2011 Caesar Award Results — Hail Randy Buehler
Feb. 15, 2012

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It only took Randy Buehler two years to climb to the top of the BPA rankings by unseating two-time defending Caesar Stefan Mecay to become the BPA's top competitor in 2011. True to form, Stefan had again run up a big lead before WBC began in email tournaments and by winning his Twilight Struggle specialty at WAM, but Randy reduced that lead by scoring in five Euro Quest tournaments before overtaking Stefan altogether with a dominating WBC that included a second in the Through the Ages pre-con as well as three outright wins in Dominion, Egizia, and Princes of Florence. Randy's win knotted the score at the top with four wargamer Caesars offset by four predominantly Euro-playing top dogs. Two Caesars (Mullet and Benedict) have defied classification with more varied tastes.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2011 were 2004 Caesar James Pei, Jason Ley, and a pair of second generation oncomers; Richard Beyma and Nick Henning, threatening to overtake the illustrous records of their fathers. Again, only eight of last year's Top 25 players managed to retain that high ranking led by Buehler who improved from 16th in his inaugural campaign to first in his second. The other top scorers to retain their Top 25 standing were Mecay, Pei, Beyma, Henning, Robert Kircher, Jason Levin and Eric Freeman. Absent from the Leader Board for the first time in four years were Alex Bove and Chris Byrd—thus ending the longest streaks in the high rent district. No one has maintained their status in the Top 25 for four straight years.

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The Line of Succession for Caesar 2011

Stefan Mecay, TX
2nd - 194 Laurels

James Pei, VA
3rd - 159 Laurels

Richard Beyma, VA
4th - 150 Laurels

Jason Ley, WA
5th - 141 Laurels

Nick Henning, DC
6th - 135 Laurels

 

 Competitor - From Laurels - 2010 rank - WBC  Tally Board
 1. Randy Buehler, WA

241 - 16th - 133
SETq 2nd 18, AGRq 2nd 18, SPGq 2nd 18, T&Tq 2nd 12, TTRq 5th 6, DOM 1st 40, EGZ 1st 30, FRS 4th 6, POF 1st 30, SPG 5th 8, SMK 5th 4, T&T 4th 9, AGEp 2nd 36, TKL 5th 6
 2. Stefan Mecay, TX

194 - 1st - 70
SHSe 3rd 24, POGe 1st 60, TWSw 1st 40; FGF 4th 6, LBY 2nd 24, TWS 1st 40
 3. James Pei, VA

159 - 14th - 102
HRCw 1st 30, WTPw 4th 9, ACQ 3rd 12, FTP 1st 50; HRCp 4th 18, WNW 1st 40
 4. Richard Beyma, VA

150 - 5th - 114
A&Ap 2nd 36, GBG 2nd 24, MAN 1st 30, RBS 1st 30, WAT 1st 30
 5. Jason Ley, WA

141 - X - 81
ACQ 4th 9, PGD 2nd 36, PRO 4th 15, AGEp 1st 60, TT2 3rd 12, UNP 4th 9
 6. Nick Henning, DC

135 - 15th - 120
AORp 4th 15, GSR 1st 40, LRC 1st 20, MRA 1st 30, STA 2nd 30
 7. Ty Hansen, DC

130 - X - 40
A&Ap 1st 60, DUN 1st 40, WORp 1st 30
 8. Robert Kircher. RI

118 - 6th - 67
MFDe 5th 6, RA!q 4th 6, RFGq 2nd 12, SETq 6th 3, T&Tq 6th 1st 20, PGFe 5th 4, BAT 5th 4, EGZ 3rd 12, SJN 2nd 18, SET 5th 12, TAM 4th 6, UNP 6th 3, YSP 2nd 12
 9. Richard Meyer, MA

118 - X - 118
CYL 2nd 18, EPB 1st 60, RA! 1st 40
10. Bill Crenshaw, VA

116 - X - 50
MFDe 1st 30, AGRq 3rd 12, DOMq 5th 6, PGD 2nd 18, AGR 5th 10, MFD 1st 10, MV 1st 30
11. Curt Collins II, PA

115 - X - 115
DOS 1st 20, ELG 1st 30, SMK 3rd 8, SCC 3rd 12, TTR 4th 15, UNP 1st 30
12. Sceadeau D'Tela, NC

113 - X - 78
SPGq 6th 3, STAq 1st 20, DOMq 3rd 12, AGR 3rd 20, EGZ 2nd 18, MCO 1st 20, PRO 3rd 20
13. Tom Drueding, MA

109 - X - 37
SHSe 1st 60, POGe 5th 12, H&M 6th 1, KPR 3rd 12, WTP 2nd 24
14. Lyman Moquin, DC

 108 - X - 48
AMRe 1st 40, STA 4th 6, ADV 4th 9, DOM 3rd 20, E&T 4th 9
15. Marvin Birnbaum, NY

100 - X - 100
BKN 1st 40, MMS 1st 30, MRA 2nd 18, WTP 4th 12
16. Kevin Youells, PA

100 - X - 100
ACV 1st 50, HWD 1st 50
17. Tom Gregorio, PA

96 - X - 69
BKNe 4th 15, BWDe 5th 6, GBGe 6th 3, BWD 1st 30, POGp 6th 6, TRC 2nd 36
18. Ewan McNay, NY

95 - X - 80
AORe 4th 15, BRI 1st 50, Lst 2nd 18, TTA 3rd 12
19. David Platnick, VA

95 - X - 95
NVG 2nd 18, POF 5th 6, PRO 1st 50, RFG 6th 3, QGB 2nd 18
20. Jason Levine, NY

94 - 21st - 94
FDE 1st 40, MCO 4th 6, POF 2nd 18, SPG 2nd 24, WPS 5th 6
21. Andrew Emerick, CT

90 - X - 72
AMR 2nd 24, LID 2nd 18, NVG 1st 30, AGEp 4th 18
22. David Dockter, MN

88 - X - 34
POGe 4th 18, 776 3rd 4, FTP 2nd 30, POGp 2nd 36
23. Charles Hickok, PA

88 - X - 64
SHSe 4th 18, MOV 3rd 12, RFG 3rd 12, SPG 1st 40, AGEp 6th 6
24. Edward Fear, NY

87 - X - 37
DOMq 1st 30, POFq 1st 20, POF 6th 3, PRO 2nd 30, RA! 6th 4
25. Eric Freeman, PA

86 - 19th - 86
ALH 4th 12, E&T 1st 20, POF 4th 9, PRO 6th 5, STA 3rd 20, YSP 1st 20

Key: e = email (PBeM), E = Enlightenment mini-con, q = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, p = Pre-Con


2011 Consul - N/A

For the first time since 2007 when Raphael Lehrer swept both the Caesar and Consul awards, our Caesar will rule alone. Randy Buehler's performance proved the best in both the seven days of WBC week proper and the cumulative totals of all BPA tournaments during the year as well. In keeping with our Roman inspiration, no Consul award will be presented in 2011 so that Randy can bask in all his glory.

The other top contenders who surpassed 100 laurels at WBC included Nick Henning, Richard Meyer, Curt Collins, Richard Beyma and James Pei in that order. Although Randy won three events he fended off competition for Consul by scoring in five others. Curt Collins came closest to matching him in divesity with points from six events, but they were much smaller. In contrast, Kevin Youells scored the most laurels with his two wins but failed to pick up points elsewhere. Only Henning managed to repeat as a top Consul contender, improving from 4th in 2010 to second in 2011.

The Line of Succession for Consul 2011

Nick Henning, DC
2nd - 120 Laurels

Richard Meyer, MA
3rd - 118 Laurels

Curt Collins II, PA
4th - 115 Laurels

Richard Beyma, VA
5th - 114 Laurels

James Pei, VA
6th - 102 Laurels

 Competitor - From

WBC Laurels
 Tally Board
 1. Randy Buehler, WA

133
DOM 1st 40, EGZ 1st 30, FRS 4th 6, POF 1st 30, SPG 5th 8, SMK 5th 4, T&T 4th 9, TKL 5th 6
 2. Nick Henning, DC

120
GSR 1st 40, LRC 1st 20, MRA 1st 30, STA 2nd 30
3. Richard Meyer, MA

118
CYL 2nd 18, EPB 1st 60, RA! 1st 40
4. Curt Collins II, PA

115
DOS 1st 20, ELG 1st 30, SMK 3rd 8, SCC 3rd 12, TTR 4th 15, UNP 1st 30
 5. Richard Beyma, VA

114
GBG 2nd 24, MAN 1st 30, RBS 1st 30, WAT 1st 30
 6. James Pei, VA

102
ACQ 3rd 12, FTP 1st 50; WNW 1st 40
7. Marvin Birnbaum, NY

100
BKN 1st 40, MMS 1st 30, MRA 2nd 18, WTP 4th 12
8. Kevin Youells, PA

100
ACV 1st 50, HWD 1st 50
9. David Platnick, VA

95
NVG 2nd 18, POF 5th 6, PRO 1st 50, RFG 6th 3, QGB 2nd 18
10. Jason Levine, NY

94
FDE 1st 40, MCO 4th 6, POF 2nd 18, SPG 2nd 24, WPS 5th 6
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