air baron [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report     

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Michael Musko, IN

2004 Champion

2nd: Ken Rothstein, NY

3rd: Philip Shea, VA

4th: Michael Destro, NJ

5th: Bryan Eshleman, NC

6th: Andy Gardner, WA

Event History
1996    Jack Jaeger      118
1997    James Garvey      110
1998    Fred Minard        94
1999    Ken Rothstein      117
2000    John Coussis     109
2001    Jack Jaeger       72
2002     Chris Storzillo       73
2003    Jonathan Fox       68
2004    Michael Musko       80


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. John Coussis

IL

02
75
 2. Ken Rothstein

NY

04
70
 3. Chris Storzillo

NJ

02
58
 4. Michael Musko

IN

04
50
 5. Jack Jaeger

VA

01
50
 6. Jonathan Fox

FL

03
40
 7. Peter Busch

OH

00
36
 8. Robert Sohn

PA

01
34
 9. Chuck Krueger

MA

02
30
10. Steve Katz

VA

01
30
11.  Andy Gardner

VA

04
25
12. Jimmy Fleckenstein

VA

03
24
13. Bruce Bernard

PA

00
24
14.  Philip Shea

VA

04
20
15. John Wetherall

PA

01
20
16. Richard Fox

FL

03
18
17. Gary Presser

NY

00
18
18. Joe Pellicia

ME

99
16
19. Michael Destro

NJ

04
15
20. Pat Mirk

FL

01
15
21. Brandon Bernard

PA

03
12
22. Dee Ann Gehring

IN

00
12
23. Winston Forrest

VA

99
12
24. Bryan Eshleman

NC

04
10
25. Jim Fleckenstein

VA

02
10
26. Shantanu Saha

NY

03
  8
27. Brian Schott

MD

00
  6
28. Eric Shaffer

AZ

02
  5
29. Bob Foster

ID

01
  5
30. John Chung

WA

03
  4

Past Winners

Jack Jaeger - VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey - NY
1997

Fred Minard - PA
1998

Ken Rothstein - NY
1999

John Coussis - IL
2000

Chris Storzillo - NJ
2002

Jonathan Fox - FL
2003
 


Fare Wars ... a wargame for capitalists

Air Baron saw some lofty participation numbers from 1996 through 2000 but had dropped off in recent years. I'm happy to report our numbers are heading back towards the 100s with a showing of 80 people for 2004. For those of you who didn't make one of the FOUR heats - what can I say, you missed out on the "Good Times Game of 2004". Next year is to be just as exciting, so do your best to make it out.

It was exciting to see the different strategies employed at the tables. While some shoot straight up the middle buying up Dallas-Fort Worth and its ilk, others would bunker down in LAX and JFK biding their time hoping to accumulate enough cash to win. However, the most successful strategy seemed to be taking control of Miami and eventually controlling Atlanta with presence in surrounding hubs. I didnít keep official stats, but this was also the strategy used by the eventual champion Michael Musko in the final game.

There were 26 games played resulting in 123 calamities being drawn. While the likelihood of each one being drawn should be even, Local Competitor was only drawn 13% of the time. Recession was drawn 19%, Crash 22%, Oil Can 23% and Strike 24% of the time. In games where the oilcan was drawn more than three times, you only had a 10% chance of finishing in the allotted three-hour limit. If it was drawn four times you almost had no chance and if it was drawn five times, you were certain to be adjudicated and the winner would have a measly 170-market share and cash total.

Here are a few rule variants Iím thinking about for next year, please e-mail me and let me know what you think. These rule variants would be used to help keep games going and end before the three-hour limit is up ... who really wants to be adjudicated anyway?

1. Crash, Local Competitor, Strike and Recession are mixed up, one is chosen and placed on the first calamity marker. Oilcan is then mixed with the remaining and they are distributed on the market share chart. This would give the game a chance to get going before the oilcan comes out and steals all your money.

2. Profit taking. Similar to Fare Wars in the sense that you have to declare if you're in or out before drawing chits. If you're in, then every chit of yours pulled brings in three times the value, but you roll at a -2 (defense and attack).

3. Remove the Oilcan chit from play whenever it is drawn after the two-hour mark.

Let me know what you think ... you can e-mail me at the address listed below.

Next year I plan on running just three heats, one during the week, one Friday night and one on Saturday. I'd also like a volunteer to run one of the heats (Friday night or Saturday). If you're interested again, e-maili me at the address below.

Until next year, don't overlook those foreign hubs and keep flying the friendly skies of Lancaster Air!

 GM      Mathieu Yuill  [1st Year]   123 Eastwood Ave, Toronto, ONT M1N 3H4
    mathieu@yuill.ca   416-873-1208

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