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2003 WBC Report     

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Michael Wojke, NJ

2003 Champion

2nd: Gordon Rodgers, PA

3rd: Blair Morgen, NJ

4th: John Kilbride, PA

5th: Jim Marousek, VA

6th: Randy MacInnis, NJ

Event History
1994    Kevin LeRow      40
1995    Peter Stein      36
1996    Caleb Cousins      30
1997    Gordon Rodgers      36
1998    Forrest Speck      30
1999    Rob Kilroy     28
2000    Steve Huskey     27
2001    Wade Fowble     15
2002    Gordon Rodgers     17
2003    Michael Wojke     18


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Wadfe Fowble

MD

01
30
 2. Steve Huskey

KS

00
30
 3. Gordon Rodgers

PA

02
22
 4. Mike Mitchell

GA

01
22
 5. Michael Wojke

NJ

03
20
 6. Rob Kilroy

PA

99
20
 7. Steve Scott

CA

01
18
 8. Jeff Finkeldey

OH

00
18
 9. Alan Arvold

IL

00
17
10. Fred Gosnell

VA

00
14
11. Jim Marousek

VA

03
13
12. John Poniske

PA

99
12
13. Blair Morgen

NJ

03
  8
14. John Kilbride

PA

03
  8
15. Chake Benson

PA

02
  6
16. Ray Stakenas II

MI

01
  6
17. Scott Siriana

NY

00
  6
18. Peter Stein

NY

02
  4
19. Rich Shipley

MD

02
  3
20. Tiger Von Pagel

FL

01
  3
21. Ed Kendrick

OK

00
  3
22. Randy Mac Innis

NJ

03
  2
23. Forrest Speck

MD

02
  1

Past Winners

Kevin LeRow - PA
1994

Peter Stein - NY
1995

Caleb Cousins, ME
1996

Gordon Rodgers - PA
1997, 2002

Forrest Speck, MD
1998

Rob Kilroy - PA
1999

Steve Huskey - KS
2000

Wade Fowble - MD
2001
 


Viva la Revolution

The Philadelphia Contingent represented nearly half of the participants in this year's battle for the third-world country of Avalonia. The rebel faction took two of the three Preliminary games by substantial margins. The top two players from each of the three six-player first round games advanced into the final, two-deck, six-player game.

The final game of six players (three from the Philadelphia Contingent) was played with two government, rebel, and mercenary faction chits. The government only managed 8 (vs. 26 rebel) scoring opportunities in the entire game for only 52 VP's. The 142-rebel VP margin is the largest recorded government loss in ten years. The government and mercenary players were asleep throughout the entire game. At one point late in the game there were no government installations or forces in play.

Final round play began as each player tried to redress their hands by discards and draws. Gordon Rodgers (GR) scored first with his successful 13-point rebel attack to capture the TV Station. Jim Marousek (JM) assassinated Randall MacInnis' (RM) 3+3 leader on a DR of 9. This set the tone of the game for Randall and he never fully recovered. His remaining game play was marred by a series of unsuccessful attacks (due mainly to the timely play of Ambush cards) that left him with few troops and leaders. At one point he deployed the U.N. on himself just to stay out of harms way. Blair Morgen's (BM) first score came as he crushed Mike Wojke's (MW) rebel group by +8. John Kilbride (JK) fought several unsuccessful attacks finally capturing the Bridge using a substantial rebel group. The first revolution came and went without fanfare. At the end of the first deck there was only 14 points separating the first and sixth place player. The damage, however, had been done for the rebel faction had outscored the government 75 to 20 - a deficit from which the government would not recover. "Your Excellency, the peasants are revolting." "I know, but I love them anyway."

Second deck action began as BM attacked GR's barracks and captured it. GR used the TV Station to knock out the 5-strength unit in the Policia. Its special ability was never used in the game. JK discarded and drew four replacements. BM attack vs. the AirField ended in a draw. RM missed with an assassination attempt against GR. RM's shining moment came after wresting control of the Airfield from MW and a turn later winning a -1 air attack vs. a large rebel unit. GR drew a Traitor, which turned JK's 17-point government unit to rebel. JK wasted a turn undoing the damage caused by the Traitor. MW drew the second revolution late in the deck. He changed GR's 3+1, 7,6,5 group to rebel and forced JK and RM to swap chits which unbeknownst to him killed either player's chance of winning the game. RM Air Assaults a 2+2, 5,4 with an ambush vs. the TV Station with a 6 strength garrison and lost. GR used a press to double, but atrocities are committed and the VP's were halved. The U.N. moves back to RM. Gordon surged ahead with a 26-point rebel attack vs. JM 18-strength government group (after a successful ambush DR). GR eliminated 14 points and gained 28 VP after the press got hold of the story. GR then drew seven cards leaving a single card before sudden death.

BM, one of the rebel players, in a last turn desperate attempt to capture first place, Air Assaulted onto MW's unguarded rebel-controlled Presidential Palace. The attack was in Blair's favor by +2. However, the dice gods turn their backs on him and he lost the attack by 6. Mike used his last remaining press card and doubled Blair's 6-point loss into a 12-point gain for himself while maintaining control of the Presidential Palace. This moved Mike from third to first place, dropping Blair to third. Blair drew the last card and in sudden death rolled a 10! There's the 10 Blair was looking for and only one turn too late. Gordon Rodgers, two-time and defending champion, still managed to capture second place (but alas no wood) after his 83 VP's were halved by backing the losing side.

 Position Player

Victory Points
Faction
1st Michael Wojke (MW)

50
Rebel
2nd Gordon Rodgers (GR)

41
Government
3rd Blair Morgen (BM)

32
Rebel
4th John Kilbride (JK)

15
Government
5th Jim Marousek (JM)

13
Mercenary
6th Randy MacInnis (RM)

12
Mercenary
 GM      Neal Schlaffer  [10th Year]   NA
    nschlaffer@comcast.net   NA

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