hannibal: rome vs carthage [Updated October 2003]  

2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending 2004 GM commitment

Keith Wixson, NJ

2003 Champion

2nd: Chris Byrd, CT

3rd: Jim Eliason, IA

4th: James Pei, TX

5th: Craig Melton, VA

6th: Ahmed Ilpars, Turkey

Event History
1996    Thomas Drueding      58
1997    James Doughan      52
1998    Karsten Engelmann      52
1999    Jung Yueh     46
2000    James Pei     41
2001    Aaron Fuegi     35
2002    Peter Reese     41
2003     Keith Wixson     44

PBeM Event History
2001     Aaron Fuegi     37

WAM Event History
2003    Stuart Tucker     11


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. James Pei

TX

03
132
 2. Keith Wixson

NJ

03
  96
 3. Peter Reese

VA

02
  66
 4. Aaron Fuegi

MA

01
  60
 5. Jung Yueh

MA

99
  50
 6. Mark Giddings

NY

01
  40
 7. Jim Heenehan

PA

00
  38
 8. Chris Byrd

CT

03
  36
 9. David Dockter

MN

02
  36
10. Craig Melton

VA

03
  34
11. Stuart Tucker

MD

03
  30
12. Charles Hickok

PA

03
  30
13. Jim Eliason

IA

03
  24
14. Doug White

PA

03
  20
15. George seary

NY

99
  20
16. Ed Rothenheber

MD

02
  18
17. Phil Barcafer

PA

99
  15
18. Robert Vollman

ALB

00
  10
19. Ahmed Ilpars

Turkey

03
    6
20. Robert Hassard

NJ

02
    6
21. Doug Mercer

MD

03
    6
22. John Rinko

VA

99
    5
23. Randall MacInnis

NJ

03
    4
24. John Firer

WI

01
    3
25. Trevor Bender

CA

01
    2

Past Winners

Thomas Drueding - PA
1996

James Doughan - PA
1997

Karsten Englemann - VA
1998

Jung Yueh - MA
1999

James Pei - TX
2000

Aaron Fuegi - MA
2001

Peter Reese - VA
2002
 


Omens of Caesar ... Deal Me a Championship

Once again, Hannibal was played in the pre-convention slot as the Omens mini-con. This format has allowed this event to continue to thrive, while giving players more time for other favorites during the full WBC event hours. Though some have been unable to attend due to this time slot, attendance has now risen two years in a row under this format and recent players continue to greatly favor continuance in the pre-con slot. The GM is on record as being willing to yield the pre-con slot to any other GM wanting it, but hasn't yet heard of any takers.

The format remained the same as last year: five rounds of Swiss play leading to a medal round among top players for the plaques. Our attendance was bolstered not only by one extra player (44), but we also played more games (92 in all), so the lack of a competing demo of The Napoleonic Wars this time was felt. We had 14 newcomers joining 30 veterans (including two past champs and the reigning WAM victor, each losing once in the first day). Second edition (web) rules were allowed if both players agreed, otherwise First edition (what's in the box, as clarified by official AH errata) was the default. The room continued to be populated by a good number of players who had never seen the second edition. Most players opted to play first edition rather than to switch gears from game to game.

The first day started off with an overwhelmingly Roman bias which was reversed quickly in the second and third round. Carthage won 59% of the first day's 56 games. Not surprisingly, it was the veterans of past tournaments who were exploiting the Carthaginian advantages (winning 65% when they were Carthage, while only winning 42% as Rome). Newcomers to the event won about at the same rate with either side, 39% in all.

After round 4, the GM handed out his specialty awards. Last year's Sad Sack Award has been officially renamed in honor of its first recipient, John Pack. This year it became the John "Pack It In" Memorial Award (subtitled: I came, I saw, ... got pummeled, and returned for more). The recipient was Charles Hickok, who earned it by virtue of having Rome sacked on turn 5 during a game in which he had more siege die rolls against Carthage than the Carthaginians had against Rome. For good measure, he managed in this game and his next to rarely draw a decent consul. And, yes, he came back to play and lose again. He won a prize book, appropriately on an entirely unrelated topic. The GM had a hard time not giving this Award to himself when his only loss of the event came as a result of a turn 9 deal that gave his Roman opponent (Craig Melton) both the Messenger Intercepted and Philip (leaves alliance) cards, giving Rome the final four card plays needed to take enough of Spain to win the province count (but even then only because the stolen card was a 3-pt. Forced March that could have been used to secure a large enough province lead to weather the storm--turned instead to gain more of Spain).

Two bottles of wine (Tuscan and Sicilian) were awarded to the best Carthaginian and Roman players after four rounds. Chris Byrd, 4-0 as Carthage, easily sampled the Carthaginian vineyards. Roman honors were hard to determine, with most Rome-leaning players accumulating losses (no player won three times as Rome in the first four rounds). In the end, the award went to the player who knew when not to overbid for Carthage and still pull out two wins with Rome: Keith Wixson. The Best Sack Award went to Jim Heenehan, who managed to pull victory out of the helmet, by sacking Carthage while losing 12-5 on the province count (almost all of Italy was overrun by Hannibal). His opponent,s attempt to sail Hannibal back to break the siege was stopped by the Roman navy. For this, Heenehan was awarded a Latin-English Dictionary.

After four rounds, the only newcomer among the 12 players with 3 or more wins was the longest-distance traveller, Ahmet Ilpars (from Turkey). With tourney points as the tiebreaker to determine the top 3-1 players, seven players still had a shot at the Championship going into the fifth round (though most needed help--namely knocking off Keith Wixson or Chris Byrd, both undefeated). Melton's shot at Byrd was a close shave, but Byrd's Turn 9 Messenger Intercepted card secured a Roman 10-8 victory (the only time Byrd played as Rome). Derek Landel's shot at Wixson ground to a 9-8 win by Wixson. Landel's five games were the closest margins of victory/defeat of any player in the tournament. Thus, the two undefeated players earned their births into the Medal Round for the wood. James Pei, whose only loss was to Wixson, earned a consolation game against Jim Eliason (whose only loss was to Nick Frydas).

A recordation error on one of Ilpars' victories (wrong player was circled as winner--a player error) made for some confusion in the tournament point count at the end. Ultimately, Eliason and Ilpars would have been tied for fifth deep into the tiebreaking system (but by the time I realized this, I had already awarded Eliason the chance to play Pei for third)--I think I'd still be looking up province counts if I hadn't already penalized Ilpars a point for the recordation error (an error which was only caught when I almost awarded Best Roman to his opponent). This was further compounded by a bit of a language barrier which led to Ilpars' absence at the start of the Medal Round, giving Melton a forfeit victory for fifth. More distressing at the end of round 5 was the realization that my own 4-1 record was going to lose out to three players with 3-2 records, due to strength of schedule points, once again keeping me out of the money. I was glad it was me and not another player. Next year's system ought to be changed to ranking players first by W-L records and then by tourney points (which take into consideration wins by your opponents). Of course, all of this confusion could have been avoided if Melton had stolen a cheaper card ... sigh.

In the Championship game, Wixson yielded Carthage to Byrd for a bid of 1. Philip allied (permanently) with Carthage on turn 3, avoiding a Messenger Intercepted that turn. Byrd used Mago's naval ability ten times during the game, being pushed out of Sardinia twice and Sicily once. Hannibal crossed the Alps on turn 1 and built a huge force in Gallia Cisalpinia, never taking another Italian province. Syracuse joined the war on turn 5, being sacked by Rome on turn 6. Carthage benefitted from the Messenger on turn 7. The province count remained 9-9 into turn 9. Rome set a trap by pulling its army out of Sicily, luring Mago in one last time from Africa. Africanus destroyed Mago. Rome played Numidan Ally as second to last card, then used Bad Weather to stop Hanno from
retaking the province. The game ended as a 9-8 Roman victory.

Rankings after five swiss rounds (W-L record and side propensity) tourney pts., special awards:
1. Wixson, Keith (5-0, 3xCW), 65 pts., Award for Best Roman
2. Byrd, Chris (5-0, 4xCW), 61 pts., Award for Best Carthaginian
3. Pei, James (4-1, all Carthage), 54 pts.
4. Eliason, James (4-1, 3xRoman, 1xRW), 51 pts.
5. Ilpars, Ahmet (4-1, 3xCarthage, 2xRW), 50 pts. (including 1 pt. penalty for mismarked scoresheet)
6. Melton, Craig (3-2, 4xCarthage, 1xRW), 49 pts.
7. Cooley, Doug (3-2, 3xCarthage, 2xCW), 47 pts.
8. Landel, Derek (3-2, 3xRoman, 2xCW), 46 pts.
9. Tucker, Stuart (4-1, 4xCarthage, 1xRW), 45 pts.
10. MacInnis, Randall (3-2, 3xCarthage, 2xCW), 43 pts.
11. Roberts, Lance (3-2, 3xRoman, 2xRW), 42 pts.
12. Ussery, Michael (3-2, 3xCarthage, 2xCW), 41 pts.
13. Campbell, Josh (3-2, 4xCarthage, 1xRW), 40 pts.
14. Heenehan, Jim (3-2, 2xCW, 2xRL), 40 pts., Award for Best Sack
15. Miller, Tim (3-1, 3xRW, 1xCL), 38 pts.
16. Mercer, Doug (3-0, all Carthage), 35 pts.
17. Frydas, Nick (2-2, 3xRoman, 1xCW), 34 pts.
18. Lee, Roderick (2-3, 3xRoman, 2xRW), 33 pts.
19. Reese, Peter (2-2, two each, 1xRW, 1xCW), 32 pts.
20. Hancock, Chris (2-2, all Roman), 31 pts.
21. Rinella, Michael (2-3, 4xRoman, 2xRW), 30 pts.
22. Mirk, Patrick (2-3, 3xRoman, 1xRW), 30 pts.
23. Morse, William (2-2, two each, 1xRW, 1xCW), 28 pts.
24. Freeman, Ray (2-2, 2xRW, 1xCL), 27 pts.
25. Hall, Tim (2-3, all Roman), 27 pts.
26. Scarborough, Jared (2-3, 3xRoman, 2xRW), 27 pts.
27. Hickok, Charles (1-3, all Roman), 24 pts., John "Pack It In" Memorial Award
28. Lietz, Chuck (1-4, 3xRoman, 1xCW), 23 pts.
29. Dockter, David (1-3, 3xCarthage, 1xRL), 20 pts.
30. Coleman, Terry (1-4, all Carthage), 20 pts.
31. Sanchez, Roberto (1-3, two each, 1xRW), 19 pts.
32. Culhane, Dennis (1-2, all Roman), 18 pts.
33. Card, Peter (1-2, all Carthage), 18 pts.
34. Schoenberger, Stuart (1-4, 4xRoman, 1xRW), 18 pts.
35. Sinigaglio, Bruno (1-2, 2xCarthage, 1xCW), 17 pts.
36. Samuel, Ken (1-3, 3xRoman, 1xCW), 16 pts.
37. Hoffman, Daniel (1-2, 2xCarthage, 1xCW), 16 pts.
38. Dickson, Gary (1-1, all Roman), 15 pts.
39. Dickson, Steve (1-1, all Carthage), 14 pts.
40. Wetherell, John (1-2, 2xCarthage, 1xCW), 13 pts.
41. Giddings, Mark (0-2, both sides), 7 pts.
42. Leonhard, Robert (0-1, 1xCL), 4 pts.
43. Mericli, Kurt (0-2, both sides), 3 pts.
44. Newbury, Lane (0-2, all Roman), 2 pts.

Medal Round:
Wixson over Byrd for 1st place
Eliason over Pei for 3rd
Melton over Ilpars for fifth

Chris Byrd (left) and Keith Wixson eye their hands in the championship game.
 GM      Stuart Tucker  [2nd Year]   NA 
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