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Jeff King, ME

2010 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 
2009    Henry Dove       45
2010    Jeff King       50
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Harald Henning     CT    03    126
  2.  Jeff King          OH    10    124
  3.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    05     90
  4.  Jonas Borra        NY    02     84
  5.  Mike Backstrom     MN    03     68
  6.  Gregory Kulp       NJ    08     64
  7.  Haim Hochboim      is    04     60
  8.  Robert Destro      NJ    00     60
  9.  Joe Collinson      MD    09     58
 10.  Henry Dove         MD    09     50
 11.  Mark Pitcavage     OH    05     50
 12.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    01     48
 13.  Kevin Youells      FL    09     47
 14.  Craig Yope         MI    06     40
 15.  Mark Smith         KY    10     36
 16.  Jamie Tang         MD    06     36
 17.  Peter Busch        OH    04     36
 18.  Tony Cadden        MD    00     36
 19.  Bob Aarhus         NC    99     36
 20.  Patrick Gorman     PA    09     30
 21.  Dom Duchesne       qc    10     24
 22.  TJ Halberstadt     IN    08     24
 23.  Christina Hancock  NH    04     24
 24.  Malinda Kyrkos     NY    01     24
 25.  Graeme Dandy       au    00     24
 26.  Joe Burch          MD    99     24
 27.  Terry Coleman      CA    04     23
 28.  Bill Boynton       ME    05     20
 29.  John Elliott       MD    10     18
 30.  Paul Bean          MA    00     18
 31.  Chris Hancock      NH    99     18
 32.  Eric Kleist        MD    08     16
 33.  Michael Mullins    MD    07     16
 34.  Bill Beswick       IN    09     15
 35.  Duane Wagner       NJ    06     14
 36.  Scott A. Smith     PA    10     12
 37.  James D. Long      PA    07     12
 38.  Rachel Power       MI    04     12
 39.  Andrew Kutzy       NY    02     12
 40.  Greg Crowe         VA    01     12
 41.  Michael Pacheco    CA    99     12
 42.  Matthew Beach      MD    09     10
 43.  Evan Davis         IN    05     10
 44.  Richard Beyma      MD    08      8
 45.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06      8
 46.  Ty Hansen          DC    10      6
 47.  Keith Altizer      FL    04      6
 48.  Richard Fox        IL    02      6
 49.  Ivan Lawson        MD    01      6
 50.  Paul McCarthy      NY    00      6
 51.  John Rinko         VA    99      6
 52.  Scott Bowling      IN    05      5
 53.  Aran Warszawski    is    08      4
 54.  Rachel Harley      VA    07      4

2010 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists 0

Mark Smith, KY
2nd

Dom Duchesne, qc
3rd

John Elliott, MD
4th

Scott A. Smith, PA
5th

Ty Hansen, DC
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, 2010

Matthew Jesser takes his move as Greg Kulp watches.

Ty Hansen, Jamie Tang and Paul Bean count their armies.

The Tides of History ...

As it says repeatedly in the BPA literature, in order to guarantee yourself a slot in any given tournament, you must bring a copy of the game. The finalists this year managed to eliminate every single player in the event who had brought a copy of the game, leading to a scramble for a board Saturday afternoon, along with (tongue in cheek) GM threats to evict the lowest ranked finalist in favor of someone with a game. So, next year, please be kinder to your neighbor who brought a game and pass them the British instead of the Americans in Epoch 7.

As you can see, attendance was up, as we hit 50 players for the first time in six years and revisited Sandman territory. We had five games in each heat, advancing 18 and six to the elimination rounds.

The preliminary heats provided some highlights. Charles Stucker won his game with 225 points, giving him both the highest score in the tournament and the largest margin of victory, as he won by 35. Craig Yope had the misfortune of rolling triple ones as his first roll of the Huns, killing his leader immediately, to loud cries of anguish. Steve Dickson dominated his game, gaining the pre-eminence marker from every single epoch except the first. Eric Kleist scored 55 points with France, giving him the largest single empire score. The other games were won by Joe Collinson, Ty Hansen, Joe Powell, Greg Romano, Jeff King, Scott Smith, and Greg Kulp.

Our closest game came in the semi-final round with Ty Hansen victorious with 191, over Dominic Duchesne at 190, and Jeff King at 189. The score was close enough that all three advanced to the Final. Mark Smith moved on to the Final with a six-point win and also won the impromptu "best legs" competition held at his table. The less said about that, the better. Scott Smith won the third semi in convincing fashion with a 25 point victory in a game that ended defending champion Henry Dove and 2007 champion Greg Kulp's second attempts at a title. This game also featured the Great Flood when a cup of water got spilled on the board and causing a move to a dryer clime. No wonder there were no boards to be had at the Final! Kudos to Hasbro on the quality of their game parts, though, as there was no lingering damage to either board or cards.

2008 champ Jeff King was the only finalist who had set foot in the third round previously. Everyone else were scoring their first HWD laurels. Mark started the game with a most unusual hand as all three of his major events were minor empires. He started with Allies and Hittites, scoring an impressive 13 points in the first Epoch. Later rounds brought the Safarids and Japanese to his banner. Fortune did not favor Ty that day. During Epoch 4, he played both Siegecraft and Weaponry with the Arabs giving him a +2 on many of his die rolls. He still lost seven battles as the dice turned cold, yielding only three rolls over 4 in 30 attempts. While choosing cards for Epoch 6, John handed the very powerful Spain to Dominic who was holding onto a one-point lead at the time. However, it was Jeff's day, as he took the lead with the Ming Dynasty and held onto it throughout to becme the first two-time HWD champ.

Many thanks to Asst. GM's Greg Kulp for running the demo, and Craig Yope for administrating the first heat. And a big thank you to everyone who played. We'll see you next year with a copy of the game!

The finalists enjoy their history lesson.

Jennifer Drozd, Kevin Youells amd Jeff King watch the epochs pass.
 GM      Kevin Youells [6th Year]   NA
    kevinyouells@gmail.com   NA

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