air baron    

Updated Nov. 22, 2014

2014 WBC Report     

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Bruce Bernard, PA

2014 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
2014    Bruce Bernard     60

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Stephane Dorais    qc    14    122
   3.  Ken Rothstein      NY    14    116
   4.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    09    108
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    13     88
   6.  Robert Sohn        PA    12     78
   7.  Andy Gardner       VA    12     73
   8.  Bruce Bernard      PA    14     64
   9.  Tom Bissa          MI    14     52
  10.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
  11.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
  12.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    09     46
  13.  Craig Melton       VA    13     40
  14.  Michael Holmquist  PA    12     40
  15.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
  16.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  17.  Pat Richardson     VA    09     37
  18.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  19.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  20.  Richard Fox        FL    06     32
  21.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    11     30
  22.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  23.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  24.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  25.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     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.  Ed O'Connor        NJ    14     16
  32.  Bruce Bernard      PA    13     16
  33.  Brian Stone        NY    13     16
  34.  Virgina Melton     VA    11     16
  35.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  36.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  37.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  38.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  39.  Brad Sherwood      PA    14     12
  40.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  41.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  42.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      9
  43.  Kurt Miller        PA    11      8
  44.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  45.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  46.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  47.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  48.  Matt Fagan         NJ    13      4
  49.  David Buchholz     MI    11      4
  50.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  51.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  52.  John Chung         WA    03      4
  53.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    09      4
  54.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10      3
  55.  Philip Shea        FL    09      3

2014 Laurelists                       Repeating Laurelists:

Tom Bissa, MI
2nd

Stephane Dorais, qc
3rd

Brad Sherwood, PA
4th

Ed O'Connor, NJ
5th

Ken Rothstein, NY
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

Bruce Bernard, PA
2014
 

Chris LeFevre & Roderick Lee both eye a Hawaian vacation during a period of bargain fares.

Firmly entrenched in the western hubs, Joanna Melton dares Pat Mirk to go imto fare wars.

Go West for Fame & Fortune ...

Air Baron continues as a popular WBC event, with various viable strategies to win, but always subject to the whims of fate in the form of turn order, chit draws and dice rolls. The 2014 event included 22 5- and 6-player games with 116 player starts. As far as events go, 2014 was the year of the Strike. Labor strife was drawn 37 times, appearing five times in one game (Heat 2, Table 2) and four times in two other games. The devestating Fuel Hike reared its ugly head 24 times, five times in one game (again, Heat 2, Table 2). A Crash occurred 34 times, with a max of 4 times in one game (you guessed it, Heat 2, Table 2). Recession appeared 30 times, seven times in one game (Heat 2, Table 4), and Local Competitor cancelled profits 9 times, five in one game (Heat 1, Table 5).

In the Final, Ed O'Connor started in Birmingham. Brad Sherwood followed in West Palm Beach. Bruce Bernard began in Albuquerque while defending champ Stephane Dorais took Memphis, and Tom Bissa started in Cleveland.

With the initial spokes set, all waited to see which airline Lady Luck would choose to fly. Turns 2 and 3 gave us an early glimpse of things to come, with Bruce expanding into LAX and pulling in an impressive $28 and buying a Jumbo. Brad expanded into the JFK and DCA markets while Tom moved into ORD and DCA. Ed moved into JFK and HOU, while Stephane moved west to PHX.

In Turns 4-8, Bruce, with a Market Share of 100, consolidated his gains in the west, buying three more jumbos to fortify LAX and his lone PHX outpost in ABQ. The strategy paid big dividends, yielding an incredible $55 of income on Turn 8 alone. The rest of the field was struggling for cash, with Stephane, at a Market Share of 140, expanding west into DIA and PHX and locking down DFW to challenge the Bernard juggernaut. Brad, at a Market Share of 60, slowly consolidated MIA and looked north, while Ed, at a Market Share of 40, took control of HOU and focused on ATL. Tom, at a Market Share of 160, controlled ORD and DTW and was eyeing DCA.

On Turn 9, Brad bought ORF to move to a Market Share of 90. Bruce purchased Singapore. Stephane was hit by a $15 strike and limped into ANC, while Ed bought BNA to improve his Market Share to 90. Tom had his most successful Fare Wars of the game, taking BUF, SJU, PVD and SYR to sky rocket his Market Share to 220. A few good pulls and he could win it all.

But on Turn 10, Brad counterattacks, retaking PVD and taking BWI as well to advance his Market Share to 120, while trimming Tom's back to 160. Meanwhile, out west, Stephane buys SEA and Bruce buys a SST in HKG, setting the stafe for a battle for SFO.

Turn 11 proves decisive, with Bruce getting $50 in income before going into Fare Wars and knocking off SMF, SEA, RNO and PDX, failing at ANC. He is stopped with a Market Share of 140 but is sitting on a pile of cash. Ed pulls a Strike, moving the settlement level to $20 and takes no actions. Tom buys Tokyo (NRT), desperately hoping for cash, and Stephane, with no cash drawn, goes into Fare Wars and fails on his first roll against AUS.

Turn 12 finds Brad and Stephane with $30 loans, Ed on strike, and Tom hanging on with a mere $10 loan. But again, Lady Luck is with Bruce, who pulls $14 income to Tom's $2. Stephane stays in Fare Wars and again fails to take AUS. Brad rolls a $12 crash and buys Paris (ORY). Ed takes out a $30 loan and pays $15 of it to settle his strike, then buys Rio De Janeiro (GIG).

For Turn 13, the turn order was as follows: Ed, Brad, Bruce, Tom and Stephane. Ed takes no action and pays Bruce $7 for SFO, then Brad pulls Jumbo Profits to pay Bruce $20 more and buys his first Jumbo for BOS. But it is too late. Bruce pays $2 for an even shot at ANC and wins the roll, moving his Market Share to 180. He then counts out $141 cash for a score of $321 and the win.

Congratulations to Bruce for a great win, and thanks to everyone else for playing and making this such a fun event year after year.

GM dad, Craig Melton, pressed into service for the stranded Virginia, with her finalists.

 GM     Craig Melton [1st Year]  NA
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