manifest destiny

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending December 2015 Membership Trial Vote

Kevin Sudy, VA

2015 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
2015 Kevin Sudy 23

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    15    293
  2.  Kevin Sudy         VA    15    125
  3.  Harald Henning     CT    15    122
  4.  Arthur Field       SC    11    122
  5.  Jeff Mullet        OH    15    116
  6.  Stefan Mecay       TX    12    101
  7.  AJ Sudy            VA    12     84
  8.  David Hood         NC    15     54
  9.  Ewan McNay         CT    13     59
 10.  Peter Pollard      TN    13     53
 11.  Peter Staab        PA    11     51
 12.  Tom Taaffe         VA    08     46
 13.  Tedd Mullally      NJ    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.  Chris Trimmer      TX    15     18
 22.  Robb Effinger      WA    10     18
 23.  Derek Landel       NJ    10     18
 24.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    07     16
 25.  Brett Mingo        MD    05     16
 26.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    14     15
 27.  Eric Wrobel        VA    11     15
 28.  Steve Smith        NE    10     12
 29.  Kate Taillon       SC    07     12
 30.  Dacey Collinson    MD    14      9
 31.  Ed Kendrick        uk    12      9
 32.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    06      9
 33.  Scott Burns        uk    07      8
 34.  David Nicholson    on    05      8
 35.  Doug Galullo       MD    12      6
 36.  Pat Mirk           FL    10      6
 37.  Rob Kircher        RI    11      6
 38.  Shawn Fox          TX    08      5
 39.  Bob Woodson        NV    11      4
 40.  Dave Long          NC    05      4
 41.  Charlie Hickok     PA    14      3
 42.  Mark Neale         RI    10      3
 43.  Mike Horn          FL    13      2
 44.  Eric Monte         NY    11      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Chris Trimmer, TX
2nd

David Hood, NC
3rd

Bill Crenshaw, VA
4th

Jeff Mullet, OH
5th

Harald Henning, CT
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, 2015

Tedd Mullally, NJ
2014

Chris Trimmer and Jeff Mullet mull their options.

Bill Dickerson, Richard Beyma, David Hood and Robert Woodson

First of Two Titles For the Week ...

Once again, the demo drew a few people totally new to the game. Its nearly impossible for someone not named Bill Crenshaw, to fully explain every card, every breakthrough, every progression and every rule in just one hour. But I was able to give everyone the flavor of the game and enough information to get started.

The two heats each had three tables with three unique winners, creating six eligible finalists for five spots. But before the tiebreakers could even be invoked, John Coussis informed us he would vacate his spot making the other five finalists happy. (At least until the attacking, whining and leader finger-pointing started.)

Jeff Mullet would bid 10 for Mexico with the California Gold Rush card. David Hood picked next with a bid of 5 and took Quebec without having the Hudson Bay card (much to Chris Trimmers dismay, who did have it). This would cause a little friction between the two, but they were able to somewhat work things out. Kevin Sudy hem-hawed around, but we all knew he would take Virginia with a zero bid, just as he always does. Bill Crenshaw of course was left with Louisiana. Bill had Kevin's Native Sovereignty card, but that didn’t stop later dealing.

Jeff and Bill had some early friction and were never able to settle their differences. Jeff played an early World War card to be able to pick early the next round. Bill took offense since he was leading in several categories and was thus hit twice. Bill retaliated with Revolutionary War on Jeff. Add a few attacks on each other, and things were looking bleak for both.

Bill actually abandoned his normal game. Instead of keeping his income low and spending big on pioneers, Bill expanded like wildfire the first few turns and built up a huge income, while buying very few pioneers. However, with some shrewd dealing, he was able to make two deals with Kevin and unify on two progressions with minimal steps or pioneers.

Meanwhile, Once David and Chris worked things out, Chris began doing so well, he was about to be the subject of Kevin's IRS investigation card. Chris made a deal to avoid it but in the end, decided he should have just let Kevin hit him with IRS. Kevin got more concessions out of it and it probably wouldn't have hurt Chris as much as he thought it would have.

The game was a close, low-scoring affair. The cards ran out, automatically ending play before anyone could get to 30 points. Kevin and Chris were tied at 25 points each. Kevin had 40 dollars left over, while Chris had only five giving Kevin the win—his second of the week. David, Bill and Jeff followed with 23, 22 and 21 points respectively.

Thanks to everyone who played and especially to GMT for sponsoring the tourney.

GM Jeff Mullet [2nd year] NA
JAMullet@Frontier.com NA

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