No longer on Trial ...
returned to the Century list for a second year thanks to membership
vote and matched its highest entrant total since it began in
1993 with 16 players. For Round 1, the Saratoga scenario was
used for seven of eight games with the Invasion of Canada used
for the other. The American side performed better than last year,
winning three Saratoga games.
As a result of a player survey, all subsequent rounds were
changed to the first nine months of the Campaign Game, except
for the final which was the first 12 months. All optional rules
except hidden and decoy counters were used. Players bid the number
of strategic towns (out of a total of 24, including Montreal
and Quebec) that the British must control on the last turn.
No two games employed the same strategy. The players were
also cautious with bids: three people bid 12 towns and one bid
11. The British won three of four games, indicating that 12 appears
to be a good bid for the nine-month game. In a major upset, Robert
Frisby defeated perennial champ Steve Packwood in the second
round, eliminating the six-time title holder.
In the final, Frisby bid 14 towns to play the British against
Rob Beyma. Anticipating Frisby would try to obtain most of his
bid with southern
towns, Beyma retreated his main army towards the Middle States
and began shifting men and supplies south. The large British
reinforcements landed in Savannah in August and by October the
British controlled 12 towns. On the November turn, the British
launched a surprise assault by bateau, pinned the American defenders
inside Ticonderoga, and landed 13 SPs and a supply to threaten
In the final turn, the British took Albany, Ft Stanwix, Wyoming,
and Richmond for a total of 16 towns. Beyma eliminated the Wyoming
Redcoats at 5-1. The Americans converged on Albany for a 2-1
attack using one group that slipped across Lake Champlain via
bateau ferries and another that force marched 7MPs from New England.
However, the Americans were stymied at Albany with a "NE"
die roll. The main American force in
Virginia hit Richmond at 2-1. The smaller force went to Petersburg
and, coupled with some SPs force marching from North Carolina,
attacked it at
3-1 and won. Beyma won the final battle at Richmond to claim
his second 1776 crown with a Recon versus Frisby's Enfilade,
a +1 DRM on a die roll of '4' - ending a very close game between