1776 [Updated October 2004] 

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Steve Packwood, MN

2003-04 Champion

2nd: Rod Coffey, GA

3rd: Robert Frisby, VA

4th: David Dockter, MN

5th: Rob Beyma, MD

6th: Matt Burkins, MD


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Event History
1993    Mark Miklos

  
16
1994    Steve Packwood

  
12
1995    Steve Packwood

  
12
1996    Rod Coffey

  
  9
1997    Steve Packwood

  
  8
1998    Rob Beyma

  
12
1999    Steve Packwood

  
  8
2000    Steve Packwood

  
  9
2001    Steve Packwood

  
10
2002    Rob Beyma

  
16
2003    Steve Packwood     10
2004    Steve Packwood     15

PBeM Event History
2003    Jan Orband     20

 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Earned
Total
 1. Steve Packwood

MN

04
72
 2. Robert Frisby

VA

04
35
  3. Jan Orband

Belgium

03
30
 4. Rob Beyma

MD

04
29
 5. Rod Coffey

GA

04
21
 6. Doug Pratto

MA

03
18
 7. Stan Buck

MD

03
12
 8. Matt Burkins

MD

04
13
 9. Dave Metzger

NY

02
10
10. David Dockter

MN

04
  9
11. Jim Engler

MD

03
  9
12. Mike Sincavage

VA

02
  9
13. Jim Lawler

NY

02
  8
14. Stu Bieber

WI

03
  6
15. Bruno Sinigaglio

AK

00
  6
16. Brad Frisby

MD

99
  6
17. Chuck Leonard

PA

00
  4
18. Mark Miklos

GA

03
  3
19. Bob Jamelli

PA

03
  2

Past Winners

Mark Miklos - GA
1993

Steve Packwood - MN
94-95, 97, 99-01, 03-04

Rod Coffey - VA
1996

Rob Beyma - MD
1998, 2002
 


Thanks to all those who decry the retention of classic wargames ...

1776 was returned to the Century again thanks to membership vote. The format remained the first nine months of the Campaign Game for all rounds with all optional rules except hidden and decoy counters. The players bid the number of strategic towns (out of a total of 24, including Montreal and Quebec) that the British player must control on the last turn.

This year attendance was up 50% and the field included all four previous champions: Rob Beyma, Rod Coffey, Mark Miklos, and Steve Packwood. In general, the British pushed south from Canada while bringing the majority of their reinforcements into the Southern states, where the Americans were unable to quickly counter them. The most common bid was 13 towns (nine of 15 games) and most games were decided by a single town victory margin.

In the final, seven-time champ Steve Packwood bid 13 towns to play the Redcoats versus former champion Rod Coffey. On the first turn, the Americans boldly attacked the British in a fierce 1:1 winter battle outside the walls of Quebec, costing both sides one militia each and the Americans their supply unit. Elsewhere during the first quarter, the British withdrew 5 BR from Boston and transported them by sea to the South Center and Deep South. In response, American forces moved from Boston toward New York. During the second quarter, the British landed additional forces in Philadelphia. The Americans marched first to Boston to counter British activity, then toward Ticonderoga to counter the British forces advancing from Quebec. The Americans also sent 3CA and a supply unit north of Norwich to threaten the lightly garrisoned fortress of Quebec. In July, the British landed forces at Georgetown, Petersburg and Portsmouth, Virginia. The Americans then attacked Georgetown and Portsmouth in an attempt to deny the British these ports as potential entry points for the large August reinforcements. The 2:1 attack on Portsmouth succeeded but the British forces survived a 1:1 (-1) attack on Georgetown. In August, the British reinforcements landed at Georgetown and quickly obliterated all American forces in the Deep South. By September, the British occupied 17 towns, including all of the Deep South and South Center. The Americans needed to take back five towns in order to win, but the forced march required for one of the attacks failed. At this point Rod Coffey conceded and Steve Packwood took the Centurion laurels for the 8th time.

Dave Dockter and Bob Jamelli (right) refight the 1776 campaign.


2003 PBeM RESULTS:

Jan Orband of Belgium faced Doug Pratto of Massachusetts for the first ever BPA 1776 PBeM championship using the first nine months of the campaign game and the Boardgamer's Guide leader rules. Doug bid 13 towns to play the British in an exciting, but relatively bloodless, game of maneuver and counter-maneuver. Both players showed a superb grasp of using troops and terrain to block their opponent. Small, well placed British forces impeded American reinforcements to Charleston in March. In May, after Charleston fell, small American forces then impeded British expansion out of the city. The British maintained a few BRs aboard ships at all times, thereby forcing the American to spread his forces thin in order to counter this constant threat to his coastal towns. By August, the American had formed four main blocking forces: Greene in Albany, Arnold in New England, Lincoln in South Carolina, and Washington in Virginia. Although the British player controlled the 13 towns he needed for victory at the end of his September turn, the wily American found a back door into Alexandria and overran the British garrison. Coupled with seizing Newport, Jan Orband reduced the British to 11 victory towns and became the champion.

Others earning laurels in the 20-player event were:

2nd: Doug Pratto, MA
3rd: Stan Buck, MD
4th: Jim Engler, MD
5th: Stu Bieber, WI
6th: Rod Coffey, GA

 GM      Matthew Burkins  [5th Year]   2917 Smithson Dr, Forest Hill, MD 21050-1901
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