Ticket to Ride World Championship cheating scandal!http://www.daysofwonder.com/en/press-release/096/#newsstart
Not surprising. In a game with such a low skill cap, the card draws are going to end up determining the winner. No way to achieve victory among equally skilled players other than cheating.
There were TWO judges watching the game. Meanwhile the cheating player drew extra cards and even supposedly took multiple turns in a row! These judges didn't notice! So garbage. Wow.
We should do a show on cheating in tabletop specifically. One thing that isn't discussed in reviews of games (even by us) us how possible it is to cheat, or to detect cheating.
For example, games with lots of card/tile drawing allow for very easy low-level cheating by drawing/having extra tiles.
It's not a concern for, say, us, because we don't play games with shitheads. I would never even dream of any of the crew cheating on purpose in a game. But in tournaments? Some games just aren't good for tournament play without competent judges. Few games have enough humans capable of being judges for them that wouldn't instead want to compete.
But taking multiple turns in a row? WTF? That takes real balls!
They also weren't the best at games really. The people who spend the time to compete in tournaments of largely solved tabletop games tend to be hyperfocused people who don't really play a lot of other games.
What a storm in a teacup!
I think it's interesting that even Magic, which HAS those things, has had several high-level players blatently cheat in the past few years (That guy who blatently played cards out of his graveyard is a noteable example). I think the big deal is that once you put money or prestige on the line, some people are just hard-wired to be assholes.