a year from the drop-down list for a low-down on the history
of Avaloncon and WBC.
See the champions for each year. Or choose to view the Laurels or Medals totals.
WBC opened a new era in the land of the Pennsylvania Dutch as Lancaster
Host welcomed us to our new home through at least 2010. The greatly
increased meeting space provided comfortable gaming during both WBC
and the four Pre-Cons which preceded it with the addition of Victory
in the Pacific to a Pre-Con slot. Also enjoying the greater confines
were an expanded auction which ran for six hours on Tuesday in the
luxurios Lancaster Showroom preceding the start of events and the
vendors who had their largest presence ever with most of the hobby’s
prime publishers on hand. Last, but not least, an expanded Juniors
program entertained 61 youngsters age 12 and under with a larger
Junior’s room complete with game library. Of course the beautiful
swimming pool, miniature golf, shuffleboard, ping pong, billiards,
game room and Disney movies under the pavillon of the family friendly
Host helped too.
events again drew 100 or more players but
an additional five nearly broke into triple figures with attendance
in the 90’s. 27 different states and three nations were represented
in the winner’s circle led by New York which carted home 21 plaques
to the empire state, followed by Maryland with 14, Ohio with 13,
and host Pennsylvania with a dozen. There were two triple winners,
ten double winners, and eleven defending champs who held serve
and repeated. Four ladies proved the fairer sex can compete with
men over a gameboard and 47 “rookies” recorded
their first WBC championships.
Withers and James Pei continued to dominate their events, extending
their winning streaks to six and five years respectivly. And, of
course, Bruce Reiff kept his streak of winning at least one event
for the 15th straight year with a pair of wins to increase his
wood total to 30. Nate Hoam won his first WBC wood and enjoyed
it so much he tacked on two more for good measure to rack up a
Century triple with wins in Al Hambre, Attika and Pro Golf—falling
just one short of the never achieved Century Grand Slam. Arthur
Field also won three events while sweeping the annual Caesar award
with 224 laurels and Consul with 146 by wide margins. In doing
so, he became the first BPA king of the hill to garner those honors
with an all-Euro venue.