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Updated Nov. 10, 2014

 2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Phillip Entwistle, MD

2014 Champion

Event History
1992    Debbie Otto      28
1993    John Kilbride      24
1994    Kevin LeRow        8
1995    John Pack      22
1996    Jason Wagner      16
1997    Jason Wagner      49
1998    Stephanie Mayes      40
1999    Pitt Crandlemire     51
2000    Pitt Crandlemire     63
2001    Mark Love     49
2002    John Pack     72
2003    Pitt Crandlemire     68
2004    Nick Henning     76
2005    Nick Henning     69
2006     Thomas Richardson     69
2007     Jeffrey Hacker     72
2008    Bob Hamel     71
2009     John Elliott     64
2010     Nick Smith     88
2011    Nick Henning     63
2012    Ben Gardner     64
2013    Doug Galullo     59
2014    Phillip Entwistle     45

PBeM Event History
1999    Michael Anchors      25
2001    John Pack      16

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Nick Henning       CT    12    206
  2.  John Pack          CO    14    150
  3.  Pitt Crandlemire   MA    03    132
  4.  Nick Smith         uk    10    130
  5.  Ben Gardner        VA    14     90
  6.  Andy Gardner       VA    12     77
  7.  Bob Hamel          CT    11     75
  8.  Doug Galullo       MD    14     70
  9.  Thomas Richardson  VA    09     64
 10.  Jim Castonguay     PA    05     54
 11.  Mark Love          MD    01     53
 12.  John Elliott       MD    09     52
 13.  Robert Buccheri    MD    13     48
 14.  Phil Entwistle     MD    14     42
 15.  Jeffrey Hacker     PA    07     40
 16.  Victor Hogen       CA    07     34
 17.  Kevin Brownell     FL    04     25
 18.  Alex Price         NJ    03     24
 19.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    02     24
 20.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    02     21
 21.  Roger Taylor       VA    00     18
 22.  Stephanie Mayes    IN    99     18
 23.  Brooks Beyma       MD    10     16
 24.  Pat Richardson     VA    07     16
 25.  Michael Wojke      NJ    03     16
 26.  Paul Bolduc        FL    01     15
 27.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    12     12
 28.  Ruth Evinger       PA    09     12
 29.  Steve Cameron      PA    06     12
 30.  Rob Kilroy         PA    99     12
 31.  Michael Anchors    MD    01     11
 32.  Al Wong            IL    00     11
 33.  Chris Entwistle    MD    14      9
 34.  Andy Joy           MD    05      9
 35.  Jim Rochford       IL    99      9
 36.  Alyssa Gumkowski   PA    13      8
 37.  Blair Morgen       NJ    12      8
 38.  Anthony Musella    VA    09      8
 39.  Ashley Collinson   MD    06      8
 40.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    05      8
 41.  Peter Martin       MD    03      8
 42.  Derek Landel       NJ    10      4
 43.  John Kilbride      PA    07      4
 44.  Jeff Ribeiro       NH    02      4
 45.  Jason Wagner       PA    14      3
 46.  Sharee Pack        CO    01      3
 47.  Gary Presser       NY    00      3
 48.  Dan Schulman       MD    99      3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

Ben Gardner, VA
2nd

John Pack, CO
3rd

Chris Entwistle, MD
4th

Doug Galullo, MD
5th

Jason Wagner, PA
6th

Past Winners

Debbie Otto, MO
1992

John Kilbride, PA
1993

Kevin Lerow, PA
1994

John Pack, CO
1995, 2002

Jason Wagner, NJ
1996-1997

Stephanie Mayes, IN
1998

Pitt Crandelmire, MA
1999, 2000, 2003

Mark Love, MD
2001

Nick Henning, CT
2004-2005, 2011

Thomas Richardson, VA
2006

Jeffrey Hacker, PA
2007

Bob Hamel, CT
2008

John Elliott, MD
2009

Nick Smith, uk
2010

Ben Gardner, VA
2012

Doug Galullo, MD
2013

Phillip Entwistle, MD
2014
     

John Elliott, Andy Gardner and Chris Entwistle are fated to remain smalltime hoods this year.

Craig Reece, eventual champ Phillip Entwistle and Katie Elliott take over the east side.

Da Viper keeps an eye on Kevin Hacker playing the big board.

GM John "The Viper" Pack and his cool co-finalists.

A Rainbow of Gangsters descend on Chicago! ...

(BPA Lancaster) Phillip "Iron" Entwistle claimed the Godfather title by narrowly edging Ben "The Roach" Gardner by one tiny $100 piece of real estate. Keith "Twitch" Boone took home Junior Godfather honors. But it was Geoffrey "Cartridge" Entwistle who took home the dancing Gangster teddy bear, making him the envy of all the Vamps, who will no doubt visit him often in 2015.

To celebrate the colors of Gangsters, each arriving player claimed a fully-loaded colorful grenade squirt gun. Games were wet and wild. At check-in, each player received a colorful wristband that determined which game and gang color they'd play. Some gangsters were seen sporting several wristbands. The leftovers were made available to everyone at the WBC on Sunday.
Winners took home a pair of shades in the color of their gangs -- red, green, yellow, and brown. "Tommy Dice" Johnston was the only one to claim a blue pair of shades for winning the Barney Fife Memorial Award.

2014 Final -- Vampage claims 17 Innocent Bystanders!
The four finalists in move order, their starting positions, and their status at the end of the game:
Phillip "Iron" Entwistle - Start: 5/1/2; $400; Brizelli's Riverside [Vamp], Franklin Hostel [Racketeer/Thug], Greenwood Park
Finish: 9/1/2, 4 Hits, 3 Seductions; $800, 10 joints (5 of 8 Yellow) - Wins!
John "The Viper" Pack - Start: 5/1/1; $400; Brzkowski's Imports [Racketeer], Ambassadors' Club [Vamp], Belmar Theatre [Thug]
Finish: 1/1/1, 4 Hits, 4 Seductions; $8,000; 3 joints (2 of 6 Blue) - 3rd Place
Chris "Little Red" Entwistle - Start: 5/1/2; $400; Downtown Bus Station [Racketeer/Thug], Taylor's Machine Shop [Vamp], Jeager's Clothier Finish: 1/1/2, 1 Hit, 8 Seductions; $4,700, 6 joints (2 of 7 Green) - 4th Place
Ben "The Roach" Gardner - Start: 6/1/2; $100; Palace Chophouse [Vamp], Sadler's Stichery [Racketeer], Wylie's Storage [Thug] Finish: 7/1/3, 0 Hits, 2 Seductions; $800; 9 joints (3 of 9 Brown) - 2nd Place

As usual, I cover just the key aspects of each turn and only record unusually high cash collections (so that I have no advantage). I have tried to reconstruct the Final using my notes & memory and the player chits. Let's examine the setups before going into the turn-by-turn report.

Setup: Iron starts with a key Green one-jump joint, but moves to a cheaper Yellow one-jump strategy after Little Red picks up the Downtown Bus Station to block the Green juggernaut. With $400 saved, it looks like a sneak-up-the-cash strategy from the get-go.
For the second year in a row, the Viper goes with a Blue one-jump strategy -- picking up both Brzkowski's Imports and Ambassadors' Club -- and going with a cheap gang to keep $400 for a first-turn upgrade. This is a one-jump cash strategy all the way. I remember feeling as if I'd gotten the best start with the two Blue kingpins in my starting line-up.

Little Red blocks the dynamic-duo of Brizelli's and the Bus Station by taking the latter immediately. I'm guessing Little Red has seen Iron play before. He keeps $400 for a first turn upgrade and picks up the highly mobile Taylor's Machine Shop to allow it. Cash looks like his goal -- but it'll be hampered by only owning half of the Green duo and the hard-for-public-to-get-to Taylor's substituting for Brizelli's.

The Roach is used to having a crime family (Andy "Scarface" Gardner) in the Final to watch his back. This time he faces the Entwistle crime syndicate alone. He goes cheap but picks up a pair of yellow joints. He looks to be going for the roach motel strategy (ten cheap joints). But this allows him to start with a huge gang (6 Racketeers) and three moves. That'll let him earn some cash every turn, react to opponents, and buy up the little joints all at once.

Turn 1: Iron upgrades Franklin Hostel. His reaction to his red die, "Gross!" "You calling your Vamp gross?" -- The Roach. The Viper gets his Vamp and Thug extorting. Little Red brings Public x2 into the upgraded Bus Station to score $1,200. The Roach moves the Public to Sadler's. Kojak [Cop #6] whiffs against Iron's Thug.

Turn 2: The Public x2 moves all the way to the upgraded Franklin Hostel. Then the Viper gets a Public x1 into the Ambassadors' Club. Little Red bribes a cop and vamps Viper's Thug off the map. Ambassadors' Club pays again though Viper was worried it would head into the Downtown Bus Station. "I haven't sold any bus tickets, after all." -- The Viper. The Roach vamps Iron's Thug.

Turn 3: Iron bribes a cop, vamps Little Red's Thug, and draws Public x3 at Subway #1. The Viper Public x2 into the Level-2 Brzkowski's Imports and collect $2,100. "He's got a bribe." -- The Roach. "Like he's gonna use it." -- The Viper. Little Red brings in Dudley Do-Right [Cop #4] to raid Brzkowski's and recruits one Racketeer for $500. "I don't think you mean that." -- The Roach. "What gave it away?" -- Iron. The Roach vamps the Viper's Racketeer and moves Public x1 into Level-2 Sadler's Stichery.

Turn 4: Iron also vamps the Viper. The Viper recruits two Thugs for $1,200 but forgets to upgrade Ambassadors' Club. The Public x1 in Sadler's pays the Roach a third time. Finally, Dirty Harry [Cop #9] busts Sadler's and sends the Public packing. Little Red also uses Barney Fife on Iron's Thug and scores one hit. He gets both his Vamp and Thug extorting to collect $1,200. The Roach buys his sixth joint. He hasn't missed an eligible buying turn yet!

Turn 5: Iron vamps the Roach. The Viper forgets to upgrade again. "Sorry, it's business." -- Iron. Little Red moves his Racketeer into the Pussycat Club and bribes a Cop. "Just hand over da cash, and we protect your place, see?" -- The Viper. "The Cops just don't get it." -- Little Red. The Roach vamps Little Red and bribes a Cop. Iron buys his seventh joint. He hasn't missed an eligible buying turn yet either! "No matter where I go, they follow." -- The Viper. "Groupies." -- The Roach. "It speaks ill of us that all of our Racketeers spend the whole game running away from women." -- Little Red. Little Red then vamps the Viper's Thug.

Turn 6: Iron moves Public x3 into Hotel Belgrave. Viper vamps Little Red and bribes a Cop. "No ladies comes free." -- Little Red. "That's a universal constant." -- The Viper. The Roach vamps Iron. John McClane [Cop #8] blows away Iron's Thug (though it took three Cops to do so). "Whacked." -- Iron.

Turn 7: Iron buys his eighth joint. The Viper uses Dirty Harry [Cop #9] on Little Red's Thug for ... one hit. And then Viper vamps Little Red as does the Roach. The Roach blasts Serva's Market to smithereens but takes a hit in exchange.

Turn 8: Iron vamps the Roach and buys his ninth joint. The Viper vamps Little Red again. Little Red is officially designated, "the babe magnet." Little Red moves the Public x2 into the Level-2 Downtown Bus Station for $1,200. The Roach buys Serva's Market, his eighth.

Turn 9: T.J. Hooker [Cop #7] hits the Roach's Racketeer -- but the Roach uses a well-timed bribe to distract T.J. with a donut. Rejected! Iron buys a ninth joint again, vamps the Viper, and puts a Public x1 into Huck's Marine. The Viper moves the Public x3 into the Level-2 Ambassadors' Club for $2,500. Little Red moves the Public x3 directly to the Downtown Bus Station for $1,800. "Darn those bus ticket prices!" - The Viper. The Roach buys a ninth joint, raids the Bus Station with Starsky & Hutch [Cop #5], vamps the Viper, and hits Hotel Belgrave to send the Public to the cup. He shoots himself with the squirt gun.

Turn 10: Iron buys his ninth joint for the third time. "Calm down and go for the monopoly." He bribes a Cop and takes both Public x1's from the cup at Subway #3. The Viper get $1,100 with a Public x1 in the Ambassadors' Club and then shoots up the Cavalry Club (which dings his Racketeer for two and puts him down to two total). Little Red is at one Racketeer. Rosco P. Coltrane [Cop #3] hits the Viper's Racketeer for one hit. The Roach buys his ninth joint for the second time and moves his Racketeer to a possible tenth joint. But he isn't able to get to any of Iron's establishments to stop him this time.

Turn 11: Iron buys his tenth joint for the first time and wins the game. No shootouts on his turn that could have prevented it.
The Viper and Little Red both finish with almost no gang -- and certainly no ability to stop either of the leaders. As a result, the Roach's last move is decisive when he is unable to attack Iron's joint a third turn in a row. For a ten-joint win, this game was very short. In fact, between the two of them Iron and the Roach missed buying joints only three times. The bad news for the Roach is that Iron missed only one turn while the Roach missed two. There are very few games where missing a joint buy twice is decisive.

Both of the ruling crime syndicates ended with huge gangs, 9/1/2 and 7/1/3 respectively. We know where they got them -- vamping the Viper and, more especially, Little Red. However, Iron never had to use his to attack one of the Roach's joints since the Viper handled that task for him.

The Viper was up to 8 G's, but spending to replace vamped Thugs was too costly to put him in the running. But Little Red, hounded by vamps continuously, never got off the ground despite a couple of good payoffs at the Downtown Bus Station. The silver lining? Little Red won the "I Think She Likes Me!" award to prove he's a very unorthodox finalist.

But, in the final analysis, it came down to the real estate war. It was definitely a seller's market with two slumlords doing their best to corner the market. In the end, one turn was all that separated the Godfather from the Roach. Congratulations, Phillip "Iron" Entwistle!

Nobody out accessorizes da Viper.

 GM      John Pack  [17th Year]  11213 Keota Drive, Parker, CO 80134 
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