manifest destiny  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Tedd Mullally, NJ

2014 Champion

Event History
2005    Harald Henning     46
2006    AJ Sudy    46
2007    Bill Crenshaw    46 
2008    Harald Henning    39
2009    Jeff Mullet    31
2010    Arthur Field    23
2011    Bill Crenshaw    14
2012    AJ Sudy    27
2013    Kevin Sudy    13
2014    Tedd Mullally    27

Enlightenment History
2006    Bill Crenshaw     19
2008    Ewan McNay    28
2009     Bill Crenshaw     25 
2010    Kevin Sudy    14

PBeM History
2007    Tom Taaffe     36
2008    Bill Edwards    35
2010    Stefan Mecay    36
2011    Bill Crenshaw    29
2012    Stefan Mecay    25

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    13    284
  2.  Arthur Field       SC    11    122
  3.  Harald Henning     CT    10    119
  4.  Jeff Mullet        OH    14    110
  5.  Stefan Mecay       TX    12    101
  6.  Kevin Sudy         VA    13     95
  7.  AJ Sudy            VA    12     84
  8.  Ewan McNay         CT    13     59
  9.  Peter Pollard      TN    13     53
 10.  Peter Staab        PA    11     51
 11.  Tom Taaffe         VA    08     46
 12.  Tedd Mullally      NJ    14     42
 13.  David Hood         NC    14     42
 14.  Bill Edwards       VA    10     36
 15.  Carl Damcke        IL    12     35
 16.  Kathy Stroh        DE    08     30
 17.  John Coussis       IL    08     28
 18.  Tom Browne         PA    09     25
 19.  Ted Simmons        NJ    05     24
 20.  Greg Stripes       VA    12     21
 21.  Robb Effinger      WA    10     18
 22.  Derek Landel       NJ    10     18
 23.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    07     16
 24.  Brett Mingo        MD    05     16
 25.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    14     15
 26.  Eric Wrobel        VA    11     15
 27.  Steve Smith        NE    10     12
 28.  Kate Taillon       SC    07     12
 29.  Dacey Collinson    MD    14      9
 30.  Ed Kendrick        uk    12      9
 31.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    06      9
 32.  Scott Burns        uk    07      8
 33.  David Nicholson    on    05      8
 34.  Doug Galullo       MD    12      6
 35.  Pat Mirk           FL    10      6
 36.  Rob Kircher        RI    11      6
 37.  Shawn Fox          TX    08      5
 38.  Bob Woodson        NV    11      4
 39.  Dave Long          NC    05      4
 40.  Charlie Hickok     PA    14      3
 41.  Mark Neale         RI    10      3
 42.  Mike Horn          FL    13      2
 43.  Eric Monte         NY    11      1

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

David Hood, NC
2nd

Jeff Mullet, OH
3rd

Dacey Collinson, MD
4th

Ken Gutermuth, NC
5th

Charlie Hickok, PA
6th

Past Winners

Harald Henning, CT
2005, 2008

Alan Sudy, VA
2006, 2012

Bill Crenshaw, VA
2007, 2011

Jeff Mullet, OH
2009

Arthur Field, SC
2010

Kevin Sudy, VA
2013

Tedd Mullally, NJ
2014
     

The chairman and Jon Anderson.

Designer Bill Crenshaw, Lee Waters and David Hood.

 Stacey Collinson wins her way into a Final against Pat Mirk.

 The finalists gather in the Chairman's private meeting room.

From Diner to Champion ...

With Bill Crenshaw concentrating on GMing his newest design, Global Mogul, I took over the reigns of Manifest Destiny this year. Since the 2013 tourney had an all time attendance low and lacked enough votes to get back in this year, we had to rely on Andy Lewis and GMT for a sponsorship.

Several people who had either never played or only played once years ago, appeared for the demo. I can't teach the game as well as Bill does and before I knew it, an hour had gone by and it was time for the first round to begin. I picked up my game and rushed to the room to find about 18 players and only two copies of the game. Things didn't look good. Finally, we scrounged up one more copy, but still had to turn three people away. People often complain about events moving into the Pre-Con and out of the convention week but this is just another example of why. The relative lack of competition means that Pre-Con events draw better and this was no exception. The Pre-con heat easily outdrew the sessions during WBC week and drew some new players in the process.

All three tables had at least one new player. While it was no shock that veteran Tedd Mullally won his table, the other two had some pleasant surprises. My gaming nemesis, Bruce Reiff was able to pound me enough that I fell from the lead into a tie for first and lost on the tie-breaker to Alex Slate, who I believe was playing in only his second game (at least Bruce came in last, to satisfy my personal victory condition). In the third game, young Dacey Collinson won after just learning this fairly complex game at the demo.

Before the second heat on Tuesday, I had a sudden funeral I had to attend and Bill Crenshaw and Ken Gutermuth thankfully filled in for me. Only five players appeared, so there was only one table. Charlie Hickok won that game by a single point with some clutch last minute die rolling. This low turnout will probably result in the Tuesday heat being moved or dropped if Manifest returns next year.

The Thursday heat rebounded with three tables of 14 players. David Hood eeked out a 1-point win and Ken Gutermuth won by three points. I came from behind with a "Crenshaw-esque" charge to win by three points. This would get me into the Final, but it would also haunt me later. Dacey watched my comeback and in the Final would hit me a few times instead of the leader because she thought I "was sneaky and knew what I was doing". Little did she know I was just emulating Bill. And so, this would end up being one of the rare "Crenshaw/Sudy-free Finals.

On the way to the Final, I passed Tedd Mullally who was with a group of friends. I asked if he was about to head to the Final when he stated he forgot about it and was just on his way to dinner. His friends could not believe he was going to pass up a Final to go eat. After a little chastising and goading, they talked him into skipping dinner and playing in the Final. The rest, as they say, is history.

As is becoming more common, some players bid for positions that didn't necessarily match their Destiny cards. Tedd bid 15 and took Mexico, even though he had Louisiana Purchase. I bid 10 and took Quebec with Manifest Destiny, even though I didn't have Hudson Bay or Remember the Alamo. Ken ended up taking Virginia with California Gold Rush. David played Pennsylvania with Native Sovereignty . And Dacey took Louisiana with Remember the Alamo. So basically none of us had the "traditional" starts that one would expect.

David started out in the lead and kept it for most of the game with shrewd negotiating, decent rolling, and a lucky card draw when needed.. But none of us were ever horribly behind. Tedd was doing ok most of the game, not stepping on any toes and laying low. I was doing likewise, but I couldn't make a pioneer roll to save my life. I missed out on all the Era 1 Breakthroughs and had to collaborate with David, the leader, on an Era 2 Breakthrough out of desperation to avoid being shut out. Dacey had the distinction of being the first female minor to make the Final and represented the younger crowd well. But her lack of experience with what cards and events were coming out, would prove her undoing. Poor Ken did well to stay somewhat within striking distance, but it seemed like wherever Ken went, it was someplace that another player had the cards for. With Ken being attacked most of the game for this reason, his income remained low throughout. His main function in the Final would be to move us into the swanky BPA HQ room for a more comfortable venue.

In the end Tedd made a clutch Breakthrough roll and a seemingly insignificant $5 livestock payout ended up being the difference in Tedd being able to buy one more progression, come from behind and seal the win. Even if he was hungry ...

 GM     Jeff Mullet [1st year]  NA
   JAMullet@Frontier.com    NA 

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