The Settlers: Shirley Thornton, Erica Corwin, Terry “the Bandit” Boldan, Nathan Putens, Leif Milliken
Shirley Thornton didn’t make any significant plays for the second week in a row, thus solidifying Terry “the Bandit” Boldan’s overall wins for 2013. However, Boldan, too, was unable to scrape together the points necessary for a win. Cue Leif Milliken, one of the group’s unsung heroes of 2013. Known for his ability to strategize with the best of ’em, Milliken has found himself coming up short in more contests than he would care to admit. But not this day. This day Milliken would take home the coveted Sheep with gusto.
The point totals say it all: Thornton—5, Boldan and Putens—6, Corwin—7, Milliken—10 (duh). Most would consider a 3-point margin of victory hefty; Milliken would consider it necessary and proper. In fact, Milliken’s win could be considered one of the slickest I’ve witnessed.
What usually takes an hour would only take Milliken 30 minutes. He effectively and efficiently settled, built, improved, and rolled. On any other day Corwin might have taken home the Sheep trophy. That she managed to build up 7 points is more than noteworthy. Corwin’s play was swift in its own right—but not swift enough.
Despite the notable W, this win would not do much for Milliken’s 2013 total wins (6), still leaving him 5 out from the leader, Boldan (11). It’s too late for Milliken to take 2013, but if wins like these become a more frequent affair, 2014 may be in his favor. Thornton still has a chance to tie Boldan for 2013 total wins, but it will take every bit of settler’s knowledge to do so.
November 28, 2013, Happy Thanksgiving!
The Settlers: No one. Families and feasts are more important than settling . . . sometimes.