victory in the pacific  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

Rising Sun Pre-Con

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Andy Gardner, VA

2014 Champion

Event History
1991    Dave Targonski    36
1992    Wes Erni    39
1993    Alan Applebaum    36
1994    Dave Targonski    36
1995    Dan Henry    45
1996    Robert Kondracki    46
1997    Ed O'Connor    42
1998    Joe Dragan    48
1999    Alan Applebaum    48
2000    Andy Gardner    50
2001    Dan Henry    48
2002    Dan Henry    50
2003    Ed Menzel    39
2004    Michael Kaye    44
2005     Andy Gardner    32
2006     Ed Menzel    41
2007     Darren Kilfara    39
2008    Charlie Drozd    36
2009     Michael Kaye    37
2010    Andy Gardner    33
2011    Ed Paule    36
2012    Andy Gardner    28
2013    John Sharp    35
2014    Andy Gardner    26

PBeM Event History
1999    Nick Markevich    20
2001    Ed Menzel    32
2004    Rob Flowers    32
2007    Charles Drozd    35
2009    Joe Dragon    42
2011    Michael Ussery    28
2013    Daniel Blumentritt    39

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Andy Gardner       VA    14    486
  2.  Dan Henry          IL    07    272
  3.  Michael Kaye       CA    13    252
  4.  Ed Menzel          CA    12    250
  5.  Charlie Drozd      IL    12    224
  6.  Ed Paule           NJ    14    204
  7.  John Pack          CO    14    150
  8.  Darren Kilfara     uk    09    146
  9.  John Sharp         FL    13    126
 10.  Michael Ussery     MD    11    118
 11.  Alan Applebaum     MA    05    113
 12.  Jim Eliason        IA    14    108
 13.  Ray Freeman        CA    13     78
 14.  Joe Dragan         MI    09     66
 15.  Dan Blumentritt    TX    14     64
 16.  Tim Tow            WA    13     63
 17.  Rob Flowers        MD    04     50
 18.  Larry Meyers       AZ    09     44
 19.  Pat Richardson     FL    14     36
 20.  Michael Day        AZ    11     34
 21.  Robert Drozd       IL    13     30
 22.  Bob Hamel          CT    00     30
 23.  Nick Markevich     CA    11     22
 24.  Jim Kramer         PA    11     18
 25.  Ted Drozd          IL    09     18
 26.  Nathan Zietlow     IA    09     18
 27.  John Strand        CO    02     18
 28.  Eric El Osta       be    00     18
 29.  Philip Watkins     MN    07     15
 30.  Ken Nied           KS    03     14
 31.  Gregory D. Smith   FL    13     12
 32.  Mark Booth         VA    08     12
 33.  Joe Powell         VA    99     12
 34.  Scott Beall        OR    13      8
 35.  John Sharp Jr      FL    03      6
 36.  Casey Adams        MN    00      6
 37.  Brad Solberg       CA    99      6
 38.  Scott Fenn         MD    07      5
 39.  Rob Kircher        RI    13      4
 40.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    11      4
 41.  Ong Meng Soon      my    01      4
 42.  Bobby Clinton      CA    01      4
 43.  Max Zavanelli      FL    99      4
 44.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    99      3
 45.  Vince Meconi       DE    99      2
 46.  Glenn McMaster     on    01      1

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Ed Paule, NJ
2nd

Pat Richardson, VA
3rd

Dan Blumentritt, TX
4th

John Pack, CO
5th

Jim Eliason, IA
6th

Past Winners

Dave Targonski, DC
1991, 1994

Alan Applebaum, MA
1993, 1999

Dan Henry, IL
1995, 200l-02

Robert Kondracki, PA
1996

Ed O'Connor, NJ
1997

Joe Dragan, MI
1998

Andy Gardner, VA
00, 05, 10, 12, 14

Ed Menzel, CA
2003, 2006

Michael Kaye, MD
2004, 2009

Darren Kilfara, uk
2007

Charlie Drozd, IL
2008

Ed Paule, NJ
2011

John Sharp, FL
2013
   

Bob Hamel vs two-time champ Ed Menzel

Jim Eliason vs Pat Richardson

The semifinalists up the ante in the playoffs as bids escalate for the favored Japanese.

 GM Charles Drozd and his finalists - a pair of multi-year past champions.

8 Rounds unhinged on one roll of the die ...

55 games were played during the 2014 Rising Sun Pre-Con, a 20% decline from last year's figure. Many long-time participants (including three from last year's top eight) were not in attendance. Three games were played with "Special" options, five games utilized the NT1 Variant, and another two games were played without any optional rules (including the Final). 45 of the games used some form of options 1 and 2. The average bid (in games with bids) was 4.87 POC , a slight increase from last year's 4.81. Despite all of that, the IJN winning % increased to an alarming 70.9% this year. Despite the current optional rules in play, the IJN continues to hold a significant advantage in tournament play.

An on-going discussion has been taking place on the Consimworld forums regarding whether the current adjustments are enough to balance the game (players would need to get comfortable bidding higher) or if some tweaks to the second edition rules are necessary to bring the game into balance.

Additionally, there is a lively debate as to whether standardizing the various optional rules currently in use would be a benefit or a detriment to the long term health of the game. Currently the tournament rules allow players to negotiate optional rules that can be used only if both sides are in agreement. The Default rules if players cannot agree is a game using unadjusted second edition rules.

After five swiss rounds; Andy Gardner, Ed Paule, Patrick Richardson, and John Pack all had four wins. The remaining playoff slots went to Daniel Blumentritt, Jim Eliason, Ed Menzel, and John Sharp (all 3-2) by virtue of Schedule Strength. Bob Hamel, also 3-2, was the odd man out who missed the cut.

The quarterfinals yielded only one upset this year with #5 Blumentritt's USN over #4 Pack's IJN, this would also be the only USN victory during the playoffs. In the remaining quarterfinals #1 Gardner's IJN over #8 Sharp's USN in eight turns, #2 Paule's IJN over #7 Menzel's USN in seven turns, and #3 Richardson's IJN over #6 Eliason's USN in seven turns.

In the semifinals Gardner bid 8.5 POC for the IJN vs. Blumentritt and despite the impressive bid secured a mathematical lock after Turn 7. In the other bracket Paule bid 9.5 POC for the IJN vs. Richardson and at the end of Turn 6 Richardson's USN conceded.

The Final thus pit 2011 champ Paule against 2012 Champ Gardner. Given how the bidding had gone in previous rounds, we expected another high bid; Gardner stated that he would like to play an unadjusted game and opened with a bid of 10.5, after several minutes this was accepted. Paule's USN found itself in a hole early as an American CV was lost on Turn 1 when Group W showed up in the CPO. Sensing that the writing was already on the wall, he committed everything to the defense of Pearl Harbor on Turn 2. A first round night action was a disaster for the USN, and when dawn arrived the IJN had smashed the USN Fleet decisively, resulting in an immediate USN concession. Thus, Gardner won his fifth WBC VIP title in record time thanks to one die roll on the second Turn of the 8th round of the tournament.

Henry Richardson and Dave Gubbay trade dice rolls.

 GM     Charles Drozd [5th Year]   NA
   charles_drozd@hotmail.com   847-845-1136 

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