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 2003 WBC Report  

 2004 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Bruce Bernard, PA

2003 Champion

2nd: Chris Palermo, NY

3rd: David Weinstein, NY

4th: Richard Curtin, NY

5th: -

6th: -

Event History
1999    David Weinstein     14
2000    Greg Kulp     13
2001    Paul Risner     25
2002    Ted Simmons     13
2003     Bruce Bernard       9


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. David Weinstein

NY

03
46
 2. Ted Simmons

NJ

02
33
 3. Bruce Bernard

PA

03
19
 4. Phil Watkins

NM

02
18
 5. Greg List

PA

99
18
 6. Bill Lenoir

VA

02
12
 7. Jason Levine

NY

99
12
 8. Greg Kulp

NJ

00
10
 9. Paul Risner

TN

01
10
10. Charlie Hickok

PA

99
  9
11. Roger Santagato

IL

01
  6
12. Robert Jamelli

PA

99
  6
13. Chris Bodkin

IN

01
  4
14. Kevin Youells

FL

00
  4
15. Rich Curtin

NY

03
  3
16. Zachary Fietsch

NC

02
  3
17. Kevin Barry

PA

00
  3
18. Sylvain LaRose

ONT

99
  3
19. Stuart Tucker

MD

01
  2
20. Shantanu Saha

NY

00
  2
21. Tom Dunning

NY

01
  1
22. Ken Samuel

VA

00
  1

Past Winners

David Weinstein - NY
1999

Greg Kulp - NJ
2000

Paul Risner - TN
2001

Ted Simmons - NJ
2002
 


Viva la revolution ...

With 11 people showing, the GM decided to drop out to allow 10 people to play one game using the 10-player expansion rules (by Alan Emrich, published in The Space Gamer in 1982-83). After a few minutes of explanation of the three new offices (Foreign Minister, War Minister, Farm and Labor Secretary), two players decided to drop out. The GM re-entered the game, now at nine players (with a mixture of inexperienced and experienced players--only one complete novice). This turned out to be an excellent number, as it gave the Presidente the power to allocate two positions to his most trusted confidant.

In general the Foreign Minister and Farm and Labor Secretary engineered bountiful budgets, which kept many people happy (averting unnecessary coups)--and shortened the playing time. The large number of players provided a rapid recycling of assassins. The presidents largely tried to keep people happy rather than getting greedy. Rookie Chris Palermo, the Minister of Internal Security under three different presidents, found himself at the wrong end of the gun enough to be barely stopped from winning. Meanwhile, Bruce Bernard managed to hold down two offices at a time for a good portion of the game--his loyalty to the presidency having been bought for handy sums. The game was fairly tight in the final score except for the necessary shunning of disloyal citizens. The special weapons handed out by the War Minister played an unexpected role in the first coup of the game, when the bribe cards suddenly whisked the toys over to the other side--and the superpower declined to participate.

In the end, secret political donations (also recycled quite quickly) had a significant impact on the final score. However, it was the final turn's coup phase (with the bank closed for lunch, awaiting to re-open for the spoils of the victors) that kept everybody on the edge of their seat wondering who would have the most money in his Swiss bank account at the end. We tip our hats to the former champion, David Weinstein, who managed to instill some sense into the coup-phase military maneuvers throughout the game. In the end, experienced players managed to take most of the podium positions, including top honors to Bruce Bernard (23 million pesos). Palermo bank 19, Weinstein 18, Richard Curtin 18, Stuart Tucker 15, James Tyne 14, with the rest having 11 or less.

 GM      Stuart Tucker  [2nd Year]   NA 
    econedit@aol.com    NA

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