air baron   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report     

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Stephane Dorais, qc

2013 Champion

Event History
1996    Jack Jaeger      118
1997    James Garvey      110
1998    Fred Minard        94
1999    Ken Rothstein      117
2000    John Coussis     109
2001    Jack Jaeger       72
2002     Chris Storzillo       73
2003    Jonathan Fox       68
2004    Michael Musko       80
2005    Robert Sohn       75
2006    Brandon Bernard       90
2007     John Coussis       70
2008    Erica Kirchner       67
2009    Chris Storzillo       60
2010    Ken Rothstein       57
2011    Stephane Dorais       61
2012    Michael Holmquist       68
2013    Stephane Dorais       57

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Ken Rothstein      NY    10    112
   3.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    09    108
   4.  Stephane Dorais    qc    13    106
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    13     88
   6.  Robert Sohn        PA    12     78
   7.  Andy Gardner       VA    12     73
   8.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
   9.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
  10.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    09     46
  11.  Craig Melton       VA    13     40
  12.  Michael Holmquist  PA    12     40
  13.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
  14.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  15.  Pat Richardson     VA    09     37
  16.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  17.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  18.  Richard Fox        FL    06     32
  19.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    11     30
  20.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  21.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  22.  Tim Bissa          MI    07     28
  23.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  24.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  25.  Bruce Bernard      PA    00     24
  26.  Matt Fagan         NJ    10     22
  27.  Luke Koleszar      VA    12     20
  28.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  29.  Scott Fenn         MD    10     18
  30.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  31.  Bruce Bernard      PA    13     16
  32.  Brian Stone        NY    13     16
  33.  Virgina Melton     VA    11     16
  34.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  35.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  36.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  37.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  38.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  39.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  40.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      9
  41.  Ed O'Connor        NJ    12      8
  42.  Kurt Miller        PA    11      8
  43.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  44.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  45.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  46.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  47.  Matt Fagan         NJ    13      4
  48.  David Buchholz     MI    11      4
  49.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  50.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  51.  John Chung         WA    03      4
  52.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    09      4
  53.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10      3
  54.  Philip Shea        FL    09      3

2013 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists:

Craig Melton, VA
2nd

Bruce Bernard, PA
3rd

Brandon Bernard, PA
4th

Brian Stone, NY
5th

Matt Fagan, NJ
6th


Past Winners

Jack Jaeger, VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey, NY
1997

Fred Minard, PA
1998

Ken Rothstein, NY
1999, 2010

John Coussis, IL
2000, 2007

Chris Storzillo, NJ
2002, 2009

Jonathan Fox, FL
2003

Michael Musko, IN
2004

Robert Sohn, NJ
2005

Brandon Bernard, PA
2006

Erica Kirchner, KY
2008

Stephane Dorais, qc
2011, 2013

Michael Holmquist, PA
2012
   

Phillip Shea, Bill Burch and Andy Gardner are no strangers to titles, but none of them has yet cracked the Air Baron registry.

Departing GM Henry Richardson oversees a heat. Could Virginia Melton of the frequent flyer Meltons clan be his replacement?

Lady Luck is Fickle ...

Air Baron is easy to learn and fun to play, with several strategies that can lead to victory. Between the drawing of the chits and the rolling of the dice, Lady Luck can lay waste to any player's plans! Quite a few former champions come back every year, trying to repeat their former successes. Several have won the tournament twice, but we've had no back-to-back winners in the history of the event. This year's Final was a case in point. We had two former champions and three perennial contenders at the table, each well capable of winning it all. Lady Luck definitely made her presence felt, as time and again Fare Wars were denied by the first roll.

The Final began with a banker's roll of 1, so starting cash was scarce. The first spokes were purchased in Miami, Phoenix, Detroit, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

The Bid for Contract appeared in each of the first seven rounds. The winners of those seven bids paid $36, but collected only $17 between them from the contract itself. Four of the successful bids were snatched away before their holders netted any profit. From Round 8 onwards, the Bid came out twice more, costing the successful bidder $23 to acquire while yielding $42 in payouts.

While all five calamities went into the cup, Local Competitor and Crash were never drawn. We had one Recession, one Strike, and three of the feared Fuel Hikes. Two of the "oil cans" were drawn back-to-back, leading to two of the four bankruptcies in the game.

Brian Stone commenced his run in the San Francisco hub, spread to the Denver, DFW, and Phoenix hubs, and topped out his market share at 120 before the third fuel hike did him in. As the game ended before he could form a new company, he finished dead last with neither money nor market share.

Brandon Bernard, the 2006 champion, spent all his money in the first round on a $2 spoke, which was never drawn while he owned it. Neither was the hub for that spoke, so after three turns of no cash and no income, he sold West Palm Beach back for $1, and declared bankruptcy. His second company rose to 120 market share before the back-to-back Fuel Hikes trashed him again. His late arriving third company finished with $4 cash and no market share.

Bruce Bernard started in Phoenix but quickly moved into Los Angeles. He eventually controlled the LAX hub and Singapore with Jumbo Jets fortifying his hold on each domestic spoke to finish third with 160 market share and $74 cash.

Craig Melton's first property was Detroit. Moving into the Washington and New York hubs, Craig weathered all three Fuel Hikes on cash alone. His $270 in cash and market share earned 2nd place laurels.

Stephane Dorais, the 2011 champ and only returning 2012 laurelist, began his march to the top in Atlanta. Despite the three Fuel Hikes, the only asset he had to sell was one undeployed Jumbo for $5. He ran the table on the last turn, with the best Fare Wars performance of the game (seven successful attacks), to reclaim his crown with 320 market share and $5 cash. All in all, his third title game in as many years lasted 15 rounds.

Matt Fagan and John Keating both covet the Disney corner in Florida.

GM Henry Richardson presents his finalists to the FAA for inspection.

 GM      Henry Richardson [6th Year]   NA
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