imperial  

Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report  

  2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Blair Morgen, NJ

2009-10 Champion

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Event History
2007    Patrick Maloney      38
2008    Patrick Maloney     48
2009    Blair Morgen     29
2010    Blair Morgen     35

Euro Quest History
2007    Peter Eirich      12
 Laurels

 Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
   1.  Blair Morgen        NJ    10     60
   2.  Patrick Maloney     PA    08     60
   3.  Rob Seulowitz       NY    10     30
   4.  Romain Jacques      qc    10     30
   5.  Jeff Bowers         UT    08     18
   6.  Tony Defeo          CT    07     18
   7.  Mike Wojke          PA    09     12
   8.  Jim Doughan         PA    07     12
   9.  Peter Eirich        MD    07     10
  10.  Rob Kilroy          PA    10      9
  11.  Jean Francois Gagne qc    09      9
  12.  Greg Berry          VA    08      9
  13.  Lane Newbury        CA    07      9
  14.  David Bohnenberger  PA    10      7
  15.  Dennis Mishler      GA    09      6
  16.  Phil Shea           FL    08      6
  17.  Mike Horn           FL    07      6
  18.  Bill Duke           MD    07      6
  19.  Rob Kircher         RI    07      4
  20.  Daniel Barnes       CA    10      3
  21.  Chris Orszak        CT    09      3
  22.  Ben Stephenson      MD    08      3
  23.  Steve Simmons       NJ    07      3
  24.  John Weber          MD    07      3
  25.  Helen Powell        MD    07      2

2010 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

Romain Jacques, on
2nd

Rob Seulowitz, NY
3rd

Rob Kilroy, PA
4th

Dave Bohnenberger, PA
5th

Daniel Barnes, PA
6th

Past Champions

Patrick Maloney, PA
2007-08

Blair Morgen, NJ
2009-10

 

Jeff Billings, Tedd Mullally and GM Dave Bohnenberger fluctuate currencies.

Bruce Bernard, Romaine Jacques, Rob Kilroy and Joe Burch play in Heat 2.

A Most Gentlemanly Affair ...

2010 marked the fourth consecutive year for Imperial at WBC, and the third year of Century status for this Rio Grande-Eggertspiele game with attendance holding more or less steady. The first heat began in the small, hot, crowded, and noisy Strasburg room. The plan was for 4-player games, if possible, but due to a lack of available games (a constant problem with this event) players had to be divided into five 5-player games. Since many voiced a preference for the 5-player version, it perhaps turned out for the best. The second heat was in spacious Ballroom B. Perhaps due to the awkward time slot of 11am to 2 PM, only 15 players appeared. It might be assumed that everyone else opted to eat lunch instead! Again, the number of players worked out perfectly for 5-player games.

The tournament preview stipulated a 16-player semi-final, with the top-ranked second-place finishers from the preliminary heats qualifying as alternates if necessary. As there were eight games played during the prelims, this meant that all first- and second-place finishers qualified for the semi-final. As a few people qualified twice, and a few others fell victim to scheduling conflicts, only three 4-player games were seated for the semi-final round. It was decided that the Final would still be a four-player game, and that the top runner-up (by percentage of winner's score) would also advance.

The semis were played in the dreaded Strasburg room, which was thankfully less crowded this time around. The games were all briskly played, with Rob Kilroy, Romain Jacques and 2009 champ Blair Morgen winning their tables. Rob Seulowitz was the top second-place finisher, edging out GM Dave Bohnenberger, who finished fifth. Amusingly, Romain won despite my pleas that he not do so, since he had stated that he would likely be unable to attend the Final. A gentleman, he agreed to appear for the Final anyway, sparing me the need to play on.

This Final was in the incredibly loud and crowded Kinderhook room. Finals for Here I Stand and Dune were in the same room at the same time, the latter drawing a large and enthusiastic audience. Perhaps it would have been best if the GM had found a new location, but this did not happen, and it took a little while to get the game started as a result.

For those interested in how "The Pros" do it, here is the opening distribution of bonds for the last round.

Blair: AH 1, Italian 1, French 3, UK 2, German 3. Romain: AH 2, Italian 2, French 1, German 2, Russian 3. Rob S: AH 4, Italian 4, UK 1, Russian 1. Rob K: French 2, UK 3, German 1, Russian 4.

This meant that Romain began the game with no Flags. However, in the current fashion, the players chose to begin each nation's first turn on "Investor". This resulted in a flurry of early purchases and passing of Flags. After Turn 1, Rob K was flagless and Blair controlled 4!

After a well-played and gentlemanly game, the scores were: Blair Morgan, 193, Romain Jacques 122, Rob Seulowitz 107, and Rob Kilroy 80. Congratulations to Blair for his second straight championship for Imperial. As the 2007 and 2008 events were both won by Patrick Maloney, only two people have ever won this event.

GM Notes: For the past two years, Imperial has been scheduled as part of the "Euro" track, with scheduling coordinated by Eric Freeman. I have begun to believe that, despite the German designer and publisher, that Imperial does not belong in the "Euro" track. There seems to be more player overlap with Dune and several other classic multi-player conflict-heavy games. I suggest that it be scheduled as such. Also, many players mentioned a desire to play a newer version of this game called Imperial 2030. I have never even seen this game, so I was unable to allow it to be played. For this and other reasons, this will be my last year of running Imperial. Both Robert Barnes and Dennis Mishler have tentatively volunteered to run the event in 2011. Regardless of who does the deed I will be available to help in any way necessary.

Blair Morgen, Romain Jacques and Rob Seulowitz engage in currency bourse with powers of the world.

The finalists engage in friendly negotiations backed by the clenched fists of military might.
 GM      David Bohnenberger [4th Year]  1560 Parklane Rd, Swarthmoe, PA 19081
    dweeb01@gmail.com   215-380-1832

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