battle cry  

Updated November 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Jeff Cornett, FL

2012 Champion

Event History
2001    Ilan Woll     56
2002    Philip Shea     52
2003    Josh Githens     64
2004    Barry Shoults     52
2005    Robert Eastman     52
2006    Jeff Cornett     42
2007     Larry Lingle     64
2008    Jeff Cornett     48
2009    Steve Lollis     32
2010    Nicole Reiff     44
2011     Lyman Moquin     49
2012    Jeff Cornett     44

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Cornett       FL    12    120
  2.  Philip Shea        VA    11     66
  3.  Ben Knight         MD    12     60
  4.  Lyman Moquin       DC    11     48
  5.  David Metzger      NY    12     45
  6.  Pat Mirk           FL    12     33
  7.  Robert Eastman     NV    05     33
  8.  Steve Lollis       MD    09     33
  9.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10     30
 10.  Larry Lingle       PA    07     30
 11.  Barry Shoults      MI    04     30
 12.  Josh Githens       SC    03     30
 13.  Ilan Woll          CT    01     30
 14.  Jeff Mullet        OH    04     27
 15.  Roy Gibson         MD    11     21
 16.  Joe Powell         VA    12     18
 17.  Michael Dauer      TX    08     18
 18.  Ty Hansen          DC    07     18
 19.  Greg Berry         VA    06     18
 20.  Ted Lange          ae    05     18
 21.  Bill Place         PA    03     18
 22.  George Sauer       OH    02     18
 23.  Bruce Reiff        OH    10     15
 24.  Bill O'Neal        NY    09     12
 25.  Bill Alderman      VA    09     12
 26.  Tom Morin          MA    07     12
 27.  John Koskl         MD    02     12
 28.  Terry Coleman      CA    09      9
 29.  John Shaheen       MA    08      9
 30.  John Elliott       MD    05      9
 31.  Ryan Duncan        MD    02      9
 32.  Jeff Evich         MD    01      9
 33.  Jim Bell           MD    12      6
 34.  Scott Sirianna     NY    10      6
 35.  Stephen Buonocore  NJ    07      6
 36.  James Terry        NJ    06      6
 37.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    05      6
 38.  Ed Kendrick        uk    03      6
 39.  Rich Ogata         VA    02      6
 40.  Brian Conlon       OK    01      6
 41.  Eric Martin        MD    10      3
 42.  Jack Morrell       NY    09      3
 43.  Scott Nerney       RI    07      3
 44.  Bill Edwards       VA    04      3
 45.  Richard Moyer      MN    03      3
 46.  Gene Billingsly    CA    01      3

2012 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists:

Joe Powell, VA
2nd

Patrick Mirk, FL
3rd

Ben Knight, MD
4th

Jim Bell, MD
5th

David Metzger, NY
6th


Past Winners

Ilan Woll ,CT
2001

Philip Shea, CT
2002

Josh Githens, SC
2003

Barry Shoults, MI
2004

Robert Eastman, NV
2005

Jeff Cornett, FL
2006, 2008, 2012

Larry Lingle, PA
2007

Steve Lollis, MD
2009

Nicole Reiff, OH
2010

Lyman Moquin, DC
2011

Jeff Mullet opposes one of the four Langes in the field, Alexander.

Pat Mirk's Union forces resist Barry Shoult's Confederates.

 Craig Yope's Confederates charge William Austin.

 Alex Bell's Yankees charge Larry Sisson.

First to Three ...

The tournament changed format, returning to the days of 2004. The event has shown a tendency to bog down with players waiting for games to end and the start of the next round. So, four-man pods were used in the preliminary round. Each pod player played each of the other three members in one of three battles, Falling Waters, Glorieta, and Brawner's Farm. The chosen battles were all created by designer Richard Borg and generally play faster, either due to setup or requiring only five flags instead of the normal six. This allowed everyone to play a minimum of three battles and still finish by noon. At least that was the plan. Poor execution of the plan bogged down the tournament at times.

Eleven pods were played and eight players with the best record advanced. There were eight undefeated players, but one declined advancement, allowing Jim Bell to continue with a 2-1 record. Preliminary play did in four former champions with only the former twice anointed Jeff Cornett advancing. The quarterfinal battle was Cedar Mountain, a very different scenario than the preliminary rounds. Each side only receives a hand of three cards. A good amount of terrain and lots of troops made for a long round. The Confederacy may have had a slight advantage and won three of the four battles.

The semifinals consisted of 2008 champ Jeff Cornett's Union vs Patrick Mirk and Joe Powell's Union vs Ben Knight in Savage Station. Savage Station is a little known scenario Richard created for a tournament in 2002. In the first semi Jeff turned turtle and that clearly frustrated Patrick whose dice abandoned him. Jeff dispatched him handily, 6-1. In the second match, Ben's rebels stormed out aggressively and built a quick lead, but Joe was able to weather the storm. When Ben's cards ran dry, Joe took a 6-5 win.

The Final used the classic Gettysburg (second Day) scenario of the original game. It also marked a change. The two previous scenarios were slower paced with lots of maneuvering. This one was quick and bloody, lasting only 30 minutes. After only one turn of movement, the flags began to fall with Cornett able to claim his third BCY title 6-4.

Based on the response this year, next year's event should be based on the reprinted version. More games were played with the new card deck and rules and it should become the "default" for the tournament. Other changes that should also be considered include a different tie-break system; allowing all pod winners to advance; and better organization between the GM and assistants. Most importantly, Game Designer Richard Borg has promised a new set of scenarios for the tournament.

Jeff Lange Sr opposes the rebels of Jonthan Lockwood.

Ian Lange commands the Union against the UK's Peter Eldridge.

 GM      Robert Eastman (1st Year)  NA  
    eastman19@cox.net   NA

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