great campaigns  [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

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Chris Withers, CA

2000-06 Champion

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Event History
1993    Ed Beach*      22
1994    Ray Rooks*      22
1995    Bruno Passacantando*      22
1996    Paul Tisevich *      27
1997    Jeff Otto*      22
1998    Bruno Passacantando *      13
1999    Ken Lee*     18
2000    Chris Withers**     19
2001    Chris Withers**     20
2002    Chris Withers**     18
2003    Chris Withers**     19
2004    Chris Withers**     16
2005     Chris Withers***     26
2006    Chris Withers***     19

* Stonewall Jackson's Way
 ** Combined into GC2
***Combined GC2 & GC3 into GCA

PBeM Event History
2000    Ed Beach      17


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Chris Withers      CA    06    276
  2.  David Cross        VA    05     82
  3.  Ed Beach           MD    06     79
  4.  Paul Nied          KS    04     78
  5.  Mark Booth         VA    04     75
  6.  B. Passacantando   CT    03     66
  7.  Steve Likevich     OH    06     48
  8.  Michael Pacheco    CA    04     36
  9.  Scott Spurgeon     ON    00     36
 10.  Pat Duffy          NJ    02     29
 11.  Rob Doane          MA    06     27
 12. justin Rice         VA    06     18
 13.  Dennis Mason       ME    04     18
 14.  Robert Dwyer       NJ    04     15
 15.  Ken Lee            PA    03     12
 16.  Steve Sandy        OH    02      9
 17.  Ed Karpowicz       DC    01      9
 18.  David Dockter      MN    00      9
 19.  Jim Pyle           VA    00      9
 20.  Brad Anderson      OH    02      6
 21.  William Cooper     NJ    00      6
 22.  Jay Meyers         CA    06      3
 23.  Rod Coffey         MD    05      3
 24.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    04      3
 25.  Marty Musella      VA    03      3
 26.  Forrest Speck      MD    01      3
 27.  Mike Metcalf       NC    01      3
 28.  Hugh Mater         NJ    00      3
 29.  Doug Pratto        MA    00      1

2006 Laurelists

Justin Rice, VA

Steve Likevich, OH

Rob Doane, MA

Ed Beach, MD

Jay Meyers, CA

Past Winners

Ed Beach, MD

Ray Rooks, MD

Bruno Passacantando, CT
1995, 1998

Paul Tisevich, FL

Jeff Otto, OH

Ken Lee, PA

Chris Withers, CA

Seven Straight!

The year 2000 brought change to The Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW) series tournament play. Instead of trying to pack an ever expanding series of games into a five-day tournament it was decided to consolidate down to two events. Additional campaign games were added for those who love truly looonnnng games. The first tournament was titled '1862' which encompassed four games: Stonewall Jackson's Way, Here Come the Rebels,  Stonewall in the Valley and On to Richmond. The remander of the series covered the later years of the war and was contested under the label 1863.

In 2005, the two events were merged into one due to declining attendance and now covers the entire series.






In the tournament portion of this year's event, we primarily focused on scenarios from Grant Takes Command. Preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday brought back a mix of veterans and newer players. Unfortunately, several regular players at this event were unable to attend WBC this year. Still the action was stiff. It is readily evident that the PBeM ladder is allowing many players to sharpen their skills. After two days of battles, seven players advanced to the elimination round with last year's champion, Chris Withers, receiving the BYE with five wins. Tense battles in The Wilderness advanced three other players to the semi-finals, with Ed Beach, Jay Myers, and Dave Cross being defeated.

Next up was the battle at Bethesda Church. Chris came from behind to take the lead from Steve Likevich (who placed 3rd in 2005). In a well setup counterattack with assault and grand assault which would likely have achieved a win if successful, Steve only needed to lose the battle die roll differential by 2, but alas, he lost by 3. In the other battle, tournament newcomer Justin Rice (but a very experienced PBeM player) defeated Rob Doane (who was 2nd in 2005).

The final battle of the tournament was Bloody Spotsylvania. Justin's Union forces pushed hard and momentarily captured Spotsylvania Court House. He was pushed out but was still in a good position, but Chris's strategy of "positive combat dice rolls" in the majority of the battles worked yet again, and the Union Army suffered massive casualties in frontal assaults against the fortified positions. Will anyone ever defeat Chris in a final?

Next year, we are looking at revising our schedule to have preliminary rounds on Wednesday and Thursday with semi-finals on Friday and a Final on Saturday to give players as much flexibility as possible with other events. We will still have a training session on Wednesday for new commanders prior to the tournament. The campaign game will be started after the semi-finals on Friday and played through Saturday when many people out of contention in other tournaments are looking for interesting games to play.

During the week, Ed had a draft map for the area around Chattanooga, TN on display and many people dropped by and expressed interest in the Western Theater project. Hopefully development will be much further along when we see everyone next year.

 GM      David Cross [1st Year]   NA   NA

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