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.
gaming convention which would eventually
evolve into the present WBC got its
start in 1991 as Avaloncon when years
of campaigning for it by Don Greenwood
finally convinced Avalon Hill management that a “return
to basics” gaming
convention emphasizing competitive play
of the games was the best way for The
Avalon Hill Game Company to reverse its flagging fortunes.
Having started the Origins gaming convention two decades
all of 13 tournaments—Avalon
Hill had freely relinquished control of that annual gaming
fest to the fledgling Game Manufacturer’s Association
to concentrate on the production of its own games.
by the ever-growing number of events
and the ever-declining role of boardgames
in that national convention, Greenwood
yearned for a return to the “focus” of bygone days when
boardgame tournaments drew impressive fields and yielded
more of a sense of challenge and accomplishment for their
by a steady “call to arms” in the pages
of its house magazine, The General,
the inaugural Avaloncon took place
in Camp Hill, PA in 1991 with over
500 diehard Avalon Hill fans in attendance.
ASL led the way with a 91-player
field and its GM, Russ Gifford, claimed
the inaugural GM of the Year Award.
Jim Fuqua was the first double winner,
taking firsts in both Attack
Sub and Kremlin,
while Bruce Reiff started his current
going strong as of this writing
13 years later—with
perhaps his most impressive plaque
in the 56-player Diplomacy event.
The team tournament got off to a
rousing, if small, start when Ghostbusters
claimed their name after the fact
and the title by edging the Ghosts
team on the thinnest of tiebreakers
for the intial team championship
over a field of 30 teams. There
were only 50 events and the fields for
many were small—but the fuse
was lit. There wouild be an Avaloncon II and the traditions
for what many would consider the world’s pre-eminent
gaming conference had started.