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Last updated 1/8/2017

James Pei repeated as Caesar to extend his reign to three consecutive years while becoming our first Top Gamer to go back to back to back. In the process, he created a new record career laurel total of 2548. It was his fourth Top Dog performance which leads the BPA laurels universe.

His 87-laurel margin of victory over runner-up Randy Buehler was again fueled primarily by a 90-100 laurel haul in his specialty For The People where he once again swept both the WBC event and its email counterpart. Over the years, Pei has amassed a staggering 952 laurels in all versions of For The People competition. A third straight win in Sekigahara and his fourth WBC Hannibal title were enough to guarantee his fourth Caesar title. He then ended WBC by picking up some Euro laurels in Settlers of Catan for good measure before calling it a week and heading for home much like Ragnar leaving Wessex.

The end of Pre-con tournaments left only email tournaments to augment WBC laurels in our Top Gamer honors. James again banked a 60-laurel headstart before WBC began with his PBeM efforts but it proved unnecessary as he topped his closest challenger, two-time Caesar Randy Buehler, by 28 laurels with his WBC booty alone.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2016 were Nicholas Henning, Curt Collins II, Keith Dent and Steve LeWinter.. Again, only six of last year's Top 25 players managed to retain that top billing led by Pei who alone of all BPA's Top Dogs has managed to remain in the Top 25 for each of the past eight years. In fact, his streak now stands at ten years - 2006 was the last time he failed to make the Top 25. Others able to retain their Top 25 standing in 2016 were Randy Buehler (seventh year), Keith Dent, Michael Dauer, Ricky Boyes and Kevin Youells. Eight of this year's crop made their initial appearance in the Top 25.

Line of succession for Caesar 2016
Randy Buehler,
WA

2nd - 129 Laurels
Nick Henning,
DC

3rd - 125 Laurel
Curt Collins II,
PA

4th - 102 Laurels
Keith Dent,
IL

5th - 102 Laurels
Steve LeWinter,
NC

6th - 98 Laurels
         
   
2016 Rank Competitor 2016 Laurels 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2016 Tally Board
Total WBC
1 James Pei, VAs

216

156

 1

 1

2

2

3

14

13
FTPe 1st 60, FTP 1st 30, HRC 1st 60, SKG 1st 50, SET 3rd 16
2 Randy Buehler, WA

129

129

 22

 14

7

1

1

16

-
AGR 5th 10, BRS 4th 9, CMK 1st 30, CNC 2nd 24, POF 1st 20, AGE 3rd 20, VSD 3rd 16
3 Nicholas Henning, DC

125

125

 -

2

12

8

6

15

-
AUT 1st 30, GXY 1st 20, LID 6th 3, SKG 3rd 20, T_G 3rd 12, VSD 1st 40
4 Curt Collins II, PA

102

102

 -

 12

-

23

11

-

6
7WD 2nd 18. CNC 4th 12, FDE 1st 30, SFR 1st 30, SPD 4th 12
5 Keith Dent, IL

102

102

 14

20

-

-

-

-

-
AGR 4th 15, AMR 4th 9, EGZ 3rd 16, POF 6th 2, RRR 1st 30, SJN 2nd 18, TZK 3rd 12
6 Steven LeWinter, NC

98

98

 -

 -

-

-

-

-

-
COB 2nd 24, CMK 5th 6, EGZ 5th 8, PGD 5th 10, AGE 1st 50
7 Chris Trimmer, TX

98

68

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
ADVe 1st 30, PRC 5th 8, VGQ 2nd 3o, WOR 1st 30
8 Jeff Meyer, MA

97

97

 -

19

-

-

-

-

-
5TR 5th 6, ELG 1st 30, RA! 1st 40, TTA 6th 3, TZK 2nd 18
9 Jacob Hebner, CO

96

96

 -

-

-

-

-

-

-
B17 1st 60, SWM 1st 30, SSB 4th 6
10 Aran Warszawski, il

94

76

 -

-

15

-

-

9

-
ADVe 2nd 18, AUC 5th 4, PRO 4th 12, STA 1st 60
11 Bert Schoose, FL

94

94

 -

-

22

-

-

3

-
AFK 2nd 24, PZB 1st 30, TRC 1st 40
12 Richard Beyma, VA

94

76

 -

3

-

-

4

5

23
WATe 2nd 18, 775 3rd 12, GBG 1st 30, TRC 3rd 16, WAT 2nd 18
13 Stefan Mecay, TX

93

57

 -

-

6

-

2

1

1
POGe 2nd 36, 989 1st 30, POG 5th 12, TWS 4th 15
14 Scott Saccenti, MD

93

93

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
EGZ 2nd 24, STA 2nd 36, T&T 4th 15, TTR 4th 18
15 Marvin Birnbaum, NY

91

61

-

-

10

-

15

-

-
BKN 5th 8, FBS 3rd 8, MMS 3rd 12, MMA 1st 30, WWR 6th 3, MMSe 1st 30
16 Michael Dauer, TX

84

60

11

-

-

-

-

-

-
POGe 3rd 24, POG 1st 60
17 Eric Monte, NY

83

83

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
ACV 3rd 20, AOR 6th 3, LWD 4rd 16, SET 2nd 24, VGQ 3rd 20
18 Jeff Heidman, NY

80

80

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
HIS 2nd 30, VGQ 1st 50
19 Eric Wrobel, MD

80

80

-

-

24

-

-

-

-
7WS 1st 30, AGR 2nd 30, ELF 1st 20
20 Trella Bromley, FL

78

78

-

17

14

-

-

-

-
CNS 2nd 18, EPB 1st 60
21 Ricky Boyes, WA

77

77

 13

-

-

-

-

-

-
7WS 3rd 16, CMK 6th 3, LWD 1st 40, SFR 2nd 18
22 Kevin Youells, PA

76

58

5

-

21

-

16

-

-
ACVe 5th 12, DIPe 6th 6, ACV 2nd 30, FMR 3rd 16, SET 4th 12
23 Ed Menzel, CA

75

62

-

-

-

-

-

-

 -
WATe 3rd 12, GBG 2nd 18, VIP 4th 15, WAT 1st 30
24 John Ratanaprasatporn, PA

74

74

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
CBC 1st 50, MAN 3rd 8, M44 3rd 16
25 David Schneider, WI

72

72

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
BCY 1st 30, KOT 6th 2, M44 1st 40

Key: e = email (PBeM)

   
 

As is our custom in keeping with the Roman theme, no Consul is awarded if Caesar tops the laurel list for both WBC annual Laurels AND the combined Email/WBC tournament totals. That is the case in 2016 with Pei claiming top score in both totals. However, for the sake of comparison and what might have been, we do hom,age to the contenders for having the best 2016 WBC.

There was virtually no change in the ranking of the top six contenders, but subtracting PBeM laurels dropped four of the next eight from contention. Completing the Top Ten were Jeff Meyer, Jacob Hebner, Bert Schoose and Scott Saccenti. Scott's inclusion in the list was notable since he alone made the list without winning an event.

   
2015 Rank Competitor WBC Laurels WBC Tally Board
1 James Pei, VA

156
FTP 1st 30, HRC 1st 60, SKG 1st 50, SET 3rd 16
2 Randy Buehler, WA

129
AGR 5th 10, BRS 4th 9, CMK 1st 30, CNC 2nd 24, POF 1st 20, AGE 3rd 20, VSD 3rd 16
3 Nicholas Henning, DC

125
AUT 1st 30, GXY 1st 20, LID 6th 3, SKG 3rd 20, T_G 3rd 12, VSD 1st 40
4 Curt Collins II, PA

102
7WD 2nd 18. CNC 4th 12, FDE 1st 30, SFR 1st 30, SPD 4th 12
5 Keith Dent, IL

102
AGR 4th 15, AMR 4th 9, EGZ 3rd 16, POF 6th 2, RRR 1st 30, SJN 2nd 18, TZK 3rd 12
6 Steven LeWinter, NC

98
COB 2nd 24, CMK 5th 6, EGZ 5th 8, PGD 5th 10, AGE 1st 50
7 Jeff Meyer, MA

97
5TR 5th 6, ELG 1st 30, RA! 1st 40, TTA 6th 3, TZK 2nd 18
8 Jacob Hebner, CO

96
B17 1st 60, SWM 1st 30, SSB 4th 6
9 Bert Schoose, FL

94
AFK 2nd 24, PZB 1st 30, TRC 1st 40
10 Scott Saccenti, MD

93
EGZ 2nd 24, STA 2nd 36, T&T 4th 15, TTR 4th 18