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2004 WBC Report     

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Andrew Clark, AZ

2003 Champion

2nd: Phil Barcafer, PA

3rd: Bill Dyer, IL

4th: Jean-Francois Gagne, QUE

5th: Jeff Cornett, FL

6th: Matt Fagan, NJ

Event History
1992    Paul Saunders      12
1993    Ray Carpenter      23
1994    Paul Weintraub      22
1995    James Garvey      23
1996    Bruce Bernard      22
1997    Matt Fagan      28
1998    Brad Johnson      43
1999    Steve Koehler     38
2000    Jay Schlaffer     35
2001    Tony Burke     29
2002    Steve Koehler     33
2003    Bill Dyer     34
2004     Andrew Clark     33


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Bill Dyer

IL

04
84
 2. Steve Koehler

NC

02
70
 3. Joe Abrams

CT

03
52
 4. Andrew Clark

AZ

04
40
 5. Jay Schlaffer

DC

00
40
 6. Phil Barcafer

PA

04
33
 7. Tony Burke

NJ

01
30
 8. Chris Bodkin

NY

03
26
 9. Peter Stephanouk

PA

02
24
10. Brad Johnson

IL

00
24
11. Ken Keller

AZ

99
18
12. Jean-Francois Gagne

QUE

04
16
13. Joe Harrison

KY

03
16
14. Glenn McMaster

ONT

03
16
15. Steve Cuccaro

MD

02
16
16. Paul Saunders

VA

00
12
17. Ray Carpenter

CT

99
  9
18. Jeff Cornett

FL

04
  8
19. James Hopkin

CA

02
  8
20. Bruce Bernard

PA

00
  8
21. Matt Fagan

NJ

04
  7
22. Chip Collins

TX

01
  6
23. Jeff Clark

AZ

99
  6
24. Brian Jones

MD

01
  3

Past Winners

Paul Saunders - VA
1992

Ray Carpenter - CT
1993

Paul Weintraub - MD
1994

James Garvey - NY
1995

Bruce Bernard - PA
1996

Matt Fagan - NJ
1997

Brad Johnson -IL
1998

Steve Koehler - NC
1999, 2002

 
Jay Schlaffer - NJ
2000


Tony Burke - NJ
2001


Bill Dyer - IL
2003
   
 


The Spice of Life

Attendance held steady again this year, with 33 players, including a number of new faces, attempting to control Arrakis. We played ten preliminary games with a mean duration of 5.7 game turns in 3.5 hours, a bit faster than previous years. This can be attributed to the fact that we have been systematically adding minor house rules each year in an effort to make it more difficult to force a stalemate.

The rule for treating the Shield Wall as a sixth stronghold (beginning on whatever turn the sixth worm appears, just to keep it uncertain), which received good feedback from most players last year was retained. In addition, we added a new rule limiting spice exchanges between players to the Collection Round only (except for the Emperor, who may give spice to his allies at any time). Even though I had playtested this rule a bit, I was nervous about introducing it, but it met with virtually unanimous acceptance. The primary purpose of this rule was to make it more difficult for players to spontaneously pool their spice to stop attempts to win the game, which has been a very common occurrence. The change requires players to plan ahead a bit more, which actually enhances the strategic aspects of the game. It also yields some desirable secondary effects without dramatically changing the game's tone, namely strengthening the Emperor's alliance position a bit, allowing the Fremen a bit more freedom to operate without interference, and preventing players from relying too much on the Guild moving last to stop wins. Since these three factions have usually achieved the fewest victories each year, these changes would be welcome.

We saw a fairly broad mix of types of results, including three 2-player alliance wins, four 3-player alliance wins, one stalemate, one Bene Gesserit prediction victory (that I think surprised even the BG), and a 1st turn Harkonnen solo win!

For the first time this year, the distribution of wins was very even across all six factions: Each scored three wins except for the BG who scored 4! In the past, we have seen very significant differences between the top and bottom factions. The Fremen in particular rose from less than one win per year to three this year, and a significant presence in most games I witnessed. I'm not certain exactly how this might or might not be attributed to the new house rule, but we feel that it did have an impact.

I again awarded my Best Faction plaques to the players who gave the best single-game performance with each faction during the preliminary heats, measured in terms of strongholds controlled per turn. Adam Clark received Best Bene Gesserit; Matt Fagan, Best Emperor (last year's Best BG); Brian Jones, Best Fremen; Jean-Francois Gagne, Best Harkonnen (last year's Best Fremen). And young A.J. Sudy, first time tournament participant but son of long-time player Kevin Sudy, took home both Best Atreides and Best Guild!

In the final game, Phil Barcafer drew the Atreides; Jeff Cornett, the BG (with which he had won a prediction victory to qualify for the final); Andrew Clark, the Emperor; Bill Dyer, the Fremen; Matt Fagan, the Guild; and Jean-Francois Gagne, the Harkonnen (with which he had won the turn-1 solo victory to qualify). Most of these players are no stranger the the finals, and in fact, both Bill and Matt were competing for their team score, so tension was high.

Immediately in turn 1, House Harkonnen re-enacted the novel by evicting House Atreides from Arrakeen. J.F. had seen an aggressive Harkonnen opening turn out very favorably in the preliminary round, and he was anxious to try it again. However, the Fremen, Guild, and Emepror held the desert sietches firmly.

In turn 3, the Atreides forced his way back into Arrakeen, and then possession of the two cities changed hands between the Atreides, Harkonnen, and Emperor for the next 4 turns. Through it all, the Fremen, Guild, and Emperor retained control of their one desert sietch apiece. The Bene Gesserit, presumably working behind the scenes, did not control a stronghold the entire game.

Finally, in turn 7, the Emperor made his move, taking Tuek's Sietch from the Guild. The next turn, his ally the Atreides was able to take and hold both Arrakeen and Sietch Tabr for the alliance win! Andrew Clark, a player from the past returning to the WBC for the first time in recent history, won the tie-breaker and took home his first wood.

Congratulations to all the players, and thanks for another great year!

 GM      Brad Johnson  [4th Year]   1517 Driftwood Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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