registering last minute might be caught out.
Since Edw's not in town, I dun have anything official on this. Raymond (the PGI person-in-charge) did say they accepting only 8 this Sat.
Will try to get some updates and keep you all posted on this..... 
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