2012 Caesar Award Results — Hail Randy Buehler Redux
Sept. 10, 2013

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Reigning Caesar Randy Buehler made it two in a row by successfully defending his perch atop the BPA rankings to become our second back-to-back top gamer. However, the Washington native’s margin of victory was slim, besting 2004 Caesar James Pei by but ten laurels—37 less than his 2011 margin of victory over his predecessor, Texan Stefan Mecay. And unlike 2011 when he claimed both the Caesar and Consul titles, he was unable to best Nick Henning two times in a row as Nick rose to Consul—completing his rise from the WBC Juniors program to claim Master of Horse during WBC week. Pei, however, retained his Top 25 ranking for the sixth straight year. Buehler and Curt Collins II maintained their status for the third straight year while six others have two-year streaks still alive.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2012 were Keith Wixson, Daniel Eppolito, Doug Galullo and Eric Freeman whose email, pre-con and mini-con victories all enabled them to outscore Nick Henning’s totals amassed entirely during WBC week. Only nine of last year’s Top 25 players managed to retain that high ranking led by Buehler who remained at the top despite a 36-laurel drop. The other top scorers to retain their Top 25 standing were Pei, Freeman, Henning and Sceadeau D’Tela, Jason Levine, Robert Kircher, Andrew Emerick and Curt Collins II.

The Line of Succession for Caesar 2012

James Pei, VA
2nd - 195 Laurels

Keith Wixson, NJ
3rd - 178 Laurels

Daniel Eppolito, PA
4th - 147 Laurels

Doug Galullo, MD
5th - 143 Laurels

Eric Freeman, PA
6th - 134 Laurels

 

 Competitor - From

Laurels - 2011 rank - WBC

 Tally Board
 1. Randy Buehler, WA

205 - 1st - 116
7WSq 2nd 18, AGRq 6th 3, POFq 6th 2, SPGq 5th 6, EGZ 3rd 12, HWI 3rd 8, NVG 2nd 16, SPG 1st 40, AGEp 1st 60, T&T 1st 40
 2. James Pei, VA

195 - 3rd- 75
HRCw 1st 30, WWRw 1st 30, WWRe 1st 60, FTP 1st 40, IVH 4th 9, SKG 5th 8, WNW 2nd 18
 3. Keith Wixson, NJ

178 - X - 70
WNWe 1st 60, HRCw 2nd 18, TWSw 2nd 24, HRCp 6th 6, WWR 1st 40, WNW 1st 30
 4. Daniel Eppolito, PA

147 - X - 69
DOMq 3rd 12, Ra!q 1st 20, T&Tq 5th 6, PGDq 1st 40, AGR 2nd 30, LHV 6th 3, STA 2nd 36
 5. Doug Galullo, MD

143 - X - 102
DOMq 6th 3, POFq 5th 4, Ra!q 4th 6, PGDq4th 12, ACV 1st 50, AORp 3rd 16, BAT 5th 4, CMS 5th 12, FBS 4th 6, MFD 5th 6, MED 3rd 8, SLS 3rd 16,
 6. Eric Freeman, PA

134 - 25th - 104
STAe 1st 30, AMR 2nd 18, ELG 1st 30, E&T 3rd 8, PRO 2nd 30, Ra! 3rd 16, YSP 6th 2
 7. Andy Gardner, VA

133 - X - 73
AFK 6th 3, ABN 2nd 24, AUC 1st 20, GSR 3rd 16, VIPp 1st 60, WAS 5th 10
 8. Nick Henning, DC

133 - 6th - 133
AUT 1st 30, FAS 2nd 18, GXT 2nd 12, GSR 6th 4, LRC 4th 9, MRA 1st 30, PGD 1st 30
 9. Sceadeau D’Tela, NC

128 - 12th - 74
STAq 6th 3, T&Tq 6th 3, TTRq 1st 30, CNS 1st 30, EGZ 2nd 18, NSH 2nd 6, PRO 3rd 20, AGEp 4th 18,
10. Riku Riekkinen, fi

120 - X - 60
POGp 1st 60, TWS 1st 60
11. Matt Calkins, VA

108 - X - 108
ACQ 2nd 18, PGD 1st 60, TTA 1st 30
12. Andrew Emerick, CT

108 - 21st - 84
7WS 1st 40, EGZ 5th 6, LWL 3rd 8, NVG 1st 30, AGE 3rd 24
13. Jason Levine, NY

106 - 20th - 106
LWL 1st 20, POF 1st 30, PGF 5th 6, SJN 1st 30, WPS 1st 20
14. Robert Kircher, RI

105 - 8th - 75
SETq 4th 9, T&Tq 2nd 18, STAe 6th 3, NVG 3rd 12, RFG 2nd 18, SJN 4th 9, SFR 6th 3, VSD 4th 9, YSP 1st 20, HWI 5th 4
15. Jeff Mullet, OH

 92 - X - 24
DOMq 5th 6, PGFe 5th 4, AORp 5th 8, BAT 2nd 12, MFD 3rd 12, AORe 1st 50,
16. Dominic Blais, qc

87- X - 87
AMR 6th 3, HWI 1st 20, MED 5th 4, STA 1st 60
17. Peter Gurneau, WI

86 - X - 50
CBC 1st 50, POGp 2nd 36
18. Charles Drozd, IL

86 - X - 50
TIM 1st 30, VIPp 2nd 36, WAS 3rd 20
19. Jeff Cornett, FL

86 - X - 80
ADV 2nd 18, ACV 3rd 20, A&Ap 5th 6, BCY 1st 30, TAM 2nd 12
20. Harald Henning, CT

86 - X - 62
AORp 2nd 24, AUT 2nd 18, DIP 4th 9, EPB 4th 15, HWD 3rd 20        
21. Ben Scholl, PA

82 - X - 22
AGRq 1st 30, PROq 1st 30, 7WS 4th 12, AGR 6th 5, PRO 6th 5
22. Nick Page, on

81 - X - 81
FAS 1st 30, LHV 2nd 18, LRC 1st 30, RFG 6th 3
23. Curt Collins II, PA

81 - 11th - 81
ELG 2nd 18, HWI 4th 6, RDG 4th 9, RFG 3rd 12, UNP 1st 30, VSD 5th 6
24. Mathieu Pare-Paquin, qc

80 - X - 80
CYL 6th 2, HIS 1st 60, TWS 4th 18
25. Gary Dickson, CA

80 - X - 50
TRCe 1st 30, TRC 1st 50

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


2012 Consul—Hail Nicholas Henning

Our first Juniors progam graduate has clawed his way to the top by posting the best WBC week of 2012 to elbow two-time Caesar Randy Buehler aside by 17 laurels. Although Randy may well have a case that this is one title deserving of an asterisk. Had his 60-laurel win for Through the Ages counted as a WBC event rather than a Pre-Con, he would have won handily and ruled alone again. The part Pre-Con, part WBC events will always leave the door open for controversy. Although only eighth in the Caesar standings, Nick was one of the eight Top 25 gamers of the year to score all his laurels in the seven days of WBC. Despite Nick’s belated start, his recent back-to-back-to-back campaigns have raised him to 17th place on BPA’s all time Laurelists—only nine places and 230 laurels behind his dad.

Although Nick won three events he was put over the top by scoring in four others with two seconds, a fourth and a sixth. Doug Galullo matched him by scoring in seven events but could muster only one win and finished sixth overall. In contrast, Jason Levine won four events, but they were small and had only one other laurel event, finishing fourth overall. The contenders who surpassed 100 laurels at WBC included Matt Calkins, Jason Levine, Eric Freeman and Doug Galullo in that order. Only Henning managed to repeat as a top Consul contender, improving from 4th in 2010 to second in 2011 and king of the hill in 2012.

The Line of Succession for Consul 2012

Randy Buehler, WA
2nd - 116 Laurels

Matt Calkins, VA
3rd - 108 Laurels

Jason Levine, NY
4th - 106 Laurels

Eric Freeman, PA
5th - 104 Laurels

Doug Galullo, MD
6th - 102 Laurels

 

 Competitor - From

WBC Laurels
 Tally Board
 1. Nick Henning, DC

133
AUT 1st 30, FAS 2nd 18, GXT 2nd 12, GSR 6th 4, LRC 4th 9, MRA 1st 30, PGD 1st 30
 2.  Randy Buehler, WA

116
EGZ 3rd 12, HWI 3rd 8, NVG 2nd 16, SPG 1st 40, T&T 1st 40,
 3.  Matt Calkins, VA

108
ACQ 2nd 18, PGD 1st 60, TTA 1st 30
 4.  Jason Levine, NY

106
LWL 1st 20, POF 1st 30, PGF 5th 6, SJN 1st 30, WPS 1st 20
 5.  Eric Freeman, PA

104
AMR 2nd 18, ELG 1st 30, E&T 3rd 8, PRO 2nd 30, Ra! 3rd 16, YSP 6th 2
 6.  Doug Galullo, MD

102
ACV 1st 50, BAT 5th 4, CMS 5th 12, FBS 4th 6, MFD 5th 6, MED 3rd 8, SLS 3rd 16,
 7.  Dominic Blais, qc

87
AMR 6th 3, HWI 1st 20, MED 5th 4, STA 1st 60
 8. Andrew Emerick, CT 

84
7WS 1st 40, EGZ 5th 6, LWL 3rd 8, NVG 1st 30,
 9.  Nick Page, on

81
FAS 1st 30, LHV 2nd 18, LRC 1st 30, RFG 6th 3
10.  Curt Collins II, PA

81
ELG 2nd 18, HWI 4th 6, RDG 4th 9, RFG 3rd 12, UNP 1st 30, VSD 5th 6
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