history of the world [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report    

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Haim Hochboim, Israel

2004 Champion

2nd: Peter Busch, OH

3rd: Christina Hancock, NH

4th: Terry Coleman, BC

5th: Rachel Power, MI

6th:  Keith Altizer, FL

Event History
1993    Ben Grimes        53
1994    Gordon Bliss      102
1995    Tim Johnson      105
1996    Keith Levy      102
1997    Bruce Monnin    108
1998    Greg Crowe        72
1999    Jonas Borra        68
2000    Robert Destro       70
2001    Harald Henning       56
2002    Rolinda Collinson       52
2003    Mike Backstrom       49
2004    Haim Hochboim       55


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Harald Henning

CT

03
126
 2. Jonas Borra

NY

02
  84
 3. Rolinda Collinson

MD

03
  75
 4. Mike Backstrom

MN

03
  68
 5.  Haim Hochboim

Israel

04
  60
 6. Robert Destro

NJ

00
  60
 7. Allen Kaplan

NJ

01
  48
 8. Peter Busch

OH

04
  36
 9. Tony Cadden

MD

00
  36
10. Bob Aarhus

NC

99
  36
11. Christina Hancock

NH

04
  24
12. Malinda Barnes

NY

01
  24
13. Graeme Dandy

Australia

00
  24
14. Joe Burch

MD

99
  24
15. Terry Coleman

BC

04
  23
16. Jamie Tang

MD

03
  20
17. Kevin Youells

FL

02
  18
18. Paul Bean

MA

00
  18
19. Chris Hancock

NH

99
  18
20. Rachel Power

MI

04
  12
21. Amdrew Kutzy

NY

02
  12
22. Greg Crowe

VA

01
  12
23. Michael Pacheco

CA

99
  12
24. Duane Wagner

NJ

03
  10
25. Keith Altizer

FL

04
   6
26. Richard Fox

IL

02
   6
27. Ivan Lawson

MD

01
   6
28. Paul McCarthy

NY

00
   6
29. John Rinko

VA

99
   6

Past Winners

1993: Ben Grimes - SC
1995: Tim Johnson - MD

Gordon Bliss - MA
1994

Keith Levy - MD
1996

Bruce Monnin - OH
1997

Greg Crowe - MD
1998

Jonas Borra - NY
1999

Robert Destro - NJ
2000

Harald Henning - CT
2001


Rolinda Collinson - MD
2002


Mike Backstrom - MN
2003
     

The Tides of History ...

The time had come for History of the World to move forward. 2004 brought only the Hasbro edition to WBC competition. The game format returned to a preliminary round, semi-final and final game.

The preliminary filled ten tables with 55 players. One table played with modifications (using the square epoch pieces from the original version of the game, these have symbols that are more easily distinguished from each other). Scanning the tables, observant onlookers noticed that one board was playing with orange, silver and white figures? Yes, enamel spray paint works wonders on whichever green you would like to replace! Extra sets of figures can also be ordered from Hasbro, see info contained in your game box.

Hmmm? Seven empires in play for each epoch, I've been told it's a real battle over territory! Considering that almost one quarter of the players had never played the Hasbro edition, all tables finished in good time. After a ten minute grace period 18 players sat for the semifinal, the top two from each of three boards advanced to the final, held on Friday morning. Terry Coleman was the only player who made it back to the final table from last year's final six.

Finalists (clockwise left to right): Christana Hancock, Haim Hochboim, Keith Altizer, Peter Busch, and Rachel Power.

Through the first four Epochs the scores remained fairly close. Sumeria, the Vedic City States, the Hsiung-Nu and the Huns did not come into play. In Epoch IV Pete picked the Arabs for himself and also played the Kingdom Tiahuanaco and the Anglo Saxons. Rachel tied him with 28 points. Pete was heard saying as Rachel killed more and more Arab soldiers "What's wrong with you?" the Byzantines replied, "We're not compatible!"

In Epoch V, Terry kept the Vikings and also played the Kingdom Mali and minor empire Fujiwara. It was Haim however who racked up 37 points with the Sung Dynasty, not enough to be awarded the chit which went to Terry.

Haim passed the Incas and Aztecs to Rachel in Epoch VI. Keith passed Haim Portugal, to which he added the Kingdom Thai and jumped 47 points to bring him to the lead and acquire his second Pre-eminence chit.

In Epoch VII, Rachel presented Haim with the United States. Haim chose Terry to receive Great Britain. Christine, Keith and Pete each kept France, Netherlands and the Manchu Dynasty respectively. Keith used Reallocation with Naval Power but his efforts were fruitless. Rachel played Japan with Russia which was given to her by Terry. Christine and Pete each played Leader cards AND Treachery, while Terry played his Leader with Elite Troops!

The final was well played with almost an even number of Empires passed to opponents as the number of Empires kept. We saw the most forts on the board, nine in Epoch II. When the dust settled it was Haim Hochboim (first time attending the WBC all the way from Israel) who triumphed over the world! Congratulations!!

Thanks to all for making my first GM experience a pleasure.

 GM      Rolinda Coillinson [1st Year]   NA
    patchbasket@yahoo.com   NA

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