atlantic storm [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Roy Gibson, MD

2005 Champion

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Event History
1998    Ric Manns      155
1999    Roy Gibson     116
2000    Bob Eastman     129
2001    John Coussis     126
2002    Robert Barnes     126
2003    Scott Buckwalter     140
2004     Rob Winslow     122
2005     Brad Jones     126
2006    Roy Gibson     121

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Roy Gibson         MD    06    100
   2.  Rob Winslow        NY    04     95
   3.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     90
   4.  John Coussis       IL    06     74
   5.  Henry Richardson   VA    01     60
   6.  Bob Eastman        OK    00     60
   7.  Robert Barnes      WV    02     50
   8.  Pat Mirk           FL    02     45
   9.  Ben Knight         MD    03     41
  10.  Brad Jones         FL    05     40
  11.  Marty Sample       NH    04     36
  12.  Andy Gardner       VA    03     36
  13.  John Elliott       MD    06     32
  14.  Carol Caler        OH    05     24
  15.  Eric Stranger      OH    99     24
  16.  Dan Mathias        MD    03     18
  17.  Josh Gifford       MD    00     18
  18.  Bill Place         PA    06     16
  19.  Peter Reese        VA    05     16
  20.  Scott Fenn         MD    04     15
  21.  Jamie Tang         MD    02     13
  22.  Tom Bissa          MI    05     12
  23.  Stan Buck          MD    03     12
  24.  Peter Busch        OH    99     12
  25.  Ross Jones         SC    04     10
  26.  Rob Mull           CO    02     10
  27.  Dwayne Curry       OH    01     10
  28.  Craig Melton       VA    06      8
  29.  Ron Wuerth         VA    05      8
  30.  Cliff Ackman       PA    03      6
  31.  Kevin Brownell     ME    04      5
  32.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    06      4
  33.  Justin Thompson    VA    05      4
  34.  Steve Squibb       PA    99      4
      

2006 Laurelists

John Coussis, IL
2nd

Bill Place, PA
3rd

John Elliott, MD
4th

Craig Melton, VA
5th

Keith Hunsinger, OH
6th


Past Winners

Ric Manns, IN
1998

Roy Gibson, MD
1999, 2006

Bob Eastman, OK
2000

John Coussis, IL
2001

Robert Barnes, WV
2002

Scott Buckwalter, MD
2003

Rob Winslow, NY
2004

Brad Jones, FL
2005


 Matt Evinger seems to be enjoying the ninth Atlantic Storm tournament which has proven to be among the most consistent WBC draws - always attracting triple digits.

 Designer Ben Knight (standing) oversees the Final round of his creation's ninth WBC tournament as Finalists (clockwise from left) Bill Place with his back to the shot, John Elliott, Keith Hunsinger, Craig Melton, John Coussis and Roy Gibson battle it out.

First Two Time Champ ...

He almost did it again. GM John Coussis came within a whisker of winning his own tournament for the second time, and being subject to all the subsequent abuse that would have followed. Alas, it was not meant to be, but that didn't diminish what was another great Atlantic Storm tournament.

121 brave sailors ventured into the North Atlantic this year. As in previous years, the seas were fraught with many dangers and even more bizarre stories.

* Mike Coombes sweeping 16 VP's in a single hand (yet still not winning his game)
* Game designer Ben Knight's 0 for 4 record in the heats

In the end, Bill Place, John Elliott, Roy Gibson, Keith Hunsinger, Craig Melton and yours truly met to play what would be one of the closest, and most cautious, games of Atlantic Storm ever.

The Final commenced relatively calmly. Elliott, Coussis and Place each took points on the first hand. Two air battles followed with Gibson taking points unopposed and then Place benefiting from coussis's roll of 1 to take a convoy for himself. Small convoys seemed to be the way things went during thefirst half as no one felt confident enough in their hand to put big points in play.

After ten convoys, the visible (convoy) scores were Melton 10, Gibson and Elliott 8, Hunsinger 5, Place 4, and Coussis 0 (but building a nice stack of face-down spoils cards).

The mid-game started with two combined battles. Coussis reversed his earlier die-rolling fortunes by rolling a 6 (the only roll that would win him the convoy) to take SC118. He.led the next hand by calling a combined battle for a 1VP convoy and then discarding his entire hand.

Coussis continued his "mini-streak" by winning the air battle for HG76 with the fated card for that convoy which earned him spoils points as well as the convoy on that hand.

The game continued to see very few points put into play as, again, everyone played close to their vests. The low-scoring game continued right up to the last hand as Place put a 6-point convoy up for grabs, called a surface battle, and then played Ultra to allow him to play last. Coussis, knowing he was close to, if not in, the lead got excited as he had one of the 6-point British battleships and since Place was playing last, getting that card down before him could be the difference in the hand and the game. Alas, it was not meant to be for our hero as Melton also had a British battleship in reserve, got it down first, and took the last convoy.

Now came time to total the scores, That large pile of spoils almost made the difference for the playing GM, but in the end it wound up costing him. The final scores were Gibson 20 (18 convoy points), Coussis 20 (only nine on convoys), Place 19, Elliott 18, Melton 17, and Hunsinger 14. Roy Gibson becomes the first two-time Atlantic Storm champion on the convoy points tie-breaker.

Thanks to all for playing again this year, and we'll see you back on the water, or over or under it, again in 2007.

 GM      John Coussis  [8th Year]  NA
    jacous@yahoo.com   NA 

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