GM James Kramer and his merry
band of shot trading finalists.
leader off the starboard bow ...
Jonathan Lockwood and Ben Collinson
check the horizon for targets. Ben would survive this table to
take a seat in the Final.
Scott Fenn, Ben Garder, James Fleckenstein
(destined to advance from this table), Bill Place and Steve Squibb
in Round 1.
Naval War returned after a one year hiatus. With 36
fleet commanders taking part, we returned to the participation
level of 2008. This also made game assignments easy on this novice
GM with six 6-player games. Player experience ranged from novice/demo
attendees to former champions. Preliminary tables were randomly
assigned using standard playing cards.
Game 1: This was a closely contested 4-rounder, with Scott
Beall using two DD squadrons to score 75 points in the final
round to win by a 108 - 67 - 56 - 49 - 48 score over Dan Leader,
Megan Mossman, Bill Alderman and Stephen Cuyler respectively.
Chris Lefevre withdrew early.
Game 2: Michael Rogozinski jumped out early in this 3-round
affair, with 55 points. Being the target after Round 1 is seldom
good and he was limited to 11 points thereafter. Rob Brode sandwiched
a 14-point second round with two 31-point hands to win the table
by a 76 - 66 - 60 - 46 - 40 -22 slate over Michael Rogzinski,
Bill Dickerson, Alan Arnold, David Cross and Brian Goodwin respectively.
Game 3: This game found the current GM, James Kramer Jr. and
former GM, Jonathan Lockwood, in the same draw. The other players
noting this, gave no quarter as after Round 1 Jon had 11 points
and James 0! After three rounds, Ben Collinson Sr. emerged victorious
by a 78 - 61 -50 - 41 - 27 - 24 margin over Kramer, Tim Miller,
Jarett Weintraub, Lockwood and Randall Macinnis.
Game 4: This game went four rounds before young Dacey Collinson
earned her seat at the Final in the closest game of the tournament
with a 79 - 78 - 78 - 69 - 36 nail biter over Roger Covington,
Chad Gormly, Bill Peek and Matt Evinger. Jeff Cornett had 39
points but withdrew after three rounds.
Game 5: Newcomer Mikaela Kumlander of Finland who attended
the demo then bested this table in three rounds by a 79 - 71,
-69 - 63 - 36 - 32 score over Andy Gardner, Katie Elliott, Matthew
Bocho,Tim Evinger and David Dentel.
Game 6: This proved to be the longest qualifer of the tournament,
requiring five rounds for three- time champion James Fleckenstein
to emerge victorious 87 - 75 - 68 - 64 -53 - 48. Scott Fenn,
Ben Gardner, Doug Richards, Steve Squibb and Bill Place's efforts
went for naught in the marathon session.
With the six finalists set, the GM instructed the survivors
to take ANY seat. This would prove important later. Mikaela was
the high roller and led off the Final. Feeling each other out,
the players spread minefield cards around the table though none
proved fatal. Only one DD card appeared and was quickly sunk.
BB Yamato lived up to her namesake dodging several air and torpedo
attacks but finally succumbed to an airstrike from Dacey. The
round-ending scores were: Ben 25, James 23, Mikaela 19, Dacey
13, Scott 11, Rob 4.
2: As the leaders, Ben and James were quickly eliminated from
play. Though carriers were deployed, airstrikes were limited.
Rob played an early DD, which was sunk, but he also got the second
DD late in the round. It survived and netted 25 points. The slate
at the end of two hands was: Rob 51, Mikaela 33, Dacey 29, Ben
25, James 20, Scott 16.
Round 3: Mikaela and Dacey as front runners received initial
placement minefields but survived the round. Leader Rob quickly
placed an early DD to draw fire. It did, but could not keep Rob
from being eliminated from the round. Scott had two carriers
available but preferred to use salvos against the leaders. James
played the second DD late, but it is sunk with five cards remaining.
Dacey then used her fleet carrier to sink Musashi and grab the
lead: Dacey 54, Mikaela 52, Rob 48, Ben 45, James 33, Scott 16.
Round 4: Leader Dacey was mined at value 2 initially. Rob's
fleet consisted of three carriers and 10 points of surface ships.
Logically, his first play is three airstrikes to sink Bismarck.
Rob's further play includes three more airstrikes sinking Tirpitz
and Iowa. Once Dacey is eliminated, Rob's fleet and carriers
become the center of attention. After one more farewell airstrike,
Rob is eliminated. Mikaela deploys a DD that survives, but only
nets one 6-point ship. A better roll and the game could have
been hers and ended there. Ben is hunting 14 inch ammo for his
three BB's. A reinforcing Ark Royal is no help for him. Mikaela,
looking for salvos to fire, draws five consecutive red cards
to no real use, but she does survive the round and takes the
lead: Mikaela 69, Rob 61, Scott 58, Ben 54, James 53, Dacey 49.
Round 5: Now everyone is in range of the win with a good round.
Scott and James each include a carrier in their fleet. Mikaela's
first salvo sinks a 4-point ship. Rob quickly adds a 5-pointer.
Both are closing on a win, receive minefields, and sweep them
immediately. Only delaying the inevitable, Mikaela's fleet is
sunk. Rob, as second in line, plays a DD. When it is sunk he
quickly plays the second one. It follows the first to the bottom.
The players are wary to leave targets for one another. James
is looking for damaged ships to scavange. But Ben is seated directly
to his right. He picks off one damaged ship after another, denying
James any prizes. With this positional advantage, Ben takes the
round and the championship for his first WBC title: Ben 91, Rob
71, Dacey 67, Mikaela 63, Scott 58, James 56.
Longtime Naval War GM Jon Lockwood
transfers to the Academy to instruct the cadets in the finer
aspects of marksmanship.
Sophia Holmquist collects her prize.
No, not Jon's head, he's just sitting down after a long day of
Naval War Junior
Twelve pint-sized admirals traded shots under the watchful
eye of James Kramer. Sophia Holmquist was the best shot. She
was followed by Sarah Morgen, Colin Laird, Ethan Shipley-Tang,
Buddy Sands and Aidan McNay in that order.