brawling battleships [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

David Huss, NY

2006 Champion

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Event History
2004    Rob Mull     30
2005     Jeff Spaner     34
2006     David Huss     26


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Huss         NY    06     30
  2.  Jeff Spaner        MD    05     30
  3.  Chris Greenfield   NY    06     22
  4.  Rob Mull           CO    04     20
  5.  Steve Raszewski    MD    05     18
  6.  Matt Bacho         MD    06     18
  7.  Andrew Fedin       PA    05     12
  8.  Kevin Brownell     ME    04     12
  9.  Bruce Young        SC    05      9
 10.  Tin Evinger        PA    04      8
 11.  Dan Pasaric        NY    06      6
 12.  James Dougherty    PA    05      6
 13.  Tom Phillips       NJ    04      6
 14.  Bradley Raszewski  MD    05      3
 15.  Mark Bayliss       UK    04      2

2006 Laurelists

Chris Greenfield, NY

Matt Bacho, MD

Dan Pasaric, NY

Not Reported

Not Reported

Past Winners

Rob Mull, CO

Jeff Spaner, MD

 Although "generously" set for three hour rounds, GM Taylor found his crews a studious lot who steadfastly went over the time limit.

 Matt Evinger suppresses a mischievous chuckle as he readies a broadside for the unfortunate fellow on his right.

The Brawling Battleships Steel Tale

In 2005 I ran this event, three heats followed by a semi-final and Final rounds, and every session finished pretty much on time. Three hours for three sorties or plays through the deck is considered a fairly tame pace for this game but this year, when I turned into a pumpkin and had to be someplace else at the exact end time for the BRAWLING BATTLESHIPS STEEL game, every heat and round ran over. Maybe people are just being more serious in their play but next year I am going to ask for three and a half hours per heat/round, just to be safe. The number of competitors was down a bit this year but there seemed to be equal numbers of new players (at least to me - some apparently learned the game when I demonstrated it before the first heat) and seasoned old salts from the previous two years competitions.

The three heats of mayhem on the high seas were followed by a semi-final round followed immediately by a championship round on Saturday. The Saturday semi-final round was to be two six-player tables consisting of the twelve winners from tables in the earlier heats but four of the heat winners didn't show, including the defending champion, Jeff Spaner, who had to go home on Friday. As an interesting aside, a participant in the semi-final round was Pat Mirk, who used to playtest for me back at Battleline Games and who I haven't seen since 1977 - gaming is a great way to keep tripping over old friends. I set up two four-player tables for the semi-finals and, because our assigned room was overbooked with the Final for another tournament, I sped things up by only having only two sorties in the semi-final and Final rounds. The winner and second-highest point total at each table advanced to the final round. The final four were all excellent players and there were some clever defensive plays that kept the scores low. I hope to see many of them again next year.

The official results were as follows:
FIRST PLACE (WINNER): David Huss - 38 victory points.
SECOND PLACE: Chris Greenfield - 29 victory points.
THIRD PLACE: Matt Bacho - 22 victory points.
FOURTH PLACE: Dan Pasaric - 16 victory points.

 GM      Craig Taylor  [3rd Year]   NA
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