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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Justin Rice, VA

2014 Champion

Event History
1993    Ed Beach*    22
1994    Ray Rooks*    22
1995    Bruno Passacantando*    22
1996    Paul Tisevich *    27
1997    Jeff Otto*    22
1998    Bruno Passacantando *    13
1999    Ken Lee*    18
2000    Chris Withers**    19
2001    Chris Withers**    20
2002    Chris Withers**    18
2003    Chris Withers**    19
2004    Chris Withers**    16
2005    Chris Withers***    26
2006    Chris Withers    19
2007    Chris Withers    22
2008    Ed Beach    17 
2009    Ed Beach    20
2010    Chris Withers    18
2011    Chris Withers    17 
2012    Rob Doane    10
2013    Dave Cross    17
2014    Justin Rice    17

* Stonewall Jackson's Way    ** Combined into GC2    ***Combined GC2 & GC3 into GCA

PBeM Event History
2000    Ed Beach    17
2010    Ed Beach    51
2013    Steve Likevich    46

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Chris Withers      CA    12    395
  2.  Ed Beach           MD    13    275
  3.  David Cross        VA    13    142
  4.  Rob Doane          MD    14    127
  5.  Mark Booth         VA    10    107
  6.  Steve Likevich     OH    13    106
  7.  Justin Rice        VA    14     95
  8.  B. Passacantando   CT    03     84
  9.  Paul Nied          KS    04     78
 10.  Scott Spurgeon     on    13     63
 11.  Michael Pacheco    CA    13     62
 12.  Doug Smith         PA    13     36
 13.  Pat Duffy          NJ    02     29
 14.  Raynald Foret      fr    14     18
 15.  Ted Drozd          IL    14     15
 16.  Greg Tanner        AZ    13     15
 17.  Patrick Pence      FL    10     15
 18.  Ken Lee            PA    09     15
 19.  Dennis Mason       ME    04     15
 20.  Robert Dwyer       NJ    04     15
 21.  Jim Pyle           VA    00     15
 22.  Thibault Nguyen    fr    14     12
 23.  Jonathan Moody     OH    13     12
 24.  Jay Meyers         CA    07      9
 25.  Steve Sandy        OH    02      9
 26.  Buck Karpowitz     DC    01      9
 27.  David Dockter      MN    00      9
 28.  Gary Kirk          au    13      8
 29.  Peter Putnam       PA    14      6
 30.  Allen Hill         MD    10      6
 31.  Brad Merrill       ME    10      6
 32.  Brad Anderson      OH    02      6
 33.  William Cooper     NJ    00      6
 34.  Geoff Allbutt      NY    13      3
 35.  Mike Metcalf       NC    11      3
 36.  Rod Coffey         MD    05      3
 37.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    04      3
 38.  Marty Musella      VA    03      3
 39.  Forrest Speck      MD    01      3
 40.  Mike Metcalf       NC    01      3
 41.  Hugh Mater         NJ    00      3
 42.  Doug Pratto        MA    00      1

2014 Laurelists
 Repeating Laurelists: 

Raynald Foret, fr
2nd

Thibault Nguyen, fr
3rd

Rob Doane, RI
4th

Peter Putnam, PA
5th

Ted Drozd, IL
6th

Past Winners

Ed Beach, MD
1993, 2008-09

Ray Rooks, MD
1994

Bruno Passacantando, CT
1995, 1998

Paul Tisevich, FL
1996

Jeff Otto, OH
1997

Ken Lee, PA
1999

Chris Withers, CA
2000-2007, 2010-11

Rob Doane, MD
2012

Dave Cross, VA
2013

Justin Rice, VA
2014

Raynald Foret and Wayne Morrison tangle

Series designer Ed Beach and 2012 champ Rob Doane

We came all the way from Paris to play each other?

Raynald Foret falls in the Final to Justin Rice.

Another New Champion ...

The year 2000 brought change to The Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW) series tournament play. Instead of trying to pack an ever expanding series of games into a five-day tournament it was decided to consolidate down to two events. Additional campaign games were added for those who love truly looonnnng games. The first tournament was titled '1862' which encompassed four games: Stonewall Jackson's Way, Here Come the Rebels,  Stonewall in the Valley and On to Richmond. The remander of the series covered the later years of the war and was contested under the label 1863.

In 2005, the two events were merged into one due to declining attendance and now covers the entire series.

 

 

 

 

 

With the Continued Absence of Chris Withers, the 2014 emphasis was on Repelling the French ...

The 20th year of the tournament continued last year's swiss elim format. We played three preliminary rounds on Wednesday with a mix of scenarios. We covered all eras of the games in print (All Green Alike, Stonewall Jackson's Way II, Battle Above the Clouds) in the preliminary rounds to provide a good flavor of the differences in the armies. We had a field of 17 commanders, including six newcomers showing up at the Demo with many of them playing several rounds. We advanced six to the elimination round. Congratulations to Peter Putnam as our Risen From the Ranks choice, advancing after going 2-0 in the preliminaries.

From the preliminary round results, we have determined that we will need to make a minor change next year. We used An End of Innocence from AGA as the introductory one-turn scenario in the training session and first round of the preliminaries. However, it remained a complete blowout with Confederates winning all games. Thus, we may be looking at having a recommended bid to play Confederates or have to determine an alternate short scenario. There were no significant issues with Lee vs. Pope from SJWII or McLemore's Cove from BAC.

This year's tournament definitely had a "World Cup" feel as we welcomed Thibault Nguyen and Raynald Foret from France. Both are excellent players who made it to the elimination round. They fit right in playing both at a very high level but also helping with newcomers, making it a fun tournament for all. They mostly play campaigns (which are definitely more fun), but both found that the longer scenarios we played from Battle Above the Clouds really do provide some good challenges.

In the end, the way the seedings worked, Raynald (bye) and Thibault (defeated Ted Drozd) squared off in the semis as the "French Bracket" and Justin Rice (bye) and Rob Doane (defeated Peter Putnam in QF) as the "American Bracket" with Raynald and Justin advancing to the "Wilderness" for the Final. Justin prevailed to win his first GCA tournament. A few days later he actually showed our French visitors where the climactic showdown took place at the Wilderness battlefield.

We definitely hope to see Raynald and Thibault again.

Ed Beach also set up the Atlanta Campaign playtest maps and we played several turns of the opening phase of the campaign. Still plenty of playtesting to do, but this looks to be a really exciting addition to the series.

The French have landed.
 GM     David Cross [1st Year]   NA  
   davecross@erols.com   NA

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