great campaigns / acw 1863 [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status*: pending 2005 GM commitment

* To be combined with GC2

Chris Withers, CA

2004 Champion

2nd: Mark Booth, VA

3rd: David Cross, VA

4th: Paul Nied, KS

 5th: Mike Pacheco, CA

 6th: Dennis Nicholson, NY

Event History
1995    Ken Lee*    28
1996    Paul Tisevich*    16
1997    Joe Bellas*    24
1998    Bruno Passacantando*    21
1999    Pat Duffy*    14
2000    Scott Spurgeon    18
2001    Bruno Passacantando    17
2002     Paul Nied    21
2003    David Cross    17
2004     Chris Withers    17

* Roads to Gettysburg


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GCACW AREA Ratings

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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Bruno Passacantando

CT

03
66
 2. Mark Booth

VA

04
66
 3. Chris Withers

CA

04
66
 4. Paul Nied

KS

04
57
 5. David Cross

VA

04
48
 6. Scott Spurgeon

ONT

00
30
 7. Michael Pacheco

CA

04
18
 8. Steve Sandy

OH

02
  9
 9. David Dockter

MN

00
  9
10. William Cooper

NJ

00
  6
11.  Dennis Nicholson

NY

04
  3
12. Marty Musella

VA

03
  3
13. Steve Likevich

OH

02
  3
14. Mike Metcalf

NC

01
  3
15. Hugh Mater

NJ

00
  3

Past Winners

Ken Lee - PA
1995

Paul Tisevich - FL
1996

Joe Bellas - OH
1997

Bruno Passacantando - CT
1998, 2001

Hugh Mater - NJ
1999

Scott Spurgeon - ONT
2000

Paul Nied - KS
2002

David Cross - VA
2003
 


Great Campaigns of the American Civil War: 1863

17 players entered the Great Campaigns of 1863/4 tournament for the second straight year. Scenarios from GTC started and ended Friday's qualifying rounds, with Sheridan Rides South up first in the morning and Battle of the Wilderness as the nightcap. In between, rounds of The Battle Continues (a Roads to Gettysburg scenario from Skimisher 1), Fort Stevens (a Rebels in the White House scenario from Skimisher 2), and Piedmont (also Skirmisher 2) were contested. Balance was excellent; bids were low throughout the tournament and there were 12 Confederate wins and 11 Union.

Old GCACW veterans Forrest Speck and Ken Lee joined us; Forrest reactivated his AREA rating with a very creative win at Sheridan Rides South over Dennis Mason. Mike Pacheco also returned for two rounds and posted wins in both; taking 5th place in the tournament. This year's GCACW Rookie of the Year, Dennis Nicholson, posted a win over Ed Beach in Sheridan, knocking out three forts near Richmond on the last turn. Ed and Dennis squared off again in the nightcap with the Wilderness scenario. Ed's creative use of wooded roads allowed him to disrupt Dennis's Union defensive lines and take the rematch.

The semi-finals matched Paul Nied and Chris Withers in Strike Them A Blow. Mark Booth and David Cross were in the other semi. Chris had to knock Hancock out of his strong position south of the Po River to turn the tide in his game. David and Mark played well into the final turn before Mark finally prevailed.

The GC2 final was GTC's Bloody Spotsylvania with Mark Booth playing the Union and Chris Withers taking the Confederates. Grant started with the slows and only rolled a 1 in the opening Union Activate Army Leader action. Then the Union tried to slip in-between a gap in the Rebel lines but was routed back. Another Rebel attack later in the turn on Sheridan set the Union back even more with the destruction of an entire cavalry brigade. The die continued to roll against the Union with two days of rain slowing the Union advance. When the skies cleared, the Union tried to capture Spotsylvania Court House but was thrown back by Confederate counterattacks. Grant conceded the day. We've planned an ambitious new single-tournament format for next year which will combine GC2 and GC3 into one event; Chris will probably be our first and last champ to ever sweep the GCACW events at WBC.

 GM      Ed Beach  [9th Year]  NA 
    ebeach@Comcast.net   NA

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