gettysburg [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Vincent Meconi, DE

2002-2003 Champion

2nd: Chuck Stapp, NJ

3rd: Ted Drozd, IL

4th: Ed Karpowicz, DC

5th: -

6th: -

Event History
1992    Michael Uhrich     19
1993    Kevin McCarthy     17
1994    Allen Kaplan     18
1995    Vincent Meconi     10
1996    Allen Kaplan     16
1997    Kevin McCarthy     10
1998    Kevin McCarthy     22
1999    Vincent Meconi     10
2000    Vincent Meconi     12
2001    Kevin McCarthy     18
2002    Vincent Meconi     11
2003    Vincent Meconi       8


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Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Vincent Meconi

DE

03
60
 2. Allen Kaplan

NJ

02
34
 3. William Place

PA

00
15
 4. Michael Uhrich

PA

99
12
 5. Dave Zimmerman

PA

01
11
 6. Chuck Stapp

NJ

03
10
 7. Kevin McCarthy

OH

01
10
 8. Ted Drozd

IL

03
  4
 9. Wayne Morrison

FL

02
  4
10. Ed Karpowicz

DC

03
  3
11. Ed Menzel

CA

02
  3
12. Ken Whitesell

PA

00
  3
13. Pete Pollard

TN

02
  2
14. Bryan Van Nortwick

NC

01
  2
15. Roger Knowles

OH

01
  1
16. Victor Hutcherson

MD

00
  1

Past Winners

Michael Uhrich - PA
1992

Kevin McCarthy - OH
1993, 1997-1998, 2001

Allen Kaplan - NJ
1994, 1996

Vincent Meconi, DE
1995, 1999-2000
 


Five times a Champ ...

Eight hardy Gettysburg '88 enthusiasts, led by Gamemaster Allen Kaplan, kept this event alive for another year.

Competition was conducted in a single-elimination format using the three-day campaign scenario with all optional rules except replacement Union generals.

First time entrant Ted Drozd scored the day's biggest upset when he knocked off two-time champ and frequent finalist Allen Kaplan in the first round. In Drozd's semi-final matchup against defending champion Vince Meconi, his aggressive Union play on July 1 had Meconi's Confederates backed up to the northeast corner of the board. However, the thin Union line could not hold and the Confederates scored a Day 2 knockout.

Meanwhile, in the other half of the draw, veteran Chuck Stapp blitzed his first two opponents to gain the other finalist slot.

In the final, Meconi took the Confederates for a bid of three victory points. On Day 1 it was all Union, as Stapp's forces surrounded and eliminated the Rodes infantry division, forcing Meconi to hand over the initiative chit in the process. With the initiative in hand, and after killing a Confederate artillery unit and sustaining almost no losses, while keeping the Rebels from
taking either Culp's Hill or Cemetery Hill, the Union looked to be firmly in the driver's seat.

However, as can happen in gaming, the dice went all one way on Day 2. The Confederate attacks carved up the Union ranks again and again, while their counterattacks could not crack the Confederate two-division infantry stacks. As the day wore on, the Union finally began to score, to the point where the end of the day found every Confederate infantry division flipped. However, so many Union troops had gone down by that point that the Rebels managed to score a Day 2 knockout. Meconi was very happy his chewed up troops did not have to fight on July 3.

The defending champion thus successfully defended his crown, winning Gettysburg for the fifth time overall.

Gamemaster Allen Kaplan had wavered between a single-elimination format, with a Saturday afternoon start to catch Civil War devotees after the completion of the Battle Cry event, and a switch to the freeform format increasingly favored by other 2-player wargaming classics. He indicated that a change to the latter format is likely for next year.

 GM      Allen Kaplan  [3rd Year]   NA
    askkap@aol.com   NA

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