To the Strongest
Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
-Alexander the Great
statement turned out to foreshadowi the turn of events in the
2004 tournament. A new format was in place that eliminated the
semi-final round and awarded tournament points based on finishing
place in each game. To encourage players to play for the win,
winners were aptly rewarded and last place was, well, not rewarded.
Veteran players of the tournament seemed to think this system
needed 'tweeking' however newcomers to the WBC Successors
tournament took to it like Alexander took to the known world.
A former champion and former finalist each won in the first of
three rounds and decided not to play another. The newer folks
kept plugging away to rack up more tourney points. This resulted
in three of four new faces at the final table which consisted
of Henry Rice, Mark Hinkle, Francis Czawlytko,and Ahmet Ilpars.
Three of those playing at the final table were new to the final
and two of them were newcomers to the WBC event. The lone 'old
timer' was in his second year of the event.
The final itself showed that Successors is a wargame.
There were several 'titanic' battles on the way to determining
the winner. Mark Hinkle and his warlords Antigonous and Antipater
had the VP's for an Auto Victory in turn 2 by smashing Ptolemy
in Crete and Lysimachus in Nicaea; the latter battle pitting
25+ v. 23 strength points. He failed to hold on when Craterous
was able to defeat him in another colossal battle of 25+ v. 23
strength points. Mark tried again in turns 3 and 4 for the Auto
Victory only to see his bids stopped by well played Tyche cards.
Henry Rice had the combination of Victory and Legitimacy Points
to crown Alex IV, who was under his faction's control, for the
victory. Though thwarted in his attempt for the Auto Victory,
Mark still had the points to claim second. Francis Czawlytko
claimed third and Ahmet Ilpars, who on three occasions, unselfishly
sent his largest general to stop the leader of the game finished
with the final plaque.
Hope to see all who participated, and more, back at the event
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The tournament began in December 2001 with 24 players vetted
by the BPA for participation. There were three qualifying rounds
and the top four ranking players moved up to a final round. Round
1 ended by 7/14/02 and at that point, eight participants decided
to drop from the tournament. The remaining 16 participants finished
Round 2 by 4/15/03 where another two participants dropped from
the tournament. Mauro Faina joined the tournament at this point
strictly to help meet the goal of having all tables four player
games. He was joined by John Firer who had previously dropped
in order to have four tables of four for Round 3. Round 3 ended
by 7/1/03 with Rob Mull, Henry Rice, Jim Gutt and Stefan Mecay
advancing to the final round.
What is particularly noteworthy in regards to the finalists
is that Henry Rice was the only player advancing to the finals
who came in first place in all three qualifying rounds. The finals
ended on 8/23/04 with Rob Mull grabbing the wood as the number
one finisher. Rice, Mecay, and Gutt followed him in that order.
All four players in the Final Round should be justly proud of
themselves for their overall performances throughout the tournament.
Just getting to the finals was quite an achievement.
Successors BPA PBeM Final Standings
1. Mull, Rob
2. Rice, Henry
3. Mecay, Stefan
4. Gutt, Jim
5. Ellison, Matt
6. Marjomaa, Risto
7. Pei, James
8. Young, George
9. Shipley, Rich
10. Frydas, Nick
11. Melnick, Wayne
12. Wixson, Keith
13. Barrett, Paul
14. Knight, Mickel
15. Faina, Mauro*
*Entered Tournament during Round 3 to enable a full complement
of 4-player tables