war of 1812 [Updated October 2005]  

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Dave Metzger, NY

2005 Champion


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Event History
1999    Robert Mull     22
2000    Charles Hickok     26
2001    David Metzger     20
2002    David Metzger     21
2003    David Metzger     26
2004    Matt Calkins     35
2005    David Metzger     33

Block Party History
2004    Rick Young     13
2005    Mike Sims     10

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Metzger      NY    05    120
  2.  Matt Calkins       VA    05     58
  3.  Phil Barcafer      PA    02     32
  4.  Charlie Hickok     PA    00     32
  5.  Michael Sims       IN    02     25
  6.  George Young       VT    03     24
  7.  Jeff Cornett       FL    05     18
  8.  Nick Benedict      CA    04     16
  9.  Mark Miklos        GA    05     12
 10.  Justin Thompson    VA    04     12
 11.  Dennis Culhane     PA    01     12
 12.  Ric Manns          IN    05     10
 13.  Robert Mull        CO    99     10
 14.  Scott Cornett      FL    05      9
 15.  Richard Moyer      MN    04      8
 16.  John Poniske       PA    03      8
 17.  David Norquist     DC    02      8
 18.  Kevin Rohrer       OH    05      6
 19.  Jon Price          NJ    01      6
 20.  John Teixera       VA    00      6
 21.  Bill Place         PA    05      4
 22.  James Kramer       PA    04      4
 23.  Rick Young         NC    03      4
 24.  Mike Nagel         NJ    02      4
 25.  Nick Markevich     CA    01      4
 26.  Karsten Engelmann  PA    00      3
 27.  John Metzger       PA    99      3
 28.  Charles Stucker    IN    05      2
 29.  Scott Bowling      IN    03      2
 30.  John Wetherell     PA    02      2
 31.  James Reidy        IN    99      2
 32.  Gordon Clay        VA    99      1
           

2005 Laurelists

Jeff Cornett, FL
2nd

Mark Miklos, GA
3rd

Scott Cornett, FL
4th

Matt Calkins, VA
5th

Ric Manns, IN
6th


Past Winners

Robert Mull, CO
1999

Charles Hickok, PA
2000

David Metzger, NY
2001-2003

Matt Calkins, VA
2004


Blocks Bursting in Air ...

We had another good turnout for this year's War of 1812 tourney with several new faces for this great opening event. It was great to be in Lampeter with the other wargames. Players bid VP's to play the Americans. Many players choose not to bid and choose sides randomly even with a slight statistical advantage for the US over the past several years.

We played with three variants this year. We played with a new variant that allowed players to tear down a naval unit on a lake as a choice for the player's naval phase. This was well received after the Block Party GM and I discussed it in Columbus. The feedback was positive and it will be back at the next BPA Block Party.

We played 37 games in a Swiss-elimination tourney. This year we returned to the tie breaker system instead of allowing draws like the original rules. This change was highly encouraged by our tourney director, which I agree is better for this format. There were only 12 bids this year with the average being around 1, though one player bid three to play the Americans. The Americans won 55% of the games that had a bid and 57% overall.

The Americans won most of their games in either 1812 or 1813. The Americans did win a few games in 1814 as well, but over two-thirds of the wins were in the first two years. While the British won 43% of all games, they did not win a single game in the single elimination portion of the event between the laurelists. The British won the most of their games in the year 1814. In the games that went to the last year, the British won 13 and lost six.

The Cornett's in their second year of competiition in this event both qualified for the semifinals. Perennial champion David Metzger & Saratoga designer Mark Miklos joined the father and son team in the elimination rounds. Jeff advanced to the Final by beating Mark as the US in the last turn of 1814 to face former champion David Metzger. David was able to defeat Scott Cornett in the semifinal. David bid one to play the US and took advantage of the early American success to win the game in the year 1813.

I want to thank everyone for their support over the years. I am going to step aside as the War of 1812 GM next year.

 GM      Ric Manns  [6th Year]   NA 
    ricmanns@c3bb.com   NA

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