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2007 WBC Report   

 2008 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

George Seary, NY

2005-07 Champion

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Event History
2003    Phil Barcafer     55
2004    Lyman Moquin     29
2005    George Seary     29
2006     George Seary     25
2007     George Seary     17

Block Party History
2004    Bruce Reiff     23
2005    Ric Young     21
2006     Ric Manns     12

PBeM Event History
2006    Hank Burkhalter     31
2008     George Seary     30

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  George Seary       NY    08    156
  2.  Rick Young         NC    06    108
  3.  Lyman Moquin       DC    07     61
  4.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    08     57
  5.  Phil Barcafer      PA    05     53
  6.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     51
  7.  Ric Manns          IN    06     50
  8.  Bill O'Neal        NY    08     33
  9.  Jeff Mullet        OH    06     30
 10.  Susanne Tuch       NY    08     26
 11.  Stuart Pierce      VA    04     24
 12.  Troy Daniels       OH    06     22
 13.  Rob Taylor         MI    07     21
 14.  Nicholas Benedict  CA    07     18
 15.  Chris Byrd         CT    06     16
 16.  Ray Freeman        CA    08     15
 17.  Tom Drueding       FL    03     15
 18.  Alfred Smith       NC    06     12
 19.  Tim Hall           UT    03     10
 20.  Rick Kirchner      KY    05      9
 21.  Sean McCulloch     OH    04      9
 22.  Barry Smith        NY    04      8
 23.  Derek Miller       VA    07      6
 24.  David Platnick     VA    06      6
 25.  Brad Bellomo       NJ    04      4
 26.  Paul Barrett       UK    08      3
 27.  Phil Rennert       MD    07      3
 28.  Mike Zehnal        OH    05      3
 29.  Jake Busch         OH    06      2
 30.  Charles Stucker    IN    06      1

2007 Laurelists

Lyman Moquin, DC
2nd

Nicholas Benedict, DC
3rd

Rob Taylor, MI
4th

Derek Miller, VA
5th

Phil Rennert, MD
6th


Past Winners

Phil Barcafer, PA
2003

Lyman Moquin, DC
2004

George Seary, NY
2005-2007

 

 Scott Moll and Nick Benedict ... presumably not doing a podcast.

 George Seary and Lyman Moquin have the vendor's room to themselves for their Final.

George, Braveheart and the Blocks ... Take 3

This year's tourney can be characterized by a few words: "Revenge of the English" ­ with over two English wins to every Scottish victory, there was a clear bias for the forces of Edward Longshanks. Even with the new rule "tweaks" that include improving the Scottish Archer speed and the skill of Fraser's infantry to a "C3", the Scots could not hold their own. . . with one glaring exception: Defending champ George Seary won with the Scots an impressive 3 out of 3 outings, and even more impressively, in the semi- and Final elimination rounds against experienced players -- thus holding onto the crown for anther campaign season. The other new rule in play regarding reserve forces may actually favor the English at least in the beginning game -- but if Wallace and the King get together, it is clearly an advantage to the Scots.

Attendance was down this year to 17 warriors, at least partially due to "Crusader Rex" (another block game created by Hammer designer Jerry Taylor) running in parallel as a Trial event only a few feet away. (We've taken some notes to better coordinate this next year.) Only two of the defending laurelists returned from last year, but there were quite a few new faces. 20 games were played, with 14 - 70%! - going to the English with an average bid of about1 for the English.

Going into the semi-finals, Nick Benedict (2-1, with a hotly contested loss from Rob Taylor of 8-6 nobles) squared off against defending champion George Seary, who bid 0 and took his favored Scots. The beginning of the game was a pretty standard affair with George setting up his strike base in Atholl and converting the East, but then striking south, ending up in Selkirk on Turn 4. Nick responded with Edward and two big knight blocks, and in the resulting three-turn combat in which the Scots pushed everything they had from the reserves (and cut off the escape route), perished in the forest. Apparently Edward II thought that Scotland wasn't any longer worth contesting, and sued for peace, thus giving George his entry to the Final.

The other semi was between Rob Taylor (with an ublemished 3-0 tourney record) facing off against former champion Lyman Moquin (with an English bid of 3), which turned into a rout of the Scots in the first turn -- an excellent draw of knights and cards allowed Lyman to pin and execute Wallace on Turn 1, with Morray valiantly keeping up the fight but perishing in Turn 2. With that, the Scots capitulated, and English law once again ruled Scotland.

Thus, facing off in the Final was Lyman and George. Lyman took the English with a bid of 2, and the die was cast. There was a little drama the first turn when Lyman sent two knight blocks by sea to reinforce Mentieth, and provided some relief to the northern English nobles, but he couldn't stop the rebellion from gaining momentum and getting the French into the draw pool. The tempo picked up on Turn 4 when Edward arrived in force to establish order, but was consequently stuffed by deft movement of Wallace and his band, and in a nicely done state affair, the Scottish King was crowned in Fife in 1301. Objections from the highly escorted Athol and Mar were quickly squashed. That said, Eddie returned the next turn, and with all but one English infantry already on the board, he was armed and ready. Slowly building up Mentieth over the year, he wintered with 10 troops in 1302 into 1303.

And then couldn't get the initiative (cards) to launch any meaningful offensive. Again, George's hit and run tactics, now using both the Scot King and Wallace, shut down the avenues of invasion, and Eddie left Scotland no further north than where he wintered that year.

The game then began a yawning stalemate in the middle for a few years, as both sides built up their forces -- but the tide had clearly gone to the Scot side, and with control of both Mentieth and Lennox, the English could no longer get an offensive going again. Eddie returned nearly every turn, but lacked both the blocks and cards to seriously erode George's domination of the board --thus, George took the game 11-3 with a decisive Scot victory and the title yet again.


Hammer of the Scots Play By Email

The second PBeM tourney of Hammer of the Scots commenced Oct. 1, 2004, and is now in the books. This time, 30 players vied for the dominance of the Scottish Nobles. Games were played on a website that handled the cards and the random draws of the blocks. Overall, 28 games were played and the English won half. The Scots dominated the last round, with George Seary leading the way for the clans as he added the PBeM crown to his WBC trifects of three straight HOS titles. Common perception paints the Scots as the underdogs, but tournament statistics do not back that theory. The other Laurelists were Suzanne Tuch, Bill O'Neal, Hank Burkhalter, Ray Freeman and Paul Barrett, in that order.

 GM      Phil Barcafer  [3rd Year]   NA
   barcafer@ptd.net   NA

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