enemy in sight [Updated Oct 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Matt Evinger, PA

2007 Champion

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Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004     Bill Peeck     30
2005    Wade Fowble     31
2006    Evan Hitchings     28
2007     Matt Evinger     32

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Matt Evinger       PA    07     69
  2.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    00     60
  3.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  4.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
  5.  Evan Hitchings     DE    06     35
  6.  Bill Peeck         NY    06     32
  7.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
  8.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
  9.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 10.  Bill Alderman      VA    07     18
 11.  Blair Morgen       NJ    03     18
 12.  Pat Mirk           FL    02     18
 13.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 14.  Rob Kilroy         PA    01     18
 15.  Bill Powers        VA    07     16
 16.  John Izer          MD    06     12
 17.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 18.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 19.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 20.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 21.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 22.  Larry York         CA    00     12
 23.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 24.  Joe Burch          MD    02      9
 25.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 26.  Kevin Coombs       GA    99      9
 27.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 28.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 29.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 30.  Dale Long          NJ    06      6
 31.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 32.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 33.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 34.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 35.  Tim Hitchings      DE    07      3
 36.  Robert Eastman     NV    04      3
 37.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 38.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 39.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3
 40.  Mike Windle        DE    05      2

2007 Laurelists

Bill Alderman, VA
2nd

Bill Powers, VA
3rd

John Speck, MD
4th

Mike Cannon, MD
5th

Tim Hitchings, DE
6th


Past Winners

'91 98: W. Forrest,VA
1995: Phil Thomas, MD

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006
     

 Enemy in Sight has traditionally been one of the last shots for wood and travel plans on getaway day have cut short its potential players. Some theorize that changing the event to Class B and providing heats might reinvigorate the field to its previous high numbers.

GM Neal Schlaffer oversees his last Final. At 17 years with the same event he was the dean of WBC GMs. Unable to attend for more than a day in recent years, he thinks another GM with more time could reinvigorate the field.

The End of an Era

To say it has been fun would be an understatement. I have run the tournament for 17 years - since he game was first published. We have had as many as 64 players and as few as 25 which dropped it from the Century 100 and onto the in again/offagain bubble. We have had tournaments last five hours for just the first round. We've even had two publishers. I've seen you and your kids grow up and older playing the game. There has been some past criticism about the use of single elimination and the Sunday get-away slot. Well, here's the chance for someone to step up and run the game the way they want. I am stepping down and perhaps it is for the best. Perhaps with a different format it will regain its former glory. I hope so.

This year 32 players began the day with fiveadvancing to the final round which lasted three decks. Many were old hands at the game with a sprinkling of new faces. In the second deck action Matt Evinger (ME) prized the Guerrier captured from Bill Alderman (BA). He sank the damaged HMS Java at sea with a 4+1 hit and sank the Thunderer in Bill Powers port on a die roll of 6 to propel himself into a very slim lead over BA. ME manage to lose the Royal Sovereign to John Speck (JS) which JS eventually prized.

Third deck action saw BA as the first player to breach the 100 VP level with the capture and return of the Mars - a 26-point prize. He also managed to sink another ship ensuring an easy 116 point victory. But, this was not meant to be as he took the brunt of the third deck vengeance and lost his entire fleet thereby losing 15 VPs and coming in second with 101 VPs. Had BA not lost the 15 VPs there would have been a tie for first and another deck to play. In the end ME bided his time, sank a small 8 VP ship, then played a Refuse Battle, just a few cards short from ending the game, to take the Santa Ana back and gain 30 VP and the number one slot.

Evinger won with a total of 116 points to Alderman's 101. Powers took third with 94, Speck fourth with 87, Cannon fifth with 61 and Hitchings brought up the rear with a mere 49. Mike Cannon (MC) had the worst luck of all the players in drawing cards and ended up having, at one point, five Boarding Parties with nothing to shoot. Two rules modifications will be made in future copies of EIS to address this issue and assist players in getting rid of multiple "worthless" cards (see below).

Recommended rules change for Lost Battalions' rule booklet:

Page 9, rule section 7.3.3 Boarding Party Resolution ADD: "7.3.3.1 A player may play more than one Boarding Party as part of his boarding attempt.  For each additional Boarding Party card played, beyond the first used to initiate the boarding party attack, the boarding attempt die roll is modified by +1."
 
Page 11, rule section 7.7 BLOCKADE CARDS   between " ... exiting Ships still in Port." and "A player may not blockade . . ." ADD: "A player may use more than one Refuse Battle Card as part of his attempt to run a Blockade.  For each additional Refuse Battle beyond the first use to initiate the running of the blockade the die roll is modified by +1."

 GM      Neal Schlaffer  [17th Year]   NA 
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