Blocks Bursting in Air ...
Jim Mehl and Carl Willner block away
on the Canadian border.
Dave Metzger picks up his sixth 1812
title vs Rob Doane.
By the 2009 WBC, the new version of War of 1812
had been in print for over a year, and so became the
default version of the tournament. Players could use the
1985 version if both agreed, but that only happened officially
in three of 23 games (although three other games had an undeclared
version unknown to the GM).
In the games played using the new version, ten were won
by the American and seven by the British. Curiously
each side won the same number of games until the Americans swept
the three semi-final and Final rounds.
Of course there is lots of die-rolling involved in this 1812,
which leads to a lot of friendly joshing about "bad
luck". Indeed, in one game Jeff Cornett commented
that he was "0 for 38 in major combat rolls".
(Most die-rolls have a one-in-six chance of success.)
During the first round it was observed that the event kiosk still
had the results paper from last year. The GM decided not
to cross off the name of the prior year's winner, five-time champion
David Metzger, as it would likely be a waste of ink to cross
it off and then rewrite it if Dave won yet again. And true to
form, after three Swiss rounds, Dave was one of the two 3-0 scores,
John Haba being the other. Rob Doane and Jim Mehl joined
them in the semi-finals with 2-1 slates. Also at 2-1 were
Jeff Cornett, Tom Knapp and Meghan Friedmann.
One semi-final was between John Haba's British, who won every
battle in the west, and Rob Doane's Americans, who won every
battle in the east. The outcome was decided by a three-on-three
battle for Quebec in which the British did not roll a single
In the other semi-final, Jim Mehl's British were very aggressive,
attacking Sacket's Harbor on Turn 1 and Detroit on Turn 2, both
times suffering severe losses. On Turn 4 David Metzger's
Americans attacked Kingston, annihilating all enemy units there,
and the British surrendered.
The Final was a game of maneuver, with only two battles in the
first two years, (Detroit and Sacket's Harbor). David Metzger's
Americans captured both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and all
territory in between, and made a number of amphibious attacks
to disrupt Rob Doane's British. After 1813 the Americans
won by a score of 27-15. Dave Metzger had successfully
defended his War of 1812 championship, and the GM did
not have to alter the kiosk results sheet.