18XX

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Bruce Beard, MD

2013-14 Champion

 

Event History
1991    Mark Giddings    34
1992    Dave Harshbarger    46
1993    Robin Barbehenn    84
1994    Todd Vander Pluym    84
1995    Mark Giddings    51
1996    Christian Goetz    45
1997    Dan Vice    50
1998    Jon Kwiatkowski    45
1999    Barrington Beavis    32
2000    Barrington Beavis    28
2001    David Fritsch    33
2002    Jon Kwiatkowski    36
2003    Paul Hakken    32
2004    Richard Fox    37
2005    Bruce Beard    29
2006    Bruce Beard    37
2007    Bruce Beard    45
2008    Bruce Beard    35
2009    Bruce Beard    32
2010    Bruce Beard    40
2011    Bruce Beard    53
2012    Spencer Hamblen    58
2013    Bruce Beard    61
2014    Bruce Beard     55

 Laurels

Rank Name                 From  Last Total
  1. Bruce Beard         MD    14   512
  2. Jim McDanold        TN    09   120
  3. Spencer Hamblen     MD    14   108
  4. Jon Kwiatkowski     NC    04   104
  5. Paul Hakken         NJ    07   103
  6. Barrington Beavis   uk    06    90
  7. Mark Neale          RI    09    72
  8. Akihisa Tabei       jp    13    58
  9. Andrew Roosen       MD    14    54
 10. Jeremy Vipperman    TN    10    54
 11. Pierre LeBoeuf      MD    08    54
 12. Richard Fox         IL    04    50
 13. David Fritsch       VA    01    40
 14. Rick Dutton         IL    12    37
 15. Anthony Lainesse    qc    14    36
 16. Richard Northey     MA    12    36
 17. Chuck Krueger       MA    10    31
 18. Dave Metheny        PA    05    25
 19. Mason Murray        VA    14    24
 20. Peter Eldridge      uk    13    24
 21. Fabio Pellegrino    it    11    24
 22. Brian Mountford     NY    99    24
 23. Daniel Barnes       CA    11    21
 24. Mike Brophy         NC    05    20
 25. Paul Johnson        MD    03    20
 26. John Chung          CA    02    19
 27. Stephen Yu          WA    13    18
 28. Chris Hancock       CA    12    18
 29. Ken Gutermuth       NC    11    18
 30. Robin Barbehen      MD    00    18
 31. Jason Levine        NY    01    16
 32. Richard Martin      MD    99    16
 33. Michael Fox         IL    07    15
 34. Herbert Gratz       at    06    15
 35. Lane Newbury        TX    05    15
 36. Johnny Hasay        PA    02    13
 37. Tom McCorry         VA    13    12
 38. Craig Reece         FL    01    12
 39. Harald Henning      CT    00    12
 40. Mark Geary          OH    10    10
 41. Anthony Daw         UT    02    10
 42. Mark Frueh          IL    00     9
 43. Jim Munson          UT    08     8
 44. Ben Foy             MD    99     8
 45. F. de Bellefeuille  qc    14     6
 46. Walt Collins        PA    13     6
 47. Antero Kuusi        fi    12     6
 48. Joe Rushanan        MA    01     4
 49. Gerald Dudley       WI    00     3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Anthony Lainesse, qc
2nd

Mason Murray, VA
3rd

Andy Roosen, MD
4th

Spencer Hamblen, MD
5th

F.s de Bellefeuille, qc
6th


Past Winners

Mark Giddings, NY
1991, 1995

Jon Kwiatkowski, NC
1998, 2002

Barrington Beavis, uk
1999, 2000

David Fritsch, VA
2001

Paul Hakken, NJ
2003

Richard Fox, IL
2004

Bruce Beard, MD
2005
-2011, 2013-14

Spencer Hamblen, MD
2012

   

UK's Beavington Beavis and cheerleader plot against Henry Dove.

Anthony Lainesse and Grant LaDue hope to get too big to fail.

The usual suspects: Spencer Hamblen, Bruce Beard, Eric Brosius and Ken Gutermuth.

GM Tom McCorry has replaced 8XX fixture Pierre LeBoeuf but the finalists look all too familiar.

New GM, Familiar Result ...

The 2014 edition of the WBC 18XX Pre-con began with a few changes. Pierre LeBoeuf stepped down after a 14-year run as GM. Pierre more than doubled the attendance during that time period and evolved the tourney to accommodate the rapidly growing catalog of 18XX games available for play. We all owe Pierre a big thanks for his service. Replacing Pierre is Tom McCorry, a former WBC GM of the Year and previous GM for Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. In the first year, only minor changes were made: 1862 was added to the eligible games (which turned out to be very popular and often the shortest of the games played) and only the top four players were seeded in the semifinal (which opened the way for non-1830 semifinal games).

Nevertheless, 1830 remained the game of choice with 20 plays. Newcomer 1862 was the second most popular game with nine plays (and at least one in every session but the Final), followed by 1846 (4), 1880 (4), 1861 (3), 18EU (2), 1856 (2) and 1870 (1). Most games were 4-player in the preliminary round with a couple of 5-player contests each round. The semifinals were all 5-player games.

We had 22 unique Preliminary game winners. Bruce Beard and Andy Roosen entered Round 2 undefeated at 4-0 to claim the top two seeds. Italian Fabio Pellegrino took the third seed at 3-1. Nine players had two Preliminary wins so the fourth position was not seeded. Exactly 20 winners arrived for the semifinal (first rule is you must show to play) so no alternates were needed. This was disappointing to 2-time former champion Barrington Beavis who finished as runner-up in all four heats and for Andy Lewis who similarly finished second three times. Two 1830 semifinal games were played, one 1862 game and one epic 1880 game that included the last two champions Bruce Beard and Spencer Hamblen, BPA Chairman Ken Gutermuth, Austrian Herbert Gratz, and Eric Brosius. Spencer started the game slow but came on strong at the end but not strong enough to catch the perennial top seed, falling short by $500 while $1,000 ahead of third.

Since the tournament is a level 6 event, we had both a Final to determine 1st through 4th place and a consolation game for the runner-up semifinalists to determine 5th and the ever so rare 6th place Sand Plaque. Bruce and Andy remained unbeaten to make the Final where they were joined by Anthony Lainesse and newcomer Mason Murray in an 1830 game. The game was well played but Bruce demonstrated his 18xx mastery once again, winning for the ninth time in ten years with a score of $8929, $2000 ahead of Anthony. Mason came in third with Andy finally tasting defeat in his sixth contest. Spencer Hamblen won the consolation game to earn 5th place laurels and Francois de Bellefeuille came in second again to earn sand and his fez.

During the 'off-season' I will be sending surveys out to those who provided their e-mail address and via the WBC forums on Facebook, Boardgamegeek, and Comsimworld, and on the 18XX Yahoo Group to solicit feedback on the format, eligible games, and schedule during the pre-con weekend. Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun ... especially the newcomers who made an excellent showing in the standings.

 GM     Tom McCorry  [1st Year]  NA
   Tommccorry@gmail.com   703-895-2821

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