through the ages   

Updated Nov. 10, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

   2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Nick Henning, DC

2014 Champion

   

 
Event History
2008    Jason Ley     39
2009    Raphael Lehrer     32
2010    Randy Buehler     38
2011    Jason Ley     53
2012    Randy Buehler     69
2013    Joel Lytle     72
2014    Nick Henning     65

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Randy Buehler      WA    14    182
  2.  Jason Ley          WA    14    168
  3.  Joel Lytle         NY    13    114
  4.  Nick Henning       DC    14     60
  5.  Zvi Mowshowitz     NY    12     60
  6.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    09     52
  7.  Andrew Emerick     CT    13     48
  8.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    14     42
  9.  Aran Warszawski    il    13     40
 10.  Rob Flowers        MD    10     26
 11.  David Metzger      NY    08     24
 12.  Alan Sudy          VA    10     20
 13.  Eric Brosius       MA    08     16
 14.  Bll Herbst         NY    10     15
 15.  Jay Berry          PA    14     12
 16.  Haim Hochboim      il    13     12
 17.  Cary Morris        NC    12     12
 18.  Dominic Duchesne   qc    11     12
 19.  Joe Lux            NJ    09     12
 20.  David des Jardins  CA    08      8
 21.  Nick Page          on    14      6
 22.  James Denam        NC    12      6
 23.  Charles Hickok     PA    11      6
 24.  Mike Rogozinski    NY    10      5
 25.  Rich Atwater       WA    09      4

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Jason Ley, WA
2nd

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC
3rd

Randy Buehler, WA
4th

Jay Berry, PA
5th

Nick Page, on
6th

Past Champions

Jason Ley, WA
2008, 2011

Raphael Lehrer, CA
2009

Randy Buehler, WA
2010, 2012

Joel Lytle, NY
2013

Nick Henning, DC
2014

Charley Hickok goes up against Israeli Yossi Dvora who won all three of his preliminary games before running into a semifinal sharkpool.

Rob Flowers and Legend Dan Hoffman were two of many taking advantage of the Pre-Con to get in a game with hefty playing time.

The First of Five ...

The first round of heats saw some big surprises with all three competing members of last year's final table losing their opening games. All three rattled off wins in Heats 2 and 3 to advance to the semifinals, but without the three wins required to be seeded, they wound up with one very shark-filled semifinal populated by two-time champion Randy Buehler, defending champ Joel Lytle, and one of this year's two triple-heat-winners: Yossi Dvora. Randy won that table to reach the Final for the fifth consecutive year. The other two-time champion, Jason Ley, also won his semi and they were joined at the Final table by Sceadeau d'Tela riding a four-game winning streak and AGE newcomer (but rising star gamer) Nick Henning.

Jason seemed to get the best of the opening deal with both Hanging Gardens and Moses, but Age 1 ended a bit quicker than he anticipated so Hanging Gardens never got built. Age 1 saw the usual arms race that most expert-level tables experience, with Sceadeau starting off a cascade of aggressive drafting by taking Knights for three actions. With all three copies of Iron buried deep in the deck, and only one of them ever getting deployed, the players developed their civilizations quite slowly while constantly hitting each other with what one can only assume must have been rocks and assorted other blunt weapons. Halfway through Age 2 all four players were still on Bronze and three were still on just two bulbs per turn as well.

Jason got off the first successful aggression, Plundering Nick for five rocks (and using them to build a pair of Alchemists). Nick then got hit by a Rebellion and seemed all but dead, though no one actually stepped on his neck and he recovered nicely over the next few turns by building Great Wall, playing a fully modern Defensive Army, and making Napoleon his leader. With Jason building a Railroad and two Napoleonic Armies, and Sceadeau's Columbus discovering a Strategic Territory II (which found him a Classic Army), it was actually Randy who fell behind in the arms race (failing to find a single tactic that he could turn on until well into Age 3, thanks in large part to all of the other players aggressively drafting Knights).

The aggressions kept flying in Age 3, with everyone's civilization seeming particularly anti-science. Three Spies were played (which is only possible if the Age 2 military deck gets reshuffled and one if redrawn), along with a War over Technology, and Raids that blew up two Scientific Method workers plus a Computers.

What did not happen was anyone building a meaningful culture engine. Randy went Gandhi both to try to protect himself from wars (no one had six military actions, but that aforementioned War over Technology only required four red beads when pointed at him) and also because it put him in the lead with five culture per turn.

It was a brutal, low-scoring game that was actually turned upside down by Jason declaring a culture war against Sceadeau on the last possible turn. Sceadeau was in the lead at the time (followed by Nick, Randy and Jason in that order), but he probably overextended when he built two Computers to go with his late Game Designer. One bulb short of playing an Air Force technology and 2 rocks short of building a 2nd Classic Army he wound up losing 29 points of culture to Jason, leaving the score going into the Impacts as Jason - 69, Nick - 65, Randy - 59, and Sceadeau - 22. Sceadeau knew he had seeded some great Impacts so he declined to withdraw, and he did indeed pick up fully 83 points on Impacts to claw his way back into third, just three points behind Jason for second. Meanwhile, it was Nick Henning who benefitted most from Jason's war once the music stopped, he was the one holding the first place trophy - the perfect start to what turned out to be a spectacular week for him! He would grab four more titles before the week ended - setting a record for number of events won in one WBC.

Final Scores: Nick Henning - 131, Jason Ley - 108, Sceadeau d'Tela - 105, Randy Buehler - 98

Jeff Cornett and Rich Atwater try to learn some new tricks in a game other than their usual specialty.

 The finalists, including two past champs, gather for one more romp through the ages.
 GM      Randy Buehler (4th Year)  NA 
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