history of the world  

Updated 11/30/2008

2008 WBC Report    

 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Jeff King, ME

2008 Champion

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Event History
1993    Ben Grimes        53
1994    Gordon Bliss      102
1995    Tim Johnson      105
1996    Keith Levy      102
1997    Bruce Monnin    108
1998    Greg Crowe        72
1999    Jonas Borra        68
2000    Robert Destro       70
2001    Harald Henning       56
2002    Rolinda Collinson       52
2003    Mike Backstrom       49
2004    Haim Hochboim       55
2005     Mark Pitcavage       42
2006    Craig Yope       44
2007     Gregory Kulp       39
2008    Jeff King       32 
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Harald Henning     CT    03    126
  2.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    05     90
  3.  Jonas Borra        NY    02     84
  4.  Mike Backstrom     MN    03     68
  5.  Haim Hochboim    Israel  04     60
  6.  Robert Destro      NJ    00     60
  7.  Mark Pitcavage     OH    05     50
  8.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    01     48
  9.  Kevin Youells      FL    06     42
 10.  Gregory Kulp       NJ    07     40
 11.  Craig Yope         MI    06     40
 12.  Joe Collinson      MD    07     38
 13.  Jamie Tang         MD    06     36
 14.  Peter Busch        OH    04     36
 15.  Tony Cadden        MD    00     36
 16.  Bob Aarhus         NC    99     36
 17.  Jeff King          OH    07     24
 16.  Christina Hancock  NH    04     24
 19.  Malinda Barnes     NY    01     24
 20.  Graeme Dandy   Australia 00     24
 21.  Joe Burch          MD    99     24
 22.  Terry Coleman      BC    04     23
 23.  Bill Boynton       ME    05     20
 24.  Paul Bean          MA    00     18
 25.  Chris Hancock      NH    99     18
 26.  Michael Mullins    MD    07     16
 27.  Duane Wagner       NJ    06     14
 28.  James D. Long      PA    07     12
 29.  TJ Halberstadt     IN    06     12
 30.  Rachel Power       MI    04     12
 31.  Andrew Kutzy       NY    02     12
 32.  Greg Crowe         VA    01     12
 33.  Michael Pacheco    CA    99     12
 34.  Evan Davis         IN    05     10
 35.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06      8
 36.  Keith Altizer      FL    04      6
 37.  Richard Fox        IL    02      6
 38.  Ivan Lawson        MD    01      6
 39.  Paul McCarthy      NY    00      6
 40.  John Rinko         VA    99      6
 41.  Scott Bowling      IN    05      5
 42.  Rachel Harley      VA    07      4

2008 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists 

Greg Kulp, NJ
2nd

Eric Kleist, MD
3rd

Jeff Halberstadt, IN
4th

Richard Beyma, VA
5th

Aran Warszawski, Israel
6th


Past Winners

1993: Ben Grimes, SC
1995: Tim Johnson, MD

Gordon Bliss, MA
1994

Keith Levy, MD
1996

Bruce Monnin, OH
1997

Greg Crowe, MD
1998

Jonas Borra, NY
1999

Robert Destro, NJ
2000

Harald Henning, CT
2001

Rolinda Collinson, MD
2002

Mike Backstrom, MN
2003

Haim Hochboim, Israel
2004

Mark Pitcavage, OH
2005

Craig Yope, MI
2006

Gregory Kulp. NJ
2007

Jeff King, ME
2008

The Hasbro version of the game replaced cardboard counters with plastic pieces, but WBC event attendance continues to decline.

The finalists settle down to business with four new faces contemplating their share of the laurels.

The Tides of History ...

The numbers continued to drift down for History of the World which lowered its lparticipation level again this year. There were six first round games - with the winners of each advancing directly to the Final.  Former champions Haim Hochbaim and Craig Yope may have been victims of their prior success, with neither sirviving the first round while defending champion Greg Kulp posted a 31-point victory to continue his title defense. Jeff King, the 2007 runner-up, also returned to laurel land with a win.
 
Our honorary 'most hosed' award goes to Paul McGuanne.  His event cards included two that required both a capital and navigation, and had to be played between Epochs 2 and 5. Naturally, his opponents saddled him with the Scythians, Hsung Nu, Huns, and Mongols -- none of which had the required capital.  The only bright spot in his game was stellar defensive die rolling in Epoch 7 when he killed six of Russ Harley's Manchus and nine of Jef Halberstadt's Germans.  Unfortunately, fate had waited far too long to smile upon him.
 
The best quote of Day 1 belonged to Greg Kulp.  He was trying to calculate the best place to play a civil war, and said "I don't want to be in the way of the Khmers".  This may have been the first time in the History of the World where the Khmers were treated with any respect.
 
Our Final had several lead changes as Jeff King (Epoch 7), Greg Kulp (2, 3, and 4), Eric Kleist (6), and Jef Halberstadt (1 and 5) took turns in the forefront.  Eric held a six-point lead heading into the last Epoch.  For this sin, he was passed the United States as his final empire.  He scored a respectable 44 points with them, but it was not going to be enough and relegated him to third place.  The game came down to a rematch from last year's Final between defending champ Greg Kulp and runner-up, Jeff King.  Greg had the Manchu Dynasty, scored 54, and ended up with 199 points.  Jeff got France, and scored a terrific 58 points, putting him at 207.  The pre-eminence markers were then scored, revealing twelve points for Greg and six for Jeff giving him a three-point victory. 
 
For next year, we are planning on adding a second preliminary heat on Wednesday morning, which should return the need for a semi-final.  The other change in store is to change the event from Class A to C, hopefully encouraging some new blood.  See you in August!

 GM      Kevin Youells [3rd Year]   NA
    kyouells@bellsouth.net   NA

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