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wargames (CDWs) were the weapon of choice in the duel for the
first Caesar title. Peter Reese scored all of his 129 laurels
in that genre with WBC championships in Hannibal and Paths
of Glory accounting for 120. He supplemented that total
with only nine more laurels in Wilderness War and the Hannibal email
tournament. Marvin Birnbaum trailed him after WBC by 55 laurels
despite scoring 64 laurels in the same genre with a third in Paths
of Glory and a We the People crown. But Marvin’s
skills were more diverse and he used his considerable talents
in the area impulse genre to overtake Reese in November by
winning the D-Day mini-con for 60 extra laurels. A second in
Paths of Glory at WAM in February cemented his lead and our
first Caesar reigned triumphant at WBC 2003—complete
with a Marriott provided toga via housekeeping as modelled
at right by our ruler.
other competitors topped the 100-laurel mark in our initial
year led by Phil Rennert with 112. Jeff Cornett finished fourth
with 106 and proved to be the highest ranked Euro winner although
his resume of laurels crossed many genres. David Metzger also
topped the century mark with 104 laurels to finish fifth despite
winning four events at WBC. Unfortunately for him, his events
were all small and not top scorers. Debbie Gutermuth proved
that Caesar is not of reach for the fair sex by breaking into
the Top 25 rankings at 21st with 72 laurels to lead her gender.
Indeed, with memories of Rebecca Hebner’s Grand Slam
still fresh in many minds, one wonders if Caesar is out of
reach of the young set as well.
scores will no doubt be surpassed in the future as scoring
opportunities increase via additional mini-con opportunities
and the enhanced scoring of PBeM tournaments and trial events
after 2002. Nevertheless, the bar has been set—who will
be next to raise it?