great campaigns  [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Chris Withers, CA

2000-07 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
2007     Chris Withers***     22

* 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    07    306
  2.  Ed Beach           MD    07     97
  3.  David Cross        VA    07     85
  4.  Paul Nied          KS    04     78
  5.  Mark Booth         VA    04     75
  6.  B. Passacantando   CT    03     66
  7.  Steve Likevich     OH    07     57
  8.  Rob Doane          MA    07     39
  9.  Michael Pacheco    CA    04     36
 10.  Scott Spurgeon     ON    00     36
 11.  Pat Duffy          NJ    02     29
 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.  Jay Meyers         CA    07      9
 17.  Steve Sandy        OH    02      9
 18.  Ed Karpowicz       DC    01      9
 19.  David Dockter      MN    00      9
 20.  Jim Pyle           VA    00      9
 21.  Brad Anderson      OH    02      6
 22.  William Cooper     NJ    00      6
 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

2007 Laurelists

Ed Beach, MD

Rob Doane, MA

Steve Likevich, OH

Jay Meyers, CA

Dave Cross, VA

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


The new concentrated format appeared to attract more players to this gracefully aging and well supported event. 

 Designer Ed Beach (left) gave it his all but couldn't prevent Chris Withers' 8th straight title in the Great Campaigns event.

Eight 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 this year's tournament we had a slight change to the format to fit within the WBC tournament guidelines. We played six straight preliminary rounds on Wednesday and Thursday with a mix of scenarios from On To Richmond and Grant Takes Command. We had a total of 22 commanders participate. This included about ten newcomers or long ago players showing up at the Demo round with many of them playing several rounds in the tournament. After two days of battles (34 games played), we had one player at 5-1 and three others at 4-2 to advance to the semi-final round.

During the preliminary rounds one very interesting situation occurred in a Sheridan Rides South scenario. Sheridan (Jay Myers) gave up on burning any significant number of railroad stations and headed straight into Richmond, bashing forts and scoring for brigades around the city. However, Stuart (Ed Beach) came in and totally surrounded Sheridan in Richmond forcing him to fight his way out. In the end, Sheridan did not completely escape.

The semi-finals featured the usual suspects with Chris Withers against Steve Likevich and Ed Beach against Rob Doane in Retreat to the James. Chris and Ed advanced to the Final at Bloody Spotsylvania. Grant (Ed Beach) got good movement to start off, but then Lee (Chris Withers) had a string of initiatives and got control of Spotsylvania Court House. Grant did have his opportunities, but Chris' patented "positive combat dice rolls" strategy worked again with the Union Army taking horrendous casualties in four failed attempts against fortified positions.

Next year, we intend to have a similar schedule with six preliminary rounds on Wednesday and Thursday advancing four to the semi-finals to give players as much flexibility as possible with other events. We are looking at changing some of the scenarios played. Any recommendations are welcome. Some of this depends on if anything is published this year by MMP. The training session on Wednesday for new commanders prior to the tournament will certainly continue as we have gained many newcomers over the past few years.

During the week, Ed had on display a draft map and scenarios set up for the area around Chattanooga, TN. Hopefully we will see a product nearing completion for the Western Theater next year. Talking with Ed, we think that it is a real longshot that it would be published before WBC. And even if it was, without most players having seen any of the scenarios, it would probably not be fair to include it in the tournament. Perhaps though, we will have the ability to have some demo games or a campaign.

I must especially thank Ed Beach this year who started off the tournament for me Wednesday morning. I had a work crisis come up on Tuesday just as I was ready to leave which required me to go into the Pentagon for several hours Wednesday morning (I would have probably had to return to DC if I had made it to Lancaster on Tuesday).

 GM      David Cross [2nd Year]   NA   NA

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