Galaxy

Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending December 2015 Membership Trial Vote

Michael Shea, CT

2015 Champion:

Event History

2000 James Pei 96
2001 Steve Cameron 87
2002 Jon Shambeda 75
2003 Rob Winslow 60
2004 Joseph Burch 58
2005 Sean McCulloch 48
2006 Dan Eshleman 43
2007 John Keating 46
2008 Mark Mitchell 41
2009 Joe Burch 44
2010 John Keating 41
2011 Rob Winslow 39
2012 Steve Cameron 37
2013 Dan Eshleman 44
2014 Joe Burch 43
2015 Michael Shea 39

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Winslow        NY    12    100
  2.  Joseph Burch       MD    14     82
  3.  John Keating       IL    10     74
  4.  Steve Cameron      PA    14     73
  5.  Mark Mitchell      VA    13     62
  6.  Jon Shambeda       PA    02     58
  7.  Steve Shambeda     PA    15     52
  8.  Dan Eshleman       NC    13     50
  9.  David Buchholz     MI    08     48
 10.  Martin Sample      NH    11     43
 11.  Sean McCulloch     OH    05     42
 12.  Jed Shambeda       PA    08     38
 13.  Craig Melton       VA    13     35
 14.  Rebecca Hebner     CA    15     34
 15.  Max DuBoff         NJ    15     30
 16.  James Pei          TX    00     30
 17.  Joel Tamburo       IL    04     27
 18.  Michael Shea       CT    15     20
 19.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    01     18
 20.  Andy Lewis         DE    02     16
 21.  Danielle Zack      MD    08     15
 22.  Andres Dunn        MD    10     13
 23.  Joanna Melton      VA    14     12
 24.  Rob Kircher        RI    09     12
 25.  Nick Henning       CT    07     12
 26.  Brendan Crowe      VA    00     12
 27.  Drew DuBoff        NJ    15     10
 28.  Christian Winicki  CT    13      9
 29.  Phil White         MD    05      9
 30.  Rebecca Melton     VA    14      8
 31.  Mark Geary         OH    10      8
 32.  Misha Lavrov       ru    10      6
 33.  Jon Miller         DC    00      6
 34.  Rob Buccheri       MD    09      4
 35.  Bill Place         PA    02      4
 36.  William Burch      MD    04      3
 37.  Rick Young         NC    03      3
 38.  Anthony Musella    VA    01      3
 39.  John Ellsworth     IL    00      3
 40.  Lauren Brown       DE    15      2
 41.  Nick Ferris        MD    14      2
 42.  John Speck         MD    11      2
 43.  Tim Evinger        PA    09      2
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Rebecca Hebner, CO
2nd

Steve Shambeda, PA
3rd

Max DuBoff, NJ
4th

Drew Duboff, NJ
5th

Lauren Brown, DE
6th

Past Winners

James Pei, TX
2000

Steve Cameron, PA
2001, 2012

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Rob Winslow, NY
2003, 2011

Joe Burch, MD
2004, 2009, 2014

Sean McCulloch, OH
2005

Dan Eshleman, LA
2006, 2013

John Keating, IL
2007, 2010

Mark Mitchell, VA
2008

Michael Shea, CT
2015

Austrian Herbert Gratz deals with American millennials.

Rebecca and Stuart point out the leader.

Still a Family Battle ...

It appears as though Galaxy is becoming a family endeavor. This is the third straight year in which two finalists returned to the same domicile after the last shot was fired. That means the bragging rights can be especially long lasting. This year it was two Duboff brothers (Max and Drew) and now I’m wondering if next year we will be faced with a gaming version of the Hatfields and McCoys if a Duboff—Melton showdown is in the cards.

There were 59 points scored by our five finalists this year, and while it may not be an official record, I think it might be the highest scoring Final in the 11 years I have run this event. That total includes the winning score of 16 points, which I will also declare an unofficial record.

Every year the demos draw more newcomers who stay to play in the tournament. This year, Michael Shea marked himself as an exceptional quick study as he learned the game at a demo and won the whole dang shooting match! To be fair, Michael is a veteran WBC attendee, and a very experienced gamer, but still, it is an admirable accomplishment, given all of the tested Galaxy players that attend every year.

Another “newcomer” was none other than the um …. beloved (Cough! Cough!) Bruce Reiff! In his first ever heat, he finished second which qualified him for the semifinal. He managed another second in his semifinal and although a strong showing, alas, he lost a chance to increase his prodigious plaque collection on a tiebreaker.

Elimination of worlds was within three as the Divergence, Felowi, and Kha were each eliminated 11 times. The most successful Cylor, Imperial and Myrmidon all survived at the same rate with eight extinctions each. This proved beneficial to those who put their secret base on the Imperial world since it was the one chosen the most. Conversely, opportunity was squandered as the Myrmidon world was chosen to host the secret base the least.

Four worlds tied for the dubious honor of earliest exit. On the other hand, the E-Cups lasted the longest before getting the coup de grace. Since they were in the middle of the pack for frequency of secret base location, the angst over their demise was held to a minimum.

GM Mark Mitchell [11th Year] NA
markm5963@aol.com NA

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