No need to save it this year ...
Frank Cunliffe (left) battles 12-time
champ Steve Packwood.
Chuck Leonard studies for his
next match with a rulebook session.
The 1776 tournament managed 16 entrants for only the
fifth time in its long history and in back-to-back years for
the first time. It doesn't even need to rely on the membership
to vote it back for another try as it returns to the Century
on its own accord. Obviously, the Grognard Free Form scheduling
format has been successful. Each match used the first nine
turns of the Campaign Game with players bidding control of strategic
towns for the right to play Britain.
The semi-final between Greg Tanner and perennial champ Steve
Packwood saw Greg take the British with a bid of 14. This game
featured a major campaign for the South-Center. During the first
quarter, the British pulled out of Boston and headed south, killing
the artillery and leaving two British SPs behind. Those
British SPs landed in the South Center and made a push to take
the Area. An American attack left one British SP in Boston. During
the second quarter, at the end of the May British turn, they
completed occupation of all of the South Center. The
Americans responded by taking Charlottesville. During the third
quarter, Force D came on at Alexandria. Boston and
Hillsboro were taken by the British. The Americans
retook Hillsboro. On the last turn, the British took and held
all of the South Center, but ended the game with only 12 strategic
towns for an American win.
Robert Jamelli took the British with a bid of 15 in the other
semi-final against Rod Coffey. In the first quarter the British
landed at Charlotte and Norfolk. Force B came on at Quebec
in the second quarter. This enabled the Americans to get
a 2-1 (-1) on Boston which was successful, and the loss of Boston
effectively ended British hopes.
The Final was thus set between one-time champ Rod Coffey who
had last won the tournament 13 years previous and the reigning
champion who was defending a WBC-best current winning streak
of six consecutive crowns. Rod took the British for a bid of
Turn 1: The British abandoned Quebec and headed
to Montreal. One British SP on a transport went to Halifax
while an empty fleet headed south. The Americans took Quebec.
Turn 2: The British continued to move towards Montreal. Tory
Militia completely surrounded the Charleston Rebel Militia.
Turn 3: Five British SPs landed at Charleston,
and one British SP at Norfolk. Tory Militia semi-surrounded
the Americans in the Deep South.
Turn 4: Two British fleets hit the American fleet
at Georgetown and killed it. Britain pulled out of
Charleston and headed north. The Americans left Quebec.
Turn 5: Force B arrived in Halifax, and 13 British
SPs + supply left on the transport and landed adjacent to the
St. Lawrence in Canada. There are no British SPs in
the southern half of the board. The British in Boston
moved to Hartford.
Turn 6: The Hartford troops crossed over near Albany. Three
areas now have no British presence. The American attempts
to double the force in Ticonderoga by bringing in outside forces
(six factors + A) by a 1-1 (+1) on British forces on top. The
Americans are outcarded and roll a 1 (1/2 AE) - drawing Packwood's
resignation and ending his quest for an unprecented 13th title.
James Boyle (left) of Arkansas takes
on WBC's leading boardmaster during Boyle's first WBC. "Like
a kid in a candy store" said James of his first WBC visit.
The Grognard scoring system boils
down to the final steps but sez it all as Rod Coffey claimed
his second title 13 years after the first and ending the six-year
reign of the defending champion.